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North Shore  MA

Board of Directors


Rick Haigis

Board Secretary

Rick is a lifelong sailor and lover of anything on the water. Rick and his partner Amy VanDoren are supporters and involved with the City of Salem resiliency program. He is a volunteer captain for Sail Beyond Cancer North Shore, as well as President of Sail Salem Community Sailing. Rick is also a referee and Salem’s Ambassador for the US Pickleball Association. He recently retired from Mass General where he was a neurology nurse and managed the marketing for the orthopedics department. Before that, he had a career in marketing and strategic planning in Boston and New York. He’s originally from Vermont where he learned how to paddle and sail on Lake Champlain.


Sang Park

Board Member

Sang is a Thermal Systems Engineer at the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory, a member of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, designing NASA funded space-borne telescopes. He lives in Swampscott enjoying his life on and near the water. He is an avid sailor, accomplished skier, and a dad always motivating his two daughters to be active and creative. He also creates amazing meals for the family, dear friends, and a very special person in his life.

Sang is actively involved and has contributed to many other community services as a tireless volunteer for most of his life. 


Maureen O’Hare Mercer

Board Member

Maureen O’Hare Mercer is a life-long learner and community activist. She welcomes involvement in volunteer organizations where those are in need, especially children and families. As a two-time cancer conqueror, she dedicates much of her free time to women’s cancer causes and supports those individuals fighting the disease. Maureen is blessed with endless energy and enthusiasm for all things family as well as celebrations, special events and fundraising for her various Board commitments over the years. She has served on many boards of Garden Clubs and Park and Playground Restoration Projects. These days you can find her trying to perfect her perennial garden and becoming a crew member of any boating adventure. Maureen says, “Being on the Board of SBCNS is allowing her to learn sailing while doing projects and giving back to the cancer community!” 


Catherine M. Doherty

Board Member

Catherine has been a cancer caregiver and clearly appreciates the opportunity for patient and caregiver to be on the water in an effort to   escape the challenges of the disease. As an ambassador for SBCNS, she enjoys engaging guests on carefree North Shore sails. For a number of years, she raced on a J130 in Marblehead and was also  fortunate enough to have “friends with boats” with whom she raced Block Island and cruised the Caribbean. Professionally, she is an attorney with prior careers as a flight attendant and educator. Her passions include sailing, traveling and foreign languages. She can never be far from the water and currently volunteers for  race committee in Marblehead. As one of the founding members of Seaglass Village, which serves the Marblehead, Swampscott and Nahant communities, she appreciates the power of volunteers to accomplish lofty goals.

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Betsy Fermano

Board Chair

Betsy had a long career as a fundraising and development executive at a number of non-profit organizations. Before retiring in 2015, she was a consultant with two firms providing strategic planning, resource development, capital campaign and major gifts counsel, and grant writing services to non-profits and charitable organizations. Betsy has also served as a volunteer and board member with various local and regional non-profits. Betsy has sailed since the age of 6 with her family, racing small boats and cruising all over Florida, the Bahamas, and the Caribbean. She has raced “big boats” as well as cruising throughout the waters of New England, Nova Scotia, and Newfoundland. She has been an instructor for the National Women’s Sailing Association Conferences and is a member of the Boston Yacht Club, Jubilee Yacht Club and Blue Water Sailing Club. 

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Christine Goodyear

Board Treasurer

Chris Goodyear has spent more than 40 years in Health Care in various roles as a physical therapist primarily in the Mass General Brigham system as a direct care giver, research study manager, and most recently as a clinical liaison.  She has been a volunteer and Board member at several of her children’s Schools and continues to be an active member of the Winchester Tennis Association.  In addition to tennis, Chris loves to ski and spent many years actively crewing on sailboats in and around New England.  

She is currently the Treasurer and a crew member for SBCNS.


Pat Dieselman

Board Member/Lead Captain

Pat has been on the North Shore Sail Beyond Cancer Board since the start of the Chapter in 2019. She is a retired Medical Technologist/Cytotechnologist and has been sailing on the North Shore for over 30 years. She was previously involved in another sailing program that utilized owner’s boats to provided a day of sailing for cancer patients and their caretakers. Upon selling her boat, she felt a loss but was lucky enough to meet Suzanne Johnson, the founder of Sail Beyond Cancer, at a sailing regatta in Marblehead. Suzanne was hoping to start a chapter on the North Shore in Salem. “I jumped right in. It has been an unbelievable rewarding experience for me to provide the respite for those going though their battle with cancer and sharing those few hours with their family and friends away from it all”

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Sail Beyond Cancer

North Shore

Sail Beyond Cancer
North Shore MA, Inc.
DBA Sail Beyond Cancer North Shore
EIN 85-2054382 (501c3)
978.594.SAIL (7245)
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