Board and Corporation

Organizational Structure

Community Boating is a private not-for-profit 501(c)3 corporation. The organization is overseen by a Board of Directors, elected by our Corporation, a subset of about 250 members who through their volunteerism show special concern with the future of the organization and with the preservation and utilization of Boston’s natural resources. The Board’s primary functions are to approve an annual budget, set policies, advise management, serve as community liaison and to spearhead specific committees and fundraising efforts. Meetings are held on a regular basis and are open to all CBI members who wish to attend.

Join the Corporation

Consider becoming a member of the corporation if you: are enthusiastic about CBI, a regular participant in our activities, volunteer at CBI or wish to contribute to our mission. Members of the corporation meet once annually to elect the Board of Directors and review the mission of Community Boating.

Membership in the Corporation shall be open to all persons at least twenty-one years of age who express and demonstrate an interest in furthering the purposes of Community Boating, Inc., apply in writing to the Secretary of the Board of Directors, and are accepted by a vote of the majority of the Directors entitled to vote. Membership in the Corporation shall not be denied to any individual on the basis of race, sex, creed or national origin.

To apply, please email a request to [email protected], stating your interest in becoming a Corporation member and outlining current interest in, and contribution to CBI.

Board Meeting Schedule
  • Tuesday, November 24, 2020
  • Tuesday, December 22, 2020
  • Tuesday, January 26, 2021
  • Tuesday, February 23, 2021
  • Tuesday, March 23, 2021
  • Tuesday, April 27, 2021
  • Tuesday, May 25, 2021
  • Tuesday, June 22, 2021
  • Tuesday, July 27, 2021
  • Tuesday, August 24, 2021
  • Tuesday, September 28, 2021

All meetings are at 6:30pm at the boathouse or held virtually due to COVID-19 guidelines.

Annual Meeting of the Corporation of Community Boating Inc.

Meet Our Board

John Bates (2022)

Board President

Having gained his sea legs many years ago on storm-toss’t Taylor Pond in Maine, John is today a keen Community Boating sailor, greatly enjoying his work as a volunteer instructor, helping new sailors learn the fundamentals of sailing on the Charles River. John finds many other ways to support Community Boating – through work parties, strategic planning and fleet planning, and special projects – joining management and staff and other members “as we try to extend the ‘best of CBI’ in all we do”. Formerly a vice president with an international environmental engineering firm, and also as an independent consultant, John’s career has been focused on marketing and communications, strategic planning, and environmental management planning for corporations, non-profit organizations and governmental entities. He is a member of the Boston Athenaeum, Charles River Watershed Association, Appalachian Mountain Club, and Green Newton.

 

Pam Harvey (2022)

Vice President

Pam discovered CBI in 2013 and quickly became an enthusiastic participant in its volunteer and racing programs. Her volunteer activities include the seasonal work parties, Orientation, Informal Instruction, and First Sail. She serves on the Recruitment Committee, an initiative of the Board to increase the number of Corporation members, and as co-chair of the Raise the Sails fundraiser. Eager to share her experience, Pam has been quite active with organizing CBI’s Women’s Racing program, which provides additional opportunities for women members to get experience on the water and at the helm. She learned to sail as a child in Woods Hole in a dinghy so small she was always at the helm, and also has sailed larger cruising boats. Pam’s professional background as an environmental lawyer and presiding officer at the Department of Environmental Protection focused on wetlands protection, water quality, and coastal issues, and she has a continuing interest in the water quality of the Charles. Having left state government, she remains active in assisting environmental groups with climate change adaptation and other policy initiatives and in continuing legal education. She also enjoys hiking, playing the flute, and spending time with family in Woods Hole.

 

Chip Gaysunas (2022)

Treasurer

Chip grew up near the water on Boston’s South Shore, but his passion for sailing didn’t begin until 2004, when he took a “Learn to Sail” class at the Boston Sailing Center on Boston Harbor. Looking to build on his experience at the Boston Sailing Center and attracted by Community Boating’s “ideal combination of convenience, affordability, access to the Charles River, volunteer opportunities, and programming for sailors of all abilities”, Chip joined Community Boating in 2007. As a CBI member, Chip has enjoyed teaching classes (Mainsail & Jib), participating in work parties, competing in regattas and attending CBI-sponsored social events. In recent years, Chip has served as a CBI Board Member and as Treasurer, overseeing CBI’s Budget and Finance Committee. In addition to the joys of sailing on “the Charles”, Chip cites the opportunity to meet and develop relationships with other CBI members and staff as one of the most rewarding aspects of his time at Community Boating. Chip has over 30 years of experience in finance and accounting and is currently working as a Senior Credit Officer for Customers Bank (NYSE: CUBI). Chip and his wife Kaska have a one-year old son, Chase, and reside in Belmont.

