Sailing since age 5, Heather is a sailing instructor/coach and licensed captain. She has extensive experience running successful youth sailing programs, and coaching competitive teams, around the country. These include the Courageous Sailing Center, the US Navy in Yokosuka, Japan, and the St. Francis Yacht Club team – where she coached several national youth champions. Heather has taught at OCSC and Modern Sailing, and captained “Gas Light” and “USA 76”. Heather has her own successful charter business, and lives with her children on her aluminum sloop at Galilee Harbor in Sausalito.
Jill is a semi-retired business executive with more than 25 years in consumer goods, both domestic and international. She was a long-term player at local Dreyer’s Grand Ice Cream, and key to its growth to become the leading ice cream company in the U.S., holding various brand, strategy and executive leadership roles. Upon acquisition of Dreyer’s by a multinational, Jill assumed a global position in Switzerland for 5 years. Jill is recently retired and living in Sausalito about 3 years. She enjoys adventure travel, is an active sailor, and has grown to love the Sausalito waterfront. She is currently working with organizations which engage her passion for the outdoors and the environment. Jill has her MBA from UC Berkeley, and a BA in Business Economics from UCSB.
Mary and Cass Gidley established the original “Cass’ Marina” sailboat rental and school in 1960, as part of an extensive commercial fish operation on the old Napa Street Pier. Mary and Cass lived and raised their children on the Bay aboard the classic wooden sailboats, the Tia Mia and the Yo Ho Ho. The Gidley family did extensive international cruising in the off season. Mary is retired from a teaching position at College of Marin, and retains her passion for wooden boats and the sea. Mary’s son Memo, and daughters Lupe and Sharon, share her enthusiasm for this project.
Phil Ritter is an independent non-profit consultant, whose clients include nonprofit housing developers, foundations and local governments. He is a CPA, and has held executive, financial and management leadership roles for multiple organizations including Mid-Peninsula Housing Coalition and Burbank Housing in Santa Rosa. Phil also has experience in grant making and monitoring, consulting with foundations and corporations on a range of issues including homeless families, environmental and community health issues, and affordable housing. He is a volunteer board member of several organizations. Phil has been involved with sailboat projects and sailing since 1985, and currently lives with his wife on their 1975 Island Freeport 41 at Bridgeway Marina.
John has been messing around in water and on things that float since childhood. Youth sailing and boating started in El Toro’s on Tomales bay leading to class racing and ocean passages. His first year round job was in an Inverness marina followed by a life of mostly maritime work on both coasts. John’s primarily a craftsman, designer and builder of boats, buildings, gadgets, machinery and vehicles. He has recently been specializing in electric propulsion for sailboats, but for the past 25+ years he has been in the yacht repair business here in Sausalito. John is now semi-retired and trying to finish building his own boat ‘Dolfin’ which he lives aboard, berthed in San Rafael. He has been an active local volunteer for decades including fundraisers, the starting of Willow Creek school, Site Counsel chair, Little League coach, and RBMA board. Itching for an active working waterfront, John found SCBC’s use of traditional wooden boats to teach sailing, seamanship and environmental stewardship irresistible. He came aboard to help a little with the growing donated fleet and recently joined the Board in the position of fleet manager.
Currently Active Advisors include:
Chris Gallagher – Bay Model
Michael Rex – Michael Rex Architects
Benjamin Shaw - Journalist
Terri Thomas – Environmental Consultant
Dennis Webb – Dennis Webb Construction