Sail Sand Point’s Board of Directors is responsible for ensuring that SSP fulfills its mission of removing traditional barriers to sailing and paddling through its community boating program and by providing access to the water for all. The Board is dedicated to helping SSP achieve its goals while making a positive impact in our community and paving the way for SSP’s future. The Board determines policies, procedures, and regulations for SSP; ensures sufficient funds to finance SSP and its programs; and monitors organization performance.

Community is at the heart of Sail Sand Point, and the Board of Directors members are part of the SSP community. They volunteer countless hours of their time, skills, and expertise to cultivating and maintaining the programs and community at SSP. They also always welcome ideas, thoughts, and suggestions from SSP’s constituents. Please feel free to contact the Board of Directors via email at board@sailsandpoint.org. If you would like to contact a specific committee, please address your email to the Chair of that committee.

Board of Directors meetings are generally held bi-monthly at Sail Sand Point. Please contact Sail Sand Point at (206) 525-8782 to confirm the date and time of the next board meeting if you are interested in attending.

Current Directors

Andy MacDonald, President

andy-macdonald-headshotAndy MacDonald is a lifelong Seattle resident and learned to sail in small boats on Lake Washington as a teenager. He has long since graduated to primarily keel boat sailing and for many years has been sailing in the San Juan’s, Canadian Gulf Islands, and beyond. After learning the art and joy of sailboat cruising in the Puget Sound, he has had the opportunity to see many parts of the world from the deck of a sailboat. In addition to an intrinsic love for sailing, Andy has enjoyed introducing his three sons and many other people to the sport over the years. Andy has a substantial amount of for-profit and nonprofit governance, management, and financial expertise, which we can draw on as a member of the SSP Board of Directors. He looks forward to helping Sail Sand Point continue to grow as a treasured community resource over the coming years.

Tommy Stewart, Vice President

Tommybiopic

Tommy Stewart started as a young sailor at Sail Sand Point when he was 7 years old.  At 14, he began teaching sailing as an assistant instructor at SSP, and continued teaching for the next ten summers, moving his way up to the position of Program Director.  In 2012 Tommy was given the US Sailing Outstanding Director of a Seasonal Program Award, an award that he credits to the amazing staff that he had that year.  Tommy is passionate about community sailing, and the power that sailing has to instill confidence, independence, teamwork, and respect for nature.  Tommy is a graduate of the University of Washington where he majored in Biology and sailed for the UW sailing team.

Gretchen Williams, Secretary

gretchen headshotGretchen Williams grew up dinghy sailing with her family in and around western Washington. As a married couple, Gretchen and her husband’s first big purchase was a sailboat, which they raced out of Leschi for years. Gretchen’s favorite night of the week was Wednesday, when it was ladies night and every crewmember was female! With their family, the Williams’ have sailed in many parts of the world and Joe and Gretchen plan to spend increasingly long periods of time on their present boat, Whitewing. Gretchen is a pharmacist and is the Director of UW Pharmacy Cares, a faculty practice at the UW School of Pharmacy. After two extended international moves, Gretchen and her family have settled back into Seattle. Along with her passion for sailing, family and healthcare, Gretchen has extensive non-profit experience, serving on the boards of four community organizations through the years.

Shannon Donegan, At Large

Shannon Donegan HeadshotShannon grew up sailing and racing Optis on Cape Cod, El Toros in California, and MIT Tech Dinghies in Maine. A Seattle native, she started racing at Sail Sand Point in 2003 and was an SSP instructor from 2004 to 2007. Shannon is a graduate of Middlebury College, where she was the commodore of the sailing club and had the opportunity to race all over New England. When she is not on the water, Shannon is an environmental consultant at Cascadia Consulting Group. She is passionate about introducing people to outdoor experiences, environmental stewardship, and the joy of sailing.

Travis Harth, At Large

travis-harth-headshot-1Growing up in Alaska, Travis spent lot of time on and around all types of watercraft.  Now back in Seattle full time after stints in Alaska and Montana, he joins Sail Sand Point’s Board after his involvement with Leadership Tomorrow, which partnered him with SSP to select a web based volunteer tracking program.   Travis is a Sr. Project Manager with Schuchart, a local General Contractor.  He enjoys home brewing and all types of outdoor activities.  He has a 13 year old daughter who keeps him active, including coaching duties for her select softball team and playing with her Bernese Mountain Dog, Bridger .  She was exposed to sailing through a week long sailing camp and now has the bug like her dad.  Travis looks forward to helping SSP in any way he can through his appointment to the Board in 2016.

Thandi Onami, At Large

Thandi is a recent transplant to the Pacific Northwest region, having moved to Seattle from Washington, DC in late 2014. She learned to sail several years ago as a member of the NIH Sailing Association in Selby Bay, just south of Annapolis, Maryland. Through the years she has sailed with friends on the Eastern Shore, the Caribbean, and Greece, and she enjoys swimming, snorkeling and scuba. As a scientist, she is passionate about engaging youth in learning about the marine environment and environmental stewardship. Thandi received her undergraduate degree in Biology from Princeton University, and her Ph.D in Biology/ Cellular and Molecular Immunology, from the University of California, San Diego.  Thandi joined the board of Sail Sand Point in 2016.

