Our crews are tight-knit communities of professional and volunteer mariners who come together to maintain and sail Lady Washington and Hawaiian Chieftain. They are bright, skilled and hilarious, and many of them got their start in our Two Weeks Before the Mast volunteer program. If you’d like to join our crew, check out our Jobs and Volunteering pages.
Hawaiian Chieftain crew, September 2016
Left to right
Front row: Jih-Wei Peng (Volunteer Deckhand), Lauren Korth (Sail Trainee), Brian Snyder (Sail Trainee); Center row: Andrew “Jas” Malidore (Captain), Jessica “Yami” Hagen (Volunteer Deckhand), Spencer Meeks (Engineer), Jeremiah Smith (Volunteer Deckhand), Rachel “Asa” Collins (Steward); Back row: Josh Larson (Mate), KC Crowell (Purser/Cook); Not pictured: Kiel Koehler (Bosun). Photo credit: Lauren Kelly Studio
Lady Washington crew, September 2016
Front row: Bob Fleischmann (Volunteer Deckhand), Melinda Craig (Sail Trainee), Teddy Ahlvin (Purser), Marty Schwarz (Engineer), Issac Weileman (Cook); Back row: Aliana “J” Jaeger (Sail Trainee), Willow Karow-Digangi (Sail Trainee), Ethan Nielsen (Steward), Michael Kellick (Captain), Connor Kellick (Sail Trainee); Not pictured: Koriander Pepper (Mate), Josefine Wallace (Bosun). Photo credit: Lauren Kelly Studio
THE SEAPORT OFFICE STAFF AND GHHSA’S BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Our wonderful staff and board members do the behind-the-scenes work to keep our vessels sailing. To learn more about contributing your time to our efforts, please contact us.
BRANDI BEDNARIK, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Brandi discovered a love for non-profit work when she joined the Seaport. Her background is mostly in the private sector of construction finance and management. Brandi believes strongly in our mission and in providing opportunities for education and maritime career growth.
Brandi is a local Harborite, who currently resides in Montesano with her family. She attended Aberdeen High School before getting an Associate’s degree at Grays Harbor Community College.
MIKAYLA LAVENDER, BOOKKEEPER
Mikayla was born and raised in Grays Harbor County. She resides in Aberdeen where she has the joy of raising her own little family. Mikayla is proud to be a Pacific Northwesterner with her love for anything outdoors, rain or shine; because we all know it rains a lot in Grays Harbor. She loves mountain climbing, hiking with her family, hunting, fishing, you name it. Outdoors and family are her passions. Mikayla recently joined GHHSA in September 2016 as our Bookkeeper. She looks forward to being a part of this organization’s future. It warms her heart to provide educational programs that not only teach children a piece of history, but create memories they can cherish and share with others.
CHRISTIE BARCHENGER, DIRECTOR OF SCIENCE EDUCATION
Christie Barchenger has worked as a consultant for the Partnership for Ambitious Science Teacher Leaders, a project of the Puget Sound Educational Service District. She has taught hands-on ecology and earth science programs at Nature Vision in Woodinville, worked as an eighth-grade science teacher in northern Mississippi, and she directed an educational non-profit at a women’s university in Bangladesh.
FERN PRUEFERT, EDUCATION PROGRAM COORDINATOR
Fern is a resident of Montesano, WA. She has a background in Banking, having served as a teller and Credit Card Specialist for the last 8 years. She’s very happily married to her high school sweetie and has been blessed with 2 daughters and 2 incredible son-in-law’s and 5 precious grandchildren! Her main position here at the Seaport, as the Education Program Coordinator, brings her much joy as she loves talking to the different teachers and hearing their enthusiasm taking their classes out for education dockside or sail programs. She feels it is very important to educate the young people the history of Tall Ship Sailing, and the efforts to keep it alive for all generations!
SCOTT RUBEY, SITE MANAGER
Scott enjoys being part of the Historical Seaport and loves making one-of- a-kind woodwork for the ships. One of Scott’s favorite parts of his job is the tight-knit family community that we have at the Seaport. He is also inspired by taking kids sailing and our maritime training program.
Scott is a devoted family man. During his time off he can be found spending time with them. He has been part of the Twin Harbors for almost 40 years. He looks forward to being part of the Seaport Landing Development.
CAITLIN STANTON, DEVELOPMENT OFFICER
Caitlin is an avid sailor, and loves all things maritime. She got involved with GHHSA as a Two Weeks Before the Mast trainee, and loved tall ship sailing so much she worked aboard for two years! Since that time, she has crewed a variety of vessels, from tall ships to tug boats, and is eager to provide the same opportunity to others. A development specialist, she has worked in fundraising for the Oregon State Parks Foundation, Mercy Corps, Washington County Museum, and St. Andrew Legal Clinic. She is an alumna of Portland State University and lives with her husband in Portland, Oregon. Aside from sailing, her hobbies include gardening, backpacking, and knitting.
ZACHARY STOCKS, PROGRAM DEVELOPMENT OFFICER
Zachary Stocks is an enthusiastic history ambassador. He was born and raised in Virginia, where he nurtured an early interest in American history through visits to historic sites and landmarks. Zachary pursued this path professionally at the College of William & Mary through a degree in History. Zachary continued his studies with a graduate degree in Museology at the University of Washington which first brought him to the West. His work has focused on interpretative programming, community outreach, and education in informal learning environments, particularly as they relate to the histories of race relations and cultural exchange. Zachary has held positions with Colonial Williamsburg, Smithsonian Institution, the National Parks Service, and the Northwest African American Museum. Although he is new to the maritime world, Zachary is a fierce advocate for the preservation of our shared heritage and an evangelist for history education.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Dave Douglass Board Chair
Al Carter Vice-Chair
Tim Howden Treasurer
Laura Pilgrim-Rust Secretary