Our Team

Our Team2018-09-29T09:40:30+00:00

Contact Clearwater:
724 Wolcott Ave
Beacon, NY 12508
Phone: 845-265-8080
Fax: 206-350-5680
Email: office@clearwater.org

Executive Director

Greg Williams, Executive Director
greg@clearwater.org
845-265-8080 x7104

Administration
Contact the Administration department for all issues related to the purchasing of merchandise, accounts payable, and general information.

Amy Bonder, Director of Administration and HR
amy@clearwater.org
845-265-8080 x7100

Michelle Acosta, Consulting Controller
michelle@clearwater.org
845-265-8080 x7123

Erin Macchiaroli, Administration & Communications Coordinator
erin@clearwater.org
845-265-8080 x7101

Captains
Contact the Captains for all information related to the Sloop’s functioning, as well as for information on being employed as a crewmember or apprentice.

Captain Aleythea Dolstad
aleythea@clearwater.org
845-265-8080 x7163

Captain Nick Rogers
nick@clearwater.org
845-265-8080 x7103

Development
Contact the Development department for all information regarding supporting Clearwater’s mission through sponsorships, planned giving, memberships, and corporate partnerships.Ann Mellor, Manager of Membership and Sloop Club Relations
ann@clearwater.org
845-265-8080 x7119

Diane Oktay, Grants Manager
diane@clearwater.org
845-265-8080 x7118

Education
Contact the Education department for all information regarding our educational programs, volunteering on the sloops as an educator, and booking sails on the Clearwater or Mystic Whaler.

Maija Niemisto, Education Director
maija@clearwater.org
845-265-8080 x7115

Eli Schloss, Tideline Discovery Program Director
eli@clearwater.org
845-265-8080 x7106

Krista Norris, Education Coordinator
krista@clearwater.org
845-265-8080 x7157

Environmental Action & Green Cities
Contact our Environmental Action department for all information regarding Clearwater’s environmental advocacy, the Hudson River Watershed Alliance and environmental issues affecting the Hudson River, Hudson Valley, and New York State.

Manna Jo Greene, Environmental Action Director
mannajo@clearwater.org
845-265-8080 x7113


Alphabetical List

Michelle Acosta, Consulting Controller
michelle@clearwater.org
845-265-8080 x7123

Amy Bonder, Director of Administration and HR
amy@clearwater.org
845-265-8080 x7100

Captain Aleythea Dolstad
aleythea@clearwater.org
845-265-8080 x7163

Manna Jo Greene, Environmental Action Director
mannajo@clearwater.org
845-265-8080 x7113

Erin Macchiaroli, Administration & Communications Coordinator
erin@clearwater.org
845-265-8080 x7101

Ann Mellor, Manager of Membership and Sloop Club Relations
ann@clearwater.org
845-265-8080 x7119

Maija Niemisto, Education Director
maija@clearwater.org
845-265-8080 x7115

Krista Norris, Education Coordinator
krista@clearwater.org
845-265-8080 x7157

Diane Oktay, Grants Manager
diane@clearwater.org
845-265-8080 x7118

Captain Nick Rodgers
nick@clearwater.org
845-265-8080 x7103

Eli Schloss, Tideline Discovery Program Director
eli@clearwater.org
845-265-8080 x7106

