Marine Systems Faculty

Greg Jones | Lead Instructor

In his early career, Greg was a Chief Electrician in the US Coast Guard serving on a variety of seagoing vessels including three years retrofitting many USCG 41’& 44’ motor lifeboats.  Upon being promoted to Chief Warrant Officer, he spent the last 6 years of his Coast Guard career as a Senior Marine Inspector for Group Boston/Providence inspecting countless commercial vessels, including many of the small passenger vessels in Newport Harbor.  Upon retiring from the Coast Guard with 22 years of service, Greg worked as a Chief Electrician for 9 years on a mobile offshore drilling unit, a semi-submersible drilling platform, and a deep-water drill ship.  After spending 20 years at sea, Greg returned to Rhode Island.  He has instructed and trained countless marine systems inspectors in the Coast Guard, and helped teach the entry level engineering course at Northeast Maritime Institute in Fairhaven, MA.  Greg is a licensed MA Electrician and his passion for lifelong learning and knowledge will inspire a new generation of Marine Systems Technicians.

Frank Sisneroz '18 | Program Manager/Instructor

Frank Sisneroz was a union electrician before graduating from the University of California at Irvine. Prior to starting his career in the maritime industry, Frank worked in health insurance as a program coordinator. He moved to Rhode Island from southern California, enrolled at IYRS shortly after, and graduated from the Marine Systems program in 2018. At IYRS, Frank completed his externship at Hunt Yachts and then was hired by Hinckley Yachts in the jet boat division as a traveling service electrician. Frank is a certified Marine Electronics Installer and is certified by the American Boat & Yacht Council in Marine Electrical, Diesel, and Marine Systems. Frank’s passion for sailing and service to others is what drives his enthusiasm and desire to help students achieve their educational and professional goals.


Lisa Esposito '21 | Program Teaching Assistant

A former Fulbright English teacher and Teach For America corps member, Lisa Esposito earned her BA in Anthropology from Trinity College and a M.Ed in Special Education from the University of Hawaii. Lisa comes to IYRS with a variety of professional experiences crewing on classic sailing yachts and teaching in Hawaii, Italy, and aboard tall ships. As a recent graduate of the IYRS Marine Systems program, she is an ABYC certified Master Advisor in Electrical, Diesel and Marine Systems as well as an NMEA certified Marine Electronics installer. Having taught in both traditional and experiential educational settings, Lisa is passionate about IYRS's hands-on approach to learning and the invaluable life skills it provides. She is eager to help students discover their passions and begin fulfilling careers in the marine industry.