Current PaNNTOA Officers

Current PaNNTOA Officers

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.

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Vice Commodore - Colin Coe

Colin has been boating the Canadian Gulf Islands and Desolation Sound for over 40 years and now lives on Salt Spring Island with his wife Marian who is a bird biologist specializing in sea birds. They enjoy cruising the BC Coast in their Nordic Tug 32 "Isle of

Somewhere” exploring new bays and re-visiting old favorites.






Rear Commodore/Treasurer - Carter Barnes

Born in Montana, Raised in Spokane, Graduated from Eastern Washington University in Business Finance. After 5 years working on the College Campus’s with Campus Crusade for Christ, Carter Enjoyed a 35 year Career in sales primarily in Dental Equipment Sales and office space planning with a family owned company out of Tacoma Washington.
Life has been made great in part because of my wife and partner of 50 years, Marcia. We have been blessed with 3 wonderful children also blessed with great marriages and 3 wonderful grandchildren.
We have found PaNNTOA to be of great benefit as first time Boat owners in our education and understanding of our Nordic. Serving as treasurer has allowed me to give back some of that benefit.

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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:




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”).

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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





Website Director - Sam Stone

SuAnn (Sam) Stone is a pharmacist and has been a private consultant to employers, brokers, third-party administrators, and pharmaceutical manufacturers regarding the Pharmacy Benefit Management industry. She has over 30 years of experience in the pharmaceutical industry, having worked in hospitals, independent, retail and chain pharmacies, biotech and managed care. SuAnn also served for 8 years on the Washington State Board of Pharmacy.

Sam and Bill have owned their NT, July 42-110, for 10 years, and enjoy trips annually as far north as Princess Louisa, Desolation Sound, Toba, Blind Channel and Dent Island.
As members of PaNNTOA since 2008, both Bill & Sam have volunteered at various positions since the first rendezvous they attended in Roche Harbor, put on that year coincidentally, by Jeff Brein.

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