BOARD OF DIRECTORS
President & CEO
Jeff has been a success-oriented professional with 40 years of progressively responsible management experience including 30 years at the Presidential and Chief Executive Officer level. Some of his areas of expertise include budget and financial planning, marketing analysis, risk assessment, and corporate team development. He has owned and/or operated multiple corporations, including a publicly traded company, in industries to include water remediation, export trading with offices in fourteen countries, and offshore shipping. Jeff has also acted as a consultant to a single multi-billionaire client for over thirty years. This engagement centers on solutions oriented problem solving for his clients diverse portfolio of companies. Early in his career Jeff was a special agent with the U.S. Treasury Department. He has served on the boards of many non-profits to include the YMCA of San Diego County, Bring Me A Book Foundation, and Palomar College Foundation. In addition to being a third degree black belt in karate, he has been associated with horses for over fifty years in the areas of western competition, team penning, and western versatility.
Ray Drasnin is a veteran public relations professional with more than three decades of agency experience and a strong entrepreneurial background. In 1989, Drasnin founded Drasnin Communications, a national public relations firm based in San Diego, and in 2002 launched Foundation Makers, a marketing firm targeting professional athletes. In 2015, Drasnin opened the doors to Purple Penguin PR, an entirely new type of PR Agency built on promoting "feel good" stories. Drasnin has been nominated for Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year and Brooks Brothers’ Man of the Year. His highly awarded agencies have served Debbi Fields of Mrs. Fields Cookies, American Express, General Electric, Eisenhower Medical Center, Hang Ten, Ken Blanchard, DC Shoes and others. Drasnin has served on a number of boards including the Salvation Army, the Young Entrepreneurs Organization, San Diego Wholesale Credit Association, the San Diego Executives Association, the Black Mountain Ranch Community Association and the San Diego Harbor Police Foundation. A frequent speaker at marketing seminars, universities, business groups and associations, he contributes by sharing his experiences with others to encourage and publicize socially conscious businesses. Drasnin lives in San Diego with his wife and 14-year-old twins.
High-performing banker that brings extensive market expertise, with more than 22 years’ experience in the banking industry. Prior to joining First Citizens Bank, he served as Area Manager of Orange/San Diego County for a well-known regional bank. He has a demonstrated track record of strong business development growth, to include footprint, assets and liabilities. Mr. Engblom has served in management roles at Citibank, Cal Fed, and Glendale Federal bank. Mr. Engblom attended the University of Arizona, has served in board leadership roles with Palomar College, Junior Achievement of San Diego, and Habitat for Humanity. Active in the community, he served as a board member of the Boys and Girls club of San Marcos and is involved with several local philanthropic organizations including Rotary and Red Cross. Mr. Engblom is married and has two children and when not attending his children’s sporting events he enjoys fishing and playing golf.
Stacy Slagor has guided multiple successful fundraising campaigns at universities and
nonprofit organizations over the past 20 years. Currently, Stacy is the director of major gifts at California State University San Marcos and leads the development of comprehensive fundraising strategies for the College of Business Administration and College of Education, Health and Human Services. Stacy has a bachelor's in English and American literature with a concentration in writing from New York University and an MBA from California State University San Marcos.
Jim Cathey is Chief Commercial Officer of Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. In this role Cathey has oversight for global sales, account management, strategic partnerships and business development, sales operations, and customer support across the company. Cathey began his career at Qualcomm in 2006 and during his tenure has held several positions. Prior to his role at Chief Commercial Officer, Cathey served as Senior Vice President and President of Global Business for Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. where he had responsibility for all regional activities, including business development, operations, distribution channels, carriers, and sales, as well as assisting with in-country relationships. Cathey has also held the position of President of Qualcomm Technologies’ businesses in Asia Pacific and India, President of Qualcomm Technologies’ operations in Japan, and country manager in Taiwan. Prior to joining Qualcomm, Cathey served as an executive at Micron Technology and MicroDisplay, as well as the head of Investor Relations for PixTech. He also has provided strategic business consulting services to companies such as DuPont Display, DuPont PhotoMask and Applied Materials. Cathey holds seventeen patents and is on board of directors at CTIA. Cathey earned a Bachelor of Business Administration in marketing from Boise State University. Cathey sits on the board of San Diego Harbor Police Foundation.
