SailMaine Board has announced the appointment of Falmouth, Maine, resident Janet Acker as its new Executive Director, effective November 11.
“With a broad diversity of professional, small business, and nonprofit experience, Acker brings deep educational advocacy and consulting, entrepreneurial leadership, technology innovation, and a lifetime of East and West Coast sailing experience to SailMaine,” reads the recent SailMaine press release announcing the appointment.
Upon graduation from the University of Delaware, Janet spent 7 years in independent secondary schools in Maine before moving to Washington, where she worked in both educational publishing and consulting before joining a technology startup in the financial services industry. While in the Northwest, Janet also founded and developed a successful community-based sailing program today known as Sail Orcas, in the San Juan Islands outside Seattle. After returning to Maine, she founded an independent business before making a return to her technology roots at CashStar, and more recently, to the financial services industry.
As an avid sailor, Acker’s extensive experience in sailing, management, finance, strategic planning, teaching, technology, and program development make her a natural fit for the organization at this point in its evolution. Her sailing and racing experience has taken her to Bermuda, the Caribbean, the Chesapeake, the coast of Maine, Washington, Southern California, and British Columbia. Janet and her husband lived aboard and cruised their sailboat for 7 years, both in Washington state and in Portland Harbor, and they remain active sailors today.