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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.


Julie Schumann, Commodore

When I was young, my mother would call to me when I was too far out in the waves swimming in Manzanita Bay. Today, when I need to heal, I head to the water. I think it was a natural fit that I found a community in OWSA. I joined in 2000, but it seems like just yesterday. The confidence and skills I gained through sailing in the last 24 years bled into my professional life and made me a better teacher and human being. The lifelong friends that I made along the way challenged me and pushed me to become even better.

I bought my first sailboat a year after I joined OWSA. My husband, Michael, felt it was important for me to own a boat if I wanted to really get to know sailing. My first boat, Wayward Star, was a Catalina 22 with a 7 swing keel. I purchased it for a mere $5000. It was a great beginner boat for me. She was responsive and forgiving at the same time. From Wayward Star, I moved up into my 1984 Newport 30 MIII, Blue Heron, because I needed more range I and wanted to really go places in my vessel. Blue Heron is my forever boat. My Newport carried me and an all woman crew across the Columbia River Bar, up the Washington coastline and into the Strait of Juan de Fuca. From there we sailed into the San Juan and Gulf Islands.

These past years I had the pleasure of chartering as skipper. The first cruise was to the Gulf Islands in September 2022, then the San Juan Islands in September 2023 and lastly the BVIs in March 2024. With each charter I gained more experience in planning and preparing for a cruise, and I increased my knowledge and skill of docking and boat handling.

Over the last 24 years in OWSA, I met many women on Blue Heron during Wednesday Night Sails who were at the beginning of their sailing endeavors. I watched them grow into first mates, then boat owners, then cruising skippers themselves. This is how OWSA empowers women. I look forward to helping guide OWSA through its 30th year.

Email: commodore@owsa.net

Contact the commodore for questions about the board meetings and community outreach.


Aslinn Arcuri, Vice Commodore

I think sailing must be in my English/Irish genes because I didn't grow up sailing, and didn't really know anyone who sailed, but about seven years ago, I caught the sailing bug. But, it was out of my reach to buy a sailboat and join a Good-Old-Boys yacht club, and I was too intimidated to wander down to the shipyard to learn more about sailing and boats. Discovering OWSA was a game-changer for me. It felt like a safe space where I could learn at my own pace, in my own way, in a nurturing and empowering organization, just for women.

Since I took the OWSA plunge, back in 2017, Ive sailed in New Zealand, La Paz, and the San Juan Islands. I joined the BOAST program where I have been making new sailing friends and clocking nautical miles on Picaroon. I was part of the 2023 group of OWSA sailors who got Bareboat Certified. And I have enjoyed many a Wednesday Night Sail!

OWSA changed my life! Im a sailor now! Someone who knows more about outboard motors than she ever wanted to know! I'm honored to serve on the board to help forward the mission of getting more women on sailboats, and I'm excited for all the sailing adventures yet to come with my OWSA sisters.

Email: vicecommodore@owsa.net

Contact the vice commodore for questions about the general meetings, director nominations, the board retreat and community outreach.


Robin Smith, Rear Commodore

I love the water and the wind and have since I was a kid. I grew up with two lakes nearby. One of my best friends family had a beach house on Lake Erie on the Canadian side across from Buffalo. Wed ride our bikes over the Peacebridge using our library cards as ID and spend the day on the water.

The other Lake, Chautauqua Lake is where I learned to sail. The Boys and Girls Club where kids spent the day, has many activities, including sailing. Donated Lightnings were our learner boats. With most outings starting with bailing out the boats affectionately named the minow bucket or something similar. We learned the basics and safety protocols and spent many hours sailing our fleet.

I also had friends with small sunfish, kites, and other dingy type boats which we donned our life jackets and took off the dock sailing all day by ourselves, down toward Jamestown and back to Mayville.

When I moved to Oregon I bought a well loved Lido 14 that I trailered to Hagg Lake, the Willamette and one time to Willapa Bay.that last one was a little scary.

Then I got a taste of bigger boats and the Columbia because of a PE class requirement for PCC. I could take basketball, badminton, or.drum role please..Sailing! Portland Sailing Center at Harbor One were the instructors. I didnt find my way to OWSA until I went to a friends graduation celebration at Rose City Yacht Club and someone there asked me if I knew about OWSA. I joined immediately!

As a volunteer I ran Wednesday Night Sails for 2 ½ years, and chaired the Sail for the Cause when we raised over $40,000 for Susan G Komen. Ive helped with many events, meetings, programs pitching in where needed.\

Because of OWSA Ive sailed in the BVI, USVI, Grenadines and Grenada, Bay of Islands in New Zealand, the Gulf Islands, San Juan Islands. And just returned from 10 days on a catamaran in St. Lucia.

I live on a floating house and my sweet little Clipper Marine 21, Periwinkle is tied the dock at the house and is part of WNS.

I am happy to give back to OWSA by serving as the Rear Commodore during this interim phase. My nonprofit and previous board experience should be helpful in drafting new by laws for member approval and aiding Julie in her Commodore tasks.

Email: rearcommodore@owsa.net

Contact the rear commodore for questions about the ISC Scholarship, donations and community outreach.


Carolyn Morse, Secretary

Email: secretary@owsa.net

Contact the secretary about meeting minutes, the annual report and business registry records 


Janiece Brown, Treasurer

Email: treasurer@owsa.net

Contact the treasurer about OWSA's 501(c)3 status, accounts payable & receivable and department budgets.


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

2023 - Allison Chown2016 - April Deines2009 - Julia Tucker2002 - Mary Stupi Brocks
2022 - Laura Gadley2015 - Dondi Kathman2008 - Edie Felix2001 - Mary Woiccak
2021 - Jennifer Hall (Wiseman)2014 - Ashley Patterson2007 - Cathie Dluehosh2000 - Linda Wanitschek
2020 - Shancy Holland2013 - Ellen Van Rossum2006 - Susan Estes1999 - Alice Patten
2019 - Delona Lang2012 - Susan Gierga2005 - Judi Davis1998 - Cheryl McNaughton
2018 - Tressa Yellig2011 - Kitty Church2004 - Sue Johnson1997 - Gail Taylor
2017 - MC Rydzewski2010 - Wendy Hatchadourian2003 - Donna Mac1996 - Susan Burns
1995 - Sherry Robinson
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