Richard Hodges, President
Rich first got involved with SEA in the summer of 2011 when his son signed up for Sail Camp. That same year he and his wife took a leadership role in organizing the new family sailing program. He has a lifetime of experience in boating, including work as a deckhand on a commercial boat, handling large power boats and open ocean sailing.
Rich has worked as a volunteer with several non-profit organizations, including six years on the Board of the San Francisco Food Bank. During that Board tenure, he was part of the leadership team that raised $6m to build a new facility in San Francisco. Currently he is Vice President of the Board of International Facilities Management Association San Francisco Chapter.
He has an MBA and experience in both finance and strategic planning. He lives in Sonoma with his wife and son.
Joe Rouse, Vice President
Joe joined SEA in 1990 and went through every class from Dinghy One to Offshore Sailing. He published and edited the newsletter and helped organize the Safety at Sea seminars. He's been US Sailing Certified Instructor since 1993 and served on the Board in past years. Joe has been on or in the water his whole life, including six years in the US Navy.
His earliest memories include his Dad teaching him to snorkel when he was four, his mother scraping the bottom of their Chris Craft in a Sausalito boat yard, and fishing for bullheads in Tiburon with his friends.
He has passion to share his love of the water with others.
Mattias Lux, Treasurer
Matthias has been with SEA since 2011. Originally from Germany, he joined SEA soon after moving to San Francisco when he was looking for an affordable and sociable way of sailing.
Matthias has volunteered as an instructor, coordinator and has offered many technical skills to the organization. He mostly enjoys sailing keelboats and has participated in several races on The Bay as well as sailed to Half Moon Bay and (almost) to the Farallones - and one day he'll get there.
Jane Piereth is the founder of SEA, and served the nonprofit organization for almost 20 years as Executive Director. She organized the first US Sailing Association's Level 1 Small Boat instructors courses offered in Northern California and also organized the first three Safety at Sea Seminars presented here. She held a Coast Guard six pac license for 25 years.
She is a retired Master Chief Boatswain's Mate, US Coast Guard Reserve, driving 41' and 44' Search and Rescue boats for 17 years, and working in the Marine Event Permits office. Her most fun time in the Coast Guard was the three weeks she sailed on the cutter Eagle, the Coast Guard tall ship. She has served as Commodore of the Presidio Yacht Club. Her late husband served as Commodore the Master Mariners Benevolent Association, and they raced their 1939 Dunningan 30 sloop in the Regatta for many years.
After being away from the Bay Area for 10 years, Jane returned in 2012 to once again be involved with SEA.
Meghan Hartnett, Program Director
Meghan has grown up on the San Francisco bay and been involved with sailing and the Bay in one way or another all her life. As a child she came through the SEA Sail Camp program and moved into a leadership role progressively to Head Counselor with SEA while in high school and college. Meghan holds a B.S. degree from Dominican University in Biology with Minor in Environmental Science.
After a few years being away from the Bay Area she has rejoined SEA in the Spring of 2014 as Youth Program Director to oversee and run the successful SEA Summer Camp programs. She is very involved with the efforts of ocean advocates around the Bay and is a leader in promoting marine health understanding and education.
Look for her in the Racing with Copepods film, Coastal Clean up efforts and many other projects that help to increase awareness and stewardship of the marine environment. Also, look for her dockside in the summer making sure camps run smoothly.