About

Board of Trustees

As a 501(c)3 nonprofit, Semester at Sea’s Board of Trustees provides fiduciary oversight, shapes broad policies to guide and protect the Institute, provides vision and direction to ensure the long-term sustainability of the program, and evaluates the President.

The Board meets three times a year and holds several committee meetings.

Trustees are unpaid volunteers who are recruited by the nominating committee and serve four-year terms. Our trustees are leaders with experience in large organizations and expert knowledge in higher education, business, technology, finance, and medical science. The majority of our trustees are Semester at Sea alumni.

Chair of the Board

Greg Chapman
CEO/Founder, Chapman Family Foundation
Greg Chapman
CEO/Founder, Chapman Family Foundation

Greg started his career in the insurance industry at Chubb, in San Francisco and Warren, NJ. After returning to the Pasadena area, Greg joined Swett & Crawford as a wholesale insurance broker in Los Angeles. In 2000 Greg acquired his father’s insurance brokerage where he expanded operations to become a top 100 firm in the United States. Ten years later Greg sold his firm to Arthur J. Gallagher and transitioned into the auto parts business by acquiring Transgo. After growing Transgo into one of the largest aftermarket transmission kit manufacturers, he sold the firm to a private equity group out of North Carolina. Greg currently serves on several forprofit and nonprofit boards. He is the Board Chair of Semester at Sea, Board Chair of the Chapman Family Foundation, and the Executive Chair of Smart Parke. Greg and his wife, Kristin, live in San Marino and have 3 children (Reese 19, Luke 17, and Nico 14). Greg graduated from the University of San Diego and has an MBA from the Marshall School of Business at USC.

  • Committees
    Finance Investment Operations & Risk Management
  • SAS Connection
    Greg first sailed on the Fall 1990 voyage. He then sailed on a partial Summer 2014 voyage and on the Spring 2017 voyage.

Board Vice Chair

Lisa Slavid
Vice Chair, Director of Organizational and Performance Management, UC Santa Barbara
Lisa Slavid
Vice Chair, Director of Organizational and Performance Management, UC Santa Barbara

Lisa has worked in the field of Student Affairs and Housing and Residential Life for 21 years in a variety of roles, including Resident Director, Student Leadership Coordinator, and Coordinator of Strategic Initiatives. Graduated with a BA from Smith College and earned her Master’s in Counseling from Santa Clara University.

  • Committees
    Executive Academic & Community Life
  • SAS Connection
    Lisa has served as an officer of the Alumni Association of Semester at Sea from 2010-2014, and has sailed on three academic voyages with Semester at Sea: as a Resident Director in Spring 1998, and twice as the Dean of Students, Summer 2007 and Fall 2012.

Board of Trustees

Dwight Allison
CEO, Maine Fiber Company
Dwight Allison
CEO, Maine Fiber Company

Dwight has previously served as an investor and Director for Institutional Shareholder Services, the oldest and largest proxy advisory service in the world, Atlantic Bank, NA of Maine and Biddeford Internet Company of Maine. He received a BA from Colby College, an MBA from the Amos Tuck School of Business Administration at Dartmouth College.

  • Committees
    Audit Finance
  • SAS Connection
    Dwight sailed as Lifelong Learner on the Fall 2010 voyage and as partial voyagers on the Spring 2010, Spring of 2011, Fall 2012, and Summer 2013 and Summer 2014 voyages.
Lori Barker
Professor of Psychology, California Polytechnic State University, Pomona
Lori Barker
Professor of Psychology, California Polytechnic State University, Pomona

Dr. Lori Barker is a licensed clinical psychologist and a Qualified Medical Evaluator with the State of California, Division of Workers Compensation. She has a private practice in Riverside, California, called The Center for Individual, Family, and Community Wellness. As a therapist, she specializes in providing culturally inclusive, sensitive, and responsive therapy. Dr. Lori Barker is a professor in the Department of Psychology and Sociology at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona (Cal Poly Pomona).

Two of Dr. Lori Barker’s favorite things are travel and teaching, so when she heard about Semester at Sea, she knew it was a perfect fit. Spring 2023 will be her third voyage.