 

Catie O’Sullivan (2023)

Secretary

A lifelong sailor, Catie grew up sailing on Cape Cod and had the opportunity to race at the national level in high school and college. Catie first got involved with Community Boating as a staff member in the Junior Program where she led the Instructor-in-Training program. Most recently, she has been involved in CBI’s strategic planning and development committees. Catie’s professional background combines strategy, technology, and project management. She is currently pursuing her MBA at Harvard Business School.

 

Deb Boudreau (2021)

Director At Large

Deb learned to sail at Community Boating in the late 1970s and in the 1980s took a gamble to purchase a Lifetime membership initially created to kick-start a Community Boating Endowment Fund. It was a smart buy as Deb has been sailing on the Charles River continuously since that life membership purchase. She enjoys giving back to Community Boating as a member of the Budget and Finance Committee, participating in CBI events and work parties and as a volunteer faculty – currently teaching Mainsail and Jib classes. She has taken out many members for their first sailing experience or their first sailboat race. Deb has a background in finance and accounting having worked in audit, accounting, and financial reporting and analysis for the insurance and financial services industry. In her non-sailing activities, she enjoys horseback riding and travel, especially week-long riding holidays in places such as: Iceland, Wales, Ireland, Spain, and hopefully a “bucket list” African safari equestrian adventure.

 

Barbara Chrenko (2021)

Director At Large

Barbara learned to sail at Community Boating in 2004. She chose CBI over other clubs because of its cooperative, collaborative community of (patient!) volunteer instructors and its friendly members from a broad range of backgrounds. She volunteered at CBI before learning to sail. Since then, Barbara has been active in launch and haul-out work parties, the 2015 Strategic Planning Committee, Friday Night racing, and other volunteer efforts. The fundamental sailing skills learned at CBI have opened sailing, racing and race committee opportunities further afield. In her other life, she has worked in technology (chatbots and web) and internationally-focused organizations. She is involved with several land conservation organizations and is Vice President of the Harvard Travellers Club. In her free time, Barbara enjoys hiking, traveling and exploring.

 

Ikay Iwobi (2023)

Director At Large

Ikay started learning to sail at Community Boating in 1999 after walking by while exploring the Esplanade. He quickly became involved in nearly every aspect of the organization from racing to teaching to social events. Though he’s enjoyed many sailing adventures beyond Community Boating, including two Bermuda races and multiple charter trips in the Mediterranean and Carribean, he’s never happier than when sailing a Mercury in the shifting winds of the Charles river. He previously served 3 terms on the Board of Directors beginning in 2002 and spent several years as board Secretary. Professionally, he’s a lead support engineer with a major learning technology company in Boston. He lives in Arlington with his wife and young daughter.

 

Dana Robinson (2023)

Director At Large

Dana started sailing at CBI in the summer of 2013. With little prior knowledge of sailing, he had a lot to learn. He quickly found racing and used it to hone his skills. By the end of the summer, he was racing seven days a week and wanting more. He still loves racing and has expanded his sailing to include Frostbiting on Boston Harbor, sport boat racing on an international level, local big boat racing, and being part of blind sailing. The community spirit and teaching environment of CBI made it the perfect place to learn. With so many people giving so much time and effort to help his sailing, he felt the need to give back. He started volunteering with the Budget and Finance committee in his first year and was elected to the Board in 2017. When he’s not sailing, Dana likes to rock climb, play board games, and hang out with friends. Dana works as an accountant at a local university.

 

Chris Yu (2021)

Director At Large

Chris took his first sailing lesson here at CBI in 2010, and he found his calling ever since. He humbly brags that he has only capsized twice in the Charles River. The sailing skills he learned have allowed him to embark on trips that he had never thought of doing before, such as sailing on a tall ship along the English Channel for six days. He enjoys giving back to the community by volunteering as a sailing instructor. As a member of the Board, he is passionate about helping CBI maintain its sailing-for-all mission, a true rarity among yacht clubs. Chris is a lover of science and technology. He is a chemist by training, and now he enjoys advising his clients in patent-related matters. Besides sailing, Chris also enjoys tennis, travelling, and a hot chocolate after a long day of skiing.