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.
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 – Mark Malnes
A lifelong resident of the Pacific Northwest, I am excited to be part of the PaNNTOA team. After spending forty years in the commercial printing industry I sold my company in 2017 and began my retirement. Between family, volunteering and boating I now find myself busier than I’ve ever been and am loving every minute of it. I’m honored to be able to give back to the community by serving as a Trustee for the Warm Beach Senior Community where I actively participate on a near daily basis. I’m blessed to be a father of three adult kids and husband to my wonderful wife Cheryl. Together we enjoy our time spent on “Polaris”, our NT32-220.
You can reach the PaNNTOA Membership Director at: Membership@PaNNTOA.com
Communications Director – Denise Nichols
Denise Nichols and her husband Russ own a 1998 – 32 foot Nordic Tug “All R Nichols “. We used to joke that we would buy a Nordic if we ever won the Lottery. The problem was that we never bought any tickets.
However, after selling our house in Selah in 2016 and moving to Green Valley, AZ to retire, we needed a place to escape the hot summers. A tug seemed like the perfect solution. “All R Nichols” is our second home from May through September. Our home port is Swantown in Olympia. Russ likes to tell people that we like to stay “within the 60-80 degree comfort zone.” When the weather gets cold at the end of September, we close up the boat and head down to Arizona. When not out boating, we spend our time biking and visiting with family and friends.
On the docks, people are always saying how much they like the Nordics. Some have told us that we were living their dream by spending the winters in the desert and summers boating Puget Sound. Yes, we are living our dream.
You can reach her at: firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com
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