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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.

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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

        Back for his second season, BIC’s resident Irishman grew up on the coast in Dublin and the South of Ireland. Alex is entering his senior year of Law and Economics in University College Dublin.

        Alex is a qualified senior instructor, the highest certification in Ireland, with experience racing and teaching in a wide variety of keelboats and dinghies. Alex has taught in some of the top sailing schools in Ireland and the UK. Although there are many avenues in sailing, Alex’s passion has always been teaching and finding new and effective ways of instructing.

        In his spare time, Alex trains in jiujitsu and plays guitar.

Garrett Baker, Office Manager

Garrett Baker is from Southington, CT, and is a student at Johnson and Wales University in Providence, RI. He is a finance major and is also getting an associates degrees in culinary arts. This will be his fourth summer working at the Block Island Club. He has been attending classes at the Block Island Club since he was young. Garrett worked with the kids on the tennis courts the past three years. This summer he will be at the front desk as the BIC Office Manager. You can find Garrett at the front desk if you need anything so feel free to stop by or call the clubhouse if you have any questions!


Emma Mistele, Office Assistant

Emma is from Peapack, New Jersey and will be a senior at Bernards High School this fall. She has been going to the Block Island club since she was 10 years old. She interned on the tennis courts for two years, and this year, she will be working the office with Garrett and helping with classes as needed. Emma is eager to return to the club this summer! 


Christopher Elwell, Sailing Instructor

Christopher is from New York City and will be a senior at St Georges in Newport, Rhode Island in the fall. He has been a member of the Block Island Club since he was seven years old. He has sailed on his high school team for three years, and at the BIC since he was eight. This will be Christopher's first summer as an instructor at the BIC. Christopher is US Sailing Level 1 Certified.

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Grace Hammarskjord, Sailing Instructor

Grace is a senior at St. George's School in Newport, RI and will attend Dartmouth College next year. Grace is from Atherton, CA, and has been coming to the Block Island Club since she was little, and has attended classes since age four. The summer of 2018 will be her third year as part of the sailing staff and her fifth year working at the BIC. Grace started sailing when she was 8 at the BIC. Grace is US Sailing Level 1 Certified.

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John Seider, Sailing Instructor

John is a senior at Scarsdale High School, and will be attending Bowdoin College in the fall. 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. This is John's fourth summer at the BIC and his second summer as an instructor. John looks forward to sharing his love for sailing with the younger kids at the club! John is US Sailing Level 1 certified.  


Jillian Walter, Sailing Instructor

Jillian is from Barrington, RI, and has been coming to the club ever since she was young. Jillian is currently a senior at Barrington High School and will be attending the Catholic University of America in the fall. During the school year she in on both the Varsity Tennis team as well as the Indoor/ Outdoor Track  and Field team and was Captain of both teams. The BIC is where Jillian discovered her passion for sailing and has been sailing at the club ever since she was 8yrs old. This will be her second year as a sailing instructor. She can't wait for summer and to see all the kids again! Jillian is US Sailing Level 1 certified.


Emily Beinkampen, Tennis Instructor

Emily is from Haverford, Pennsylvania and has been going to the Block Island Club since she was five. She went to high school at The Episcopal Academy and is now a freshman at Middlebury College. She was an intern at the Block Island Club for two years and this will be her third year as a tennis instructor. She is excited for another great summer on the courts!


Abigail Walter, Tennis Instructor

Abigail is from Barrington, RI, and will be attending Catholic University this fall. She has played for the Barrington High School varsity tennis team for 4 years and won 2nd place doubles team in the RI State Championship this past fall with her twin sister Jillian. She has worked at the BIC for 3 summers: first as an intern for 2 summers and then as an Assistant Tennis Instructor last summer. She looks forward to another fun summer with the kids!


Emma Schaeffer, Swimming Instructor

Emma is from New Canaan, Connecticut and will be a freshman at Colgate University. She has been a member of the club since she was five years old. Emma was an intern for two years and this will be her second summer as an instructor at the BIC. She's excited to teach swimming and get kids comfortable in the water and improving their strokes!


Katie Cass, Arts & Crafts Instructor

Katie is from Duxbury, MA, and recently graduated Duxbury High School where she ran varsity track and cross country. Next year, she will be attending the College of the Holy Cross. 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 three years, first as an intern, and then as Junior Arts & Crafts Instructor. She is excited to be returning as an Arts & Crafts Instructor for this coming year.


Julia Ely, Arts & Crafts Instructor

Julia is a senior in high school and will be attending the University of New Hampshire in the fall. She is from Norwalk, CT and has been going to Block Island with her family since she was born. This year will be her first year at the Block Island Club as an arts and crafts instructor. 


Board of Governors 2017-2018

Chris Swihart, Co-President

Johnny Montanez, Co-President

Bridget Capobianco, Vice President

Karen Redlich, Secretary

Kim Dano, Treasurer

Carl Kaufmann*

James Spallone*

Erik Elwell*

Heather Russo-Littlefield

Merry Bergan

Dana Montanez

Bain Transue

Cara Mehne

Jason Page

*President Emeritus

Past Presidents

Stephen DuPont, 1964-1966

Harold Madison, 1966-1968

Robert Murphy, 1968-1970

Jens Risom, 1970-1972

DeRoy “Pete” Thomas, 1972-1974

Joseph Seebode, 1974-1976

Donald Goss, 1976-1978

Cerie Rowland, 1978-1982

Jeanne Field Spallone. 1982-1984

Daniel Larkin. 1984-1986

Ann Shipley. 1986-1988

Kay McManus. 1988-1990

Paul Tymniak. 1990-1992

Carl B. Kaufmann, 1992-1996

James Field Spallone, 1996-2002

Sven Risom, 2002-2004

Jane Musky, 2004-2006

Susan Stover, 2006-2008

Pam Dickinson, 2008-2010

Alicia Hammarskjold, 2010-2012

Erik Elwell, 2012-2014

Kelley Walter, 2014-2016

Stephanie Ditenhafer, 2016-2018

Christina Elwell, 2016-2018