Eric Johnson – Board Chair

  • CEO, Jerico Development and Vice President, West Harbor LA
  • Founding Chairman, Board of Directors, Crail-Johnson Foundation
  • Member, Board of Trustees, AltaSea at the Port of Los Angeles
  • Former President, Board of Trustees, The Accelerated School
  • U.S. Coast Guard Licensed Captain

Richard McKenna – Board Vice Chair and Treasurer

  • President and CEO, International Seafarers Center of POLB-LA
  • Retired, Former Executive Director, Marine Exchange of Southern California
  • Retired Executive Officer, Battleship New Jersey
  • Advisory Board Member, Pacific Battleship Center, Battleship USS IOWA Museum
  • Retired U.S. Navy Captain

Byron Countryman, Esq. – Board Secretary

  • Maritime Attorney
  • Owner and Managing Partner, Countryman & McDaniel

Adam Deragisch – Board Member

  • Vice-President and Fund Manager, West Bay Capital
  • Commercial/Residential Mortgage Broker, Capital Lending Resources

Joe Gatlin – Board Member

  • Principal and Co-Founder, Spalding, Gatlin & Associates
  • Founder, Juneteenth 400
  • Founder and Lifetime Member, NAACP Branch of San Pedro/Wilmington
  • U.S. Army Veteran

Lucia Moreno-Linares – Board Member

  • Former Port of Los Angeles Harbor Commissioner
  • Retired CEO, Family Federal Credit Union
  • President, Board of Directors, Wilmington YMCA

Alice Robinson – Board Member

  • Co-Founder, Los Angeles Maritime Institute
  • Community Youth Advocate
  • U.S. Coast Guard Licensed Captain
  • Former Member, American Sail Training Association (ASTA)
  • ASTA Sail Trainer of the Year
  • Recipient, 2002 “Points of Light” Award

Christine Rybak – Board Member

  • Retired Director of Health, Safety & Environmental, ConocoPhillips Polar Tankers, Inc.
  • Independent Oil Industry Safety Consultant
  • U.S. Coast Guard Licensed Captain

Tom Thomas – Board Member

  • Founder, President, and CEO, Union Supply Group
  • President and CEO, Urban Feet

West Wilson – Board Member

  • Matson Pacific Ocean Shipping Logistics
  • U.S. Coast Guard Licensed Second Mate 

Winter Wilson – Board Member

  • Union Shipping Agencies
  • U.S. Coast Guard Licensed Third Mate

Dave Zelhart – Board Member 

  • Owner, Terminal Equipment Systems Inc. (TESI), Long Beach


Captain Jim Gladson



Jim Gladson (1930-2018) – Founder and Honorary Chair

  • Retired Science Teacher
  • Co-Developer, LAUSD Alternative Magnet Schools Programs
  • U.S. Coast Guard Licensed Captain
  • Recipient, Tall Ships America Lifetime Achievement Award