Advisory Board

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Officers

Board Members

  • Jeremy Dietrich (Ichthyology Associates)

  • Carole Erslev (Dryden Central School District, retired)

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

  • Lynn Leopold (Intermunicipal Organization Liaison)

  • Thomas Vawter (Wells College, Emeritus)

  • John Summers (Cayuga Radio Group)

  • Thys Van Cort (Planner, retired)

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.

  Chris Russell, Master Captain   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.

Chris Russell, Master Captain

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.

  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.

  Paul Flagg, Captain   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.

Paul Flagg, Captain

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.

  Woody McKenzie, Captain   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!)

Woody McKenzie, Captain

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!)