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Early Alpha, Early Charlie, Early Foxtrot, and Early Sierra: Meet Our Leadership Staff

By wpdev June 14, 2021

Say hello to our Leadership Staff who’ve been working tirelessly over these last few weeks and months to prepare for our 2021 season!


Eliot Faust, Program Director

Eliot joins us from Bethesda, MD. He is currently getting an MA in International Studies from Johns Hopkins SAIS, concentrating in Strategic Studies and International Economics. Starting in 2007, Eliot spent five years enrolled as a student at Sail Caribbean. Sail Caribbean really attracted Eliot due to his interest in marine biology from a young age. Following his time as an SC student, Eliot then completed the Sail Caribbean Dive Master Internship and transitioned to staff. Always ready with a funny one-liner, Eliot loves diving at the Fearless and the Indians or sailing to his favorite location of Little Harbor on Peter Island.

Andrew Arter, Program Director

Arter grew up on the coast of Maine and has been sailing his entire life. After graduating high school, he sailed from Maine to the Bahamas with a friend. Previously, Arter worked as the keel boat sailing coach for the Portland Yacht Club. He is also an avid J24 racer. He holds a US Captain’s license with sailing and towing endorsements. Currently Arter attends the University of Maine and is studying Mechanical Engineering and Math. During the summer, he enjoys sailing the coast of Maine and spending Saturdays with the boys.

Lillyanne Dunphy, Provisions Manager

Lilly Dunphy is originally from Rhode Island – aka the Ocean State – where her love for the ocean blossomed. Her love for sailing is rooted in her Danish blood, where she spent this past fall at an environmental cooking school. She will graduate in May from the University of Colorado Boulder with a bachelors in Environmental Design specializing in urban planning. Her sights are set on law school as an environmental lawyer dealing with land management and water resources in hopes to preserve our beautiful home. She is an avid environmentalist which sprung from her summers with Sail Caribbean’s Alpha and Sierra Programs. From Sail Caribbean to her time exploring Colorado, her love for the ocean and the mountains have dominated her adventurous lifestyle. Lilly is also a yoga sculpt instructor and loves being active, creative, cooking, and being on the beach. She is psyched for an awesome summer!

Jordyn McCarty, Provisions Manager

Jordyn just graduated from the University of Colorado with a bachelor’s degree in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. Growing up in St. Louis, Missouri, Jordyn found every reason she could to escape to the ocean. She participated as a student on Sail Caribbean for two summers, and still talks about it to everybody that she meets. Having traveled to 28 different countries, Jordyn has a passion for meeting new people and discovering new cultures. She studied abroad on Semester at Sea during the Spring 2020 semester, but it ended very early due to the pandemic. When Jordyn got home from Semester at Sea, she moved to Scottsdale, Arizona. After college, she wants to find a career that allows her to travel and work to conserve marine life. She can’t wait to share these passions with the other staff and students!


Daniella Debrah, Social Media Director/Program Coordinator

Having been raised in the land-locked state of Iowa gave Daniella a special love for the sea. Even before Moana! Many times, she had to settle for exploring her backyard lake until her next rendezvous with the great big blue. This will be Daniella’s first year with the Sail Caribbean team. Prior to Sail Caribbean, Daniella worked as a camp counselor for Camp Adventure, a student run camp on American military bases and embassies worldwide serving children of the United States service men and women, in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. As a senior at the University of Iowa, Daniella is majoring in Communication Studies, minoring in International Relations, as well as earning a certificate in Event Planning. When she’s able to catch her breath in between studying, Daniella enjoys practicing her hobbies as a self-proclaimed amateur photographer, horseback rider, kayaker, and an ice cream enthusiast.

The greatest challenge during the program was staying entertained during the quarantine period. Not being able to leave your boat and not having a phone, which was a crutch against boredom, it was difficult at first to stay entertained.