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Board of Directors


Sail250NYC, Inc., dba Sail4th 250 is organized as a non-profit entity under the laws of the State of New York. A board of trustees consisting of diversified professionals provides management.

U.S. Coast Guard veteran, served as executive director of Operation sail from 2004-2019, and director of operations for the U.S. Navy for the Port of New York. Full bio.

Christopher O'Brien


U.S. Navy (CAPT-Ret.), long-time public relations executive, author and educator, worked in OpSail in 1986, 2000 and 2012, and serves on several non-profit boards. 

William G. Armstrong Jr.


Experienced management consultant to the financial services industry and attorney, as well as a seasoned long-distance ocean sailor and racer.  

Andrew Yarnall


Former executive of the City of New York, served under three New York mayors, most recently as Executive Director of the Mayor's Office of Citywide Event Coordination and Management, and operates her own consultancy.

Cristin D. Burtis

President of the Sandy Hook Pilots Association, a pioneer in New York's maritime community, a supporter of the New York Harbor School, serves on the board of the Billion Oyster Project.

Captain John DeCruz

Partner of the New York law firm of Wrobel Markham LLP, whose diverse legal practice focuses on bridging the corporate and litigation worlds.

Daniel F. Markham

Former president of the New Jersey Sandy Hook Pilots Association, a principal operator of tugboats in New York Harbor.

Captain Andrew McGovern

Financial services executive with wide-ranging investment management oversight and institutional sales and client services experience

Kevin P. Norton

Mike Paul

President & CEO of Reputation Doctor® LLC, a leading crisis communications and reputation management firm. He also advises CEOs and corporate boards regarding critical risk management and governance issues. Mike is also a former top political aide in NY who worked for city, state and federal elected officials.

Norfolk-based executive, founded and served as CEO of Norfolk FestEvents, the largest continuing waterfront festival on the east coast, and played a lead role in planning and executing OpSail 2000 and 2012.

Karen Scherberger

President of the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund, a national non-profit serving America’s military personnel, and Executive Vice President of the Intrepid Museum, a historic and educational institution centered on the aircraft carrier Intrepid.  

David Winters

President and CEO of South Street Seaport, New York's premier attraction for mariners and the age of sail.  He is a  lifelong sailor, marine educator, expert in historic ships, and all-around lover of maritime history and culture.  

Captain Jonathan Boulware


Past President and executive director of the National Maritime Historical Society, a not-for-profit organization of 8,000 members dedicated to preserving America's historic ships and promoting the story of how America's maritime heritage has shaped the country's culture and influences its future.

Burchenal Green


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