The International Seafarers’ Center (ISC) is a safe harbor for merchant mariners traveling through the Port of Brunswick. Established in 1982 as a 501(C)(3) non-profit Christian organization, the ISC operates two hospitality centers that provide a cozy home environment for visiting seafarers to rest, relax, and receive aid when necessary
William B. Dawson
Rev. Becky Rowell
Vicki west- executive director
she did not do it along time ago. She has two sons, Ryan Sanscrainte, who resides with his wife, Lauren, in Summerville, S.C. and Jared Sanscrainte, living in Boynton Beach,FL. with his wife Sarah. Vicki took the reigns as Executive Director on July 1, 2018. As ED, her goal is to make the new slogan LIVE LOCAL – REACH NATIONS a household phrase associated with the “Taking Christ to the Nations” mission of the ISC. Vicki is very thankful to be associated with this amazing ministry.
Robert Randall II - Director, Volunteer Programs and Services
in Georgia and Florida. Robert's Christian faith includes 38 years in the peace and environmental movements. His many years of organizing experience make Robert a natural for coordinating volunteers. His work history includes temp work, sales, self-employment, social services, and mental health. He and his wife of 41 years have lived in Glynn County, where she grew up, since the late 1980's.
Among his guilty pleasures are chocolate and ice cream.
Myles kilby- finance administration
Georgia with a bachelor degree in Business Administration (BBA). He spent five years working for a local CPA firm as a tax manager before starting his own practice in 2015. Myles holds a professional tax license through the IRS (Enrolled Agent), which allows him to practice before the IRS, and is also a certified QuickBooks Pro-Advisor.
Other than accounting and business, some of his interests are spending time with his family, being active in ministry related activities, enjoying the outdoors, and playing sports. Myles is also an ordained minister and actively participates in his church while also speaking at other meetings large and small.
“It is a great honor and joy to serve the International Seafarers’ Center, living local and reaching nations!”
sherry conner - Office Administrator
Sherry’s role is to provide administrative support which includes clerical and secretarial duties. She is originally from Savannah, Georgia but came to Brunswick at an early age when her family was transferred here. She attended local schools and even returned after college to teach in the Glynn County School System. She and her niece, Hannah, like to travel and spend time with their three dogs – Jasper, Emmy, and Cody. Being an office administrator is a new adventure for her but one she is embracing with open arms. She is looking forward to getting to know the many wonderful people associated with the International Seafarers’ Center.
doris wadd- assistant volunteer coordinator
husband Mel. She has family on St. Simons Island. The large ships coming and going in the river fascinated her so much that she wanted to be involved with them. When a friend told her about ISC, she got in touch with Robert and began volunteering three years ago. After three years of volunteering, she was asked to join the employment team and became the assistant volunteer coordinator in June, 2017. She still volunteers today.
“The mission of ISC is one that I really believe in. I feel we can, Live Local and Reach Nation, one seafarer at a time.”
Linda haines- store manager
stocks nearly a thousand. One of Linda’s main responsibilities is purchasing all the products for the Colonel’ Island store. She currently purchases products from six different sources. For the last five years, she has also put together the silent auction for our major fundraiser, the International Night Out. Linda says, “Working for the International Seafarer’s Center is so dear to my heart. Seeing and helping the smiling faces each day makes all the busy work worthwhile.”
rick haines- store manager
served on the Board of the International Seafarer Center since 1998. In 2000, he retired from General Motors and currently assists in running the store operations on Colonel’s Island along with his wife Linda.
About Our Clients
- Commercial shipping is the most globalized industry in the world
- Over 1.5 million seafarers deliver 90% of the world's goods so that we can live with ease and in comfort
- Seafarers come from all over the world
- The Port of Brunswick, GA, receives more than 16,000 seafarer visits annually and the number is increasing
- Seafarers have very little access to conveniences and comfort while at sea
- The common issues that seafarers face include fear of pirate attacks, unpaid wages, loneliness, maltreatment, lack of internet and phone access while at sea that inhibits their communication with loved ones and many more
- Seafarers are apart from their families and friends at least 6-10 months a year
- Due to restricted visa or shore leave passes given, some seafarers have to be detained onboard their vessels that are docked at U.S. ports