Sean Daneshmand, MD
As a Perinatologist and Medical Director of the Scripps Clinic Division of Maternal and Fetal Medicine, I have focused my career on developing programs to improve resources for woman and children to ultimately improve clinical, quality of life, and health outcomes during pregnancy. At Scripps Clinic, I have offices at multiple locations in the San Diego region including La Jolla, San Diego, Encinitas and Chula Vista. As the Director of the Department, I am involved in the teaching and mentorship of nursing students, sonographers and junior faculty, while also participating in clinical conferences and educational activities for our referring providers. For 20+ years, my passion has been on the delivery of care in high-risk pregnancies where I care for a wide range of conditions and complications that can occur during pregnancy, including preterm labor, hypertension, preeclampsia, diabetes, abnormally invasive placentation and clotting disorders. Within my capacity at Scripps, I have been fortunate to deliver thousands of babies while offering my dedication and continued commitment to reducing premature birth and preeclampsia with a goal to improve the health of mothers, neonates and infants. In addition to my clinical experiences, I am the founder of a nonprofit organization, Miracle Babies, where our mission is to provide financial assistance and support to families with newborns in the NICU and to enhance the wellbeing of women, children and families through education, prevention and medical care. Healthy Women, Healthy Children (HWHC) is a preventive arm of Miracle Babies, which I established to enhance the wellbeing of women and children in partnership with federally funded community clinics to provide comprehensive health and nutrition programs for low-income women who are likely to have at-risk pregnancies. The HWHC, along with other investigators, study fetus' development to assess if environmental impacts (such as nutrients, stressors, or toxins) can affect or even reset organ, tissue, and cell function by changing the child's genetic makeup via epigenetics. I was recognized as a CNN Hero of the week in 2010 and received the Health Care Champion Awards in 2010 and 2018 by the San Diego Business Journal because of my work with Miracle Babies. I am also the founder and medical director for A+B Medical Spa (2005 – Present) and co-founder of A+B Clinical Research (2018 – present). I have been nominated by my fellow colleagues as joint venture between San Diego magazine and San Diego County medical Society as “Top Doc” each year from 2007 until present.
Brad Gastineau is a tax partner with Gatto, Pope & Walwick, LLP (‘GPW’), a local CPA firm established in 1983. Brad began his career in 2000 with GPW and in 2005 moved to Montana to work for KPMG, LLP and Eide Bailly, LLP, finding his way back to sunny San Diego and GPW in 2010. Brad spends most of his professional time on tax matters related to mergers & acquisitions, equity compensation, international and multistate matters, and consulting with professional athletes and other high net worth clients on tax mitigation strategies. He has been interviewed and quoted in articles in Boston Globe, San Diego Business Journal and KUSI. Brad received his B.A. in Accounting from Point Loma Nazarene University in 2000 and his M.S. in Taxation from Golden Gate University. In his spare time Brad maintains an active lifestyle and regularly enjoys traveling and hiking trips with his wife and kids. Brad is also active in the community through Rotary Club 33 where he sits on the audit committee and the San Diego Chapter of CalCPA where he supports the Active Lifestyle group.
Dan Hom has more than 20 years of community involvement, business experience and international expertise. As the President of Focuscom, his responsibilities include managing and providing strategy for clients, and driving business development. Dan has significant experience with various communities in San Diego County. Over the years, Dan has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for organizations like the Chula Vista Police Foundation, San Diego Hospice, the Risen Project, the San Diego Asian Film Foundation, and the Asian Business Association. He was also a board member of two privately held corporations, each with revenues exceeding $10 million annually. Born and raised in San Diego, Dan is a community relations expert and his community connections continue to stretch across a wide range of areas and industries. Dan studied political science at San Diego State University with a minor in Mandarin Chinese studies. He currently lives in the city of Chula Vista with his wife, Lisa, and their daughter, Audrey.
Dr. Kathleen Kiernan
Dr. Kathleen Kiernan, as President of NEC, National Security Systems, heads up a world-class, mission-driven team delivering advanced technologies across the national security, homeland defense, law enforcement, and intelligence communities. NEC NSS is backed by NEC Corporation’s 122-year heritage and history of innovation and $1 billion investment in research and development. Our focus is on the deployment of groundbreaking, end-to-end systems for access control and security, identify management and verification, scene processing, advanced analytics and intrusion detection.
