CMHF Board of Directors

The Board of Directors shall consist of not fewer than 5, nor more than 7, members.

Here is our current Board….and the year their term expires (at the annual meeting).

CMHF President:  Dr Wylie Vracin.  (2021)

Our President at the helm!

I moved here in 1982 to Coupeville with wife Ginny and 4 children, becoming the First Internal Medicine Specialist on our Island. My family has always enjoyed water-based activities, always involving power-boating. I retired from my active medical practice in 2010, and met up with our Schooner SUVA about 4 years ago. I happily serve the CMHF as Board President and find myself having SUVA discussions quite often when newcomers ask questions as they pertain to our historic vessel.


Vice President: Jim Green (2019)  

Jim Green, First Mate 


I have long been interested in sailing.  I first learned to sail in Newport, Rhode Island, on a Rhoads 19 and Mercury 14, and then sailed sporadically over the years, often in places few think of as sailing havens…Navajo Lake (New Mexico) and Flathead Lake (Montana).  About a year after moving to Whidbey Island to be close to a large body of water,  I was on the Dock as Suva sailed into Coupeville for the first time.  I soon went for a sail on her.  Wanting to sail as a member of her crew,  I quickly  became involved in the CMHF and was an early member of what has become  the Suva steering committee.   


Secretary/Treasurer: Jason Magee (2021)

Jason Magee, Bos’n







Lindy Kortus (2020)

   College days in Nebraska included learning to sail a Sunfish, on a man-made reservoir. Shortly thereafter my husband, accepted his first teaching/coaching job in Anacortes. We never looked back, ‘real water’!  The opportunity to live on the beach, charter sailboats and explore the San Juan Islands were highlights. Moving inland and raising a family, we never lost the ‘draw’ of the water and ‘retreated’ to the beach and water as a family, exploring up and down the WA and OR coasts. After many years we were able to realize the dream of beach living again, relocating to Whidbey in 2001.

   I was introduced to Suva reading the initial 2015 Whidbey News Times interview of Capt Mark Saia and within days took my first sail. Signing on as a volunteer and doing whatever was needed meant wearing different hats.  My entrepreneurial side welcomes the challenges our young nonprofit presents and being part of the Steering Committee the past four seasons has given me a vested interest in CMHF. 

It is a privilege to be an ambassador for Suva. You won’t see me handling lines, raising a sail, but you’ll see me at fundraisers and inviting others to come share their talents and time, which helps keep the Coupeville Maritime Heritage Foundation afloat and wind in Suva’s sails.


Nina Marie Goddeau (2020).  

Hello I am Nina Marie,  I am from upstate NY, I moved to Whidbey Island in December of 2015. I live in Coupeville.  
I first heard of SUVA when I was strolling down the Coupeville Wharf walking my dog Poquito.  There was a board full of knots I was admiring, when I saw a beautiful ?CAKE? and the Shifty sailors were singing. It was the annual SUVA party I just strolled right into.  
Upon inquiry I learned she was a wooden boat I could go see and sail on.  One step on the beautiful SUVA and I was in love. She is an amazing piece of Coupeville history. 
When I learned I could volunteer with no experience, I signed right up. Two years later after sailing with and becoming family with the crew, Captains, and Board members, I decided I wanted this to be a part of my life and my history.