Greg Williams, Executive Director
greg@clearwater.org
845-265-8080 x7104

Executive Director
Greg Williams Greg Williams, Executive Director
845-265-8080 x7104
Greg spent his childhood sailing on the Hudson, swimming in the Croton River, and going to Clearwater Revival on Croton Point. After preparing for public service with a B.A. in Government from Dartmouth College, Greg spent three years helping whistleblowers and researching waste, fraud and abuse in federal spending. After returning to graduate school to study organizational behavior, Greg has spent twenty-five years helping organizations of all sizes build strong cultures, and overcome challenges. When not working, Greg may be on the water, in the kitchen, or reading a Government Accountability Office report.
Administration
Amy Bonder Amy Bonder, Director of Administration and HR
845-265-8080 x7100
Amy spent her childhood on both coasts – living in the lush green state of Washington and the suburbs of northern NJ. Amy found Clearwater in the fall of 1996 after finishing college (and putting in many ski days) in Burlington, VT. After 2 years as Clearwater’s Development Assistant, she moved into the position of Office Manager and in 2007 moved into the role of Director of Administration and HR. There you can find her holding together all operational aspects of the organization including administration, accounting, human resources, systems management and attempting to keep the kitchen clean. When not in the office, you can find Amy skiing, camping, boating, hiking the AT and spending time with her husband Scott and lil ones; Noah and Paige.
Michelle Acosta Michelle Acosta, Consulting Controller
845-265-8080 x7123
Michelle began working at Clearwater in August 2016. As Controller, Michelle maintains the financial records of the organization handling the accounting, as well as preparation of the budgets for both the Board of Directors and grant proposals. Prior to joining Clearwater, Michelle was the Controller and Business Manager at St. Aloysius School in Harlem. She has served the nonprofit community in various financial roles over 10 years. Michelle has a Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice from John Jay College of Criminal Justice and is currently pursuing a second Bachelor’s in Accounting from Hunter College. A lover of travelling and world cultures, Michelle is fluent in Spanish, speaks conversational French and Italian and is looking forward to continuing the study and learning of additional languages. She has resided in Beacon, NY for the last 15 years and loves the Hudson Valley.
Erin Macchiaroli Erin Macchiaroli, Administration & Communications Coordinator
845-265-8080 x7101
Erin joined Clearwater in March of 2014 and wears the PR and Communications hats as well as administration and merchandising. Originally from Queens, NY, Erin served 4 years in the Air Force as a command post controller in Delaware, South Korea, Oman and England. Erin received a BA in Sociology with a minor in Painting from SUNY New Paltz, then on to receive her MA in Writing from the National University of Ireland, Galway, where she lived for the next 5 years working in rural Clare, writing, and hosting a radio show called Sunday Best. Erin is a renaissance woman of sorts but is most passionate about writing, music and being outside! Erin lives in the City of Newburgh with her husband, Rob and their future Clearwater sailor, Dustin.
Captains
Aleythea DolstadCaptain Aleythea Dolstad
(845) 265-8080, x7163
If a home flag is to be flown for Aleythea, it is the flag of Cascadia. Having grown up on an island, being surrounded by water seems not only natural but unavoidable. Aleythea’s first sailing experience was on the schooner Ruben de Cloux at eight days old. Her toddler years were spent on the longboats Porpoise and Discovery’s Launch. The summer after middle school she began sailing on the schooner Adventuress, first as a participant, and eventually spending multiple seasons both sailing and yard. Having dedicated a majority of her time on the waters of the Salish Sea working with environmental education and environmental and social justice, coming to the fine and splendid sloop Clearwater just made sense. Aleythea is happy to be working in a place where the folk tradition of making voices heard, strong in the face of injustice, and sailing a tall ship successfully meld together. Enjoys climbing stuff, playing hot dice, a well done Hudson River gybe, cilantro, bonfires, making a cozy nest, and tea with milk and honey. Shipboard titles have included but are not limited to; volunteer, deckhand, educator, rigger, spare part, bosun, first mate, trouble, winter coordinator, watch officer, and captain.
Development
Ann Mellor Ann Mellor, Manager of Membership and Sloop Club Relations