Dr. Kiernan believes experience brings an obligation to foster professional development in others through mentoring and education which she does both inside and outside of formal classrooms. She developed an approach to citizen engagement and education to increase confidence and decrease victimization in active threat environments (pwporg.org). Her dedication to public service includes her support to Veteran organizations and her 18-year participation in the Susan G. Komen 3-Day walk to raise awareness and funding for breast cancer research.
Marc McGuire is a successful businessman and industry leader with over 40 years of entrepreneurial experience and spirit. Bringing his business to San Diego in 1985 and growing it to over 200 employees, Marc held himself to a higher standard, leading the industry in developing employee relations standards such as insurance and 401K benefits for field staff to regulations and industry oversight. He has extensive experience in contract negotiations, sales development, and production scheduling. Being involved in development throughout San Diego, Marc has witnessed the progress and challenges experienced, developing from a big city with a small town feel to the major metropolis with international border and port. With an emphasis on giving back to the community, Marc has served on several boards including as Palomar Collage President’s Associates and then as chair for the Palomar College Foundation. He has served in trade association leadership roles including industry spokesperson for national media. His involvement has focused on a “hand-up” approach to opportunities for those most needing. Marc is an avid outdoorsman, enjoys surfing, hiking, and biking local trails, motorcycles and snowmobiling as well as spending time with his family.
Sandy Moul is the Executive Director of Infragard National Members Alliance. Prior to this prestigious position Sandy worked for some of the world’s largest global public relations firms, including Burson-Marsteller and Ruder-Finn. She also served as vice president of the Orange County PR agency, K-COMM Inc., for five years, leading the security and high technology practice. Sandy is also the President Emeritus of InfraGard San Diego, an FBI-affiliated nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting U.S. critical infrastructure and the American people. InfraGard is the FBI’s largest public/private partnership, with 77 chapters nationwide, each affiliated with a local FBI Field Office. Under her leadership, InfraGard San Diego became the fourth largest chapter in the country, produced hundreds of training and education programs, and is recognized by FBI headquarters as the program’s gold standard. For her work, Sandy was named the 2018 recipient of the FBI Director’s Community Leadership Award, presented by FBI Director Christopher Wray in Washington, DC. This award honors individuals for their efforts in combating crime, terrorism, drugs, and violence in America. She is also the 2018 recipient of the InfraGard National Leadership Award. Sandy completed six years of service as president in April 2021 and remains on the InfraGard San Diego advisory board. Sandy has been a speaker at events including FBI Women Behind the Badge, the Wall Street Journal Cybersecurity Symposium, the Wall Street Journal Cybersecurity Small Business Academy, InfraGard National Conference, and more. She has been a guest lecturer on homeland security for the University of San Diego and served on the San Diego Police Foundation’s 2019 Women in Blue Executive Cabinet. Sandy is a graduate of the FBI Citizens Academy and the Domestic Security Executive Academy Graduate Program at Quantico. Since 2012, Sandy has also served on the board of directors for Warrior Foundation Freedom Station, a San Diego-based nonprofit organization that provides support services and transitional housing to the ill and injured servicemen and women of the United States military.
Mike Nagyhazy is the Director of Security and Safety at the 1,628 room, world-class Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego. Mike has over 20 years of security leadership experience with corporations such as Target, 24 Hour Fitness, and Harbor Freight Tools, where he oversaw corporate, and national security teams. Prior to Hyatt, Mike owned and operated a security consulting company, which supported a variety of higher-risk businesses with their overall security programs, processes, and physical security strategies. Much earlier in his career, Mike was a bike patrol instructor for a large school district in Southern California, and also spent a brief amount of time in corrections, where Mike graduated President of his correctional academy. Mike has always found value in partnering closely with law enforcement, bridging the gap between public safety and the private sector. In his spare time, Mike enjoys cooking, hiking, exploring new restaurants in San Diego, as well as, training his high-energy Belgian Malinois rescue puppy.
