Education Under Sail Forum: Organizational Sustainability- Ideas and Practices from the Field (Panel)
Presenters: Jessica Wurzbacher, Director of Education, Oliver Hazard Perry RI (click here for presentation)
Bart Dunbar, Chairman, Oliver Hazard Perry Rhode Island
David Niebuhr, Managing Director, Watermen’s Museum (click here for presentation)
Mark Waddington, Director, CIMI Tall Ship Education (click here for presentation)
Session Description: Surviving and thriving through operational efficiencies, technology infrastructure and sound business principles (will also include best practices by some of your tall ship colleagues). Adapting ships to new markets, business planning and new ideas to grow your earned/program income.
This session will introduce participants to several topics and audiences that have resulted in significant interest from the charitable and grant communities. Other topics included in this presentation will include audience assessment and strategic planning involving project-based donations.
Biography of Speakers:
Jess Wurzbacher is the Director of Education for the Oliver Hazard Perry Rhode Island. Previously she was the chief scientist and program manager for Sea|mester for 6 years, sailing 40,000nm with students aboard SY Argo and Ocean Star, crossing the Indian and Atlantic Oceans, around Cape of Good Hope, and in the Mediterranean & Caribbean. She currently teaches Biology at Roger Williams University and also taught at the high school level at the Island School in the Bahamas, an inquiry based, less traditional high school semester program.
Bart Dunbar is the chairman of Oliver Hazard Perry Rhode Island. He is also the President and Founder of Bowen’s Wharf Co., the first urban waterfront rehabilitation project in New England, where his vision has transformed the wharf into Newport’s premiere harbor front destination. He is the founder and past President of Sail Newport, Rhode Island’s premier public sailing facility and the past chairman of Tall Ships America
David Niebuhr fights windmills, chases dreams, protects the downtrodden, rights wrongs, and rescues poorlings in distress. A lifelong sailor, Dr. Niebuhr loves the ocean, and he loves teaching as many people as he can about our oceans and our maritime past. He can’t seem to hold on to a job having been a teacher, a college professor, and a museum director. Despite his vagabond career path (or perhaps because of it) some folks listen to his advice. He presently is working 90 hours a week trying to resurrect and expand a small maritime museum in Yorktown, Va.
Mark first came to work for Catalina Island Marine Institute (CIMI) during his summers off from college in 1994 as a sailing instructor. Once out of college he began teaching there ,full time as an outdoor educator focusing on Marine Biology, Island Ecology, and Oceanography. In 2001 he was hired to assist in the CIMI Tall Ship Education (CTSE) program aboard the SSV Tole Mour. Since then he has served as a, deckhand/instructor, Dive Instructor, Life guard Instructor, Engineer, 2nd Mate, 1st Mate and Captain aboard the Tole Mour and a variety of other vessels around the United States and the Caribbean. He currently divides his time between being the Director of CTSE and the Captain of the SSV Tole Mour