NASBLA is pleased to announce the hiring of the Association's next Education Director. NASBLA's current Education & Standards Director, Pam Dillon, CAE, will retire in late 2019. After a rigorous benchmarking, application and hiring process, Mark Chanski was selected to join NASBLA for this transition. Mark Chanski joined NASBLA on June 1 and will assume the full role of Education Director following the NASBLA Annual Conference.
Mark comes to NASBLA from the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection where he was employed for the last 12 years. He has been an active member of NASBLA’s Education and Outreach Committee, a participant on the association's Education Standards Panel and a proud graduate of the NASBLA Leadership Academy. He participated as a subject matter expert in the field validation process for all of the National On-Water Standards (NOWS) Program domains including power, sail and human-propelled vessels. Mark volunteered on a NASBLA project which followed ANSI guidelines to develop on-water boating course validation procedures and subsequently was chosen as Project Manager for NASBLA’s On-Water Boating Skills Verified Course program.
Mark, as the Education Director, will serve as the Association's lead staff on matters pertaining to state and national boater education programs and the NASBLA Education & Outreach Committee. Duties also include providing direct staff support for the NASBLA Education & Outreach Committee Chair, managing and overseeing education related grant projects, and representing NASBLA’s education interest before other national boater education forums.