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Board of Governors 2022-2023

Jason Page, President

Kristin Nevins, Vice President

Merry Bergan, Secretary

Matthew Tomei, Treasurer

Brian Casey

Kristen Maher

Bain Transue

Robert Closter

Chuck Cummiskey

Kristen Maher

Leslie Smith

Darren Goldman 

Chris Swihart, Immediate Past President*

James Spallone*

Carl Kaufmann*

*President Emeritus

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Past Presidents

Stephen DuPont, 1964-1966

Harold Madison, 1966-1968

Robert Murphy, 1968-1970

Jens Risom, 1970-1972

DeRoy “Pete” Thomas, 1972-1974

Joseph Seebode, 1974-1976

Donald Goss, 1976-1978

Cerie Rowland, 1978-1982

Jeanne Field Spallone. 1982-1984

Daniel Larkin. 1984-1986

Ann Shipley. 1986-1988

Kay McManus. 1988-1990

Paul Tymniak. 1990-1992

Carl B. Kaufmann, 1992-1996

James Field Spallone, 1996-2002

Sven Risom, 2002-2004

Jane Musky, 2004-2006

Susan Stover, 2006-2008

Pam Dickinson, 2008-2010

Alicia Hammarskjold, 2010-2012

Erik Elwell, 2012-2014

Kelley Walter, 2014-2016

Stephanie Ditenhafer, 2016-2018

Christina Elwell, 2016-2018

Chris Swihart, 2018-2020

Johnny Montañez, 2018-2020

Cameron Greenlee, Waterfront Director


Growing up between City Island, NY, and Block Island, RI, Cameron has continued his family's tradition of grace under sail. Cameron has delivered yachts throughout the world; he's taught sailing, and skippered his family's own fleet of racing one designs from Finn class dinghies to IC canoes. Also collegiate sailor, Cameron skippered and competed in the 2006 Flying Dutchman North Americans. 

          Cameron has a gift for sharing his love of the ocean. He has innovated techniques for youth as well as adult education for several Rhode Island sailing schools, including Block Island Maritime Institute and Providence Community Sailing. He has also taught on set for film talent and performed stunts for film.

          Cameron is also a classically trained musician, and runs a music festival on Block Island conceived to raise funds for land conservation. Somehow he also finds time to lead a jazz ensemble, travel, surf, and cook vegetarian food.

Ben Edwards, Club Manager

Reese Dickinson, Office Manager


Reese Dickinson is a 20 year old double major in Classical Studies and Anthropology, focusing on archaeology, at Colgate University. A resident of Boston MA for most of her life, Reese recently moved to Quechee VT, where she spends most of her time hiking, reading, and skiing. Having come to Block Island every year, Reese has worked all over the Island. However, she is most excited to work at the BIC as Reese spent much of her summers here as a kid. Her favorite memory of the Block Island Club is playing capture the flag on the 420s for Pirate day.

Open for 2023, Sailing Director


John Newell, Sailing Instructor


John Newell has been coming to the island ever since he was a baby. His love for the water has kept him coming back every year to sail, surf, swim and vacation on the island. John has his US Sailing level 1 Certificate. 

John will be a freshman at Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo next fall. He will study business for the next four years. 

Chloe Weber, Sailing Instructor


Chloe is from Block Island where she is a rising freshman at New England College. She attended the Block Island Club intermittently before becoming an instructor.  One of her favorite moments at the Block Island Club is from summer 2020 when the Seafarer class took the Colgates out and played capture the flag in the pouring rain!

This will be Chloe's third year as a sailing instructor at the Block Island Club. She is very excited to be teaching the kids and adults at the Block Island Club how to sail this summer! Chloe is US Sailing Level 1 Certified.

Hailey Walter, Sailing Instructor


Hailey is from Barrington, RI where she is a rising freshman at Indiana University. She has been attending the Block Island Club since she was a child. 

One of her favorite memories at the Block Island Club is the annual Kids Olympics. Hailey is looking forward to teaching kids of all abilities how to sail!

Cally Weber, Sailing Instructor


Cally is a rising senior at the Block Island School. She started sailing sailing at the Block Island Club and has competed in numerous sailing regattas. This will be Cally’s  third year working at the Block Island Club and one of her favorite memories from the club is the annual Scavenger Hunt. Cally is US Sailing Level 1 Certified!

Emma Schaeffer, Arts and Crafts Instructor


Juan Moreno, Tennis Instructor


Juan is from a small city up in the mountains of Colombia called Bucaramanga. Currently he is on the University of Tennessee Southern tennis team, he is going to be a junior next year. He is majoring in business management. He really enjoys doing sports and anything athletic. It is his first summer at Block Island and he already loves this place. He is always up for a challenge, so come on down and challenge him to a match!

Avery Seeley, Tennis Instructor


Avery is from Providence, Rhode Island. He just graduated from Classical High School. He played soccer, tennis, and volleyball during his time there. He will be attending McGill University in Montreal, Canada, and is excited to play club tennis and volleyball there. He enjoys all sports and likes to learn new ones. It is his first time living on Block Island, and he is eager to explore the area. He definitely wants to surf and sail as much as possible on the island. If you ever need another player for a game, let him know! 

Bryanna Baker, Swimming Instructor


Bryanna is from Southington, CT. She attends Providence College and has been coming to the Block Island Club since she was a kid! This is her fifth summer teaching Swimming! Bryanna’s favorite BIC memory is pirate day on fun Friday’s!

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