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.
Becca Robbins-Gislclair, Ex-Officio
Professionally, Becca Robbins Gisclair works as an advocate for healthy oceans and the wildlife and communities who depend on our oceans. Personally, Becca is an avid sea kayaker and puts a high value on waterfront access and working waterfronts in our community. Becca is an attorney who has worked on marine and fisheries policy, environmental issues and international human rights for over 12 years, primarily in Alaska. She currently works as Associate Director, Arctic Programs for the Ocean Conservancy. Becca’s experience and passion includes extensive work in fisheries policy, and working with fishermen, fishing communities and Alaska Native tribes to ensure healthy fisheries and oceans. Becca previously worked as Fisheries Director and Sr. Counsel for the Alaska Marine Conservation Council (AMCC), Sr. Policy Advisor for the Yukon River Drainage Fisheries Association and was “Of Counsel” with the Indian law firm Hobbs, Straus, Dean and Walker. Becca also served on the North Pacific Fishery Management Council’s Advisory Panel for six years, including two years as Chair. When not on the ocean, Becca enjoys running, hiking, biking and rafting with her husband and inexhaustible dog.