Our Team

Our Team

Meet the Saltchuk Team

Our most valuable asset is the team of approximately 5,500 extraordinary people who work across the Saltchuk family of companies, including the Saltchuk Board and corporate home team pictured here.

Board of Directors

  • Brandon Pedersen, Retired CFO of Alaska Airlines

    Member of the Saltchuk Audit Committee and Compensation Committee

    Brandon retired from Alaska Airlines in 2020 after nearly 10 years as CFO and 16 years as a member of the executive team. He brings his experience as a public company CFO and a “Big 4” audit partner to the board in the areas of strategy, risk management, and governance. He is active in the Seattle area, serving on the board of Northwest Harvest, and as an adjunct faculty member at the UW Foster School of Business teaches about leadership and the role of the board. He earned his BA in Accounting and Economics from the University of Washington and is a licensed CPA.

  • Daniel S. Fulton, Ret. CEO of Weyerhaeuser Company

    Lead Independent Director, Chairman Saltchuk Compensation Committee

    Dan served as CEO and director of Weyerhaeuser Company from 2008 through 2013, when he retired after nearly 38 years with the company.  Prior to becoming Weyerhaeuser’s CEO, he served in a number of finance and real estate related positions, including president and CEO of Weyerhaeuser Real Estate Company, and president of Weyerhaeuser Realty Investors.

    During his Weyerhaeuser career, Dan served on numerous boards related to the forest products and homebuilding industries. He is an executive fellow and past chair of the Policy Advisory Board of the Joint Center for Housing Studies at Harvard University, a member and past-chair of the Washington Roundtable, past-chair of the United Way of King County, and is a member of the Advisory Board for the Foster School of Business at the University of Washington.

    Dan holds a BA in Economics from Miami University (Ohio), an MBA in finance from the University of Washington, and he completed the Stanford University Executive Program. From 1970 to 1974 he served on active duty as an officer in the U.S. Navy Supply Corps.

  • Denise Tabbutt, Saltchuk Principal Shareholder

    Member of Saltchuk Governance Committee

    Denise serves in a variety of capacities with her family businesses as well as served on education and youth-focused non-profit boards. She has served as a Member of the Board of Directors of SeaBear from 1996 to present. She served on the Board of Trustees at Westside School 2001-2013, and has served on the board at Seattle Preparatory School since 2011 where she is currently the chair elect; she also serves on the Board of YouthCare. Denise served on the Whitman Board of Overseers from 2011-2015; and in 2015 was named to the Board of Trustees for Whitman College. Denise received a Bachelor of Arts, Psychology / French from Whitman College in 1987; and completed Finance for Senior Executives, Executive Education Program, Harvard Business School, in 2002.

  • Mark Sterrett, Principal at Makai Advisory Services

    Mark Sterrett is a Principal at Makai Advisory Services in Seattle. Mark brings to the board 15+ years of experience in corporate and commercial banking and deep knowledge of our companies as part of the Saltchuk shareholder group. Mark earned his BA in Accounting from the University of Denver, is a CPA, and has completed the Management Program at the University of Washington as well as the Corporate Governance program through Kellogg Executive Education. He is a board member for the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Western Washington.

  • Mark Tabbutt, Chairman of Saltchuk

    Member of Saltchuk Governance Committee

    Mark began working at Saltchuk in 1995.  He served as General Manager of Alaska for Totem Ocean Trailer Express from 1996 -1999; President of Saltchuk from 1999 – 2007; and was elected Chairman in 2007. Mark holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Whitman College, a Juris Doctor degree from University of Puget Sound / Seattle University, and completed the Owner-President Managed Program, unit #32, of the Harvard Business School’s Executive Education Program.  Mark serves on the Board of Washington Federal, and is an inactive member of the Washington State Bar Association.

  • Nicole Piasecki, Retired VP of Propulsion at Boeing

    Nicole Piasecki retired from the Boeing Company in 2017 as the Vice President and General Manager of the Propulsion Systems Division of Boeing Commercial Airplanes. During 25 years with The Boeing Company, Nicole held a number of senior roles, from Senior Vice President of Business Development & Strategic Integration to President of Boeing Japan. Nicole is the Chairman of the Seattle University Board of Trustees and a member of the board of directors of Weyerhaeuser. She earned her Bachelor’s of Science, Mechanical Engineering from Yale University and an MBA from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania, which included studies at the Keio Business School in Japan. Nicole holds a single-engine pilot’s license, is married, and has three sons.

