jennifer galvin
Jen Galvin works at the intersection of health, environment, media and innovation. She forged the discipline now known as "Ocean and Human Health" and founded reelblue, a production company specializing in stories that connect people with global health challenges. Jen also leads the Henry David Thoreau Foundation that deploys catalytic investments to the next generation of environmental leaders. She holds a ScD from the Harvard School of Public Health, a MPH from Yale University, and a BS from Brown University.
demetris giannouliastreasurer
Demetris Giannoulias is CEO and Chairman of the Board of Spring Bank as well as President of the bank’s holding company, Checkspring Community Corporation. Demetris was a founding member of Spring Bank, a de novo bank created in 2007. Spring Bank is the only bank to open its doors and establish headquarters in the Bronx, New York in the last thirty years. The bank’s headquarters and main branch are located in the poorest congressional district in the country. Demetris has been a community banker for over 20 years. Demetris earned a BA in economics and sociology from Yale University and a master’s in philosophy of social science from the London School of Economics.
stacie hoffmeister
Overcoming a decades-long fear of water, Stacie learned to swim and sail as an adult in her 40s. She works as a talent, diversity and inclusion executive at a global leader in financial services. She holds a BA in English Literature from Columbia University and an MBA from NYU. Stacie resides in Westchester County, New York with her two children. Racial justice is a value around which her life and work is organized. The mantras Keep Learning and Advance Equity are her guiding lights.
elizabeth macksecretary
Liz has been passionate about the ocean all of her life. Growing up in Newport, RI, she started sailing at an early age and began competing as a teenager. Sailing taught her discipline, strategy, teamwork, and community. She was excited to learn about Rocking the Boat and its important mission which intersects with another passion, supporting youth. Liz is most alive when adventure traveling and has explored over 60 countries. To support her travel habit, Liz works in Mergers & Acquisitions to help companies demystify and quantify the people-related risks in their transactions. She lives in Queens with her husband and twin boys.
frosty montgomery
Frosty is a Senior Vice President/Director at Brown Harris Stevens, New York's oldest residential real estate company. Her past professional experiences have included marketing and publicity at Time Inc, producing industrial and multi-media presentations of major network programming, and for 12 years, producing conferences, customized tours and promotional events for such companies as Time Inc, Forbes, Goldman Sachs, and J. Walter Thompson. Frosty was an active board member for 12 years at Buxton School, a private school in the Berkshires as well as a board member of Advertising Women of New York. Frosty has a deep seated love for boats, having grown up spending her summers in Algonquin Park, Ontario, Canada, canoeing, camping and sailing.
carla murphy
Carla Murphy started working for NYC Emergency Medical Service while she was in college studying computer science. Throughout her career, Carla has worked with agencies all over the world to use technology to improve public safety. She currently works for the New York Fire Department. Originally from Manhattan, she now calls Brooklyn home. Carla enjoys sailboat racing year round and looks forward to the days where she has to dig her dinghy out of the snow before racing.
antonio ramosvice president
Tony is a Managing Director at TIAA meshing science and intuition on computers to manage global equity portfolios for the greater good. Originally from Portugal, Tony came to the US to study computer science at UC Berkeley, worked in Japan for seven years before returning to the US and getting his citizenship and MBA at UCLA. After working for Nicholas|Applegate Capital Management in San Diego and Harris Investment Management in Chicago, Tony arrived in New York in 2008 and discovered his passion for sailing and for cycling. He is the President of his alumni class at UCLA and a member of the Board of the Alumni Network, a partner of Sculpture Space NYC, and a member of multiple art, sailing, and cycling organizations.
taji riley
Taji Riley is a Bronx native whose curiosity for adventure led her to Rocking the Boat as a junior in high school. Participating in the Boatbuilding Program as a student and apprentice filled her with excitement for construction and woodworking. Taji began studies in the healthcare field at Bronx Community College but lost the passion needed for a nursing career. During her time as a Boatbuilding Program Assistant, she also started an eight-week intensive pre-apprenticeship training program at Non Traditional Employment for Women. After completing N.E.W, she began a four-year apprenticeship program at the Carpenter’s Training Center. Now, Taji is a journey level carpenter with Local Union 157 and sits on the Women's Steering Committee as the recording secretary in her union. She has become an advocate for women's equality and leadership opportunities on and off the jobsite. Taji’s enthusiasm for making creative education, woodworking and environmental justice accessible for kids, earned her the opportunity to become the Lead Educator for Islesford Boatworks located on Little Cranberry Island in Maine. Taji spent a summer teaching the art of traditional wooden boatbuilding to children on the island and through doing so helped create a future for Maine’s working waterfront. Outside of boatbuilding, Taji enjoys growing food for her family at her local community garden and has begun a partnership with the New York Restoration Project to bring awareness of food equity issues surrounding the South Bronx.
john ryan
John Ryan lives in Westchester County with his wife Allison and his two teenage sons. He currently serves as the Global Treasurer for Morgan Stanley, where he has worked since 2004. John grew up in Staten Island, NY as the youngest of eight children. He graduated from Hobart College in 1994, where he studied Economics and Art History. He currently serves as a Trustee of the New Canaan Country School. Previously, he has served on the boards of the Nativity Mission Center and St. Ignatius School in Hunts Point—organizations with a focus on providing high quality education and development opportunities to children in underserved communities. He also served as a trustee and Treasurer for the Westmoreland Sanctuary, an education-focused nature preserve in Westchester.
thom thackerpresident
Thom graduated from The Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington and began his career as a high school history teacher. After leaving teaching, he worked for two decades in museums, first as a Deputy Director at the Museum of the Moving Image in Queens and, more recently, in the lower Hudson Valley, as Site Director at Philipsburg Manor, Union Church, and Kykuit, the Rockefeller Estate. He became involved with Rocking the Boat in the early 2000s, when Philipsburg Manor and Rocking the Boat entered into an eight-year collaboration that involved groups of Rocking the Boat students coming to the property in the summer and building wooden boats on the historic site. Since retiring, Thom has been volunteering every week at Rocking the Boat, providing assistance in the student boat building program and carrying out various projects at the Rocking the Boat facility.
peter wright
Peter Wright owns and manages Wright Asset Management, an investment advisory. Peter is a graduate of the Lawrenceville School and the University of Virginia, an active sailor, and a leader in the Barnegat Bay, New Jersey sailing community. Peter serves on the boards of the Shelter, Inc, a humane animal foundation, and Harrogate, a continuing care retirement community. Peter is treasurer of All Saints Episcopal Church, Bay Head.

advisory board

oscar aarts
chris bowser
john brady
murray fisher
kitama seeger
thomas outerbridge
michael robinson
pete seeger (1919 - 2014)

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