Our Team Leaders

Basic Keelboat Certification Team

Angela GreenAngela Green USARMY

SailAhead's Basic Keelboat Certification Team Leader

Angela grew up on Long Island and graduated from Uniondale High School. Soon after, she enlisted in the Army. She remained on Active Duty for three years and then joined the reserves where she continues to serve. She served with the 423rd Military Police Company, deploying to Bosnia-Herzegovina, from August 1997-May 1998, HHC, 310th Military Police Battalion, deploying twice to Iraq--first, from January 2003 – April 2004, and then again from January 2006 – July 2007. She is currently the Brigade Movement Coordinator with the 333rd Military Police Brigade, Farmingdale, NY. Upon becoming a reservist, Angela joined the NYPD until her retirement in August 2013. Her last position was in downtown Manhattan in the Chief of Department’s Office.
Beyond her service, Angela serves her community extensively and enthusiastically through hours of volunteer work. She has supported multiple non-profit organizations both on and off duty, individually, and through her Veterans motorcycle club. Angela is also a four year breast cancer survivor.

Role of the SailAhead's Basic Keelboat Certification Team

Under Angela's leadership and with the support of our partner The WaterFront Center, Veterans who are part of this team are learning to become skippers.
Being on this team, like with every SailAhead team, requires commitment; becoming a knowledgeable and safe skipper takes time, it requires patience and dedication. Once a veteran reaches the skipper's status, he/she's expected to become an active skipper for SailAhead, and to join the healing efforts by taking fellow veterans sailing.
All committed Veterans are welcome, we'll train you.


Linda DayLinda Day

Liaison Officer for Our 219 Families

Linda resides in Castle Pines, CO. Her passion is her family, especially raising her boys and watching them become their own person. She enjoys the beautiful outdoors of CO and has spent much of that outdoor time watching the boys playing sports! She has extensive volunteer experience in the community. Most rewarding was her committee efforts to open a County Library Annex in her community to replace the Bookmobile. The Annex opened and was such a success that 7 years later it would be replaced with a full service library.
She also served in volunteer roles for the Boy Scouts, Scholastic Book Fairs, the Community Swim Team, and HOA Clubhouse Chairperson.

Linda has been married to Jim for 30 years and has 3 sons, Justin, Evan and Ryan.

She currently works as a financial assistant to a local private investor. She enjoys hiking, skiing, and taking in the beauty and serenity of her surroundings.

“The feeling of knowing that you are making a difference in someone’s life, be it a minute, an hour, days to come or even years, is enormously rewarding”.

The role of the SailAhead's 219 Family Team

This is our very special team. It is composed solely of the families of Our Mates. Despite great physical distances, there is a special bond between its members due to their shared misfortunes. The goal of this team is to create a community that is supportive of each other and in conjunction with every other SailAhead team to make sure that no Mate is forgotten.

Nurse Team

Kathleen ErnstKathleen Ernst US Air Force

SailAhead's Lead Nurse, Assistant Safety Team Leader

Kathleen received her BS in Nursing from Adelphi University. Her extensive nursing experience includes NICU, OR and orthopedics in the US Air Force. During active duty, Kathleen was assigned to the Air Transportable Hospital Team and the planning/logistics committee responsible for AF Thunderbird Air Shows at her base.
Since discharge, Kathleen has specialized in employee health nursing (Airlines, Associated Press, Barclays Capital) and is a Certified Occupational Health Nurse-Specialist (COHN-S). She’s a member of Nassau County’s Office of Emergency Management, Community Emergency Response Team (CERT), the American Society of Safety Engineers and the American Association of Occupational Health Nurses. Kathleen keeps busy with family, being creative with computerized embroidery and outdoor activities.

Role of the SailAhead's Nurse Team

Under Kathleen's leadership Veterans who are part of this team are all qualified nurses; The team provides First Aid and Medical Assistance to all during our events. The Nurse team often works in conjunction with the Safety Team.
SailAhead's nurses are sailors too and are expected to perform like any Veteran crew on our boats.
All committed nurse Veterans are welcome.

