Celebrate with us at the "40 Under Forty" Awards Dinner!

Cindy Nickerson
January 4, 2016

We are looking forward to celebrating Program Director Mistral Dodson at the "40 Under Forty" dinner this Friday Night!

Mistral Dodson, a Program Director at NESS, was chosen as one of 2016 Southeastern Connecticut’s Annual “40 Under Forty” brightest young professionals. Prior to joining NESS in 2008 as a seasonal instructor, Mistral worked with students in both marine and terrestrial environments all over the world. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Marine Science and Conservation with Honors from Murdoch University, Western Australia. In 2012, Mistral became a full-time program director at NESS, an ocean adventure nonprofit that engages students in experiential learning to build confidence, teamwork, and leadership skills. As an experienced and accomplished outdoor adventure educator, Mistral teaches hundreds of students each year. Her certifications and licenses include US Coast Guard Master 50GT Captain, American Red Cross Lifeguard Instructor, PADI Divemaster, US Sailing Level 3 Coach, ACA Coastal Kayak Instructor, and NSSIA SUP/Surf Instructor.

Mistral currently serves on the Stonington Science Task Force, helping science teachers connect with the Next Generation Science Standards as they revamp the district’s science curriculum. She has been a driving force behind NESS’s growth from a summer-only program with 580 students in 2011 to a year-round program with over 4,700 students in 2015. She currently lives in Westerly, Rhode Island, with her husband and son. The 4th Annual “40 Under Forty” Awards ceremony will occur on January 8, 2016 at 6 p.m. The event recognizes 40 residents of Southeastern Connecticut and Western Rhode Island under the age of forty who demonstrate excellence in their profession through their leadership, commitment, and service to the region.

For those interested in attending the 40 Under Forty ceremony. click here.