Our Team

Our Team

Meet the Saltchuk Team

Our most valuable asset is the Saltchuk team of approximately 7,500 extraordinary people who work across Saltchuk’s network of companies, including the Saltchuk Board and corporate home team pictured here.


Board of Directors

  • Bert Valdman, Pres. & CEO, Optimum Energy

    Member of Saltchuk Audit & Risk Management Committee

    Bert Valdman is the President & CEO of Optimum Energy, the leading provider of data-driven cooling and heating optimization solutions for enterprise facilities. Prior to joining Optimum Energy he was the Chief Strategy Officer of Edison International, the parent company of Southern California Edison, one of the largest electric utilities in the country. Prior to Edison, he was the executive vice president and chief operating officer of Puget Sound Energy where he was responsible for regulated electric and natural gas distribution operations, as well as the Customer Service, Information Technology, and Community Affairs functions. He also served as Puget Energy’s chief financial officer from 2003 through 2007. He earned a bachelor’s degree in history from Northwestern University, as well as masters and doctoral degrees from Stanford University. Bert also serves on the board for Veresen Energy and Lakeside School. He has served as a member of the board of trustees for Overlake Hospital, Puget Sound Blood Center and Pacific Northwest Ballet. He joined the Saltchuk board of directors in April, 2015.

  • 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.

  • Eugene Voiland, Ret. Pres & CEO of Aera Energy LLC

    Member of Saltchuk Compensation Committee

    Gene is the Chairman of Valley Republic Bank in Bakersfield, California and a petroleum industry consultant who works both in the U.S. and internationally. He has over 40 years of experience in most aspects of the petroleum business. Gene is very active in nonprofit and business organizations in California. He earned a BS Degree in Chemical Engineering from Washington State University.

  • Mark Tabbutt, Chairman of Saltchuk

    Member of Saltchuk Governance Committee

    Mark holds a degree in Political Science from Whitman College; a degree in law from the University of Puget Sound School of Law and completed the Owner-President Managed Program, unit #32, of the Harvard Business School’s Executive Education program. Mark has been a member of the Washington State Bar Association since 1991; has served as a member of the Board of Trustees of the Greater Seattle YMCA since 2003; and is on the Board of Washington Federal, a publicly-traded Seattle based bank.

  • Michele Seaver, Saltchuk Principal Shareholder

    Adjunct Member of Saltchuk Audit and Risk Management Committee

    Michele Seaver owns and operates a 50-acre farm specializing in the breeding and training of Dutch Warmblood horses for dressage. Prior to opening the farm in 2006, she was the owner-operator of 19th Street Café in Seattle. Michele attended Central Washington University and has completed several Executive Education Programs at Harvard Business School including The Families Business from Generation to Generation and Finance for Senior Executives.

  • Nicole Engle, Saltchuk Principal Shareholder

    Member of Saltchuk Governance Committee

    Nicole serves in a variety of capacities with her family businesses as well as volunteering for a number of non-profit organizations. Nicole attended Marymount College and completed Families in Business From Generation to Generation, Executive Education Program, Harvard Business School, in 1999; and Finance for Senior Executives, Executive Education Program, Harvard Business School, in 2002. Prior to focusing her time and energy on her family and family business, Nicole owned and operated Boehm’s on Ravenna, a boutique chocolates and espresso shop in the Greenlake neighborhood of Seattle.

  • Paul Goldberg, Founder & CEO, 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.

     

  • Robert Felton, Dir. Emeritus of McKinsey & Company

    Member of Saltchuk Audit & Risk Management Committee

    In his 31 years with McKinsey, Bob worked in Cleveland, Los Angeles, Seoul, South Korea and Seattle. His client work focused on strategy, operations and governance, primarily with heavy industrial companies. Prior to McKinsey, he worked for General Electric Company. Since retiring from McKinsey, he has invested in a number of small companies and sits on the boards of five private companies. In addition, Bob is the President and Chair of the Board of Governors of the Washington State University Foundation. He earned a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Washington State University and an MBA from Harvard University.

  • Stein Kruse, CEO, 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.

  • Timothy Engle, President of Saltchuk

    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 was formerly Director of Foss Maritime Company in Seattle and held positions in the San Francisco office of Foss. He also spent three years at TOTE Maritime in Alaska.



