Hugh Underhill, Club Manager and Head Tennis Pro
Hugh grew up outside of Boston in Weston, MA, and now lives in Greenwich, CT, with his wife, Betsy. Hugh is a graduate of the University of Connecticut where he majored in business. He first fell in love with Block Island over twenty years ago during a biking vacation with Betsy. Hugh started his career as the assistant racquets professional at the Greenwich Field Club. Since then he has been the Director of Racquets at the Round Hill Club and at the Greenwich Country Club. He also coaches the varsity squash and tennis teams at the Darien High School. Hugh enjoys all kinds of outdoor activities as long as you can bring a dog along. This will be Hugh's third year as the Club Manager and Head Tennis Pro.
Cameron Greenlee, Waterfront Director
Growing up between City Island, NY, and Block Island, RI, Cameron has continued his family's tradition of grace under sail. Bred with a natural fondness for both blue water excursions and dinghy racing, Cameron has delivered sail and power yachts throughout the eastern seaboard and Caribbean; he's taught sailing, and skippered his family's own fleet of racing one designs from Finn class dinghies to IC canoes. Also collegiate sailor, Cameron skippered and competed in the 2006 Flying Dutchman North Americans.
Cameron has a gift for sharing his love of the ocean. He has innovated techniques for youth as well as adult education for several Rhode Island sailing schools, including Block Island Maritime Institute and Providence Community Sailing. He has also taught on set for film talent and performed stunts for film.
Cameron is also a classically trained musician, and runs a music festival on Block Island conceived to raise funds for land conservation. Somehow he also finds time to lead a jazz ensemble, travel, surf, and cook vegetarian food.
Alex Donohoe, Head Sailing Instructor
Adult and Racing Programs
All the way from Ireland, our head instructor for the adult program and racing this summer is Alex Donohoe. Alex is in his second year studying Law with Economics in University College Dublin. He has lived by the sea all his life and has been lucky enough to be able to launch a boat from his own back garden!
As a qualified senior instructor, he has the highest certification possible in Ireland, with experience racing in and teaching from various keelboats and dinghies. Over the years, he has coached many successful racers. For the last few months, he has been one of the head instructors in the Irish National Sailing School, the largest sailing school in Ireland and Great Britain. Aside from sailing, he plays rugby, sings in his university choir and plays the guitar.
Aisling Nugent, Head Sailing Instructor
Born and raised in Dublin, Aisling spent her childhood summers sailing in Cork in Southern Ireland. Aisling has extensive racing experience in both dinghies and keelboats and also holds an RYA Yachtmaster coastal navigation certificate. Having risen through the coaching ranks and qualifying as a head instructor, Aisling headed her Yacht Club's Sailing instruction programme in 2016. This involved overseeing all aspects of teaching, racing and development in the club.
Aisling has always had a passion for teaching. Whilst studying Mechanical Engineering in University College Dublin, Aisling also teaches math to students preparing for state exams. To her, teaching sailing has always been more of a pastime than a job. Aisling has very strong leadership qualities having been Head Girl of her High School and the captain of numerous sports teams over the years. Aisling holds 2 inter-varsity medals in soccer and played field hockey throughout her school days.
Orrin Starr, Senior Sailing Instructor
A 14th generation Block Islander, Orrin grew up sailing in and around Block Island waters under the tutelage of his father, a retired captain. After his early years at the Block Island School, Orrin attended Moses Brown in Providence, where he sailed at the varsity level for four high school years. Orrin is currently a sophomore business major at the University of South Florida St. Petersburg. He competes on USF's nationally ranked sailing team, with whom he has won the Collegiate Offshore National Championship (AKA Kennedy Cup) and earned 6th place at ICSA Match Racing Nationals. Orrin also races in various One-Design fleets. He has competed in the 2016 J70 North American Championship and the 2016 J70 World Championship. A veteran of both the Block Island Harbors Department and the Block Island Boat Basin, Orrin looks to take on the last frontier of Great Salt Pond: The Block Island Club. Orrin is US Sailing Level 1 certified.
Gus Reed, Office Manager
Gus lived in France up until last summer. He is now a first-year at Brown University and has been coming to Block Island every summer since he was born. Gus was a swimming intern for two years and office assistant for the summer of 2016.
Emery Sereno, Sailing Instructor
Emery Sereno is from Naples, Florida and is a freshman at the University of Richmond. She has been a member of the Block Island club since she was seven years old. She sailed on her varsity high school team for three years, and at the BIC since she was eight. Emery was an intern for sailing for two years, and this summer will be her second summer as an instructor at the BIC. Emery is US Sailing Level 1 Certified.
