Board and Corporation

Organizational Structure

Community Boating is a public not-for-profit 501(c)3 corporation. The organization is overseen by a Board of Directors, elected by our Corporation, a subset of about 150 members who through their volunteerism show special concern with the future of the organization and with the preservation and utilization of Boston’s natural resources. The Board’s primary functions are to approve an annual budget, set policies, advise management, serve as community liaison and to spearhead specific committees and fundraising efforts. Meetings are held on a regular basis and are open to all CBI members who wish to attend.

Join the Corporation

Consider becoming a member of the corporation if you: are enthusiastic about CBI, a regular participant in our activities, volunteer at CBI or wish to contribute to our mission. Members of the corporation meet once annually to elect the Board of Directors and review the mission of Community Boating.

Membership in the Corporation shall be open to all persons at least twenty-one years of age who express and demonstrate an interest in furthering the purposes of Community Boating, Inc., apply in writing to the Secretary of the Board of Directors, and are accepted by a vote of the majority of the Directors entitled to vote. Membership in the Corporation shall not be denied to any individual on the basis of race, sex, creed or national origin.

To apply, please email a request to [email protected], stating your interest in becoming a Corporation member and outlining current interest in, and contribution to CBI.

Board Meeting Schedule

The Board scheduled the following meetings for 6:30pm on the following dates:

  • Monday, November 20, 2023 – Budget review
  • Monday, December 18, 2023 – Budget approval
  • Monday, February 26, 2024 – Endowment release approval
  • Monday, May 6, 2024
  • Monday, July 15, 2024
  • Monday, September 23, 2024
  • Monday October 21, 2024 – Annual Meeting of the Corporation

All meetings are at 6:30pm at the boathouse or held virtually.
For all members interested in attending a Board Meeting please contact the Secretary at [email protected] to be included on the meeting invite.


2023 Annual Meeting of the Corporation of Community Boating Inc.


Meet Our Board

Adam Gorlovsky-Schepp (2024)

Adam Schepp Portrait
Adam joined Community Boating shortly after moving to Boston to enjoy the quiet solitude that a sail on the river provides. He served as treasurer on the board of directors for a number of years in the early 2000s. After leaving the board he remained involved in coordinating the annual 4th of July event on the dock. A resident of Boston’s South End, Adam is a partner at the CPA firm of Raphael and Raphael.


Karyn Brudnicki (2025)


Karyn grew up with a love of the water as the daughter of a Coast Guard officer, but she didn’t learn to sail until she joined CBI in 2002. Since then, she’s raced on Friday nights and with women’s sailing, sailed from Bermuda, and crewed a Swan 42. She also kayaked (whitewater and sea kayaking) throughout Canada, the east coast, and the south while in college.
At CBI, Karyn has taught kayaking classes and orientation, participated in work parties, served on the Raise the Sails Gala Committee, drafted many policies and other documents, and spearheaded CBI’s first two Strategic Planning Committees. She previously served on the Board in the 2010s. After a few years off to spend time with her two young kids, she returned to the Board in 2022. Professionally, she practices health care law at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts.

Deb Boudreau (2025)

Deb Boudreau Portrait
Deb learned to sail at Community Boating in the late 1970s and in the 1980s took a gamble to purchase a Lifetime membership initially created to kick-start a Community Boating Endowment Fund. It was a smart buy as Deb has been sailing on the Charles River continuously since that life membership purchase. She enjoys giving back to Community Boating as a member of the Budget and Finance Committee, participating in CBI events and work parties and as a volunteer faculty – currently teaching Mainsail and Jib classes. She has taken out many members for their first sailing experience or their first sailboat race. Deb has a background in finance and accounting having worked in audit, accounting, and financial reporting and analysis for the insurance and financial services industry. In her non-sailing activities, she enjoys horseback riding and travel, especially week-long riding holidays in places such as: Iceland, Wales, Ireland, Spain, and hopefully a “bucket list” African safari equestrian adventure.


