The Crew


Board Members

Kent L. Barwick
Mr. Barwick served as president of the Municipal Art Society of New York, was a chairman of the New York City’s Landmarks Preservation Commission, and an early organizer of the South Street Seaport. He is a founder of the Preservation League of New York State, the New York Landmarks Conservancy and the Historic Districts Council, and the Metropolitan Waterfront Alliance.

Hooper Brooks

Mr. Brooks has served as Director of International Programs at The Prince’s Foundation for Building Community, Program Director for Environment at the Surdna Foundation, Vice-President at Regional Plan Association, and Executive Director of the Brookline, Massachusetts Conservation Commission. He is a founder of The Funders Network for Smart Growth and Livable Communities and has served on several boards and advisory groups which presently include: the Ocean Foundation Advisory Board; and the Quebec-Labrador Foundation Council.


Ian Danic
Mr. Danic is co-founder and Executive Director of Electra Information Systems.  He also sits on the Board of Directors of The River Project and the International Securities Association for Institutional Trade Communication.  Mr. Danic grew up near Detroit and fond memories of travelling on Columbia inspire his enthusiasm for returning steam to the Hudson River.

Joan K. Davidson
Honorary Director
Ms. Davidson is the President of Furthermore Grants in Publishing, and President Emerita of the J.M. Kaplan Fund. She was a former New York State Parks Commissioner, and was the Chair of the 2009 Hudson-Fulton-Champlain Quadricentennial Commission.

Robert W. Elliott
Co-Chairman and President
Mr. Elliott has served as Deputy Secretary of State for New York, Mayor of Croton-on-Hudson, Chairman of Historic River Towns of Westchester, Chairman of the Hudson River Foundation, President of the New York Conference of Mayors, and Executive Director of the New York Planning Federation.

Fredrick Osborn III
Co-Chairman and Treasurer
Mr. Osborn has a distinguished career in philanthropy. He has served on numerous boards, including Scenic Hudson, the Hudson Highlands Land Trust, the Hudson Highlands Nature Museum, Boscobel, and The Community Foundations of the Hudson Valley.

Jon Varnedoe
Mr. Varnedoe is a Licensed Associate Real Estate Broker at Compass. He is top 3% in sales in the nation and an expert in downtown real estate.

Ty West
Mr. West is a veteran television producer, writer and executive who creates programming across multiple platforms, including television, cable and the web. His awards include six national news Emmys, for investigative and financial reporting as well as breaking news coverage.

Pennell Whitney
Secretary
Ms. Whitney is a board member of the Cooperage Project based in Honesdale, Pennsylvania. An active preservationist, she has been awarded by organizations including the Wayne County Historical Society.

Founder

Richard Anderson
The Board of Directors of the S.S. Columbia Project mourns the loss of our beloved Founder and President, Richard Anderson. Richard’s grand vision to restore the S.S. Columbia and bring her to New York for service along the Hudson River was noble, bold and daring. During his lifetime, Richard’s avid determination and passion for this dream brought us together and united all of us – from the members of the board, to the ardent supporters, to the loyal volunteers – around his vision. We feel called to honor Richard’s dream, to honor those who have contributed financially, to honor those who have given their time and talent, and to honor our own personal desire to see the SS Columbia plying the waters of the Hudson River! We will carry on this quest, using all the resources before us – and gather more resources! – to turn Richard’s dream into reality.

Staff


Liz McEnaney
Executive Director

Liz is an architectural historian and preservationist. She has curated museum exhibitions, developed site interpretation plans, and advocated for the waterfront issues in both New York City and the Hudson Valley.

Prior to finding her sea legs, Liz was Executive Director of the James Marston Fitch Charitable Foundation and worked for artist Maya Lin’s What is Missing? Foundation. She has also been involved in Hudson Valley-focused initiatives. She produced the documentary film Hudson Rising and worked with the Commissioner of the New York State Quadricentennial Commission.

Liz is an adjunct professor in the Urban Design and the Historic Preservation program at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation. She also teaches in the Sustainable Urban Design Program at NYU Tandon Engineering.


Ann Loeding
Restoration Coordinator
Captain Ann Loeding came up through the hawsepipe working on tugs in New York where she specializes in operating older single-screw boats. She has served as a project manager and fundraiser for several restoration efforts, including most recently 1931 fireboat John J. Harvey, 1921 canal motorship Day Peckinpaugh, and 1942 covered barge Pennsylvania Railroad No. 399.
Be sure to read her interview here.

Gary Matthews
Port Engineer
A licensed Chief Engineer on tugboats, sailing ships and steam locomotives, Gary Matthews has 30 years of experience with the repair and operation of large steam and diesel machinery.  He has been an engineer on some 14 tugs in the New York area, managing day-to-day operation of the main engines and auxiliary systems, organizing and performing major planned repairs, and executing emergency repairs while underway. He has also been involved with the restoration and operation of machinery aboard historic vessels including 1901 tugboat Urger, 1933 ex-Coast Guard buoy tender Lilac, cargo schooner Edna, and more.

Havilah Stewart Mann
Business Strategist 
Ms. Stewart Mann is a CPA and business planning expert specializing in helping both corporate and non-profit enterprises establish accounting infrastructure and formulate successful long-term strategies. A veteran of Arthur Anderson, the Samuel H. Kress Foundation, Wellness in the Schools, and a champion of small businesses, her diverse experiences and interests convey prudence, insight, and imagination to the uncommon challenges facing evolving organizations.

Elizabeth Meshel
Program Assistant
Elizabeth Meshel, a former intern for the SS Columbia Project, graduated from New York University with a Bachelor’s degree in Urban Design and Architecture Studies. She has previously interned for the Neighborhood Preservation Center and has worked on an excavation site in Cetamura del Chianti.

Board of Advisors

Nathan Adkisson

Wint Aldrich

Paul Baldes

Ben Bator

Sam Buchanan

Greg Buhler

Patrick Ciccone

Bachman Clem

Wes Cosgriff

Kerri Culhane

Chris Curran

Robert B. Cutler

Sarah Davidson

Frank A. DiLorenzo

Paul Dolan

Ted Geier

Barbara Gerson

Huntley Gill

Jane Gullong

Clay Hiles

Jennifer Krichels

Jose R. Mejia

Philip Pond

Alyssa Putnam

Rick Scarano

Greg Shutters

Ron Soodalter

Jon Varnedoe

Brad Vogel

William M. Worden

Jean Wort