Nathaniel Howe, Nautical Archeologist and Vessel Manager

Wayne Palsson, Music Director

Board of Directors

Andrew Bennett Northwest SeaportAndrew Bennett, President, is an Associate and Project Manager for KPFF Consulting Engineers. He currently manages waterfront planning, design and construction projects for public sector clients across the county. He is the immediate past-President of the Seattle Propeller Club. He has a Master’s degree in Coastal Management from the University of Washington and a Naval Architecture degree from MIT.

Jim Flies, Vice-President, is the Quality Systems Manager for Harley Marine Services, Inc. Previously, he served as the Academic Dean and the Dean of Students at Seattle Preparatory School, where he taught for twenty years. He has a Master of Education degree and a Principal Certificate from Seattle University and a B.A. degree in History from the University of Montana.

Colleen Browne, Treasurer, retired in 2009 from the Seattle Department of Parks and Recreation, where she was the Pro Parks Levy/Major Maintenance Manager. As a Capital Projects Manager at Seattle Parks, she was the lead on the Historic Ships Wharf, Lake Union Park, Luna Park, and the multi-million dollar Seattle Aquarium makeover project completed in 2007. She has a B.A. degree from the University of Washington.

Shannon Fitzgerald, Secretary, is the Manager of the Coordinated Seabird Studies Group at the Alaska Fisheries Science Center of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), where he has been a biologist and scientist for 23 years. He has a Master of Science degree in Wildlife Ecology from the University of Wisconsin and B.S. degree in Wildlife Biology from the University of Minnesota.

Patricia Hartle retired in 1989 as an administrator of the American President Lines, Ltd., a global container transportation company.  She serves as secretary and treasurer for two Seattle-based maritime heritage organizations, Pacific Northwest Maritime Heritage Council and Northwest Seaport.

Captain Mike Francisco was a NOAA Corps officer for 22 years. His assignments included three years as skipper of the John N Cobb, Commanding Officer, NOAA Ship Oscar Dyson, and Executive Officer NOAA Marine Operations Center, Pacific. He has a B.S. degree in Zoology and a Master of Marine Affairs Degree from University of Washington.

Barbara Klee is a designer and craftsperson, working with precious metals, jewelry, textile,s and interiors. She was raised in Seattle and Copenhagen. She has a B.A. degree in Art History from the University of Washington.

Chad See is Executive Director of the Freezer Longline Coalition. A Seattle native, he worked for 13 years in Washington, DC, most recently at K&L Gates LLP, where he represented clients on federal funding issues. He’s served on the staff of U.S. Senators Patty Murray and Jay Rockefeller. See is past President of the Washington State Society and a graduate of St. Olaf College.

Joseph Shickich is Principal at Riddell Williams law firm and Chair of the Bankruptcy and Creditors’ Rights group.  He received his J.D. from New York University and was named as one of Seattle’s “Top Business Lawyers” by Seattle Business Monthly magazine.  He is Immediate Past President of the Board of Directors of Northwest Seaport and was a member of the Seattle King County Maritime Heritage Task Force.

Robert Sittig studied Mechanical Engineering at UCLA.  He retired from a career in industrial equipment design after serving as president of Star Machinery Company, national sales manager of the DeVilbiss and president of Iwata America, the US division of a major Japanese manufacturer.  He was executive director of the Maritime Heritage Foundation in Seattle from 2000 to 2003 and has served on the board of Northwest Seaport since 1992.


Steven Baker, Chief Engineer, leads operation, maintenance and repair of the tug’s Washington Iron Works diesel engine, her machinery and systems. He leads Engineeer for a Day school programs.

Brian Johnson of Ocean Bay Marine is an experienced commercial shipwright who has been repairing commercial fishing vessels in Washington and Alaska for more than 40 years. Northwest Seaport has contracted him to undertake several projects on its vessels over the past six years and found the quality of the work to be very satisfactory and all work to meet the goals of historic preservation. Most recently, Johnson led the Arthur Foss deck repair project in December 2012 and the restoration of the salmon seiner Thelma C for the Kodiak Maritime Museum.

Adrian Lipp, Old Tacoma Marine, continues to support the operation, maintenance and repair of the tug’s Washington Iron Works diesel engine, her machinery and systems.  Adrian  has supervised NWS assistant engineers and engineroom volunteers during workparties.  He has lead Engineeer for a Day school programs and Diesel Engine Theory Class.

Carla Moar, Event and Program Coordinator, Family Fun Day of the Seattle Maritime Festival and Classic Workboat Show. Carla has managed special events, fashion shows, and fundraising events for Northwest Seaport and in Southern California, NYC, and throughout the Puget Sound area.  Her background is in Anthropology, apparel design, professional theater, and film.