Miles Chapin has served on the Board of the All Souls UU Church, as chair of Musica Viva, and as Vice President of the Heart & Soul Charitable Fund. Other board service has included The Rene Dubos Center for Human Environments, The Experiential Orchestra, the Earth Communications Office, and RARE (formerly the RARE Center For Tropical Environments). He has a background in the Arts, but for the last 15 years he’s worked as an Associate Broker with Brown Harris Stevens, one of the leading real estate firms in the City. A native New Yorker with deep roots, he lives in Long Island City with his two soon-to-be-adult children.
ROBIN BOSSERT, Executive Director
Scout Master BSA Troop 103 1997 – 2002. Robin Bossert founded The Navigators USA in 2003, incorporated it as an NYS non-profit and directed all publishing, fundraising, and chapter activities. Founded Bossert and Company in 1988, a video production/distribution company specializing in educational and corporate communications. He is also President of Miramar Ski Club and Hike Leader for NY/NJ Chapters of the Appalachian Mountain Club.
Gena Garrett leads Chapter 111 in Evansville, IN. A Girl Scout from 1st – 12th grade, she found Navigators while searching for inclusive scouting options for her two boys. Gena holds a BS in geology and a BA in English from the University of Southern Indiana. She ran a science education program and presented planetarium shows at the Evansville Museum of Arts, History, and Science from 2005 through 2011, and has been a teaching naturalist since 2011. She is the Curator of Education at Wesselman Woods, a 200-acre old-growth forest preserve in the heart of the city of Evansville.
RUSSELL WILLIAMS, President
A retired NYPD police officer with 26 years of service, Russell is a former Marine who early on got involved with Navigators as a volunteer and went on to lead Chapter 1 in NYC for many years.
GEORGE DORSEY, Treasurer
George is presently retired and serving on several non-profit boards after a forty year career in the property casualty insurance field in California. He served as President of American Star Insurance Co. and Rathbone King and Seeley, Inc. (surplus lines brokerage firm). He founded Dorsey, Nevin and Associates, a claims administration firm in l996. He served as President and General Manager of Alcoholics Anonymous World Services, Inc. from 1992 – 1999.
KATE LIBBY, Program Director
A Creativity Development Specialist, Kate holds a Master’s degree in Art Therapy & Creativity Development from Pratt Institute and a B.A. in French Language & Literature from Stetson University. Her private practice, Libby Creative Arts, uses the arts to empower students, families and young adults to overcome obstacles to success. She also specializes in experiential groups for adolescents and young adults with Asperger’s and autism. You can reach her at email@example.com.
Jim Gordon is the former Group Vice President of Corporate Brand and Reputation for Time Warner Cable. In that role he led and developed teams that directed Corporate Social Responsibility, Community Investment, Employee Engagement and Thought Leadership. He was responsible for the company’s portfolio of community partnerships and investments, including Connect a Million Minds – a five-year, $100 million philanthropic initiative that was created to inspire youth to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).
Developing and leading innovative, results-generating communications campaigns and the teams that implement them are Jim’s expertise and passion. Jim and his team harness the resources of the company to have positive social impact on communities served while aligning with the core business.
Before joining Time Warner Cable, Mr. Gordon held executive positions with Discovery Communications and Comcast Corporation.
Mr. Gordon has received numerous accolades and is a member of the Association of Cable Communicators (ACC), the US Chamber of Commerce Foundation and serves on the board of Navigators USA. He earned his Bachelor of Science in Communications from Towson University, and his Master of Modern Studies from Loyola College. He has also graduated from CTAM University at Harvard Business School and is a current member of the Arthur Page Future Leaders Program.
HELI RINTA-FILPPULA BLUM
Heli is a teacher with a Masters of Elementary Education, Child Development Associate credential and certification in Orff Music and Folk Dance education. She also taught children in the Elementary and Early Childhood classrooms for over 20 years.
Kyle has been a real estate investment banker since 2009. Prior to that, he was a Captain in the US Army. Most importantly he is proud to have been a leader of the Senior Navigators, Chapter 1 from 2009-2010. He holds an MBA from Columbia Business School and a BA from Princeton University.
A Principal Engineer at a technology startup, Tony is the co-founder and leader of Navigators Chapter 41 in Los Altos, CA. Tony is active in his community and enjoys coaching youth sports. He is a well known advocate for protecting the online privacy and security of student information.Tony is also an avid sailboat racer.
A community project development specialist, Nicole has a bachelor’s degree in nursing and is the mother to two home-schooled Navigator scouts. She led Chapter 58 in Newport News, VA from 2013-2014 and is currently the primary leader of Chapter 108 in Portland, OR. Nicole is actively involved in the development of several other small, local community projects and enjoys painting, baking, hiking, and bouldering.
A Public School teacher and Financial Advisor, Charles has practiced law for ten years in New York after serving as a legislative aide to U.S. Senator John Chafee. He graduated Cum Laude with a Master’s Degree in Environmental Law from Vermont Law School.
Assistant Scout Master Troop 103 2001 – 2002. Martin Smith helped found the Navigators and was Responsible for establishing curriculum and leading Senior Navigator Chapters. Martin is an Architect and works for the National Architecture Registration Board (NCARB) in Washington DC. He was a member of the Boy Scouts of America as a child and currently keeps active by hiking, camping, playing music, cooking, skiing, and snowboarding, to name a few of his favorite activities.
EMILE NAVA, In Memorium – Founding Board Member
Emile helped to start Boy Scout Troop 103 in a homeless shelter in 1980 and was instrumental in establishing The Navigators. He was a member of the Alpine Club and a Marine Veteran.