Commodore – Gary White
Gary spent his 35 year career as a firefighter, retiring as Fire Chief in 2009.
Gary has been an active PaNNTOA member since 2016 and has been boating since the mid-70’s. He and his wife Carole Stewart, cruise in their NT-37 tug “Last Splash” hull # 102. They spend their summers cruising the Broughtons, towing a small fishing boat.
You can reach him at: Commodore@PaNNTOA.com
Vice Commodore – Doug Ford
Lindsey and Doug Ford have cruised Washington and BC waters on Nordic Tugs for many years. “Waterford”, NT 37-195, took them north of Cape Caution this past summer for a few weeks of remote, beautiful, quiet cruising.
Now retired, Doug enjoyed a career in higher education as a professor of computer science, college administrator and, finally, manager of judicial education for Washington state courts. He has served on many non-profit boards since 1989. Doug is pleased to see new energy and growth ahead for PANNTOA.
You can reach him at: vicecommodore@PaNNTOA.com
Rear Commodore/Treasurer – Mike Russell
Mike was a news photographer for 40 years before he retired and he and his wife, Connie, moved to Anacortes. The Russell’s first began boating after Mike graduated from San Jose State University with a degree in journalism. He got a job in Pittsburg which sits on the Delta in central California. They decided that a boat was necessary so a used 16-foot Glastron bow rider soon made its way into their lives. The Glastron became the gateway to many adventures and of course more and larger boats. The little runabout soon gave way to a series of sailboats that they raced on San Francisco Bay the last being a Sabre 386. Once they had settled in Anacortes it was decided that a trawler would probably be the best way to go so a Nordic Tug 39, M.T. Pockets became their boat of choice.
Mike and Connie have been married for 54 years, Mike is a Vietnam vet and now does landscape photography, golf, and boating as hobbies. Connie has an MBA from Saint Mary’s and has worked in hi-tech and the airline industry before retiring. She now has started a new career in real estate with RE/MAX Gateway here in Anacortes.
You can reach him at: Treasurer@PaNNTOA.com
Membership Director – Chris Sodeman
Hi, my name is Chris Sodeman, I am the newly appointed director of membership for the Panntoa group.
What attracted me to the Pacific Northwest Nordic Tug Owners Association was the great people in the Nordic community. I have met so many great people. Being a member of Panntoa has opened the door for conversation about boating and has been a great ice breaker.
I have always been involved in boating going back to my childhood vacationing in Westport and Illwaco Washington salmon fishing with my dad and brother.
I’ve owned a number of boats in the past but never realized how enjoyable cruising could be until I purchased my first Nordic tug. I have not regretted my decision and encourage you to come join me, my wife Cindy, and all of us at Panntoa.
You can reach him at: Membership@PaNNTOA.com
Communications Director – Mike Young
Family? Julia & I met and married in 1970 – now approaching 50 wonderful years – two beloved daughters, son-in-law & grandkids, all within 50 miles of us!
Faith? Despite my mistakes over 75 years, our lives have been greatly blessed. A careful observer could find signs of faith in my better moments.
Fun? I love retirement – especially more time with family and friends; singing in our church choir; playing/singing other kinds of music; boating, skiing and biking!
The journey? Grew up in MT & Eastern WA, canoeing, fishing, water skiing. “Boat School” (aka USNA) = 4 yrs of seamanship, leadership, ship-handling, navigation + ignited interest in sailing.
• Navy – 25 years. Fighter pilot (F-4 Phantom); advanced jet instructor (A-4 Skyhawk); also navigated C-130s to/in Viet Nam, Philippines, Japan, Pacific islands. Reserves: Piloted & commanded recon aircraft to/from Guam, Philippines, Aleutian Islands, Bering Sea, Japan, Hawaii; staff officer for Commander-in-Chief Pacific.
• Lawyer – 30+ years. Great colleagues and clients nationwide. Cases mostly in Northwest courts & tribunals (including Wash & Alaska Supreme Courts) + took a half dozen cases to the U.S. Supreme Court. “Recovering lawyer” since retirement in 2012.
• Other meaningful experiences: church work; leadership of national & regional nonprofits; sailing coach/instructor; adjunct prof (UW); writing & editing professional journals & books; hold FAA Commercial Pilot License (never flown “for hire”).
You can reach him at: email@example.com
Rendezvous Director – Jeff Brein
Jeff has been a PaNNTOA member since 2005 and has directed Rendezvous events in Bremerton, Port Townsend, Roche Harbor and in 2020 – Sidney, British Columbia.
Jeff and his partners own multiple movie theaters in Washington State including locations in Anacortes, Seattle, Ocean Shores, Bainbridge Island and Bremerton to name a few. You’ll find Intermission (NT37-12) cruising most summers with family and friends in the San Juan Islands and Gulf Islands of Canada.
To reach Jeff with ideas, questions or comment you can reach him via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Website Director – Sandra, aka “Sam,” Piotrowski
After a startling number of years as a manager in high tech, Sandra didn’t so much retire as forget to go back to work. When her dashing spouse, Angelo Muzzin, sold their first sail boat—a 32” Bayliner with acres of canvas and a propensity to skate sideways in a stiff breeze—she was delighted with their new ship, Salish Star, NT32-300.
Sandra and Angelo have been members of PANNTOA for several years and appreciate the tips, tricks, camaraderie of this wonderful boating community. The advice has been invaluable and made cruising the Salish Sea even more fun.
Websites are only as good as the content and accessibility. If you have suggestions or questions about the PaNNTOA website, please send Sandra a note.
You can reach her at: Web@PaNNTOA.com