Executive Director, Community Boating Center
What do you do professionally?
At the Community Boating Center (CBC) we view ourselves as a community outreach center connecting area youth with mentors to enhance their lives through boating. Our flagship program is our Summer Youth Sailing Program. This program is designed to be a step-by-step process in character development, using sailing and boating as a tool to instill important life lessons in our students, such as the values of integrity, sound judgement, teamwork, and environmental awareness. In the summer of 2015, CBC filled almost 500 spots in our Summer Program with 85% of those spots not paying.
During the fall, winter, and spring we offer educational and enrichment programs centered around boating, building boats, and marine stewardship. These Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math programs are based on REACH, US Sailing’s STEM education program. Using sailing as a medium, REACH provides youth with hands-on integrated learning opportunities that inspire interest in the fields of study including physics, marine biology, robotics, technology, and more.
How are you involved in the community and what motivates you to engage?
At CBC we believe it takes the entire community to make long term change. There are countless organizations and individuals in our area doing amazing work and we love being part of the effort and working with as many of them as we can. It is a team effort, and the he more we work together, the greater the impact we will make.
What did you find most valuable about the LSC experience and how did it contribute to your community leadership?
LSC was a fantastic time to explore many of the issues and opportunities facing our community with a wonderful group of people who are passionate about making a difference.
Describe your leadership in one word.