Officers & Trustees

Officers

Commodore: Barbara Woodford

Barbara was born and raised in Michigan.  After graduating from college, she moved to Washington D.C., where she met her husband, Tom, a Portland native, who was completing a summer internship.  They returned to Portland and Tom went to work for his dad, Neil.  Tom and Barbara were married in 1979.  They are the proud parents of two boys, Devin and Garret, and daughter-in-law, Angie.

Barbara has been a workers’ compensation attorney for 36 years.  Tom is the president of Neil Kelly Co, which his father started in 1947.

Tom and Barbara bought their first sailboat, a San Juan 24 (Gambit), and began racing in 1977.  Racing was such a big part of their lives that they moved onto a floating home on Tomahawk Island in 1979.  In 1982, they moved their house across North Portland harbor to Bridgeton Road, where they still live.  They keep a Boston Whaler at the house to motor up to the club on warm summer evenings.  Over the years, they bought and raced and sold a Choate 27 (Chicanery), Santana 30/30 (Knockout), J35 (Blue Streak), and J122 (Anam Cara).  After a life-changing trek in Nepal in 2018, they downsized to JamJam, a J88, which is moored at the club.  Tom still races, and, Barbara, who had become more of a cruiser and fair weather racer, is back to racing.  They have sailed the San Juan and Gulf Islands, chartered in Greece, the BVI, and the Apostle Islands (Lake Superior), and sailed with friends in Mexico.

Barbara and Tom joined PYC in 1988.  Tom served as a trustee in the mid-1990's.  Barbara joined the board as a trustee in 2017.  They love gathering with friends at PYC and were especially proud to share the club with family and friends for Garret and Angie’s wedding in 2016.

Vice Commodore: Floyd Jones

Secretary / Treasurer: David Gunsul

David Gunsul is locally grown…born in Vancouver, WA and raised in Portland. He graduated from Lincoln HS then started his own business, West Hills Handyman until he was hired as a carpenter by a small construction company at the time called R&H Construction. He was one of the first hired and was instrumental in its success and growth. He became a vice president and subsequently an owner.

After 34 years with R&H, he left in 2014 and purchased TEAM Construction in Vancouver, WA. He is currently the president and runs the day to day operations of this growing commercial construction company.

David is the son of Brooks Gunsul, an architect and longtime member of PYC since 1974. Brooks, who will be 92 this year still goes out on his boat SLA Rose, moored on C row. David raced with his father quite successfully all through the 70’s and early 80’s on boats Rosebud, The Point and SLA Rose.

David met his wife Heidi (a critical care nurse) in 1981 after they met in the middle of the Columbia River. She was skippering a sailboat with some of her friends and he was skippering his parent’s boat with some of his friends when the wind suddenly stopped, and they found themselves motionless right next to each other’s boats.  Fast forward… less than a year later David and Heidi were married and had their wedding reception at PYC.

They are the very proud parents of 4 children…sons (twins) Matt and Tony, and Andrew and daughter Lainie. They are blessed with 8 wonderful grandchildren and spending family time together is most important to them.

David and Heidi love to travel, ski on Mt Hood and sail on their Beneteau Oceanis 48 named GO TEAM! Throughout his lifetime David has spent many years creating great memories around PYC and he is excited about finally being able to give back.

Rear Commodore: Bob Morgan

Bob, the oldest of eight, was born in Seattle Washington and has many happy memories boating on the Puget Sound.

At the age of fifteen his family relocated to Portland and he attended Grant High School. In his senior year (1969) a younger brother introduced him to Bonita, a junior at Franklin High School. They were married in 1973 and in 1977 welcomed their only child, Angela. Today they are the proud grandparents of two boys, Trent and Wade.

Bob’s work experience started after high school by going to the General Motors training school, then moving to fabricating large trucks, later moving to industrial manufacturing equipment. As he moved through job experiences he was always upgrading his electrical licenses and in 1985 he and a partner started a company called Electric Works Inc. This company continues today specializing in the installation, repair and rewiring of industrial manufacturing equipment. Bonita came to work in the office in 1988 and retired in 2016. Bob has come to an agreement with two long-time employees that has put into place an exit strategy.

Bob’s love of the water carried into their everyday life with the purchase of their first boat in 1978, and continued on with Bob building a floating home in 1991 that they still have today. In 2006 they purchased their first M/V and began cruising on the Columbia, meeting other boaters (most of them belonging to PYC). In 2007 Bob decided to purchase their present boat, My Outlet, and joined Portland Yacht Club that same year.

Over the years Bob has been involved with several committees such as House and Grounds and Technical. Bob has volunteered for the closed and open moorage upgrade work-parties and served as a Trustee in 2016.

Trustees

  • Scott Brattebo (Sail)
  • Greg Allison (Power)
  • Steve Spahr (Power)
  • Sandy Akin (Power)
  • Mike O'Bryant (Sail)

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