Meet the Team

Debbie

Debbie Gosselin, President

Joined Watermark in College

What is your favorite Watermark product and why?

This is like asking which of your children is your favorite. Each of Watermark’s products is unique, distinct, and supports our brand essence statement. They’re all great!

Have you ever held any other positions at Watermark?

I started out as a crew member in college; became the bookkeeper in the early 1980’s, and President in the 1990’s. In 1999 when I purchased the tour and charter boat business from my father, I became the owner.

What is your favorite Watermark memory?

There are too many, but my favorite continuing experience is meeting and working with so many wonderful young people. They remind me that the future is bright.

Jake

Capt. Jake Iversen, General Manager of Vessel Activities

Joined Watermark Summer 2017

If you could trade jobs for a day with anyone at Watermark, who would it be and why?

I think it’s important to spend time in everyone’s role, so that I can get a hands-on understanding of how the operation comes together. As I get to know each team member, my appreciation for Watermark’s dedicated employees continues to grow.

What is your favorite Watermark memory?

My favorite memory dates back to age ten. As a fourth grader on a school field trip, I was in my element aboard a Watermark vessel, learning about the history of the Naval Academy. I’ve been a fan ever since!

What was your first job?

My first job was on the West River working at a marina in Galesville. I helped fuel boats and kept the club members happy.

 

Ginny

Ginny Mininger, Director of Vessel Operations

Joined Watermark Fall 2011

What is your favorite Watermark product and why?

City Lights Cruise! It’s such a magical way to see the city of Baltimore and there’s great music.

Have you ever held any other positions at Watermark?

One time I planked for 2 minutes. I also managed operations in Baltimore, then Annapolis, and now I am responsible for the operations in both locations.

What is your favorite Watermark memory?

Seeing our Captain pull Harbor Queen into City Dock on a rainy day with 250 kids doing the Harlem Shake. Somehow, even on rainy days we all still have a blast.

Cecilia Benalcazar, Director of Guide Operations

Cecilia Benalcazar, Director of Guide Operations

Having had several retail stores in the historic district, I’ve gained an understanding of the uniqueness of Annapolis – from its residents, tourists, and temporary legislatures to the many distinctive Annapolis traditions (May Day basket pictured). I have found a common bond with our guides through history. I love managing such passionate historians and a wonderful group of people. It’s fun here with the variety of land products we offer – whether Four Century Tours, Ghost, Architecture, Candlelight, etc. I’m constantly learning and have a desire to always improve our guest’s experiences.

Alex Knoll, Director of Sales & Marketing

Joined Watermark in 2020

What was your first job?

My first job was as a paperboy in Springfield, Illinois. I woke up at 5:00 each morning and walked a couple miles up and down my neighborhood delivering 200-plus copies of the State Journal-Register. It taught me responsibility, punctuality and customer service.

Besides Watermark, what are some of your favorite things to do in the Chesapeake area?

I love learning the history surrounding Chesapeake Bay … the fact that Maryland tobacco financed the Revolution; that Annapolis’ capitol is the only active capitol to also be the U.S. capitol; that when Capt. John Smith first sailed the Bay oyster reefs so large they were a navigation hazard.

If you could trade jobs for a day with anyone at Watermark, who would it be and why?

I’d like to switch with one of the captains. But for the sake of any passengers, I’d settle for being mate. When I was younger, I worked several years as mate on a crab boat and loved it. All but the worst days on the water are better than any on land.

Gabriella

Gabriella Shewfelt, Marketing Specialist

Joined Watermark in 2020

What was your first job?

I got my first job the summer before my senior year of high school at Great Harvest Bread Company in Annapolis. I kneaded, sliced, and bagged bread and ran the cash register. Of course, my favorite job duty was taste-testing!

Outside of Watermark, what is your favorite thing to do in the Chesapeake Bay area?

I love to walk around Downtown Annapolis with a City Dock chai latte in hand.

Have you ever held any other positions at Watermark?

Nope!

Angelyse Henry, Charter Sales & Event Manager

Joined Watermark in 2021

Why did you first want to work at Watermark?

Being from Charleston, SC, Annapolis reminds me of home. A city with history, culture, positive vibes; and I love being around water. When the position became available I knew I’d be passionate about it.

Outside of Watermark, what is your favorite thing to do in the Chesapeake Bay area?

EAT! Seafood is my favorite type of food. I love finding the best places for blue crabs, oysters, and happy hour.

