Aug 6, 2010
The Seamen’s Church Institute (SCI) has appointed Paige Sato as the new Program Manager for its 112-year-old volunteer knitting program, Christmas at Sea. Sato steps into the shoes of former Program Manager Jeanette DeVita, who left SCI in July of this year. Sato starts her new responsibilities after Labor Day, working from the program’s repositioned base of operations in the renovated Port Newark International Seafarers’ Center.
Sato claims a zeal for charitable work. She holds a Graduate Certificate from Seton Hall University’s Center for Public Service. She also has a passion for knitting. In 2005, Sato channeled her business sensibility and training into Modern Yarn LLC, a knitting store which she co-owns in Montclair, NJ.
About the winning combination of her skills with the mandates of the position, the Rev. David M. Rider, SCI President & Executive Director, says, “Paige brings incredible personal energy, life experience, and entrepreneurial skills.”
Sato began knitting at Colby College, where she endured what she characterizes as “insanely long bus trips.” Sato played varsity women’s ice hockey at Colby, and one of her teammates taught her to knit. A prolific output of knitted garments continues throughout her adult life.
Sato enthuses about her new appointment, which ties her keenness for knitting with public service. “The possibilities are endless,” she says. “All the aspects of the organization—from the maritime education, to the advocacy, to the ministry and hospitality—serve such a great need, and I think I can really help advance the organization’s mission through the Christmas at Sea program.”
Sato lives in Glen Ridge, NJ and has three children (ages 14, 12, and 6). In an effort to find activities that will keep the interests of them all, this fall her family will test their skills at geocaching, for which they might seek the advice of SCI’s Ministry on the River chaplain and geocaching enthusiast Mike Hammett.
To read more from SCI’s new Program Manager, Paige Sato, visit the Christmas at Sea knitter’s blog, where she posted this week.