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Alumni Councils

Alumni Association Leadership Council Members

  • Voyagers Council
  • Faculty and Staff Council
  • Parents Council
  • Lifelong Learners Council
  • Young Alumni Council
  • Chapter Representatives

Council Structure and Responsibilities

Each Alumni Association Council consists of 10 – 50 members.

Council members are expected to meet a minimum of three of the four requirements below:

  • Attend the AABOD annual meeting in January (required for new members);
  • Participate in at least three of the quarterly conference calls and other committee calls as needed;
  • Be an active member of the council by helping to reach the goals and priorities set forth by the council and ISE;
  • Contribute to the SAS Annual Fund.

Nomination Process

Council members are self-nominated and voted upon by the Alumni Association Board of Directors. Council members serve a two-year term starting in September with the option of serving additional two-year terms at the discretion of the council Co-Chairs, provided that the member is meeting all necessary requirements.

The following criteria will be applied for considering applicants:

  • A demonstrated commitment to serving the needs and interests of Semester at Sea alumni;
  • A demonstrated commitment to furthering the mission of Semester at Sea, through financial contributions, volunteer leadership and participation in Semester at Sea alumni events;
  • Evidence of leadership ability.

Selection Process

Alumni Association Council members shall be self-nominated, and must submit an application to be considered.

Alumni Association Council Co-chairs will determine how many candidates need to be added to their councils for the coming year, will review all applications and then forward their recommendations to the Alumni Association Board of Directors for a vote.

All Alumni Association Council nominees will be notified of the status of their application following the council quarter calls (March, June, September, November).

If you are applying for the Young Alumni Council, please read this first.

Alumni Association Leadership Application


Alumni Association Board of Directors

The principal purpose of the AABOD is to strengthen the bond between alumni and the Institute for Shipboard Education in supporting the mission of Semester at Sea. This includes support of increased enrollments, increased philanthropic giving, and increased engagement at alumni events. Semester at Sea alumni are considered anyone who has sailed on an academic credit granting “Semester” voyage as a student, lifelong learner, faculty, staff, or family member. Additionally, parents of alumni are special members of the Alumni Association.

The Alumni Association Board of Directors is made up of the Executive Committee (President, Vice President, Secretary and Past President) and the Co-Chairs of each Council.

  • Roane Akchurin, President
  • Cindy Zomchek, Vice President
  • Ned Baker, Acting Secretary
  • Liz Zavodsky, Immediate Past President
  • Kyle Koelbel, Past President
  • Margarita Lenk, Faculty and Staff Council Co-Chair
  • Marie Oamek, Faculty and Staff Council Co-Chair
  • Nancy Blair, Lifelong Learner Co-Chair
  • Connie Sween, Lifelong Learner Co-Chair
  • Teresa Aubert, Parents Council Co-Chair
  • Katrina Barlow, Parents Council Co-Chair
  • Beth Hellwig, Voyagers Council Co-Chair
  • Marni Seieroe, Voyagers Council Co-Chair
  • Jevon Howell, Young Alumni Council Co-Chair
  • Gleb Shenov, Young Alumni Council Co-Chair
  • Colleen Chapman, Chapter Representatives Co-Chair
  • Kayla Smith, Chapter Representatives Co-Chair

Faculty and Staff Council

Faculty/Staff Council

Parents Council

Voyagers Council

Lifelong Learner Council

Meet the Lifelong Learner Council Members

Young Alumni Council


Chapter Representatives

  • Dana Anderson (West/Central Florida)
  • Jennifer Auerbach (New York, NY)
  • Ned Baker (Washington, D.C.)
  • Sue Camele (Pittsburgh, PA)
  • Colleen Chapman (New York, NY)
  • Chris Chavez (Orange County, CA)
  • Joshua Collins (Austin, TX)
  • Ana Da Cunha (Boston, MA)
  • Woody Freese (Boston, MA)
  • Sarah Frese (South Florida)
  • Ann-Marie Grannan (Indianapolis, IN)
  • Kendra Hartwell (Vancouver, BC)
  • Anne Herman (Portland, OR)
  • Autumn Hulke (Phoenix & Tempe, AZ)
  • Julie Hurst (Seattle, WA)
  • Kelly Kirchner (Boston, MA)
  • Caryn Klein (Atlanta, GA)
  • Sheryle Lengdorfer (Reno, NV)
  • Jennifer Madalena (South Florida)
  • Lian Mah (Minneapolis, MN)
  • Melissa Holland Mansika (Boulder, CO)
  • Thomas Keller (Washington, D.C.)
  • Bernie McCabe (Central Virginia)
  • Sara Le Meitour (Portland, OR)
  • Sarah Mihm (Midwest)
  • Melissa Moore (Charlotte, NC)
  • Jena Moncheck (United Arab Emirates)
  • Katie Orlando (Indianapolis, IN)
  • Brittany Palmer (Austin, TX)
  • Ranak Patel (Baltimore, MD)
  • Natalia Peddycoart (San Diego, CA)
  • Mario Peraza (San Francisco, CA)
  • Angela Perry (Santa Cruz County, CA)
  • Michele Pino (Los Angeles, CA)
  • Charles Rossman (Orange County, CA)
  • Thomas Scorcia (West/Central Florida)
  • Priyanka Shah (Mumbai, India)
  • Kayla Smith (Nashville, TN)
  • Claudia Smolinski (Austin, TX)
  • Juana Socorro-Aguirre (Baltimore, MD) 
  • Laura Sturdivant (Washington, D.C.)
  • Kayla Thompson (Philadelphia, PA)
  • Philip Zhou (New York, NY)
  • Cindy Zomchek (Colorado Springs & Denver, CO)

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