Corporate Home

  • Ala’ Al-Kukhun, Senior Internal Auditor

    Internal Audit Services

    Ala’ started at Saltchuk in 2014 as an Internal Consultant; prior to joining Saltchuk he spent a year at Tropical Shipping and two years in Big 4 Public accounting firms in Florida and in Jordan.

    Ala’ holds a B.A. in Accounting from The University of Jordan, a Masters in Accounting from Missouri State University, and also holds a Florida Certified Public Accounting (CPA) license.

    Ala’ lives in Seattle and enjoys spending time with his wife Hind and their two year old princess Leen. In his free time you can find him fishing, cooking, or exploring the city.

  • 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.

  • Anthony Hughart, RMIS Manager

    Anthony started at Saltchuk in April of 2016 as RMIS Manager (Risk Management Information Systems). Prior to joining Saltchuk he spent four years in Risk Management at TOTE Maritime Puerto Rico, a Saltchuk subsidiary. While in that position, he also managed the company’s ISO Program as the Management Representative and lead auditor; auditing the company’s processes, environment risks and health and safety risks.

    Anthony holds a Bachelors in International Business from the University of North Florida and has an M.B.A. from Jacksonville University.

    Anthony, his wife, their daughter, and son, spend their free time traveling, exploring the city, and enjoying the outdoors.

  • Betsy Seaton, Senior Vice President of Operations

    Betsy began her career at the Boston Consulting Group then spent 22 years at Weyerhaeuser in a variety of roles, centered around strategic planning, enterprise resource planning, P&L leadership and improving operations. For six years before joining Saltchuk she held the role of VP Strategy and Corporate Development.

    As SVP of Operations, Betsy works with Saltchuk leaders to improve operations and increase collaboration between the company’s six business units.

    Betsy is a graduate of Princeton University and earned a J.D. / M.B.A. from the University of Chicago.  She is a member of the California Bar. In addition to strategy and finance leadership, she has more than ten years of experience as a Board member and advisor to a wide range of organizations, including Columbia Bank, Liaison Technologies and Planned Parenthood.

  • Blake Klingeman, Director, Operations and Continuous Improvement

    Blake started at Saltchuk in late 2013 as Sr. Manager of Finance and Accounting.  He currently serves on the Washington Autism Alliance & Advocacy and Redeeming Soles Board of Directors.  Before he began with Saltchuk he spent a year at Foss Maritime Company, a Saltchuk subsidiary.

    Blake holds a B.S. in Accounting from Washington State University and also holds a Certified Public Accounting (CPA) Certificate.  He holds a LEAN blackbelt certification and has an MBA from Washington State University.

    Blake and his wife enjoy the outdoors and spending time with friends.

  • Brian Gordon, Director, Treasury & FP&A

    Brian started at Saltchuk in August of 2016 as Director of Treasury and FP&A. Prior to joining, he spent over 12 years in various accounting and finance roles at Savers, one of the largest operators of thrift stores in the world. It was at Savers that Brian gained experience working with senior executives across strategic planning and budgeting as well as experience leading the treasury and FP&A functions.

    Brian grew up locally in the Pacific Northwest and holds a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Washington.

    Brian enjoys playing soccer, golf, and spending time with his wife and two kids.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Dana Johnston, IT Services Sr. Program Manager

    Dana started with Saltchuk in 2017 and supports the Saltchuk IT Strategy initiatives as well as the home office Cybersecurity Awareness program. Dana has 10 years of experience managing the release and delivery of complex software projects and holds a B.S. in Management, emphasis in Information Systems, from Clemson University.

    Dana and her husband have been in Seattle for 5 years and enjoy Pacific Northwest living, but she still loves Pittsburgh sports and the Clemson Tigers.

  • 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 serves on the steering committee for the Saltchuk Women’s Leadership Initiative (SWLI). She is responsible for People of Saltchuk online magazine as well as Saltchuk’s Regional Corporate Giving Programs.

    email | 206.652.1129

  • Harry McDonald, Alaska Director

    As Managing Director Alaska, Harry is responsible for collaboration of existing and prospective projects between all Saltchuk companies.

