We are governed by a talented and committed Board of Directors and an accomplished Advisory Board, and staffed by a team of operational and marketing professionals. Every dollar raised goes into the boats and the veterans we serve.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Terry Moran, CDR USN (Ret.), Chairman
Terry is the principal visionary, fundraiser and spokesperson for Wooden Boats For Veterans. A graduate of the Naval Academy, he has 28 years military service as a naval aviator and is service-disabled. Terry is also a licensed Captain in Inland and Near Coastal waters for sailing and power vessels of up to 100 tons. Terry received his masters degree from the University of San Diego in International Relations and has a successful career leading organizations in Aerospace. Terry provides leadership for the overall organization and represents the organization to its varied constituents, including veterans, investors, community members, policymakers and partners.
James Johnson, Treasurer / Director
As our Treasurer, 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.
Sue Shalvey, Development / Director
Originally from Linden, California, Sue’s work as an education consultant grew out of her successful career as a teacher, principal and district leader in San Joaquin County and Silicon Valley school systems, where her expertise in serving students with disabilities and advancing their success was established. As Aspire Public Schools’ National Director of Special Education, she established cooperative programs with states, districts and non-profit organizations, as well as launched Aspire’s special education teacher residency program with University of Pacific. Sue was a member of California’s State Task Force for Special Education and established California’s statewide charter schools organization. She served on the Board of Charles Armstrong School and currently serves on building campaign advisory for Life Learning Academy in San Francisco.
Patrick Mulcahy, Secretary / Director
In September of 1993, Foss opened up its San Francisco Bay operation with one tug, 12 mariners assigned from the Northwest and an office staff consisting of two people, one of them Patrick Mulcahy. Foss Maritime has several lines of business in the Bay, escorting loaded oil tankers, ship assists, a dredge operation that mines sand for use as construction materials. Pat Mulcahy coordinates all this in the Bay. A lifelong sailor and outdoorsman, he is also an avid supporter of veterans causes as well as a consummate maritime professional.
Jennifer Moran, Marketing / Director
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.
The Advisory Board supports WBFV’s Board of Directors and staff by providing expertise on specific issues that affect the organization’s business and veteran outreach strategies. The Advisory Board also supports the organization’s fundraising efforts. Advisors meet as a group annually and may asked for advice informally throughout the year. Members of the Advisory Board include: policy makers, business leaders, community leaders and investors. Current Advisors include:
Don Shalvey, Ed.D., Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
Don is a Deputy Director for K-12 Education at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, where he oversees charter schools, teacher preparation, and school and system leadership. Prior to joining the foundation, Don was the founder and CEO of Aspire Public Schools, and has spent the past 40 years in public education where he is widely recognized as a leader in public school reform and the charter school movement. In 1992, Don served as the Superintendent of San Carlos School District, where he sponsored the first charter school in California. The San Carlos Charter Learning Center became a California Distinguished School and has since served as a model for many other charter schools. In 1998, Don and entrepreneur Reed Hastings co-founded Californians for Public School Excellence, a grassroots organization that led to the passage of the Charter Schools Act of 1998, which lifted the cap on the number of charter schools in the state. Dr. Shalvey is a frequent advisor to policy –makers practitioners and authorizers of charter schools across the nation. In 2002, the prestigious Ashoka Foundation recognized Don as a Fellow for his outstanding work as a social entrepreneur. More recently, Don was given the James Irvine Foundation Leadership Award for advancing the quality of life for Californians, and in June 2009, he was elected to the Charter School Hall of Fame. Dr. Shalvey earned a Doctorate of Education in Educational Leadership/Administration from the University of Southern California, a Masters of Education in Counseling and Guidance from Gonzaga University, and a B.A. from LaSalle College.
Alan Olson, Call of the Sea Foundation
Alan has over 50 years of maritime experience in boat construction, engineering, restoration and sailing, to his vision of building a historic educational tall ship for San Francisco Bay. With this passion, he founded the non-profit organization Call of the Sea in 1985 to provide hands-on, educational experiences for youth and adults aboard traditional sailing vessels. In 2005, Call of the Sea merged with another local group, led by Ken Neal, with a similar mission. The newly merged organization purchased Seaward, an 82 foot schooner to operate year round sailing programs in the Bay, and educational expeditions along the California and Mexican coasts. As of 2017, over 60,000 youth and adult students have sailed on day and overnight educational programs.
Jeffrey Rutherford, Rutherford’s Boat Shop
Jeff apprenticed in Maine at the North End Shipyard and before establishing his shop, he worked as shipwright foreman at Pacific Dry Dock and as construction foreman at Pacific Fish Boat Co. building new-sawn frame fishing boats. Jeff refined his skills over several years of working as a free-lance boat repairer dockside. His work has been featured in numerous publications, such as Classic Boat Magazine, Sailing Magazine, Latitude 38 and Restoration Quarterly (by IYRS) PDF, including a cover story in Wooden Boat Magazine #169. The articles give an insight of the magnitude and historical significance of the projects and praise the quality and detail of the work.
Tom List, Founder List Marine Enterprises
Tom started List Marine Enterprises in 1984. He has a well known reputation in the San Francisco Bay Area for delivering the highest quality of work. Tom knows what it takes to keep equipment running efficiently and reliably whether operating within the bay or crossing an ocean.