Grace Hammarskjord, Sailing Instructor
Grace is a junior at St. George's School in Newport, RI and is from Atherton, CA. She has been coming to the Block Island Club since she was little, and has attended classes since age four. The summer of 2017 will be her second year as part of the sailing staff and her third year working at the BIC. Grace started sailing when she was 8 at the BIC. Grace is US Sailing Level 1 Certified.
Jillian Walter, Junior Sailing Instructor
Jillian is from Barrington, RI, and has been coming to Block Island since she was born. She has been a part of the Block Island Club since she was 7 years old. Jillian was a BIC intern for the past two summers, and the summer of 2017 will be her first year as a Junior Sailing Instructor. Jillian loves working with the kids and can't wait to see all the returning campers again this summer! Jillian is US Sailing Level 1 certified.
John Seider, Junior Sailing Instructor
John is from Scarsdale, NY, and has been coming to Block Island since he was very young. During the fall, winter, and spring, John plays hockey and lacrosse. In his free time John enjoys T.V. broadcasting and skiing. John sailed at the Block Island Club intermittently when he was younger, and ultimately found his love for sailing, on Block Island. Over the course of the last two years, John has been a sailing intern at BIC, in addition to racing in the island-local races. John looks forward to sharing his love for sailing with the younger kids at the club! John is US Sailing Level 1 certified.
Emily Beinkampen, Tennis Instructor
Emily is from outside of Philadelphia and will be attending Middlebury College next year. This will be her second summer working as a tennis instructor at the Block Island Club, which she has been going to since age five.
Abigail Walter, Junior Tennis Instructor
Abigail is from Barrington, RI. She has been coming to Block Island each summer since she was born and has been playing tennis at the BIC since she was 8. Abigail has been on her high school tennis team for 3 years and the past 2 years on the varsity team. She and her twin sister Jillian were the #1 doubles team for Barrington last season and won Second Team All-Division Doubles in Rhode Island. Abigail has interned at the club for the last two summers, loves teaching all the BIC kiddos, and can't wait to see them all again next season!
Emma Schaeffer, Junior Tennis Instructor
Emma is from New Canaan, CT, and is a rising senior at The King School in Stamford where she plays soccer and tennis. She's been coming to Block Island since she was little and has been taking classes at the Block Island Club since she was five. Emma was an intern in both tennis and sailing for the past two years and this will be her first year as an instructor.
Aislinn O'Connor, Head Swim Instructor
Aislinn is from New Fairfield, CT, and was introduced to Block Island by her neighbors, who have vacationed here since they were children. Ever since her family was invited to stay with them one summer, they fell in love with the island and have been coming out for the past 7 years. Aislinn and her sister decided to work at the island last summer, and had an amazing time: they completed their first triathlon, enjoyed the beach, sunset beach runs, and of course worked like crazy, which is why she knew she had to return this summer.
Aislinn is a sophomore athletic training/pre-physical therapy student at Colby-Sawyer College, and is a member on the tennis team. Her team recently won their 5th conference championship. However, she has also been swimming since she was 4, and in her high school career came in 4th for the 50 freestyle in her state division. Aislinn has always loved the water, and she considers sharing that with other people one of the best things. She believes that swimming is a vital skill for anyone who lives near a body of water, and that it's important to instill the fundamentals in young children so they can safely participate in waterfront activities. Aislinn has been a lifeguard since she was 16, and plans to help have a fun, safe summer!
Garrett Baker, Tennis Instructor/Outdoor Adventure Coordinator
Garrett Baker is from Southington, CT, and this will be his third summer working as a tennis instructor at the Block Island Club. He has been attending classes at the Block Island Club since he was young. Garrett loves working with the kids and helping them enjoy tennis while developing their skills on the court.
Ruby Perry, Arts and Crafts Instructor
Ruby Perry is working as the Arts and Crafts Instructor at the BIC. She grew up in Rhode Island with summers on Block Island and even spent many of them at BIC. She is currently a student at the University of Rhode Island, Class of 2019, and is studying to be an Elementary teacher, as well as getting a degree in Human Development and Family studies. She loves working with kids and coming up with creative and fun crafts for them to do. She also works as a waitress at the Beachhead.
Katie Cass, Junior Arts & Crafts Instructor
Katie is from Duxbury, MA, and is a junior at Duxbury High School where she runs varsity track and cross country. She has been coming to Block Island every summer since she was 2 months old and is a third generation member of the Block Island Club. She loves drawing and painting in her free time and has worked at BIC for the past two years as an intern. She is excited to return this year as the Junior Arts & Crafts Instructor.