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BOARD OF DIRECTORS

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Rev. Sohail Akhtar

Pastor, First English Lutheran Church, 
Lockport, NY

Cecilia Aranzamendez

Executive Director for Community Services, LUTHERAN SOCIAL SERVICES OF NEW YORK, 
New York, NY

Rev. Tracie L. Bartholomew

Bishop, New Jersey Synod, ELCA

Kay Bellor

Retired Vice President for Programs,

Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service (LIRS), 

Baltimore, MD 

Stephen A. Bennett (3)

Vice President of Product & Research, CAIS,

New York, NY

Conor Patrick Brooks

Senior Director of Advancement, United Lutheran Seminary, Philadelphia, PA 

Rev. Ramon A. Collazo (5)

Ministry Elizabeth Detention Center and Santa Isabel Lutheran Church, Elizabeth, NJ

Rev. Paul Egensteiner

Bishop, Metropolitan New York Synod, ELCA

Harry Forse

Retired Investment Banker, St. Paul, MN

 

Emiko Furuya-Cortes, Esq.

Immigration Attorney-at-Law, Long Island City, NY

Rev. Bradley D. Gow 

Pastor, St. Peter's  Evangelical Lutheran Church, 
Riegelsville PA

Rev. Mark A. Grorud 

Retired Executive Director, Immanuel Vision Foundation, Omaha, NE 

Rev. James E. Hazelwood

Bishop, New England Synod, ELCA

Mary B. Heller

Psychotherapist, Poughkeepsie , NY

 

Raymond Henderson
Seafarers International Union (SIU),

Jersey City, NJ

Linda Manson (4)

Assistant to the Bishop, Southeastern Synod, ELCA, Atlanta, GA

Dr. Daniel Molloy◊

Retired Social Work Educator, Brooklyn, NY

Leslie A. Neve  (5)

Retired Social Work Educator, Brooklyn, NY

Kurt B. Plankl, Esq.

Counsel, Seward & Kissel LLP, New York, NY

Anthony Pruzinsky, Esq.

Semi-retired Managing Partner, Hill Rivkins LLP, New York, NY

Rev. Joshua Rinas

Pastor, ELCA, Toledo, OH

Nico Sermoneta 

Patrolman for the Port of NY/NJ, MEBA Dist 1-PCD (AFL-CIO), Newark, NJ

Capt. Richard Schoenlank (1)

Retired Sandy Hooks Pilot Assoc., Ramsey, NJ

 

Jacob Shisha, Esq. (2)

Founding Partner, Tabak Mellusi & Shisha LLP, New York, NY

 

Andrew G. Steele

Chief Development and Mobilization Officer,  Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service (LIRS), Baltimore, MD

1.    President

2.   Vice President

3.   Treasurer

4.   Secretary

5.   Member at Large

†   Ex Officio

◊   Advisory Member

John Atkins 

President, Global Container Terminals USA

Special Recognition for Service to Seafarers (2023)

Mark W. Barker

President, Interlake Maritime Services

Outstanding Friend of Seafarers (2023)

Keith Billotti, Esq.

Partner, Seward & Kissel

Board Member, Seafarers International House

Raymond J. Burke Jr., Esq.

Of Counsel, BakerHostetlers

Outstanding Friend of Seafarers (2016)

Jason Callahan 

Atlantic Coast V.P., Marine Engineers' Beneficial Association; Former Board Member, Seafarers International House

James E. Caponiti

Former President, American Maritime Congress (AMC)

Outstanding Friend of Seafarers (2020)

Eric P. Ebeling

President & CEO, American Roll-on-Roll-off Carrier (ARC); Outstanding Friend of Seafarers (2020)

Enrico "Ricky" Esopa

ITF Coordinator for the US East Coast

Outstanding Friend of Seafarers (2019)

Timothy J. Ferrie 

President, Marine Society of the City of New York

Special Recognition for Service to Seafarers (2020)

Philip W. J. Fisher

President (retired) Chas. Kurz & Co., Inc.

Outstanding Friend of Seafarers (2018)

Edward F. Hanley 

Vice President of Labor, Maersk Line, Limited

David W. Heindel

President, Seafarers International Union; Chairman, Seafarers Section at International Transport Workers Federation

Outstanding Friend of Seafarers (2003)

Donald J. Marcus

International President, International Organization of Masters, Mates & Pilots

Outstanding Friend of Seafarers (2014)

Robert K. Marzik, Esq.

Former Board Member, Seafarers International House

Anthony Naccarato

President & Chairman, American Maritime Officers Service (AMOS)

Outstanding Friend of Seafarers (2022)

Leadership Council - Keith Billotti, Jam

C. James Patti

President, Maritime Institute for Research and Industrial Development (MIRAID)

Outstanding Friend of Seafarers (2022)

Roland “Rex” Rexha

Secretary-Treasurer, Marine Engineers' Beneficial Association

Christopher V. Roehrer

Retired Director of Communications and Development, Seafarers International House

Outstanding Friend of Seafarers (2018)

 

Bethann Rooney

Port Director, The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey

Special Recognition for Service to Seafarers (2022)

Philip J. Shapiro

President & CEO, Liberty Maritime Corporation

Outstanding Friend of Seafarers (2010)

Jacqueline Smith

Maritime Coordinator, International Transport Workers' Federation (ITF)

Outstanding Friend of Seafarers (2021)

Bill Van Loo

Former Secretary-Treasurer, Marine Engineers' Beneficial Association

Outstanding Friend of Seafarers (2018)

Adam Vokac

District and National President, Marine Engineers' Beneficial Association (M.E.B.A.)

Outstanding Friend of Seafarers (2023)

Steven E. Werse

Retired International Secretary-Treasurer, International Organization of Masters, Mates & Pilots

Outstanding Friend of Seafarers (2020)

Bill Woodhour

President & CEO, Maersk Line, Limited

Outstanding Friend of Seafarers (2019)

Lois K. Zabrocky

President & CEO, International Seaways

Outstanding Friend of Seafarers (2019)

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