New Community Partnership

We are charged by having created another community partnership. The FUEL Program and our home radio station MVY Radio are joining forces.

Look out this summer for a new segment on the air called “From the Sea” brought to you by FUEL and WMVY. Everything feels right when nonprofits are working together to raise our community up. Thank you Laurel Reddington, MVY, and all our MV nonprofits for your hard work to keep this island special.


FUEL featured in the MV Film Festival


Did you know that we made a short film about the FUEL Program last summer? Our talented videographer friends Lisa Bolden and Michael Nipper came out to Martha's Vineyard for two weeks in July and August to capture the magic behind our story.

Now, The Martha's Vineyard Film Festival has elected to include our film among the Vineyard documentary shorts in their 19th annual M.V. Film Festival.

Ours will be showing on Sunday, March 24th at 5:45pm at the Chilmark School along with the other Vineyard documentary shorts. Since you most likely cannot make it for the film festival, you can see our short film by clicking the button below.

Dr. Dan Garvey joins FUEL Advisory Board


“I am eager to support FUEL because I know the value of experiential education. On a ship, learners are taught real lessons with direct, immediate consequences. There is no better investment to help reinvigorate education.”

Dr. Dan Garvey has joined the FUEL Program's board of advisors. Our advisory board is a group of distinguished experts who are working with us to make sure our program is effective and successful. His relevant accomplishments are numerous. I will highlighting a few:

  • President Emeritus, Prescott College

  • Former faculty & Researcher, experiential education, University of New Hampshire (UNH)

  • Former President and Executive Director, Association for Experiential Education

  • Vice President, American Youth Foundation

  • Former Dean of Entering Students, UNH

  • Former AmeriCorps Executive Committee member

  • UNH Outstanding Teaching Award recipient

  • Julian Smith Award recipient

  • Author of over 25 books and articles about experiential education

  • Former Trustee, National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS)

  • Former Director, Project Adventure

  • Current Trustee, The Institute for Shipboard Education

Additionally, Dan has sailed around the world six times as dean of Semester at Sea and one time as faculty.

To learn more about the FUEL Program's advisory board click here.

Tracey Overbeck Stead Joins FUEL


Tracey Overbeck Stead has joined FUEL's board of directors. As a successful interior designer from Texas who summered on Martha’s Vineyard, she moved to the island with her husband Ethan and her three kids in 2017.

Tracey owns a wooden daysailer built by Gannon & Benjamin that she keeps in Vineyard Haven harbor and holds a US Coast Guard 50 ton Captain’s license.

Tracey is excited for her kids to learn the ways of a sailing ship on a FUEL educational voyage.

See who else serves on FUEL's board of directors.

Dr. Anita Tucker Joins FUEL Advisory Board


We are excited to announce that Anita Tucker, Ph.D., LICSW, has joined FUEL's board of advisors and is serving on our academic committee.

The academic committee oversees the creation and implementation of our curriculum. They make sure our courses are worthy of college credit and our learners are getting the most valuable and positive developmental adventure a world-voyaging sailing ship can offer.

A few of Anita's credentials:

  • Associate Professor, Department of Social Work at the University of New Hampshire

  • Co-coordinator, Dual Masters Program in Social Work and Outdoor Education

  • Prepares graduate students for careers in adventure and wilderness therapy.

  • Associate Director, Outdoor Behavioral Healthcare Center at UNH

To learn more about Anita and other members of the FUEL Program's advisory board, click here.

Congratulations Casey for Graduating

From left to right: Dr. Michael Gass (FUEL advisor), Casey Blum, Dr. Anita Tucker (FUEL advisor

From left to right: Dr. Michael Gass (FUEL advisor), Casey Blum, Dr. Anita Tucker (FUEL advisor

On Friday, our cofounder and program director Captain Casey Blum, M.S., M.S.W graduated from the University of New Hampshire with dual masters degrees in outdoor education and social work. We are very proud of her accomplishment.

Casey is working closely with her mentors from her dual degree program, Anita Tucker, Ph.D., LICSW and Michael Gass, Ph.D., LMFT to write the curriculum for the FUEL Program.

Thank you for following our development.