Anthony joined the U.S. Air Force following the events of 9/11, first in aviation then as a training instructor. He served in several capacities stateside and abroad in Kuwait, Qatar, Germany, and Afghanistan during his 12 years in the military. Academically, he earned an undergraduate degree in Business and Leadership Studies from Providence College and an MPA from Brown University with a concentration in Public Policy and Corporate Governance. In 2010 & 2011 he founded two nonprofit organizations, the Student Veterans Organization (SVO) and Rhode Island Military Organization (RIMO), both of which focused on veteran reintegration services and advocacy and continue to serve local veterans to date. He served as the RIMO Chairman from 2011-2014. Anthony was Military & Veterans Affairs Liaison for the U.S. Senate Rhode Island office from 2014- 2015. In 2015 Anthony joined General Dynamics Corporation where he served as the Military & Veterans Affairs Program Lead for GD’s submarine division, Electric Boat. In this role he worked with a variety of agencies and stakeholders to serve our GD veterans while building pipelines of newly qualified veterans, getting them reintegrated, trained, and prepared for employment at GD. In December 2018, Anthony transferred to the GD NASSCO division where he is the Manager of Communications and Strategic Outreach. In that role, he oversees the company’s internal/external communications, public relations, and corporate social responsibility. Anthony is passionate about higher education, serving on the advisory board of National University’s new College of Professional Studies and as an adjunct professor for the Johnson & Wales University Business School.
Bo Reed is Senior Corporate Counsel with Solar Turbines Incorporated, a subsidiary of
Caterpillar Inc. Bo has been with Caterpillar since 1998, and with Solar in San Diego since 2003. During his 21-year career with Caterpillar/Solar, Bo has had several different roles/responsibilities in different locations, and has extensive experience with international business transactions, asset-based lending/leasing, regulatory compliance, government affairs/trade policy, and commercial litigation. Prior to joining Solar in San Diego, Bo worked for Caterpillar Financial in Nashville, Miami, and Singapore (as Lead Counsel for the Asia Pacific region). Bo is also an Adjunct Professor of Law at the University of San Diego School of Law, and previously served as the Executive Chair of the San Diego & Imperial District Export Council, on the Board of former World Trade Center of San Diego, and as a volunteer with Casa Cornelia. Prior to joining Caterpillar, Bo was with the law firm of Moore & Van Allen in Charlotte, North Carolina, and a foreign intern with a law firm in Mexico City. Bo received his J.D. in 1993 from the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, Va., and his B.S. in Finance in 1987 from Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, La. Bo is married with two teenage daughters, and enjoys surfing, traveling and spending time with his family.
As one of San Diego’s most renowned celebrity chefs, Deborah Scott is known for her diverse tastes and ability to create innovative dishes with an emphasis on presentation. Chef Scott first caught the eye of restaurateurs David and Lesley Cohn in 1995 when her affinity for fusion landed her as the head of Kemo Sabe, the Pacific Rim infused concept formerly housed in Hillcrest.
As a native of Virginia Beach, Virginia, Deborah perfected her talent of pairing eclectic flavors during culinary school. Scott, a graduate of the Baltimore Culinary College, also boasts graduate courses from the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park. Deborah quickly gained hands-on experience at the historical Clarke Cooke House and White Horse Tavern in Newport, Rhode Island, followed by a stint as Executive Sous Chef at Monterey Plaza Hotel’s Delfino’s On The Bay. After successfully stepping onto the San Diego culinary scene, Scott was designated to re-introduce Indigo Grill to Little Italy in 2001 where she helped inspire everything from the logo to the eatery’s unique décor. The standout menu showcases Scott’s flair for indigenous ingredients, exotic flavors and artful composition. Chef Deborah is also behind the dual-concept steak and seafood restaurants, C Level/Island Prime. These premier dining destinations are located under one roof and situated on the bayfront waters of downtown Harbor Island. Island Prime features high-end seafood and prime steaks with an extensive wine list while C Level offers a more casual menu and ambiance. In May 2012, Deborah Scott once again wowed patrons with California Modern Cuisine at approachable price points when she launched her Vintana in Escondido.
Her latest endeavor and most ambitious project to date, Coasterra, opened in August 2015 directly adjacent to C Level/Island Prime. A project nearly a decade in the making, Coasterra is a $15+ million bayfront modern Mexican restaurant, lounge, and event space on Harbor Island. With Chef Deborah at the helm, the 28,000 square-foot venue offers a compelling combination of panoramic views of San Diego’s downtown skyline, carefully crafted Mexican dishes, and tequila-focused cocktails.
