Tom has worked for the Orange County Boy Scouts since 2010, and as Executive Director of the Sea Base starting in 2014. Prior to working for the Scouts, he worked in the commodities industry as a Principal at Altavest Worldwide Trading. He has been actively involved at the Sea Base since 1996 in various capacities, from sailing instructor to an adult volunteer with the Offshore Sailing program. Tom raced collegiately at UCLA, coached for Mission Bay Yacht Club and the UCLA Marina Aquatic Center, and has sailed boats from 8' to 100'. Tom served as the Race Chairman for the William I. Koch International Sea Scout Cup from 2008 to 2016, and won the International and US National Sea Scout Sailing championships, held in Chicago, in 2002. He is a graduate of University of California, Los Angeles.
Diana has been the Newport Sea Base Office Manager since 2006. Her background includes volunteer positions with both the Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts, teaching Spanish, German and ESL to adults, working in a savings and loan, and working at the 1972 Olympics in Munich. Diana delights in being able to use her varied background to help develop program and to help families take maximum advantage of Sea Base programs and Scouting in general.
James began working at Newport Sea Base in 2014. He rowed at UC Berkeley, and has medals ranging from winning SD Crew Classic, Pac-10 Championships, and the National Championships. James also picked up both Oarsman of the Year and Pac-10 Newcomer of the Year award along the way. In 2009, James rowed for the U23 National Team. After coaching for Marin Crew, James took over as Head Coach at USC. James left collegiate coaching to focus on NSBR and each year, under his direction, the team doubled in size and was representing on the national stage by year two.
Jack has been a leader in the youth development sector for over 15 years, serving as Program Director at the Newport Sea Base and at the Boys & Girls Clubs in San Diego as Area Director overseeing operations of 7 sites. Specializing in recreation and outdoor education operations, curriculum development, hiring and training, Jack was recognized by the San Diego Department of Education with the award of Best Overall Youth Program with the Boys & Girls Clubs of San Marcos. He is a proud member of the Newport Beach Sunrise Rotary and also enjoys volunteering as the lead kindergarten teacher for Harvest Children's Ministry. Jack is a graduate of University of California, San Diego. He is also a proud father of his 7 year old son, Jase.
Keegan has been with the Newport Sea Base since 2012, as an instuctor in sailing, wood work, and motorboating, and a volunteer with the NSB Youth OffshoreTeam. He was involved with Boy Scouts in Brea, CA and has been an active member of the Aviation Explorer Posts at the Fullerton and John Wayne Airports. Keegan has experience in fiberglass and carbon fiber construction, mechanical repair, and light electrical work.
Derek Taylor hails from central Oklahoma, and he attests that the “wind comes sweepin’ down the plain…right behind the rain.” That wind propelled him into a passion for sailing and being outdoors. He raced collegiately at the University of Central Oklahoma, and was the head coach at the Oklahoma City Boat Club, on Lake Hefner. After moving to California, Derek became involved at the Sea Base in 2014 as a sailing instructor and volunteer with the Offshore Sailing Team. He enjoys sharing his passion for sailing and the outdoors through the development of fun and insightful curriculum. Derek graduated from the University of Central Oklahoma with a degree in Psychology.
Zach joined the Newport Sea Base as the Education Coordinator in May of 2019, after working as a marine naturalist at Newport Whale watching. He graduated from the California State University of Monterey Bay, with a degree in Marine Science. He has worked as a marine science instructor in Monterey, Long Beach, Catalina, and Newport Beach, and is excited to bring his knowledge and love of the ocean to the students at the Sea Base. Zach is an Eagle Scout who has enjoyed backpacking across New Zealand, and Scuba diving along the coast of California. He hopes to instill his passion for education and the ocean into every student’s experience at the Newport Sea Base.
Barney Ellis-Perry, Senior Vice President, GG+A