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 has served on the maritime committee of the Maryland Historical Society since 2013. 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.
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.