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, May 2015

Hawaiian Chieftain crew May 2015

Hawaiian Chieftain crew, May 2015 (left to right): Bottom row: Michael “Roscoe” Wascher, Engineer Lester Rumrill, Cook Nate “Jolly” Porter, Capt David “Rocky” Bonner III, Port Officer Tom Leahy; Above: Purser KC Crowell, Stew-Co Chloe Ali-Oshatz, Jonathan Rodriguez; Above more: Bosun Nicholas Brown, Engineer Curran Wilbour. Not shown: Captain James “Shiney” McClurg.

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, Interim 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.

Connie Allen, Education Programs Manager

Connie Allen started sailing tall ships at the San Diego Maritime Museum in 2006 and has served as chief mate, captain, and cook aboard the Grays Harbor vessels. She graduated from Friends World College with a degree in communications and a reasonable knowledge of Japanese. Previous vocations include baking, costume making, systems analysis, and music teacher. A lover of the ocean since childhood in New England, she brings an appreciation of all things traditional.

Shawn Cross, Site Manager

Helen Bond, Administrative Assistant



Board of Directors

Dave Douglass (Board Chair)
Alex Kluh
Tim Howden (Treasurer)
Paul O’Brien
Laura Pilgrim-Rust (Secretary)
Roberta Myers
Al Carter (Vice-Chair)
Scott Reynvaan
Tawni Andrews (ex officio)