  • Paul Goldberg, Founder & CEO of Pure Audio

    Member of Saltchuk Governance Committee

    Goldberg is the founder and CEO of Pure Audio, Inc., a leading broadcast audio production facility in Seattle since 1996. For the past 13 years Paul has served on the board of directors for the Evergreen State College Foundation. He has served on the board of directors for TVW.org since 2006. Paul graduated from The Evergreen State College with a Bachelor of Arts degree; he later went on to complete the Executive Education Program at the University of Washington Foster School of Business. Goldberg joined the Saltchuk board of directors in February 2015.


  • Stein Kruse, CEO of Holland America Group

    Chairman of Saltchuk Audit & Risk Management Committee

    Stein Kruse is Chief Executive Officer of Holland America Group, a division of Carnival Corporation & plc. Holland America Group includes Princess Cruises, Holland America Line and Seabourn, as well as Holland America-Princess Alaska land operations. Kruse also is chairman of the board of MANCO, a U.K.-based entity that oversees the operations of Carnival Australia, including P&O Cruises Australia. Holland America Group operates 39 cruise ships, with more than 36,000 employees worldwide delivering 25 million passenger cruise days annually. Kruse currently serves on the boards of the U.S. Coast Guard Foundation; World Trade Center Seattle; Saltchuk Resources, Inc.; and the University of Washington Foster School of Business Dean’s Advisory Board. A native of Oslo, Norway, he holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Purdue University and is a graduate of Harvard Business School’s Advanced Management Program.

  • Susan Mullaney, President of Kaiser Permanente Washington

    Susan is the President of Kaiser Permanente Washington, a nonprofit health plan, providing high-quality affordable health care to more than 681,000 members in Northwest, Central and Eastern Washington, Coastal and Olympic regions, and Puget Sound. She served on the board of directors at the American Heart Association and the Oregon Hospital Association, where she served as chairman of the board in her final year. Susan received a master’s degree in Health Care Policy and Management from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and a bachelor’s degree from Eastern Connecticut State University. She is a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives and represents Kaiser Permanente at the International Federation of Health Plans’ Executive Development Programme, which includes a respected cohort of global health care leaders. Saltchuk welcomed Mullaney to the board in January 2018.

  • Timothy Engle, Board Member

    Tim is a member of Vistage International and currently serves on the Board of The Commerce Bank of Washington, the University of Washington Foster School of Business Dean’s Advisory Board, Washington STEM and the Board of Pacific Wealth Advisors.

    Tim holds a B.A. in Communication Studies from Seattle University, an M.B.A. from University of Washington and completed the Owner/President Management Program of Executive Education at Harvard Business School.

    Tim served as President of Saltchuk from 2007-2019, prior to that he served as Director of Foss Maritime Company in Seattle and held positions in the San Francisco office of Foss. He also worked for Totem Ocean Trailer Express for three years.

Corporate Home

  • Aaron Bowman, Senior Benefits Specialist

  • Alexa Juarez, Sr. Benefits Manager

  • Andy Aley, Associate General Counsel

    Andy Aley joined Saltchuk in October 2017 as Associate General Counsel. Andy came to Saltchuk after spending eight years practicing at Seattle-based law firm Garvey Schubert Barer, where his practice focused on advising both established and emerging companies on mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance, entity structuring, commercial contracts and general corporate matters. Prior to joining Garvey Schubert Barer, Andy was a law clerk to Judge Alfred T. Goodwin of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit, where he assisted in the disposition of both federal appellate and district court matters.

    Andy has been named by peers as one of Washington’s “Rising Stars” in Super Lawyers Magazine, 2013-2017.  Andy attended Western Washington University, graduating cum laude in 2004, and earned his JD from University of Washington School of Law in 2008, where he graduated with honors and was elected to the Order of the Coif. While at University of Washington, Andy served as a managing editor of the Washington Law Review.

    Andy lives in Kenmore with his wife and three children. In his spare time, Andy enjoys hunting for interesting craft beer and vintage stereo equipment.

  • Angie Kritenbrink, Risk Management Analyst

    Angie Kritenbrink joined Saltchuk in 2021, bringing with her fifteen years of experience supporting risk management information systems, data, and processes. She is also a PMP-certified project manager. In her spare time, Angie enjoys fiber arts as an experienced crocheter and beginning weaver.

  • Anna Bartels, Staff Accountant

    Anna Bartels joined the Saltchuk team in June 2019. Anna supports the accounting department and brings knowledge and skill from her previous roles working in AP, AR/Billing, project accounting, fixed assets, general ledger accounting and reporting and analysis on profitability. She studied accounting at the University of Washington. 