  • Committees
    Academic Affairs & Communiy Life
  • SAS Connection
    Sailed as a faculty member on the Fall 1999 and Spring 2017 voyages. Will sail again in Spring 2023 as the Intercultural Specialist on the Global Studies team.
Kristina Ota Belfiore
Kristina Ota Belfiore

Kristina previously worked for the Microsoft Corporation in Recruiting for nearly 12 years. Her last position there was Director of University and MBA Recruiting which also included responsibility for the company’s internship and scholarship programs. Kristina is a long-time member of the Board of Trustees for Rainier Scholars, an educational non-profit in the Seattle area which opens doors to education for hardworking, disadvantaged children of color, providing a pathway to college graduation and creating future community leaders. She also currently serves on the Board of Trustees for Seattle Country Day School, a private K-8 school in Seattle. Stanford University, Bachelors of Arts and Science degree in Economics and Biology.

  • Committees
    Advancement Executive Marketing & Recruiting
  • SAS Connection
    Kristina sailed on Semester at Sea with her husband and three children on the Spring 2016 voyage with John Tymitz serving as the Dean. She learned about the program from close friends, Kevin & Kristine Shields, who sailed in Fall 1999 as Lifelong Learner’s.
Randy Davis
President, RCD ConsultingA Behavioral Health Solutions Practice
Randy Davis
President, RCD ConsultingA Behavioral Health Solutions Practice

Until retiring in 2014, Dr. Davis was President of Beacon Health Options, Western Region, the largest Managed Behavioral Health Company in the US. Prior he was the Founder/CEO of College Health IPA, a Behavioral Health Management Company, which he sold to Beacon in 2010. Dr. Davis is a licensed Psychologist and was the President of a single specialty, multi-disciplinary behavioral health group in Southern California. Dr. Davis hosted a Los Angeles-based radio program for many years focusing on mental health and substance abuse related issues. He also serves on the Board of Counselors for the Argyros School of Business and Economics at Chapman University as well as the St. Joseph’s Hospital Foundation Board. Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.). Psychology, United States International University.

  • Committees
    Advancement Governance and Nominating, Chair
  • SAS Connection
    Friend of Semester at Sea since 2013.
Mike Derezin
Vice President, Sales Solutions at LinkedIn
Mike Derezin
Vice President, Sales Solutions at LinkedIn

Mike helped launch LinkedIn’s Sales Solutions business and is responsible for leading and scaling the global field sales and customer success teams. Prior to LinkedIn, Mike advised Fortune 500 companies and private equity firms as a Consultant at Bain & Co. Passionate about how social media has positively disrupted the way the world sells, Mike is an engaging speaker and thought-leader on social selling. Mike graduated from UC Berkeley with Phi Beta Kappa honors and holds an MBA from Stanford Business School.

  • Committees
    Executive Governance & Nominating Marketing & Recruiting
  • SAS Connection
    Sailed on the Semester at Sea Spring 1991 voyage.
James Deutsch
Portfolio Manager and Managing Member at Gilder, Gagnon, Howe & Co.
James Deutsch
Portfolio Manager and Managing Member at Gilder, Gagnon, Howe & Co.

Gilder, Gagnon, Howe & Co. is a stock brokerage firm focused on helping small investors create wealth. James invests in high growth public companies around the world. He also serves on the Board of Trustees of Rodeph Sholom School, where his daughters are enrolled, and Trinity School, NY where he went to high school. Graduated from Stanford University in 2000 where he studied Economics and Computer Science.

  • Committees
    Academic and Community Life Investment
  • SAS Connection
    Sailed on the Semester at Sea Fall 1998 voyage.
Christopher Foreman
President, Moonbeam Investment Corporation
Christopher Foreman
President, Moonbeam Investment Corporation

Moonbeam Investment Corporation invests in and acquires distressed assets of which the underlying security interest is real estate. Such assets include, commercial and consumer debt, tax liens, large land tracts and commercial real estate. Christopher graduated from the University of Wisconsin Madison in 1988 with a degree in Economics.

