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Flag Officers

The Board is made up of five Flag Officer positions (Commodore, Vice Commodore, Rear Commodore, Secretary, and Treasurer) and up to five additional Directors. Contact the Commodore if you are interested in serving on the Board and giving back to the OWSA Community.

Jen Wiseman, Commodore

Jen didn't grow up sailing, but always knew she wanted to experience sailing.  When she joined OWSA in October of 2017 all of that changed.  In 2018 she served as the Class Registrar and also participated in the BOAST program.  She learned to sail that year and will never look back. In 2019 Jen stepped up to serve as the Education Director and she is currently serving as the Commodore. She is grateful to be of service to such an amazing sailing community. 


Laura Gadley, Vice Commodore

Laura learned to sail on a daysailer called Whistler on Lake Pymatuning in NE Ohio and initially sailed with her family while living on a 42' steel hulled junk rigged schooner.  Laura has sailed for 6 weeks in French Polynesia, several trips to the San Juan Islands, sailed from LaConner through Deception Pass and sailed from Port Hardy, BC northwest around Vancouver Island to Victoria, BC.

Laura joined OWSA in 2014, participated in Wednesday Night Sails, volunteered as a guppy for several education classes, is a First Mate, and has had the opportunity to take many of the OWSA classes.  Laura has experience maintaining and painting boats, she is pretty handy and believes no task is too small or too hard.

Laura has spent a lot of time on canoes, sailing with tarps, sailing on all sizes of boats and feels very comfortable around water. She is a strong swimmer and has her SCUBA certificates.  Laura is a HR Manager in her professional life, has a strong work ethic and enjoys building solid working relationships with others.


Shancy Holland, Rear Commodore

Shancy started sailing in the 90's on Lake Minnetonka in Minnesota when an opportunity to race on a Ranger 23 came her way.  She was hooked.  She joined OWSA in 2009 and has served in a variety of volunteer roles supporting technology and operations for OWSA. Shancy had the opportunity to race on a Martin 24 on the Columbia River with an amazing skipper and crew in 2019 and has cruised in the San Juan Islands, the BVI and Lake Michigan. She loves being on the water and gets out as often as possible on her Catalina 22.  She has embraced boat ownership and maintenance and believes that any day sailing is an adventure!


Carin Berg, Secretary

OWSA has opened the door to the joys of Sailing. Joining in 2015, I took all classes OWSA offered which created a solid foundation for many adventures over the years. Thrilled to give back to this powerful network of Sailing Sisters,  I previously served as Secretary in 2016-7, was Event manager for Set Sail for a Cause, and an adult leader with Sea Scouts ship Sunsail. Volunteering has been a fantastic way to build many friendships in the Portland Community. Friendships that have fostered invitations to sail SYSCO races on Merit 25, CYC Offshore on J105, and Columbia River long distance racing on a Beneteau and S2. The journey continues with repairing and learning to sail my beautiful boat, s/v Grey Riesling a 30' S2 8.0c. I look forward to learning your journey, and help to find ways OWSA can support your sailing goals.  


Tanya Seely, Treasurer

I have lived most of my life in the Pacific Northwest. I have always loved being around water. Growing up if I was not on horseback, I was in my neighbor's swimming pool! Later I spent my summers with friends on the Willamette river water skiing and wake boarding. Most recently I have discovered sailing. I was enchanted so I looked for ways to be able to continue sailing. I learned about OWSA while shopping at West Marine. I thought that OWSA was exactly what I was looking for and I joined soon after. I have been an OWSA member for five years now.


Thank you to the amazing Commodores that have provided vision and leadership to OWSA over the years:

2021     Jennifer Wiseman

2020     Shancy Holland

2019     Delona Lang

2018     Tressa Yellig

2017     MC Rydzewski

2016     April Deines

2015     Dondi Kathman

2014     Ashley Patterson

2013     Ellen Van Rossum

2012     Susan Gierga

2011     Kitty Church

2010     Wendy Hatchadourian

2009     Julia Tucker

2008     Edie Felix

2007     Cathie Dluehosh

2006     Susan Estes

2004     Sue Johnson

2003     Donna Mac

2002     Mary Stupi Brocks

2001     Mary Woiccak

2000     Linda Wanitschek

1999     Alice Patten

1998     Cheryl McNaughton

1997     Gail Taylor

1996     Susan Burns

1995     Sherry Robinson

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