Leslie Goldsmith, Program Director
My first sailing season with OWSA was in 2014 and I have loved the experience of sailing on the Columbia on Wednesday Night Sails, meeting new people and gaining more confidence in my sailing skills. I grew up sailing in Buzzard's Bay, near Cape Cod, in small boats and overnight cruising on my dad's sloop. I am a recently retired preschool teacher. My husband Reed and I moved to Portland in 2011 to be near our children and grandchildren. I am excited to join OWSA's Board as Program Director.
Jen Wiseman, Education Director
Jen is relatively new to sailing. After becoming an OWSA member in 2017, she quickly caught the bug, found some openings and started to volunteer. She is thankful to OWSA for the personal thresholds she has overcome in such a short period of time and is always ready to pay it forward. She has learned to sail small boats through the BOAST Program and is excited to share the knowledge she has learned with you. As she moves on to the Vice Commodore role this year, she is actively recruiting a volunteer to take on the Education Director role, so please reach out to her to find out what is involved in this important role.
Katie Phillips, Social/Membership Director
Katherine started sailing when she was 24 years old and got her first sailboat; a 18' Hunter. She completed her first sailing class at Willamette Sailing Club. Katherine joined OWSA in 2012.
She participates regularly in the Wednesday Night Sails. Katherine recently completed the First Mate Program. She enjoys crewing on different boats at Portland Yacht Club, Set Sail for a Cause, Mauna Elliott & SYSCO races. She just started volunteering with the SYSCO race events.
Leeta Anderson, Operations/Technology Director
I have always been a water baby, but growing up in landlocked Utah meant skiing was a better bet than boats. In last 5 years that I've jumped into the sailing community and joined OWSA 3 years ago for Wednesday night sails. After taking the OWSA racing class, I started racing 2 years ago. There is no faster way to develop skills than to be out on a race! This year, I plan to crew on the Offshore race to Victoria in May.
This is my first all-in volunteer position with OWSA, and I hope I'll be able to help get more women out on boats. I'm looking forward to another great year on the water with this awesome group.
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