The Maritime Heritage Project
Board of Directors
John Springer is owner of Four Winds, Inc., an experential training course located in the redwoods of Northern California. As is everyone on this Board, John is a world traveller and he values unique experiences. When invited to sail on the 2500+ nautical mile transatlantic race from the Canary Islands to Bermuda in 2006, he unhesitatingly said "yes," even though he was not an experienced sailor. To make it more dramatic, the crew of four was in the smallest sailboat in the race and the captain is a paraplegec.
Captain D. Stephen Faber
Captain Faber has spent much of his life at sea delivering private vessels up and down the California coastline. He is past Commodore of the Loch Lomond Yacht Club and is a current member of the Sausalito Yacht Club. He holds degrees in finance and a Juris Doctor degree. His community activities include Legislative Lisason to the Government Affairs Committee for the California Association of Realtors, Chairman of the Sausalito Sustainability Commission, Director of the Sausalito Rotary Housing Corporation, he is is on the National Association of Financial and Estate Planners.
Three-time Emmy Award winning television producer, writer and editor in the San Francisco Bay Area. He has worked on numerous national and local productions that have taken him everywhere from Midway Atoll in the Pacific Ocean to the remote northern Alaskan village of Anaktuvuk Pass to high security prisons around the U.S. He is currently teaching video production for the Academy of Art University. Michael served on the board of the National Radio Project, another nonprofit, and volunteered as a Big Brother for more than ten years. He was honored as "Marin County Big Brother of the Year" in 2002.
Internationally-known deep sea diver and photo journalist currently residing in British Columbia. His works have appeared in Cousteau Society Publications, Harry N. Abrams Publications, Islands, SportDiver, the Smithsonian and National Geographic magazines, among hundreds of others. He has traveled extensively in tropical climes and has amassed a stock library of more than 50,000 images. In addition to ongoing work in North America, he is currently diving, exploring and writing on areas of the Indio-Pacific. His first novel, Havoc, was published in 2007.
Gary is a direct descendant of Captain James H. Blethen, to whom this site is dedicated. He is also a world-traveller: Gary has been to every State in the Union (with the exception of Alaska), and to almost every country in the world during 40 years of travel. As a youth, he was active in the Sea Scouts out of San Francisco and owned his own sailing vessel for many years. He is a retired printer.