    Anna is a PNW native and enjoys hiking, sewing, reading and watercolor painting in her spare time.

  • Anne Preston, SVP, General Counsel & Chief Ethics Officer

    Anne Preston joined Saltchuk in January 2017 from Seattle-based law firm Garvey Schubert Barer where she was a member of the Executive Committee of for all but two years since 2001 and the Chair of the Firm since 2010. She chaired Garvey Schubert Barer’s Labor and Employment Practice Group, in 1999-2000, 2004-2006, and 2008. In 1995-96, she served as president of the Northwest Women’s Law Center’s Board of Directors.

    Anne brings a wealth of experience in a full spectrum of labor and employment matters including litigation and business related labor and employment issues.  She also has extensive alternative dispute resolution experience, including co-designing a successful and innovative alternative dispute resolution process called WIN2 while at GSB.

    Anne’s peers have named her to The Best Lawyers in America© in the area of Labor and Employment, 2009-2015; as a “Super Lawyer” in Super Lawyers, a Thomson Reuters business, 2000-2016; and one of the Top 50 Women Washington “Super Lawyers,” 2007-2010.

    Anne attended Amherst College in Massachusetts, graduating magna cum laude in 1984. She earned her JD from University of California at Berkeley, Boalt Hall School of Law, in 1989 and was Order of the Coif. While attending Berkeley, Anne acted as articles editor at the Berkeley Women’s Law Journal.

  • Blaise Sinclair, Indirect Tax Manager

    Blaise joined Saltchuk in 2020 as the Indirect Tax Manager, where she supports the tax strategy and compliance for the Saltchuk companies in relation to federal excise taxes, state and local sales/use taxes, property taxes, and other non-income-based taxes.


    Blaise began her tax career at TrueBlue, Inc., working in the internal tax department on tax return compliance for federal, state, and international income taxes, sales/use taxes, property taxes, and VAT. After obtaining her CPA license, she spent 5 years in PwC’s State and Local Tax group, where she focused on helping companies and individuals understand Washington’s unique state and local taxes through M&A transactions, audit and controversy support, tax return compliance, and general tax consulting.


    Blaise grew up in the Pacific Northwest, primarily eastern Washington and Oregon. She moved to Tacoma in 2004 and lives there with her fiancé and pets (two cats and two dogs, at last count). She graduated from the University of Washington, Tacoma and is a licensed CPA in Washington. In her free time, she enjoys supporting the Seattle Sounders and the OL Reign soccer teams, stand-up paddle boarding, reading, gaming, and gardening.

  • Brennan Melton, Manager, Internal Audit

    Brennan joined the Saltchuk team in 2017. He earned his B.S. degree in Accounting and Finance from Seattle University and is a Certified Internal Auditor (CIA). Prior to joining Saltchuk, Brennan was an internal auditor at Kaiser Permanente, formerly Group Health Cooperative for 5 years.

    Brennan is a Seattle area native and currently lives in Woodinville. In his spare time Brennan enjoys spending time with friends and family, backpacking, fishing, and working on cars.


  • Brian Reid, Controller

    Brian joined Saltchuk in 2021 as the Vice President, Controller, responsible for accounting and financial reporting for the Saltchuk family of companies.  He was previously the Corporate Controller of Saltchuk Marine.

    Prior to Saltchuk, he worked at Esterline, a global aerospace manufacture, in a variety of finance and accounting roles.  Brian graduated from Washington State University with a degree in accounting.  In his free time, Brian enjoys spending time with his family exploring the northwest, and a variety of outdoor activities.

  • Catie Chandler, Receptionist, Office Assistant

    Catie started her Saltchuk journey in 2019 as a receptionist with seven years of experience in the administration and reception field. In February 2021, she has moved into her current role as Facilities and Administrative Assistant. Catie enjoys spending time with her husband and son in her spare time.

  • Christi Harris, VP, Information Technology

    Joining Saltchuk in May 2016, Christi is responsible for IT strategy and implementation of shared initiatives across our family of companies.

    After graduating with a Master’s in Industrial Engineering from University of Arizona, Christi spent the first decade of her career at Accenture as an Associate Partner before joining Weyerhaeuser where she was the Director, SAP CoE for nearly 10 years. Just prior to joining Saltchuk, Christi was the VP, Enterprise Platforms for Outerwall in Bellevue.

    Christi’s love of technology is easily matched by her love of classic cars. In her spare time you can find her polishing cars for a car show, hanging out with family and attempting to play golf.

