Carolyn and her husband John recently celebrated 34 years of marriage. They have two sons, Dylan and Miles, who both sailed in the Hampton Yacht Club summer sailing program and then for their high school teams. Carolyn and John were active in supporting the high school sailing programs, as well as Youth Sailing Virginia. John and Carolyn are also members of the Hampton Yacht Club.
Over the years, Carolyn and her family have been active in boating with their motor boat, canoes, and kayaks. Both Dylan and Miles achieved the rank of Eagle Scout, and the entire family is still active in Boy Scouts of America today. The family has a great appreciation for the outdoors, especially our waterways. Currently, Carolyn and John are part of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation Oyster cultivation program in the Elizabeth Lake portion of the Hampton River.
Claire is President and COO of Mellen Street Creative. Mellen Street Creative designs and produces marketing, publications, museum exhibit design, video animation, branding and websites for institutions and organizations and businesses. Mellen Street Creative has been in business for more than 30 years and has distinguished itself as a leader in graphic arts and communication, always exceeding the expectations of its clients.
Prior to joining Mellen Street Creative, Claire worked as the Marketing and Development Director for Los Cenzontles Mexican Arts Center and touring group, branding the organization while simultaneously helping them increase revenue streams by more than 30%. Her work there also included partnerships with the San Francisco Foundation, The Marin Community Foundation, Helicon Collaborative, The East Bay Community Foundation, The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, LINC (Leveraging Investments in Creativity) and Northern California Community Loan Fund to name a few.
Claire holds a B.S. in Cross-Cultural Communications from the University of California, Davis. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for Soundscapes, is on the Advisory Board for Thomas Nelson Community College Visual Arts Department, Public Affairs and Marketing Advisory Board for Sister Cities Newport News, and the Arts and Design Advisory Board for the Academy of Media in the Academies of Hampton. Claire grew up sailing at the Warwick Yacht and Country Club where she participated in club racing. She quickly became connected to Youth Sailing Virginia when she signed her twins, Ava and Angelo, up for a beginner sailing course in 2019. Angelo has since found his own passion for sailing and hopes to become an instructor with Youth Sailing Virginia in the future.
Michele works as a Gift Planning Officer for the Riverside Health System Foundation where she manages a major gift portfolio of grateful patients and families, and provides creative direction and strategic collaboration with various Riverside regions and service lines to include Lifelong Health, Oncology, and Neurosciences. She has previously served as the Chief Development Officer for Boys & Girls Clubs of the Virginia Peninsula and the Virginia Peninsula Foodbank where she oversaw all fundraising, marketing, and public relations.
Before nonprofit work, Michele excelled in sales and marketing for media outlets, 106.9 FM WAFX and WAVY TV 10/FOX 43 WVBT, where she successfully managed millions of dollars in annual accounts. Her enthusiasm, passion, and relationship development were keys to her success.
Michele graduated from James Madison University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Communications and a minor in French. She serves as a member of the Citizens Engagement Advisory and Review Commission (CEARC) for the City of Hampton and is a member of First United Methodist Church. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, dancing, playing golf, and spending time with her husband, Harry, and their two rescue chihuahuas, Emma and Rocco.
Gary Bodie has coached intercollegiate sailing since 1978, working at Old Dominion University, the US Naval Academy, and Hampton University (the first minority sailing program in the US). His teams have won an unprecedented fifteen College National Championships, including four Dinghy Championships. Individual sailors coached by Bodie have earned 30 first team All-American honors, 26 All-American crew, 11 All-American women, plus 11 Honorable Mentions. The most important individual award, College Sailor of the Year (equivalent to the Heisman Trophy in college football), has been awarded four times to sailors in Bodie’s programs.