  • Committees
    Finance, Chair Investment
  • SAS Connection
    Sailed on the Semester at Sea Spring 1986 voyage as a student, and again in 2014 with his family.
T. Kenn Gaither
Associate Professor/Associate Dean at the Elon University School of Communications
T. Kenn Gaither
Associate Professor/Associate Dean at the Elon University School of Communications

T. Kenn Gaither teaches courses in international public relations, public relations, and mass communication. He has published in several public relations journals, including the Journal of Public Relations Research and Public Relations Review, and has written or co-authored three books, including Globalization and Public Relations in Postcolonial Nations: Challenges and Opportunities (Cambria, 2012). Gaither has more than nine years of professional public relations agency experience.
He earned his Ph.D. in mass communication from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he was a Park Doctoral Fellow and outstanding graduating Ph.D. student in his class. He has an M.F.A. in literary journalism and B.A. in English Writing/Latin American Studies from the University of Pittsburgh.

  • Committees
    Academic Affairs & Community Life Operations & Risk Management
  • SAS Connection
    He served as president/CEO of the Institute for Shipboard Education during 2014-2015 before returning to his post at Elon. He has sailed on nine Semester at Sea voyages, most recently as executive dean on the summer 2012 voyage.
Dan Garvey
President/Professor Emeritus, Prescott College
Dan Garvey
President/Professor Emeritus, Prescott College

Dan Garvey will be sailing on his seventh Semester at Sea Voyage as Executive Dean. He will be teaching SOC 362 Social Change on this voyage. This course is a student-directed experience that provides students with the knowledge and skills necessary to understand and initiate action toward social justice. He is President Emeritus of Prescott College, serving as President from 2000-2010, and also a professor and founding Fellow of the Institute for Sustainable Social Change at Prescott College. Dan has been a faculty member and administrator at six colleges and universities and has strong ties to the mountaineering and experiential education communities and was a Trustee of The National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) and Project Adventure and a supporter of the United World Colleges.

  • Committees
    Executive Operations & Risk Management
  • SAS Connection
    Dan has sailed on the Spring 1984, Spring 1988, Spring 1996, Spring 2011, Summer 2014 and Spring 2017 SAS voyages. He is also a former member of the Alumni Association Board of Directors.
Dennis Gertmenian
Foxdale Properties CEO
Dennis Gertmenian
Foxdale Properties CEO

Dennis Gertmenian is the CEO of Foxdale Properties and Founder of Ready Pac Foods®, where he served as CEO for 40 years. During his career, Dennis has completed over 60 mergers and acquisitions mostly related to the food and real estate industries. Dennis received an AA from Pasadena City College, a BS from the University of Southern California, and a MBA from Pepperdine University. Community service is very important to Dennis and his wife Susi, where they devote a great deal of time and resources. He is a lifetime resident of Pasadena where he and Susi raised 5 children. Dennis and Susi spend their summers at Grouse Creek Reserve- their ranch in the Tetons, where they enjoy multiple outdoor activities.

  • Committees
    Finance Governance and Nominating Investment
  • SAS Connection
    His association with Semester at Sea has been long served and enjoyed. Dennis sailed as a student in Fall 1966, and is rejoining the SAS Board, after serving from 2000-2016, during which time he was Vice-Chair, Chair of the Investment & Governance Committees, and serving on multiple committees, including: Advancement, Academic Search, Executive and Scenario Planning.
Lisa Braun Glazer
Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatry
Lisa Braun Glazer
Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatry

Lisa is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and a Licensed Clinical Psychologist (retired). She currently volunteers at UCSD’s School of Medicine. Graduated cum laude with a BA degree from Brandeis University and earned her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Vermont.

  • Committees
    Advancement Academic & Community Life
  • SAS Connection
    Lisa sailed on the Spring 2002 voyage as faculty spouse and on Fall 2010 as the staff psychologist. She has also sailed on numerous partial and reunion voyages.
Clipper Hackett
Clipper Hackett

As a 501(c)3 nonprofit, Semester at Sea’s Board of Trustees provides fiduciary oversight, shapes broad policies to guide and protect the Institute, provides vision and direction to ensure the long-term sustainability of the program, and evaluates the President. The Board meets three times a year and holds several committee meetings. Trustees are unpaid volunteers who are recruited by the nominating committee and serve four-year terms. Our trustees are leaders with experience in large organizations and expert knowledge in higher education, business, technology, finance, and medical science. The majority of our trustees are Semester at Sea alumni.

