WEGoH2O Waterfront Education (WE) is governed by a Board of Directors comprised of volunteer leaders who meet regularly to set policy and program goals. This diverse group of individuals are selected for their complementary skill sets and commitment to the community and marine environment. They maintain executive oversight to ensure the Foundation is conducting its business in accordance with its by-laws, state/federal regulations, and mission objectives.
Julie Coll, Chairman
A founder of the foundation, Julie Coll, is currently Chairman of its Board of Directors, in addition to being an active member at King Harbor Yacht Club. As an avid and active participant in sailboat racing with a true passion for the sea, her interest in boating began as a teenager when she raced with her dad. Her love for sail boat racing wasn’t revived until 2006 after she finished raising her two daughters. It was then she became heavily involved with boats and racing, bringing her passion to life when she co-founded the King Harbor Sea Fair, a popular family excursion now in its eighth year. Over the years Julie has served on the board of directors for the King Harbor Youth Foundation and the King Harbor Yacht Club. She has held many leadership positions within King Harbor Yacht Club and last year founded the Women’s Race Fleet. Due to her deep love and respect for the ocean, Julie champions and mentors new boaters and encourages safe boating practices and marine conservation. For the past 11 years, boating and the sea have been a great inspiration for her creative nature. As a glass artist, she has created magnificent glass art for which she has won many commissions. Julie has also applied her expertise in the field of technology for more than 20 years. She has been happily married to her husband Frank for 19 years and feels privileged that she gets to call Redondo Beach and King Harbor home.
Cody Martin is one of Waterfront Education’s most beloved instructors. Born and raised in the south bay he is a true child of the ocean. At his young age his knowledge of the marine environment surpasses many ocean veterans. He is most passionate about fishing so it is no wonder that his Fishing and Gross Morphology class is so popular. Recently he tested a Lobster Hunt class with students and it was a huge success. Cody accompanies his dad out on his ORCA whale research excursions and has a close bond with the pod that visits our bay annually. At 20 he just recently bought his first boat and hopes to join King Harbor Yacht Club in January 2016.
Elizabeth Bloom brings with her more than 20 years of experience in education, enrichment and aquatics programs and is a former Aquatics Director, lifeguard and long-time Red Cross water safety instructor. She is a founding staff member of Da Vinci Innovation Academy in Hawthorne, and The Knowing Garden, a community elementary school in Redondo Beach. Bloom began her career developing enrichment and aquatic programs for the Beverly Hills Country Club. She also launched the first children’s department for the Manhattan Country Club, including its popular S.H.A.R.P. preschool. Infusing her love of the outdoors in her teaching style, Bloom believes that, “Learning happens organically when students are engaged in activities. ‘Learning while doing’ makes learning more relevant and memorable.” She is a former teacher, certified learning specialist and education consultant, and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Education and Humanities from Antioch University. She is married to her husband Jeff and has one amazing five year old child that keeps her on her toes.