What is your favorite Watermark memory?

I brought friends with me to a networking event on a Watermark cruise in Baltimore. I love being able to share the fun benefits of working in the Hospitality industry with those close to me.

Aaron Hull, Operations Manager

Joined Watermark in 2021

What was your first job?

When I graduated from the Naval Academy in 2016, my first job was as a Student Aviator! I attended flight school for the Navy in Texas and had a blast.

Besides Watermark, what are some of your favorite things to do in the Chesapeake area?

I love cruising around Annapolis on my Hobie Power Skiff, and love to kiteboard on days that it’s windy. You can also catch me flying single-engine planes out over the eastern shore on the weekends!

Why did you first want to work at Watermark?

Annapolis has always felt like home to me, and Watermark is such an important part of the culture and history of this town. When the position became available I couldn’t wait to start working on the water again!

Chip

Chip Johnson, Comptroller

Joined Watermark 1980s

What is your favorite Watermark product and why?

I really like them all. From the 40 & 90 minute tours to the “Day on the Bay Cruise”, or a private Charter down the Severn River. I have worked on all of them.

What was your first job?

My first job was a dishwasher at Country Kitchen in Casper Wyoming. Needless to say I don’t like doing the dishes.

Outside of Watermark, what is your favorite thing to do in the Chesapeake Bay area?

There are so many things to do in the area, I think one of my favorite is going to the beach with friends!

Claudette

Claudette McDonald, Group Tour Manager

Joined Watermark 2000 as a tour guide.

Have you ever held any other positions at Watermark?

I tour guided, and have been the clothing designer and seamstress for 15 years (yikes).

Outside of Watermark, what is your favorite thing to do in the Chesapeake Bay area?

I love touring vineyards with my family, taking my Golden Retrievers anywhere, spending time in the Mountains – reminds me of home.

What is your favorite Watermark product and why?

I have lots of favorites – the Day on the Bay makes me feel like I am on vacation, the new Time & Tides enhances all I thought I knew about the area and the Four Centuries Tour is still the best ambassador program for Annapolis.

Jo

Jo McCarthy, Office Manager

Joined Watermark February 2018

What is your favorite Watermark product and why?

Day on the Bay to St Michaels is my favorite. I love the boat ride to and from St Michaels it is very relaxing and enjoyable.

Outside of Watermark, what is your favorite thing to do in the Chesapeake Bay area?

Boating with my family and friends and enjoying the many views of the Chesapeake Bay.

If you could trade jobs for a day with anyone at Watermark, who would it be and why?

I would trade jobs for one day with the boat crew. I think being on the water and mingling with passengers is fun .

Have you ever held any other positions at Watermark?

No I have not.

What was your first job?

My first job was Assistant Portfolio Manager for Merrill Lynch.

Bill

Bil Heflin, Director of Maintenance

Joined Watermark November 2019

Why did you first want to work at Watermark?

I was looking for something more stable than freelance yacht maintenance.  I was looking for something with a reputable company.

What is your favorite Watermark event?

WRNR Cruises on the Harbor Queen.

Besides Watermark, What are some of your favorite things to do in the Chesapeake area?

You can probably find me relaxing in a hammock or canoe when i’m not working.  When we go to the beach, it’s an all day event.  We bring the hammock, the coolers, paddle boards, the kids kayaks, the whole 9 yards.

Anything else we should know?

I am a excellent whistler and I am fluent in German.

Captain Alex King

Joined Watermark in 2021

What was your first job?

My first job ever was as a lifeguard at a local Swim Club in my hometown of Cherry Hill, NJ. My first “real job” was on a boat as a deckhand on the Riverlink Ferry that connects Penn’s Landing in Philadelphia to the Camden Waterfront in New Jersey!

Outside of Watermark, what is your favorite thing to do in the Chesapeake Bay area?

I like to walk around the waterfront and check out dockside bars and restaurants. There’s live music at a lot of places, and a few establishments are right in marinas, so we get to watch both professional and amateur captains get on and off the docks, which can sometimes make for an entertaining happy hour!

What is your favorite Watermark product and why?

My favorite Watermark Product I’ve been a part of so far is the 90-minute tours. The 90s are a nice change of pace from the hustle of the 40-minute tours and give us a chance to see more of the features of the area that we don’t get to see every day, such as an up-close look at the Chesapeake Bay Bridges and the Thomas Point Lighthouse.