Helene Pierson, Executive Director
Helene was named Executive Director
in 2016. Her background includes extensive experience in not-for-profit and corporate management, and she is equally comfortable driving a van as chairing a major event.
Cindy Ryan, Director of Development
and Accounting

Cindy started as an outside contractor in 2001 and joined the staff as SCI Accountant in 2019, She was recently named Development Director in addition to her financial responsibilities,
Janice Estrada, Seafarer Shopper
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Janice joined us in early 2021 to manage the logistically demanding mission of shopping for seafarers who are unable to leave their vessels during the COVID pandemic. She has a social service background, has experience as an Uber/Lyft driver, and is a Catholic Eucharistic Minister.
Nikki Green, Communications Volunteer
Nikki divides her time between Florida and her home on the Philadelphia waterfront. She works for SCI year-round, responsible for updates to our electronic communications and coordination of the Ditty Bag program.
Alex Reale, Digital Marketing Volunteer
Alex worked with us part time to help
organize and update our online presence, including a major revamp of our website in 2020. We’re happy he continues to lend his expertise as a volunteer.


Jasper DelCarlino, Operations Manager
Jasper is a former deckhand for Reinauer Tugs and knows the maritime world very well. He has management and operations experience as a former manager of the El Bar in Philadelphia. Jasper joined us as a part time ship visitor and was promoted to Operations Manager in 2019.


Steve Anderson, Operations Supervisor
Tony Coppola, Ship Visitor
Tony has been around SCI for quite a while after leaving his career owning a hardware store.  In addition to working as a ship visitor he has the tools and expertise to fix anything around the building.


Wilson Pettaway, Ship Visitor
Wilson has worked with SCI since 2005 as a ship visitor/host transporter. He has seen the organization grow and adapt during his 16 years, and describes the job as “fun – I like the work!”
Martin Wade, Ship Visitor
Al Griffiths, Volunteer Ship Visitor
Al works in the Fairless Hills area and
volunteers on our behalf at some of the
northern-most terminals, which are a
long drive for our Philadelphia-based staff. Al’s interest in serving seafarers began with Chaplain David Reid, who talked enthusiastically about SCI , and Al calls it an “easy decision” to volunteer.
Roy Lucchese, Volunteer Ship Visitor
Roy’s maritime experience includes working for Reinauer Transportation, and he volunteers when he is off-rotation from his tugboat job.
Jennifer Roach-Dixon, Volunteer Ship Visitor
Jen is a pastry chef and cake decorator by trade and loves anything to do with boats and water. She enjoys whitewater rafting and kayaking as well as paddling on a women’s dragon boating team.
Annie Thomas, Volunteer Ship Visitor
Annie grew up helping seafarer missions
in Glasgow, Scotland and has worked with
us for many years.   She is a former surgical nurse and an experienced sailor.


Father Efren Esmilla
Father Efren is pastor of St. James Parish in
Elkins Park, Pa. Born and educated in the
Philippines, he is especially important in
our service to the large number of seafarers
who are Filipino.
Rev. John Gardner
Rev. John Gardner is pastor of the Episcopal Church of the Holy Trinity in Philadelphia on Rittenhouse Square. He and his wife, Rev. Rachel Gardner, are deeply involved in the Center City community, especially caring for the homeless population. Rev. John is a former SCI board member and now volunteers as a ship[ visitor.
Rev. David Reid MA FNI
David is a Fellow of the Nautical Institute, a former chief officer in the British and Canadian Merchant Marine, and author of Eight Down, a study of eight maritime tragedies in the last 42 years, as well as articles published in the Mare Report and the Beacon. He divides his time between the US and France, and works as an SCI volunteer when here.