    Harry’s career in transportation and freight movement services span back to when he was a child and his father owned a tug boat business in Seward, Alaska, where he was raised. He owned and operated his own company, Carlile Transportation until it was acquired into the Saltchuk family of companies mid-year 2013. Harry has been at Saltchuk in his new role since that time.

    Active in his community, Harry is a Trustee on the Alaska Pacific University Board, his alma mater, where he earned his B.A. in business and economics. He is also a Trustee with The Nature Conservancy in Alaska.

    Harry lives Anchorage with his wife Pat. They have four grown children and recently welcomed their eighth grandchild. When not working, he enjoys spending time with the grandchildren, flying around Alaska in their Cessna and traveling with his wife.

  • Jane Moody, Tax Manager

    Jane began working with Saltchuk in 2011 as the Income Tax Manager. She is involved in the Federal and State tax compliance for all of the Saltchuk entities, as well as income tax planning.

    Prior to joining Saltchuk, Jane worked at Moss Adams for 7 years. At Moss Adams she specialized in large flow through entities, and construction and real estate clients. Jane holds a B.A. in Business Administration/Accounting and a Masters in Taxation from the University of Washington. She is also a licensed Certified Public Accountant in Washington.

    Jane lives in Seattle with her husband and daughter. In her free time she likes to spend time with her family, and exploring the outdoors.

  • Joel Loveday, Senior Financial Analyst

  • Judy Saurwein, Staff Accountant

  • Kajal Ram, Director, Compensation and Benefits

    Joining in May 2016, Kajal is responsible for the overall benefits strategy and compliance for Saltchuk and its business units.

    Kajal has over 16 years experience in the benefits field with a strong background in managing retirement plans.  Prior to Saltchuk, she worked for several large public companies and most recently as Director of Benefits with DIRECTV and AT&T.

    Kajal received her B.A. in business administration from the University of Washington (Go Huskies!) and has an M.B.A. with an emphasis in project management.

    She serves on the Board of Directors for Way Back Inn (non-profit in South King County that provides transitional housing for homeless families).

  • Kathie Spratling, Receptionist / Admin

    Kathie joined Saltchuk in 2013. She provides general administrative support and is the first smiling face guests see when visiting our corporate home.

  • 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.

  • Lisa McQueen, Senior Director of Risk Management

    Lisa is responsible for overseeing the overall risk management strategy for Saltchuk and its business units. She works with business unit risk managers to implement and support enterprise risk management programs. Although Lisa just recently joined Saltchuk, she has worked with Saltchuk in a broker-client capacity since late 2008. Lisa’s risk management experience has been focused in the insurance brokerage arena, with over 14 years of experience at Aon Risk Services. Lisa’s responsibilities were oriented towards multi-national, complex risk management clients of various industry sectors, including manufacturing, distribution, logistics, marine and aerospace. Lisa has a B.A., School of Marketing and Communications from California State University of Northridge and has completed the Property & Casualty Insurance Certification Program from Pepperdine University.

  • Mark Tabbutt, Chairman

    Mark holds a degree in Political Science from Whitman College; a degree in law from the University of Puget Sound School of Law and completed the Owner-President Managed Program, unit #32, of the Harvard Business School’s Executive Education program. Mark has been a member of the Washington State Bar Association since 1991; has served as a member of the Board of Trustees of the Greater Seattle YMCA since 2003; and is on the Board of Washington Federal, a publicly-traded Seattle based bank.

  • Matt Walker, Manager, Finance & Accounting

    Matt started at Saltchuk in Summer 2015 as a Senior Accountant and was promoted in August 2016 to Manager, Finance & Accounting.  Previously he spent 5 years in public accounting, working with both large multinational corporations and small & medium sized entities.  Matt holds a B.A. degree in Philosophy from the University of Washington and a B.S. degree in Accounting from Washington State University.  He cheers for UW athletically and WSU academically.  Matt holds a CPA license in Washington.

    In his personal time, Matt enjoys water skiing, gardening, and traveling with his wife and daughter.

  • 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.

