Dave started at Courageous in 2007 as the youth program race coach, before becoming the director of the Courageous adult program from 2007-2011. In that time, Dave oversaw the growth of our adult membership, instruction and racing programs, helping to establish Courageous as one of the leading nonprofit keelboat schools in Massachusetts. As our Executive Director, Dave now works closely with our Board of Directors and management team to ensure Courageous is meeting our mission and delivering the strongest and safest possible programs. Dave learned to sail on the south shore of Long Island, and is a US Sailing Keelboat Instructor and Level 2 racing coach.
Director of Education
Jen’s focus is on supporting the students and instructors in Courageous’s youth and adult programs. She develops curriculum and resources, trains instructors, and coordinates adaptive and high school sailing programs. She has been affiliated with Courageous in various roles since 2009 and is a longtime member of our Frostbiting racing fleet. Jen grew up sailing, racing, and instructing in New London, CT. A former classroom teacher and arts educator, Jen is committed to providing lifelong learning opportunities to sailors at all levels, using sailing as a platform for teaching academic and life skills, and making sailing accessible and welcoming to all.
Director of Development
Kim Saltmarsh is the new Director of Development at Courageous Sailing as of May 2015. Before coming aboard, Kim was the Manager of On-Air Fundraising and Marketing at WGBH Boston. Prior to her time at WGBH, Kim was the Morning News Anchor and News Director of WCAP 980AM in Lowell, MA and a General Assignment Reporter at NBC29 in Charlottesville, VA. A native of Massachusetts, Kim is thrilled to be at Courageous working alongside other people who are passionate about this great mission. For more on Courageous development or to just say hi, email Kim at firstname.lastname@example.org.
F.J. comes to Courageous Sailing as a marine professional with experience in marine operations and marine systems. A USCG Merchant Mariner credentialed Master and American Boat and Yacht Council certified Master Marine Technician, F.J. grew up sailing and racing on Massachusetts Bay and remains a competitive one-design sailor.
Larry joined the Courageous team in 2013 after retiring from a career as an Executive Director in law firm administration and previously in higher education at Harvard University. His commitment to the mission of Courageous was generated by his work to support the development of Charlestown’s waterfront activities and his lifelong love of sailing.
Ashton has been working at Courageous since June 2015. As the Outreach Coordinator, Ashton recruits students for Courageous’ Youth Programs, fosters school relationships, provides staff support, and works as a liaison and resource for the parents of our students. Ashton also helps to facilitate the transition of students from the outreach program to the Step programs. She is originally from Mobile, AL and grew up on the water. Ashton received her Masters in Social Work from Florida State University and has a background in working with nonprofits. Ashton plans to utilize her background in Social Work to build community partnerships and promote youth development.
Jacob Breslin became Courageous Sailing’s new Office Manager via a New Sector Alliance Fellowship program based in Boston. Jacob is new to the organization and its mission, but he is an avid outdoorsmen and currently learning to sail (soon to be world class). Jacob studied finance at Penn State, worked for the national park service, and has completed a cross country bike ride for charity. Jacob feels excited to learn about the sailing community and how to best perform the duties of Office Manager for Courageous Sailing. He knows this position will allow him to continue on to have a career in social sector management.