Well known for her hands-on approach to hospitality, Scott can be found at each of her restaurants nightly where she oversees her kitchens and visits with guests to ensure a one-of-a-kind dining experience. When she’s not at one of her award-winning venues, the avid animal lover regularly donates money and volunteers her time to animal advocacy programs such as The Project Wildlife Foundation, an organization that facilitates the adoption and rehabilitation of animals in need. Chef Deborah Scott was named “Chef of the Year” in 2012 by U-T San Diego and has been awarded with multiple accolades for “Best Chef in San Diego” by San Diego Magazine, 944 Magazine, San Diego Home & Garden Magazine and the California Restaurant Association. Chef Scott has appeared in Condé Nast Traveler, Sunset Magazine, Food & Wine Magazine and Nation’s Restaurant News.
Beverly Hills Chief of Police, Mark G. Stainbrook, has been a Port of San Diego employee for eight years. Mark retired as a lieutenant from the Los Angeles Police Department, where he served in a variety of assignments including patrol, gangs, internal affairs, intelligence, and counter-terrorism. Mark is a graduate of the FBI National Academy. In his second career, he is a retired lieutenant colonel from the United States Marine Corps Reserve with 31 years of military service. Mark graduated with honors from California State University Long Beach with a Master’s Degree in Public Policy Administration. In 2007, Mark was a US-UK Fulbright Fellow at Leeds University in the Religious and Theology Department and was seconded to the West Yorkshire Police Force. Mark has worked with the U.S. State Department in Kenya, Chad, Nepal, and India to train their police forces on counter-terrorism, criminal intelligence, and community policing methods. Mark joined the Potomac Institute for Policy Studies as a Senior Fellow in June 2016.
Maria is a physician board-certified in palliative care and emergency medicine who cares for patients at San Diego area Scripps Health campuses, primarily Scripps Mercy Chula Vista. She is an immigrant and first-generation college graduate who achieved her calling as a physician on a nontraditional pathway. An experienced former educator, with a focus on middle- and high-school mathematics, Maria majored in elementary education, then earned advanced degrees in education and leadership while teaching full-time. Her doctoral dissertation addressed the gender gap in STEM fields and rekindled her desire to become a physician; she went on to attend Vanderbilt School of Medicine and trained in Emergency Medicine at Kaiser Permanente San Diego, followed by fellowship in Hospice and Palliative Medicine at UCSD. Maria has served on the board of Kaiser Permanente Women in Medicine, and currently serves on the boards of the national Women in Science Society, the San Diego County Medical Society Champions for Health, and is a candidate for the board of the Lycée Français de San Diego. An avid runner and cyclist, Maria was a 3-time Ironman competitor (Tempe AZ, Louisville KY, and Cozumel MX); these days in her spare time, she enjoys hiking, biking, and traveling with her husband and children. Her passions include mentoring pre-health studies students, empowering women in leadership/STEM/medicine, and improving access to healthcare for marginalized communities.
Magda Fernandez was appointed Harbor Police chief/vice president of public safety in
May 2022 after previously serving as acting chief and acting assistant chief. Chief Fernandez is the first Latina chief of Harbor Police. She joined the Port of San Diego Harbor Police Department as a recruit in 2001 and rose in the ranks to captain in February 2021. Over the years, she has led various department units, including investigations and intelligence, professional standards, and training as well as the patrol and administrative sections. Chief Fernandez also represented Harbor Police as a detective on the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force and helped establish the department’s Terrorism Liaison Officer program, which focuses on educating officers and members of the Port community on being aware of potential terrorism and criminal activities. From 1994 to 2018, she served in the U.S. Coast Guard in various roles including as a criminal investigator and as an environmental and marine casualty investigator. Earlier in her career, she was an emergency medical technician, and then a rescue diver with the Santa Cruz Search and Rescue Team. Chief Fernandez’s achievements include receiving the Port’s 2018 Chairman’s Cup Award for her peer support work in the department and being named Harbor Police Officer of the Year in 2008. Chief Fernandez is a graduate of the National Command & Staff College Leadership Program and holds a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Colorado Technical University.
