STONINGTON, CT: New England Science & Sailing Foundation (NESS) is pleased to welcome Loraine Snead as its Managing Director of Education. Ms. Snead will begin her role at NESS on June 13, 2022. 

Ms. Snead brings her experience in public, charter, and independent schools as Head of High School, Academic Dean, Department Chair, Grade Dean and Director of a middle school summer outdoor experiential education program to NESS.  

Ms. Snead is currently the Director of Equity and Inclusion at Tabor Academy in Marion, MA. She has a B.S. in Analytical Chemistry from Georgia State University, M.S. in Education from University of Massachusetts (Amherst), and an M.S. in Chemistry from Drexel University. 

As NESS’s Managing Director of Education, Ms. Snead will ensure high quality execution of all education programs.  

Spike Lobdell, NESS CEO, said “Loraine brings many strengths and new ideas to NESS. We are thrilled to have her experience to manage and grow our education team. This senior hire reinforces our commitment to partner with schools across the country to serve students.” 

The achievements of this position directly contribute to NESS achieving its long-term strategic goals of creating significant student impact and ensuring financial sustainability through high-quality and mission-driven programming. 

In addition, Ms. Snead will focus on building new strategic partnerships and programs, marketing and selling programs regionally and nationally, and oversee outcomes measurement.  

NESS President, Eric Isselhardt, PhD, noted that “Loraine will be working on a curriculum building project as well as continuing to build relationships with external partners, which is an important part of NESS continuing to grow and empower students with a love of learning through ocean-based experiential programs.” 


New England Science & Sailing Foundation (NESS) is a nationally recognized and award-winning ocean adventure education non-profit with a mission to empower students with a love of learning through ocean-based experiential programs that serve schools, teachers, and families. NESS offers a unique education model that empowers students with leadership, teamwork, confidence, and problem-solving skills to ensure academic success through marine science, sailing, powerboating, and adventure sports programs. NESS is the first, and only, program of its kind to be accredited by New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC). For more information, visit