Our Crew

These are the faces behind the boats, programs, communications, events, and more! It’s through our community and our dedicated staff that The Center for Wooden Boats continues to be a beacon of maritime heritage preservation in Seattle. Learn more about our passionate crew and what they do by clicking on their photo.

Looking to join our team? Keep an eye on our job board.


Summer Crew

During the summer it is all hands on deck! Our Youth Instructors inspire change, memories, and make our youth camps fun for everyone! Many of our youth instructors got their first sailing starts at CWB and return year after year!

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Cheryl Garcia
Accountant & Human Resources Manager

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Jonathan Tune
Visitor Services Assistant

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Haida Tribe

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Amber Panks

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Brendan Forgey

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Charlie Zhang

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Colin Olson

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Cody Wattendorf

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Darren Smith

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Dylan Chester

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Elliot Smith

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Issac Panks

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Jake Herbold

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Jetson Dunne

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Jonathan Boram

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Katherine Haycox

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Leslie Smith

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Ray McDavid

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Ruby James Madden

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Sage Greene

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Taylor Van Laar

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Zahid Yusuf


Our founders, navigators, and true north:

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Dick Wagner (1933-2017)

"Everybody who comes in here learns something - and teaches us something."   -- Dick Wagner, Founder

Dick, Colleen, and baby Mike Wagner
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Colleen Wagner (1929-2020)