Sisters Under Sail 2012 Crew

Sisters Under Sail 2013 Crew

If interested in sailing as crew,
please forward your sailing resume to
Captain, Denise Meagher

Primary Captain
Denise Meagher

Denise Meagher

Denise was not aware that looking out her window that day would be a life-changing event. Spying the HMS Rose in the East River in 1998, she immediately signed up as a volunteer trainee. From there, she found the historic vessels at the South Street Seaport Museum in New York City and joined the volunteer ranks. Eventually, she left her career as a biochemist at The Rockefeller University and ran away to sea. In 2008, Denise became the first female Master of the 1893 Schooner Lettie G Howard and in 2011, the first woman to command the 1932 Schooner Brilliant. Denise joined Sisters Under Sail in 2011, running week long programs in Long Island Sound. Denise has worked on a variety of vessels since her career change: full-rigged ships, sloops, motor yachts, a mega yacht and even a coastal oil tanker. She is a firm believer in the power of sail training and each day aboard continues to be a learning experience. She loves to see students step out of their comfort zone and be challenged in a fun, supportive environment while having a great adventure. Denise holds a 500 GRT Oceans license and a Bachelors Degree in Chemistry from SUNY Purchase.

Relief Captain
Emma Millet

Emma first began to work on ships at fourteen and decided to pursue a life at sea. She has sailed in many capacities aboard a variety of traditional vessels on the Atlantic and Pacific coasts of the US, Hawaii and the Caribbean. Having honed her leadership skills and gained many good friends, she has never regretted her decision to set to sea, and hopes to share her extensive experience with others who have the opportunity to sail with Sisters Under Sail. Currently she holds a 150 ton Near Coastal Masters license and is working on an upgrade to a 500 ton Ocean Masters. In addition, she is a certified Wilderness EMT and have created and upgraded many ship's medical kits and protocols.

Chief Mate
Hannah Imrie

Hannah Imrie

I am from Penetanguishene Ontario and I have been sailing since 2003. I had the privelege of being a crew member on the Unicorn with Sisters Under Sail in 2011. I have also sailed on schooners such as The Mercantile, The Grace Bailey, and the Bluenose II. I am currently in The Marine Navigation Technology Program and upon completion I aspire to continue sailing tall ships and historical vessels. I draw great pride and inspiration in seeing the growth of skill and confidence in the participants and look forward to being apart of that experiance again this season. I am excited to be able return to this year's crew as the Sisters Under Sail Events Schedule for 2012 is promising to offer great sailing, exciting activities and beautiful destination ports!!

Mate
Dani Doggett

Hannah Imrie

I began sailing square rig ships on the Great Lakes in Canada at the age of 13. My passion for traditional ships began on the St. Lawrence II, where I developed a strong sense of seamanship, sail training & coastal navigation with over four years of volunteering. Further dedicating myself to this industry, I have sailed many tall ships and various rigs and have gone on to have a 200-ton Captains license. As with many of my former SLII crewmembers, I am looking forward to finally getting my opportunity to sail aboard Unicorn and Sisters Under Sail, being back in Canadian waters and visiting with some of my schooner friends.

2nd Mate
Mariah Kopec-Belliveau

Libby Drew

Mariah was born in San Francisco, and lived on the California coast until she was 9, when her family moved to Maine. She grew up around the water and enjoys swimming, kayaking, and whitewater canoeing. She sailed for the first time at age 15 on a gaff-rigged ketch exploring the Maine coast, and after that she was hooked. A graduate of Maine Maritime Academy with a degree in Vessel Operations and Technology, Mariah has sailed to Newfoundland on the Schooner Bowdoin, the Aegean and Black Seas aboard the STS Mir, and has spend the last two seasons sailing to all five Great Lakes on the Flagship Niagara. She is very excited to step into a leadership role on Unicorn, and loves introducing more people (especially women and girls) to sailing!

Deckhand
Hali Boyd

Libby Drew

A native to Southern California and graduate of University of California, Berkeley, Hali has always been near the water, and grew up swimming and playing water polo. In 2012, she worked aboard the Brig Lady Washington as a Deckhand where she instructed students in line handling, vessel safety, and maritime history. Her duties also included new volunteer training and ship maintenance. Prior to her life on tall ships, Hali has worked as a horseback riding instructor, personal trainer, academic success coach, travel writer, program developer for corporate wellness coaching, and marketing intern. Hali holds a degree in Medical Anthropology from UC Berkeley, is CPR/First Aid certified, and has travelled throughout North America, Central America, Europe, and China.

