Executive Director: 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: Liza Dean
Growing up in New England, Liza developed her love for the ocean and sailing on the shores of Cape Cod. She pursued these passions by sailing on board two education and research vessels; GERONIMO and TABOR BOY. In college, Liza sailed for a semester on the SPIRIT OF MASSACHUSETTS through Ocean Classroom Foundation's Seamester program. After a life changing experience on board SPIRIT OF MASSACHUSETTS Liza set her sights towards a career in experiential education. After graduating from Hobart and William Smith Colleges in 2013, Liza had the opportunity to teach maritime history on board Ocean Classroom's HARVEY GAMAGE. During this program, Liza taught and lived with twenty-two high school students for a semester, sailing from Portland, Maine to San Juan, Puerto Rico. Liza was a deckhand/ educator on board SEAWARD during the 2014 season and is thrilled to continue to work with Call of the Sea as Program Director.
Captain: Will McLean
Will is very excited to Join Call of the Sea for Seaward’s Mexico sailing season. Originally from Asheville NC, Will now spends most of his time out Sailing. He has a B.S. in Vessel Technology and Operations from Maine Maritime Academy and holds a USCG 1600 ton Ocean Masters License. Will has been working with Sea Education Association as the Senior Chief Mate on The Robert C. Seamans for the last 2 years sailing between American Samoa, Fiji, New Zealand, Tahiti, and Hawaii. In his time off he enjoys Surfing, snorkeling, hiking, fishing, rowing, and recently spent 2 months traveling around New Zealand in a camper van. He has heard many excellent stories of sailing Seaward in Mexico, and is excited about the opportunity for great sailing, snorkeling with marine wild life, and exploring the Baja Peninsula with an excellent crew.
Mate: Lucas Campbell
Lucas graduated from Marine Maritime in 2012 with a 1600 ton mates license. He is the owner of a small business, Green Mountain Marine Services LLC . He has worked on various boats as engineer, captain, and mate. In Lucas’s free time he enjoys Rock/ Ice Climbing, Sailing, windsurfing, wood turning, fly fishing, and maple sugaring.
Naturalist: Maria Harvey
Growing up in the beautiful hills of West Virginia, Maria tuned into the wonders of the wilderness early in life. From sunup to sundown, she could be found cavorting in nature. Throughout her youth, summertime vacations to the Carolinas put the ocean on Maria’s list of favorite things. Perhaps it is no surprise then, to learn that Maria lives in ocean-centric Kona, Hawaii nowadays.
Attending the University of Hawaii, Maria earned her degree in marine science, with an emphasis in marine mammal behavior. After school, she earned her Captain’s license and put it to use driving whale watch boats, serving as the naturalist on board. She has also assisted with several different whale and dolphin centered research projects. While maintaining her love for the islands and the ocean, Maria has recently been working in Southeast Alaska serving as an expedition leader and naturalist onboard yachts while basking in the majestic wilderness with her guests.
On a mission to uncover all the beautiful nooks and crannies of world, Maria has an intense passion for traveling and learning. Whether it be in Samoa, Costa Rica, Alaska, Hawaii, Mexico, or Dominican Republic, Maria’s travels help broaden her knowledge. Even though she may ‘nerd-out’ from time to time, especially when marine mammals are involved, Maria has quite the many jokes up her sleeve and also touts to be a phenomenal dancer. When she is not out traveling the world, Maria spends time at home in Kona cuddled up next to her golden retriever, Sammy. Up next: Maria is planning to hike the 211-mile John Muir Trail through the Sierra Nevada Mountains.
Cook: Charlie Seibel
Charlie grew up on the lakes of Minnesota, but after graduating from college headed for saltier waters! In 2007 she discovered the world of sail training after joining the Seamester|Oceanmester program as a student, and has been sailing and scuba diving ever since.
Besides working with Call of the Sea, she has also worked for S.E.A., Action Quest, Spirit of South Carolina, the windjammer Angelique, and Blackbeards/Aqua Cat Cruises. She currently holds a 200T USCG NC Master and 200T IYT Master of Yachts Unlimited.
As for cooking - Charlie has been playing around with food since she was little, as her mother refused to raise children who couldn't make a meal! No matter if it's in a tiny galley or on wild seas, she makes sure the food is hot and plentiful! Her favorite thing to pull out of the oven? A fresh, golden loaf of bread!