The Alexandria Seaport Foundation has three full-time and two part-time staff members. Two of the three full-time staff members are devoted to the development and implementation of ASF’s programs.

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Kathy Seifert, Executive Director  – Kathy has been with the Alexandria Seaport Foundation for over 11 years, serving as its chief fundraiser, responsible for individual, corporate, foundation and grant donations, marketing and communications, community outreach and special events. She has a B.A. from Connecticut College and an M.A. from Georgetown University.

James Gottfried, Director, Seaport Center– Jimmy is a graduate of ASF’s Apprentice Program and facilitates apprentice recruitment and intake, works with apprentices in the shop assisting them with carpentry skills and curriculum requirements, and networks for graduate apprentice employment placement and oversees all Seaport Center operations. 

Jay Helinski, Apprentice Program Manager – Jay became involved with ASF as an apprentice learning the art of boat building.  After attending Savannah College of Art and Design for Industrial/Marine Design, he sought out hands-on experience in the field. Now, having learned the trade with ASF, Wooden Boat School, and by building his own boats, Jay uses his passion for the art to build, teach, and mentor apprentices in the shop.”

Nicole Reidinger, Middle School Math Manager Nicole Reidinger graduated from St Mary’s College of Maryland in 2013 with a focus on philosophy and psychology. Nicole’s passion for designing and creating customized furniture and her belief in the personal transformations which occur through building make her a perfect fit for ASF’s project-based Middle School Math Program where she empowers students to grow academically and personally with each project.

Joyce Yorty, Office Manager – Joyce plays a critical role at ASF, handling most accounting duties, daily office operations, preparing financials for grantors and managing many administrative functions for the organization.  She has several years of experience in corporate accounting management and a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from the University of Virginia.