The team at America True is made up of staff and volunteers who donate
their time and energy to make sure that the organization and it's programs
|| Dawn Riley, America True CEO and
Dawn is the first woman in the world to manage an America's Cup team.
She is also the first American to have raced on three America's Cup
teams and two Whitbread Round the World teams. For her match racing
and leadership skills, she received the Rolex Yachtswoman of the Year
award for 1999. She is the former President of the Women Sports Foundation.
Her book 'Taking the Helm' tells the story of the all women
crew in the 1993-94 Whitbread. You can read more about Dawn,
||Scott Shwarts, COO
Prior to his involvement with America True, Scott Shwarts was an industry
consultant in the areas of business management, marketing and corporate
development. He has been the founder of a number of software companies.
Scott is an avid sailor, a certified scuba diving instructor and marine
|| Dan Leininger, Executive Director
Dan graduated from the University of Florida with a degree in Systems
Engineering, and was commissioned as an Officer in the US Navy through
the NROTC Program. Following his career in the Navy, Dan worked in the
High Tech industry as a Program/Project Manager.
Dan joined the "Waterfront" as the Operations Director
of the Treasure Island Sailing Center. He is a member of the Board
of Directors of the Bay Area Association of Disabled Sailors where
he has run the Sail Training Program for over 3 years, and participates
actively as a skipper.
Dan has been sailing since college where he began racing catamarans,
and dinghies. He has participated in several sailing program start-ups,
taught sailing, and continues to race for fun when he gets a chance.
|| Nettie Kelly, Tall Ships For Girls
Program (An America True Sponsored Program)
Nettie Kelly is an experienced science teacher and experiential educator.
She taught environmental science, biology and marine biology at the
high school level for seven years at the Stevenson School. While there,
she coached girls field hockey and lacrosse, led wilderness backpacking
trips, facilitated ropes course groups and started a sail training program
on tall ships. Sail training combines her two passions, experiential
education and marine science. Read more about the program on their web site: http://www.tallshipacademy.org