Focus Session – Education Program Showcase

Education Program Showcase

Showcase 1: Falmouth Schools
Presenter: Jonathan L Radtke  

A representative from Falmouth (Maine) Public Schools discussing how sail training programs can provide high school credit for week-long programs 

Jonathan Radtke
Jonathan Radtke

Jon Radtke has been an avid sailor since college.   Jon was the founding partner of Maine’s first successful commercial assistance towing organization as well as the founding operations manager for Portland’s first amphibious tour operation.  In addition to his marine related pursuits, Jon has been a high school social studies teacher for 25 years and the assistant principal at Falmouth High School outside of Portland for five years.  A graduate of Colby College, Jon earned a master’s degree from Harvard University and currently holds a 100 ton near coastal license.

Showcase 2: Putting the Sea in Science: An Integrated Approach
Presenter: Pauline Dion

Boothbay Sea and Science Center (BSSC) is a community sea and science education center offering innovative, experiential and affordable education programs to youth ages 5 to 17. BSSC opens doors of opportunity in STEM fields through boating and marine sciences, creating career pathways and instilling lifelong skills. BSSC began in 2011 as a community collaboration, with local marine-based businesses, schools, social service agencies, state marine research agencies, museums, and community volunteers. A principle partner is Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences. The Boothbay Sea and Science Center has provided unique innovative programs for 4 years, carefully adapting as enrollment grew. BSSC is transitioning to a year-round program with new school-based programs.

Pauline Dion
Pauline Dion


Pauline T. Dion is a passionate lifelong sailor, Pauline is the Founder, President and acting Executive Director of the Boothbay Sea and Science Center.  Established in June of 2012, BSSC is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization. Pauline received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing (with an emphasis in Adult Oncology) from Salve Regina College, and earned a Masters Degree with an emphasis in Nursing Education from Boston College School of Nursing. She has served as a Clinical Nursing Instructor at several hospitals including St. Elizabeth’s Hospital (Brighton, MA), Massachusetts General Hospital (Boston, MA), and Maine Medical Center (Portland, ME). Pauline held nursing faculty positions at Westbrook Junior College, St. Elizabeth’s Hospital School of Nursing, Bosotn College and MGH Institute of Health Professions.

Pauline Dion is a champion of non-profit advancement, having held fundraising chairmanships for a number of organizations including Daylight Children’s Center, American Cancer Society, Little Red Schoolhouse, Williamstown Elementary School, Leukemia Society, Boothbay Region YMCA, Boothbay Region Land Trust, Boothbay Harbor Yacht Club Junior Program Foundation, Boothbay Region Student Aid Fund, Boothbay Region Community Resources Council, Camp Sunshine, Boothbay Harbor Rendezvous.

She is currently serving on the boards of First Radio Parish Church of America/Daily Devotions, Maine Preservation and the Boothbay Harbor Memorial Library. Pauline chaired the Boothbay Harbor Yacht Club Junior Sailing and Tennis programs from 2005 to 2012. Pauline, born and raised in Minot, Maine as one of eight children, currently resides in East Boothbay, Maine.

Showcase 3: US Sailing
Presenter: Jessica Servis

US Sailing’s REACH program, and how they were able to integrate it into the TALL SHIPS CHALLENGE® Series during the summer of 2016 in the Great Lakes.

Showcase 4: “Welcome to the  US Power Squadron Neighborhood!”
Presented by: Don Stark and Shirley Heald

Cooperative education opportunities aboard and ashore with United States Power Squadrons.


Don Stark
Don Stark


Donald Stark, United States Power Squadrons Liaison to Tall Ships America is a life member of USPS and a life time boater.  In his professional life Don spent 32 years in secondary and adult education. He has 3 sailboats including a gaff-rigged catboat and sails on the waters of the Great Lakes and Coastal North Carolina. Don is a member of the National Safe Boating Council.  Don is a Past Commander of the South Hills Power Squadron (Pittsburgh),  Past Commander of District 7(Ohio and Western Pennsyvania) and a Past Staff Commander of the Safety Committee.

Shirley Heald
Shirley Heald


 Rear Commander Shirley D. Heald, Advance Pilot, United States Power Squadrons R/C Shirley D. Heald, AP is currently Chair of the USPS National Program Partner Relations Committee.  She has also served on a National Level as Staff Commander of the National Leadership Development Committee and as a Committee Member of the National Safety Committee. Shirley served as District Commander of District 21 in 2009-2010, and as Commander of the Dallas Sail and Power Squadron in 1996-1997. She currently holds the grade of  Advance Pilot and Coastal Navigator in the new USPS on the water certification program. Shirley lives in Dallas, TX where she is a member of and boats with the  Dallas Sail and Power Squadron.  As a sailor, she has chartered and sailed in the Caribbean, Mediterranean, Maine, Chesapeake Bay, and the Texas Gulf Coast.  Shirley is currently retired from a long career in sales in the transportation and logistics industry , with Sea-Land and Ryder Transportation Services and enjoys sailing, playing golf, kick boxing, traveling, and playing bridge and Mahjong.



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