Our Board of Directors set policy and guidelines for programming, advocacy, and activities of the organization while working to ensure that recreational public access to the water is preserved and expanded throughout Washington State.
Andrée Hurley, Executive Director
Andrée has taught sea kayaking since 1985, and has led or been on kayaking trips in various countries such as Baja, Mexico, Belize, Chile, Bolivia and Hong Kong. She retired as an L4 sea kayak instructor trainer educator with the American Canoe Association after fifteen years. She was on the board of the Washington Kayak Club and Trade Association of Paddlesports. She graduated from the Jackson School of International Studies and is a Realtor in the greater Seattle area.
Board of Directors:
Darrell Kirk – President
Once a photographer in the Marines and later a photojournalist, Darrell runs the podcast site, Stand Up Paddle the World in which he interviews both every day stand up paddlers as well as the pros. Working in the outdoor apparel industry Darrell is also a scrum master and Seattle tour guide. Darrell is PSUPA certified, a member of the Ballard Elks Paddling Club, and lives in Ballard with his family.
Steve Exe – Vice President
A retired Boeing engineer, Steve has a long history in paddlesports. He has raced river slalom, as well as flatwater on lakes and saltwater. He has been certified as an L4 sea kayak instructor. He is currently on the Washington State Parks Safety Committee, and has served on other boards such as the Washington Kayak Club. Currently living in Mazama.
Phil Philbin, Treasurer
Phil has been with us for many years and is a wizard at finances, as that is also his main occupation. He has helped us in many ways – keeping Quickbooks up-to-date, filing our 990, and more! Phil is an avid kayaker and hiker, and in his spare time likes to go on treks around Seattle.
Tomas Tabisola, Secretary
A veteran, Tomas has been active in almost all of the kayaking clubs around-and-about the Puget Sound. He is also an avid fisherman.
Don Crook, Chairman of the Trails Committee
Don has been active with WWTA for many years. He has served as president and in other important supporting roles. He sits on many committees, interfacing with Washington State Parks and other partners. He is also the President of the trails committee, and can be seen with Michael Silence visiting our sites to review the current conditions. Don is also a member of the WA State Parks Paddle Sports Advisory Committee (PAC).
Harry Oesterreicher – Work Party Coordinator
A professional IT for a living and originally from NY, Harry can often be found stand up paddling not only NW waters, but also on his extensive travels in the US and Europe. Harry will be competing in the first annual 70 mile Seventy48 race and can been seen at many other races throughout the PNW. Harry is PSUPA certified, an instructor for Salmon Bay Paddle, and lives in Ballard.
He has organized our work parties the last two years, and we are very grateful.
Mike Acker, Security
Mike has worked with Information Security Analysis Internap Network Services in Seattle, managing the information security department and direction for a network service provider spanning 15 countries, as a Senior Technology Risk Consultant at Protiviti and as a Security Engineer with Harrison & Belmont LLC leading a 3 person team providing security and networking services for non-profit organizations including Premera Blue Cross, American Cancer Society, and Arthritis Foundation. He’s also been on the Board of Directors, Puget Sound ISSA (Developing and Connecting Cybersecurity Leaders Globally). Mike is an avid paddler.
Bill is working for us on contract is working wonders in our new Salesforce database, which Darrell Kirk established for us. If you haven’t heard from him, you probably will soon!