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    Meet the BoatUS Foundation Crew


    Heather Lougheed

    Heather Lougheed

    President

    I started boating as a youngster, learning how to waterski from my Uncle Phil who lived in Merritt Island, FL. That uncle was a BoatUS member – who shared with me his love of boating. Since then I’ve owned powerboats, kayaks, canoes, stand up paddle boards and sailboats, enjoying them all. I attended the College of Charleston, SC where I received a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Sciences in Business Administration. I have worked at BoatUS for over 20 years and newly with the Foundation to support the team collectively. I’m excited to help the Foundation continue to offer innovative and impactful boating safety and clean water programs that resonate with boaters, address important needs, and help us grow into the future.


    Ted Sensenbrenner

    Ted Sensenbrenner

    Director of Development

    My primary responsibility is to raise funds to support the Foundation's many unique programs. BoatUS Members are our main source of donations and we communicate with them throughout the year to educate them on the impact of their generosity and encourage their support. Our annual Greeting Card Program, Emergency Beacon Rental Program and Boat Donation Program also fall under my direction.

    I head up our product testing series, Foundation Findings, and am one of the Trailering and Watersports Experts for BoatUS and Trailering Magazine. My education background is in Psychology and I have a Masters in Business Administration. I've been boating most of my life, am fascinated by anything America's Cup and prior to working at BoatUS I was a professional sailor on the ocean-going maxi yacht racing circuit on a boat called "Mischievous."


    Alanna Keating

    Alanna Keating

    Director of Outreach

    As the Outreach Manager for BoatUS Foundation, I manage several of our partnership programs such as the Grassroots Grants Program and Life Jacket Loaner Program. I also oversee the Foundation's social media presence with the help of all Foundation staff. I hold a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Management from the University of Maryland University College but have worked extensively on both safe and clean boating programs since I started with the Foundation in 2005. I can't think of a more enjoyable job than working with boaters every day!

    I grew up boating on the Chesapeake Bay and the Little River in South Carolina. From powerboats to kayaks, I love all kinds of boating. My favorite thing about boating is being able to spend quality time with family and friends exploring our nation's waterways.


    Lynne O'Hearn

    Lynne O'Hearn

    Program Administrator

    I have been with the BoatUS Foundation since December 2010. As a lifelong boater, when this opportunity appeared, I knew it would be a great fit for me. As a project administrator, I wear many hats at the Foundation. I provide support to our numerous online students who call me regarding state boating regulations. In addition, I generate certificates of completion and troubleshoot user issues. Reel In & Recycle monofilament recycling program, EPIRB/PLB rental program and Life Jacket Loaner program are a few of the projects I help manage for the Foundation.


    Alan Dennison

    Alan Dennison

    Program Manager

    As the Program Manager for the BoatUS On-Water Training program, my responsibilities include sourcing and onboarding new training partners, refining processes, and working with our marketing team to promote our training product and the BoatUS Foundation. My educational background is fairly diverse as I have a degree in Visual Arts from Penn State University and a Masters in Business Administration from University of Maryland University College.

    Boating is something that was introduced to me at a very young age on my father’s sailboat in Barnegat, NJ and countless fishing trips with him, my Grandfather, and Uncle in Maine. Today, I try to get out on the Chesapeake Bay to fish or cruise with my family as much as possible.