MEET THE STAFF
SBJSA is very proud to recognize and introduce our staff to you. We take pride in our employees and the certifications and training that they are required to have before working at SBJSA. All sailing instructors an staff working with our students are required to possess the following certifications:
US Sailing Level I or greater Instructor Certification
US Center for Safe Sports Training
US Sailing Power Boat Basics (Via SBJSA)
Red Cross CPR/AED Certification
Red Cross First Aid
NYS Safe Boating Certification
Complete 1 week minimum staff training at SBJSA
Completion of the SBJSA Employee Expectations Training
Completion of the SBJSA Youth Protection Policy Training
Hi everyone! My name is Mackenzie McMahon and I am the Program Director for SBJSA. I’m from Rochester, New York, and I grew up going to Brighton High School. I have spent the past three years going to college at the Pennsylvania State University, and will be graduating with a Bachelor’s Degree in General Biology not too long from now! I plan to get a job in the healthcare field performing research before going to graduate school.
I started moving to Sodus Bay every summer in 2010, and have been sailing at SBJSA ever since. When I am not on Sodus Bay, I love to travel, play with my dog, run, and spend time with my family & friends. I have been a sailor since I was 11 years old, and have been a proud member of the SBJSA staff for five years now. My favorite thing about camp is all the amazing friends I have met and the large community SBJSA has introduced me to. I can’t wait to see that community continue to grow this year with lots of new sailors!
Mackenzie McMahon – Program Director
I'm Gavin Bloom and I'm the Assistant Program Director here at SBJSA. I recently graduated from Boston College with a BA in Computer Science and a BS in Mathematics. I'm originally from Victor, NY and grew up sailing on Lake Ontario. This is my third year working at SBJSA and I'm excited to be able to give back to the Lake Ontario Junior Sailing community that I love so much. Outside of sailing, I love to exercise and go on hikes.
Gavin Bloom – Assistant Director
Hi I’m Meghan Depew, this year's Social Media Coordinator at SBJSA. I'm from Albany, NY and will be a Junior at the Florida State University this fall studying political science. I started at SBJSA in 2009, but this will be my first year on staff! I love being on and around the water, and my favorite part about SBJSA is all the lifelong friends I’ve made.
Meghan Depew - Media Coordinator
Hello! I’m Danny and I’m the Head Race Coach this summer. I’m from Poughkeepsie, NY, and I’m going to be studying Electrical Engineering at the University of Vermont in the fall. When I’m not sailing I love to ski, swim, and surf. I started sailing at SBJSA when I was 9 and my favorite part of camp is spending time on the waters of Sodus Bay!
Danny Burger - Head Race Coach
Hi! My name is Leo Hallagan. I am from Pittsford, New York, where I attended Sutherland High school. This year I will be teaching racing and performance optis. In my free time I enjoy cruising Lake Ontario on our family’s sailboat. I also enjoy racing. I have raced multiple classes of boats in many incredible places. My favorite aspect of SBJSA is the bonds and friendships I have made through the camp.
Leo Hallagan- Assistant Race Coach & Performance Sail Instructor
Hi everyone! My name is Liam Doyle and I am from Palmyra, NY. During the school year, I live in Auburn, Alabama, and attend Auburn University. I am a junior earning my Bachelor’s Degree in finance, and will be graduating in 2023. I will be the head instructor this year, and my favorite thing about camp is four square!
Liam Doyle - Head Instructor
Hi, I’m David. I have spent the last 10 summers on Sodus Bay. As a 5th year instructor, I will be teaching Learn to Sail Laser and 420s. I have been sailing since I was 3 years old, and I love being on the water! I will be a junior at University of Albany this fall studying business. In my free time, I enjoy all water sports, basketball, and skiing in the winter. I am looking forward to another great summer at SBJSA!
David Meisenzahl - LTS Laser/420 instructor
Hi guys! I’m Lilly Casamento and I am from Fairport, New York. I graduated from Fairport High School in 2019 and am currently going into my junior year of college at Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio, where I’m majoring in marketing. In my free time I love to dance and spend time with my friends and family. This summer I will be going into my fifth year on staff and will be teaching learn to sail opti. My favorite part about SBJSA has got to be the people because I can always count on the campers and staff to put a smile on my face. Can’t wait for summer 2021!
Lilly Casamento- Learn to Sail Opti Instructor
Hi everyone! My name is Billy, and I have been at SBJSA every summer since I was 8 years old. I will be the Adventure Sailing Instructor this summer! I am currently taking classes at MCC with a plan to transfer to a four-year University and major in Economics and Political Science. When I am not at SBJSA or doing school work, I enjoy playing sports, spending time with friends, and sailing my sunfish. I look forward to being your instructor and spending days on the water with you this summer!
Billy Kedley - Adventure Sail Instructor
Hey guys, I'm Hudson and I'll be one of your instructors this summer. I just finished my first year as a biomedical engineering major at the University of Vermont. I am originally from Milton, MA. At camp, my favorite boat to sail is the laser. Over the summer I love to fish and jetski with my friends. My favorite part of SBJSA is the community. It is so amazing to see everyone each summer!
Hudson Smith - Learn to Sail Opti Instructor
Hi guys! I’m Lani Ashnault. I’m from Mahopac, New York but I went to high school in Vermont for the past five years. I am going to be a freshman at University of Utah next year! I hope to major in kinesiology or exercise science with a minor in nutrition. When I’m not sailing I love to ski, mountain bike and eat! I am a learn to sail opti instructor at SBJSA for the third year now, and my favorite thing about camp is definitely the people I get to work with every day!
Lani Ashnault - Learn To Sail Opti Instructor
Hi everyone! I grew up in Chili NY and have spent my summers living on Sodus Bay. I'm currently attending Churchville-Chili High School as a Senior and will be a Freshman at Florida Southern College in the Fall. When I was 8 years old I started camp and primarily sailed 420s. This is my 4th summer working at SBJSA and I'll be teaching Learn to Sail Opti's. When I am not sailing, I enjoy playing volleyball, playing piano, and being surrounded by friends & family. I love looking back and seeing how much the kids have grown in confidence and decision making. I look forward to another well-spent summer on Sodus Bay!
Amy Meisenzahl - Learn To Sail Opti Instructor
Hey guys, my name is James Wildhack, and I will be a first year instructor at SBJSA this summer. Next year, I will be a junior at Manlius Pebble Hill School where I grew up in Syracuse, NY. Some of my hobbies include sailing, golf, basketball, and snowboarding. My favorite thing about SBJSA has to be the friends I've made over all my years here.
James Wildhack - Learn to Sail Opti Instructor
My name is Cylas Doyle and I am a sophomore attending Pal Mac High School. I am from Palmyra, NY, but I currently live in Sodus. I will be one of you instructors this year, and have been sailing since 2013. My favorite thing to do aside from sailing is to play football, and my favorite thing about SBJSA is all the friends I have made throughout the years.