Our Staff
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 30 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 three active kids. She is an avid sailor, having years of experience running world-class live-aboard dive vessels.

Captain Colin "Farva" Jones
Program Director, Captain, Scuba Instructor Trainer, Equipment Manager

Captain Jones, aka Farva Jones, is a NAUI Instructor and Captain who has been with SeaTrek for more than 15 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 Kelsey Hillman
Program Director, Scuba Instructor Trainer, Internship Coordinator, Captain

Kelsey was born and raised in Princeton Junction, New Jersey. However, she now resides in sunny Charleston, South Carolina, where she attended the College of Charleston and earned a degree in marine biology with a minor in environmental and sustainable studies. In her down time, Kelsey loves being outside enjoying nature while hanging out with her dogs and friends. Kelsey is a NAUI Instructor Trainer and intends to spread her love for the ocean through teaching others.

Anna Ortega
Program Director, Science Consultant

Anna’s love of aquatic life began by playing with snapping turtles in northern Michigan. Science was always her favorite subject, maybe because Captain Kat was her middle school science teacher! She’s worked with sea turtles, wasps, eagle rays, bacteria, coral, and Great Lakes algae - but her favorite place to do science is at SeaTrek BVI. Anna got her bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan and is now she is working towards her PhD at the University of Western Australia. When she’s not working on her sea turtle thesis, she’s spending time in nature and helping prepare for another excellent summer of SeaTrek BVI.

Captain Alex “Bucky” Buckner
Captain, Scuba Instructor

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 where 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 Angie Cowan
Director of Marine Science, Captain, Scuba Instructor Trainer, Digital Marketing Specialist

Science, scuba, travel and education have defined Angie’s life and career. While earning a B.S. in Biology at Colorado State University, she studied marine biology, anthropology, and conservation in Australia and Belize. In 2007 Angie earned her Teaching Credential and M.A. in Teaching from UC-Irvine and became part of the SeaTrek family. She was 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 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 Aidan Parker
Captain, Scuba Instructor

Aidan was born and raised mainly in Scotland, with a brief 7-year stay in Houston, Texas. He is now attending the University of Leeds gaining his Master’s degree in Chemical Engineering. Aidan has been an avid diver since the age of 8, starting off in the pool and eventually moving out into the ocean blue at the age of 10. Aidan has over 500 dives across 28 countries and 6 continents and brings his diving experience to teaching at SeaTrek. Aidan has been with SeaTrek for several years, working his way from a student to intern to Captain and instructor. He is passionate about making sure the students achieve as much as possible at SeaTrek. Aidan has future plans to work in the oil industry.

Brittany Malin
Lead Biologist

Growing up on a farm in Michigan allowed Brittany to adventure outdoors earlier than most. She had a four-wheeler by age 4, a pet duck, while most of her friends had stuffed animals, and her only fear was events that required shoes.
Brittany's love for the ocean was not at first sight. She visited the Great Barrier Reef and was startled by what she saw; fish larger than her, sharks by the many, and it did not help that her snorkeling skills were below average. Her fear soon turned to curiosity, then flourished when she spent three weeks diving in the Bahamas while in high school.
Brittany attended Nova Southeastern University in Florida and graduated in 2020 with degrees in Marine Biology, Dance, and Business. Brittany is a substitute teacher in Michigan and enjoys the perks of farm life while she is with her family. 2022 will be Brittany's second summer living at sea, and she can't wait to get back to living on the water! Brittany is looking forward to guiding SeaTrek students as they discover their passion for the ocean and the creatures that live within.

Sabrina Michael
FATHOMS Lead Biologist, Scuba Instructor

Sabrina first came to SeaTrek 13 years ago in 2009! She started as a student and eventually became a staff member, where she worked as Dive Master and boat biologist. She is now a NAUI Instructor and will be leading FATHOMS this summer! Sabrina has many passions in life but she especially loves teaching, science, and scuba diving…so teaching science at SeaTrek is perfect for her! She is a New Mexico native but is currently residing in Missouri, where she teaches biology courses and conducts biological research in a bioacoustics lab at Mizzou. She will be graduating with her PhD in Biological Sciences in August 2022. Her undergrad research has centered around algae and their sex ratios and freshwater fish shoaling behavior in different environments. Now she uses special technology to study how insects (treehoppers) “talk” to one another – even becoming the first person to discover acoustic signals from insects that nobody else has ever heard before! She has also been training in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu for the last year and she absolutely loves it!

