Contact Clearwater

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

Departments

Executive Director

Greg Williams, Executive Director
he | him | his
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.

Erin Macchiaroli, Director of Operations
she | her | hers
erin@clearwater.org
845-265-8080 x7100

Gigi Rapetti, Adminstative Assistant
she | her | hers
gigi@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.

Amy Nelson Director of the Sloop Department and Captain
she | her | hers
amyn@clearwater.org
845-265-8080 x7123

Captain Nick Rogers
he | him | his
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.

James Malchow, Director of Development
he | him | his
james@clearwater.org
845-265-8080 x7118

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

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

Erik Fyfe, Education Director
he | him | his
erik@clearwater.org
845-265-8080 x7115

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

Amali Knobloch, Sail Logistics Coordinator
she | her | hers
amali@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
she | her | hers
mannajo@clearwater.org
845-265-8080 x7113

Alphabetical Directory

Erik Fyfe, Education Director
he | him | his
erik@clearwater.org
845-265-8080 x7115

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

Amali Knobloch, Sail Logistics Coordinator
she | her | hers
amali@clearwater.org
845-265-8080 x7157

Erin Macchiaroli, Director of Operations
she | her | hers
erin@clearwater.org
845-265-8080 x7100

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

Amy Nelson Director of the Sloop Department and Captain
she | her | hers
amyn@clearwater.org
845-265-8080 x7123

Gigi Rapetti, Adminstative Assistant
she | her | hers
gigi@clearwater.org
845-265-8080 x7101

Captain Nick Rogers
he | him | his
nick@clearwater.org
845-265-8080 x7103

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

Greg Williams, Executive Director
he | him | his
greg@clearwater.org
845-265-8080 x7104

Staff Bios

Executive Director

Greg Williams

Executive Director
greg@clearwater.org
He | Him | His
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

Erin Macchiaroli

Director of Operations
she | her | hers
erin@clearwater.org
845-265-8080 x7100

Erin joined Clearwater in March of 2014 and currently manages the day-to-day operations, human resources, administration, as well as public relations at the Beacon office. Originally from Queens, NY, Erin is a US Air Force veteran and served as a command post controller in Delaware, South Korea, Oman and England. Erin holds a 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 also has a BA in Sociology with a minor in Painting from SUNY New Paltz. Erin is most passionate about music, writing and being outside! Erin lives in the City of Newburgh with her husband, Rob and their future Clearwater sailor, Dustin.

Gigi Rapetti

Adminstative Assistant
she | her | hers
gigi@clearwater.org
845-265-8080 x7101

Gigi Rapetti worked for many years in advertising and marketing in the pharmaceutical, and entertainment industries, and as an office manager for a collective of independent artists, before joining Clearwater. She also volunteered in Manhattan as an Urban Park Ranger in Inwood Hill Park planting trees, putting out forest fires with dirt, weeding invasive plant species, and introducing kids to the tidal basin.

Growing up along the Croton and Hudson Rivers, Gigi was able to attend several Clearwater Festivals. The most was memorable was as teenager, she volunteered to help out on site and was recruited to be a litter-picker. Having been raised by avid recyclers and activists, but having never seen it done on a grand scale as it was at Croton Point Park, she was impressed. Afterwards, the volunteers were very fortunate to go back to Pete and Toshi’s house, where they encouraged everyone to take the fight to Albany to continue to let our state senators and representatives know that more action was needed to save our environment. During college, Gigi returned to Albany to demonstrate against SUNY tuition hikes and was active with NY Public Interest Research Group. More recently, she helped create organic gardens with Groundworks in Yonkers. Gigi returned to Clearwater (first as a volunteer) just in time to help celebrate the anniversary of founder Pete Seeger’s 100th birthday and the 50th anniversary of the launching of the sloop, including creating some special celebratory merchandise. She looks forward to helping Clearwater move towards a future of improved environmental justice for all.

Captains

Amy Nelson

Director of the Sloop Department and Captain
she | her | hers
amyn@clearwater.org
845-265-8080 x7123

Amy Nelson returns to captain the Hudson River Sloop Clearwater after working on and off as the boat’s engineer for several years. Before her time aboard the sloop, Amy earned a degree in Marine Biology from UNCW then spent three years sailing internationally in the Western Pacific and the Caribbean Sea. While away from the Sloop, Amy has led marine science expeditions on the Salish Sea and captained research vessels off the coast of Maine. Amy spends part of the year living in Burlington, Vermont, where she skis, plays frisbee, and has worked on nearly every boat on Lake Champlain.

Nick Rogers

Captain
he | him | his
nick@clearwater.org
845-265-8080 x7103

Captain Nick Rogers returned to Clearwater as relief Captain in October of 2007 and full Captain in January of 2008. During his previous stints on Clearwater, he worked as 2nd Mate during the 2005 season, and as Engineer & Bosun before that. Nick received 2 degrees from the University of Rochester in physics and applied mathematics. He has experience working with youth as an Environmental Educator and Trail Crew Leader with the Student Conservation Association and as an Educator with a YMCA camp in New England.

Development

James Malchow

Director of Development
he | him | his
james@clearwater.org
845-265-8080 x7118

James first became involved in Clearwater around 2010. He is an active member of the Beacon Sloop Club, including helping with its annual strawberry, corn, and pumpkin festivals, and sailing on the ferry sloop Woody Guthrie. He served on Clearwater’s board from 2014 to 2016 and was happy to join Clearwater’s staff as Development Director in 2019. He has a B.A. in History, American Studies, and Political Science from Rutgers University – New Brunswick, and an M.S. in Fundraising Management from Columbia University. James is currently pursuing a Master of Public Administration degree from Rutgers University – Newark.

Ann Mellor

Manager of Membership and Sloop Club Relations
she | her | hers
ann@clearwater.org
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.

Environmental Action & Green Cities

Manna Jo Greene

Environmental Action Director
she | her | hers
mannajo@clearwater.org
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

Erik Fyfe

Erik Fyfe

Education Director
He | Him | His
845-265-8080 x7115
Erik Fyfe first sailed with Clearwater back in 2008. Originally hailing from the southeast, he immediately fell in love with the Hudson River and spent several seasons on the sloop as engineer, second mate, and winter crew. Ever since his time as a crew member, Erik has been engaging people of all ages to learn about and help protect rivers. With a background that brings together environmental education and advocacy, his past work includes protecting the Chattahoochee River and its tributaries in Georgia. On the Hudson, Erik believes the best way to get to know the river is by pulling up the Sloop Clearwater’s sails with 40 fourth graders. He is proud to be part of the team helping make that happen every day.

Eli Schloss

Tideline Discovery Director
He | Him | His
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.

Amali Knobloch

Sail Logistics Coordinator
She | Her | Hers or They | Them | Theirs
845-265-8080 x7157
Amali grew up in Baltimore, Maryland and quickly developed a strong love for the environment, especially on the water. She discovered her love for boats early on through student investigations facilitated by the Living Classrooms Foundation in Baltimore. Amali’s father, who is an experienced and storied ship’s captain, ensured that her love for being on the water was solidified when he enrolled her in a three-week sailing program on the CMS Tole Mour during the summer of 2012. During college, Amali spent her summers interning at organizations throughout New York that developed her in the ecology and community of the Hudson River Valley. After college, looking to get back into work on the water, Amali took a position on the Clearwater as an Educator Deckhand in the fall of 2017. Amali has also been an outdoor educator at Hudson River Park in Manhattan and at the New York Botanical Gardens in the Bronx and is committed to engaging with young people from all walks of life. Amali loves soccer, cooking, reading and spending time with her three year old nephew.