  • Melissa Martinez, Payroll Manager

  • Michelle Brown, Vice President of Tax

    Michelle joined Saltchuk in January 2016 to lead the company’s tax teams in Seattle, Washington and West Palm Beach, Florida. Michelle has more than 30 years in both private and public accounting, spending the last 23 years with PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLP in Seattle. She left PWC as a Partner in their Tax Department where she focused on mergers and acquisitions, restructurings as well as state, federal and international tax planning and compliance. Michelle is a graduate of the University of Washington and is a CPA.

  • Nick Boucher, Senior Accountant

    Nick Boucher joined Saltchuk in 2016 as Senior Accountant where he assists in the preparation of routine financial reports including forecast and actual, consolidated financial statements, quarterly reports, etc.

    Nick joined Saltchuk’s accounting team after four years in public accounting at CliftonLarsonAllen (CLA). While at CLA, he primarily worked in the manufacturing and distribution sector, conducting audits and reviews. He also worked with CLA’s transaction advisory team, which lead the due diligence for buy-side and sell-side acquisitions.

    When he’s not working, he enjoys hiking and traveling, or better yet, a combination of both.

  • Nicole Powers, Asst. Manager

    Internal Audit Services

    Nicole joined Saltchuk in 2014; she earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from The State University of New York at Utica/Rome.  She has over 15 years of experience in the audit field, including 6 years in public accounting, and is a Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE).  Prior to joining the Saltchuk team, Nicole was the Internal Audit Assistant Manager at Tropical Shipping.

    Nicole is currently a member of The Palm Beach Toastmasters Club and volunteers with several non-profit organizations in the area, most notably Junior League of the Palm Beaches.  She recently served 5 consecutive years on the Palm Beach County Chapter of The Institute of Internal Auditors in various leadership roles.

    Nicole lives with her husband, Ken and puppy, Rosie in West Palm Beach, Florida.  She is passionate about baking, especially the most coveted cookie in France, the French Macaron.  She also loves CrossFit, photography, traveling and is learning to speak French.

  • Patrick Zanin, Internal Audit Manager

    Pat joined the Saltchuk team in 2017.  He earned his BA in Accounting from Western Washington University and has over a decade of experience in audit including 8 years as an internal auditor.  Pat is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and a Certified Internal Auditor (CIA).

    Prior to joining Saltchuk, Pat was the Internal Audit Manager for Blucora and worked with the Outerwall Internal Audit department.  He is involved in the Puget Sound Chapter of the Institute of Internal Auditors, holding various leadership positions.

    Pat lives in Kenmore with his wife (Annie), son (Hudson) and fur child (Kirby – golden retriever).  In his spare time Pat enjoys fitness, hiking and going to local craft breweries and wineries. During football season, you can find Pat at CenturyLink on Sundays cheering for the Seahawks. Go Hawks!

  • Patti Hougland, Senior Internal Consultant

    Internal Audit Services

    Patti joined Saltchuk in 2014.  Patti was with Tropical Shipping since 1993; during her years of service, she has held the positions of Payroll Supervisor, Sr Internal Auditor and Seven Seas Insurance Claims Adjuster.

    She has been involved with Tropical’s Susan G Komen Race for the Cure Fundraising Committee since 2009. Patti resides in North Palm Beach, FL and in her free time enjoys running ½ marathons, cycling, scuba diving, traveling, and cooking.

  • Paul Morrison, Director

    Internal Audit Services

    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.

  • Peter Lorring, Tax Manager

    Peter Lorring joined Saltchuk as Tax Manager in March of 2017. He covers Federal, State & International income tax matters for all of 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 sports and exploring the Pacific Northwest with his fiancé.

  • Rhonda Bell, Office Admin. Support Manager

  • Richard Chamberlain, Associate General Counsel & Compliance Officer

    Richard joined Saltchuk in December 2015 as Associate General Counsel & Compliance Officer, where he provides legal advice and counsel on corporate, compliance, and commercial matters.  Richard has more than 15 years of legal experience in corporate, public, and private practice, concentrated in transportation, real estate, and commercial law. Before joining Saltchuk he was a Senior General Attorney at BNSF Railway Company, and he started his legal career in private practice at Foster Pepper in Seattle.  Richard earned his J.D. with honors from the University of Washington School of Law, and also holds a B.A. in Communications from the University of Washington.  In his free time he enjoys traveling and enjoying the outdoors with his wife and their two sons.

