Peter Braden - President
Peter, his wife Dawn, and children Mazy and Tate have lived in Port Townsend since 2000. Peter is a National Board Certified Teacher and teaches first and second grade at Salish Coast Elementary where he has been teaching since 1990. Beginning at age 10, Peter swam competitively on club, high school, and college teams. At Central Washington University he was fortunate to be on three NAIA Championship teams. His freshman and junior teams were inducted into the CWU Hall of Fame. Peter coached and taught lessons at Sheridan Beach Swim Club for seven years before moving to the peninsula. For five years he served as an assistant coach as well as head coach for Port Townsend Swim Team and has been the head coach for Port Townsend High School Girls' Swimming since 2012. He looks forward to the day we can enjoy a modern aquatics facility that meets the needs of all members of our community.
Rich Childers - Vice President
Philippa, her husband Nik, and children Ben and Molly have lived in Port Townsend since 2006. She started swimming competitively at the age of 9 in her hometown of Oakland, California, and continued through college, where she qualified for nationals while attending the University of Puget Sound. During these years, she also worked as a lifeguard, swim coach and swim instructor. Philippa became a licensed occupational therapist in 1997, and spent 12 years working in hospital rehab settings before becoming the occupational therapist for the Port Townsend School District in 2009. Her experience in both clinical and classroom settings has yielded unique insights regarding the therapeutic value of aquatic therapy. This, coupled with a strong desire for every child in Port Townsend to be safe around our abundant water, fuels her drive to ensure the citizens of Jefferson County have access to a pool.
Rena Murman - Treasurer
Rena and husband Earll moved to Port Townsend from Vermont in 2006. It marked a return to the Pacific NW after 26 years in New England. With one son in Redmond and another in Vermont, trips across the country are now common. In the Boston area, Rena worked in the world of high-tech start-up companies for a number of years and then returned to Lesley University for a MS in management focusing on arts organizations. She then became involved with theatre education at the Huntington Theatre in Boston and at the Weston Playhouse in VT. Rena considered the existence of a swimming pool in Port Townsend an essential amenity, and she now regularly enjoys deep-water aerobics classes 5 mornings a week. When not in the pool, she tutors ESL, is a dedicated volunteer at Habitat for Humanity, a member of LION (Local Investing Opportunity Network), and on the board of the Olympic Music Festival. Her real passion is to see a state-of-the-art aquatics center in our community that will serve the needs of all--young and old--to be water safe, healthy and fit.
Katelyn Bosley - Website/Social Media Manager
Katelyn and her family moved to Port Townsend in August 2019 when she began working for the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife as lead Puget Sound Crustacean biologist. After spending 15 years living on the Oregon coast, the Bosley family was happy to move to a warmer, drier location. Katelyn and her husband Keith (who is also a marine biologist), have spent their entire lives on, in, and around the water. As parents of two young daughters, Stella (10) and Evie (7), they believe water safety to be a high priority. Entering the girls into swim lessons quickly evolved into joining the swim team and before long they became a dedicated swim team family, with Katelyn joining the club board and Keith becoming a certified Stroke & Turn Judge. Since moving to Port Townsend, both daughters have joined the Port Townsend RedFINs swim team, which they enjoy very much. Katelyn became a member of JAC in December 2019 to carry on her love and support of aquatics, especially swim programs for families and youth.
Jane Armstrong - Secretary
Jane and her husband, Michael, moved to the Peninsula in 2014 and to Port Townsend in 2017. Her career moved her around the Northwest and Midwest in various capacities, primarily in the food industry. Settling here, they have found both a special community and a place to call home. Swimming has always been important. Her mom did not swim as a child and she was afraid of the water. She insisted that her young children learn to swim at the local Y. Jane became a lifeguard and swim instructor. As a high school junior, Title IX brought women’s competitive swim to her high school and she was the most improved swimmer her first year and a co-captain in her second year. These experiences impressed on her the lifelong benefits of swimming for physical and mental wellness, personal development, and social connection. In addition, in that we live on a peninsula where so much of what happens here involves the water, she views water safety and swim instruction as essential skills that should be available to all; Mountain View is our classroom and lab.
Bill and his wife, Jean, moved to P.T. 15 years ago from the San Francisco Bay Area, Sonoma County, where he'd been a newspaper columnist at the San Francisco Examiner and Oakland Tribune, as well as a newswriter at KTVU-TV. He had his own radio talk show. He also covered Canada, where he once lived, for CBS MarketWatch, and wrote for USA Today when he came to PT. He now writes a column for The Leader. Jean and Bill have two kids, both graduates of Reed College. One is currently off limits — he's a Canadian who lives up in Vancouver behind the closed-off border. Bill started swimming when he moved to PT, and it's had a decidedly salutary effect as his post-polio exercise.