Meet Our Volunteers
BOAST Chair, Melissa Cearlock
Melissa is native to the Vancouver/Portland area, sailing since the age of 6. Traveling offshore, exploring the Puget Sound, and many other places even taught kids to sail at West Moorland Pond while standing in water up to her waist, and in the tropics while stationed in Guam during her time in the Navy. Melissa got her first boat in 2007, a 26ft Paceship and spent many weekends on the Chesapeake Bay, MD. Returning to the Pacific NW without her boat in late 2013 Melissa discovered OWSA at the Portland Boat Show in Jan of 2014 and joined that Feb. She has taken classes, volunteered at OWSA events and is looking forward to many more.
Melissa has served as our Email Coordinator, Treasurer, Operations Director and Webmaster
BOAST First Mate, Kitty Glassow
Hi my name is Kitty, I am a Mammographer with Kaiser Permanente. As a teenager I enjoyed being in the water, swimming, kneeboarding and floating. Growing up I never thought that sailing would be part of my future, I figured it was a rich man's sport and Portland/ marine drive was just to far to ask my parents to drive to. So I never thought twice about it.
My hobbies include adding Kittens tinsel to hair, ( sparkly fairy hair) cross stitching, hiking with our dogs, then recently picked up snowboarding and kickboxing.
When I met my boyfriend last Christmas of 2019, he mentioned sailing and that he has been a sailor since he was a teenager. He has been all over the seas and has dreams of living on a sailboat in the on a sailboat in the next 5 years. He owns a 27ft Ericson sloop but now it needs repair and is on hold till we can find a covered area to work on it. So, since we can't use the boat, he has introduced me to some sailors on youtube and since then I have been hooked! I love the thought of being on the water and navigating the waterways. I have no experience, but I am jumping in and ready to hit the water! I understand sailing can be difficult, but I pick up new things quickly and bring laughter along the way. I believe as a full green woman, I can bring comfort to others that are new and possibly recruit other ladies to join. any advice, books, tutorials or videos that you may be helpful would be greatly appreciate it!
Boat Wrangler, Carisa Bohus
Carisa Bohus, (Kah reese sah Bow hooosh!) joined OWSA in 2010 and has been learning how to really feel the wind ever since. I appreciate the many interesting areas OWSA brings to the membership, like volunteering at the Boat Show, and Sail for the Cause, as well as taking OWSA classes and attending sailing community talks. I love the monthly meetings and have learned so much from all my sailing sisters. Being in the BOAT/BOAST program has been a great way to get more time on the water.
Some of the benefits of Wednesday Night Sails are meeting other OWSA members, the skippers in the area, the river, and all the different boats we have the pleasure of sailing on. I'm looking forward to a fantastic 2021 sailing season. Please don't hesitate to give me feedback on the WNS program. I want to meet you and hear about your adventures.
Fleet Manager, Kyrsten (kiki) Schenk
I grew up doing a lot of day sailing with my dad on his Catalina 27 in Santa Cruz, CA. As an adult, I once spent 30 days on a sharpie schooner with 7 people in the Florida Keys, after which I was able to tie a bowline one-handed. Maybe Ill rediscover that skill again someday, but Im just excited to be on boats and build community with rad women!
Wednesday Night Sail (WNS) Coordinator, this could be you!
This position is open. It is graciously being temporarily covered by Bevin Peters, who is already busy with programs. Step up to help OWSA with this essential, core activity!! You will get to meet all the skippers and help the OWSA members get out on the Columbia. Good communication and planning skills are all you need.
Skipper Vetter, Neonta Bell
Race Captain, Stephanie Walker
Sailing/racing since 2015. I own a Hunter 30 sailboat. Skipper for WNS. 2020 Race Captain.
Class Registrar, Berry Kruijnin
I grew up around water in The Netherlands and have sailed my whole life. I learned to sail when I was 5 on a pond behind our house. From there I graduated to a lake and by the time I was 13 I had done my first 16-day off shore trip to Norway (from The Netherlands). I have sailed many nautical miles off shore on the North Sea, English Channel and Atlantic, to Scandinavia, England, France, and Spain. Logged over 15K nautical miles. I've owned and skippered 3 sail boats so far and co-skippered my 30-foot boat for 5 years on the ocean.
Here in the Pacific Northwest, I have racing experience as crew on the Columbia on a J30 and later in the Cal 20 fleet for about 12 years, as well as cruising in the San Juan Islands. At OWSA I've mostly participated in Wednesday night sail in the past throughout the years. I love being out on the water either on a sailboat or in a kayak. I've rejoined OWSA after a few years break and I'm looking forward to getting to know you and see some familiar faces!
Volunteer Coordinator, Oshra Rapaport - Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Membership Chair - Erica Graham - Email: Membership@owsa.net
Boat Show Coordinator - Gail Clement Email: email@example.com
Communications Coordinator, Fernanda Gwinner
Webmaster, Judith Lebzelter
Judith always promised herself that she would get back to sailing which she fondly remembered from the Lake George, New York holidays of her childhood. Too much time passed, but then she found OWSA and BOAST, which was great for showing how to make it happen and to meet great people too! So now, she is trying to help out as webmaster. Let her know if you want anything posted or removed, find any problems or have any other ideas about the site.
Technology Coordinator, Christine Shook
Christine was born and raised in Portland, OR and was introduced to sailing through OWSA. On the weekends you can find her flying drones, climbing, or lazing by a river (on whatever floating craft she can find/make). She works as an email marketer in her day job, but mostly insists that she's a professional drone pilot. Reach out to her if you need any tech help!
Merchandise Chair, Sally Dewitt
Hi I'm Sally. I've called Portland home for almost 4 years and have been spending that time figuring out what outdoor adventures Im into. I'm from Louisiana and lived in Texas for a decade before shipping out west. Growing up I swam competitively, taught lessons, life guarded, and stayed in and around the water - swimming, canoeing, tubing, skiing, everything. Moving to Portland and things to do on the water, sailing seemed like an out of reach sport to get into. Last summer I was introduced to sailing through a friend who suggested I check out OWSA. The sailing basics course this year was my introduction. The instructors and class were amazing and encouraged me to pursue sailing and get involved with OWSA! In my free time, you can find me hiking, skiing, relaxing around the water or trying to coax my cats into taking a walk.
Bookkeeper, Susan Day
Sue recently moved to Portland from Vashon Island, Washington. She's currently working as the Director of Finance and Administration at APANO (Asian Pacific American Network of Oregon). Sue grew up in the suburbs of Boston, MA and sailing on Cape Cod, went to colleges in Vermont, Arizona, and Massachusetts, and finally settled in the Pacific Northwest nearly 20 years ago. She has a background in nonprofit management and small business ownership and has not done nearly enough sailing recently!