Current Board Members
Julie Coll - Chairman of the Board and Executive Director
Affiliations - Founder King Harbor Boating Foundation, King Harbor Yacht Club, Founder KHYC Women’s Race Fleet, Founder She Devil Regatta, Women's Sailing Association of Santa Monica Bay, Member Boats US and US Sailing Association, Redondo Beach Leadership Class 2015, Sea Scout Leader
Responsibilities - Executive Director Waterfront Education and is responsible for all aspects of daily operations.
Bio - Julie helped found King Harbor Boating Foundation dba Waterfront education in 2012. Her vision of gender equality regardless of socio-economic background is the cornerstone for Waterfront Education's community mission. By utilizing nature's local water's to create hands on STEM* and STEAM** learning experiences, Julie hopes to share her passion for the ocean and foster an understanding of the urgent need for its stewardship and conservation.
Starting in 1988, Julie spent 20 years helping Fortune 500 companies strategize and implement emerging network and internet technologies. After a personal tragedy, she retired to pursue volunteer opportunities that could utilize her corporate experience while allowing her to help others access and enjoy the ocean.
Julie actively races her Martin 242 while mentoring, educating and encouraging girls/women out on the water. As a fulltime volunteer for Waterfront Education, she is developing a talented educational team and building collaborative partnerships that are creating programs designed to inspire students while instilling them with a lifelong curiosity and love of the ocean.
Janet Seary - Secretary
Affiliations - Retired High School Principal Los Angeles Unified School District, International Bird Rescue, Women's Sailing Association Santa Monica Bay
Responsibilities - Janet helps evaluate curriculum, assists with student assessments when needed, and participates in job description development and other administrative tasks.
Lynnette Vavrek - Treasurer and Director of Finance
Affiliations - CFO Foasberg Laundry & Cleaners Inc, King Harbor Yacht Club, Girl Scouts
Responsibilities - Lynette builds and evaluates accounting procedures, audits finances and assists in the selection of bookkeeping personnel and volunteers.
Steve Caldero - Boat Safety and Event Director
Affiliations - National Safe Boating Council, US Power Squadron, American Boating Association, Lifetime Member of the CHP 1199 Foundation.
Responsibilities - Steve is responsible for all aspects of planning and executing our annual Boat Safety Day. He consults on boat safety issues and is a liaison for us with Redondo Beach Harbor Patrol and the US Coast Guard.
Dawn Coulson, Esq - Director of Legal Affairs
Affiliations - Partner Epps & Coulson, LLP.
Responsibilities - Dawn reviews all documentation/contracts, advises on legal matters, acts as our risk manager, consults on boating issues and helps with fundraising efforts.
Tim Dorenburg - Safety Director
Affiliations - Retired Redondo Beach Fire Department/Harbor Patrol.
Responsibilities - Tim assists with Boat Safety Day and is helping develop our safety procedures.
Mark Friedman - Education and Curriculum Director
Mark Machuszek - Marketing Director
Affiliations - Founder Innovation Garage and Auto Magic, Founding Investor Desksite and Urth Cafe, Past Board Member Echo Home Network, LA Business Rock Stars
Responsibilities - Mark advises on strategy and current business trends, is an active ambassador in the community for us, helps brainstorm and execute small local fundraising efforts and is a mentor to other board members.
Dawn Martin - Development and Donor Affairs Director
Affiliations - Roundhouse Aquarium, Advisory Board Lawndale School District
Responsibilities - Dawn mentors and leads our grant writing efforts. She also assists with event planning and volunteer development.
Bio - Dawn joined the Waterfront Education Board of Directors in 2015. After college she worked in corporate travel for 20 years where she trained and managed a staff of 75 employees. Dawn's love for the ocean is a family affair. Her husband Eric is a marine educator and researcher while son Cody has been drawn to the ocean since he was a toddler. With her family spending so much working and volunteering at the Roundhouse Aquarium it was only natural that eventually she would work them too in administration and helping to teach classes. After meeting Julie Coll and discovering the foundation she was building, Dawn found new inspiration. She loved that Waterfront Education was utilizing the ocean as a natural classroom and creating unique hands on learning experiences for students while emphasizing stewardship and conservation.
Since becoming a board member Dawn has utilized her skills and talents to help organize many projects and events. She created and managed the first open that was a huge success with over 200 attendees. Dawn was instrumental with the first award winning boat parade entry in 2015 and continues to support by helping with fundraising, grant writing and human resources. When not working or volunteering she is out on the water with her family helping to document whales and dolphins. Orcas are a family favorite with several pods recognizing them from year to year.
Robert Nichols - IT and Technical Support Director
Scott Walker - Insurance and Risk Management Director
Alan Walti - Safety and Curriculum Co-Director
Affiliations - Surfrider Foundation
Responsibilities - Alan consults on water quality and conservation. He teaches kids water quality testing and assists with curriculum development.
Brianne Allen - Operations Manager Da Vinci Innovation Academy
Bill Balen - Founder Hudson River Community Sailing and Sail Nauticus
Vicki Becker - Owner Blue Pacific Yachts, Member CA Yacht Brokers, Past Board Member and Rear Commodore Redondo Beach Yacht Club, Member King Harbor Yacht Club.
John H. Dorsey, Ph.D. - Professor, Department of Civil Engineering & Environmental Science - Loyola Marymount University
Terry Duke - Owner Blue Ribbon Insurance
Lisa Falk - Librarian, Aerospace Corporation, Staff Commodore - King Harbor Yacht Club
Steve Goldstein, CCP - President Payroll Management, Treasurer Redondo Beach Chamber of Commerce, Member Redondo Beach Round Table, Past Chair Lobster Festival
Sherilyn Haddon - Marketing Professional
Mark Hansen - Founder King Harbor Boating Foundation, SCYA Delegate to US Sailing, Chair King Harbor Boater’s Advisor Panel, Staff Commodore King Harbor Yacht Club.
Dorian Harris - King Harbor Yacht Club Race Chair and Handicap Racing Fleet Skipper
Kurt Holland - Environmental Education Lead, Seventh Generation Advisors, Coast, Ocean & Environmental Lead, Broader Impacts West
Wes Huston - Licensed Captain and Owner of South Bay Sailing
Susan Kiely - Founder Woman with a Cause Foundation
Maria Madrigal - Director SEA Lab Aquarium
Michaela Marraffino - Vice President of Marketing Redondo Beach Waterfront / CenterCal Properties
Cindy Nickerson - Executive Director New England Science and Sailing
Kaitlin O’Melveny-Toon - Educator DaVinci Innovation Academy
Erica Swensson, Esq. - Senior Litigation Associate at Blank Rome, Los Angeles Rowing Association, Active racer with many top place finishes including the 2015 Transpac, Island Race, Seattle round the county TP52 win along with other local and international competitions.
Kim Terry - STEM Coordinator for San Bernardino County Superintendent of School Office
*STEM - Science Technology Engineering and Math
**STEAM - Science Technology Engineering Arts and Math