Originally from midcoast Maine, Arista grew up sailing in various traditional small craft throughout Penobscot Bay. While earning a liberal arts degree she participated in Atlantic Challenge as part of the Russian team, and the following summer lived in Russia for six months, sailing and rowing with the AC Russian crew for three months.
Arista has worked for Outward Bound, NOLS, The Nova Scotia Sea School, has trained the Atlantic Challenge US team four times and traveled to Lithuania to help start a new Atlantic Challenge program.
Arista now spends much of her time working with Atlantic Challenge International's co-founder Lance Lee, managing projects that encourage the engagement in the maritime world of experiential education.
She holds current Wilderness First Responder and CPR certifications and a 50-ton Masters captain's license. She loves playing fiddle tunes on the mandolin.