Session Preview: New Program Showcase A

New Program Showcase A


America’s Freedom Sailor



1. America’s Freedom Sailor
Based in New Orleans, Louisiana, America’s Freedom Sailor is a non-profit organization with a mission to build the largest accessible tall ship in the world, and the only one in the United States. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, 2013, there are over 70 million people with disabilities in the U.S., as well as thousands of wounded American soldiers. America’s Freedom Sailor’s goal is to accommodate people with disabilities, along with their family and friends, to explore the high seas. This innovative concept will introduce shipbuilding and universal design in the United States.

Jan Olijve

Jan Olijve
Jan Olijve

 Born in the Netherlands and raised on the water as a son of a Navy Captain and a member of the yacht club Amsterdam, Jan has served as a Royal Marine in the Dutch Caribbean Islands, a professional fire fighter in Amsterdam, a counselor in a crisis house in Hoorn, the Netherlands, and 10 years as Chairman of the local yacht club in Hoorn where he specialized in sailing education for children. He served 10 years as chairman of the Dutch division of Mirror Dinghy (a small 2 person sailing boat named after contest in Daily Mirror, UK) and was co-organizer of world championship Mirror Dinghy in the Netherlands.  He also served as a coordinator on the Gulf Coast of Alabama, after Hurricane Katrina.  He was the owner of a sail charter company, JOS Sailing, providing sailing tours in the Netherlands and Greece.  As a tour operator he specialized in traveling and sailing with people with disabilities from North America to Europe.  He is co-founder of Tourism and Traveling for All, a committee of the European Commission with the goal to create standardized access for people with disabilities throughout Europe. With Ashley Salmen, he co-founded Americas Freedom Sailor a non profit with a mission to build the only Universal Design tall ship in the World!

Ashley Salmen

Ashley Salment
Ashley Salment

On September 11, 2012, Ashley Salmen became the Co-Founder of America’s Freedom Sailor.  As Co-Founder, Ms. Salmen will play a pivotal roll in overseeing the strategic development, marketing, fundraising, building and ultimately launching America’s Freedom Sailor as an American Flag sailing vessel in New Orleans, Louisiana, and ultimately spreading goodwill to the world. As a native New Orleanian, Ms. Salmen would like to see her vision of building and launching the only American Flag sailing vessel built specifically for people with disabilities and ultimately to benefit the entire USA., come to fruition. Ms. Salmen attended the University of Alabama and graduated from NewCollege with a BS in Business Administration with concentration in Marketing.  After graduation she returned home to her beloved New Orleans and entered GraduateSchool at the University of New Orleans, College of Urban and Regional Planning. Upon graduation with a Master of Urban and Regional Planning (MURP) from UNO, she worked for a private engineering firm, Penn-Soft Services in Jefferson Parish, LA for 3 years.

After her time at Penn-Soft Services, she was hired by another private Engineering firm, Pyburn and Odom, Inc. with it’s main office in Baton Rouge.  She was hired to open the New Orleans office and worked as P & O’s marketing director and urban planner on several projects.

After children, Ms. Salmen was a stay at home mother but was always involved with her neighborhood groups, involved at her children’s school and served as President of the Parents group and also on the Board of Directors.  She as also worked as a volunteer at the ContemporaryArtsCenter and was a docent at the New Orleans Museum of Art for George Rodrigue as well as the Disney showing.

2. iGyre
iGyre is a citizen science program to engage sailors and crew on vessels around the world to collect data on the abundance of plastic pollution on the ocean surface using one of our trawling nets.  We provide the net, and the collect the sample and photograph and count the plastic particles. All of this gets uploaded to a global map of the world that uses citizen science data to monitor the magnitude of the ocean plastic problem. We will be making available 10 MINI HI-SPEED TRAWLS. These are fast trawls that are easily manageable.

Michael Brown, Packaging 2.0

Michael Brown
Michael Brown

Michael Brown is the Founder of Packaging 2.0, Inc. With over 25 years of experience in the plastic packaging industry, Michael Brown has provided the leadership to take a number of visionary packaging concepts from planning to successful execution, specifically bridging the worlds of plastics design, manufacturing, reuse, recycling, and sustainability. He is passionate about the environment, in particular plastic pollution in our oceans, and is determined be the change by educating about recycling technology. He has served on the board of the Sloop Providence,  Tall Ships America, and the Jamestown RI Conservation Commission.

Carolynn Box, 5Gyres

Carolynn Box
Carolynn Box

Carolynn Box is the Environmental Coordinator for 5 Gyres Institute, where she helps run their environmental and education programs, and has participated in six research expeditions to the North and South Atlantic, North and Western Pacific and the Great Lakes “Garbage Patches.” She received a Master’s from University of Rhode Island in Marine Affairs in 2005 and worked in the field of Coastal Management for seven years in San Francisco Bay until she met Anna Cummins and Marcus Eriksen, co-founders of 5 Gyres Institute. After her first voyage on 2011, she decided to change the course of her life and apply her science and organizing background to efforts to fight plastic pollution. Carolynn lives in San Francisco and can usually be found at one of the local beaches.

3. Marimed Foundation – Maritime Careers Exploration
Marimed’s new program, Maritime Careers Exploration, provides adults and high school students an opportunity to explore and train for careers in the maritime field. Inspired by professional Hawaiian seafarers the new program aims to help increase the number of native Hawaiians and other Hawai`i residents working in shore-based and seafaring jobs. Partial funding for the program is provided through a federal education grant.

Matt Claybaugh

Matt Claybaugh
Matt Claybaugh

Matt Claybaugh is the President and CEO of Marimed Foundation, a Hawai`i-based nonprofit that provides ocean- and land-based learning experiences that empower youth and families and strengthen communities. He holds a USCG 100 ton Masters License with sail endorsement, and received his PhD from the University of Hawai`i, Mānoa in 1998. His dissertation, “The Sea-Change in American Sea Narratives: An Experiential Perspective” looked at how personal growth and learning have been expressed in personal sea stories from the 1800s to the present. Marimed’s experiential model of therapy and education is, in part, an outcome of this work. Matt has worked with young people and adults, at-risk and otherwise, in and on the ocean around the Hawaiian Islands for the past 28 years.



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