About Us

Shore Support

Chief Executive Officer: Charles Hart

 

With a background of business, boats, and non-profits in the San Francisco area, Charlie is excited to continue the mission of Call of the Sea. He has spent most of his time as CEO of technology companies in Silicon Valley and was named to the Micro Times 50, a roster of the fifty most influential people in the computer industry. His community activities have included: Chairman of the Board of the San Jose Symphony, CEO of the Ballet San Jose, President of the HealthStore Foundation, President of the Association for Corporate Growth of Silicon Valley, and Commodore of the St. Francis Yacht Club. As an officer in the United States Air Force, he served as a Squadron Commander. Mr. Hart earned his bachelor's degree at the University of Maryland and completed Stanford University's AEA Executive Institute in the Graduate School of Industrial Engineering. 

Program Director: Mary Rutz

Mary is overjoyed to contribute to Call of the Sea as Program Director, and remains grateful to be part of this organization. She started sailing on the schooner Seaward as a deckhand and educator in 2013 and spent a year living and working on Seaward here in Sausalito and in Baja California Sur.

Mary grew up in a big family on a small dairy farm in upstate New York and went to Cornell University for environmental science and marine biology. She discovered a passion for the ocean through field study programs on Hawai’i Island and at the Shoals Marine Lab in the Gulf of Maine. Mary first sailed with Sea Education Association, studying oceanography and climate science from a 135’ brigantine tall ship while underway from Hawai'i to Tahiti. After working as a program assistant for college and high school education programs focused in environmental, outdoor education, she joined Call of the Sea. Mary holds a US Coast Guard 100T inland masters and near coastal mates license, and loves all water things, nudibranchs, tide-pooling, hiking, and funky tunes.

Seaward Crew

Captain: Andrew Pape

Andrew is returning to the west coast after a few years away, although this will be his first time based in San Francisco Bay.  He's excited to join Call of the Sea as Seaward's Captain this season.

After majoring in Environmental Studies at the landlocked Hamilton College in New York, he quickly headed to Washington state for his first on-the-water job where he taught aboard the schooner Adventuress.  Following that initial season he has been working almost nonstop on boats large and small from 150' tall ships to 30' engineless pulling boats all while teaching groups ranging from elementary students to Veterans, and everyone in between.  He's joining Call of the Sea directly from work with the Outward Bound Sea Program in Maine and Florida.

When he's not working Andrew can be found sailing on the east coast in his engineless 28' William Atkins sloop Inga, or traveling and adventuring around the US and abroad.  He's especially excited to return to California surfing and diving!

Mate: Laura "LP" Page


LP is originally from Alexandria, VA just outside of Washington DC. She graduated from the University of Mary Washington with a BS in Environmental Science and a BA in Philosophy. She never intended to spend her life at sea, but after the right wrong turns in her life she has been happily sailing on education tall ships for 5 years. She now holds a 100 Ton captain's and mate's license through the US Coast Guard. She has worked on vessels ranging from the Caribbean to Hawaii to New Zealand to Michigan to the Chesapeake Bay and is now happy to call the Seaward, and Sausalito, home. Her passion lies in sail training and outdoor education dealing with the health of the earth's estuaries. Everyday she seeks to live a life less ordinary.

 

Head Educator: Anna Yoors


Anna is passionate about teaching and has been exploring the intersections between sailing and education since college. She has sailed with SEA Semester both as a student and a deckhand and found the learning model of total immersion to be very effective. She has also worked for Thompson Island Outward Bound Education Center where she taught science and sailing to students from the boston public schools. She is from north of Boston and is very excited to be sailing in new waters and to explore the Bay Area.

Deckhand/Educator: Kate Salesin


Having lived in San Francisco as a young child, Kate is pumped to return to sailing on the Bay with Call of the Sea. She has sailed on voyages with Sea Education Association in Europe and New Zealand.

Kate graduated from Cornell University in 2016 with a Bachelor's degree in Computer Science. Since then, in addition to sailing, she has released an iOS app for promoting sustainable seafood choices, designed several websites, and continues to develop an indie game for mobile with a small team.

When not sailing or coding, she enjoys reading Tolkien, knitting, playing artsy video games, and babying her cat, Gibbs.

Deckhand/Educator: Colin Hauke


After growing up and attending college in Upstate New York, Colin headed westward to Santa Cruz, California. Through an AmeriCorps volunteer program, he got involved with conservation ecology projects and environmental stewardship. Eventually moving into a leadership role, he lead groups of young volunteers in conservation projects across California’s vast geography. From trails construction projects in the Desolation Wilderness near Lake Tahoe, to invasive plant control in the Mojave Desert, Colin developed a love for the type of classroom only nature can provide. Soon, he felt the call of the sea himself. Pursuing a curiosity for sailing and marine ecosystems he developed when he was younger, he went on an educational sailing expedition on the Sea of Cortez in Baja Mexico. He soon after decided to make the jump and put his experience in conservation education, and his newfound enthusiasm for sailing together. When he discovered Call of the Sea, he knew it’d be a perfect fit, and he is thrilled to be a part of an organization with such an admirable mission.