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.
Kristina “Tina” Ament graduated from Yale in 1984 and received her law degree from Stanford in 1987. She works as an Assistant U.S. Attorney for the U.S. Department of Justice in Washington, DC, and lives with her guide dog, Higgins, in Alexandria, Virginia. She 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 is an entrepreneur, investor, philanthropist and endurance athlete who happens to be blind. Diagnosed with cone rod dystrophy at 7 years old, he became legally blind in his late 20s.
After more than 12 years of working in large, multi-national corporations, he co-founded Rodelle, a world-leading vanilla extract company which sold to Archer-Daniels Midland Company in 2018, and subsequently exited as CEO at age 48.
In addition to serving on several non-profit boards, he is a co-founder and President of Team See Possibilities, a non-profit organization which empowers young people with vision loss to thrive by providing scholarship and mentorship to high achieving college students who are vision impaired. He also enjoys taking on epic endurance challenges around the world, challenging the perception of what a person with vision loss is capable of achieving. Dan was the first blind runner to complete the 46 mile rim to rim to rim run across the Grand Canyon and back, and has subsequently run over a dozen marathons, Ironman triathlons, as well as trail-ultramarathons in South America, Africa, Asia and New Zealand. One of his greatest athletic endeavors was competing in the 2018 Race Across America, known as the toughest bike race in the world. Dan co-founded Team Sea to See comprised of four stokers who are blind riding tandem bicycles and completed the race in an amazing 7 days, 15 hours, and 3 minutes. Dan’s passion is finding and uplifting ability in himself and others.
Mr. Berlin has a BS degree from Penn State University and an MS degree from University of Delaware.
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. and also pursued a life of adventure. At age 14 he hiked the Ankascocha Trail into Machu Picchu. And at age 15 he climbed and summited Mt. Kilimanjaro.
In 2013, Kyle graduated from the University of Central Florida with a degree in Interpersonal/Organizational Communication but struggled finding employment for more than a year. During this time he struggled with depression and weight gain before deciding to take up running. Eventually he found his way to the sport of triathlon and went on to complete numerous endurance events including becoming the first totally blind athlete to complete an Ironman in under 11 hours. He now competes on the International Triathlon Union (ITU) circuit as he pursues the goal of representing the U.S. at the Paralympics inTokyo.
Kyle started his professional career with Lighthouse Works—a subsidiary social enterprise nonprofit of Lighthouse Central Florida—working his way from Customer Care Professional to Advocacy Coordinator. He also has worked in Corporate Operations for the Naval Air Warfare Center Training Systems Division. He currently works as a Social Media and Marketing Assistant for Bubba Burger and represents the company at various races and events across the globe as an athlete. Follow his adventures at www.instigram.com/eyeronkyle and www.facebook.com/kylecoonspeaks
Mark Woodard lives in California, has overcome a turbulent childhood and gunshot accident, and is a motivational speaker, educator and massage therapist. You can read more about his incredible story at his website here.
Chris Howard together with his wife Marsanne, own a custom clothing business in Fort Collins, Colorado. They
are the parents of 4 grown children and have 1 granddaughter. Chris is a lifelong endurance athlete who
started running in elementary school to spend time with his dad. Chris first began piloting a blind friend
on a tandem in the mid 1990’s. For the last 6 years, Chris has been involved with the Fort Collins non-
profit Athletes in Tandem. Chris has raced numerous running and triathlon events with partners with
severe disabilities, including the Boulder Half Ironman in 2016. Chris is a regular training and racing
partner with Team Sea to See teammate Dan Berlin. As a solo athlete, Chris was a member of the the US
National Team for long course triathlon in 2016 and competed in the Long Course Age Group World
Charles Scott left a 14-year career at Intel Corporation to found the Family Adventure Guy. 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.
He and his children have cycled over 7,000 miles, including the length of Japan, the circumference of Iceland, across Western Europe and over the Rocky Mountains while following the Lewis & Clark Trail in the U.S. He ran his first marathon at age 13, has completed six Ironman triathlons, and guided teammate Dan Berlin in four marathons and a Half Ironman. For more details on Charles’s background visit familyadventureguy.com.
Caroline Gaynor began competing in triathlons in 2001, at the age of 17, and has been a guide for visually impaired athletes since 2008. Since she became the first woman to guide a visually impaired woman through an Ironman triathlon in 2010, Caroline has raced almost exclusively as a guide.
To date, Caroline has guided thirteen athletes through more than 40 triathlons, including 8 Ironman races. Most recently, Caroline guided Helen Webb at the 2017 Ironman World Championship in Hawaii. Caroline is also an experienced road and cyclocross racer. In 2012, Caroline completed Race Across America as the only civilian and female member of a 4-man team in order to raise money for wounded veterans.
Most of Caroline’s free time devoted to connecting visually impaired athletes to guides around the country. There is nothing that brings her more joy than helping another person compete in the sport that has brought so much meaning to her life.
Caroline resides in Charlotte, NC, where she works as a regional director for Dimensional Fund Advisors, a global asset management company. In 2006, Caroline received her B.A. in history from Columbia University. Caroline is a member of the USA Triathlon Paratriathlon Committee, and has led guiding clinics for Dare2Tri, a Chicago-based paratriathlon organization.
You can read more about Caroline at carolinebikes.com
Pamela Ferguson transitioned from trail running to triathlon in 2011, at which point she fell in love with cycling. She has been racing bikes for 4 years. Pamela especially enjoys crit races, cyclocross, and time trials. She is passionate about women’s cycling and hopes to see larger women’s fields at every level and in every discipline. She began guiding visually impaired athletes in 2015, including in a 12-hour and 24-hour ultracycling race. Last year she was part of a 4-person team competing in Race Across the West (“RAW”), which is approximately the first third of Race Across America and stops in Durango, Colorado. Her relay team was the overall RAW winner and set a course record in the 4-person mixed-gender division.
Pamela lives in Houston, Texas, with her 8-year old daughter. She has been practicing civil commercial litigation for over a decade. She completed her undergrad and master’s degrees at Vanderbilt University before attending law school at University of Houston. Pamela also owns Haute Wheels Racing, a non-profit organization and women’s cycling team focused on empowering women both on and off the bike.