Wayne Wager, At Large

Wayne served on the Sail Sand Point Board from 2005-2007 and recently re-joined the board in 2015. Wayne is a native of Seattle and has sailed all his life. He enjoys racing, cruising and chartering in interesting places around the world. Wayne also enjoys swimming, scuba diving and skiing. Wayne has been active in venture capital investing and the management of early-stage companies.

Richard Watts, At Large

watts_photo

Richard Watts has been involved with Sail Sand Point for 5 years as parent to 3 youth sailors active in SPOT, SPYS, and now high school sailing, volunteer at regattas and the first three Columbia River Gorge SSP Wind Week Racing camps, and an avid Open Boating sailor. He joined the SSP board in 2014 with the aim of providing support in the areas of grant writing and fundraising.

 

Felix Klebe, At Large

Felix Klebe grew up near Albany, New York and first learned to sail on a Sunfish during family vacations to Nantucket. He has lived in the Midwest for the last 30 years while raising a family, windsurfing, kayaking, and occasional small boat sailing and scuba diving. Felix relocated to Seattle in 2016 and enjoyed learning how to sail a Hobie 16 through the adult sailing class at Sail Sand Point. His wife Laura grew up sailing small boats on Lake Erie’s Presque Isle Bay, and looks forward to becoming a more active sailor. Felix is a Product Manager at Microscan Systems, has previously served on several non-profit boards in Columbus, Ohio and also enjoys skiing.

Ian Smith, At Large

Ian Smith has been a Seattle resident since 2002 and has been interested in sailing since he journeyed all the way from Montana to spend a week sailing in the San Juan Islands.  Ian is passionate about opening up the experience of sailing to more people in the Seattle area. After working for a decade as a software developer and VP of Technology, he moved into the business side specializing in Operations and Business Intelligence and is currently COO at QuoteWizard in downtown Seattle. Ian regularly speaks at conferences and meetups about technology, consumer marketing, leadership, and team development.

Mike Schultz, At Large

Mike learned to sail in the Midwest during long summer vacations on the Great Lakes and moved to Seattle in the early 2000s for a job in the tech industry.  He discovered Sail Sand Point a few years ago when his wife signed him up for a ‘Daddy and me’ sailing course.  Since then, both his girls have participated in SSP youth programs and enjoy sailing with their dad on Quests and Hobie Waves.  When he’s not taking advantage of open boating, he spends time with his family exploring the great NW.  Mike’s day job is a principal software developer at Amazon.

 

Leigh Wager, At Large

Leigh grew up sailing in the Northeast with her family, leading into dinghy racing through her club’s junior sailing program, continuing on to sail for Stanford in College. From competitive sailing to casual evening outings, sailing has been an important part of Leigh’s life with both family and friends. Off the water, Leigh is a product manager in online education for healthcare. She loves being outside, on the water or in the mountains, taking advantage of the opportunities the northwest has to offer.

Morgan Collins, At Large

Morgan started sailing as a teenager at Sail Sand Point. After getting his feet wet, he started helping others learn how to sail as an SSP assistant instructor. He is passionate about giving back to local communities, and promoting diversity and accessibility. Morgan currently works in Starbucks treasury capital markets group and runs a boutique consulting practice. He also serves on various other nonprofit committees, and joined the SSP Board in January 2018.

Shelley Bailey, At Large

Shelley grew up in the Northwest and married into a Sailing family.  Her first sailing experience was participating in the Snowbird racing series out of Shilshole.  Although, only helpful as ballast at first, this was her first taste of moving fast in big wind.  Shelley and her family have had many amazing adventures sailing in the San Juan Islands, the Canadian Gulf Islands and Desolation Sound, as well as sailing a 50-foot ketch down from Juneau, Alaska. Shelley one day hopes to broaden her sailing horizons to other countries.

Shelley’s son has participated in Sail Sand Point Summer sailing camps, and currently the Middle School Sailing program and SPYS.

Shelley had a long career as a Director at Nordstrom.com and most recently is spending time with her extended family and volunteering at nonprofits, including joining the SSP board in September 2018.

 

Founding Families

The Stewart Family
The Montes Family
The Yerxa Family
The Hubbard Family
The Backus Family
The Blackner Family
The Mantz Family
The Lafitte Family
The Edwards Family: Jon and Marcy Edwards co-founded Sail Sand Point in 1998. Jon was SSP’s first president and has served several terms on the board. Sailing is a shared passion of Jon and Marcy’s, and they continue to love working with children at Sail Sand Point.

Sail Sand Point would not be where it is today without the significant contributions of its Board of Directors, past and present, and its Founding Families. Thank you!