  • Riley Toher, HR Assistant

    Riley joined Saltchuk in June 2016 as an HR Assistant. She graduated from Whitman College in the spring of 2016 with a degree in Psychology. Prior to joining Saltchuk, Riley interned with the HR department at Amazon Web Services and during her time there assisted with multiple Employee Relations and Global Expansion projects.

    In her spare time, Riley enjoys running, the outdoors, and cheering on all Seattle sports teams.

  • Scott Mitchell, Senior Director

    Internal Audit Services

    Scott Mitchell came from Greenbrier Companies, Portland, Oregon, where he was their Director of Internal Audit.

    Scott has a deep background in information technology and control systems honed by over 30 years’ experience with telecom, manufacturing and public accounting; his past employers include US West, Hollywood Entertainment, Cascade Corporation and Moss Adams LLP.

    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).

  • Shannon Girlando, V.P., Controller

    Shannon started with Saltchuk in late 2012, after working in various finance and accounting roles at Vulcan, Coca-Cola Enterprises, Quaker Oats and Arthur Andersen. Shannon graduated from the University of Illinois with a degree in Accountancy and is a CPA.

  • 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, Tax Manager

  • Tim Engle, President

    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 was formerly Director of Foss Maritime Company in Seattle and held positions in the San Francisco office of Foss. He also spent three years at TOTE Maritime in Alaska.

  • Trevor Parris, VP, Business Development, 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.

  • Wayne Farmer, Director, Taxes

  • Winnie Kwong Walter, Sr. Financial Analyst

    Winnie Kwong Walter joined Saltchuk in 2015. In her role as Senior Financial Analyst, Winnie works with the finance, treasury and acquisition teams to manage financial risk and support due diligence activities.

    Winnie has more than 10 years experience in finance, having worked with large multi-national companies like Starbucks, Univar and Washington Mutual before joinging Saltchuk. She holds degrees in Economics and Microbiology from University of Washington.

    A life-long learner and passionate traveler, Winnie also lends her talents to local non profits such as Jubilee Women’s Center where she is the Treasurer of the Associate Board. In her free time you can find Winnie exploring the Northwest with her husband and planning her next adventure abroad.


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.

  • Carolyn Shaw, Chef

  • Deborah Cobain, Steward/Purser

  • 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

  • Ed Sullivan, Director of Maintenance

    Ed began work with Saltchuk in 2012, where he maintains the corporate aircraft to the highest industry standards.

    Ed was formerly Director of Maintenance for corporate flight operations at the Ackerly Group and Sequent Computer Systems. He holds an FAA airframe and powerplant airman certificate.

    Ed and his wife spend their free time enjoying outdoor recreation activities.

  • Steen Bramer, Pilot in Command

    Steen joined Saltchuk Aviation in September of 2012.

    Steen was previously a Captain with Omni Air International on Boeing 767 and 757 in support of Military and civilian contracts, Captain with Delmun Aviation Services based in the Middle East on a Challenger 601, and Chief Pilot of an aircraft charter and management company in the Puget sound area. Prior to becoming a commercial pilot he was a jet mechanic in the USMC, which lead him to become a civilian mechanic and inspector on Boeing aircraft.

    Steen spends his free time with his family and enjoys the outdoors.

  • Stephanie Slaughter, Flight Attendant

  • Todd Loomer, Director of Operations, Chief Safety Officer

    Todd began working for Saltchuk Aviation in 2012 as manager and pilot for Saltchuk’s flight department.

    He worked for Executive Flight, Inc. in Wenatchee, WA from 1987 to 2012, during which time he worked as an instructor pilot, commercial charter pilot, and FAA designated company check airman.  While at Executive Flight he was Chief Pilot for 13 years and Director of Operations for 6 years.

    Todd holds a degree in aviation from Walla Walla University, an Airline Transport Pilot certificate in single and multi-engine airplanes.  He has over 10,000 flight hours with over 8,500 flight hours of business and commercial flying.

    He served as member and vice-chair on Cascade Christian Academy’s school board in Wenatchee, WA for 4 years before moving to Seattle.

    Todd resides in Seattle, enjoys traveling with his family, and outdoor recreation.


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