Priscilla Team

Sandy KavanaughSandy Kavanaugh USARMY

SailAhead's Priscilla Team Leader

Sandy grew up on a farm in South Dakota. She worked in a bakery and restaurant until she joined the army at the age of 18. She did her basic training in South Carolina, her specialty school in Texas, and was shipped off to Germany where Sandy was a medical record specialist.
After the army Sandy worked for the post office until she retired. Since retirement, Sandy has been following and has become a pastry chef. Sandy loves baking for family and friends!

Sandy is our Priscilla events organizer, these events are growing and are becoming an important part of our healing program.

Role of the SailAhead's Priscilla Team

Under Sandy's leadership Veterans who are part of this team are all volunteering their time to support our partner The Long Island Maritime Museum and most specifically Oyster Sloop Priscilla.
This is a great opportunity to help and support the LIMM, interact with different sailors AND experience another kind of sailing.
All committed Veterans are welcome, we'll train you if needed.

Race Team

Francis RacioppiFrancis Racioppi US Army

SailAhead's Race Director

Fran grew up off the shores of Massachusetts and Rhode Island in a family of avid sailors and boaters. He has experience racing sailboats of all classes and sizes from Sunfish and Lasers to offshore vessels. Fran graduated from Boston University in 2003 and subsequently served over 12 years in the United States Army as a Green Beret and Ranger in the Special Forces. He spent extensive time throughout Africa, The Middle East, and Europe serving in Operation Iraqi Freedom, Operation Enduring Freedom and multiple overseas contingency operations. He now lives in Manhattan, works in Wealth Management and Financial Services, while earning an MBA from NYU Stern.

"Sailing is one of the few events in life in which all your worries and fears are left on shore allowing one to focus on sailing fast!"

Role of the SailAhead's Race Team

Welcome to the "fast team"! Under Fran's leadership Veterans who are part of this team are all sailors and racers or on their way to become a racer. Being part of this team requires commitment as building a race programs requires to be able to count on each of its member. Either at sea or on land every body has a job to perform!
The shortest races are few hours long, the longest races are few days long. Fran's goal is to participate to the Newport, RI - Bermuda Race in a couple of years.
Some of the longer local races we participate in are Around Long island - Block Island - Edlu - Ida Lewis - Vineyard.
All committed Veterans are welcome, we'll train you if needed.

Safety Team

Brian DarrenBrian Darren USARMY

SailAhead's Safety Team Leader

Brian is currently retired from a full career during which he held different positions from computer programmer and analyst to project manager and consultant. He lives in Greenlawn, NY where he keeps himself busy with all sorts of activities such as: being a volunteer at the Northport VA, Recreation Therapy, American Red Cross, member of SailAhead, American Legion, Veterans Advocacy Council for Mental Health, Suffolk Archers, Team River Runner, ACA Kayak instructor, Archery Instructor and Aquatics Instructor assistant!

Brian is also a US Army Veteran from the Vietnam era, where he served at Army Ops Center Support Division, Pentagon.

Role of the SailAhead's Safety Team

Under Brian's leadership Veterans who are part of this team are all CPR Certified and all able to handle our RHIB; In conjunction with the Nurse Team, the Safety Team provides some Rescue at Sea function, First Aid and Medical Assistance to all AND at all of our events.

All committed Veterans are welcome, we'll train you if needed.

Tacoma Team

Brian DarrenCarl Foster USARMY

SailAhead Tacoma Team Leader

Carl was born in Arlington, Texas where he grew up. After graduating from the Marine Military Academy in Harlingen, Carl joined the Army in May 2007. Right after successfully completing his basic training, Advance Infantry Service and Airborne School at Fort Benning, GA, Carl took on the Ranger Indoctrination Program (RIP). Less than 8 months after joining the US Army, Carl was assigned to the 75th Regiment, 2nd Battalion in Tacoma on December 2007. Since then this proud Ranger has been deployed 8 times!

Role of the SailAhead Tacoma Team

Under Carl's leadership Veterans and active duty from the Special Ops community are establishing a strong SailAhead hold in the Tacoma/Seattle area. This team races once a week and assists in the preparation of the Tacoma SailAhead event held once a year in July.

All committed Veterans are welcome, we'll train you if needed.

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