  • Christina Anderson, Senior Financial Analyst

  • Christopher Coakley, V.P. of Government Affairs

    Chris Coakley is based in Washington, DC.  He represents Saltchuk’s interests at the federal level and coordinates the companies’ public policy and political activities nationwide.

    Chris previously spent four years as vice president of legislative affairs for the American Waterways Operators, an industry association representing the U.S. tugboat, towboat, and barge industry.  For three years he served as vice president for AWO’s Atlantic Region.  Prior to joining AWO, Chris was a government affairs associate at the law firm of Preston Gates Ellis & Rouvelas Meeds.  For three years immediately following college, he worked in the office of Democratic Leader Richard Gephardt (D-MO) in the House of Representatives.

    Chris received his Master’s Degree in transportation policy, operations and logistics from the School of Public Policy at George Mason University. A graduate of Colby College, he also studied at the London School of Economics and was an intern in the British Parliament.  Following college graduation, he participated in the “Business Bridge” program in accounting, finance and marketing at Dartmouth University’s Tuck School.

    Chris makes his home in Washington, D.C., with his wife Elizabeth and his two sons Beck and Gus.

    email | (202) 650-6910 | 1000 Potomac Street NW, Ste 500 | Washington, DC 20007-3501

  • Colleen Rosas, Senior Vice President Human Resources

    Colleen joined Saltchuk in 2014 from subsidiary Foss Maritime where she served as the Vice President of Human Resources.

    Colleen’s professional background includes 20+ years of HR leadership in a variety of industries including retail, hospitality, manufacturing, architecture, and healthcare. Colleen joined the Saltchuk family of companies after spending four years with Swedish Health Services, where she provided strategic HR leadership for one of the largest physician groups in the U.S. Prior to joining Swedish, Colleen was the Director of Human Resources for a large architectural firm, with offices throughout the United States and China. She has had the distinction of earning “Best Company to Work For” designations in many of her prior roles.

    Colleen received her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Human Resources Management from Western Washington University, and is certified as a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR).

    In her free time she enjoys spending time with family, boating, and traveling.

  • David Karp, Managing Director, Alaska

    Dave began his role as SVP & Managing Director for Alaska in 2019.  Dave’s position is the only Saltchuk position based in Alaska.   He is responsible for collaborating with our Alaska companies on business development, public policy issues, philanthropy and Saltchuk’s overall profile in Alaska.


    Prior to joining Saltchuk full time, Dave served as the President and CEO of Northern Aviation Services and various aviation related roles since 2006.  Dave is a 50 plus year resident of Alaska who was raised in Nome.  He’s married to Debbie they have four grown children.


    Dave is involved in multiple not for profit boards.  His primary passion is focusing on youth development and responsible natural resource development in Alaska.  Dave loves sharing the Saltchuk story, and our operating footprint with customers and Saltchuk employees when they come to Alaska.  Come on up!

  • Dianne Bouton, Senior Paralegal

  • Emily Reiter, Director, Communications & Marketing

    As the Director of Communications and Marketing for Saltchuk, Emily helps share the story of the Saltchuk family of companies.

    She was previously the Director of Marketing and Communications at TOTE, and Director of Communications and Philanthropy at TOTE Maritime Alaska.

    Prior to Saltchuk, Emily was the General Manager of Business Examiner where she also cohosted a monthly business television show, South Sound Business Report. Emily holds a B.A. in Communications from Washington State University.

    Emily is responsible for People of Saltchuk online magazine as well as Saltchuk’s Regional Corporate Giving Programs.

    email | 206.652.1129

  • Erin Kittleman, Senior Director, HR

    Erin joined Saltchuk in May 2019, supporting Colleen Rosas, VPHR, and the staff at the corporate office. Before that, she worked at Esterline, a global aerospace manufacturer, for 20 years in a variety of HR leadership roles at operating company and business division levels.  Before Esterline, Kittleman worked as a leadership trainer for Boeing’s Training and Organizational Development Group. Erin is an avid skier and triathlete, and enjoys spending vacations in Hawaii or Sun Valley.

  • Grace Ward, Senior Internal Auditor

    Grace joined the Saltchuk Internal Audit team in March 2019. She graduated from Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin with degrees in Accounting and International Business. Grace is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA). Prior to joining Saltchuk, Grace spent 3 years on the Internal Audit team at Sherwin-Williams in Cleveland, Ohio.

    In her spare time, Grace enjoys hiking, camping, and exploring different areas of Seattle.

  • Jason Lingg, Director of Infrastructure and Operations

  • Jonny Locher, Senior Financial Analyst

    Jonny Locher joined Saltchuk in January 2019 as a Financial Analyst supporting the organization’s capital planning and allocation program.

