Meet the Team

Meet the Watermark Team

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.


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.


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 guests experiences.


Nick Sottile, Director of Sales & Marketing

Joined Watermark January 2018

What is your favorite Watermark product and why? I would have to say any of our special events. From Rock N Roll cruises on Harbor Queen to the New Years Eve Fireworks Cruise on Catherine Marine. Watermark's special events allow the public to experience unique and exciting new venues.

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

Explore, Explore, and Explore. This region is full of history and entertaining events. From crab feasts, Tug of Wars, and a really long 0.05k Bridge Run, there is always something new and exciting to be a part of.

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

It would have to be the Captains of our vessels. Being able to be out on the water every day sounds like a dream job!


Ginny Mininger, Scheduler

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.


Chip Johnson, Comptroller

Joined Watermark 1980s







Zach Gibbons, Baltimore Vessel Operations Manager

Joined Watermark 2010

What is your favorite Watermark product and why?

My favorite Watermark product is the Baltimore Firework cruises on the 4th of July. Baltimore always puts on an impressive display and Watermark's part in the event puts you in the best viewing area.

Have you ever held any other positions at Watermark?

Yes. I started here as a crew member straight out of High School.

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

I love adrenaline sports and being outside. Boating in the Severn River with my family and friends is also one of my favorite things to do.


Taylor Kshimetski, Private Yacht Charter Sales and Event Planner

Joined Watermark February 2012

What is your favorite Watermark product and why?

I love the selection of private yachts and vessels that are available for hosting events on the water. There’s no better place to celebrate any and all occasions than on the water and truly, no decorations are required!

What was your first job?

My first job was working in the fields on the farm that I grew up on. I love, and still do, the feel of fresh turned dirt. As part of my responsibilities, I also provided snacks and the noon-day meals for the hired help when it was harvest time. I didn’t always care for the hot Georgia sunshine but I do cherish the memories and the friendships that were formed during the season.

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

I love sitting on the docks while sipping on a cocktail, having light conversations with friends and soaking up the amazing views!


Claudette McDonald, Group Sales Specialist

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.



Jennifer DeLancey, Group Sales Manager

Joined Watermark March 2012.

What was your first job?

My first job was as a camp counselor and I was also the Water Skiing Instructor and Program Director at the camp. The camp was an all-girls’ camp near Highlands North Carolina. It was in the mountains and a beautiful area.Great first job!

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

I would like to be a Captain. I lived on a boat for 12 years that looked like Cabaret II and I miss being behind the wheel. I have also always wanted to be a Bartender!

What is your favorite Watermark product and why?

My favorite product at Watermark are any of the Cruises because I just love to be on the water!



Mike Mathias, Director of Inventory

Joined Watermark in 2006

What is your favorite Watermark product and why?

The 40-minute Annapolis Harbor and USNA Cruise on Harbor Queen. The timing is just right – short and sweet – and it captures the history of Annapolis.

What was your first job?

I worked as a deckhand on a sportfishing boat.

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

I do a lot of metal detecting on beaches and farmlands looking for Civil War relics and Colonial artifacts. I used to hunt in Patterson Park a lot and found many gold coins.


Linda Heinz, Retail and Merchandise Manager

Joined Watermark July 2017

What was your first job?

Pizza Hut in Tulsa, Oklahoma. I was in High School working as a hostess, waitress and pizza maker. It was pretty fun, especially when neighbors and friends dropped by.

What is your favorite Watermark product and why?

This is tough because I love all of our products and boats! I would say the Special Events such as the WineFest trip to Saint Michaels , Schooner Race and New Year's Eve Cruises because they celebrate and participate in exciting community events and destinations.

If you could trade jobs with someone at Watermark, who would it be and why?

I'd join the crew. As a kid we spent our summers on a cabin cruiser on Grand Lake, I have fond memories about "crewing" our boat and I love the relaxation of being on the water, so the more time on the boats, the better.


Maggie Flamand, Customer Service Coordinator

Joined Watermark April 2015

What is your favorite Watermark product and why?

I love riding the Yachts! Everything is better when you’re on the water!

What is your favorite Watermark memory?

Blue Angels Day…riding the yachts over to City Dock…seeing all the people, helping with the logistics of getting everyone where they needed to be.

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

I’d like to trade jobs with Ginny and work Operations because of my Blue Angels Day experience. I like being busy and enjoy customer service.


Jo McCarthy, Administrative Assistant

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.


Hope Perry, Marketing Communications Manager

Joined Watermark August 2018

What is your favorite Watermark product and why? My favorite Watermark product is the Bay Lighthouse Cruises. They are so relaxing and beautiful.

Outside of Watermark, what is your favorite thing to do in the Chesapeake Bay area? Playing and coaching soccer in the area.

If you could trade jobs for a day with anyone at Watermark, who would it be and why? I would trade jobs with the Private Yacht Charter Sales and Event Planner. Seeing your work come to life on the yachts would be a very cool experience.

Have you ever held any other positions at Watermark? No, I have not.

What was your first job? My first job was Social Media Coordinator at the Chesapeake Bayhawks.


Adam Dupont, Director of Maintenance

What was your first job? My first job was as a bag boy at a local grocery store in my hometown of Oil City, PA.

If you could trade jobs for a day with anyone at Watermark, who would it be and why? There's not one specific person I'd trade jobs with. I'd like to do a little of everyone's job, that would help me understand how all the pieces of Watermark fit together to achieve success.

What is your favorite Watermark product and why? My favorite product at Watermark is probably the Harbor Queen. I like her nostalgic look and feel.

Outside of Watermark, what is your favorite thing to do in the Chesapeake Bay area? Outside of Watermark, I enjoy spending time with my family, taking advantage of everything the area has to offer.

What is your favorite Watermark memory? So far, my favorite Watermark memory has been being able to transit Annapolitan II to Cambridge, MD for drydock. I was my first real experience of boating on the Chesapeake Bay.