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ABOUT AYCF

OUR MISSION

The Annapolis Yacht Club Foundation was established in 2000 as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Our mission is to provide scholarships to underserved youths to participate in junior sailing events, grants to maritime-related 501(c)(3) charitable and educational organizations, and grants to amateur sailors competing at the highest levels. 

AYCF BOARD OF DIRECTORS

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KATHY PARKS, PRESIDENT

Kathy Parks started crewing on large sailboats and later skippered her J22 with all women crews and eventually a J70 with mixed crews. She traveled around the country for regattas including Mid-Winters, North Americans, Key West Race Weeks and two World Championships.

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CEDRIC LEWIS, SECRETARY

Cedric Lewis has been a member of AYC since 1994 and an AYC Foundation board member since 2011. After moving to Annapolis in 1977 he joined the Severn Sailing Association (SSA) junior sailing program where he fostered a love for sailing and lifelong friendships. 

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DONALD FARNAN

Donald Farnan joined PricewaterhouseCoopers in 1983 and retired from PwC on July 1, 2021. During his time there, he served and led client teams ranging from two people early in his career to hundreds of team members in audit, tax, and consulting. 

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JACKIE ROLLERI

Jackie was introduced to sailing while working as a launch operator and dockmaster at yacht clubs in Connecticut and Rhode Island. After college, Jackie worked as a deckhand aboard mega-yachts in the Caribbean and Mediterranean.

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ADEN KING, VICE PRESIDENT

Aden King joined the AYC foundation in 2020.  He has been an active member of the local sailing community since 1998 when he moved to Annapolis from Upstate NY.   At that time, he began actively racing J22s and still competes on a local and national level. 

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CHIP CARR

Chip Carr grew up in the Annapolis area and the Annapolis Yacht Club has been part of his family for 70 years. He joined the Club in 1984 and Chip has been on the ACYF Board for 15 years.

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JENNIFER NORWOOD

Jennifer Norwood is a 30-year member of the Annapolis Yacht Club and has held many leadership roles at the Club as well as served as flag officer on the Board of Governors from 2018-2023.

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JACELYN SWENSON

Jacie Swenson started racing at age 8 and taught sailing during her high school and college summers. She has competed and won regional and national championships in myriad one-design classes. When she's not racing, Jacie enjoys cruising the Chesapeake Bay on Madeline, the 40' Robbins that she owns with her husband, as well as skiing, hiking, running and yoga.

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BRAD JULIAN, TREASURER

Brad Julian has been a member of the Annapolis Yacht Club since 2016 and an AYC Foundation board member since 2020. He learned to sail at Severn Sailing Association when his family moved from Southern California to Annapolis at age 13 and quickly began racing in the international 420 class as a junior sailor.

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JENNY CRAWFORD

Jenny Crawford is a non-profit professional and has been the Director of Development at The Light House Homeless Prevention and Support Center in Annapolis since 2017.  She and her husband, Stephen, have two young boys, the oldest of whom started on the Annapolis Yacht Club Green Fleet Optimist Race Team in 2022. 

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JIM PRALEY

Jim Praley has been a member of the AYCF Board since 2008.  A native of Anne Arundel County, he learned to sail at Indian Landing Boat Club in his early teens and has long enjoyed sailing on the Chesapeake and offshore on his own boats and those of tolerant friends. 

AYCF ADVISORY COMMITTEE

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COLE ALLSOPP

Cole Allsopp grew up racing dinghies and keel boats in Annapolis. He attended primarily the Severn Sailing Association Junior Program as well as the AYC Junior Program.

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JOHN BREMER

John Bremer has over 30 years experience as an engineer and entrepreneur developing innovative solutions in the healthcare services industry domestically and internationally.

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MATT SCHUBERT

Matt Schubert has been a member of the AYCF Board for 12 years and served as president from 2018-2023. He grew up in Annapolis and competitively sailed both nationally and internationally in the optimist dinghy out of SSA. 

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JILL BENNETT

Jill Bennett joined the AYC Foundation in 2023. She grew up sailing her Laser and racing keelboats with her dad on Lake Hefner in Oklahoma City. She raced J24’s through high school and college then moved to Annapolis to start a career. She figured if the job didn’t work out the sailing would be great.

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IAN BURMAN

Ian Burman grew up in Annapolis Maryland and sailing has been a huge part of his life from a young age.  After starting out cruising the Chesapeake with his family, Ian got hooked by one design racing in the El Toro class. 

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JENNY BENSON

Jenny Benson is an Eastern Shore local and member of Tred Avon Yacht Club. Over her years of supporting youth sailing, she has directed the Junior Sailing program at her home club, served on the CBYRA Jr Committee, the USODA Board of Directors and the C420 Board of Directors.

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FREDRIK SALVESEN

Fredrik Salvesen has been a member of the Annapolis Yacht Club since 1995 and an AYC Foundation Advisory Committee member since 2010. Fredrik learned to sail from his dad who sailed as a kid in Norway.

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