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Officers & Staff

Paul CallahanPaul Callahan
CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER

Paul Callahan has become a leader, not only in disabled sailing, but across the sport of sailing, as well. Paul is certainly an accomplished sailor, being one of the few people in the country to represent the United States of America in two different Paralympic Games (Sydney 2000 and London 2012). Throughout the past decade, Paul has been ranked as the #1 sailor in the United States for a good portion of the decade.

Paul is also a Trustee of the New York Yacht Club, and a member of the Membership and Sailing Committees at the NYYC.

Paul is a graduate of Harvard College '85 and Harvard Business School '92. He was formerly employed by Goldman Sachs & Co. in New York City. He has served in his leadership capacity, both in his current role as CEO, as well as Chairman of the Board. and then joined Sail To Prevail in his current leadership capacity in 1996. Since joining Sail To Prevail, Paul has led the organization with best business practices and has overseen the transformation of 10,000 lives of our disabled children and Veterans.

Interestingly, Paul learned to sail at Sail To Prevail during the 1990’s, more than a decade after becoming a C4-5 quadriplegic.

Paul’s leadership and visionary skills have taken him all over the world, sharing his thoughts and ideas with organizations and individuals. In fact, Paul has teamed up with the renowned Dr. Randy White (author of “Breaking the Glass Ceiling”) and has recently started lecturing and teaching. www.paulcallahan.com

Along with his executive responsibilities, Paul thoroughly enjoys being in close contact with the participants of Sail To Prevail and sharing his knowledge directly with the disabled children and Veterans who are on a similar mission to fulfill the potential of each of their individual lives.

David GuertinDavid F. Guertin, Jr.
VICE PRESIDENT OF DEVELOPMENT

David is responsible for assisting CEO Paul Callahan with the implementation of an annual fundraising plan for Sail To Prevail, and works closely with the Board of Directors and Board of Advisors to earn new philanthropic support of our mission. David possesses over 22 years of nonprofit management and fundraising experience, and has worked with the Herreshoff Marine Museum & America’s Cup Hall of Fame, Battleship Cove, Seamen’s Church Institute of Newport and other maritime and ocean conservation organizations. As a former co-owner of Bristol Marine in Bristol, RI and a yacht charter broker for nearly a decade, David also lends his marine trade industry experience to Sail To Prevail. He divides his time among Newport, RI, Fairfield, CT and Fort Lauderdale, FL.

Mary Beth DolohantyMary Beth Dolohanty
FINANCIAL MANAGER

Mary Beth grew up in the Midwest, including Michigan, Indiana and Ohio, but traded the plains for the ocean and has lived in RI for 31 years! Her education includes a Michigan State University BA in Accounting and an MBA from Babson College. For 14 years she co-owned and managed The Market - Newport Gourmet and Blackstone Caterers, which provided excellent service and gave back in numerous ways to the community. The Market donated lunches for Sail To Prevail fundraisers for several years.

Mary Beth works as Sail To Prevail's Financial Manager and ensures that all of the paperwork is in order so the entire program runs flawlessly. She is an avid hiker and traveler, enjoying escapes to the White Mountains. Traveling also gives her the chance to catch up with family, including nine siblings spread across the country.

Patty BrdarPatty Brdar
EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT

Patty Brdar came to Sail To Prevail in 2010 as Executive Assistant. Her innate organizational skills are put to the test to keep up with CEO, Paul Callahan. She is intelligent and creative and has 30+ years of administrative assistant experience in businesses and the non-profit world. Patty works with Paul in Florida most of the year and relocates to Newport each summer “where the action is” when the sailing programs are in full operation. 

Patty is not a sailor but will be the first to hop aboard as a passenger if the opportunity arises, preferring peaceful “cruising” on the water (the bigger the boat, the better!) rather than the “thrill” of racing. Patty is an independent and adventurous person in terms of travel and life choices. She left her small home town in Pennsylvania at age 18 to experience life in Hawaii where she resided for 13 years. She was then motivated by her Christian faith to move to Jerusalem for a first-hand experience of Israel’s people, culture, land and language. She has since lived in So. California, as well as traveled the world on her own. Her creativity is expressed through photography and graphic arts.

Sarah KerwinSarah Kirwin
DIRECTOR Confidence is Cool DAY CAMP

Sarah Kirwin is a life-long Newporter, who received her Bachelor’s Degree of Science from the University of Rhode Island in 2008 and anticipates returning to graduate school to gain a Master’s Degree in Speech and Language Pathology. Sarah has been involved in Sail To Prevail’s Confidence is Cool Summer Camp since its start in 1997. She began as a volunteer, later becoming a counselor, and ultimately acquired the position of Director in 2006.

As the Director of the Confidence is Cool Summer Camp, Sarah has doubled the number of participants that attend these camps, as well as the number of sessions that are offered.

Sarah is a cornerstone of these camps. Her experience, ability to make sound judgments concerning children with a multitude of disabilities, and the relationships she has developed with other long time Newport non-profit institutions has been instrumental in the success of these programs.

Allie GrayAllie Gray
DIRECTOR OF PROGRAM DEVELOPMENT

Allie was born and raised on the beach and in the waters of Clearwater, FL where sailing and fishing were a regular part of life. She started racing Optis after a move to Ft. Myers and there was no looking back. The remainder of her childhood was filled with dinghy racing and offshore cruising, evolving from a coach, into an instructor, and a program director, which set her up for her future passions in offshore, long-distance racing.

Allie studied at the University of Florida where she developed a deep seated love for college football (Go Gators!). After taking on a job with J World she moved down to Key West for the winter season of 2013, in preparation of moving to Newport, RI for the summer. Once Allie got a taste for the sailing industry in Newport, she decided there was nowhere else she’d rather be.

Allie joined Sail To Prevail in September of 2015 after a year working with Zim Sailing in Warren, RI, and is excited to see to the existing, and future programs that we offer. She has a strong belief in the independence learned through sailing and feels that no one should ever miss out on that opportunity.