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Executive Director

I’ve been sailing most of my life, and have been significantly involved in developing and promoting
sailing in Baltimore since the mid 1980’s. As a co-founder of the DSC in the early 1990’s, I’ve been
involved since its inception and watched it grow from a few dozen members with a small handful of boats
to a nationally recognized and celebrated community sailing center that has positively impacted the
greater Baltimore metropolitan community and served thousands. Over the years, I’ve been a board
member, board chair, fundraiser, adult sailing instructor, racer, cruiser, accessible program volunteer,
summer camp parent, and worked on the development of the fleet and the overall DSC marina facility. I
am excited to lead this great educational organization that brings the joy of sailing to everyone.

Rena Kazmierski

 Director of Community Engagement

Lorena "Rena" Kazmierski has been involved with the DSC since 2005 as a member, volunteer, and staff person in various capacities. She began her sailing journey as an adult at the DSC, then decided to dedicate her life to sailing, working as professional crew aboard both commercial and private sailing vessels, earning her 50-Ton USCG Master's License. Following this, she returned to school to earn an Occupational Therapy Assistant degree.  Stepping aboard as full-time staff in March of 2020, you'll find her managing multiple programs around the DSC. Rena can be reached on her cell at 443-528-4527 or via email at

Josh Johns

Youth Programming Coordinator

Josh has been leading Youth Camp programming for six years, and sailing for over twenty-three. He actively races on many different keelboats, ranging from J22s to J120s, and many others in-between. When not on the water, Josh likes to spend time with his dog at the park, in the kitchen cooking new and challenging dishes, and gardening. If you have any questions regarding our many Youth Education programs, Josh can be reached by email at, or by phone at 443-756-9422.

Laura Ladenheim

Adult Education Manager

Laura has been sailing at the Downtown Sailing Center since 2012. She first took the DSC's Intro to Sailing course and immediately fell in love with being on the water. She enjoys all aspects of sailing, including cruising, racing, ocean sailing, and teaching. Having learned as an adult, Laura remembers what it was like to be a beginner and wants to make sure all of our students have a positive and enjoyable learning experience! Laura has been coaching informally for years, became an Adult Education instructor at the DSC in 2021 and is now the Adult Education Manager.  In addition to sailing at the DSC, she has a Com-pac 27 sailboat and can often be found cruising the Chesapeake with her husband Kevin and dog Stella during the summer. When she's not sailing, Laura enjoys making stained glass, stand-up paddleboarding, and playing board games.


The Downtown Sailing Center

Est 1994
1425 Key Highway, Suite 110, Baltimore, MD 21230
(410) 727-0722 •