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Sarah Knudsen, Education Director

Sarah learned to sail at the age of 10 on a San Juan 21 in Klamath Falls, OR and moved to Portland in February 2022. Her previous sailing experiences include Wednesday night races, regattas, and volunteering for the 35th America's Cup in Bermuda. She joined OWSA in June 2022 to make connections with other women passionate about sailing and hopes to further her education and earn sailing certifications. In May 2023, Sarah and three other OWSA women obtained their ASA 101/103/104 certifications from San Juan Sailing and Yachting aboard Kipper Kite in the San Juan Islands. When not dreaming of sailing, Sarah is found playing board games with her husband, walking her dogs, or telling a joke too punny to repeat. In her professional life, Sarah is an Total Rewards Analyst at a global logistics company and operates her own HR consulting firm. She has experience in small business and nonprofit management, human resources, accounting, and strategic planning.


Kristin Buys, Social/Membership Director

I initially learned to sail when I was in college and took a class on small boats. When I moved back to Portland, I discovered OWSA from a friend, started attending Wednesday night sails and remembered why I enjoyed sailing so much.

I now own a Bayliner Buccaneer 180 that I tow with a Toyota Corolla (can you believe it only weighs 525lbs fully rigged!), and I sail it with my dad. If I have the choice between doing a leisurely sail or racing, I will always choose racing because I love the speed and competition.

I am friendly, outgoing and energetic, and I look forward to connecting with other OWSA ladies and continuing to grow the program.


Kristin Buys

Lisa Pasquantonio, Programs Director

I joined OWSA in 2017 and have participated in many of the clubs opportunities including WNS, BOAST, and the San Juan Island/Gulf Island and BVI Flotillas. I have also taken classes at the Willamette Sailing Club in college and in 2016 & 2017. I volunteer for many organizations including OWSA, SMART Reading in grade schools, a camp for kids with heart disease, the American Heart Association, Friends of Trees, and many more! I am an empty nester now with one son in college and a daughter who just graduated from college. I stay active by doing XC skiing, singing in choirs, hiking, biking, snowshoeing, dancing (Zumba, Hip-hop, Yosakoi, really ANY dancing), swimming, and aqua aerobics. I love to try new activities and before the pandemic I earned my blue belt in tae kwon do and did rock-climbing. My most outdoorsy job was working as part of the Forest Service Spotted Owl Monitoring Crew. By contrast, I have been working remotely from home these past four years. I have had various roles working for medical device companies for 14 years, the last eight of which have been in compliance.

I am looking forward to serving on the board and helping OWSA in whatever way I can!


Kathy Clevenger, Operations Director

I started sailing in 2019, taking ASA 101 and 103 classes with my then teenage son. It was a great chance to spend time together, until he left for college (go Beavers!) I joined OWSA to meet other sailors and improve my skills. In addition to sailing, I spend my free time hiking and backpacking as well as traveling in my Sprinter Van.


Open, Marketing/Fundraising Director

Position is currently open.

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