  • Committees
    Academic Affairs & Community Life Operations & Risk Management
  • SAS Connection
Marisa Huber
Counselor at Law, Gibson Robb & Lindh LLPAdjunct Professor of Maritime Law, University of San Francisco School of Law
Marisa Huber
Counselor at Law, Gibson Robb & Lindh LLPAdjunct Professor of Maritime Law, University of San Francisco School of Law

Marisa is passionate about maritime law, which she has practiced since 2007. She handles a variety of maritime matters including cases involving yachts, ship repairs, maritime personal injury, maritime products liability, general average, and bunker fuel disputes. Her practice also includes marine insurance coverage, liability defense, bad faith defense, and commercial maritime transactional matters. She also enjoys engaging with students in her work as an adjunct professor of maritime law at the University of San Francisco School of Law.
Marisa’s Education includes: Santa Clara University School of Law, J.D. (2007), Law of the Sea Studies at Oxford University, University of San Diego, B.A. International Relations (2001)

  • Committees
    Executive Governance & Nominating Operations & Risk Management
  • SAS Connection
    Marisa sailed onboard the S.S. Universe Explorer for the Spring 2000 voyage.
Lynn Johnson
Vice President for University Operations at Colorado State University
Lynn Johnson
Vice President for University Operations at Colorado State University

In her current position, Lynn Johnson overseas Parking and Transportation Services, Procurement Services, Office of Budgets, Business & Financial Services, Facilities Management, Environmental Health Services, Central Receiving & Mail Services, HR, the Office of the Ombuds & EAP, Risk Management & Insurance, Training & Organizational Development & the Office of Equal Opportunity.
Lynn also serves as the liaison to the Administrative Professional Council and State Classified Personnel Council and as Board Chair of the Executive Steering Team for the Kuali Financial System Project.
She obtained her B.S. in accounting from UT Arlington. Lynn is a CPA and spent several years with KPMG and served as the CFO for a non-profit cancer research center in Denver prior to joining CSU in 2003.

  • Committees
    Operations & Risk Management
  • SAS Connection
Kristin Karst
Co-Owner and Executive Vice President AmaWaterways
Kristin Karst
Co-Owner and Executive Vice President AmaWaterways

Kristin’s experience includes eight years with American Express, first as the Manager of Leisure Travel in Dresden, Germany, then as the Manager of Special Groups in Zurich, Switzerland. In 1999, she moved from Europe to the United States and was made Manager of Groups and Incentives at Viking River Cruises. In 2002, Kristin became a partner and part-owner in Amadeus Waterways, now AmaWaterways. In her position as Executive Vice President, Kristin’s extensive knowledge of Europe’s culture and traditions and relentless pursuit of excellence makes her a unique stand-out in today’s river cruise industry. Kristin received her Master’s in Economics and Business Management from the University of Dresden, in addition to speaking four languages (English, German, Russian and French).

  • Committees
    Audit Operations & Risk Management
  • SAS Connection
    Friend of Semester at Sea since 2015.
Emily Poague
Vice President Marketing, LinkedIn Learning
Emily Poague
Vice President Marketing, LinkedIn Learning

Emily leads marketing for LinkedIn’s Learning business, focused on connecting consumers and organizations with digital learning to develop skills needed in an evolving world of work. Emily has over 15 years of experience across marketing and product management at companies including Accenture, American Express, and Yahoo!. She joined LinkedIn in 2013 and led the Consumer Marketing function until joining the LinkedIn Learning in 2016. Emily graduated from Johns Hopkins University with a degree in International Relations and studied abroad in Paris, France through the Sweet Briar program. She holds an MBA from the Haas School of Business, UC Berkeley.

