Meet the BoatUS Foundation Crew
I grew up just south of Annapolis, and have been boating my whole life. I’ve owned and operated just about every type of boat imaginable—my favorite boat is whichever boat that can get me on the water. I’ve been at BoatUS for 19 years, and have been in the marine industry for nearly 30 years. I love boating so much that I don’t think I’ve worked a day out of those 30 years.
At the Foundation, I work with the staff on any and all projects, and I work a great deal with our external partners to promote safe and clean boating, and boating in general.
I oversee day to day operations of the Foundation. My technical area of expertise is in clean boating, with a Masters of Environmental Management, but as a lifelong boater, boating safety too comes naturally. I grew up sailing C&C Nutshells and 420s on Lake Ontario but now enjoy all kinds of boating with my husband and kids on the Chesapeake Bay.
While my work tends to focus on reducing the potential environmental impacts of boating, I also work on broader boating issues, such as representing recreational boating interests on NOAA’s Hydrographic Services Review Panel (think the charting, tides, current and water level folks at NOAA). Whether it is rolling up my sleeves to help with our latest product tests, creating a new online course or writing articles for BoatU.S. Magazine, everyday at the Foundation brings new challenges and lots of fun.
Amanda Suttles Pérez
Director of Education
As the Director of Education, I oversee all of the online learning systems for BoatUS Foundation from the software that hosts the courses to the team that develops new ones. It’s that variety that I like most about working at the Foundation. We impact boaters from all over with our courses to make them safer and more confident on the water.
I’ve been with the BoatUS Foundation since August 2006 and I have worked in marketing, public relations and the sales in the boating industry since I graduate college. I've never had more fun than working in boating. I have a B.A. in Mass Communications and a M.A.L.A.
I’ve been a boater since I was 6 years old and grew up boating with my family in a 19ft ski boat on the Gulf Coast of Texas. Today I get out on the water in my brother's 37ft sailboat in Annapolis or my kayak on the Magothy River.
Assistant Director of Boating Safety
My primary responsibility is to raise funds to support the Foundation’s many unique programs. BoatUS Members are our main source of donations and we communicate with them throughout the year to educate them on the impact of their generosity and encourage their support. Our annual Greeting Card Program, Emergency Beacon Rental Program and Boat Donation Program also fall under my direction.
I head up our product testing series, Foundation Findings, and am one of the Trailering and Watersports Experts for BoatUS and Trailering Magazine. My education background is in Psychology and I have a Masters in Business Administration. I’ve been boating most of my life, am fascinated by anything America’s Cup and prior to working at BoatUS I was a professional sailor on the ocean-going maxi yacht racing circuit on a boat called “Mischievous.”
As the Outreach Manager for BoatUS Foundation, I manage several of our partnership programs such as the Grassroots Grants Program and Life Jacket Loaner Program. I also oversee the Foundation’s social media presence with the help of all Foundation staff. I hold a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Management from the University of Maryland University College but have worked extensively on both safe and clean boating programs since I started with the Foundation in 2005. I can't think of a more enjoyable job than working with boaters every day!
I grew up boating on the Chesapeake Bay and the Little River in South Carolina. From powerboats to kayaks, I love all kinds of boating. My favorite thing about boating is being able to spend quality time with family and friends exploring our nation’s waterways.
I have been with the BoatUS Foundation since December 2010. As a lifelong boater, when this opportunity appeared, I knew it would be a great fit for me. As a project administrator, I wear many hats at the Foundation. I provide support to our numerous online students who call me regarding state boating regulations. In addition, I generate certificates of completion and troubleshoot user issues. Reel In & Recycle monofilament recycling program, EPIRB/PLB rental program and Life Jacket Loaner program are a few of the projects I help manage for the Foundation.
I help build our online courses and aid in instructional design. I work with the artistic staff to create a well-balanced course of graphics, narrations, video, and text elements. I really like the ground work and building aspect of my job because it lets me be creative and also lets me deal with technical specs such as course elements and interactions. My favorite thing about boating has to be just being out on the water and feeling like I’m on some type of adventure all while being able to appreciate the beauty of nature.
I am the lead videographer for the Foundation and handle the majority of projects we do in that realm. This has me leading and helping on a wide variety of projects, from boating education videos to promotional videos about our programs. Quite often, I’m wearing several hats and balancing a lot of different interests, I love that about this job. Give me a camera, give me a boat, and I’ll give you something. I’m not quite sure what yet, but something.
Boating has been something fun for me that, besides kayaking and small boat sailing, has been a new adventure over the past two years working at the Foundation.
Web Project Administrator
As the web project administrator, my realm is online. From updating webpages to creating custom forms I work closely with the Foundation staff to promote projects and inform the public of safe and clean boating topics. I have been a sailor since I was 12 years old and learned at Camp Sea Gull in North Carolina.
In high school, I taught sailing at Severn Sailing Association and elsewhere in the Annapolis area. Before earning my bachelor's degree, I worked in many other areas of boating: sailmaker, crew on a tall ship, boating supplies retail, and boat detailing, repairs, and maintenance. I refit power and sailboats and enjoy working on boats almost as much as going out on them. I have a B.S. degree in Information Systems from the University of Maryland University College.
I am both a graphic designer and web developer at the Foundation and help create graphics for the online course, website, and other BoatUS Foundation communications. I started at the Foundation as a Graphic Design Intern in June of 2013 and began working full time in September 2013. I graduated from Roger Williams University with a degree in Graphic Design.