Darlene is a lifelong resident of Rhode Island and has over 35 years of computer and bookkeeping experience. She came onboard as a Tall Ships America crew member in September of 2008. She joined as Bookkeeper and since then has taken on many other responsibilities and pitched in wherever necessary, becoming a valued asset and support for all internal operations and supporting the Tall Ships Challenge® team on the road. Before joining Tall Ships America, she was the Bookkeeper of Ocean Classroom Foundation from 2003-2007, where she helped manage the crew and schooners Spirit of Massachusetts, Harvey Gamage and Westward. Although she doesn’t sail often, she has always enjoyed and supported Tall Ships® festivals and sail training programs. She enjoys music, dancing, cars, boats and spending time with family and friends – especially her 5 grand puppies.