  • Committees
    Marketing & Recruiting
  • SAS Connection
    Friend of Semester at Sea since 2019.
Marjorie Seawell
Retired High Risk Labor and Delivery Nurse Founding Donor of the Women’s Foundation of Colorado, Former co-owner of The Shreveport Journal
Marjorie Seawell
Retired High Risk Labor and Delivery Nurse Founding Donor of the Women’s Foundation of Colorado, Former co-owner of The Shreveport Journal

Marjorie is a former high risk labor and delivery nurse with volunteer experience in HIV/AIDS in Zambia, Kenya and Rwanda. She has worked with and supported the Clinton Foundation HIV/AIDS Initiative as well as several other international NGO’s and philanthropies. Marjorie was one of the founding donors of the Women’s Foundation of Colorado and has served as president of her family’s foundation which focuses on social justice issues and the needs of the underserved. She is a former co-owner of The Shreveport Journal and is currently an investor in commercial real estate and alternative assets. Received two undergraduate degrees including a BSN and a Master’s Degree in Health Administration and Policy

  • Committees
    Advancement Chair Governance & Nominating Marketing & Recruiting
  • SAS Connection
    Marjorie has served on the AABOD as Lifelong Learner Council Co-Chair (2011), Secretary (2012), VP (2013) & President (2014). She has sailed the SP02, SP05, SP09, FA10, MA12, SP13 and FA13 voyages.
Karen Simon
ISE Board of Trustees
Karen Simon
ISE Board of Trustees

Youth Trustees

Libby Firer
Regional Manager of Business Development, Oracle Corporation
Libby Firer
Regional Manager of Business Development, Oracle Corporation

Libby graduated with a BA in Psychology from the University of Virginia.

  • Committees
    Advancement Marketing & Recruiting
  • SAS Connection
    Libby sailed on the Summer 2014 voyage of Semester at Sea. She worked in the ISE Home Office as a Work Study student from 2014 to 2016. She is also a current Semester at Sea Alumni Chapter Representative in Austin.
Christian Lowe
Software Engineer, Change.org
Christian Lowe
Software Engineer, Change.org

Christian works as a Software Engineer at Change.org where he is able to merge his love of technology with his passion for social justice. His interest in human rights, social impact, and diversity and inclusion motivates and drives Christian in all his endeavors. Graduated with a BA from Texas A&M University.

  • Committees
    Academic & Community Life Marketing & Recruiting
  • SAS Connection
    Christian Lowe was born and raised in Houston, TX. As a proud Aggie he attended Texas A&M University where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in International Studies and Latin American politics in 2016. As a student at Texas A&M, Christian studied abroad in Peru where he interned at APORVIDHA, a human rights organization with strong focus on the rights of indigenous peoples and women. Christian sailed on the Spring 2016 voyage of Semester at Sea where he also served as an Impact Scholar.

Honorary Trustees

Dr. John Tymitz
Co-Founder and past president of the Institute of Shipboard Education
Dr. John Tymitz
Co-Founder and past president of the Institute of Shipboard Education

Dr. Tymitz served as the Chief Executive Officer of the Institute for Shipboard Education until February 2007. He served as a faculty member for Chapman College’s World Campus Afloat in 1972 and as the Associate Director of Operations from 1973-75.
In 1976 he was the co-founder of the Institute for Shipboard Education, serving as the Director of Administrative Affairs until 1984. In 1984 he was appointed Executive Director; in 1997 the Board of Directors changed his title to Chief Executive Officer.
His teaching experience includes serving as an Assistant Professor of History at the University of Central Oklahoma and Oklahoma State University. He has his B.A. and M.A. from Southern Illinois University and received his Ph.D. in 1973 from Oklahoma State University

  • Committees
    Advancement (Honorary Trustee) Governance & Nominating Operations & Risk Management
  • SAS Connection
    Dr. Tymitz is the co-founder of the Institute for Shipboard Education. He sailed on 12 SAS voyages serving as the Executive Dean and teaching courses on U.S. Diplomatic History.

Ex-Officio 

Roane Akchurin
Roane Akchurin

As a 501(c)3 nonprofit, Semester at Sea’s Board of Trustees provides fiduciary oversight, shapes broad policies to guide and protect the Institute, provides vision and direction to ensure the long-term sustainability of the program, and evaluates the President. The Board meets three times a year and holds several committee meetings. Trustees are unpaid volunteers who are recruited by the nominating committee and serve four-year terms. Our trustees are leaders with experience in large organizations and expert knowledge in higher education, business, technology, finance, and medical science. The majority of our trustees are Semester at Sea alumni.