    Previously, Jonny worked as an Analyst at Cascadia Capital supporting the firm’s Food & Agribusiness practice. He graduated from Stanford University with a degree in Economics, and also lettered as an outfielder all four years on the varsity baseball team. Jonny attended Highline High School, where he currently volunteers as an assistant baseball coach. Jonny also serves on the executive committee of Minds Matter Seattle.

  • Kaitlin Weinbaum, Senior Tax Analyst

  • Karen Lewis-Doldron, Senior Treasury Analyst

  • Keith Tyler, Senior Financial Analyst

  • Kerri Bates, Senior Coordinator

    Joining in June of 2016, Kerri supports the Chairman, President and shareholders of Saltchuk.  Prior to joining the Saltchuk team, she worked in the Corporate Affairs Department at Nordstrom.  She and her husband relocated from Texas where she worked in the Legal Department at Michaels for 15 years.  Kerri enjoys the outdoors and is having fun exploring the Pacific Northwest with her husband.

  • Krista Williams, Chair, Saltchuk Continuous Improvement Council

  • Lily Chen, Sr. Tax Analyst

    Lily joined Saltchuk in 2019 as a Senior Tax Analyst supporting the income tax compliance for all of the Saltchuk entities. She is a Certified Public Accountant. She earned her Master degree in Accounting from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Prior to joining Saltchuk, Lily worked in KPMG’s Business Tax Services group for 3 years. Outside of work, Lily enjoys hiking, traveling and spending time with friends and family.

  • Lisa McQueen, Senior Director of Risk Management

    Lisa joined Saltchuk in 2015 from the Seattle-based office of Aon Risk Services where she was a Senior Vice President overseeing strategic property and casualty insurance brokerage program design, placement and consulting services to a variety of national and regional clients in both the private and public sectors. Her expertise is diverse and has been oriented towards multi-national, complex risk management clients of various industry sectors, including ports, airports, supply chain logistics, marine, aerospace parts manufacturing, retail, banking and technology. After joining Aon in 1998, Lisa had the opportunity to work with Saltchuk Resources in a broker-client capacity beginning in late 2007 until her transition to Saltchuk in 2015. She has over 30-years’ experience in the risk management and insurance field.


    As Senior Director of Risk Management, Lisa is responsible for overseeing the risk management strategy and implementation for Saltchuk and its six business units. Her key responsibilities include risk identification, risk financing and actuarial reviews, enterprise risk management, total cost of risk, due diligence for mergers & acquisitions, complex claims, insurance program design and procurement, and the strategic risk and insurance business partner relationships for Saltchuk Resources and its subsidiaries.


    Lisa received her B.A. in Marketing and Communications from California State University of Northridge and has completed the Property & Casualty Insurance Certification Program at Pepperdine University.


    She and her husband both thoroughly enjoy all types of outdoor activities including (but not limited to!) golf, biking, camping, skiing and boating. They love to travel, cook, entertain, spend time with family and attend the theater. Currently, Lisa serves on the Board of Directors for a local non-profit theater.


  • Mark Tabbutt, Chairman

    Mark began working at Saltchuk in 1995.  He served as General Manager of Alaska for Totem Ocean Trailer Express from 1996 -1999; President of Saltchuk from 1999 – 2007; and was elected Chairman in 2007. Mark holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Whitman College, a Juris Doctor degree from University of Puget Sound / Seattle University, and completed the Owner-President Managed Program, unit #32, of the Harvard Business School’s Executive Education Program.  Mark serves on the Board of Washington Federal, and is an inactive member of the Washington State Bar Association.

  • Megan Henshaw, Insurance Manager

    Megan joined Saltchuk in July of 2016 as the Insurance Manager.  Prior to joining Saltchuk, she had a 23 year career as an insurance professional, including most recently as Account Executive/Client Service Manager with Saltchuk’s aviation insurance broking team.  Megan has extensive experience in Property and Casualty insurance and began her insurance career with a marine insurance brokerage firm.

    Megan has a B.A. Degree in both Geographic Information Systems and Environmental Studies, both from the University of Washington.  She has obtained the insurance designations of Certified Insurance Counselor (CIC) and Certified Aviation Insurance Professional (CAIP) and is currently working on the Certified Risk Manager (CRM) designation.

    Megan, her husband, and two young boys love living in the Pacific Northwest and take advantage of the natural beauty by spending time in the winter at their cabin in Cle Elum, and during the summer at a family cabin on Bainbridge Island beachcombing and fishing.

