Meet the Team

The Seattle Maritime Academy faculty are all active or retired merchant mariners with years of experience and real-life sea stories to enhance the curriculum. In addition, our dedicated staff – many of whom are also former mariners – are committed to each student’s successful completion of their training program.

Administrative/Operational Staff

  • Sarah Scherer – Director/Associate Dean
  • Deneva Flath – Administrative Assistant
  • [TBA] – Port Captain & Vessel Captain
  • Sean Baldeschwiler – Port Engineer
  • Mark Pickett – Simulator Operator & Vessel Captain
  • Dave Neander – Vessel Captain
  • Patrick Lynch – Vessel Captain & Vessel Engineer

Faculty

  • Bailey, Craig – Deck Instructor & Vessel Captain
  • Bruce, Al – Engineering Instructor
  • Clapper, Wayne – Engineering Instructor
  • DiNottia, Christopher – Deck Instructor & Vessel Captain
  • Earle, Robert – Deck Instructor & Vessel Captain
  • Hammie, Arnold – Counselor
  • Kenney, Richard – Engineering Instructor, Full Time Tenure Track
  • Marcontell, Jim – Engineering Instructor
  • Ruszala, Thomas – Deck Instructor
  • Schmitt, Joe – Engineering Instructor
  • Simone, Sam – Engineering Instructor