May 18, 2024

Safety at Sea Moderators

Lili Colby is the former co-owner of MTI Life Jackets. She and her husband, Gordon Colby, sold MTI to Mustang Survival in 2020, and she continues her role as a “PFDiva” as Mustang Survival’s product to market coordinator and their industry & non-profit relations specialist. She served on the board of the American Canoe Association for 4 years and has recently joined the NASBLA Paddlesports Committee. She is also on the Northeast Center for Occupational Health and Safety’s PFD Advisory Board. After decades dedicated to the Paddlesports Industry, she is actively engaged on the steering committee for the emerging Paddlesports Trade Coalition.

Debbie Huntsman, as a product of her father’s intensive MacGyver training, began as a boating safety education instructor in 1997. Along with continually developing her seamanship, having fun safely has been a primary focus in her sailing. A licensed Coast Guard Captain, Debbie has served the sailing community for over 30 years in a variety of capacities with state, federal, and non-profit agencies. She has sailed most of the west coast of the U.S. and Mexico and loves the splendor of offshore sailing. She races as well, along the Gulf Coast and from Pensacola to Havana on a very fast boat, loving every minute of the adventure. With her husband, Debbie helped train law enforcement officers, patrolled San Diego harbor after 9-11, and found her way to Safety at Sea, where she can apply her wide array of sailing and training experiences with an emphasis on benefiting women.
Cheryl Lowry is an active sailing instructor and a USCG licensed captain. She has raced in the Chesapeake Bay, the Panhandle of Florida, and the Tampa Bay Area. She divides her time between sailing and teaching in Florida and throughout the Caribbean aboard several vessels, including her 51 foot sloop. She is responsible for the Wilderness Medical Society’s MedSail program, educating medical professionals in techniques as a ship’s medical officer. She has over 15,000 sea miles throughout the US and the Caribbean. As a retired military flight surgeon, she still provides consultation for shipboard medical operations in the US Antarctic program. Cheryl will be a co-moderator for our Safety at Sea program on May 17th.

Born into a sailing family, Sarah Pederson’s love of the sport started early. While growing up in Kenosha she learned to sail in Penguins and raced a Thistle with her family. She taught for Offshore Sailing School in Florida and Tortola, BVI.  When she returned to the Midwest, Sarah taught children and adults in Kenosha and Racine through their yacht clubs. She’s been active in all types of racing from local championships, skippering a Mirage 24, J/24 (all-woman crew), and a C&C 30, as well as long-distance races such as the Chicago-Mac, Port Huron-Mac, and the HOOK. She is a member of the US Sailing Safety at Sea Committee: Arthur B Hanson Award  (Survivor Liaison and, recently certified US Sailing Keelboat Instructor.


Tel: 414.522.7764

Midwest Women's Sailing Conference
P.O. Box 1099
Milwaukee, WI 53201-1099


Milwaukee Community Sailing Center
1450 N Lincoln Memorial Dr.
Milwaukee, WI 53202

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