Heron Scott was born and raised (for the most part) in Haines, Alaska where he grew up crewing on commercial fishing vessels in the Southeast Alaska salmon fishery and getting into trouble. After attending the Northwest School of Wooden Boatbuilding, he moved to St. Michaels, Maryland to apprentice to CHA Founding Director Mike Vlahovich at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum where he got his hands dirty on many historic boat restoration projects. He then went on to serve as the Lead Boatwright at the Center for Wooden Boats in Seattle, Washington. There he managed a volunteer program, coordinated several capital projects, and even filled in as the executive director for a short stint. He can now be found in the state of Delaware where he is pursuing a degree in civil engineering.
Jonathan Cunningham is a native of Tacoma, Washington with deep family
ties to the Pacific Northwest fishing industry. His family (Vodanovich)
were the original owners and operators of La Touche (now Commencement)
who fished this Skansie-built purse seiner from 1926 through 1986, four
generations in all. A woodworker, carver, collector and user of antique
tools, Jonathan has spent hundreds of hours since 2009 assisting hands-on
with the restoration and rehabilitation of CHA’s flagship, Commencement,
under the direction of CHA Founding Director, Mike Vlahovich. When he’s not helping with CHA’s west coast activities, Jonathan enjoys spending time with his family and generally tinkering in his largely human-powered workshop. Jonathan is currently Senior Manager of Application Development with Getty Images in Seattle, Washington, and holds a Bachelor of Music Composition from Southern Methodist University, Dallas, Texas.
Teresa Vlahovich was born and raised in the Pacific Northwest. As Founding Director Mike Vlahovich’s daughter, her exposure to maritime life came early with weekends sweeping the boat shop as a child. As a teenager, Teresa picked up some basic carpentry and boat building skills and even had the privilege of spending summers crewing aboard Commencement, in Southeast Alaska. At the age of eighteen, Teresa moved to Maryland to intern for the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, educating school children on Bay ecology and the watermen’s communities of the Eastern Shore. That experience cemented her love of the Chesapeake Bay and her dedication to coastal communities. She remains in Maryland, and has resided in Baltimore City for over twelve years. Teresa has a Bachelor’s degree in Nursing and is currently completing her Master’s degree in Nurse-Midwifery. Her most recent involvement with CHA was working as a sub-contractor to coordinate and implement the Watermen’s Heritage Tourism Training Program in Maryland. She is excited to join the board during this time of organizational growth.