  • Meghan Dudek, Sr. Internal Auditor

  • Melissa Martinez, Sr. Mgr., HR Analytics & Payroll,

  • Michael Leichner, Managing Director, Tax

    Michael joined Saltchuk in June 2019 as Senior Director of Tax.  He is responsible for tax compliance, tax planning, and tax accounting for all of the Saltchuk entities.

    Prior to joining Saltchuk, Michael worked at PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLP in Seattle for just under 12 years.  At PwC, he focused on privately-owned companies, both large and small, helping clients through complex tax compliance and accounting for income tax matters.  He holds a B.A. in Business Administration/Accounting and a Masters in Taxation from the University of Washington.  He is also a licensed Certified Public Accountant in Washington.

    In his free time, Michael likes to spend time with his wife and two children, supporting the UW, playing soccer, and enjoying craft beer.

  • Michiel Versteeg, Head of Safety

    Born and raised in the Netherlands, Michiel obtained his Bachelor’s degree in Nautical and Engineering Studies in 1995. He has an active Chief Mate’s unlimited tonnage license and a third engineer’s diploma. Michiel previously worked with Holland America for about 25 years. After his seagoing career, he was promoted to Deputy Director Compliance Programs and became responsible for Holland America Line’s Internal Safety Management System, Internal Audit, Investigative, Regulatory Compliance, Public Health, Fleet Training, and several other safety-related programs. He also acted as the HAL and Seabourn Designated Person for a period of 5 years.

    As of December 2014, Michiel took on the role of Senior Director, Safety Operations for the Holland America Group which included Holland America, Princess, Seabourn, and Carnival Australia.  In this role he oversaw the fleet safety/lifesaving operations programs, shipboard emergency response program, regulatory compliance including Maritime Labor Convention (MLC) 2006 compliance.

    Michiel is the VP, Safety for Saltchuk Marine and serves as the Head of Safety for Saltchuk.

    Michiel is a graduate of the University of Washington’s Business School’s Executive Development Program.

  • Mike Dannenberg, Sr. Director, Strategic Investing & Finance

  • Mimi Li, Senior Accountant

  • Nicole Powers, Manager, Internal Audit

    Nicole joined the Saltchuk team in 2014 from its subsidiary, Tropical Shipping.  She earned her B.S. degree in Accounting from The State University of New York at Utica/Rome. She is a Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE) and holds a certification in Risk Management Assurance (CRMA).  Nicole’s professional background includes 20+ years of audit experience.  

    Nicole lives in West Palm Beach, Florida with her husband, Ken, and dogs, Rosie and Rocco.  In her free time, she loves photography, traveling, and volunteering.  Nicole served five consecutive years on the Palm Beach County Chapter of The Institute of Internal Auditors in various leadership roles, as well as five years as a member of The Palm Beach Toastmasters Club.  She also held leadership roles and served as a member of The Junior League of the Palm Beaches where she was dedicated to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women, and improving her community.

  • Pam Hostler, Staff Accountant

    Pam joined Saltchuk in December 2019 as a Staff Accountant. Prior to Saltchuk she spent five years at a third-party tax firm in Indianapolis where she was responsible for business sales/use tax accounting, and three years in accounting at the American Red Cross. Pam has a dual degree in Accounting and Business Information Systems from Anderson University in Indiana.

    As a recent transplant to Seattle, she enjoys a good cup of coffee and spending time with her husband, their 1-year-old son, and 13-year-old Yorkie.

  • Patrick Guilfoy, Assistant Treasurer

  • Paul Morrison, Director

    Internal Audit

    Paul joined Saltchuk in 2014 having been with Tropical Shipping since 2006. He is a CPA with over 20 years experience – a graduate of SUNY Buffalo, he worked as a controller and internal auditor prior to joining Tropical.

    Paul enjoys golfing, snorkeling, Broadway shows and creative writing.

  • Paul Stevens, SVP and Managing Director

    Paul Stevens has been in the maritime business for more than 40 years.  In January 2017 he retired as President and CEO of Foss Maritime and moved to Saltchuk as SVP and Managing Director.

    Prior to joining Foss, Paul held various Marketing/Sales and Operations positions with Matson Navigation Company, rising to the position of Executive Vice President.

    Paul has a B.S. Degree in Business Administration from the University of San Diego, and a Masters in International Management from the American Graduate School of International Management.  He is also a graduate of the Senior Executive Program at Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

    Paul currently is an Advisory Board Member for California Maritime Academy based out of Vallejo, California.

