Captain Shawn Deweese:
Shawn holds a Bachelor's Degree in Naval Architecture & Marine Engineering from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, & a Master's Degree in Social Organizational Psychology from Columbia University. He served nine years at sea in the U.S. Coast Guard aboard cutters ALEX HALEY (Kodiak, AK), KUKUI (Honolulu, HI), & CAMPBELL (Kittery, ME). He also commanded Cutters ADAK (Manama, Bahrain) & KISKA (Hilo, HI). He is a licensed Merchant Mariner with a 1600-ton Oceans Master License. Now that we've gotten all of the really serious things out of the way, we figured you'd like to know a little more about this one. He's pretty cool. Shawn is a talented craftsman. He makes cutting boards, paddles, picture frames, & much more, all from really beautiful wood. He's a die hard fan of pretzels. Any kind of pretzels. Most of us consider Shawn to be amphibious. He spends much of his time underwater, sometimes to the concern of others.
Jackie has an extensive background in Sales, Marketing & Customer Service. Having worked over 15 years in retail, she honed her skills in team trainings, customer education, customer service roles, and most recently in taking a small business from conception through branding, product development and finally to market in nationwide retail outlets. Jackie currently handles website development, marketing, branding, social media & reservations for Becket Benders. She LOVES cooking and testing new recipes (which is really code for eating new recipes). While she thrives in good weather, she loves a good, dreary rainy day - that's the Seattle girl in her (she was born there!) She's a family girl through and through.
First Mate/Deck Hand: Freelance
Relief Captain Chris Nolan:
Chris holds a Bachelor's Degree in Marine & Environmental Science from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, & Master's Degree in Fisheries & Wildlife Administration from Oregon State University. He served eight years at sea in the U.S. Coast Guard aboard the cutters ALEX HALEY (Kodiak, AK) & EAGLE (New London, CT). He commanded the cutters DORADO (Crescent City, CA) & JEFFERSON ISLAND (Portland, ME). He has also commanded sailing school tall ships ROBERT C. SEAMANS & CORWITH CRAMER as an assistant professor of nautical science at Sea Education Association (Woods Hole, MA). He is a licensed Merchant Mariner with a 1600-ton Oceans Master License.