845-265-8080 x7119
Ann Mellor started working at Clearwater as Development Assistant / Membership Associate in April 2009. Previously, Ann served as Membership Associate / Administrative Assistant at the Hastings Center in Garrison, NY for 7 years. She is married and lives in Beacon, NY with her husband Michael Mellor. They came to the Hudson Valley in 1984 from Rochester, NY. Ann and her husband raised their two wonderful daughters in Beacon; one daughter, Mary Joe, is married and serves in the U.S. Navy, and the other daughter, Christine, served in the Air Force and is now to be married and living in Rochester NY. In her free time, Ann loves to cook, read, travel, listen to music and watch movies.
Diane Oktay Diane Oktay, Grants Manager
845-265-8080 x7118
Diane von Roesgen Oktay brings over 20 years of experience in fundraising and program delivery. She has written successful proposals for foundation, corporate and government grants ranging from $2,000 to $1.3 million. Her experience includes work with non-rofits in the field of education, environment, out-of-school programs and museums. Diane started her career as a counselor and program manager. She holds a BA from Cornell University, and an MEd in counseling and an MBA in non-profit management, both from Boston University.
Environmental Action & Green Cities
Manna Jo Greene Manna Jo Greene, Environmental Action Director
845-265-8080 x7113
Manna Jo Greene, Clearwater’s Environmental Action Director since 2000, was formerly the Recycling Coordinator/Educator for the Ulster County Resource Recovery Agency for more than 10 years and a registered Critical Care Nurse for 22 years. She holds an AAS in Nursing, a BA in biology (pre-med) from SUNY/New Paltz, and completed course work toward a Masters in Environmental Sciences at Bard College. A lifelong environmental professional and community activist, Manna avidly supports collaborative land use planning and problem solving. Working to promote sustainable agriculture and green building and landscaping practices, she teaches communities how to integrate environmental preservation, economic prosperity (based on quality of life indicators), and social equity using effective communication. Manna also serves as Ulster County Legislator from District 19, Towns of Rosendale and Marbletown.
Education
Maija Niemisto Maija Niemisto, Education Director
845-265-8080 x7115
Maija grew up in a family of musicians in Northfield, Minnesota. She pursued B.A. in environmental studies at the Universty of Wisconsin-Madison and the American University of Beiruit in Lebanon. After her studies, she bought a small sailboat and set out on a adventure to explore the eastern seaboard which eventually lead her to Clearwater. Beginning in 2008, Maija served aboard the sloop as a member of the education staff and cultivated a great love for the river while sailing, singing, and teaching with students. In 2014, she left Clearwater to pursue an M.S. in marine sciences at Stony Brook University and deepened her knowledge of the Hudson River Estuary through research on estuarine fish and zooplankton using a biological acoustic system hosted aboard the sloop. She returned as Education Director for Clearwater in 2016. Maija has two young children who are currently accumulating sea-time on the sloop and are known to ask such questions as “mama, is the Hudson saltwater or freshwater?”
Eli Schloss Eli Schloss, Tideline Discovery Director
845-265-8080 x7106
Eli grew up in Indianapolis, Indiana. He spent his childhood sailing small boats on the lakes and reservoirs there. In 1994, after graduating from New York University with a BA in Art History, he began working in shipboard education. He crewed on Soundwaters, and HMS Bounty, was the first mate on the Lettie G. Howard, and spent time on various boats in Baltimore Harbor as part of Living Classrooms Foundation. With Living Classrooms, he ran the Customized Job Training department. He has worked at Clearwater since 2005. When not on the river, he enjoys cooking, soccer and hiking with his family and dogs.
Krista Norris Krista Norris, Education Coordinator
845-265-8080 x7157
Krista comes from the landlocked state of Colorado. Her childhood was spent skiing and hiking in the Colorado Rockies. After going to school in Montana and graduating with degrees in Elementary and Special Education, she was drawn to the water. In the winter, she has spent time working in preschools, and teaching skiing. She spent a month on the clearwater in the summer of 2015, and after that knew she wanted to come back to the river. She is excited to be starting her second season as an education coordinator onboard the Good Sloop Clearwater. When she’s not on the boat you can find her hiking, smelling flowers, searching for fireflies, and reading.