Our Team

Our leadership team and senior staff all learned to sail at Piers Park Sailing Center as children in the inclusive youth development program. That’s impact fulfilled. 

Alex DeFronzo, Executive Director | adefronzo@piersparksailing.org

Alex first got involved with Piers Park Sailing Center in 1999 as a child in the Inclusive Youth Development Program.  He learned to sail at PPSC and the program inspired him to become more involved in community building and outreach.  Alex went on to manage a number of group homes and worked in development for a nonprofit human services agency.  He returned to PPSC in the spring of 2017 as Executive Director.

Alex is dedicated to fulfilling the mission, vision, and values of Piers Park Sailing Center because of the profound impact that the program had on him as a child.  He hold’s a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Suffolk University and is a US Sailing Certified Keelboat Instructor.  Alex is a resident of East Boston and strives to create community value by partnering with other local organizations and agencies.


Daniel Moreno, Director of Operations | dmoreno@piersparksailing.org

Daniel holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and has been a resident of East Boston since emigrating from Colombia in 1996.

Daniel crewed for several Boston Harbor ships, honing skills in marine maintenance to big-boat racing. As a sailing instructor and lesson coordinator for PPSC, Moreno skippered sails for patients from the Spaulding Rehabilitation Center in Charlestown and youth groups from a number of local adaptive schools and organizations.


Catherine Domina, Youth Program Director | ydp@piersparksailing.org

Catherine has been part of Piers Park since 2007. She started as a student in the youth program and worked her way up from Future Leader to Instructor to Assistant Youth Coordinator; since 2013, she has steered the helm of our youth program as Youth Program Director.

Working in the youth, adult, and adaptive programs throughout her time here, this life-long Eastie resident has been part of all the great things Piers Park has to offer. Catherine graduated Thomas More College of Liberal Arts, studying the humanities on their New Hampshire and Rome campuses. In the off-season, she teaches high school math in Winthrop, and enjoys coaching their sailing team during the spring.

Board of Directors


Chair: Brett Van Gelder, Microsoft
Vice Chair: J.P. Dunn, retired
Treasurer: Mike BrunoCompetitive Power Ventures
Clerk: Mary Cole, retired


Michael Hansen, Deloitte
Shannon Viera, HCA
Robert Hughes, MD, MD² Boston 
Maureen McKinnonSpaulding Hospital
Coleman NeeTriangle, Inc.
Mark Whitney, Whitney Law Group
Johanna Young, Sotheby’s International Realty
Jane Derderian, Boston Harbor Cruises

Our Supporters

Corporate Support

  • Boston Harbor Shipyard & Marina
  • Distrigas of Massachusetts
  • Downeast Cider House
  • East Boston Savings Bank
  • Empower East Boston
  • First Republic Bank
  • Massachusetts Port Authority
  • MG2
  • The Well Coffee House
Foundation Support

  • The Agnes M. Lindsay Trust
  • Amelia Peabody Foundation
  • Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation
  • The East Boston Foundation
  • The East Boston Project Advisory Committee
  • Mabel Louise Riley Foundation
  • My Brother’s Keeper Boston
  • The Peabody Foundation
  • The Carl & Ruth Shapiro Family Foundation