Jeanette loves to roll and enjoys helping other kayakers learn advanced rolls. She also helps teach kayaking classes during her spare time.
2015 PADDLING INSTRUCTORS (alphabetical order)
Bob Baltazar, paddler, instructor
Bob started sea kayaking in 1998. Since then he has built several kayaks and paddles, and now holds a BCU 4 Star Sea Award (old). In 2011, he attained BCU Coach Level 2. When he is not paddling, his next favorite thing is to teach kayaking skills. In addition to coaching for the Oregon Ocean Paddling Society (OOPS), Bob has instructed basic Greenland Paddle Strokes and Rolling, assisted with paddle carving, and has been one of the Kid's Track Coaches at SSTIKS.
Joanne Barta, ACA Level 3 certified instructor, Wilderness First Responder certified
Joanne began kayaking several years ago while vacationing with her kids in SE Alaska. She is an active member of the Oregon Ocean Paddling Society, organizing trips and teaching classes in the Portland area.
Like many other paddlers, Joanne enjoyed building a pygmy boat, two skin on frame kayaks and carving paddles. She enjoys rolling, camping and fishing, and sharing her interest in traditional kayaking with others. When not kayaking, Joanne is an enthusiastic middle school teacher in Portland.
“Unkel Dave” Sides
Greenland Ropes Gymnastics, Sea Kayaker, Rock Climber
Former Gymnastics Coach, Teacher, Computer Systems Project Manager
Motto: “Pay it Forward”, from the 2000 movie starring Kevin Spacey, Haley Joel Osment, and Helen Hunt. The goal is to help others by passing along what you know.
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Don Beale, paddler & paddle-maker, Portland, OR
Don was bit by the boat-building bug with a Cosine Wherry, and went to kayaks from there. He likes all sorts of paddling, from quiet bird-watching to ocean and surf.
He is an ACA level 4 instructor and BCU 4-star certified, and working towards a BCU 4-star Leadership award. Don teaches for the Oregon Ocean Paddling Society in Portland, Oregon, and currently lives in Forest Grove.
Beale Paddles was started in 2002, upon the realization that he could make a much better paddle than could be purchased. Since then, over 500 custom-built paddles have been hand carved for happy customers. Sharing the fun of carving in addition to the joy of paddling adds to enjoyment of the sport.
Lauren is a Yoga Alliance Registered 500 Hour Yoga Instructor with 200 additional hours of yoga therapy training. She lives and teachings in Portland, Oregon where she specializes in yoga for atheletes, yoga for chronic pain, and yoga for those with limited mobility. After completing a NOLS semester in New Zealand in 2011, she decided she loved paddling so much she was going to make it her (almost) full time job. She now works for Columbia River Kayaking in Skamokawa, Washington.
Neris Biciunas, kayak builder, paddler, and dad, Montesano, WA
Neris built his own kayak shortly after his first daughter was born. He quickly realized that a growing family was not going to fit into a boat barely big enough to hold a sack lunch. The painful decision was made - he would simply have to build more kayaks! This year, his youngest daughter will be launching her own "Kidarka" at SSTIKS.
Vern Brown, kayak instructor
Vern has been paddling with a stick since he was first introduced to things Greenlandic several years ago. He enjoys coming to SSTIKS to learn more as well as to share that which he has learned. Vern paddles with the Mountaineers and OOPS, and is an ACA level 4 sea kayak instructor.
Karl Guntheroth, instructor, Renton, WA
Karl started with Canoes at scout camp in the '70s, has been kayaking since the '90s. He has built four foam and glass kayaks, and many paddles, including traditional, graphite/wood composite, and a bent shaft. After learning a lot at SSTIKS he is returning as an instructor and committee mamber. In the real world he is a Mechanical Engineer, married with 2 grown kids. He is embarrassed that his wilderness first aid certification has expired, but he has over a dozen merit badges, CPR cards, and first aid classes.
Mike Hanks, paddler & kayak builder, Tacoma, WA
Mike Hanks started kayaking several years ago, and has been with SSTIKS since its beginning. He got his daughter and son started kayaking at about two years of age. He built their first kayaks when they were 4 and 3 years old. Most of his kayaking now is with kids, and he loves to have a safe. fun time on the water with them. Mike has also spent a number of years working with youth in some non-profit organizations.
He has built several paddles and about a dozen kayaks and most have a Greenland influence. Mike has a strong interest in kayak design and has a long list of kayaks he wants to build.
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Lisa Kellogg, paddler & life coach, Rosendale, NY
Lisa, a career cartographer and life coach, loves helping people turn right side up in qajaqs, and in life. Hooked by the grace and elegance of both the Greenland paddle and the mentoring ways, she thinks helping people learn to roll and take their skills to a new level is one of life’s treats!
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Ed Lamon, paddler & kayak builder, Rosendale, New York
Ed likes nothing better than a day on the water. He was introduced to the elegant simplicity of the GP and the beauty of SOFs at the first Hudson River Greenland Festival. He is happiest while sharing his enthusiasm for qajaqing.
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Tim Mattson, certified instructor, Olympia, WA
"Hello. My name is Tim and I am a kayakaholic. I can't help it. I see a body of water and I get an uncontrollable urge to get out in the water and paddle. It's especially bad if the water is rough ... forget 'white powder', nothing beats the addictive power of white water (as in frothy surf). I am also a kayaking-pusher. I am certified as an ACA advanced open ocean kayak instructor. I am also certified as an ACA instructor trainer, so I get to help other people become certified kayaking-pushers.
"I am obsessed with the strokes we use to move our kayaks. I use a full range of paddles, from Greenland paddles, to single blade King Island paddles, wing paddles, and yes even those new fangled euro paddles. Rolling is great, but it's the strokes that get me excited.
"When I'm not kayaking, I work as a professional scientist (Ph.D. theoretical chemistry). I love science. I have combined my twin addictions of kayaking and science to create a lecture series on the science of kayaking. I present these lectures at kayaking events around the Pacific Northwest."
A veteran of all the SSTIKS events, Henry has been actively coaching Greenland and “Euro” sea kayaking for 10 years. He is a BCU L3 Coach Trainee and an ACA Open Water Coastal instructor with the Traditional Paddling endorsement. His paddle adventures have ranged from New Zealand to Greenland, and he can often be found teaching at kayak symposiums and clinics in the Pacific Northwest and beyond. In the absence of real Greenlanders, he gets called upon to announce roll names in Greenlandic or teach harpooning.
Pat Welle, paddler, instructor, and intructor-trainer, Portland, OR
Pat Welle is an ACA Level-4 Instructor and ACA Level-3 Instructor Trainer who has been kayaking for over 10 years and teaching most of those, including 3 years full time as a tour guide and instructor. She’s paddled off northwest Scotland and southern Chile, but spends most of her time along the Columbia River from Portland to the mouth. Her teaching passion is to help paddlers see the ease that comes from proper technique and find exercises that help teach a stroke without concentrating on it. Of course, all while having fun!
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