  • Committees
  • SAS Connection
Blanche Hughes
ISE Board of Trustees
Blanche Hughes
ISE Board of Trustees
Janice Nerger
ISE Board of Trustees
Janice Nerger
ISE Board of Trustees

Non-Trustee Committee Members

Mandy Bratton
Executive Director, Global Ties and Grand Challenge Scholars Programs
Mandy Bratton
Executive Director, Global Ties and Grand Challenge Scholars Programs

University of California San Diego

  • Committees
    Academic Affairs & Communiy Life
  • SAS Connection
Shaun Crisler
ISE Board of Trustees
Shaun Crisler
ISE Board of Trustees

Shaun N. Crisler (He/Him) has been committed to higher education and student success as a professional for 15 years and currently serves as the Assistant Vice President for Residence Life and Housing at SUNY Oswego in New York. He has served in several roles within Housing and Residence Life with the primary goal to help create positive living and learning experiences for all students. By working with faculty, campus partners, and staff, Shaun looks for opportunities to collaborate with a focus on student success and retention.

Shaun actively works with students and professionals to increase their intercultural competence by facilitating workshops and through study abroad activities. Shaun has been a member of the Semester at Sea family for more than twenty years.

  • Committees
    Academic Affairs & Community Life
  • SAS Connection
    He sailed as a student on the Fall 2000 voyage and returned as the Assistant Dean of Students for two summer voyages: SUM09 and SUM12. Shaun served as the Assistant Executive Dean on the SP18 voyage and as Executive Dean on the SP22 Voyage.
Ken Cushner
ISE Board of Trustees
Ken Cushner
ISE Board of Trustees
Felicia DiSilvestro
Financial Advisor, Morgan Stanley
Felicia DiSilvestro
Financial Advisor, Morgan Stanley

B.S. in Finance from Miami University
J.D. from DePaul College of Law

  • Committees
    Investment
  • SAS Connection
    Felicia sailed as a student on the Spring 1985 voyage.
Bob Heinemann
Bob Heinemann

As a 501(c)3 nonprofit, Semester at Sea’s Board of Trustees provides fiduciary oversight, shapes broad policies to guide and protect the Institute, provides vision and direction to ensure the long-term sustainability of the program, and evaluates the President. The Board meets three times a year and holds several committee meetings. Trustees are unpaid volunteers who are recruited by the nominating committee and serve four-year terms. Our trustees are leaders with experience in large organizations and expert knowledge in higher education, business, technology, finance, and medical science. The majority of our trustees are Semester at Sea alumni.

  • Committees
    Finance
  • SAS Connection
Conrad Herrmann
ISE Board of Trustees
Conrad Herrmann
ISE Board of Trustees
  • Committees
    Investment
Angie Miller
Angie Miller
  • Committees
    Advancement
  • SAS Connection
Todd Miller
Partner, Western States Technologies Founder, Global Grins
Todd Miller
Partner, Western States Technologies Founder, Global Grins

For the past 24 years, Todd has served as a founding Partner at Western States Technologies, a real estate investment company headquartered in Los Angeles. Prior to that, Todd was Vice-President/Director of Marketing at The Sammis Company, a national real estate investment company headquartered in Irvine, California. Todd graduated cum laude from the Real Estate Finance Program at the University of Southern California’s Marshall School of Business and was awarded membership in The Golden Key International Honor Society.

  • Committees
    Operations & Risk Management
  • SAS Connection
    Todd sailed as a student on the Spring 1984 voyage, where he met his wife of 31 years, Joselyn. The Millers’ daughter and son both sailed on Semester at Sea when they were students at the University of Southern California.
Sahil Saini
ISE Board of Trustees
Sahil Saini
ISE Board of Trustees
  • Committees
    Operations & Risk Management
Paul Tapper
ISE Board of Trustees
Paul Tapper
ISE Board of Trustees
  • Committees
    Investment
Khanh Tran
ISE Board of Trustees
Khanh Tran
ISE Board of Trustees
  • Committees
    Audit