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Board of Directors

Board of Directors

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Peter Palmer

Peter Palmer

Co- Chair/Treasurer

Retired with more than 30 years of experience in management positions with the Federal Government, past Commodore of Southern Idaho Sailing Association, with 10 years of sailing experience.  Peter is a certified Level 1 Small Boat Sailing Instructor with US Sailing.

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Howard King

Howard King

Co-Chair

Retired from a career in insurance, as well as being the managing partner of a successful local hotel. Howard has more than 50 years of sailing, racing, and cruising experience in the Great Lakes, Pacific Coast, San Juan Islands, and now the waters of Idaho.

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John Berk

John J. Burke

Sailing Instructor, Legal Advisor

John is an attorney and partner with the law firm Elam & Burke, P.A., in Boise, Idaho. John is a certified Level 1 Small Boat Sailing Instructor with US Sailing and has been sailing dinghies, keelboats, and catamarans since 1971. He is a past Commodore of the Mill Harbor Yacht Club in McCall, Idaho and regularly crews aboard SV Mary Rose, a 1926 Herreshoff schooner, in the Antigua Classic Yacht Regatta.

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Steve Christiansen

Steve Christiansen

Lead Sailing Instructor

Retired architect and past Principal of Lombard Conrad Architects, with 40 years of sailing experience. Steve specializes in Laser sailboat racing and is a certified Level 1 Small Boat Sailing Instructor with US Sailing.

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Eric Davis

Eric Davis

Fundraising Chair

Owner and Manager of Retail West Properties, LLC of Boise, a commercial real estate development firm specializing in retail and mixed-use projects in the Intermountain West. Eric and his wife, Nancy, have been sailing for 13 years, keeping a cruising boat, SAGE, in Bellingham, Washington and a smaller sailboat on Lucky Peak, Spring Shores Marina during the summer.

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Tina Klamt

Tina Klamt

Retired with more than 30 years of experience in management positions with State Government. Tina has 36 years of sailing experience, has served several terms as Commodore and Treasurer of Southern Idaho Sailing Association, and took third place in the Silver Fleet 2012 Catalina 22 National Championship Regatta.

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JT More

JT More

Idaho Certified Commercial Appraiser, Business Owner, and State Licensed Guide (27 years). 2018 Race to Alaska finisher (first Idaho boat to compete). JT has served many terms on the board of the Southern Idaho Sailing Association and has 48 years of sailing experience. He loves racing beach catamarans and is a Level 1 Small Boat Sailing Instructor with US Sailing.

Advisory Members

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Marie Hattaway

Marie Hattaway

Community Partnership and Youth Recreation Manager for Boise City Parks and Recreation. Marie oversees the recreational coordinators who manage youth programs for the City of Boise. She has 16 years of experience in the non-profit and political/public policy arena, as well as business management. Marie brings a wealth of experience and a passion for providing youth with opportunities that keep them safe, active, and learning beyond traditional school time.

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Clay Lee

Clay Lee

Performing Arts Recreation Coordinator for Boise Parks and Recreation. Clay has operational responsibility for our youth sailing education program. Clay's experience running programs and services for Boise's families and youth brings him a deep appreciation for the benefits of recreation. He is excited about the opportunities SISO brings to the recreational portfolio that Boise City Parks and Recreation offers to the youth of Southern Idaho.

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Surat Nicol

Surat Nicol

Assistant Manager of Lucky Peak State Park. Surat is responsible for operations of the Park, as well as Spring Shores Marina, where our sailing instructional facilities are located.

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Chris Marshall

Chris Marshall

SISO Education Liaison

Chris is a retired CEO of a local Idaho corporation. He started sailing in the early 1980s with the British Royal Navy. He sails his 46-foot sailboat in the Virgin Islands and his 14-foot dinghy in Idaho. Chris is currently the vice-chair of Sage International School group board and is the Bogus Basin School Race Program development team leader.

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Kent Reetz

Kent Reetz

Certified Sailing Instructor

Kent grew up boating in South Florida. He ran a 1976 26' Silverton, "The Ionic", out of Key Largo, Deerfield, and Palm Beach for almost ten years. In addition to being part of our instructor cadre, Kent manages our motorized coaching/safety boat fleet.

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Vince Serio

Vince Serio

Certified Sailing Instructor

Vince is a family physician and Assistant Professor of Family Medicine at the University of Washington School of Medicine and serves on the faculty at the Family Medicine Residency of Idaho. He races a MacGregor 26D. He has recently restored and sails Hampton One-Design #342, an 18' wooden sailboat designed by his grandfather in the 1930s.

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Lynette Hoy, Public Relations Manager

Lynette Hoy

Public Relations Manager

Lynette is Founder and CEO of Firetalker PR, a public relations firm, and has been active in the industry for 27 years.  Lynette gets to the heart of what drives those she serves with a knack for igniting curiosity that drives creativity and bringing stories to light. Over the years her passions have included working with the Oakland Parks, Recreation and Youth Development in California, as a part of the outdoor nature program.