Jason ZuidemaExecutive Director at NAMMA
Dr. Jason Zuidema is Executive Director of the North American Maritime Ministry Association. NAMMA is an association representing seafarers’ welfare organizations
in more than 50 ports around North America. The goals of the organization include professional development and networking for its members, but also providing a
common voice for seafarers’ welfare to increase collaboration with port, government, labor, and the wider maritime industry. Dr. Zuidema has been involved
in the seafarers’ welfare since 1998 and previously taught at Montreal’s Concordia University. He currently serves as vice-chair of the International Christian Maritime
Association, producer of the Ship Welfare Visitor Course online for the UK’s Merchant Navy Welfare Board, and serves as ‘voluntary association’ representative
on the International Port Welfare Partnership project. The favorite part of his job is visiting with and helping local seafarers’ welfare organizations in ports across North
America so that they can be encouraged and achieve success in their work.