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SSCA Board

The SSCA board of directors meets the third Tuesday of every month at noon Eastern time.  Members are welcomed to attend the meetings.  Call Home Base at 754-702-5068 for call-in instructions if you are interested in attending a meeting.

Commodore Kathy Barth - President
Member since 2008, Commodore since 2013
Elected Nov. 2015 - Term Expires Nov. 2018

Living aboard since 2001 and cruising full-time since 2012 aboard their 1982 Beneteau First 42 FIVE & DIME, Kathy and husband Curt have experienced what SSCA contributes to the unique community. She has over 15 years experience in corporate marketing with EDS and has worked with Ocean Race Chesapeake, the non-profit that brought the Volvo Ocean Race to the Chesapeake, on the last two Baltimore/Annapolis stopovers. In 2012, she retired after 7 years from Fawcett Boat Supply in Annapolis. 

In recent travels from Nova Scotia to the Bahamas, she has seen what leaving a clean wake can do to further relations between boaters and residents of a community and with other boaters. This positive message is what drew her to SSCA and she continues to promote it at every opportunity. She has attended multiple gams in Islesboro, Essex, and Annapolis.

Kathy Barth
Kathy Barth

Ed Kelly
Ed Kelly

Commodore Ed Kelly, Vice President
Member since 2000, Commodore since 2010
Elected Nov. 2017 - Term Expires Nov. 2020 

Ed and his wife Sue have been cruising 24/7 on their sailboat sv Angel Louise for ten years through 48 countries and five continents. He is a member of the Ocean Cruising Club and is licensed by the US Coast Guard with International Certificates of Competence for operation of power and sail vesssels in foreign nations.

Ed is an attorney and received his education from the University of Iowa. He served as state prosecutor, Senior Assistant US Attorney, and Director of Cybercrime Training for the US Department of Justice. He has served as a school board director and on the board of directors for the Iowa Trial Lawyers Association, as well as numerous other boards.

Commodore Steve Rosenthal, Treasurer

Member since  2005, Commodore since 2016
Elected Nov. 2015 - Term Expires Nov. 2018

Steve began cruising in 1983 along the northeast coast of the US, and from 2005- 2012 ventured to Bermuda, the Bahamas and the upper Caribbean. A former naval officer, he holds a USCG 100 ton license, is an active amateur radio operator (AA1IZ) and can often be found on the Waterway Net and the Maritime Mobile Net.

He promoted SSCA by coordinating and working the Newport Boat Show booth, flying the SSCA burgee, starting up SSCA luncheons, including Marathon, FL and Georgetown, (bringing in new members) and organizing a first aid course under SSCA’s name.

Steve and wife Ruth live on a lake in western Massachusetts where he was appointed Harbor Master. They sold CLEAR DAY to spend more time with their grandson and are teaching him nautical skills.

Though this takes Steve away from cruising, the cruising bug is still there. SSCA provided Steve with great friendships, knowledge, and a bond to like-minded cruisers. A board position will allow him the opportunity to give back to SSCA.   His experience as a naval officer, small business president, global segment manager of a multinational corporation and prior non-profit board experience gives him a unique perspective on organizational management.

“No organization can live on past laurels. New members are the life blood of the future and SSCA must continue to promote growth through grassroots efforts, increasing membership to be both financially and organizationally strong.”

Steve's efforts are an example of his belief in SSCA and a model for grass root expansion.

Steve Rosenthal
Steve Rosenthal

Thom Unger
Thom Unger

Associate Thom Unger, Corresponding Secretary

Member since 2008
Elected Nov. 2016 - Term Expires Nov. 2019

Thom has been a member of the Sailing Club of Washington (DC) for over 25 years, during which he served as Training Director, Vice-Commodore, and Commodore of this 400+ member club. He has been an active participant at the Annapolis Gam for many years, most recognizable as one of the bartenders serving fellow cruisers wine and beer!

His sailing experience includes multiple charters in the Caribbean and England; numerous trips helping friends move boats along the East Coast and from Bermuda; volunteer crew on board the Kalmar Nyckel, a 130' 17th century tall ship based in Wilmington, DE; and finally numerous trips on the Chesapeake Bay, where he has lived aboard his 1966 Allied Luders 33 since 2005. He is a freelance consultant in web programming and database work. 

Thom hopes to continue SSCA's fine tradition of serving cruisers world-wide, to help SSCA to expand its network and membership, to support the shared love of cruising, to further the education and outreach that is useful to so many, and to use his technical knowledge to assist where possible.

