Rebecca Sheehan

LCDR, U.S. Coast Guard
USA
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The United States Coast Guard Academy in New London

Master of Public Health Degree with a concentration in Emergency Management from American Military University

Bachelor of Science Degree in Operations Research and Computer Analysis

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LCDR Rebecca W. Sheehan, United States Coast Guard

Lieutenant Commander (LCDR) Rebecca Sheehan joined the faculty of the World Maritime University in June 2020 where she is on secondment from the United States Coast Guard until the summer of 2022.  She has served in the U.S. CoastGuard since 2007 during which time her primary mission focus has been on Maritime Prevention and Marine Transportation System Management.  While on faculty, LCDR Sheehan will be assigned to WMU’s Maritime Safety and Environmental Administration (MSEA)specialization as a guest lecturer and liaison officer.

Prior to her arrival at the World Maritime University Lieutenant Commander Sheehan served as the Waterways Management Division Chief for Coast Guard Sector San Francisco.  In addition to overseeing the Waterways Safety Branch, she led a Vessel Traffic Service and Aids to Navigation Team.  Her division served as the unit’s focal point to safeguard and support access to navigable waters for mariners, facilitate efficient movement of commerce, and promote a safe, secure and environmentally sound Maritime Transportation System as a component of the national transportation network.  

From 2013 to 2016, she served as the Port Safety and Domestic Branch Chief at Sector Honolulu.  She managed safety, security, and pollution prevention exams on 960 vessels, oversaw vetting of 3,000 ships, and imposed control actions on 20 substandard ships ensuring safe flow of commerce in a shipping dependent region.  

Before her time in Hawaii, she served a three-year assignment as the Port State Control and Maritime Transportation Security ActProgram Manager for the Eleventh District Prevention Division in Alameda,California.  During this period, she provided expert regulatory direction to three Coast Guard Sectors that assisted in the safe and efficient examination of 8,000 vessels arriving at 237 regulated waterfront facilities. Displaying strong mentoring and teaching skill, she inspired personal and professional growth for over 200 shipmates by coordinating the first ever District Eleven University; a program that consisted of eight classes on 20 topics included Homeland Security Defense, Coast Guard history, and effective communication theory.  She also deployed to the Gulf of Mexico as the Lafourche Branch Decontamination Safety Field Chief during the Deep water Horizon Spill of National Significance response and was responsible for the protection of more than 150 Coast Guard personnel and 2,500 responders during pre-construction, construction, and operational phases of four large-vessel decontamination facilities.

LCDR Sheehan first tour of duty was from 2007 to 2010, when she served as a Marine Inspector within the Prevention Department of Sector San Juan.  During this period, she identified fraudulent documentation and hazardous conditionson foreign vessels that led to vessel detentions, investigations, and criminal prosecutions.  She was also a key domestic inspector responsible for ensuring the safety and security of the Puerto Rican ferries, which carried 1.5 million passengers annually.  

A 2007 graduate of the United States Coast Guard Academy in New London, Connecticut, she received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Operations Research and Computer Analysis and in 2014, earned her Master of Public Health Degree with a concentration in Emergency Management from American Military University.  LCDR Sheehan is from Westborough, Massachusetts and is married to Jonathan Sheehan from Alameda California.  

LCDR Rebecca W. Sheehan, United States Coast Guard

Lieutenant Commander (LCDR) Rebecca Sheehan joined the faculty of the World Maritime University in June 2020 where she is on secondment from the United States Coast Guard until the summer of 2022.  She has served in the U.S. CoastGuard since 2007 during which time her primary mission focus has been on Maritime Prevention and Marine Transportation System Management.  While on faculty, LCDR Sheehan will be assigned to WMU’s Maritime Safety and Environmental Administration (MSEA)specialization as a guest lecturer and liaison officer.

Prior to her arrival at the World Maritime University Lieutenant Commander Sheehan served as the Waterways Management Division Chief for Coast Guard Sector San Francisco.  In addition to overseeing the Waterways Safety Branch, she led a Vessel Traffic Service and Aids to Navigation Team.  Her division served as the unit’s focal point to safeguard and support access to navigable waters for mariners, facilitate efficient movement of commerce, and promote a safe, secure and environmentally sound Maritime Transportation System as a component of the national transportation network.  

From 2013 to 2016, she served as the Port Safety and Domestic Branch Chief at Sector Honolulu.  She managed safety, security, and pollution prevention exams on 960 vessels, oversaw vetting of 3,000 ships, and imposed control actions on 20 substandard ships ensuring safe flow of commerce in a shipping dependent region.  

Before her time in Hawaii, she served a three-year assignment as the Port State Control and Maritime Transportation Security ActProgram Manager for the Eleventh District Prevention Division in Alameda,California.  During this period, she provided expert regulatory direction to three Coast Guard Sectors that assisted in the safe and efficient examination of 8,000 vessels arriving at 237 regulated waterfront facilities. Displaying strong mentoring and teaching skill, she inspired personal and professional growth for over 200 shipmates by coordinating the first ever District Eleven University; a program that consisted of eight classes on 20 topics included Homeland Security Defense, Coast Guard history, and effective communication theory.  She also deployed to the Gulf of Mexico as the Lafourche Branch Decontamination Safety Field Chief during the Deep water Horizon Spill of National Significance response and was responsible for the protection of more than 150 Coast Guard personnel and 2,500 responders during pre-construction, construction, and operational phases of four large-vessel decontamination facilities.

LCDR Sheehan first tour of duty was from 2007 to 2010, when she served as a Marine Inspector within the Prevention Department of Sector San Juan.  During this period, she identified fraudulent documentation and hazardous conditionson foreign vessels that led to vessel detentions, investigations, and criminal prosecutions.  She was also a key domestic inspector responsible for ensuring the safety and security of the Puerto Rican ferries, which carried 1.5 million passengers annually.  

A 2007 graduate of the United States Coast Guard Academy in New London, Connecticut, she received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Operations Research and Computer Analysis and in 2014, earned her Master of Public Health Degree with a concentration in Emergency Management from American Military University.  LCDR Sheehan is from Westborough, Massachusetts and is married to Jonathan Sheehan from Alameda California.  

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