Marine Systems Faculty

Dan Linder | Lead Instructor

Bio coming soon.

Spencer Dodds '21 | Program Manager

Spencer was raised in Vermont where he became a multifaceted tradesman and came to Newport, RI to transfer those skills to a career in the marine trades. Spencer’s passion for creativity has shaped his career path, leading him to have a variety of fabrication and restoration projects under his belt. Spencer strongly believes in IYRS’s non-traditional higher education path and is a graduate of the Marine Systems program holding an ABYC Master Advisor certificate as well as a NMEA 2000 Installer certification. He believes in the transferability of technical skills and education. While working with his hands is Spencer’s career, he also pursues restoration of cars, motorcycles, and boats in his free time.

Lisa Esposito '21 | Curriculum & Instructional Specialist

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.