Associate Rick Peterson,  Director

Member since 2007
Elected Nov. 2015 - Term Expires Nov. 2018

The SSCA has been fundamental to Rick and his wife Julie's sailing journey. He has started a Cruising Station, authored Port Guides, contributed to the Commodore's Bulletin, hosted Round Tables and given talks at the annual Gam, local SSCA meetings and St. Petersburg Gam. He and Julie presented the dinner address at the 2014 annual SSCA meeting. Rick has participated in local groups, the SSU, both as students and as speakers, and the equipment survey. Rick is a recently retired cardiac surgeon. His "Clean Wake" activity centers around medical missionary trips, this year to Rwanda and Kenya.

He comes from an active racing background, and has sailed in the Caribbean, the Med, northern Europe and the Pacific. Rick holds USCG Masters and General Amateur Radio licenses. He has completed extensive weather, navigation and safety at sea training.   Other associations to which he is a member include Ocean Cruising Club and Cruising Association.

Rick Peterson
Rick Peterson

Rich Boren
Rich Boren

Commodore Richard Boren, Director

Member since 2006, Commodore since 2012
Elected Nov. 2014 - Term Expires Nov. 2019

Rich’s company (Cruise RO Water) is a sponsor of the SSCA website and sponsored SSCA’s 2014 presence at the Strictly Sail Oakland Boat Show. He would like to be involved in growing SSCA’s US West Coast presence. After spending four years cruising Mexico with his family, he is currently living aboard in Morro Bay, California, and is the Cruising Station host for Morro Bay.

With a degree in Biological Sciences and Chemistry from the University of California, Santa Barbara in 1993, combined with operating a cruising gear company servicing cruisers, Rich has a desire to give something back to the cruising community that has given so much to him and his family.

Commodore Jim Osborn, Director

Member since 2014, Commodore since 2016
Elected Nov. 2017 - Term Expires Nov. 2020 

Jim and his wife Cristine have been full-time cruisers since 2011, traveling 40,000 nautical miles from Newfoundland to Panama to Trinidad. 

Jim's first career was on ships, where he was an officer with an unlimited tonnage pilot license. He is a graduate in economics from the University of Michigan, and spent 25 years as an underwriter and forensic accountant with several insurance companies. He was also active as a volunteer with the YMCA.

Jim Osborn
Jim Osborn with wife Cristine

Kim Russo
Kim Russo

Kim Russo - Executive Director

Kim is the co-president of KFR Services and is serving as the association director of SSCA.

She has been boating in the Charleston, South Carolina area for 20 years.  She has worked with recreational boating associations since 2007 and has spent that time focused on developing and directing sponsor programs, planning and implementation of seminars and events, and development of member content.  A frequent presenter at boating events, Kim has spoken at the Miami Boat Show, the Chicago Boat Show, the Seattle Boat Show, the New England Boat Show, the San Francisco Boat Show, TrawlerFest, and CruiserPort University.

She has also been active in advocacy efforts including anchoring rights and the American Boating Congress.

Karen Nettles – Member Services Coordinator

Karen became SSCA’s member services coordinator in July of 2017 when KFR Services acquired the management agreement with SSCA.  Although she has no cruising experience, she is quickly learning about cruising having served as member services coordinator for another boating association prior to coming onboard at SSCA.

Karen enjoys being around the water as she grew up in the Lowcountry of South Carolina, which is home to numerous beaches and rivers, including the ACE Basin, one of the largest wetland ecosystems on the Atlantic coast.  

Karen has over 15 years of association management experience that includes planning and executing events, implementing and administering programs and services, corresponding with members and overseeing general administrative procedures.   While serving as executive assistant for a professional trade association, she also handled various administrative duties for a non-profit foundation. She holds a BA degree in Journalism and Mass Communications from the University of South Carolina.  Karen enjoys reading, cooking and being outdoors.

Karen Nettles
Karen Nettles

Barb Hart
Barb Hart

Barb Hart - Communications Coordinator

Barb has lived aboard La Luna, a 47-foot Pedrick designed Cheoy Lee since 2002. She and her husband, Stew, sailed south in 2010 after enjoying seven winters aboard in Maine. Six winters in the Caribbean and Florida have convinced her that living aboard is more fun when snow doesn’t happen. Their cruise took them from Maine to Florida, the Bahamas, Caribbean, Azores, Canaries, and Panama. They returned to Florida in 2015 so Barb could go back to work.

Her land-based work experience included television production, sales, and recruiting—and writing everything from scripts to articles to blogs. After taking Barb Theisen’s Writing for Boaters Course in 2009, Barb published articles in Good Old Boat, All at Sea Caribbean, Latitudes and Attitudes, and other magazines. She is delighted to join the SSCA team working to increase Membership Engagement and plans to focus on the organization’s three pillars: Sharing Cruising Information, Fostering Camaraderie, and Leaving a Clean Wake.


Curtis Stokes
Cruise RO Water
St. Brendan's Isle Old Site Ad Small
500 Oakbrook Lane
Summerville, SC 29485
Phone: (754) 702-5068