Our Team


Board of Directors


John mcdonald - Chairman

Chartered Financial Analyst; Cofounder & Partner of Beacon Hill Capital (BHC); Business development & portfolio management for BHC, Registered representative of Compass Securities



stever aubrey - Vice Chairman

Cofounder & CEO, Dovetail Health; President & COO of Pri-Med (past); Executive V.P. & G.M. of Holiday Hill Advertising (past); Chairman of the Board of Directors, Martha's Vineyard Museum; Board member, The Partnership & Trinity Boston Foundation (past)

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Dr. Harry Dickerson - director

Associate Dean, College of Veterinary Medicine and Professor at University of Georgia; Ph.D. Medical Microbiology; M.S., Medical Microbiology; B.V.Sc. Onderstepoort Faculty of Veterinary Science. Harry has a long relationship with sailing ships going back to his summers as crew on Shenandoah in 1968-9.


 board of Advisors


Captain robert douglas - advisor

Owner & President, The Black Dog Tall Ships; Master & Designer, Shenandoah; Master & Owner Alabama; Captain, U.S. Airforce; Owner of a rare collection of over 50 wooden boats; Holder of 100 ton U.S.C.G. master's license.

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Dr. Michael Gass - advisor

Ph.D. Experiential Education; L.m.f.t.; Director, outdoor behavioral healthcare research center; M.S.W., social work; M.S., outdoor education; Author, Effective Programming in Adventure Programming & Adventure therapy: Theory, research, and practice, recipient of Outstanding Experiential Teacher of the Year Award from Association of Experiential Education (AEE); recipient of Distinguished Researcher Award from AEE, recipient of the UNH School of Health and Human Services's Distinguished Career Research Award; recipient of UNH Excellence in International Engagement Award

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Captain cHris Sinnett (Uscg ret.) - Advisor

During his 30 years in the United States Coast Guard Captain Sinnett served as the captain of the bark Eagle for 3 years as well as the deputy commander of the Coast Guard Personnel Service Center where he oversaw all personnel services for the Coast Guard's 50,000 person workforce with a $4 billion annual payroll. B.S. Marine Engineering, M.B.A. Florida University, M.A. National Security and Strategic Studies. He was awarded the Legion of Merit, gold star in lieu of third award, and a certificate of appreciation from the president. 

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captain Dan Moreland - advisor

Having completed 6 circumnavigations on his education sailing ship Picton Castle, Captain Dan Moreland has logged more miles under sail than probably anyone alive today. He is regarded world-wide as a leading expert on traditional sailing ships, and has been recognized by both Tall Ships America and Sail Training International with the "Sail Trainer of the Year" award. Dan also holds the rarest U.S.C.G. license issued to merchant marine officers today which qualifies him to captain any vessel on any ocean world-wide.

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captain Nat Benjamin - advisor

Owner & Cofounder, Gannon & Benjamin Marine Railway; Master, Designer, & Builder schooner Charlotte, Designer of over 80 wooden vessels built under his guidance; Holder of 100 ton U.S.C.G. master's license.

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cynthia woolbright - fundraising consultant

President, The Woolbright Group; University Advancement Officer, The University of Rochester (past), The University of Vermont (past), Smith College (past), Hollins University (past); M.A., public administration, Long Island University

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Our Vision

To be clear, FUEL is an acronym. It stands for Foundation for Underway Experiential Learning. But, it also means a source of power, something that drives us every day to welcome challenges and continue to better ourselves so we may better the world.

We are a group of people who see the limitless value in learning the ways of a sailing ship. To us, sailing is not simply a method of transportation across water, it is a discipline, an unending series of challenges, failures and successes, it is problem solving by learning how something works and creating solutions.

Your experience sailing with us will become the backbone of who you are, how you carry yourself, and how you speak to others. It will reveal your weaknesses and your strengths so you can manage them and improve them. We are a group of people who have been altered forever by sailing on the ocean, and we want to share that with you.