Executive Director

Bruce Heyman’s passion for the sea was ignited when he and his dad built a 17′ Windmill sailboat in their garage in Orange, Texas, when he was in the first and second grade. Today, he is passionate about using his experiences on the sea and on land to help today’s youth understand the importance of…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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 virtual…

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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…

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Director of Operations Harbor Sailors Program

Li has been a volunteer with our program since the year 2000, a former sea scout, youth crew, and coordinator for the youth crew program, Li has extensive experience working alongside volunteers and crew aboard many tall ships along the west coast. He spent a few years in Maine and worked on getting his Doctorate…

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