Meet The Crew

Executive Board

Bob Davis

Founder & CEO

Bob Davis

It was late January of 2004 and Bob and his wife were celebrating her 50th birthday in an oncologist’s office. During a routine physical his primary care physician discovered that his WBC’s (white blood cell) counts were elevated. So off to the oncologist – where he learned that he had Leukemia, more specifically, Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia. As scary as it was, he learned over time that if you’re diagnosed with leukemia, “CLL” is the best one to have.

Then in february 2010 on the advice of both his primary care physician and oncologist, he was having an endoscopy because of difficulty swallowing. “Not to worry” he was told they’ll scope you and dilate your esophagus and you’ll be better than new. Well so much for that procedure. When he woke up and asked how everything went there was silence. His wife was called and they sat down to meet with the doctor in his office. He entered the office, greeted them, and began to explain that he found a tumor. “Well why didn’t you cut it out while you were down there?” Bob asked. Now try to understand that Bob was a man who thought that Leukemia was like a bad case of the flu six years ago. So just like that, he thought that tumors were just removed with a scalpel, laser beam, whatever. Now those dreadful words, “I’m sorry, it’s cancer.” Cancer… oh no, not me, no way!

Since January 2004, Bob has had to learn to live with CLL. He has learned through the Leukemia Lymphoma Society of Connecticut how to be a four time leading fundraiser by sailing in regattas. Two time Leukemia Cup winner as well as two time chairman. He has learned what it feels like to undergo chemo therapy and have the skin burned off your esophagus from twenty eight fractions of radiation therapy, also how to be involved in your care and seek out the best treatments available.

Now at sixty two, Bob says, “I’m learning how to live. How to live in gratitude for the life I have and the chances I’ve had. Despite all the pain and agony I had to endure, I am in remission! So now it’s my time to give back and help others who are not as lucky as me, a two time cancer survivor” hence, Bob is the founder of Sails Up 4 Cancer (SU4C)!

Holly Phelps Miller

Vice President

Holly Phillips

Holly is a true veteran of the local sailing scene. Her father was the Commodore of the Watch Hill Yacht Club and was a main principal in the creation of the Watch Hill 15 one design fleet. She has crewed in many regattas and sailed the waters of New England most of her life.

Holly’s passion for cooking and event planning has developed into her becoming an amateur caterer. She has planned and catered many events at most of the local Yacht Clubs. Holly’s unique skill set for decorating, planning a menu, and organizing logistics makes her a perfect fit as Event Coordinator for Sails Up 4 Cancer.

Karen Davis

Executive Secretary

Karen Davis

Karen was born and raised in Charleston, WV. After graduating high school Karen studied business administration at Morris Harvey College in Charleston, and has worked as an administrator for various types of organizations since that time.

She lived in Japan for five years where she was employed by the department of the Navy in a social services position and later in an administrative capacity by the Navy’s real estate contracts division. In 1990 she left Japan and moved to Rhode Island, where she met Bob and they were married in 1991.

She has held a Connecticut real estate license since 1995, and for the past 14 years has worked in the field of property management in Connecticut.

She enjoys cruising Long Island Sound with her husband, Bob, the founder and CEO of SU4C. She has supported Bob during his fundraising activities and chairman positions with the CT chapter of the Leukeimia Society. More importantly she has been his advocate and administrator during his struggles with two cancers, as well as with her younger brother, Walter, who lost his battle with brain cancer in march of 2010.

She is a member of Mystic Fleet Corinthians, Mystic Mudheads, and Mystic River Yacht Club.

Dr. Jamie Lee


Jamie Lee

Dr. Jamie Lee is a DNM and IMD a complementary practitioner focusing on overall health and well-being, which includes mind, body and spirit. After already receiving her Bachelors from University of LaVerne and Masters in Science from RPI, she decided it was time to get a degree from University of Natural Medicine so she could further help people through service and education.

Board Certified as a Consultant of Natural Medicine with the American Council of Holistic Medicine. Jamie is also a Reiki Master Teacher, Certified Raindrop Therapist, Certified Iridologist, Spiritual Counselor, Certified in Flower Essences as well as Ilahinoor Practitioner, Deeksha Blesser, and Ordained Minister.

Jamie’s goal is to help raise awareness of natural health and healing through education and service.

Shannon Cavanaugh


Shannon Cavanaugh

Shannon Cavanaugh brings over 30 years of business experience to our team. Coming from 15 years with an international franchise organization, Shannon brings a vast array of business experience with her including; project management, sales development, marketing, event planning, strategic planning and graphic design.

For over 25 years, Shannon has been running teams and projects from start to completion, working with clients, vendors, franchisees and executives.

Shannon has recently relocated from Dallas, TX but is a longtime visitor to Mystic. She loves cruising on her brother’s boat “Crystal Slipper” and hanging out with sailors. She also switched over from being a Dallas Cowboys fan to being a Patriots fan as soon as she moved here.

Kevin Lathrop


Kevin Lathrop

Kevin Lathrop has followed Sails Up 4 Cancer as an enthusiastic champion.

Kevin’s energy is unmatched. He has several members of his family and friends who have been affected by cancer and he is ready to raise money to get more money into the hands of local cancer patients. Kevin has two children and is a very well-known and networked businessman.

Cancer first hit for Kevin as a child when a family friend’s daughter battled cancer and won. Later cancer took his aunt. He has a cousin who is a survivor and is his inspiration.

