Board of Directors2018-11-03T16:02:34+00:00

Jim Simpson
Interim Chairman of the Board

Jim Simpson has been Managing Director of First Republic Bank since March 2006. Mr. Simpson, who worked at Bank of America for 25 years, most recently as Senior Vice President and Manager in the bank’s Leasing and Capital Group. Before joining First Republic, Mr. Simpson was Senior Vice President and Western Regional Middle Market Manager in Bank of America Leasing and Capital Group, where he focused on aviation financing for high net worth individuals. He has a Bachelor of Science Degree from Boston University.

Steve Gertz
Interim CEO

Steve has been a corporate C-level officer for over 30 years, including serving as a senior partner in a public, global management consulting company. He has led and managed numerous early-stage, ventured-backed companies, and as an entrepreneur helped take several ventures from startup to million dollar businesses, eventually steering them through liquidity events. After his corporate career, he taught entrepreneurship at the UC Berkeley Haas School and Miami University (OH). His background combines engineering and finance, having received undergraduate and graduate degrees in Physics and Business. He has been involved in sailing and the sea for much of his life.

Steve Woodside

Steven has nearly 45 years of public law experience, representing counties, cities and special districts. Following his graduation in 1973 from Law School at UC Berkeley, he was an attorney in the Santa Clara County Counsel’s office from 1974-1998, the last ten years serving as the County Counsel. He subsequently served as County Counsel in Sonoma County from 1999-2011 and in Marin County from 2012-2016. He has successfully argued before the United States and California Supreme Courts and numerous appellate courts. Steven joined the board of Call of the Sea in 2015, having been impressed by the work this organization does to expose youth to the sea through experiential, environmental education under sail.

Steven’s advocacy for the maritime community and its history stems from a genealogical timeline dating back to his great grandfather, William John Woodside, who was a famous tall ship builder in Belfast, Ireland. During the 19th Century his grandfather brought his family around the horn to the San Francisco Bay Area in a 230 foot Barque. One of his ships, named for his wife, Polly Woodside, has been fully restored and is on display at the Polly Woodside Maritime Museum in Melbourne, Australia.

Alan Olson
Project Director, Co-Founder

As Project Director, Alan brings his vision to the organization and 60 years of maritime experience, in construction, engineering, restoration and sailing. At age 22 he built his first boat in Minneapolis, a 40 foot catamaran, sailing her down the Mississippi and to the Caribbean. He next constructed Stone Witch, a 70’ brigantine. From 1977 on, he sailed Stone Witch over 40,000 miles, operating educational sailing programs for youth and adults along with public charters on SF Bay and on Pacific Ocean expeditions. Stone Witch was the flagship for Greenpeace and participated in environmental missions along the California Coast. In the 1990’s Alan restored a 1929, 54ft wooden staysail schooner to use in youth educational programs with Call of the Sea and on educational expeditions with adults. In 1992 they set sail on a one year 15,000 mile Pacific Rim Voyage through Hawaii and Pacific Islands entering Shanghai as the first American yacht to visit in fifty years. After three months cruising Japan they set out for Alaska returning along the coast to San Francisco. Alan also spent five years in a leadership and design position at a Buddhists monastery building elaborate temples and sculpting sacred art.

Ken Neal

Ken Neal is currently Director of Grid Operations for NaturEner USA, an SF-based wind energy company. Previously Ken operated Call of the Sea in the role of Executive Director and is the co-founder of Call of the Sea. He served during the startup years with Seaward and built today’s program base (2004-2010). Ken is also a former Marine Superintendent for Sea Education Association (SEA) in Woods Hole, MA (2001-2004) and has been captain of various sailing ships, including Robert C Seamans, Corwith Cramer, Westward, Spirit of Massachusetts, Californian, & Harvey Gamage.

Terry Causey

Terry Causey is a lifelong ocean-cruising sailor and a patron of maritime causes and projects from Hawaii (where he lived for more than half his life) to California, where he now divides his time between Sausalito and Newport Beach. He holds his captain’s license endorsed for sailing all oceans. He has navigated throughout the Pacific, including the Hawaiian Islands, French Polynesia, New Zealand, Australia, and the Cook, Solomon, and Line Islands. Terry is a successful real estate developer and he continues to be a significant benefactor to Call of the Sea. He believes in teaching young people stewardship of the oceans and instilling in them mindfulness of their environment and compassion for each other.

