Pete Granger, President, Ex-Officio
Pete recently retired as program leader - marine advisory services for the Washington Sea Grant Program, a professional staff position at the University of Washington, Seattle.
Granger has extensive background in the commercial seafood industry, having fished commercially in Puget Sound and Alaska and processed and marketing seafood products for several companies. He was sales director for Seafood Producers Cooperative in Bellingham 1989-1993. Additionally, he served as executive director for several fisheries trade associations working on government relations and policies regarding the fishing industry. He also served on the board of the Nooksack Salmon Enhancement Association from 1997-2001. In addition to the Working Waterfront Coalition, he currently serves
on the Whatcom County Marine Resources Committee. Granger has a BS in oceanography and an MBA in international business from the University of Washington. He continues to fish commercially on Puget Sound as a reef-net fisherman at Lummi Island near Bellingham. Pete and his wife, Debbie, live in
Jim Kyle, Vice-President, Commercial Fishing, GOVERNMENT Relations Committee Chair
Jim Kyle commercially fished his way through college, graduate school, an eight year public school teaching career, and seined for salmon for over half a century. All family members, wife Kathy and four children, worked on their seiner "Home Shore." During a low salmon price era Jim and family operated a kayak mothership Alaska wilderness charter service in Southeast Alaska. Jim has served on numerous industry boards of directors and was a founder of the Working Waterfront Coalition. Home Shore was sold to son Ben in 2015, and Jim and Kathy now take to the water on a slow single engine "pleasure" boat which is now berthed in Sitka, Alaska.
Deborah Granger, Secretary, At-LArge
Deb has been involved with the seafood/fishing industry for over 40 years. In addition to working as a high school educator (career counselor, English/Reading Teacher), she has worked in PR/Marketing, Fundraising, and Event Management throughout the U.S. After retiring from the University of Washington where she managed a 12-state aquaculture research consortium funded by USDA, she helped launch the Working Waterfront Coalition of Whatcom County and serves on its Board. In addition to the joy of being a mom & grandma (2 daughters, 2 sons-in-law, and 3 grandchildren), she loves commercial fishing on the Reefnet Boats off of Lummi Island, seeing the salmon from the head stand (yelling Give‘er Hell), and sharing the camaraderie with the crew. She is currently leading the community effort to launch a signature festival –Bellingham SeaFeast, a celebration of our maritime & commercial fishing sector –that takes place on the banks of Bellingham Bay each September. She and her husband, Pete, are looking forward to enjoying family, fun, and travel.
George Dyson, Treasurer, Ex-Officio
George Dyson, in business at the head of Whatcom Waterway as Dyson, Baidarka & Company, distributing kayak-building materials and designs, settled in Bellingham after living on the coastline of British Columbia and Southeast Alaska from 1970 to 1989. Having worked on a wide variety of commercial vessels and frequented many of the communities with which Bellingham shares its maritime past, he is also a professional historian who maintains a strong interest in the prehistory and early exploration of the Northwest Coast.
Erika De la Rosa, Program Coordinator
A seasoned Commercial Fisherman, Erika worked aboard the F/V Centaur in Bristol Bay, Alaska through High School and College. After receiving a degree in Political Economy and Social Entrepreneurship, she exuberantly took the position as Program Coordinator for the Working Waterfront Coalition of Whatcom County. Combining both her love for political action and maritime trades the position as Program Coordinator is a phenomenal experience. When she is not tending to the Coalition, Erika is down at the Community Boating Center -(a WWC Member!) in Fairhaven- running water-front operations or teaching sailing. Her true hobby, however, is reading in alcoves. More boaty adventures await her in her future before heading to grad school.
Jay Chiabai, Marine Retail & Chandleries, Membership COMMITTEE Chair
I have worked in commercial marine sales for 11 years, and have been connected to the Belllingham's waterfront my whole life. I worked for Redden Marine Supply until 2016, and now I'm currently the commercial sales manager at LFS. Previous to both I spent four summer's seining salmon, and herring in Alaska.
I enjoy my early morning runs, golfing, and spending time outdoors with my wife, and son, Ethan.
Todd Shuster, Charter-Broker-Passenger,
Captain Todd Shuster has worked on the water for over 30 years. For the last 15 years he has been the owner and operator of Gato Verde Adventure Sailing in Bellingham, Washington. www.gatoverde.com Todd holds a 100 Ton US Coast Guard license, is a former USSAILING instructor and instructor trainer. He has taught wilderness sailing courses in Baja, Mexico for The National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS), and has run several sailing programs for universities, yacht clubs, and summer camps. Todd has spent most of his professional career in sailing and sailing education but other major experience includes work in the sport and commercial fishing fleets of Alaska and five years live-aboard cruising. Captain Todd is a founding boardmember of the WWC.
Mike McKenzie, Ex-Officio
McKenzie is the Co-Manager in charge of marketing & media relations for Bellingham SeaFeast. Board of directors for Working Waterfront Coalition.
He contributited articles to the Pulitzer Prize team at the Kansas City Star &. Times, and received three other national awards during his journalism career there. McKenzie has also served as adjunct instructor at U. of Alabama, Southern Univ., U. of Kansas, and Texas A&M. Staging the Lummi Island Reefnet Festival in 2014 was a great moment of pride for him. As was McKenzie's 3 years as Chair of County-appointed Lummi Island Ferry Advisory Committee. In addition to being a founding board that established a foundation to save and support Beach Elementary School on Lummi Island.
He loves photography, reading, dogs, and writing articles as Editor of Business Pulse Magazine.
Lindsie Fratus-Thomas, At-Large
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Jay Bornstein, Seafood Processing & Retailing
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Matt Hardin, Marine Trades
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Ellie Kinley, At-Large
Lummi tribal member Ellie Kinley comes from a long line of fishers and tribal leaders. Her experience as a fisherwoman, and her deep and abiding respect for the natural and cultural resources of the Salish Sea, is reflected in her work both on and off the water. As a Lummi tribal fisherwoman, she is dedicated to the wise and sustainable management of our natural resources for present and future generations. When she is off the water, she has demonstrated time and time again her fearless commitment to the environment by bringing to the attention of governmental officials as well as leaders of industry current threats to the Salish Sea.
She is a tireless warrior for the environment, working across cultures daily. She serves on the Lummi Nation’s Fish Commission which provides advice and guidance to the tribe’s Natural Resource Department. Ellie is also a member of the Lummi Cultural Commission that works to protect and pass on the traditional knowledge and teachings of the Lummi Nation. In addition, she serves as the At-Large Member of the Working Waterfront Coalition that promotes the vitality and economic benefits of the working waterfronts for the people of Whatcom County. She is also a member of the Whatcom County Fisherman’s Association, working to promote relations between tribal and non-tribal fishers, and is on the Board of the Bellingham SeaFeast that is dedicated to preserving and promoting the maritime heritage of Whatcom County.
Ellie and her husband, Larry Kinley, have been instrumental in bringing back the ancestral Lummi reef-net fishery. The historical reef-net location at Xwe’chi’eXen (Cherry Point) was an anchor in the successful campaign to defeat the proposed Gateway Pacific Terminal. Ellie was an inspired and inspirational presence throughout that campaign and continues to work to protect and preserve Xwe’chi’eXen.
Norm Walsh, Shipyard & Manufacturing
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