  • Peter Lorring, Senior Tax Manager

    Peter Lorring joined Saltchuk in March of 2017. He covers Federal, State & International income tax matters for all the Saltchuk entities.

    Peter started his career in public accounting, spending five years with PwC in their audit and tax practices. He then spent three years with the Tax team at Rubicon Project, an internet advertising company in Los Angeles.

    Peter grew up in Kodiak, Alaska before moving to Nevada. He earned both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Accounting from University of Nevada-Las Vegas where he was also captain of the Men’s swim team. He holds a CPA license in Washington.

    In his free time, Peter enjoys playing water polo and spending time outdoors with his wife and young son.


  • Regina Ahern, Lead Receptionist

  • Rick Murrell, SVP, Managing Director

    Rick started his career with Tropical Shipping in 1969 as an owner’s rep, the position leading to stints as general manager, traffic manager, head of sales and commercial activity and ultimately, starting in 1987, President, CEO and Chairman of Tropical Shipping.

    After 31 years at the helm of Tropical, Rick retired in December 2017, immediately stepping into a new Caribbean-focused role as SVP, Managing Director with Tropical’s parent company, Saltchuk. He remains Chairman of Tropical Shipping.

    Under Rick’s leadership, Tropical grew to become the leading ocean carrier and logistics provider for U.S. and Canadian manufactured exports to the Bahamas and Caribbean. In his current role Rick represents not only Tropical, but Saltchuk’s portfolio of domestic and international shipping, logistics, air cargo, energy distribution and marine services companies as they seek to better serve the Caribbean market.

    Since Hurricane Hugo in 1989 Rick’s focus for corporate social responsibility has been building improved resiliency and recovery processes for the communities served by his organization. His work in this area has been recognized with “Golden Star of the Caribbean Award” by Caribbean Central American Action, the “Caribbean Hotel Association Award”, and the Florida Governors 2011 Corporate Award.

    Rick also serves as Chairman of Caribbean Central American Action, a Washington, DC based 501C3, focused on Caribbean Basin economic development, and on the Executive Board of Associated Industries of Florida, headquartered in Tallahassee Florida.

  • Rose Laughlin, Office Manager

    Rose joined the Saltchuk team in 2017. She earned her BA in Comparative Literature from the University of Washington and has held various office administrative positions in banking, high tech and insurance.

    Outside of work she enjoys spending time with family, reading and getting out in nature.

  • Scott Mitchell, Senior Director

    Internal Audit Services

    Scott started his career with Saltchuk in 2013 after working in a variety of industries including telecom, manufacturing, retail and public accounting.

    Scott is a Seattle native and holds a BA in Business Administration from the University of Puget Sound and an MBA from Seattle University; he is a Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA), Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE) and Certified in Risk and Information Systems Control (CRISC).

  • Steven Giese, Sr. V.P., CFO

    Steven Giese, Saltchuk’s Senior V.P. and CFO, joined the Company in the fall of 2000. He is responsible for company-wide accounting, financial reporting, treasury management, income tax reporting, and risk management in addition to working closely with Saltchuk’s Chairman and President on acquisitions and capital expenditure allocation and approval.

    Prior to joining Saltchuk, Steve was a division controller for PACCAR Inc. in Bellevue, Washington. Prior to joining PACCAR in 1999, Steve was a Plant Manager for the Stroh Brewery Company, where he ran breweries in both Minnesota and Washington State, including the Rainier Brewery in Seattle. Steve also served as the operations controller for Stroh prior to becoming a Plant Manager.

    Steve joined the accounting firm of Arthur Andersen in December of 1981 after he graduated from the University of Michigan. Steve remained with Arthur Andersen for over 10 years where he worked in the accounting and audit, litigation consulting and business advisory service practices as a senior manager prior to leaving for Stroh in 1991.

    Steve is a member of the Financial Executives Institute and was a participant in the CFO Forum at the University of Washington School of Business.

  • Sue Dolingo, Senior Tax Manager

  • Teresa Hsu, Senior Accountant

    Teresa joined Saltchuk in November 2018 as a senior accountant. Originally from Taiwan and Texas, Teresa moved to the Seattle area with her husband and son for career development. She has a CPA license and a Master of Science in Accounting from the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign. Prior to joining Saltchuk, she was an external auditor for approximately 7 years. In her spare time, Teresa enjoys traveling, hiking and spending time with her friends and family.

  • Trevor Parris, VP, Treasurer

    Since 2012, Trevor has worked with the Chairman and President of Saltchuk to identify and prioritize major business development opportunities, including overseeing Saltchuk’s acquisition activities and coordinating other major growth opportunities across the Saltchuk family of companies. In 2015 he was promoted to Vice President and Treasurer, and gained responsibility for Saltchuk’s financing and cash management activities.

