MEET THE CREW

The crews of Lady Washington and Hawaiian Chieftain are a tight-knit community of Grays Harbor sailors. They are bright, skilled, hilarious, and come from all over the US, as well as overseas. Many of them got their start in our Two Weeks Before the Mast program. If you’d like to join our crew, check out our Jobs page.

Hawaiian Chieftain Crew, March 2018

Lady Washington Crew, March 2018

Hawaiian Chieftain crew

THE SEAPORT STAFF AND 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, visit our jobs page.

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 GHHS 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.

ZACHARY STOCKS, PROGRAM DEVELOPMENT OFFICER

Zachary Stocks works remotely from his home office in Astoria, OR and on the road. Zachary received a BA in History from the College of William & Mary in his home state of Virginia, before moving West and earning an MA in Museology from the University of Washington. His work has focused on interpretative programming, community outreach, and education in informal learning environments. He has held positions with Colonial Williamsburg, Smithsonian Institution, the National Parks Service, and the Northwest African American Museum. Zachary is an enthusiastic advocate for the preservation of our shared heritage and an evangelist for 18th century American history.

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 role here at the Seaport, as the Education Program Coordinator, brings her much joy. 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 young people about the history of Tall Ship sailing, and stands behind the effort 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.

SUZANNE MARONEY, VESSEL OPERATIONS OFFICER

Suzanne keeps the vessels sailing – literally. She has the weighty responsibility of booking ports, ordering parts, hiring crew, and generally keeping things flowing for Lady Washington and Hawaiian Chieftain. She hails from Olympia and is a champion knitter, as well as a top notch mariner with years of sailing experience.

CAITLIN STANTON, DEVELOPMENT OFFICER

Two of Caitlin’s biggest passions are sailing and community organizing. She came to GHHS in 2010 with a background in nonprofit development and grant writing. After experiencing the Two Weeks Before the Mast program, she went on to pursue her 100 ton Captain’s license and Able Seafarer certifications. She has worked on small passenger vessels and tug boats, and is a contributor to SeaSisters.org.

Caitlin rejoined GHHS in 2015 to write grants and help build support for the maintenance of our vessels. Her dream is to see Lady Washington and Hawaiian Chieftain in top condition, training the next generation of mariners – regardless of their background or financial resources. She lives on her Whidbey Island farm with her husband Sam and puppy Merlin.

HALI BOYD, SSNW PROGRAM DIRECTOR

Hali is the Director of Sea School Northwest, and got her start in the maritime industry as a Grays Harbor sailor onboard the Lady Washington and Hawaiian Chieftain.  She continued her training on a variety of tall ships including Virginia, Mary Day, Unicorn and Tole More before making a move to the commercial sector onboard Columbia River cruise ships and tugboats. Hali has a BA in Medical Anthropology from UC Berkeley, her 100 ton Captains license and AB Special credential.  When she isn’t on the water, she enjoys working with reclaimed wood and powerlifting.

Dave Douglass, Board President

Dave Douglass’ commitment to serving youth has been the focus of his career. As a Behavior Specialist for the Aberdeen School District, and a Grays Harbor Juvenile Court Liaison, Dave puts his time and talents in to make a real difference for young people. Dave was an integral part of the GHHS longboat program, and is currently working to relaunch the program in 2018-19.

Dave is a hands-on Board President, ready to roll up his sleeves and volunteer to make GHHS’ programs happen. Thank you Dave!!

BOARD OF DIRECTORS ROSTER

Dave Douglass Board Chair
Tim Howden Treasurer
Laura Pilgrim-Rust Secretary
David Cottrell
Roberta Myers
Alex Kluh
Scott Reynvaan
Tawni Andrews
Grant Hoehn