Board of Directors

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.


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


Sam Reid
President, Wood Island LSS Association


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

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Ken Arbogast -Wreck & Rescue, Editor-in-Chief

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

Jim Hall – Site Administrator, Erie Maritime Museum, Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission

Kimberly Mann – Historical Architect, Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore

Stephen Marthouse – USCG Auxiliary Fifth District (NR) Historian

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

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

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

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

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

Debbie Allyn Jett – Director Emeritus, Historian, Researcher and Writer

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.