friends and donors of dominion


Steve Rohde, President - Steve Rohde has over 30 years of experience in the Information Technology (IT) field. During his career Steve has managed IT departments responsible for the global support of commercial and government application systems. Steve is currently employed by the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community (SRPMIC) as Information Technology Applications Manager. During his tenure at SRPMIC he has overseen Information Technology projects including the development of data exchanges with the Environmental Protection Agency and has attended several EPA conferences as a guest speaker. Steve currently resides in Fountain Hills, Arizona with his wife Ruth Ann. You can contact him at

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​Joe Paul, Marketing Manager - Joe is our marketing and brand development expert and helps Dominion Historical Workboat Association by communicating our vision of restoring this unique part of our local maritime heritage. His award-winning work ranges from national Fortune 500 companies to clients such as the Florida Beer Company, Bennett Trim Tabs and Woof Gang Bakery franchise. His hobbies are sailing and hiking. His website is and you can contact him directly at


Paul Matej, Mechanical Engineer - Paul is a Washington native and was Born and raised in Bremerton. He studied at Eastern Washington University and earned a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering Technology. He has experience in the Manufacturing industry and is currently working as a Manufacturing Engineer at Genie Industries in Redmond. He is going on his 5th year there. He brings a passion for antique restoration, historical preservation, a knowledge of vintage electronics, project planning, and experience with other various skills such as welding and maintenance to the Dominion team. Paul's Hobbies include restoring vintage machines, film collecting, volunteering, and traveling. Paul currently resides in Kenmore, WA. " I am very excited and thankful to be a part of something so great like the Dominion and look forward to working with all members of the team". "For the Dominion, the future is a bright one and I'm glad to be a part of it"!

Gary Clark, Chief Fabricator -  Gary has donated many hours in fabricating the classroom, the engine room and in the building of Angelina, the support mini-tug. You can contact him at

Paul Matej

Karen Osborn, Interim Director, Secretary/Treasurer -  Karen Osborn has 25 years of experience working in a support role in education at South Kitsap School District, Mohave Community College and Olympic College in Washington State. She currently is a Program Assistant for the Mathematics, Engineering, Sciences and Health Division office at Olympic College of Bremerton. Karen was born in Yakima, Washington. She has also worked in financial institutions in Seattle, Yakima and Tacoma. Her hobbies are computing and painting on glass. She resides in downtown Bremerton, Washington. You can contact her at

Van-John Srifidis - 2017 Donated twin mattress and box spring and other misc. cleaning supplies. 

Bremerton Marina - Kathy Garcia, Marina Manager, has been instrumental in providing a home for Dominion Tug. Go see her at the marina!

Elden Goe, Media Team- Elden was part of the welcoming celebration for George Shaw in 2014.

Ootopia Coffee Roasters - They have been roasting coffee beans in Bremerton for 20 years. If you need more Tug Dominion Coffee Beans, they may be purchased out of the website. Of course you can contact any of us also. For more information go to their website

Stella Color - Owner Lynn Krinsky has provided marketing and merchandising materials to DWHS.  Check out Stella Color for Large Format Sustainable Printing Solutions here!

Dale Lindamood, Artist - A third-generation Californian and retired Oregon lawyer residing currently in Washington, Lindamood first began photographing, then painting, local scenes while living in the Caribbean. Returning to the US Pacific Coast in 2014, she completed ‘Chugga Tugga’ — The Dominion as it might look upon restoration — in 2015. It is slated to be auctioned in 2017 to aid the fund-raising effort.

Rusti Nelson - Rusti Nelson has been a Registered Nurse for 30 years.  Finding, as time and experience has evolved, a special talent in systems organization.  Currently she works for the Veterans Administration Puget Sound Health Care System's Seattle office. She was an integral part of the restoration team and almost single-handedly stripped the lower restroom.

David "DJ" Smith, Past Director of Media Team & Press Relations - DJ was a well known freelance photojournalist in Southern California covering human trafficking on the US/Mexican border. He also covered the NASA space shuttle program from STS-5 through STS-61-B working out of the press corps at Edwards Air Force Base in the Mojave Desert, California. He is a veteran of the Marine Corps and the Army. DJ currently resides in the Puget Sound area, plays guitar and creates music videos and documentaries.

Jeanine Diloreto-Higdon - Past Director of Catering and Events. - Jeanine Higdon was our Catering and Events Coordinator. Due to other responsibilities she cannot continue in this capacity. Her specialty is decor and presenting your function with food that you will remember! Jeanine is a proud mother of two, collects amazing antiques, and has an in-home business framing art, and building terrariums. 

​Sally Parks, Past Treasurer - Sally Parks has a 27 year career in banking. She is currently the Vice President and the Northwest Regional Manager for UMS Banking covering a five state territory. Sally holds a Bachelor's degree in Finance from the University of Phoenix and resides in Auburn, Washington with her husband Jimmy.

​​Lola Berg, Director of Education & Library Development - Lola is a plastic sales person by day and an everything else by night. Mother of four beautiful children and wife to an extraordinarily, patient husband. She is an avid DIY’er, Upcycler, Repurposer, or any other euphemism for turning ones trash into another’s treasure. Lola’s lineage includes Thea Foss, aunt to Lola’s great great grandfather, Frederic (Pap) Berg, and she is great granddaughter to Lawrence Berg who long served as mate on the Henry Foss. In 1959, the Henry Foss struck a rock in a 70 mile gale and Lawrence lost his life to the sea. Lola believes one anything can change someone’s life. One person, one act, one book, one word. She also believes “If you build it, they will come” was actually referring to a library not a baseball field.

Paul and Pam Berg - The Bergs donated their time and resources to building the classroom. A great-grandfather of Paul Berg, Fred Berg, was the nephew to Thea Foss. Thea Foss was the founder of the Foss Launch and Tug Company

Jim Wagner - Jim has provided materials for the mini tug, Angelina. He has also provided welding services for Tug Dominion.

Dave Clark, Founding Director  and Restoration Manager - David Clark’s background is in adventure tourism. After a 4-year enlistment in the Air Force, he became a tour guide based out of Scottsdale, AZ and then relocated to Spokane, WA where he trained in military style wilderness survival, ultimately becoming certified as an instructor. In 2000, David founded DCBS Manufacturing. He produced biological decontamination shelter systems, for Survival Inc. during Desert Storm and the war in Iraq. When in Seattle, he became a deckhand on local charter vessels. David received his 100-ton Master Mariners endorsement in 2009. Adventure motorcycling and endurance riding has been a passion, he has traveled into the Yukon, Canada and the NW Territories, and to Baja, Mexico. His next adventure is a row from Seattle, to Hilo, Hawaii. You can contact him at

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