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. His education background includes a B.A. 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.
Erica Denner, Program and Communications Director
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.
Jamie Trost, Program Director
Jamie Trost has been an active part of Pride, Inc. since first joining Pride of Baltimore II as crew in Baltimore, Ireland over 11 years ago. He survived the harrowing dismasting, and helped oversee the repairs and re-rigging of the ship in France. After a few years as Chief Mate of the US Brig Niagara in his hometown of Erie, PA, Jamie returned as a Partner-Captain of Pride II in April 2008. During his seven years as captain, he was heavily involved in shore-side projects furthering Pride, Inc.’s mission, including authoring and assisting with major grants, spearheading the initiative to create Pride’s first underway educational programming, as well as coordinating multiple War of 1812 commemorations and re-enactments in the Chesapeake. Jamie grew up sailing on Presque Isle Bay and Lake Erie, and has been fascinated with War of 1812 History since his early years. Not surprisingly, four of the 16 ships he’s worked for have been War of 1812 replicas—Pride II, Niagara, Lynx, and currently being constructed Porcupine, where served as Project Manager for the initial stages. He brings a unique knowledge about this various complex and often misunderstood conflict with England. In returning to Pride, Inc., as Program Director, he will put that knowledge to use sharing the incredible story Pride II's ancestors—the Baltimore Privateers.
Martha Oster-Beal, Program Coordinator
Martha began her journey with Pride of Baltimore in March 2016, just as the ship was gearing up for her 2016 Great Lakes season. She is a native of Denver, Colorado, and holds a B.A. in Anthropology from the College of Wooster. Previously, she worked at the Martha’s Vineyard Museum and the Baltimore Museum of Art in a variety of administrative and project archivist roles. At Pride, Martha is responsible for managing the guest crew program, planning private charters and receptions aboard the vessel, and scheduling the ship, among other tasks. When not in the office, Martha enjoys gardening, reading, and hiking with her puppy, Tia.
Patrick Smith, Communications Assistant
Patrick joined Pride, Inc. as deckhand on board Pride II in March 2014 for the War of 1812 Bicentennial season and again in 2016 for the Great Lakes tour. He joined the office staff in the fall of 2016 and acts as a liaison to the ship and is largely responsible for updating Pride’s social media channels. He is the proud producer of our “Traditional Tuesday” video series. Patrick is from Pasadena, Maryland and has a B.A. in History from Saint Michael’s College. He spends his free time out on the water and contends he is a hero in his mother's eyes.
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.