Program Advisory Committee

Ann Avary, Director, Northwest Center of Excellence for Marine Manufacturing & Technology
Ann’s position gives her the opportunity to work with marine industry professionals, educators, and economic and workforce development professionals all over Washington state and, in some cases, nationally. As director, her primary focus is on enhancing the overall competitiveness of the marine industries in Washington State.
Paul Birkey, Owner, Belina Interiors
Belina Interiors provides a wide spectrum of services in the high-end residential and luxury marine construction business. Belina manufactures and installs custom architectural metal and wood components such as furnishings, stairways, handrail systems, tables, lighting fixtures, and complete interiors. Paul founded Belina in 1982.
Al Cairns, Environmental Compliance Officer, Port of Port Townsend
Al was a licensed Merchant Marine officer and made mischief in ports from Alaska to Nova Scotia for almost two decades. He decided to grow up and took his station behind a desk as the Solid Waste Coordinator for Jefferson County’s Department of Public Works. Al serves on the Solid Waste Advisory Committee and is now the Environmental Compliance Officer for the Port of Port Townsend.
Jim Franken, James J. Franken, Inc.
Jim is a well-known and highly respected yacht designer and lofting specialist in Port Townsend. He is an excellent CAD programmer and an expert in mold lofting and vessel construction so he knows the details intimately. “Jim has been and continues to be instrumental in helping us achieve our vision, and translating those designs into cut files for our kits. It is a pleasure to work with him as a team, refining our ideas together with his CAD skills, design knowledge and true talent.” – Ashlyn & Russell Brown, Owners of Port Townsend Watercraft.
Stephen Gale, Owner/Manager, Haven Boatworks
Stephen spent three years cruising the Atlantic and Caribbean before coming to Port Townsend to attend the Northwest School of Wooden Boatbuilding, and eventually becoming an instructor there. Stephen then worked for Ernie Baird at Baird Boat Company for eight years before becoming Owner/Manager of Haven Boatworks. The facilities include a fully equipped wood shop, an 80′ climate controlled boat shop, and space ouside for several boats up to 300 tons.
David King, CFO of Townsend Bay Marine; Mayor of Port Townsend
David King is CFO of Townsend Bay Marine and Mayor of Port Townsend. Townsend Bay Marine is a full-service yacht construction and repair facility, specializing in power and sailing yachts from 45-150 feet in overall length. They are particularly adept at performing tricky jobs for discerning owners, providing “factory-fresh” results, even with challenging problems.
Jim Lyons, Port Townsend Shipwrights Co-op Member
Jim Lyons is the PT Shipwrights Co-op’s only remaining founding member. In 1981, along with seven other shipwrights, Jim started the Port Townsend Shipwrights Co-op. His specialty is Woodworking and Project Management. With over 40 years spent in Boat Haven, Jim has also worked on boats from Oregon to the
outer edges of Alaska.
Keith Mitchell, Shipwright, Rutherford’s Boatshop
Keith grew up in rural New England surrounded by artists, scientists and craftspeople. This upbringing instilled a strong sense of self-reliance, conservation and creativity. After apprenticing a celebrated master woodworker, working in the field and running his own business, Keith attended the Northwest School of Wooden Boat Building. There he added “builder of traditional wooden boats” to the list that includes: cabinetry, entrances, stairs, millwork and design. Currently Keith is overseeing a near-total rebuild of 74′ schooner yacht “VIVEKA” first constructed in 1929.
Dan Newland, President, Pegasus Aeromarine Inc.
Dan Newland, the president of Pegasus Aeromarine Inc., has over 38 years of experience building composite parts. This includes designing and building sail fabrics and carbon/epoxy parts for America’s Cup yachts, advanced rudders, satellite vents and 3 ton bomb canisters. He has built composite parts in carbon fiber, fiberglass, aramid and other high strength and high modulus fibers from the age of 12. These have frequently used advanced resin systems such as toughened epoxies, vinylesters and of course all the other more common resins such as isopthalic and ortho resins. Dan designed and built Pegasus XIV, one of the lightest racing sailing yachts ever made; built almost entirely of carbon fiber and aerospace toughened resin.
Rick Petrykowski, Owner, Taku Marine
Building and restoring wooden boats since the late 1980s, Taku Marine moved to its present location in the Port of Port Townsend’s Boat Haven in 1995, establishing a quality boat shop and contributing to Port Townsend’s legacy of aesthetics, traditional craftsmanship and innovative technique. At Taku Marine, their commitment to skillful repair and construction of vessels of any hull material, large and small, provides customers with a first-rate product.
Sarah Rubenstein, Program Manager Maritime Discovery School
Sarah Rubenstein, a Blue Heron Middle School math and science teacher, is set to lead implementation of the Port Townsend School District Maritime Discovery School as program manager. The five-year, $865,000 initiative is a collaborative effort between the district and the Northwest Maritime Center aimed at transforming K-12 public education in Port Townsend into an experiential, place-based education in a maritime framework.
Gordon Sanstad, Boatbuilder/Former Boatbuilding Instructor, Seattle Central Community College
Gordon was the boat building lead faculty member at Seattle Central’s Wooden Technology Center, the oldest boat building program anywhere in the nation going on 76 years. Originally Edison Technical School, and then Gompers, it was funded by Shipwrights Union 1184 and its employers until 1992. The union contracted with the college to keep the classes going. They taught wooden boat building, new construction and repair, lofting, spar, mast and boom making, interior joinery, planking and spiling, caulking, and a host of other wooden boat building and repair techniques, some little changed in hundreds perhaps thousands of years.
Heron Scott, Executive Director, The Steamer Virginia V Foundation
An alumnus of the Northwest School of Wooden Boat Building in Port Hadlock, Scott’s background includes restoration of historic fishing vessels for the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, managing projects and a stint as interim Executive Director at the Center for Wooden Boats in Seattle, and program development work for the Coastal Heritage Alliance in Gig Harbor. Currently, Scott is serving as the board president for the Coastal Heritage Alliance, which assists in the restoration and preservation of culturally significant retired fishing vessels.
Kelley Watson, Port Townsend High School Maritime Experiential Education Coordinator
Kelley Watson was hired as the Port Townsend High School Maritime Experiential Education Coordinator.
Kelley works with her fellow teachers to integrate experiential and place-based learning into the high school curriculum. She will also help develop and lead the Maritime Academy, which aims to create an integrated educational experience for students interested in the Marine Trades and Vessel Operations. Kelley has captained commercial fishing vessels in Alaska, worked on the back deck of research boats in Antarctica, and has paddled her kayak from here to Alaska.
Steve White, Owner, Brooklin Boat Yard
Brooklin Boat Yard specializes in new construction of custom yachts (power & sail), restoration of classic yachts along with service, storage and sales of yachts of all types and sizes. Started in 1960 by famed yacht designer and boat builder Joel M. White the yard is still family run, owned and operated by Joel’s son Steve White. Brooklin Boat Yard is perhaps best known for its work with the design, construction, restoration & maintenance of wooden boats of both traditional plank-on frame construction and modern cold-molded, wood-epoxy composite construction.


The Northwest School of Wooden Boatbuilding is accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC). The ACCSC is listed by the U.S. Department of Education as a nationally recognized accrediting agency. The School is also licensed under the Private Vocational Schools Act, Chapter 28C.10RCW of Washington State. Northwest School of Wooden Boatbuilding is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit institution.
Any donations made to the School are tax-deductible to the extent provided by law.