Jessica Dickson
Divemaster

Jessica Dickson grew up in Houston, Texas, and is now living in Florida studying mechanical engineering at the University of Miami. She continues her passion for scuba diving by being a member of the UM Scuba Club. Jessica has been with Seatrek for over seven years, and she is now working as a NAUI Divemaster.

Captain Austin Phillips
Captain, Divemaster, Watersports Bossman

A born and raised southerner, Captain Austin "Arkansas" Phillips attended Hendrix College in Conway, Arkansas where he pursued 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 Andrew “The Bos” Boswell
Captain, Scuba Instructor

“The Bos” has been with SeaTrek over 15 years and is a certified NAUI Instructor. 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 ShIP internship program in 2011. Bos was also Capt. Monk’s first mate for five 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.

Ray Ball
Scuba Instructor

Ray has been there and done that! After retiring from Ford as a senior engineer he took his passion for scuba to the next level and became a scuba instructor. He has been diving in environments from the Arctic Ocean to the South Pacific. During the off-season he is teaching scuba at Akron University, Cleveland Clinic Hudson Branch, and Deep Six Specialists. He also works at the Greater Cleveland Aquarium as an Exhibition Diver. He loves teaching his SeaTrek students how to dive, especially the math and physics part of the courses, and all about the boat when they are 'captain for a day'.

Suzie Gourley
Boat Biologist, Airport Liaison

Suzie was born in California but raised on a farm in Western Pennsylvania. Growing up, she visited the ocean on family vacations and never thought about focusing her career or life around it. Leaning more towards the arts and math, she obtained a B.S. in Fashion Merchandising from Kent State University. After having fellow SeaTrek staffer Ray as her dive instructor, she became fascinated with marine life. She’s obsessed with sharks but will settle for diving with any marine creatures, including freshwater fish in local quarries. Since becoming a diver, Suzie has shifted gears and is looking into pursuing a second degree in marine biology. She’s excited to be a part of the SeaTrek team as airport liaison and to help out wherever she can so that others can fall in love with the ocean the way she did.

Captain Max Klemm
Captain, Boat Biologist, Divemaster

Max has been passionate about ecology and biology since he was 5-years-old running around the Shedd Aquarium in Chicago. His hobbies while on the boat include practicing his invertebrate identification and looking for sea turtles. He is currently double majoring in History and Philosophy of Science and Environmental Studies at Case Western Reserve University. Max started at SeaTrek as a student in 2015 and worked his way up going through our ShIP intern program, eventually joining our biology team. Science presentations are Max's favorite part of the voyage because it's good practice for being a high school teacher, which is what he aspires to be someday.

Captain Kirsten Kendler
Captain, Divemaster

Kirsten is from Chicago, Illinois and graduated from Adlai E. Stevenson High School. She is extremely passionate about soccer and has played at the highest level in the U.S. Development Academy. After facing some setbacks as a busy athlete, Kirsten hopes to become a physicians assistant for an orthopedic surgeon so she can help other injured athletes. Since she was a toddler she has been traveling to the BVI and in love with the water and swimming with the fish. Kirsten has been part of the SeaTrek family for several years and has tried it all! She has voyaged on the Bahamas Explorer and Leewards Explorer trips and is now working on main program in the BVI. Kirsten loves working with her students and can’t wait to be back in the water teaching and earning her NAUI Instructor certification.

Guy Goodwin
Divemaster

Guy was born and raised in Houston. Now he resides in Galveston, Texas, while attending Texas A&M Galveston to pursue a Geological Marine Sciences degree. Guy enjoys going fishing, playing video games, and sleeping in his free time. Guy has achieved all of his diving certifications past open water through SeaTrek BVI completing his DMC in 2019. Over the summer, he enjoys assisting in scuba classes and leading students on marine science adventures. Guy cannot wait for another summer of diving and exploring in the British Virgin Islands.

Captain Monk and Captain Kat Daniel
Captain Colin "Farva" Jones
Captain Kelsey Hillman
Anna Ortega
Captain Alex “Bucky” Buckner
Captain Angie Cowan
Captain Aidan Parker
Brittany Malin
Sabrina Michael
Jessica Dickson
Captain Austin Phillips
Captain Andrew “The Bos” Boswell
Ray Ball
Suzie Gourley
Captain Max Klemm
Captain Kirsten Kendler
Guy Goodwin

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