Team Sea to See is an 8-person, 4-tandem Race Across America (RAAM) team. They are the first RAAM team with all blind stokers. By taking on this challenge the team and crew hope to share with the world that intelligence, perseverance, and collaboration exist deep in the human spirit, allowing us to overcome adversity.
About the Blind and Vision Impaired Athletes
Kristina “Tina” Ament is an Assistant U.S. Attorney for the U.S. Department of Justice in Washington, DC. She graduated from Yale in 1984 and received her law degree from Stanford in 1987.
Tina is an eight-time Ironman Triathlon finisher. In 2015, Tina took up ultra-cycling, winning 12-hour races at the Midatlantic 12-Hour Championship and Bike Sebring in Florida. She also won the tandem division at a 24-hour race at the Bessie’s Creek event in Texas, finishing 3rd overall and is the 2017 National Hillclimb Champion.
Dan Berlin was diagnosed with cone rod dystrophy at 7 years old, he became legally blind in his late 20s. He obtained a BS degree from Penn State University and an MS degree from University of Delaware.
After working in large, multi-national corporations, he co-founded a world-leading vanilla extract company. He also co-founded Team See Possibilities, a non-profit organization which provides scholarship and mentorship to high-achieving college students who are vision impaired.
Dan was the first blind runner to complete a 46-mile run across the Grand Canyon and back. He has also done marathons, Ironman triathlons, and trail ultramarathons in South America, Africa, Asia and New Zealand.
Jack Chen is an attorney for Google, holds forty U.S. patents, and serves on the boards of several organizations, including ACVREP, an organization dedicated to guaranteeing that people who are blind get the highest quality of service from professionals that work in the blindness field.
Jack obtained his undergraduate and graduate degrees from Harvard and Berkeley, respectively, and his law degree from Fordham. He has run nine marathons, climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro, and completed both the Florida and New York Ironman triathlons.
Kyle Coon lost his sight at the age of six after a battle with Retinoblastoma—a rare form of childhood eye cancer. After meeting world-class blind athlete Erik Weihenmayer, Kyle went on to become one of the first competitive rock climbers in the U.S. As a teenager, he hiked to Machu Picchu and summited Mount Kilimanjaro.
In 2013, Kyle graduated from the University of Central Florida with a degree in Interpersonal-Organizational Communication. He was the first blind athlete to complete an Ironman in under 11 hours and has represented the U.S. at the Paralympics in Tokyo.
Chris Howard owns a custom clothing business in Colorado and is a lifelong endurance athlete.
Charles Scott is a National Geographic-featured adventurer and author of the book Rising Son: A Father and Son’s Bike Adventure Across Japan. He takes his two young children on endurance challenges around the world linked to charitable causes.
Caroline Gaynor was the first woman to guide a visually impaired woman through an Ironman triathlon. Caroline works as a regional director a global asset management company.
Pamela Ferguson has been guiding visually impaired athletes in 2015. She has been practicing civil commercial litigation for over a decade.
Members of the Crew
|Crew Chief||Felix Wong|
|Assistant Crew Chief||Steve O’Leary|
|Chief Mechanic||Paul Majors|
|Mechanic #2||Charles O’Kane|
|Mechanic #3||Jason Coble|
|Van Navigator #1||Jim Holden|
|Van Navigator #2||Sheila Berlin|
|Van Navigator #3||Sheila Stevens|
|Van Navigator #4||Jessie Groeschen|
|Van Driver #1||Andrea Croak|
|Van Driver #2||Mark Tapp|
|Van Driver #3||Bharat Kumar|
|Van Driver #4||Dick Sievers|
|RV Driver #1||Matt Hannifin|
|RV Driver #2||Nate Faudel|
|RV Driver #3||Russ Stevens|
|RV Driver #4||Brad Thurman|
|RV Team Lead||Deborah Yoder|
|RV Manager 2||Karen Rott|
|RV Manager 3||Shauna Erickson|