The Ships’ Crews

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, April 2016

Crew photo

Hawaiian Chieftain crew, April 2016: Captain Jimmy McManus, Mate Cody Carnathan, Engineer Justin Perry, Cook Lilia Persinger, Education Officer Kiel Koehler, Purser Emma Bilski, Bosun Andrew Bray.

Lady Washington Crew, Spring 2013


Robert Neel, Darryl “Elf” Hall, Mike Bucy, James “Chuck” Turner, Shana “Tank” Tinkle, Barb “Bomb” Kraler, Laura Cooney, Connor Maurer, Michael De La Cruz, Sabrina “Maple Syrup” Sandburg, Myron “No Funny Nickname” Kingsbury, John “JB” Morrison. Not Pictured Patty McLaren.


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.


Office Staff

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!

Joe Follansbee, Communications Director

Joe Follansbee joined GHHSA as Communications Director in 2007. He has previously worked as a newspaper reporter, radio reporter, web developer, and he occasionally publishes articles on Pacific Northwest issues in regional magazines. He has published five books on maritime history and heritage, including a history of the schooner Wawona, which called at Grays Harbor ports in the early 20th century.

Roxie Underwood, Vessel Operations Manager

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 and preserved 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.

Scott Rubey, Site Manager

Helen Bond, Administrative Assistant

Jeremy Avery, Administrative Assistant

Fern Pruefert, Administrative Assistant


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