About NSBC

Helping create a safe boating experience for recreational boaters

Our Mission

Founded in 1958, the National Safe Boating Council (NSBC) serves as a national catalyst for developing a safe boating culture by providing educational resources, outreach programming, and training opportunities for industry partners and the boating community to influence safe, secure, and responsible boating.

Meet the Crew

Board of Directors

Stu Gilfillen
US Sailing - US Powerboating
Bristol, RI
Alan Dennison
Vice Chair
BoatU.S. Foundation
Annapolis, MD
Chris Stec
Past Chair
ACA Canoe & SUP Instructor Trainer Educator
Fredericksburg, VA
Robert Newsome
National Marine Manufacturers Association
Chicago, IL
Lisa Dugan
Minnesota Department of Natural Resource
Saint Paul, MN
Dana Gage
Member at Large
The LV Project
North Richland Hills, TX
Grant Brown
Member at Large
Colorado Department of Natural Resources
Littleton, CO
Kate Neubauer
Member at Large
Neubauer Consulting Group
Falmouth, MA
Stephanie Hussey
Member at Large
Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation
Alexandria, VA


Peg Phillips
Executive Director
Yvonne Pentz
Communications Director
Sandy Smith
Financial Officer
Alexis Webb
Program Coordinator
Carrie Schlemmer
Program Coordinator


The NSBC is supported by committees under the leadership of the board. If you are interested in serving on a committee, please contact outreach@safeboatingcouncil.org for more information.

NSBC States Committee

Comprised of boating education coordinators and boating law administrators geographically represented across the U.S. The committee is co-chaired by Stephanie Hussey, RBFF and MariAnn McKenzie, OR. Members are Dean Aucoin, LA; Adam Gormely, ME; Chelsea Hofmeier, KS; Aaron Meier, NV; and Sara Smith, MT.

Additional Committees

Coming soon.

Annual Reports

Each year, the National Safe Boating Council produces an annual report highlighting key initiatives, programs, successes, and a financial update.

Strategic Plan

The 2020-2024 Strategic Plan of the National Safe Boating Council was approved at the General Membership Meeting on September 29, 2019 in Anchorage, AK. View the full plan here or the one page guide.


We recognize leaders in recreational boating and water safety through our annual Boating Safety Hall of Fame and IBWSS Communication Awards.

Contact Us

8140 Flannery Ct
Manassas, VA 20109

(703) 361-4294


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