Candidates For The Board Of Directors
The 7 candidates' statements are below.
Voting Ends Midnight October 1, 2022

Nancy Bromberg
I’ve sailed on/off since 1979, and owned a Tanzer 22, Puffin, kept in Annapolis, for many years. I raced Puffin weekly as a member of the Tiller Club, part of the now-closed Chesapeake Sailing School. I have bareboat chartered in the BVIs and Greece.  


I’ve been a member of Singles on Sailboats since 2005. Due to work and dog care constraints, I’ve mostly been a day sailor, with an occasional weekend sail. I retired from clinical veterinary ophthalmology practice and moved to Annapolis in 2020, so I’ve had the opportunity to be more active in the club. I’ve been a day sail coordinator for several years, am on the education committee, and help out at parties whenever asked!

During an amazing trip to Kenya and Tanzania, Debra Roane kept telling me how great it would be if I ran to become a member of the SOS board! Guess she did a good job of convincing me.

If elected to the board, I would bring some new ideas on how to make the club more inclusive, especially for new members. Even after 17 years of membership, I sometimes feel like a new member at some SOS social functions. The mentorship program recently started by the membership committee is a good start, but I have some ideas that will take it further.

I look forward to the opportunity to serve the club as a board member.

 
          Nancy Bromberg
          Joined SOS 2005
Craig Coltharp
I have been a member of SOS since 2008 and have been on the Board for the last two years first serving as Secretary for the first year and as Treasurer for the last year. If asked to be on the board again and to be Treasurer, I will be happy to serve.

I have met many good people in SOS during this time. I know that good people make a good organization and I believe SOS is a good organization because of you, the members.  I have seen organizations that are made up of volunteers, where the bulk of the work is done by a few dedicated people. I feel it is my turn to help out.  

I love sailing.  I started racing small sailboats when I was 12 years old. By the time I was 18 I had raced in 15 states in the country and in 25 states by the time I was 30.  I move to Maryland in 1976, and raced on the bay in one designs and PHRF.

I am a skipper with a Gulf Star 44’ cruising sailboat. I have sailed and raced sailboats for over 50 years including a winter in the Bahamas in 2015 and a transatlantic sail in 2019. Racing sailboats has been my passion for most of my life.

I became an aerospace engineer so I could learn how to make sailboats go faster, but that career took me to NASA and the Hubble and James Webb Space telescope programs.

I believe SOS is a very good organization with great members and I will help it in any way I can.

       Skipper Craig Coltharp
       Joined SOS 2008

Heide Harper
I am a Clothing Engineer, Textile Artist and Technical Designer. I have worked in the apparel industry, taught Fashion Design on the college level and maintained a freelance sewing operation throughout my entire career. I can also add Yoga Instructor to the list, but these days I mostly work with fabric.


I have been sailing for six years, five of them as an SOS member. Being involved with the club has been very enjoyable, very challenging and very rewarding. Being on the Board these last two years has truly enhanced my experience, and here is why... I get to be part of sharing ideas, making policy and critical decisions that have made the club more beneficial and rewarding to everyone involved, such as the Skipper Voucher reward program.

As a board member, I feel indebted to both new members and long-timers, to talk with them about their experience in the club and their ideas and needs. It is a wonderful way to get to know people and find connections within the club for them. Mentoring new members is always fun, so that they can learn and get excited about all the opportunities the club might have for them. Of course I am always talking to friends outside of the club, telling them of my own adventures, of which I have had a few, encouraging them to try us out too.

SOS is a fantastic club! I appreciate the emphasis on safety and building sailing skills and knowledge in every member, at their own pace. I appreciate the enthusiasm for being social and having fun with volunteer efforts from many of us. I appreciate the skippers! What would we do without our generous skippers. I am always thinking about and asking what more we can do to show our appreciation. And Bareboat! What a wonderful opportunity that is, if you like to travel. As liaison and a twice participant, I am learning how it all works. I am ready to do more on that front.

So, I am hoping you will allow me to continue to serve you by remaining on the board for another two years, helping to make the club bigger and better. And, please let me leave you with a gentle reminder...when you are out on the water, NOTHING should go overboard! Let's keep our Bay clean and healthy. Thanks

 
       Heide Harper
       Joined SOS 2018

 

Andy Katz
From 2018 to 2020, I threw myself self into sailing and obtained US Sailing Basic Keel-boat, Cruising, Bareboat Cruising, and Coastal Navigation certifications at J World in Annapolis.  For hands on experience, I sailed Chesapeake Boating Club’s J-80s, J-32s, J-105s and a Beneteau 331.  I re-joined SOS in 2019 after an earlier time with the club in 2012.  

I purchased Peaceful One, a 2002 Beneteau 393, in June 2020.  As a Skipper, I have enjoyed taking members on day sails and overnight cruises aboard Peaceful One as I have enhanced my sailing experience and made new friends.  

