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Board of Directors

Terry Moran

Terry emigrated with his parents from Ireland to the Bay Area grew up aboard boats in Sausalito.  After graduating from St. Ignatius in San Francisco he entered the Naval Academy, graduating in the Class of 1988.  Terry served as a naval aviator, flying the F-14 Tomcat, and was recalled to active duty for service in Iraq, finishing his career as commander of the Navy’s first MQ-9 Reaper unmanned unit.  In business Terry has held a variety of management responsibilities in aerospace engineering and program management. He lives in Sausalito with his wife Jen and is a USCG licensed captain for 100 ton vessels in inland and near coastal waters. 

As the proud father of a Marine, Terry understands the challenges many face in transitioning to civilian life, and how difficult it often is to secure the services veterans have earned from the VA.  Terry founded WBFV as a means to support veterans overcoming their operational service and to ensure they get the benefits they have earned.  He decided that his passion for sailing should be used to help veterans; and choosing the unique pursuit of restoring wooden boats is an effective means of serving this purpose.  The discipline of wooden boat ownership, restoration, and sailing is a timeless way of life that centers and grounds its participants.  "Just Add Salt Water, and do it on a wooden boat if you can".  To date over 500 veterans have done just that.

Terry Moran

Founder & Chairman

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Matt Cline is a Producer, Director, Cinematographer of short films and feature length documentaries, filmed here in the US and abroad in  Thailand and the Philippines.  His gifted work is shown here at Matt is also an accomplished boat restoration expert, specializing in catboats; take a look at his work on YouTube.  His lifetime dedication to recording and preserving the heritage of wooden boats is truly special.  

Matt Cline

Board Member & Media Director


A USN Submarine Service, Scuba diver qualified Veteran, Frank brings years of experience from Nuclear power plant engineering and electrical plant operations to working in Hi Tech Semi-conductor Engineering and Sales for past 30+ years along with volunteer experience at several other non-profit organizations.   He is passionate about his family, friends, volunteering and the conservation of the ocean, which includes being a volunteer Scuba diver at the Monterey Bay aquarium since 2005.  He is excited to work with other Veterans to bring them the experience and camaraderie of sailing together. 

Frank DeSimone

Board Member & Outreach Director


​James brings 20+ years experience from working in S&P 500 companies in the Aerospace and Electronics/Semiconductor industries.  He has honed his financial acumen with countless business case assessments backed by his MS in Industrial Engineering from Stanford along with a concentration in finance from Stanford’s business school.  A former Navy pilot with 13 years active duty and over 2000 flight hours, he’s a passionate sailor with even more hours under sail in both competitive racing and blue water cruising.  Foremost, he’s an advocate for Veteran's health having a long term service related disability.   

James Johnson

Board Member & Sailing Director


A self-proclaimed "aging army-brat", Gregory served over 20 years as assistant district attorney with the San Francisco County, including experience with the Veteran Justice Court.  He has extensive work experience with veterans and VA organizations, including the Dept. of Veterans Affairs; and had prior non-legal substantive experience in politics, restaurants and residential construction. In 2017 Gregory first went sailing with WBFV and the following year took several sailing classes and received basic SF Bay sailing qualification.  He and is wife Nan are members of the Golden Gate Yacht Club. 

Greg Mendez

Board Member & Legal Counsel


As a marketing professional specializing in writing and content creation, Jen has written blogs, campaign materials, web content, and social platform copy for a variety of industries for more than a decade. Most recently, she served as Director of Marketing at Ave Maria University, leading her team through the creation and implementation of successful campaigns, daily social platform content, and bi-annual magazine issues, in addition to overseeing design projects, branding collateral, video creation, website upkeep, and budget creation. Jen has been deeply involved in community networking, serving as a member of the Women's Advisory Council to California State Assemblyman Kevin Kiley, as well as other community roles.

Jen Moran

Board Member & Marketing Director

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