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  • Captain Monk and Captain Kat Daniel

    Monk and Kat bring to SeaTrek a wealth of knowledge of sailing, scuba diving and youth education. They both hold U.S. Coast Guard 100-ton Masters Licenses, are NAUI Course Directors, and are First Aid, CPR, and DAN Oxygen Administration Instructors. Their combined experience on live-aboard dive vessels spans 40 years in locations including the Caymans, Honduras, Mexico, Florida, Australia, Costa Rica, and Hawaii.

    Captain Monk has over 25 years of experience on live-aboard dive vessels. He has developed and directed several student diving programs and served as a research diver and dive supervisor for Texas A&M University, San Jacinto College and the Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary.

    Captain Kat has a B.S. degree in Physical Geography and a M.Ed. in Elementary Education from the University of Michigan. She teaches math and science at a private school in Michigan while raising two active boys. She is an avid sailor, having years of experience running world-class live-aboard dive vessels.

  • Captain Colin "Farva" Jones
    Captain, Scuba Instructor/Instructor Trainer, Equipment Manager

    Captain Jones, aka Farva Jones, is a NAUI Instructor and Captain who has been with SeaTrek for the past 10 years. A California boy through and through, he is one of SeaTrek’s most experienced staff members. He has seen it all and is ready to pass on the experiences he’s acquired to any student or staff member. Always with a smile on his face and a joke to tell, he takes care of all manner of problems that come his way. Farva is well traveled, with many a story to tell about his adventures or things he has seen and experienced. There’s no telling where his adventures will take him next, but SeaTrek will always be a part of them.

  • Captain Angie Cowan
    Director of Marine Science, Scuba Instructor/Instructor Trainer, Media Manager

    Science, scuba, travel and education have defined Angie’s life and career. While earning a B.S. in Biology at Colorado State University, she spent two semesters studying marine biology, anthropology, and conservation in Australia and Belize. After working in experiential science education, Angie earned her Teaching Credential and M.A. in Teaching from UC-Irvine. In 2007 she became part of the SeaTrek family and a National Science Foundation GK-12 Fellow while earning her M.S. degree in Earth and Environmental Science at Indiana University where her research focused on algal ecology and water quality. Since 2010 she has worked with the National Geographic Society as a curriculum writer/reviewer. In 2014 she was hired as an adjunct faculty member with Indiana University Purdue University-Indianapolis and developed a Coastal Environments & Sustainability field course in the Virgin Islands. As long as she’s in, near or under the water, all is well in her world.

  • Captain Austin Phillips
    Captain, Divemaster, Watersports Bossman

    A born and raised southerner, Captain Austin "Arkansas" Phillips is currently attending Hendrix college in Conway, AR where he is pursuing a B.A. in Environmental Studies. Ever since he was child, "Arkansas" has had a love for the outdoors and especially anything to do with water. In his spare time you can find him surfing endless waves on the many lakes of Arkansas or carving up the slopes of Colorado in the winter. On top of his duties as captain he is also a NAUI Divemaster and the Watersports Director here at SeaTrek. Later in life Austin would like to become a Ski Patroller as well as continue his career as a Captain.

  • Captain Allison Hill
    Captain

    Captain Al (aka. "Big Al") is originally from Woodbridge, VA. She attended Messiah College in Pennsylvania where she earned her B.A. in Adventure Education with a minor in Psychology. Currently, she lives on St. John in the USVI and works for Pizza Pi, a food boat that sells pizza to boaters coming through the Caribbean. This summer will be her 2nd working with SeaTrek as a captain. She is passionate about teaching sailing and helping develop students into leaders. Last year she became a NAUI certified diver and is looking forward to earning more NAUI certifications through SeaTrek so she can continue to explore the ocean and experience all it has to offer!

  • Kasey "Kuku" Fox
    Program Director, Lead Scuba Instructor/Instructor Trainer, Internship Coordinator

    Kasey is our mountain girl residing in beautiful Boulder, Colorado. In the off season you can find her hiking, skiing, and enjoying the outdoors. She recently earned a degree in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from the University of Colorado. Not only does she love all things science, she is also a NAUI Instructor Trainer. At SeaTrek she is our go to gal for all of our SCUBA courses. Kasey is not sure what her post grad life will entail, but she will be happy as long as her career involves being in or around the water!

  • Lauryn "LuLu" Cellers
    Program Director, Captain, Lead Scuba Instructor/Instructor Trainer

    Lauryn is from Phoenix, Arizona and has been escaping the heat of the dessert for the past 11 summers to join us here at SeaTrek BVI. She graduated from Northern Arizona University where she earned a degree in Biology. In the offseason she currently works at an aquarium as a diver and is also going back to school to pursue a nursing degree. On top of being a captain, she is a NAUI Instructor and enjoys teaching others to dive.

