Board of Directors

Sail Sand Point’s Board of Directors is responsible for ensuring that SSP fulfills its mission, as well as helping SSP achieve its goals while making a positive impact in our community and paving the way for our 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.

Board of Directors meetings are generally held monthly at Sail Sand Point. If you are interested in attending a board meeting, please fill out the Board Meeting Request Form.

Sail Sand Point is looking for new board members! Please see the job description here, and view the application here. Please submit completed applications to info@sailsandpoint.org.

Current Directors

 

Felix Klebe

President

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.

Thandi Onami

Vice President

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.

Leigh Wager

Secretary

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.

Andy MacDonald

Treasurer

Andy 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 keelboat 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.

Bill DeVoe

Bill has been a maritime lawyer for over twenty-five years, with much of that experience being working for marinas and attempting to grow interest in boating. Prior to becoming a board member, Bill worked as an outside lawyer for Sail Sand Point handling a variety of matters that allowed him to gain an understanding of the mission, the organization, and the staff of Sail Sand Point. During that time of working for Sail Sand Point Bill gained a deep respect for the services provided by Sail Sand Point and how Sail Sand Point went about accomplishing its mission of making sailing and paddling accessible to everyone.

Travis Harth

Growing 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.

Kelly Pratt

Kelly grew up in Arizona, but spent summers on Catalina Island where she learned to sail all types of small boats, but especially fell in love with sailing catamarans. After college, she and her husband lived in San Diego, where they spent weekends sailing around a teal green Nacra I-20, even one time sailing it out to Catalina and camping on the tarp. She has two small boys who she will enroll in sailing classes as soon as they are old enough, but in the meantime she and her husband are getting teaching them to love the water through weekend charters out around Puget Sound. Kelly is a Project Executive with DPR Construction, a General Contractor. She became involved in the SSP community through the facilities committee and is excited about helping SSP grow and accomplish its mission.

Tueng T. Shen

Bio coming soon

David Shoultz

David Shoultz joined the Board in 2019 fueled by an enthusiasm for the importance and success of the Sail Sand Point's mission “…to bring the joy and life-enhancing benefits of sailing and small boats to people of all ages, abilities and backgrounds.” Having grown up on the windward side of the Hawaiian island of O’ahu, David originally learned to sail small boats on Kane’ohe Bay and on the Island Hunter, the boat on which his aunt and uncle lived and sailed. David is an executive with a local biotechnology company that is focused on using a sophisticated, laboratory-based platform to create better treatment outcomes for cancer patients. He has previously worked in global health for organizations such as the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and has also been a member of the teaching faculty at the University of Washington and Seattle University. He and his wife Megan live in Seattle and are the proud parents of two grown sons. Megan and David sail and lovingly maintain the 1979 Cal 31 S/V Katherine. In addition to sailing, David is passionate about skiing, open-water swimming, mountain biking, and international travel.

Tommy Stewart

Tommy 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.

Marja Van Zeijl

Marja has been sailing for more than 40 years; during her youth and college years she sailed with friends on the Friesian lakes in the Netherlands where she grew up. After teaching sailing at a summer camp in Maine she decided to come the USA to complete her education. She earned a Ph.D. in Molecular Cell Biology from Harvard University while enjoying sailing on the Charles River in Boston. She moved to the Hudson Valley in NY to work in the pharmaceutical industry. Since coming to the US, she enjoys sailing at Lake George in NY during the annual family summer vacation, where she taught her family to sail. She also has been a member of the Nyack Boat Club along the Hudson River in Nyack, NY, where she served as Financial Secretary of the Board of Governors for 4 years. She moved to Seattle in March, 2020, and joined the Board of Sail Sand Point in order to continue to help people enjoy sailing.

Wayne Wager

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.

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!