Captain of SSV Exy Johnson

Captain Garry Heinrich has circumnavigated the globe seven times! He has fond memories of riding the mast of the Peking while rounding Cape Horn. He’s sailed on the Pilgrim, Lady Washington, Hawaiian Chieftain and the Spirit of Dana Point before joining us at LAMI. Captain Garry taught middle school science for 25 years and coached…

Captain of SSV American Pride

  Carolyn is originally from Pennsylvania where she graduated with a degree in Education with emphasis on History and Library Science. She has sailed the East Coast, West Coast and Great Lakes and has her 100 ton near coastal masters license. Her hobbies include rock climbing, hiking and gardening. During the pandemic, Carolyn created LAMI’s…

Executive Administrator

Lisa is a third generation Angeleno and a proud Bruin who began volunteering for LAMI in 2018. She spent her childhood camping on the beaches of Baja and Southern California and on her dad’s boat in Oxnard. After a 23 year career as an international flight attendant, Lisa found her years in customer service could…

Captain - SSV Irving Johnson

Hailing from Minnesota, Jacob has been a part of LAMI since 2016 after graduating from USC with a degree in Economics as well as completing the USC Nautical Science program. He carries a 100 ton near coastal master license and enjoys engineering and mechanical troubleshooting. These skills were put to good use during two repowers at LAMI.…

Safety Officer/Volunteer Crew Leader

Jeff joined LAMI as a volunteer in 2016 and, after retiring from a long career as an electrical engineer at Honda, became part of LAMI’s full time staff in October 2020.  Jeff received LAMI’s top volunteer recognition, the Executive Directors Award, in both 2017 and 2018.  He also was Honda’s Volunteer of the Year in…

Master Rigger

Jamie has worked in the traditional rigging and square-rig sail training since the early 1980s and built an extensive knowledge of traditional sailing ships. He has sailed over 30,000 miles as bosun, mate, or master on many square-rigged & traditional vessels including: HMAV Bounty, 1877 barque Elissa, topsail schooner Californian, galleon Golden Hinde, barque Star of India, brig Pilgrim, square-topsail ketch Hawaiian…

Director of Development

Initially joining LAMI as volunteer crew, Michael loves inviting others to share in the unique joy and discovery LAMI offers young people as LAMI’s Director of Development. Michael’s passion for the ocean is at the heart of his diverse professional experience and expertise, including marine science education and research, environmental conservation advocacy, nonprofit program directing,…

Director of Sales & Marketing

Alice is the Director of Sales & Marketing for the Los Angeles Maritime Institute at the LA Waterfront in San Pedro. Besides her relentless pursuit of grant opportunities, she has a great job of selling sails on twin brigantine tall ships that sail practically every day out of the Port of LA. She came to…

Executive Director

Bruce’s passion for the sea was ignited when his Dad and he built a 17’ Windmill in their garage in Orange, Texas while he was in the first and second grades. Today he is passionate about using his experiences and the sea to help today’s youth understand the importance of STEM knowledge and encouraging them…