Board Of Directors

You may contact any member of our Board or any Board Committee Chairs, to provide comment, report concerns, or to ask a question. Correspondence may be addressed to any individual director, the committee chairs, or any committee group through the chairperson by selecting their name from the list below.


Stephen Marthouse
USCG Auxiliary Fifth District (NR) Historian


John Loeper
Ocean City Life-Saving Station #30, New Jersey


Patricia Ryder
NPS Docent at Old Harbor LSS


LCDR Richard G. Ryder, USN (Ret.)
Historian and Author Seashore Sentinel

Clerk / Secretary

Michael S. Carlson, M.D.
Tillamook Bay LSS Preservation Project


CDR Timothy R. Dring, USNR (Ret.)
Lifeboat Historian and Author

Jim Hall
Chief of Cultural Resources, Delaware State Parks

Debbie Allyn Jett
Historian, Researcher, and Contributing Writer

Kimberly Mann
Historical Architect, Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore

Laura J. Quackenbush
Consultant, Great Lakes History and Interpretation
Cultural Resource Management

Sam Reid
President, Wood Island LSS Association

Laura Scharle
Site Manager, Indian River Life-Saving Station Museum

Frederick Stonehouse, M.A.
President, Marquette Maritime Museum

Jeff Shook Owner, USCG Station St. Clair Flats
President, Michigan Lighthouse Conservancy

Donna J. Weathers, CPO USN (Ret)
Genealogist. USLSS researcher and speaker

Advisory Board

Richard M. Boonisar
Past President, USLSSHA
Owner, Gurnet Life-Saving Station

Robert Browning, Ph.D. (Ret.)
Historian, U.S. Coast Guard

William Clark
Owner, USCG Station West Quoddy Head

CDR Maurice Gibbs, USN (Ret.)
Past President, USLSSHA
President Emeritus, Nantucket Shipwreck and Life Saving Museum

CAPT Dana A. Goward, USCG (Ret.)
Former Chief, Office of Boat Forces

Dennis L. Noble, Ph.D.
Maritime Historian and Author

Ralph Shanks, M.A.
Maritime Historian, Anthropologist and Author

CAPT W. Russell Webster, USCG (Ret.)
Maritime Historian and Author

Wick York
Historic Preservation Consultant

Committees and Chairpersons:

Finance:  Dick Ryder

Publications: Kim Mann

Marketing/Outreach: Laura Scharle

Membership Services: Pat Ryder

Historical Stations: Mike Carlson

Surfman Registry: Tim Dring

Information Technology: Jeff Shook

Photo Left and Above: Barview, Oregon c.1910.  The Tillamook Bay Life-Saving Station crew pose before launching their surfboat in good weather.

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