The Staff of the WaterFront Center
Our Oyster Bay location is fantastic, but the dedicated people at the WaterFront Center make all the difference.
Judging by the number of people we serve, Oyster Bay and the greater Long Island area have embraced the WaterFront Center's (WFC) education and recreation programs, and proven there is a need for a community sailing center. We are excited about the year ahead and at the same time, proud of what we have accomplished.
In 2009/10 WFC made some big steps towards becoming more efficient, user friendly, and accommodating to all of our customers. It is important to stay ahead of the curve, and we are doing all we can to keep up with the busy lives of families, individuals, businesses, schools, and groups.
Our new website and online registration are two ways we have made WFC more accessible. Anyone can find all the information about our programs and register for them online 24/7. You can also check the weather and tide before coming for a sail or kayak, purchase photos, signup for our newsletter and more. In addition; our rentals are now available on an hourly basis, so you can come and go as you please (during normal business hours, of course). We have improved our marketing plan becoming more visible than ever. In support of our mission we have begun offering community evenings for families and individuals from Memorial Day through Labor Day 5pm to 7pm. Providing everyone the opportunity to take out a kayak at no cost or rent a sailboat at a discount.
The challenging economic climate motivated us to examine our spending with a fine tooth comb. After careful consideration we slimmed down and streamlined staff hours to effectively mirror our seasonal calendar, and re-aligned our costs. Moving forward we will continue to learn, grow and change, and make sure we always closely examine how to better serve the community.
Alicia enjoys nothing more than being on the water and sharing this passion with others. She has been sailing and racing dinghies and keelboats for over 20 years on Long Island Sound and around the country. Alicia joined the WaterFront Center team in 2008 as the Head Sailing Instructor for the Junior Summer Program, keelboat instructor and marine educator and now serves at the Sailing Director, managing all aspects of adult and junior sailing programs. As a US SAILING certified Keelboat Instructor, Small Boat Level 2 Instructor and Coach and Instructor Trainer, Alicia has experience teaching, coaching and managing sailing programs on Long Island sound for 13 years.
Alicia holds a BS degree in Early Childhood Education and Psychology and has experience teaching all ages in both indoor and outdoor classrooms. The WFC has ignited her excitement about community sailing, providing the opportunity to share her love of the marine environment and sailing with all.
Christeen Head Captain
Captain Pete grew up on Long Island but learned to sail in Maine as a boy. At age 14 he served as a cabin boy on a yacht in the Virgin Islands and it formed the direction his life has taken. Since then he has commissioned, delivered, raced, surveyed and restored vessels of all sizes. Pete has owned or operated sailing schools for over 20 years and enjoys sharing his passion for sailing and its history.
Pete has a Bachelors Degree from Franklin Pierce College (B.A.) and a Masters Degree from the University of Michigan. He is inspired by the spirit and dedication of the WaterFront Center volunteers, and is honored with the opportunity to be Head captain aboard Christeen. For the record he denies rumors that "Pirates of the Caribbean" was his life story.
Front Desk Manager
Christina has been working at the WaterFront Center for the last four years and throughout her time she has displayed enthusiasm and love for the WFC's mission.
Christina is currently pursuing her Bachelor's Degree in Criminal Justice at C.W. Post. Although her studies are in Criminal Justice, her love for the water and her growing interest in the WFC's mission, to promote community sailing, marine education and other environmentally friendly ways to enjoy the waters of Oyster Bay and beyond, have kept her coming back each summer.
Christina's new role, as the Front Desk Manager, is an exciting opportunity for her and it gives her the chance to continue to help the WFC better succeed at its mission.
Schwartz, Steve Beyer, Leigh Beckett, Mary Finn Cox, John Leonowicz, John Castiglia, Stewart Myers, John Zimmerman, Alec Basilion
Not pictured: Peter Braune, Tracy McRoberts, Pascal Blotiau, John Mooney, Joe Kupiec, Joan McGee, Jerome Rush, Hunter Botto,
Gabriella Trumpy, Chris Malinowski, Anne Coneys