Focus Session: The Respectful Workplace

 The Respectful Workplace: Training Your Crew to Prevent Harassment

Captain David Bank, Marine Operations, SEA Education Association
LT Jackie Ramirez, United States Coast Guard
Kristen Seda
Captain Jamie Trost, Project Manager, Schooner Porcupine

Bank Presentation (PDF)
Ramirez Presentation (PDF)
Seda Presentation and Template (PDF)
Trost – visual presentation not used

Session Description
A healthy work and learning environment free from discrimination and harassment is a key value in our tall ship community. Oftentimes, sexual harassment and other unlawful actions are misunderstood or simply not given due attention. This issue has the potential of significantly impacting the workplace. As learning communities, we must work together through education and, where appropriate, intervention and decisive action, to prevent harassment in all forms. This session will focus on risk management and responsible employers-how to protect employees, students and trainees. Is your crew clear on what is appropriate and/or inappropriate? Representatives from Sea Education Association, Pride of Baltimore Inc. and the United States Coast Guard will share their organizations policies and how they create a safe workplace environment, both on and off the ship. There will also be a presentation regarding ways to talk about harassment with your crew with take-away points that can be incorporated into your own organizations.

Speaker Biographies

Captain David Bank
Captain David Bank


David is Director of Marine Operations for SEA Education Association (, based in Woods Hole, Massachusetts.  SEA offers a leading off-campus Environmental Studies program focused on the ocean known as SEA Semester®. As Director of Marine Operations, David, along with the Marine Operations team, provide ongoing supervision and safety management for the manning, operations, and maintenance of SEA’s vessels; the SSV Corwith Cramer and the SSV Robert C. Seamans. These two purpose-built oceanographic research sailing vessels currently operate trans-oceanic cruise tracks in the Atlantic and Pacific and are each at sea approximately 270 days a year. In addition, David has worked in the sail training industry since 1987 aboard a variety of vessels including Westward, Californian, Ernestina, Adventuress, Bowdoin, Harvey Gamage, Spirit of Massachusetts, Liberty Clipper, and the A.J. Meerwald.  He holds an Auxiliary Sail USCG Master Oceans 1600 tons (GRT) license.

Captain Jamie Trost
Captain Jamie Trost

Jamie Trost will be the Project Manager and Captain for the Schooner Porcupine, an initiative of the Bayfront Maritime Center (BMC), in Erie, Pennsylvania. Beginning in 2016, Porcupine will be offering underway educational programs covering centuries of Erie’s Maritime History. As an Erie native, Jamie grew up sailing on Lake Erie and from an early age was fascinated by the 1812 History embodied in the US Brig Niagara. During his seven seasons as partner Captain for Pride of Baltimore II, he spearheaded the development of Pride II’s first underway educational programs, which focus on the pivotal role of Baltimore Privateers in the War of 1812. In 2013, he was part of a team that benchmarked fleet-wide compensation standards.

LT Jackie Ramirez
LT Jackie Ramirez

Lieutenant Jackie Ramirez graduated with honors from the United States Coast Guard Academy in May, 2010, with a Bachelor of Science degree in Operations Research and Computer Analysis.  She was first assigned to USCGC CHASE (WHEC-718) home ported in San Diego, California as a Deck Watch Officer.  Other duties included Fire Control Officer, Training Officer and Decommissioning Crew.  In 2011, Lieutenant Ramirez reported to USCGC SHERMAN (WHEC-720) home ported in Alameda, California and served as the Operations Officer, Combat Information Center Officer, Communications Officer, Administration Officer, Training Officer and Support Homeport Shift Crew.  In July 2012 Lieutenant Ramirez reported to USCG Barque EAGLE as the Support and Training Officer until July 2014 when she transferred to the Coast Guard Academy Professional Maritime Studies Branch as a Nautical Science Instructor. Lieutenant Jackie Ramirez is originally from San Diego, California. Her personal awards include the Coast Guard Achievement Medal and various other unit awards.

Kristen Seda 2LR
Kristen Seda

 Kristen Andrews Seda has a BS from Eckerd College in Marine Science and a MS from the University of North Carolina Wilmington in Marine Biology with concentration in Environmental Education Evaluation and Cognition of Biology.  Since 2002, Kristen has held leadership positions in Marine Education programs that focus on Hands-on, Feet-wet activities.  Recently, she has focused on designing and training staff to implement science education that includes character development, especially through small boat and tall ship sailing.  Kristen and her husband Tommy live in Connecticut with their two small children.


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