Michelle Dunham (BSBA ’88) | August 2023

Michelle Dunham

Dunham (BSBA ’88) is the co-founder of the Jacksonville School for Autism and was recently named co-Godmother of the Celebrity Ascent ship, alongside her sister Captain Sandy Yawn, who is widely recognized for her appearance on Bravo TV’s hit series Below Deck.

One of the traditions at sea is the appointment of a Godmother who embodies the spiritual essence of a vessel. She is the woman who inspires, protects and positively impacts the lives of everyone who sails onboard. Ascent’s official naming ceremony, scheduled for Dec. 1, 2023, will see both sisters bless and christen the ship, bringing good luck and protection to the crew and all passengers onboard.

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