CREW

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

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

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 Bednarik is a local Harborite, who is currently raising her own family in Montesano. She attended Aberdeen High School before getting an associates degree at Grays Harbor Community College. Her background was mostly in the private sector of construction finance and customer service before joining Grays Harbor Historical Seaport Authority’s office staff. She has worked her way up the ranks to become our chief financial officer. She is currently our interim executive director while the GHHSA board conducts a search for a new executive director. Brandi believes strongly in our mission and in providing opportunities for education and maritime career growth. Go Seahawks!

ROXIE UNDERWOOD, EXECUTIVE SERVICES ADMINISTRATOR

Roxie is a resident of Montesano and a graduate of Montesano High School. Her background is in commercial and residential construction, where she started out as a field laborer and worked her way up to project and permit manager. She enjoys interactions with the public, schools, Seaport staff and crews of Lady Washington, Hawaiian Chieftain, and other tall ships around the country. Roxie is an advocate for the tall ships programs and believes in keeping our maritime history alive for our future generations to enjoy.

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.

KEN LAZARUS, MARINE OPERATIONS MANAGER

Ken has always been around the water. Growing up in western NY he drove small fishing boats from the age of 10. In 1985, he fell in love with the ocean and spent 6 years diving Florida caves. In 1990, he moved to Southern California and became a PADI scuba instructor and handicapped scuba instructor (HSA). He spent 14 years shore diving and inflatable boat driving along the California coast (over 300 logged dives). This led to St Thomas, USVI to run Underwater Safaris Dive Operations for two years. Now living in the Pacific Northwest and driving charter boats such as the 65ft schooner, Mallory Todd, the Sea Scouts Ship Charles N. Curtis, SSS Odyssey and our state ship, The Lady Washington. Since moving to Tacoma in 2010, Ken has focused on maritime activities by volunteering at Tacoma Sea Scouts and is the new Marine Operations Manager at Grays Harbor Historical Seaport.

SCOTT RUBEY, SITE MANAGER

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.

JEREMY AVERY, ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT

Jeremy Avery was born and raised in Aberdeen, WA.  He left the Grays Harbor County for a short time to pursue a Bachelor’s of Arts degree from Western Washington University in Bellingham.  He lived in Seattle, WA for about 10 years, before moving back to the area to help take care of family.  Jeremy loves to sing, and can be found singing at Karaoke and the annual Tall Elks Cabaret show at the local Elks’ club.  He enjoys his time working on the Seaport site as well as working with customers getting them out to sail on our tall ships.  One of his greatest memories is when he was a child; he was able to be one of the first school students to go on the Lady Washington after she was built by the Grays Harbor Historical Seaport Authority.

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!

CAITLIN STANTON, GRANT WRITER

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
Alex Kluh
Tim Howden Treasurer
Laura Pilgrim-Rust Secretary
Roberta Myers
Al Carter Vice-Chair
Scott Reynvaan
Tawni Andrews
Bill Simpson