Nick Miller (2026)

Nick Miller Portrait
Nick joined community boating in 2020, seeking a fun, outdoor activity during the pandemic. “A boat is a boat,” he was heard to say. “CBI dock staff and volunteers make this place special.”  He began leading rigging and shore school classes in 2022 and loved it. He joined the Budget and Finance committee in December, 2022 and was elected to the Board in 2023. A resident of Cambridge, Nick is founder and managing director of the consulting firm, Clarity Advantage, providing strategy implementation and training services to the banking industry.


Brian McManus (2024)

Director At Large


Catherine Rockett (2024)

Catherine Rockett Portrait
Director At Large

Several capsizes and lost cell phones during the Junior Program did not dissuade Catherine from becoming an avid sailor, and she went on to teach in the Junior Program and occasionally in the Adult and Universal Access Programs. At CBI, Catherine sails the full fleet and participates in blind sailing. She also sails intercoastal and offshore trips in the US and in the Bahamas, races with various fleets, and volunteers as a deckhand on an 1812 privateer ship.

On land, she participates in the Budget and Finance Committee and on the Strategic Planning Committee. Catherine wholeheartedly embraces CBI’s mission of Sailing for All and strives to ensure that all sailors are empowered to excel at CBI. Unfortunately, amateur sailing is not Catherine’s full-time career. She is a lawyer and a management consultant for private and public equity REITs. Law school sparked a passion for maritime law, and she researches and lectures on various admiralty topics.


Duane Farrar (2025)

Duane Farrar Portrait
Director At Large
Duane, a first term Board member, is a three-time World Sailing Blind Fleet Racing Champion. He was first introduced to sailing right here at CBI in September of 1996 when he participated in a four-day, learn-to-sail program for blind and visually-impaired adults. He has been a CBI Adult Program sailor, volunteer and voting member of the Corporation ever since (honestly, he just refuses to leave.) He also uses our Universal Access Program (UAP,) which was created in 2007. Duane serves on the Budget & Finance, Nominating, and Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Belonging Committees.

Duane has degrees in Computer Information Systems and Management from Bentley College (now University) and a Certificate in Web Application Development from Boston University. He worked for many years as a Programmer/Analyst, Applications Developer and Software Consultant for a variety of corporations and government agencies. He also serves on the Board of and is the Treasurer for another local nonprofit, Boston Blind Sailing.

Duane lives upstream from Boston along the Charles River with his wife Elizabeth, whom he met at CBI, and twin teenage children, both of whom have participated in CBI’s Junior Program. His son Payton is a Junior Program Instructor-In-Training (IIT) and is a recipient of the Jessica Lee Elwell Scholarship.


Adam Bickelman (2026)

Director At Large

Adam Bickelman serves as the Vice President, Corporate Communications for EF Education First (EF), which is among the largest international education companies.  He has worked for EF for 11 years, holding several roles related to strategic communications, public relations, marketing and events.  Prior to EF, Adam worked as the Director of the Corporate and Nonprofit practices at Schneider Associates, a Boston-based integrated marketing and communications firm.  Before that, he served as the Director of Communications for MassDevelopment, the Commonwealth’s quasi-public economic development authority.  For the past 10 years, Adam has overseen EF’s partnership with Community Boating focused on supporting the Universal Access Program via the creation of a dedicated UAP Endowment Fund.  He holds a B.A. from Colby College and resides in Milton, Mass.


Cole Constantineau (2026)

Cole Constantineau Portrait
Director At Large

Upon moving back to Boston for an engineering job in 2011 at Helbling, a Swiss-based engineering services company, Cole was lucky to have a window with a view of the Charles River, and even luckier to give in to the pull of learning how to sail. From this first contact, Cole’s involvement in the volunteering and sailing world has only deepened, as have lifelong friendships.

Inspired by CBI’s ethos as a volunteer, Cole served for over 10 years as the Tiller Club steward at CBI, spent 4 years mentoring (weekly) a team of high school entrepreneurs through BUILD, and currently serves on the technical committee of the Viper 640 one design class.

Cole continues to competitively race sailboats at every chance he gets (Viper 640, Rhodes 19’s, Tech dinghies, lasers, Melges 24’s, E-Scows, you name it…), and lately has been open to offshore sailing provided the boat is fast and the crew is fun and competent.

In his professional life, Cole continues to work for the same company, albeit without a river view. In the position of Partner and Team Leader, he continues to develop medical and biotechnology products for clients worldwide.