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.
Board of Directors:
Andrée Hurley, President and Acting 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 has retired as an instructor trainer educator with the American Canoe Association after fifteen years. She has been on the board of the Washington Kayak Club and Trade Association of Paddlesports. She is a Realtor in the greater Seattle area.
Don Crook, Vice President
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).
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.
Adam Brandt, Secretary
Adam is new to navigating Washington’s waterways but feels passionate about WWTA’s mission and respecting the diverse biosphere represented by the Pacific Northwest. He has a long history of both volunteering and actively enjoying nature. He feels it’s a privilege to give back to the outdoor community while promoting responsible stewardship through the WWTA.
Karen Scharer, Membership Chairperson
Karen is a native Washingtonian. She fell in love with the local waters as a child visiting the San Juan Islands each summer. Karen is a sea kayaker and skier who is thrilled to explore all waters – salt, fresh, liquid and frozen. With a degree in Urban Planning, Karen has worked for a number of jurisdictions across the state planning parks and trails. She is excited to support the WWTA by contributing her unique skills and talents.
Mike Acker, Technology Chairperson (Not pictured)
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.
Tomas Tabisola, Club Liaison
Tomas has been active in almost all of the kayaking clubs around-and-about the Puget Sound. He is also an avid fisherman.
Our other Volunteer Leaders
Rob Casey – Marketing Director
Rob is the author of Stand Up Paddling Flat Water to Surf and Rivers and the 3rd edition author of Kayaking Puget Sound and the San Juans. He owns Seattle SUP school, Salmon Bay Paddle and is co-founder and director of the PSUPA – Professional Stand Up Paddle Association. Rob is also VP of the Ballard Elks Paddling Club and on the WA State Parks PAC – Paddle Sports Advisory Committee. In 2017, he completed a certificate in Digital Marketing from the UW. In 2018, he will be competing in the first annual Seventy48 race.
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.
Darrell Kirk – Fundraising Chair
Once a photographer in the Marines and later a photojournalist, Darrell runs the podcast site, Stand Up Paddle the World in which we 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.
Dan Strauss – Chairman of our Organizational Excellence Committee
Born and raised in Ballard, Dan has lived and traveled to 36 states across the country. He served in Americorps National Civilian Community Corps in Washington DC and Sacramento, CA. He holds a Masters Degree in Public Admin and a Certificate of Nonprofit Management from the University of Oregon. He has worked in the Oregon House of Representatives, the WA State Senate and for several non-profits. Dan is currently an legislative aide for Seattle City Council member Sally Bagshaw. He is also the president of the Ballard Elks Paddling Club, enjoys building hiking trails in the San Juans, mountaineering and kayaking Puget Sound.
Sean Ardussi – Grant Writing
Colin Lindsay – Membership Facilitator