Prior to the 1996 Olympics, Bodie worked as a private coach with Olympic aspirants in Laser’s, Europe’s, 470’s, and Finns. In 1998, Gary was named Head Olympic Coach and High Performance Director for the U.S. Sailing Team, and he worked specifically with Laser and Soling sailors leading up to the 2000 Olympics in Sydney. Under Gary’s leadership, the U.S. Olympic Sailing Team won four medals in Sydney: Gold in the Star class, Silver in the Men’s and Women’s 470, and Bronze in the 49er class. In 2004, sailors won Gold in the Men’s 470 class and Silver in the Tornado. At Beijing 2008 the US Sailing Team won Gold in the Women’s Singlehanded and Silver in Men’s Singlehanded.
Bodie has also served as U.S. Team Leader/Coach for the ISAF Youth World Championships, the ISAF Team Race World Championship, World University Games, and the Pan Am Games. Gary served several years as chairman of the US SAILING Team Racing Committee, and has been a member of the Youth and the Inshore committees. He was a long time member of the Board of Directors for High School Sailing and former President of the Middle Atlantic Intercollegiate Sailing Association. Currently Bodie is a member of ISAF Events Committee and represents North America on the ISAF Council. Bodie has been a member of US Sailing’s Olympic Sailing Committee continuously since 1998. His latest project is helping Youth Sailing Virginia to implement community and high school sailing on the waterfront of Fort Monroe, Virginia.
Bodie raced many one design classes, but the 505 was his favorite for almost 20 years. Victories included Bermuda Race Week, CORK in Kingston, Ontario, East Coasts, and Midwinter Championships. Bodie has also finished top ten in the 505 World Championship. Three-on-three team racing is his other sailing passion, and he competes whenever his schedule permits.
Gary was born in Hampton, VA, attended Hampton public schools and graduated from the California Institute of Technology in 1978 with a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Engineering. He still lives in Hampton and is a member of Hampton Yacht Club. Gary is married to the former Mary Pitchford of Norfolk, Virginia, and they have three daughters, Kelly, Katie, and Caroline.
Jim has over 40 years’ experience on the water. While growing up on Forked River, New Jersey, he sailed, surfed, lifeguarded and worked clamming boats on the Jersey Shore. After moving to Virginia in 2001, Jim has been involved in the community as President for Historic Hilton Village, and Ambassador for Thomas Nelson Community College’s Nursing Program. He is a Peritoneal Dialysis Instructor and a Kidney Transplant Coordinator. He is also an amateur boat building, as well as ABYC Standards Certified, and a Marine Surveyor. He is currently serving as Vice Commodore for the Broad Bay Sailing Association and will become Commodore in 2022.
Rosemary enjoys fleet and team racing in Sonar Class boats and she also helms a Soveral 30 sailing vessel that she and her husband enjoy racing together. Rosemary holds a BSBA from Old Dominion University and an Executive Certificate in Strategic Planning from Wharton School of Business. Rosemary is excited to bring her skill sets and passion of sailing to benefit the community’s youth through her work at YSV in fundraising, grant writing and serving on the Finance Committee in hopes of spreading her love of the lifelong sport of Sailing!
An eastern North Carolina native and Hampton University graduate, Catryna bring decades of business development, consulting, and 501(c)(3) experience. As the Director of Williamsburg Classical Academy for over 10 years, she has successfully managed the funding and creation of several student educational programs. These include a brand new sailing program for Williamsburg Classical Academy! As an environmental engineering consultant Catryna managed large federal projects and was a frequent national Pollution Prevention speaker with published articles concerning Hazardous Material and Hazardous Waste Management.
Catryna also serves on the Beauty for Ashes Contemporary Dance board which brings dance and the arts to underserved communities. It was after serving as the first Sailing Club President at Hampton University that she became aware of disparities in maritime opportunities. She is happy to serve an organization that will increase access to sailing and maritime opportunities!
Rick is the Vice President of business process standardization at Newport News Shipbuilding, A Division of Huntington Ingalls Industries. He has a degree in Naval Architecture from the University of Michigan.