About Sail Salem

Building upon community sailing programs sponsored by the Salem Park, Recreation & Community Services Department, Sail Salem was established and began offering summer sailing programs in 2007. Our educational sailing program exists to empower all participants, regardless of economic and ethnic background, to develop independence, self-confidence, and communication skills, while fostering teamwork, community spirit and volunteering through the sport of sailing.

Sail Salem is registered with the Commonwealth of Massachusetts as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. It complies with the Massachusetts Department of Public Health and is licensed by the Salem Board of Health.

Sail Salem is managed by a volunteer-based Executive Board and Board of Directors in consultation with an Advisory Board. Sail Salem thanks the volunteers that contribute their time and expertise, the many sponsors & contributors that provide financial support, the City of Salem, and the many young people and their parents who participate in our programs and make the Sail Sailem efforts worthwhile.

Executive Board

Paul McLaughlin, President
Anne Marije Veenland-Lee, Treasurer
Patricia Connolly-Atkins, Secretary

Board of Directors

Carol Arnold
Fred Atkins
Forbes Barber
JuLee Colella
Paige Covello
Jana Gauthier
Jeff Kane
Lisa Keith
Tracy Lawrence
Patty MacLeod
Brad Maloon
John Murray
David S. Smith, Founding Officer
Laurence Talbot
Karen Tenenbaum
Schuyler Ward

Advisory Board

Deborah Amaral 
Noah Flaherty
David Gilbert
Rick Haigis, Past President
Elizabeth Haran 
Judith Krimski 
Bryan Lee      
Riley Linden        
Robert McCarthy
William McHugh
Maureen McKinnon
Chris Roper
Keegan Whitehair
Kathy Winn

Brenton Babb, Program Director
Cody Corelli, Program Advisor


Pearse Dowd, Head Instructor, Race Clinic
Braiden Kilroy. Head Instructor, 420s
Fiona Salas, Head Instructor, Optis
Dylan Balunas
Nicolas Gilbert
Eloise Goedkoop

John Murray, Program Director


Carol Arnold
Amy VanDoren
Paul McLaughlin
Sriram Kannan
John Murray
Ed Gunning
Russ Vickers
Seamus Hourihan

The Executive Committee addresses issues presented by the Program Director between Board Meetings and formulates Board meeting agendas.

Responsible for overseeing the budget and financial operations. Skills / experience desired: CPA, CFO or controller, non-profit reporting.

Responsible for researching, defining, and recommending Board directions to ensure a diversified, representative, and inclusive environment at Sail Salem. Skills / experience desired: DEI experience, strong advocacy, Salem community contacts.

Responsible for community and public relations, press releases, social media, marketing materials, and fundraising efforts. Skills / experience desired: marketing / media experience; skills with social media, creative design; fundraising experience, monied contacts, grant writing experience, investment background.

Responsible for Board performance, recruiting /on-boarding (training) new Board members and creating Board materials. Skills / experience desired: community connections, legal skills, board governance expertise.

Responsible for all property and equipment issues including repairing and replacement, storage and overseeing all property building and maintenance. Skills / experience desired: construction, boat building and repair, sail and rigging experience.

Responsible for program content, scheduling, time keeping, registration and human resources. Skills / experience desired: sailing instruction, camp administration, STEAM teaching, registration, and human resources.