By tradition, the ship sponsor is a female civilian who is invited to “sponsor” a vessel, presumably to bestow good luck and divine protection over the seagoing vessel and all that sail aboard. In the United States Navy and the United States Coast Guard, the sponsor is technically considered a permanent member of the ship’s crew and is expected to give a part of her personality to the ship, as well as advocate for its continued service and well-being.
Mrs. Robyn Modly
As the wife of a Clevelander, Robyn Modly has embraced the city as her own. She believes the people of Cleveland are among the kindest, most genuine, and loyal people in the world. She is thrilled to have the opportunity to be the sponsor of a ship bearing the name of this great city. In her effort to support the ship’s crew through the years, she knows she will continually represent the sincere, generous and devoted character of the residents of Cleveland and its surrounding areas.
Prior to this, Robyn worked with adults and children with Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD). She ran support groups for adults and counseled families on strategies to navigate the unique needs of children with learning differences. For several years, she taught a course on “Parenting ADD Through the Life Span.” She served on the Board of the Anne Arundel County, Maryland chapter of CHADD (Children and Adults with ADD) and was a certified P2P instructor with CHADD International. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Marketing/Journalism from the University of Richmond, a Masters degree in Counseling from the University of Colorado, and a Masters degree in Human Development and Psychology from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Robyn has certificates in Wine Studies from the Rudd Center for Professional Wine Studies at the Culinary Institute of America. She is passionate about assuring that friends and family find ‘their’ uniquely perfect wine to complement any food or occasion.
Robyn has four children, two grandchildren, and a golden retriever.