  • Aly Yingst
    FATHOMS Lead, Scuba Instructor

    Although born and raised in Pennsylvania, Aly spent her childhood visiting St. Croix in the US Virgin Islands every year and knew from an early age that she wanted to spend the rest of her life near the water. She spent her first summer at SeaTrek in 2010, loved every minute of it, and kept coming back for three more summers, participating in the FATHOMS program, interning with the ShIP program, and earning her instructor certification. She then took some time off from SeaTrek, conducting research in Panama with the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, studying abroad in the Galapagos Islands, earning a bachelor’s degree in biological sciences, sociology, and international studies from the University of Pittsburgh, and earning a master’s degree in coastal and marine management from the University Centre of the Westfjords in Iceland. Aly is beyond excited to be back at SeaTrek and to share all that she has learned in the last few years with the students.

  • Andrew “The Bos” Boswell
    Divemaster, First Mate

    “The Bos” has been with SeaTrek for nine years and is a certified NAUI Divemaster. He is a student at the University of Maine in Orono where he is studying English. Born in Dallas, Texas, he moved to Kennebunkport, Maine at the age of six and grew up exploring tide pools and scouring mud flats. He went through SeaTrek’s internship program in 2011. Bos has also been Capt. Monk’s first mate for three summers. In addition to his first mate duties, his favorite job at SeaTrek is teaching his students and fellow staff members all about the inner workings of the boats.

  • Meg Schumacher
    Scuba Instructor/Instructor Trainer, First Mate, EMT

    Meg was born and raised in Colorado but was certified as an open water diver at age 10 and enjoyed diving with her dad on vacation. When she quit competitive ski racing and training in the summer, she decided to find a scuba diving summer camp (SeaTrek BVI). Meg fell in love with SeaTrek her first summer and came back for more certifications for many years until she was finally a scuba instructor. She is now an instructor trainer and one of our EMTs on program. Meg lives in Chicago but is still passionate about getting to the ocean as often as possible.

  • Ally Marter
    Lead Biologist, Divemaster

    Ally comes to us from the small farm town of Pinconning, Michigan. Growing up fishing on Lake Huron, Ally has always loved boating and being near the water. She knew that she wanted to be a marine biologist since the third grade, and has been working towards that goal ever since. Attending SeaTrek as a student, her passion for the ocean and marine science was strengthened and refined. Returning as an intern, Ally discovered that the one thing she loved more than learning about the ocean was teaching others about it. Sharing her passion for marine science with the students through presentations, hikes, and snorkeling is Ally’s favorite part of working at SeaTrek. Ally is a skilled dive master and heads up the science team as our Lead Biologist. Ally is currently pursuing her degree in Marine Biology at the University of Tampa.

  • Savannah Passaretti
    Captain, Divemaster

    Savannah is from Saratoga Springs, New York and will be entering her 7th year with SeaTrek. As an intern in SeaTrek’s ShIP program, Savannah excelled and showed her strong leadership skills. She puts those skills to good use by becoming a NAUI Divemaster and a captain. At SeaTrek, Savannah's favorite activity is sailing. She also enjoys the hiking, and of course diving, too. Outside of Seatrek, Savannah is studying mechanical engineering at the University of New Hampshire.

  • Matt Gamache
    Lead Biologist, Photo Pro

    Despite living in land-locked Minnesota, Matt is a frequent ocean-goer. Matt has often visited the Caribbean with his family and school, ultimately earning his scuba certifications and finding his passion for marine biology. Coming to SeaTrek as the Photo Pro initially, Matt possesses a keen eye for detail. In addition to his love for getting hands-on with marine science, Matt is always eager to teach others about the wonders of the oceans! Outside of leading the science team at SeaTrek, Matt is pursuing his degree in Marine Science and Biology at the University of Tampa.

  • Andrea Contreras
    Biologist, Divemaster

    Andrea was born and raised in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Since she was little she has loved snorkeling and scuba diving, and has been fascinated with the ocean and everything in it. She has worked with many conservation and education outreach programs in Puerto Rico, and will be working as a biologist at Sea Trek this year. She is currently attending Stanford University, where she plans to earn her degree in Oceanography/Ocean engineering. More than anything, she loves learning about and teaching all topics related to marine science!

  • Alex “Bucky” Buckner
    Divemaster

    Bucky was born and raised in Memphis, Tennessee. He attended Christian Brothers High School in Memphis where he played football for four years and graduated in 2015. He now attends the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville and is majoring in Biomedical Engineering and in the Fall of 2015 he pledged to the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity. Bucky has been with SeaTrek for three years, first as a student and then as an intern and full staff member. He loves the outdoors and spends most of his time fishing or cruising around Pickwick Lake in Mississippi. Bucky plans on attending Medical School after college and hopefully becoming an Orthopedic Surgeon to help athletes with injuries.

Captain Monk and Captain Kat Daniel
Captain Colin "Farva" Jones
Captain Angie Cowan
Captain Austin Phillips
Captain Allison Hill
Kasey "Kuku" Fox
Lauryn "LuLu" Cellers
Aly Yingst
Andrew “The Bos” Boswell
Meg Schumacher
Ally Marter
Savannah Passaretti
Matt Gamache
Andrea Contreras
Alex “Bucky” Buckner

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