Our Team

Meet our team

Charlie Zechel

Executive Director

Phone: (617)523.1038 ext. 12
Email: [email protected]

Charlie has served CBI as Executive Director since 2002. He helped develop the Universal Access Program (UAP) in partnership with the Mass. Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR), and successfully advocated to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts for a complete replacement of the pier and dock facilities at CBI in 2011. He also helped the Junior Program integrate STEM programming including an emphasis on the environment of the Charles River.

He feels the greatest accomplishment during his time at CBI is the steady growth and improvement of CBI’s management team and staff and the quality of the programs that CBI delivers. As Charlie says, “CBI is fortunate to have such a dedicated and talented staff. I can’t imagine working with a better crew.”

Charlie and his wife Mari sail their Contessa 35 sailboat in Narragansett Bay. Charlie has sailed extensively along both east and west coasts, and the Caribbean. He especially loves sailboat racing, from frostbiting Lasers to Informal Friday nights on the Charles.

Andrew Alletag

Director of Operations

Phone: (617)523.1038 ext. 13
Email: [email protected]

Andrew Alletag first began sailing at Community Boating back in 2000 and has served in a variety of roles from Junior instructor and Junior Race Team Coach to a member of the maintenance staff, and Adult Program Dockstaff and Director. Since 2017, Andrew has overseen CBI operations including all three sailing programs and the front office. When not at work or sailing, you can usually find him climbing, paddle-boarding, or hiking with his dog Aldous.

Sam Peirson

Adult Program Director

Phone: (617)523.1038 ext. 16
Email: [email protected]

Sam’s parents put him in a wooden pram at age four; he grabbed the tiller and never looked back. Sailing and boats have been a major part of his life ever since. Hailing from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and Cape Cod, he’s been afforded plenty of opportunities to pursue his first love. He spent high school at Tabor Academy on Buzzards Bay racing FJs and 420s while also serving as a Watch Officer on the 92-foot schooner Tabor Boy II, assisting in its return from the Caribbean to the United States. Sam graduated from Eckerd College with a major in political science and a minor in law. He also continued his competitive sailing at the college level and since. Sam has spent seasons coaching, instructing, or managing instructors at several different cape-area summer programs, including Wianno and Beverly YC’s, as well as serving as a racing coach at Lauderdale Yacht Club in south Florida. Sam is a Level 3 certified instructor with the U.S. Sailing Association and possesses a U.S. Coast Guard license. He enjoys team racing, skiing, and big boat racing on Cape Cod.

Fiona O’Connor

Junior Program Director (and IIT Coordinator)

Phone: (617)523.1038 ext. 22
Email: [email protected]

Fiona started at CBI as a junior member in 2008, spending five summers sailing and volunteering with the Instructor-In-Training program. After working for two years in our Youth, Adult, and Universal Access programs, 2021 will be her fourth year as Junior Summer Program Director. As a graduate of Fordham University where she sailed and studied International Relations, she brings a breadth of institutional knowledge as well as experiences from around the world to her favorite place. Fiona also returns for her fourth year as IIT Coordinator, endowed by the Priebatsch Family Fund.

Sidaulia Benson

Community Relations Director

Phone: (617)523.1038 ext. 19
Email: [email protected]

Niko Kotsatos

Fleet & Facilities Director (and School Programs Coordinator)

Phone: (617)523.1038 ext. 17
Email: [email protected]

Niko learned to sail and race in Marion, MA as a 10-year-old child of non-sailors. He competed in high school (at CBI) and undergrad (Connecticut College) in addition to seasonal sailing. While dabbling in architecture Niko found his passion for sailing kept him coming back to the river, and he transitioned from a CBI member to avid racer and volunteer, to an employee. After working in the shop and coaching the Summer Program Race Team for two years, he partnered as JP co-Director. He brings a breadth of knowledge from programs in West Dennis, Marion and Noroton, as well as from racing and sailing around the country and overseas.

Ying Chen

Staff Accountant

Phone: (617)523.1038 ext. 15

Ying immigrated to the United States in 2007. She had worked in an accounting firm as a certified public accountant for 10 years when she was in China. In 2013, Ying joined Community Boating as the new accountant. She enjoys working with the dedicated CBI staff at the best location in all of Boston.