Capt. Kurtz has worked continuously in the Maritime industry for 30 years since she graduated from the US Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point. She holds a Master AGT, Oceans; and First Class Pilot license for The Tampa Bay Pilot’s Association for more than 20 years. She enjoys training and working with her peers outside of her own pilot group, and particularly enjoys teaching manned model training. She has been recognized as the International Person of the Year by the Tampa Bay Organization for Women in Transportation, as well as awarded the Trailblazer Award from the Tampa Bay Women’s Transportation Association for her pilot endeavors. Outside of the maritime world, Capt. Kurtz is a dedicated yogi, jewelry maker, temple choir singer, mother and wife.