Focus Session: Morphing Volunteers and Students into Crew

Morphing Volunteers and Students into Crew

Updated 1.16.2013

Presenter: Richard Dorfman, Schooner Pioneer (click here for presentation)
                       William Sabatini, US Brig Niagara (click here for presentation)

Session Description:  

As we promote growth in our volunteers, interns or students by training and then promoting them, issues, positive and not, can arise which may test the organization, the trainers, and the individuals themselves. The panelists will describe their organization’s particular concerns and will seek feedback from participants.

Biography of Speaker

Richard Dorfman

Richard Dorfman
Richard Dorfman

Richard Dorfman, Master of the Schooner Pioneer since March 2009, volunteered on Clearwater from 1996 – 1999, on Pioneer from 1997 –  2009, and served as Volunteer Coordinator for The Wavertree restoration from Jan 2000 – May 2004 and Nov. 2007 – March 2009. He served as Director of Volunteers for South Street Seaport Museum from Aug. 2000 – Jan 2003. He has worked as a paid member of the relief crew on Pioneer (1999 – 2007), as a Relief Captain for the Pioneer and Tug WO Decker (2006 – 2008), Chief Mate of the Lettie G. Howard (Spring 2005), and has driven motor vessels for the Manhattan Yacht Club, Classic Harbor Line and the Prospect Park Conservancy in Brooklyn. He has sailed as a guest crew member on the Elissa and Eagle, and raced a sandbagger at the 2002 Wooden Boat  show in Rockland. 

He holds a BA in Theatre Arts from Drew University and a MFA in Stage Design from NYU Tisch School of the Arts. He also received training in the Principles and Practices of Volunteer Program Management with the NY Association for Volunteer Administration. 

He has worked as a Theatrical Lighting Designer, Stage Manager, Architectural Lighting Designer, and Product Designer and has taught Stage Design at Drew University and Architectural Lighting Design at Queens College. In 2010, he chaired a panel on working with volunteers for the ASTA national and Eastern regional conferences.

William Sabatini

Billy Sabatini
Billy Sabatini

William has been sailing since 1996 starting out on Tabor Boy at Tabor Academy continuing on to Bowdoin while attending Maine Maritime Academy.  He currently is chief mate with the US Brig Niagara and very recently was Captain on Lady Washington.  In all of these programs he has had some level of management of the volunteer programs involved.


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