Mr. Cristiano Renno Amon is president and chief executive officer of Qualcomm Incorporated, and also serves on the Company’s board of directors. Amon assumed the role of CEO on June 30, 2021. He has served as President of QUALCOMM Inc. from January 04, 2018, until June 30, 2021, served as the President of Qualcomm CDMA Technologies and served as its Executive Vice President from November 19, 2015, until January 2018, and served as its Co-President of Qualcomm CDMA Technologies since June 2012. Mr. Amon served as an Executive Vice President of Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., at QUALCOMM Incorporated from October 2012 until November 2015. He was responsible for the oversight of all activities related to Qualcomm’s semiconductor business within the mobile and computing segment. During Amon's 18-year tenure, his leadership is instrumental in driving revenue growth in the core business and the expansion into adjacent areas. He served as Co-President of Qualcomm Mobile & Computing at QUALCOMM Incorporated since June 2012. He has provided exceptional leadership in expanding QCT's product roadmap - positioning Qualcomm as the industry leader in mobile technology; successfully building the chipset strategy and business in China, establishing Qualcomm's position in this critical region; and developing deep and strategic customer relationships critical to its long-term success. He began his career at Qualcomm in 1995 and served as Senior Vice President of Product Management at QCT, managing the company’s wireless chipset portfolio. While at Qualcomm, he was also the Chief Technical Officer of Vésper. He joined Qualcomm in 1995 as an engineer and throughout his tenure held several other technical and leadership roles. He served with NEC and Ericsson. He served as Vice President for Technology at VeloCom, Inc. Mr. Amon holds a B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from UNICAMP – Universidade Estadual de Campinas, São Paulo, Brazil.
Dave Carothers, who grew up in Los Angeles, has been part of the San Diego community since his initial boot camp processing at S.D. Naval Training Center in 1975. After six years in the U.S. Navy, Dave attended and graduated from California State University, Dominguez Hills (’82, Public Finance) and graduated from the University of Southern California Gould School of Law (’85). He immediately returned to San Diego and had a spectacular career as a management side employment trial lawyer for the past 35 years. Dave has nearly tried close to one hundred jury trials throughout the state of California. Dave has served on the S.D. Citizens Review Board on Police Practices, United Way, Neighborhood House Association among many others. Governor Schwarzenegger appointed Dave as a Commissioner to the California Department of Fair Housing and Employment. Nowadays, Dave focuses his practice as an arbitrator and mediator helping lawyers and their clients reach resolution to their cases without having to go to court. In his spare time, Dave loves long distance motorcycle riding and enjoys escorting his wife, Janice, to all the great eateries here in San Diego County.
Fernando Hernandez was born and raised in San Diego. He attended Chula Vista High School and went on to receive his bachelor’s in political studies from UCLA in 1992. In 1995 Hernandez completed his master’s at SDSU, including both his teaching and administrator credentials. After receiving his master’s that year, he began teaching at Perkins K-8. In 2003, he was named principal at Perkins and in 2022, he completed his 19th year in the position which he still holds today. Hernandez also teaches astronomy and Russian, which he speaks fluently. His wife teaches at Joyner Elementary, and his two children both attended Perkins. His son attends USCD, and his daughter is currently in 11th grade at San Diego High School.
Michael LaFleur joined the Port of San Diego as the Vice President of Maritime in October 2019 and oversees the Maritime Department. For seven years prior to joining the Port, LaFleur served as CEO of Seacor Island Lines, a shipping, terminal, and warehousing company servicing South Florida and the Bahamas. He was previously COO of both Seacor Island Lines and Trailer Bridge, a shipping company servicing the US mainland to Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands, and the Dominican Republic. LaFleur has also served as CEO of Seacor American Marine Highways, an inland tug and barge operation in the U.S. river network. Prior to those positions, he was the commercial operations manager for both Seabulk Island Transport and Seabulk Tankers. Earlier in his career, LaFleur worked at sea shipping for both Chevron and Military Sealift Command and sailed up to chief officer transporting cargo around the world. LaFleur served honorably in the United States Navy Reserve for nine years, achieving the rank of lieutenant commander, holds a United States Coast Guard Unlimited Master’s License, and earned a bachelor’s degree in marine transportation from the United States Merchant Marine Academy.