Kevin grew up in the Mystic area, lived in Arizona for a bit, and returned to Connecticut to raise his family.

Kevin met Bob Davis during a short phone call and immediately asked, “How can I help?” he hopes to bring that same energy and drive to future events and further his ability to help people.

“I am honored to be considered as someone who will be a benefit to this organization,”Kevin Lathrop.

Annie Longo


Annie Longo

Annie Longo is a graduating senior at the University of Connecticut studying Environmental Studies and Political Science. She is on the UConn Sailing Team and the MudRatz Youth Offshore Sailing Team. In 2018, Annie was part of the Dreamcatcher team that won the Newport to Bermuda Race and placed second in the 2019 Marblehead to Halifax Ocean Race. She is also one of the founding members of the MudRatz’ GreenFlash Team, a group who aims to educate the ECSA about sustainability in the sport of sailing.
She started sailing at a young age at Mason’s Island Yacht Club and then went on to compete with the Williams School Sailing Team. Summer 2020 will be her seventh season coaching sailing in the ECSA. She is currently the Head Instructor of the Ram Island Yacht Club junior sailing program.
Annie is an active member of the Mystic River Mudheads and is really looking forward to working for the SU4C cause, as it’s one of her favorites!

Deborah Newberry


Deborah Newberry has been on the board of Sails Up 4 Cancer (SU4C) for several years. She feels strongly about the work they do. They make a difference when things get difficult for people in the community they support. Her work in a professional capacity in cancer research has taught her a lot about this disease and the affect it has on patient lives. Very few of them have been untouched by cancer these days, even if not directly, they have seen the struggles, and courage, of family members or close friends.

Being on the board of SU4C, she feels that she makes a contribution to the community. It provides her with a sense of personal fulfillment to make a meaningful impact on the lives of others. It has given her an opportunity for making connections and raising awareness with others in the community.

Caitlin Wheeler


Caitlin Wheeler

Caitlin Wheeler is a local mom & business woman. She lives in Mystic, CT with her two children. During the day she runs her profitable business, Caitlin Wheeler Enterprises, where she is very passionate about providing her clients and customers with affordable solutions that allow them to streamline their households and businesses. She attended University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth where she studied Economics as well as Goodwin College where she studied under the Bachelor of Nursing program. Caitlin’s passions include raising her children and making a noticeable impact on her community. She is specifically excited about using her marketing and public relations expertise to educate the community on how their generous cash donations allow Sails Up 4 Cancer to provide desperately needed financial support to our community members impacted by a cancer diagnosis. These are often children, parents and grandparents who are working through their recovery so they can focus on treatments and healing to move on with their lives.

Advisory Board

Frank Marco

Legal Advisor

Frank Marco

Frank is a partner with Wiggin & Dana in the firm’s Corporate Practice Departmentand Chair of the Private Equity and Emerging Companies Practice Group and Co-Chairof the firm’s Clean Technology Practice Group. He has over 30 years of experience incorporate, finance and securities law.

His practice focuses on representing venture capital investors and emerging growthcompanies in capital formation, mergers and acquisitions, public offerings, joint ventures,strategic alliances, licensing, research and development, and related matters

Frank’s experience, which includes six years in the General Counsel’s office of GeneralElectric Company, where he was also General Counsel to General Electric VentureCapital Corporation, gives him a unique background in the venture capital process and incorporate ventures.

He was a co-founder of the Connecticut Technology Council, where he is a Board andExecutive Committee member and Chair of the CTC’s Public Policy Committee, anExecutive Committee member of Connecticut United for Research Excellence (CURE),and is a co-founder of the MIT Enterprise Forum of Connecticut.. He is a member ofthe UCONN President’s Advisory Committee on Technology Transfer. Frank has thedistinctions of being chosen by The Best Lawyers of America as a leading private equitylawyer.

Frank is an avid sailor and proud to sit on the Sails Up for Cancer Advisory Board andlend his support behind their efforts.

Morag Morse


Morag is a native of Southeastern Connecticut and full time realtor with Prudential CT Realty in Mystic. With her love for the sea and her connection to cancer, she is excited to be part of Sails Up For Cancer.

For the past six years she has been a local chair person for “The Sunshine Kids” an organization dedicated to improving the quality of life for children with cancer. She is currently planning the annual golf tournament & silent auction to be held at Shennecossett Golf Course in Groton.

In addition, Morag is a corporator of Lawrence and Memorial Hospital and the past president of the “Lambs” (Lawrence and Memorial Benefactors Society). She has planned for local organizations including the Wadawanuck Yacht Club, The Williams School, Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center, American Liver Foundation and Deans Mill School.

Morag is a consummate event and party planner; from country club holiday dances, children’s parties to major life events including weddings.

Like so many of us Morag has been touched by Cancer, she has lost a sister, mother and best friend to this terrible disease and is now interested in working toward funding research.

Dr. Catherine O’Brien

Catherine O'Brien

Dr. Catherine O’Brien comes to us with experience as a Board Member, an Administrator and Direct Service Provider. Her past experience on the Mystic River Yacht Club and present experience as President of The Children’s Museum of Southeastern CT makes her a valuable addition to our Board for Sails Up for Cancer. She has worked to support sustainable systems across settings in ways that promote collaboration, partnership with attention to advancing the vision of the organization. Her passion is serving as an advocate for awareness and support of young children and their families’ that are in need of “a little help” from those that can.