Other sailing related volunteer work I engage in is sailing for the Chesapeake Region Assistive Boating (CRAB) organization and assisting the Environmental Committee at Eastport Yacht Club where I am a member.

I recently retired in 2019, after a 40-year career in federal natural gas and electricity regulation, including electric grid reliability and cybersecurity.  This included stints with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and the Maryland Public Service Commission.   I also worked in law firms, the Edison Electric Institute, and Constellation Energy in Baltimore.  

I have been fortunate to have many opportunities to give back to the club.  Most recently, I served out a term on the SOS Board of Directors at the request of past Commodore Sandy Rosswork.  Before that I worked on a committee that revised the club’s by-laws and re-organized our policies.  I worked on a committee that developed and conducted a sailing Jeopardy game we played online.  I have participated in the club’s education program by giving two online talks about boat ownership.  I also gave a class on the Navionics navigation app at the Sandy Point Park spring training in 2021.

I would like to see the club expand the use of more flexible sailing options, such as the Pop Up day sail program initiated last year.  Our demographics tell me that it is imperative to get some younger blood into the organization if we want to survive as a club.  I see a younger crowd participating in the local racing scene in Annapolis and perhaps SOS getting involved in racing in a more formal way may attract younger members.  And since the real work of the club is done by our committees, I would like the club to consider ways to ensure that continuity is maintained in our committee leadership.

       Skipper Andy Katz
       Joined SOS 2019

Bill Knapp
Since 1985 I have been in love with Sailing. As a member of the club for over 10 years I have worked hard to improve my skills and help others learn to sail both as a First Mate and as the Education Chair.

During the pandemic I implemented a weekly Friday night zoom to keep the club energized and expand our reach to people in the sailing community outside SOS.

As a member of the board, I will continue my efforts to increase SOS membership and promote club programs.


          Bill Knapp
          Joined SOS 2014
Cathy Laws

I come from a family of sailors and racers.  Growing up on the bay was wonderful and we had several boats, including rowboats, motor boats and sailboats. I have sailed and raced on boats from a 14-foot sunfish, penguins, Chesapeake 20’s and 37 footers. After raising 2 girls, I thought it was time to start sailing again.

I have never regretted my decision to join S.O.S. in 2012.  I have met some wonderful people and had the time of my life.

I believe my work experience and former S.O.S. Board Membership experience make me a great candidate to represent you.  I have been involved in many S.O.S. Committees, including Social, Membership and Education, which is my passion.

As for my work life experience, I have created contracts and budgets.  I am familiar with Human Resource Practices due to my years of running businesses and supervising a staff of 80.

This club has been wonderful to and for me.  The members I now call friends are very special to me.  I would appreciate your vote.  See you on the water!


       Cathy Laws
       Joined SOS 2012
Susan Zevin
It is an honor to be nominated to run for the SOS Board. I was introduced to boating at 3 years old on the Assawoman Bay in Ocean City. Our first family boat was a 21’ outboard with a cuddy cabin which we took on a cruise around Pt Lookout and back. The four foot following seas were scary! We were members of the US Coast Guard Auxiliary, performing Search and Rescue assignments on the South and West Rivers, Herring Bay over to Poplar Island. When work took away all volunteer hours, I retired from the USCGA in 1991.

Having joined SOS in 2018, I’ve participated as crew on several bareboat trips and served as Brunch Chair. I recently received a Skipper’s burgee! Using expertise as a Certified Personal Trainer (American College of Sports Medicine) and a history of marathons and triathlons, I have taught sailing safety and fitness classes in spring training (Sandy Point and AA Community College), and during a fireside chat reviewing the fitness demands of our Sweden bareboat trip.

My work experience includes years as a federal senior executive, and numerous volunteer assignments on various community Boards. In the National Weather Service, I oversaw 24 hour/7 days per week/ 365 days of the year weather warning and forecast operations from Guam to Maine while we modernized our field office technologies and personnel. At the end of my career I became a senior director at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) overseeing bleeding edge research in information technology—a fascinating switch from the 24/7 operations of the NWS. Here were best-in-the-world scientists, including Nobel Prize winners. It was a gift to be able to work there!

I served on the board of the Annapolis Striders for many years—as Secretary, as a VP of education, and as a race director. Currently, I serve on an Ocean City condominium board, on my religious community board, and the house operating board of my college sorority in Pittsburgh.

I believe organizations are successful because of the passion, creativity, courage and a commitment to excellence by its Members. These are the strengths of SOS! And I will be happy to foster these as a member of the Board. Good sailing fitness goes hand in hand with safe sailing; and these will continue to be my areas of interest.

       Skipper Susan Zevin
       Joined SOS 2018