For over 100 years, Massachusetts Maritime Academy has been preparing women and men for exciting and rewarding careers on land and sea. As the nation's finest co-ed maritime college, MMA challenges students to succeed by balancing a unique regimented lifestyle with a typical four-year college environment. As a member of the cadet corps you will live, study, sail, work and play in an atmosphere that encourages you to be your best.
About the Staff
1/C Ryan McCartney
Regimental Community Service Operations Officer
Ryan McCartney is a first-class cadet majoring in emergency management with a minor in homeland security. He was born in Bangor, Maine but spent most of his childhood and teenage years in Chester County, Pennsylvania. Ryan is passionate about serving his community and helping those less fortunate. His passion for service developed when his boy scout troop began cleaning up the trails throughout his hometown, and it was truly cemented when he participated in a church mission trip to rebuild homes for less fortunate individuals in the Appalachia region. Over the years, he has dedicated his time to helping others and improving the environment. His Eagle Scout project involved building benches and revitalizing display signs for local parks in Pennsylvania. Today, he serves as a Certified Disaster Action Team Responder with the American Red Cross, providing aid and comfort to families whose homes have been destroyed by fires or natural disasters. During his time at the Academy, Ryan has led various volunteer initiatives, including the Scallop Festival, New Bedford Zoo’s “Boo at the Zoo” event, and the Senior Dance at the Plymouth Council on Aging. He also served as a squad leader last year, supervising over 70 freshmen and helping them become acclimated to their new lives as cadets. Ryan’s greatest professional goal is to work for the Department of Homeland Security’s ICS-CERT team, which responds to cyberattacks on critical infrastructure. He has spent his summer interning with the Chester County Department of Emergency Management, helping the county prepare for a radiological drill and assisting with revisions of a mass care plan for the county. In his free time, Ryan enjoys kayaking, hiking on the Appalachian Trail, working on video production projects, and sailing. His greatest ambition is to spread support and service across the many communities and cultures that he plans to encounter throughout his lifetime. Ryan is honored to serve as the Academy’s Regimental Community Service Operations Officer, and looks forward to sharing his love for service with his fellow cadets. During his time in the position, he looks forward to engaging the school community in the spirit of volunteerism.
1/C Nicholas Merola
Regimental Community Service Operations Assistant
Hailing from Brick, NJ, Nicholas is a senior studying Marine Engineering. Throughout his time thus far at the Academy, Nicholas has been a part of many organizations such has being the Lead Yearbook Editor, Student Government Yearbook Representative, and Propeller Club. He has been active in the Academy’s Community Service Program throughout his time spent at the Academy. Nicholas also spent a semester studying abroad in China and after seeing the poverty in the surrounding area he decided that he wanted to dedicate more time to give backing to the community around him. He is excited and honored to work with 1/C Ryan McCartney and hopes to continue the growth of volunteer in the Community Service Program.
Volunteer Coordinator Assistant (VCA) Squad Leaders by Company:
- Zachary Boudrow