Captain: Paul Hannum
Captain Paul Hannum grew up boating with his family in Maryland on the Chesapeake Bay and Mid-Atlantic Coast. A lifetime of boating & fishing has exposed him to beautiful destinations around the world. As Master aboard M/Y CynderElla, Capt Paul looks forward to sharing his passion for the water with his guests. He promises a first-class vessel & crew, outstanding locations, and a fun time for all.
Chief Stewardess Francis Romero calls Miami home but originally hails from beautiful Venezuela. With a strong background in hospitality and events planning, Francis’ attention to detail, passion for life & taking care of others makes her the ideal person to ensure those aboard CynderElla have an exceptional experience. Her joyful attitude makes everyone feel welcome and her towel & napkin art will make you smile.
Chef Patrick Wilson was born and raised in Central Missouri. At the age of 15 he took his first job in the culinary industry. He worked in a commercial bakery producing artisan breads for restaurants and grocery stores in his community. He attended Chicago’s Le Cordon Bleu program at The Cooking and Hospitality Institute of Chicago (CHIC). At the age of 19 Patrick took a job at one of Chicago’s most respected Michelin Star rated restaurants called NAHA where he spent 4 years working under local celebrity Chef Carrie Nahabedian. In 2014 Chef Patrick picked up and moved to St. John in the US Virgin Islands. It was here that he became the Chef de Cuisine at one of St. John’s best-known restaurants La Tapa, in Cruz Bay. At La Tapa Patrick learned to utilize local island produce and incorporate traditional Caribbean flavors into his style of cooking. It is from Chef Patrick’s extensive travels throughout Europe and South/Central America that he has developed his unique style of cooking. Chef Patrick is always excited to share his talents, because for him there is no greater joy than bringing people together around a table to enjoy each other and great food (with a couple of drinks of course).
Mate Jack Hannum - Living in Maryland just outside of Annapolis, Jack grew up boating and fishing on the Chesapeake Bay and out of Ocean City, Maryland aboard everything from kayaks & center consoles to large tournament fishing boats & motoryachts. His enthusiastic outgoing personality and attention to detail ensures a wonderful time for all onboard. Along with yachting, he has worked on private & charter sport fishing yachts and enjoys various water sports. Jack has a strong passion for sport fishing, which he enjoys sharing with guests.
Stewardess Lauren Eppich was born and raised in Denver Colorado. She recently from the University of Colorado in Boulder with a Bachelor degree in Sociology and minor in Journalism. She grew up going to an all-girls camp on lake Ossipee in New Hampshire, where she found her love for water sports and child care. Her bubbly attitude will make you feel right at home and her experience in the service industry allows for an unforgettable vacation. Lauren enjoys traveling and is always keen on new adventures. In her free time she enjoys photography including both film & digital, snowboarding, fly fishing, and paddle boarding.