Advisory Board

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Officers

  • Chair: Jeff Werner (SUNY Cortland)

  • Vice Chair: Lynn Leopold (Intermunicipal Organization Liaison)

  • Secretary: Thomas Vawter (Wells College, Emeritus)

  • Financial Officer: Jeremy Dietrich (Ichthyology Associates)

Board Members

  • Carole Erslev (Dryden Central School District, retired)

  • Paul Flagg (Ship's captain, Engineer, retired)

  • John Summers (Cayuga Radio Group)

  • Thys Van Cort (Planner, retired)

  • Candace Cornell (Osprey researcher, retired)

  • Kinga Hill (Wells College)

Our Staff and CREW

Bill Foster, Program Director   Bill grew up in Ithaca and earned a BS in Environmental Engineering, Cornell '87. After 16 years pursuing in water resource management with the US EPA and several not-for-profits, he is now focused on community-driven environmental education.

Bill Foster, Program Director

Bill grew up in Ithaca and earned a BS in Environmental Engineering, Cornell '87. After 16 years pursuing in water resource management with the US EPA and several not-for-profits, he is now focused on community-driven environmental education.

Astrid Jirka, Assistant Program Manager   Astrid has diverse experience in eco-tourism, international education,  yoga instruction , conservation, entrepeneurship, and the Finger Lakes region hospitality industry.

Astrid Jirka, Assistant Program Manager

Astrid has diverse experience in eco-tourism, international education, yoga instruction, conservation, entrepeneurship, and the Finger Lakes region hospitality industry.

Marina Howarth, Science and Education Coordinator   No this isn’t her, but we’ll have a real photo up soon and we’re sure she’ll be as excited about holding marine invertebrates as our young classroom friends are!

Marina Howarth, Science and Education Coordinator

No this isn’t her, but we’ll have a real photo up soon and we’re sure she’ll be as excited about holding marine invertebrates as our young classroom friends are!


Master Captain Chris Russell   Chris brings 20 years of experience on the water, in Florida and in the Finger Lakes, and a 100 Ton Master's license to the program.

Master Captain Chris Russell

Chris brings 20 years of experience on the water, in Florida and in the Finger Lakes, and a 100 Ton Master's license to the program.

Captain Woody McKenzie   Woody joined us in 2016, and holds a US Coast Guard 100 Ton Licensed Master's license. He has a passion for sailing, celestial navigation and Marcy (the one in front!)

Captain Woody McKenzie

Woody joined us in 2016, and holds a US Coast Guard 100 Ton Licensed Master's license. He has a passion for sailing, celestial navigation and Marcy (the one in front!)

Captain Paul Flagg   Paul holds a US Coast Guard 100 Ton Licensed Master's license and has extensive boating experience on Cayuga Lake. He is a member of the US Power Squadron (USPS), a boating safety and education organization, has taught every USPS Course from Basic Boating through Celestial Navigation, and is a USPS Certified Coastal Navigator.

Captain Paul Flagg

Paul holds a US Coast Guard 100 Ton Licensed Master's license and has extensive boating experience on Cayuga Lake. He is a member of the US Power Squadron (USPS), a boating safety and education organization, has taught every USPS Course from Basic Boating through Celestial Navigation, and is a USPS Certified Coastal Navigator.


Narrators and Crew   Every year we welcome a small handful of local residents to become crew on our boat. They are also the narrators for our eco-cruises. Full of knowledge about the local area through years of walking the gorges, searching for fossils, studying local history, identifying wildlife and specializing in certain aspects of our region’s unique geology, culture and history make our cruises unique and memorable.

Narrators and Crew

Every year we welcome a small handful of local residents to become crew on our boat. They are also the narrators for our eco-cruises. Full of knowledge about the local area through years of walking the gorges, searching for fossils, studying local history, identifying wildlife and specializing in certain aspects of our region’s unique geology, culture and history make our cruises unique and memorable.

Interns and Educators   Our DCL staff consists of high school and college interns who are learning about the work that we do while also lending a hand in our educational programs by teaching the kids that we work with about our local lake ecology!

Interns and Educators

Our DCL staff consists of high school and college interns who are learning about the work that we do while also lending a hand in our educational programs by teaching the kids that we work with about our local lake ecology!

Caroline Hoover, Instructor   Caroline joined the Floating Classroom in 2006, after a career in public education, specializing in science education. She is enjoying her present incarnation as outdoor educator, eye-opener, musical and yoga instructor.

Caroline Hoover, Instructor

Caroline joined the Floating Classroom in 2006, after a career in public education, specializing in science education. She is enjoying her present incarnation as outdoor educator, eye-opener, musical and yoga instructor.