    Trevor’s professional experience executing M&A and financing transactions began as an investment banker at Merrill Lynch, and was primarily developed as a private equity investor at Freeman Spogli. Corporate and portfolio company oversight work has also provided several years of senior executive-level involvement in management decision-making on a broad range of business topics, including strategic planning, budgeting, business development and corporate governance.

    Trevor received his B.A. in Science & Management from Claremont McKenna College, where he graduated summa cum laude, was admitted to Phi Beta Kappa and played for the NCAA intercollegiate golf team. He earned his M.B.A. with honors from the University of Washington. Trevor lives in Seattle with his wife and likes to spend his free time cycling, hiking and traveling.

Thea Foss

  • Bill Curry, Captain

    William Curry began working for Saltchuk as captain of the motor yacht Thea Foss in 2010.

    Besides skippering the yacht on her trips around the Seattle area during the spring and fall, he also enjoys piloting her summer voyages to British Columbia and Alaska. During the winter, Captain Curry oversees the yacht’s annual maintenance, repair and restoration. Bill also designs the crew safety training programs and works with supervisor Linda Becker to craft vessel budget priorities.

    Prior to starting with Saltchuk Resources, Bill has worked as director of the Northwest School of Wooden Boatbuilding, program director for Youth Adventure (a local sail training organization) and captain aboard a variety of traditionally rigged tallships engaged in sail training and ocean voyaging with youth and adults. He has voyaged extensively in the north and south Atlantic and Pacific oceans.

    Bill holds a United States Coast Guard license as master of ocean-going motor and sail propelled vessels and has been a licensed captain since 1970. He lives on Marrowstone Island in north Puget Sound with his wife Helen, a long-time Waldorf educator. Bill and Helen hike, ski and travel for recreation and Bill enjoys woodworking, blacksmithing, and fixing fences on the couple’s small farmstead.

  • Christie Biddle, Steward/MedPIC

  • Mark Maddock, Asst. Enginer, Deckhand

  • Tom Doran, Chief Engineer

    Tom came on board as full time engineer of the Thea in June of 2013, he has experience on similar classic yachts with antique engines.

    Tom has vocational training in electric motors, HVAC, two & four stroke engines, AC power generation & controls. He is self-taught troubleshooter for various ships systems.

    Tom’s hometown is in the Methow Valley where he enjoys day hiking, gardening, and music. Tom recently served lengthy board terms for Okanogan Conservation District and Methow Conservancy.

Saltchuk Aviation

  • Adam Schmid, Director, Captain

    Adam Schmid is the Director, Corporate Aviation for Saltchuk Resources Inc. based in Seattle. An Australian by birth, Adam started his career as a flight instructor in the Fiji Islands where he became the Chief Flight Instructor, Line Pilot and Check Airman for a domestic airline. He later went on to fly all over the world predominantly as a corporate pilot rated on Bombardier, Gulfstream and Dassault aircraft. Adam Managed a corporate flight department in Warsaw, Poland for nine years as well as held other management positions in various organizations.

    Prior to joining Saltchuk, Adam was the Sr. Global aviation & Logistics Advisor for a large Oil and Gas company based in Houston. In this role he managed global aviation, specifically contract management, safety oversight, Business Unit support and initiated the first in-house drone inspection program in America that spread internationally.

    Adam has over 10,000 flight hours, hold an MSc in air Transport Management, Certified Aviation Manager as accredited by the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA), certificate holder in Safety Management Systems and a Certified Auditor.

  • Scott Chambers, Captain

    Scott joined Saltchuk in February 2020, and as a Senior Captain supports the Director of Corporate Aviation in all aspects of the company’s corporate flight operations, training, safety, and logistics.  His experience in aviation spans over two decades, with almost 7,000 flight hours across both domestic and international air operations accumulated predominately in Dassault Falcon aircraft.

    Prior to joining, Scott served for twelve consecutive years as a Part 135 Captain at a major private jet charter and aircraft management company, assigned exclusively to a single high-level account.  He has also worked as a Flight Instructor, holds credentials as an Advanced Ground Instructor, and more recently pursued continued education with a Commercial Seaplane rating earned in 2018 with Seattle’s very own Kenmore Air.

    Scott feels right at home living in the Pacific Northwest, where he and his family enjoy the outdoors and views of Mt. Rainier.

  • Steve Werthwein, Maintenance Manager