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Semester at Sea Parents Council

The mission of the Semester at Sea Parents Council is to support, educate, develop, and recruit. The Council supports parents of voyagers throughout their entire Semester at Sea experience; educates and develops those parents into passionate advocates for and strong financial supporters of  Semester at Sea; recruits students, lifelong learners, and parent participants for all voyages and voyage-related programs; and, supports the mission of Semester at Sea financially with leadership gifts.

2019 - 20 Parents Council Members

Meet the Parents Council Members. We invite you to get involved! Email for more information or visit the council page.

Ask a Parent

Are you a parent with a specific question about Semester at Sea? Contact a member of the SAS Parents Council to gain insight from from a fellow parent.


Kathy and Bill Meleyco

Kathy and Bill Meleyco met as students on Semester at Sea in the Fall of 1974. Bill returned to sail on the Spring 1975 voyage. Today, the Meleycos split their time between the San Francisco Bay and Lake Tahoe areas. Their son, Cole, sailed on the Summer 2010 voyage, and like his father, enjoyed it so much that he returned immediately for a second voyage in the Fall of 2010. The Meleycos joined the Parents Council in January 2011 and have spearheaded the Buddy System program— in which Parent Council members contact parents of prospective/upcoming voyagers to answer questions and offer perspective about the program. Kathy and Bill have attended many Bon Voyage and Welcome Home events to support parents. They look forward to discussing the Semester at Sea program with you.

Contact Kathy: or Bill: