MEET OUR TEAM

OUR STAFF

Jimmy Gottfried

Director of Operations

MEET JIM

Jimmy facilitates the on-site operations at the Seaport Foundation. Having been here for three years, as well as completing the apprenticeship himself, he maintains the grounds on which the apprenticeship program can successfully function, and works closely with volunteers and apprentices to maintain the McIlhenny Seaport Center and its fleet of sail and rowboats. Jimmy also works as the Seaport Foundation’s representative within the Alexandria Mentoring Partnership, helping expand the program’s reach into the community and work alongside fellow mentoring programs. Jimmy is dedicated to the growth and prosperity of the program and the apprentices it serves, continuing to provide the skills and leadership training that helped shape his own future.

Jay Helinski

Apprentice Program Manager

MEET JAY

Jay is in command of the development for each young adult who comes to the Seaport Foundation. He works side by side with apprentices, instructing them in hands-on skills training; sets and tracks goals for those in the program; and ultimately clears pathways for our apprentices to find success. He sets an example, as a graduate of the program, to be a respected leader for those who want to learn. Jay is in pursuit of a B.F.A. in Industrial Design/Product Design and has experience in design, carpentry, and boat building. Jay has managed apprentices at the Seaport Foundation for nearly two years. Drawn to life on the water, he naturally loves the Seaport Foundation. He also has a special connection to providing apprentices the same, if not better, opportunities than he was provided in his time as an apprentice. Outside of the Seaport Foundation, Jay can be found traveling, playing sports, or designing and crafting various art pieces.

Kathy Seifert

Executive Director

MEET KATHY

Kathy has been with the Alexandria Seaport Foundation for 12 years, serving as its chief fundraiser through April 2018, when she was appointed Executive Director. Kathy’s natural passion for boats and water derives from her Rhode Island roots and summers teaching sailing on Cape Cod. Her dedication and devotion to the Alexandria Seaport Foundation; however, are grounded in her commitment to the young people whose lives are forever changed through the Seaport Foundation’s mission and programs. Kathy has three grown sons and two grandchildren. She has a B.A. from Connecticut College and an M.A. from Georgetown University.

Joyce Yorty

Accountant & Office Manager

MEET JOYCE

Joyce manages all accounting functions and daily office operations for the Alexandria Seaport Foundation. She has many years of experience in corporate accounting management and holds a BS in Accounting from the University of Virginia. Joyce’s passion for the Seaport Foundation comes from knowing that her work makes a significant difference in the lives of young people in need of direction…every day.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Richard Bell

Director

MEET RICHARD

Richard has lived in Alexandria since 1969. He is married to Toni Clark. He has four children and seven grandchildren.

Professional Life.
Dick started Potomac Development Corporation (PDC) in February 1971 with his college roommate, David Schwartz. Potomac Development was the management company for over 90 projects from 1971 until this year. PDC will cease operations at the end of 2018. PDC was a small real estate developer in Washington D.C. exclusively.

Education.
Dick received his BA in Economics, cum laude, from The College of Wooster, Wooster, Ohio in 1963. He obtained his MBA from the University of Chicago in 1964.

Military Service.
He joined the United States Marine Corps in 1966, obtained his commission as a Second Lieutenant in the summer of 1966 and served in Viet Nam in 1968 reaching the rank of Captain. He was awarded the Navy Commendation Medal with Combat V upon return to the States.

Current Endeavors.
Dick is a Trustee of The College of Wooster. He is on the Board of The Alexandria Seaport Foundation as well as Employee Navigator, a benefits firm in Bethesda, Maryland. Together with his wife, Toni, and a longtime friend, Kit Prillaman, he helped found CrossWalk, a school for dyslexic children in Roanoke, Va. He is active in many philanthropic ventures.

Janet Blair-Fleetwood

Treasurer

MEET JANET

Janet has worked in the field of financial management for about 30 years. She started her career as a budget analyst with the Department of Defense. She worked at Naval Sea Systems Command and the Office of the Secretary of Defense, Comptroller. She then moved to the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency and rose to be the Chief Financial Officer and Deputy Chief Operations Officer. She then made a career move to IBM and provided consulting expertise in financial management, supply chain management, and strategic consulting. Organizations she supported included the Federal Housing Financial Agency, US Coast Guard, US Air Force, and the Department of Energy. She also was a Vice President with The Cohen Group providing consulting expertise for multinational organizations. Janet currently serves on the City of Alexandria Budget and Fiscal Affairs Advisory Committee. Janet is committed to using her expertise to help provide opportunities for the City of Alexandria’s young people and supporting the Alexandria Seaport Foundation. Janet is retired and living in Old Town Alexandria with her husband, who is also retired. She has lived in Old Town for about 2 years and in the DC metropolitan area for over 30 years. Their daughter is currently pursuing a PhD at Virginia Tech University and their son is a Second Lt in the Marine Corps.

Tristan Caudron

Director

MEET TRISTAN

Tristan is the senior partner in Caudron Megary Blackburn Wealth Management Group of Wells Fargo Advisors. Tristan is a Certified Financial Planner™ and was recently named one of the top 1200 advisors in the country and one of the top 5 advisors in Virginia by Barron’s magazine (2014-2019). Tristan has also been recognized as a top financial advisor by Forbes and the Financial Times, and has spoken on national and local news about the markets and investing. Tristan is a Wells Fargo Advisors Premier Advisor, a designation held by a select group of Financial Advisors within Wells Fargo Advisors as measured by business production, completion of educational components and professionalism. He is also a charter member of the firm’s Directors’ Advisory Council and has been recognized as one of top advisor in the DC area by Washington Business Journal and Washingtonian. A DC-area native, Tristan attended Georgetown University and earned his bachelor’s degree in economics and psychology and a master’s in business administration. His background in behavioral finance helps him advise clients on making better financial decisions by understanding the factors that influence investors.

Active in the community, Tristan currently serves or has served on many boards and committees. A long-time admirer of the Alexandria Seaport Foundation, Tristan joined the board in 2017. Tristan is also a former board member of the Alexandria Chamber of Commerce and a graduate of Leadership Alexandria. Tristan and his wife, Melanie have four wonderful children – Will, Ben, Ryan, and Emma, and he spends much of his free time having fun with his kids, coaching their sports teams, and playing tennis, platform tennis, skiing, and cycling.

Harald Mangold

Director

MEET HARALD

President & CEO of Scott Management, Inc., Harald initially joined Scott Management, Inc., in 1988 as a management trainee and worked in all departmental areas of property management including on-site operations, as both a Property and Regional Property Manager, and then as Executive Vice President prior to assuming its presidency in 2004. Harald received a Bachelor’s degree from an Austrian trade school prior to moving to the United States in 1986. He is a licensed Virginia & Maryland Real Estate Broker, routinely attends industry/business-related courses. Harald has been awarded the Apartment and Office Building Associations (AOBA) highest honor, the Sidney Glassman Memorial Award for his longstanding leadership in AOBA as an officer, legislative advocate and supporter of charitable causes. A dedicated member of AOBA’s Board of Directors, Harald has previously serviced as Treasurer and currently serves as Maryland Government Affairs Committee Chair. He has been a panelist speaker for PMA and other industry organizations. Harald is LLCManager for 14 real estate holdings and manages apartments, office space, hotel, & land holdings in Virginia, Maryland and the District of Columbia.

During his 25 years working in Old Town Alexandria, Harald has been familiar with the mission of the ASF, stopping by the Boathouse during lunch hours talking with apprentices about life choices and what future employers look for as it relates to commitment and dedication. He has been engaged in helping graduates of the program find employment and recently hired one as a maintenance technician trainee for an Alexandria apartment community.

Helen Morris

Chair

MEET HELEN

Helen has worked in the field of education policy for more than 20 years. In positions with the National School Boards Association, the Consortium for School Networking, the Appalachian Educational Laboratory, Texas Instruments, and the American Association of School Administrators, Ms. Morris has developed expertise in the areas of education technology, math and science policy, school health policy and practice, and professional development for school leaders.

Helen is dedicated to using her professional expertise to improve the lives of young people in Alexandria. She served on the Alexandria City School Board from 2009-2012, which gave her in-depth knowledge and connections to city and school system priorities and programming for youth.

Helen’s current priorities are to help advance public policy and provide opportunities to Alexandria’s young people who need the most support. She has served as a volunteer and board member with the Alexandria Seaport Foundation since 2013, and as chair since April 2018. In addition to the Seaport Foundation, Helen is the volunteer chair of the Alexandria Campaign on Adolescent Pregnancy and is a member of the Steering Committee for the Partnership for a Healthier Alexandria. She also volunteers in the Alexandria Public Schools regularly.

Helen is a proud Michigan Wolverine, earning her bachelor of arts in Linguistics from the U of M. She also holds a Diploma in Early Irish Language and Literature from the University College Dublin. Helen lives in Alexandria with her husband, daughter, and their adorable hound dog, Luna.

Tracy Nickelsburg

Director

MEET TRACY

A retired engineer, Tracy has over 15 years’ experience in non-profit volunteerism and board governance. She has been actively involved in various local non-profit organizations committed to strategic investment in early childhood development and education and is currently Chair of the Advisory and Development Board of Healthy Families Alexandria, an organization providing intensive home visiting services to at-risk families in the City of Alexandria. In addition, Tracy is the Membership Committee Co-Chair for the Duke University Engineering Alumni Council with responsibility for board governance, nominations, and on-boarding. The council provides funding and mentorship for extracurricular undergraduate engineering student projects as well as a platform for alumni/student connections for career mentoring and employment opportunities.

Tracy is drawn to organizations that provide individualized support to youth and young adults to help them access educational and career opportunities. Her belief in the benefits of hands-on project-based learning led her to volunteer as a classroom assistant with the Alexandria Seaport Foundation’s Middle School Math program and to become a proponent of the foundation’s broader mission.

Prior to retirement, Tracy was a Senior Project Manager for Earth Tech, Inc. where she managed design, construction, and operation of systems at federal and industrial facilities including cooling, fire suppression, and wastewater treatment systems. She began her engineering career at Exxon Company, USA, with responsibility for oversight of retail gasoline storage and delivery system construction, supervision of environmental assessment and remediation for retail sites, and ultimately responsibility for environmental assessment, remediation, and compliance for all bulk petroleum distribution facilities in New York and New England.

Tracy received her Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Duke University. An Alexandria resident for 20 years, she lives in the Rosemont neighborhood with her husband, two children, and two very active dogs.

Brittany Patterson

Director

MEET BRITTANY

Born and raised in Alexandria, Virginia, Britt is a graduate of Virginia Tech, where she majored in Business Marketing and minored in Real Estate. She joined the family business in 2008 after spending two years working in the political fundraising field. Brittany is the Vice President of The Patterson Group at TTR Sotheby’s International Realty, as well as an accredited staging professional.

Brittany is a contributing member to the Alexandria Stylebook and Old Town Boutique District. She was an honoree of the Alexandria Chamber of Commerce’s 2017 “40 Under 40” celebrating the city’s emerging business leaders and is the current president of Junior Friends of The Campagna Center. Additionally, she is a founding member of Mount Vernon Estate’s Underground Committee.

She is a proud resident and a true product of the community of Alexandria. When she’s not working, she enjoys spending time with her husband, Geoff (who is also from Alexandria), and their puggle, Paisley. Together, they enjoy time shopping in the local stores, indulging in the local culinary scene, attending charity events, and visiting the Old Town Farmers Market.

David Schindel

Secretary

MEET DAVID

David was trained as an invertebrate paleontologist and evolutionary biologist, receiving his undergraduate degree in geology from the University of Michigan in 1973 and his Ph.D. from Harvard University in 1979. He was a faculty member in Yale University’s Department of Geology & Geophysics and was Curator of Invertebrate Fossils in the Yale Peabody Museum from 1978 to 1986. From 1986 to 2004, he held a variety of management positions at the National Science Foundation, directing programs in biological research, support for natural history museums, elementary school science education, major research facilities and program evaluation. In 1997 he was a Brookings Institution LEGIS Fellow on the personal staff of U.S. Senator Jeff Bingaman (D-NM) working on the use of technology in education. From 1998 to 2004, he served as NSF’s representative to Europe, based in the U.S. Embassy in Paris. In September 2004 Dr. David was invited by the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History to lead several international research initiatives: the Consortium for the Barcode of Life, the Barcode of Wildlife Project (supported by a $3 million Google Global Impact Award) and Scientific Collections International.

While commuting to work around 2006, David heard an NPR story about the Alexandria Seaport Foundation. He decided that volunteering at ASF would fit his love of sailing and his desire to use his experience as an educator to help at-risk young people. He began volunteering the day after he retired in January 2017 and spends two days a week mentoring apprentices and teaching workplace skills and good life habits. David was elected to ASF’s Board and appointed its Secretary in June 2018.

David lives in Bethesda, MD with Kate Becker, his wife of 40 years. Their two daughters and three granddaughters live in Georgetown and Fairfax, VA.

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