Christanne (Chris) J. Gallagher

Chris is the Manager at the Bay Model Visitor Center in Sausalito, CA. The Bay Model Visitor Center (BMVC) is a regional visitor for the Corps and serves over 150,000 visitors a year. The BMVC is a fully accessible educational center, which makes possible the viewing of a scientific tool: a working hydraulic model of the San Francisco Bay and San Joaquin Delta system. Chris holds a degree in Forestry from Unity College in Maine and a B.A. degree in Environmental Education from Dominican University in San Rafael. Chris is active in the Sausalito community having started the Volunteers in Public Safety (VIPS) in 2003 assisting both Fire & Police Depts. She also serves on the Sausalito Chamber of Commerce Board and was President in 2010.

Prior to joining the Corps Chris worked for the National Park Service at Golden Gate National Recreation Area (GGNRA) in the Marin Headlands performing a resource management and interpretation duties.She also spent a short time on Alcatraz working as a ranger. She then worked for the US Forest Service in their Regional Information and Personnel Offices.

Charles Hart

Mr. Hart is a member of the Board of Directors of Call of the Sea. Prior to this position he served as the Chairman, President and CEO of MediaAlive, Inc. and CEO of Micronics Computers, Inc., a publicly held, international high technology company in Silicon Valley. He is on the Board of Advisors of Brookside Capital of San Francisco and President of the San Francisco Maritime National Park Association. Also, Mr. Hart was named to the Micro Times 50, a roster of the “fifty most influential people in the computer industry.” His community involvement has included: President and member of the Board of Directors of the HealthStore Foundation, a non-profit medical services organization serving Africa, Chairman of the Board of the San Jose Symphony, CEO of the Ballet San Jose, president and co-founder of the Association for Corporate Growth (ACG) of Silicon Valley, and was elected as the Commodore of the St. Francis Yacht Club in San Francisco and an Honorary Member of the Marin Yacht Club. As an officer in the United States Air Force, he served as a Squadron Commander. Mr. Hart earned his bachelor’s degree at the University of Maryland and Stanford University’s AEA Executive Institute in the Graduate School of Industrial Engineering.

Russ Hamel

Born and raised in Boston MA and a resident of San Rafael for over 25 years Russ works as an executive in commercial construction development. Prior to his tenure in commercial development Russ served as the Director of Marin County’s largest private non-profit for 15 years. A graduate of Boston College he is also is a licensed Coast Guard captain 100 Ton Master, with sail and tow endorsements as well as special radar unlimited certification from the Maritime Institute. He’s an avid sailor and boater with over 50 years of racing and cruising experience. Russ joined Call of the Sea as a Board member in 2011.

Jack Lapidos

Regarded as a talented accountant in the San Francisco Bay Area, Mr. Lapidos brings years of expertise advising non-profits on financial matters. He currently serves as Treasurer for the San Francisco Maritime National Park Association Board of Trustees, and Treasure for The Potomac Association who operates the only fully operational US Presidential Yacht.

Chris Kieliger

Chris Kieliger joined the board in 2008, he currently serves on both the education and governance committees having previously served as Treasurer and on the vessel committee. Working with the San Francisco maritime community is in his blood. Both his great grandfather and grandfather sailed together on the STAR OF ALASKA (aka BALCLUTHA) for multiple seasons, while his father had an early and bruising career loading and unloading ferries. Chris took a decidedly different path when he attended the University of San Francisco School of Law, and was the Managing Editor for its Maritime Law Journal. Now, with nearly fifteen years of practicing maritime law, he has extensive experience in handling maritime casualty matters including collisions, allisions, salvage, maritime personal injury and pollution matters. He specializes in emergency responses to a wide range of maritime incidents and has written the practice and procedure guide for his firm.

Dave MacGregor, M.D.

Dave MacGregor is a dermatologist in private practice in San Francisco. He grew up in the Bay Area and attended UC Berkeley. As an avid sailor and boater he has a deep fascination with and appreciation for maritime history and tradition. When not promoting maritime education for the local Bay Area community, ee enjoys teaching young physicians.

Graham Green
Chairman Emeritus

Carter Collins
Board Member Emeritus

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