Staff

Pride of Baltimore II is owned and operated by the 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization Pride of Baltimore, Inc., which is comprised of a small staff located at 2700 Lighthouse Point, Suite 330, Baltimore, MD 21224.

Pride of Baltimore, Inc.'s staff includes:

Rick Scott, Executive Director

Rick Scott joined Pride of Baltimore, Inc. as Executive Director in February 2013. He has held leadership roles within non-profit, academic, and start-up environments for twenty years and has received numerous awards for creativity and innovation. Mr. Scott's accomplishments span the areas of program development, communications, fundraising, operations, and strategic planning. Prior to joining Pride, he served for six years as chief operating officer for the Institute for Integrative Health in Baltimore, and for twelve years in management roles at the University of California, San Francisco. Mr. Scott's education background includes a B.A. degree in modern languages and linguistics from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, and specialized training in aspects of organizational development such as coaching, mediation, conflict management, and mind-body skills. He serves on the maritime committee of the Maryland Historical Society and the board of the Greater Baltimore History Alliance. Mr. Scott is working closely with the board of directors, captains, and staff to shape the organization's strategic direction in the coming years and to forge a new path toward long-term sustainability.

Jan Miles, Senior Captain

Captain Miles is a licensed ship's master who has been with the Pride of Baltimore organization since 1981, when he joined as one of three rotating Captains on the original Pride of Baltimore. He is a tall ship master with more than 35 years of experience as a professional sailor.  His voyages have included five Atlantic Ocean crossings, as well as three Pacific voyages of 5,000 miles, each taking about 25 days.  He has traversed the Saint Lawrence Seaway more than a dozen times.  Captain Miles holds a USCG 500 Ocean Master License for Power and Sail, as well as numerous other certifications. Prior to joining Pride, Inc., Captain Miles served as master or mate aboard 15 vessels, including Lady Maryland, Californian, Bill of Rights, New Way, Alexandria, Brilliant, and Clearwater. Along the way he also helped develop model sailing programs for youth at risk. His accomplishments and contributions to the tall ship sailing profession have been recognized both within and outside of the maritime community. In February 2013 Captain Miles was recognized with the Lifetime Achievement Award by Tall Ships America.

Jordan Smith, Partner Captain

Captain Smith comes to Pride of Baltimore, Inc., as a licensed ship’s master with a lifetime on the water and a unique blend of performance racing, ocean cruising, and traditional sail experience. Immediately prior to joining Pride Inc., Jordan served as master rigger for the re-rig of the historic sailing warship USS Constellation. His tall ship command experience includes the schooners Appledore V, Appledore IV, Appledore II, and Edith M. Becker, as well as a tour aboard the square-rigger Hawaiian Chieftain along the west coast. On these vessels, Jordan has logged thousands of miles on both coasts of North America, the Great Lakes, and the St. Lawrence Seaway. Before concentrating on tall ship command, Jordan worked as a rigger, sail maker, and professional racing sailor, primarily out of Annapolis, MD. He has been part of winning teams at some of the most prestigious racing events in the world, including Block Island Race Week, the Annapolis to Bermuda Race, the Annapolis to Newport, Miami to Jamaica, Key West Race Week, and many others. This has also included many events in the ultra competitive Etchells class. On occasion, before he merged his wandering urge with his profession, Jordan would fit out and go voyaging in his own cruising boats, primarily to the Caribbean and South America. When not on Pride II, he lives aboard his cruising boat in Annapolis. He attended St. Mary’s College, where he was a member and team captain of the Offshore Sailing Team. Jordan began sailing with his family on the south shore of Long Island well before he was old enough to remember it.

Erica Denner, Program Manager

Erica joined Pride of Baltimore in May 2015 to help the organization move forward on its new path to long-term sustainability. She has more than twenty years experience working with small non-profit organizations in a variety of roles. For the past 8 years, she has worked in the Baltimore maritime community, with the Downtown Sailing Center, the Great Chesapeake Bay Schooner Race, and Sail Baltimore. Erica is a sailor. She worked as first mate on a charter sailboat in Baltimore for eight years and taught sailing as a U.S. Sailing Keelboat Instructor. Originally from Ohio, she is an Ohio State University graduate.

Paula Belletiere, Accountant

Paula started her career in the accounting field in Pennsylvania after completing college, eventually moving to the Baltimore area. After spending another 30 years in corporate accounting and the account software industry, she decided to retire. Since retiring, Paula works part-time as the Accountant for the Pride of Baltimore, opened a full-service travel agency franchise called Cruise Planners, continues to service several of her long time software clients, and is serving her second term as Treasurer of the Board for the Baltimore Chapter of National Association for Catering and Events (NACE). Paula began working with Pride in November 2005.  

Martha Oster-Beal, Administrative Assistant

Martha works closely with all staff to manage office operations. Martha began her journey with Pride in March of 2016. She is a native of Denver, CO and a graduate of the College of Wooster. Previously, she has worked at the Martha’s Vineyard Museum and the Baltimore Museum of Art in a variety of administrative and project archivist roles.