Hollis Martens – Executive Director
Upon the completion of her recent five-year appointment as the Director of Youth Services at LifeBridge Community Services, Hollis Martens will become Canal Dock’s first executive director. A life-long resident of New Haven, Hollis brings a decade of non-profit management experience. Program development and grant management encompass just some of the relevant skills Hollis brings to bear on her new position.
At LifeBridge Hollis developed a reputation for creating innovative programs and implementing inclusive services that promoted enrichment experiences, educational programming and workforce development for youth and families residing in The Greater Bridgeport Area. Hollis began her nonprofit career at The WorkPlace, where she assisted youth and young adults who struggled economically by guiding their enrollment in educational and occupational skills training programs to help them attain economic stability.
Graduating from Southern Connecticut State University in 2005, Hollis earned a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science, and continues work towards an M.S. degree. As a former competitive swimmer, Hollis has a life-long love of watersports and a desire to enhance programs and opportunities that serve her fellow residents of The City of New Haven.
Erika has been planning and coordinating events in New Haven and throughout Connecticut for almost 20 years. She is the CEO and Creative Director of Upscale Events, based in Hamden, Connecticut. She has produced and coordinated events for non-profit agencies, corporations, concerts, conferences and private individuals.
Erika looks forward to bringing her expertise and professionalism from the event planning industry to the Canal Dock Boathouse to ensure that every event yields a positive experience. Erika is the main contact for all events to be held at the Canal Dock Boathouse.
When Erika is not in the office or planning events she tries to spend as much time as possible with her husband, children and friends.