Deckhand
Eliza Braunstein

Libby Drew

Eliza graduated from the all-women’s college, Mt. Holyoke, with a major in European History. She has sailed alongside Unicorn several seasons in the past and believes in the mission of leadership development and female empowerment. She is looking forward to climbing aboard as we sail from the East Coast to the Great Lakes this summer. Her tall ship sailing experience includes HMS Bounty, Lynx, Niagara and Cramer and is an experienced sail handler, navigator; well versed in ship's maintenance, tall ship festivals and blue water voyages.

Deckhand
Becca Rusk

Libby Drew

Growing up in Michigan and graduating from Beloit College with a focus in Women’s and Gender Studies, Becca is a true Midwesterner and Great Lakes girl. She's spent time teaching and playing in the great waterways of Michigan, Minnesota and Canada, and is of the opinion that water is the finest mode of transportation. Becca was introduced to tall ship sailing during her semester with Sea Education Association in 2011. Since then she has worked on the Corwith Cramer and also on the historical wooden schooner Denis Sullivan out of Milwaukee. Outdoor education has been one of the driving forces in her life, and so Becca is thrilled to learn and explore wherever the winds take her and continue to teach and learn on the water.

Deckhand
Caitlin Simpson

Libby Drew

Graduate of Marine Institute in Nautical Science, Caitlin is from Penetanguishene, Ontario. She started sailing on Georgian Bay and has been on and around the water ever since. In the past she has worked on various sailing vessels, including Halifax-based Tall Ship Silva, as well as several commercial vessels. This is her first season on the Unicorn and she is looking forward to the adventure.

Chef
Martha McLaughlin

Libby Drew

Martha grew up in Maine and was lucky enough to learn to sail as a young girl at summer camp. Currently from Portland, OR, she has 15 years of cooking and restaurant experience. In fact, Martha co-owner of The Deli in Portland where she re-branded the business, created a new menu and marketing, and re-trained the staff. She managed all kitchen duties including food preparation and storage, created recipes, made soups and sandwiches, assisted customers, made espresso drinks to order, completed inventory and stocking, balanced nightly till and prepared all the bookkeeping for the business. As a graduate from University of Utah in Gender Studies, Sisters Under Sail could not have found a more perfect fit! And, we will be the envy of the fleet!

Chef
Mary Ellen Muzio

Libby Drew

 

A graduate of City University of New York in Hospitality Management, Peter Kump’s New York Cooking School with years of cooking, baking and catering experience, we crew feel like we’ve died and gone to heaven! Mary Ellen has sailed aboard various tall ships and is looking forward to sailing the Great Lakes for the first time.

Lead Program Facilitator
Dawn Santamaria

Dawn Santamaria

Dawn loves to finally get out of the Sisters Under Sail office and back aboard Unicorn each summer as lead facilitator.

Relief Facilitator
Robin Bieber

Robin Bieber

Robin Bieber is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist who specializes in adolescent treatment. She first became involved with Sisters Under Sail when she brought her youth group aboard. Robin created a program called The Wildflower Adventure group that utilizes challenging outdoor activities to engage girls in ways that traditional therapy cannot. Her experience with that group gives her insight into the goals and mission of Sisters Under Sail. Robin has always been interested in ways to advocate for and empower women and girls. She began her career working at a domestic violence program and continues in her current position with Trumbull Counseling Center to work with women and girls impacted by abuse. Robin's involvement with Sisters Under Sail is part of her ongoing commitment to women's issues. After taking part in many voyages aboard the Unicorn, both as a youth group leader and as part of a women's leadership program she came aboard in 2011 as a program facilitator. She resides in Oxford, Connecticut with her husband and son.

Relief Facilitator
Maryann LaBella

Maryann LaBella

Maryann is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist who first experienced Sisters Under Sail as a student intern, prior to finishing her Master’s degree. Since that time, Maryann has worked with chaotic multi-problem families in a Child Guidance agency setting. There, the focus of her work was in helping children and families with legacies of physical and emotional abuse. Maryann has extensive training in Internal Family Systems and EMDR, which are both effective treatment modalities for clients with complex trauma. Most recently, she has become Clinical Coordinator of the Koslow Center for Marriage and Family Therapy (MFT) at Fairfield University in CT, and teaches graduate students in the MFT program. Maryann is also finishing the requirements to become an AAMFT Approved Supervisor. Having grown up “down the shore”, Maryann has a deep appreciation for the sea and the rich metaphor that sailing lends to her work. She feels privileged to return as a facilitator where she can help young women realize their potential and find success on board the great tall ship, Unicorn.