Board & Management

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Please meet the leadership of the Battleship IOWA Museum and future National Museum of the Surface Navy, both operated by the Pacific Battleship Center – a 501c3 non-profit organization.  These individuals provide the necessary guidance, knowledge, diversity, and leadership to successfully transition the organization to a National Museum by 2025. The Pacific Battleship Center does not receive government funding for daily operations with all museum programs being funded by admissions, programs, and contributions.

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National Leadership Council

Members of the National Leadership Council are a diverse group of ambassadors that represent our Nation’s interest in the future of the Surface Navy.

Senator Chuck Grassley
State of Iowa

Admiral Michelle Howard
USN (ret.)

Admiral James R. Hogg
USN (ret.)

Admiral Samuel J. Locklear
USN (ret.)

Admiral James G. Stavridis
USN (ret.)

Vice Admiral Richard Hunt
USN (ret.)

Governor Kim Reynolds
State of Iowa

Supervisor Janice Hahn
Los Angeles County Supervisor, District 4

Councilman Joe Buscaino
City of Los Angeles Council, District 15

Board of Directors

The Board of Directors is responsible for governance and fiduciary oversight of the organization. Members are actively involved with a focus on strategic vision, transition to a National Museum, and representation from the diverse communities we serve.

RADM Mike Shatynski, USN (ret.)
Chairman of the Board



Bruce DD Mac Rae

State Public Affairs Vice President at UPS
Long Beach, California

Craig Johnson

Chair, Crail-Johnson Foundation
San Pedro, California

Dan Kehl

CEO, Riverside Casino & Golf Resort, LLC

Douglas Herman

The Strategy Group
Los Angeles, California

Jeff Link

Link Strategies

Jonathan Williams, Pres. & CEO

Battleship IOWA, Surface Navy Museum, LA Fleet Week

Nathan Jones

Founder, Kids, Hands, and Minds
Long Beach, California

Patrick Kohler

Co-Founder, Databolic, Inc.
Long Beach, California

Rebecca Beach, Secretary

Founder & CEO, Puppy Jake Foundation

RADM Scott Jerabek, USN (ret.)

Retired Rear Admiral

Ross O’Brien, Treasurer & CFO

Partner, Servatius, O’Brien, & Fong, LLP
San Pedro, California

E. Scott Palmer

Partner, Law Firm of Palmer, Hunter & Hall
Los Angeles, California

Tanya Acker

Attorney, Television and Podcast Host
Los Angeles, California

Vanessa Lewis, CPA

Non-profit Financial Reporting Consultant
Dallas, Texas

President’s Advisory Board

Members of the President’s Advisory Board are leaders and advisors from industry, labor, education, government, museum, philanthropy, and other sectors of importance.  Advisory Board members serve as an important resource and knowledge base that advises leadership and supports the organization to achieve its strategic objectives.

Bruce DD Mac Rae, Chair

State Public Affairs Vice President at UPS

Bill Anderson

Westrec Marinas

Simon Conway

Talk Show Host at WHO Radio

Kip Cyprus


CAPT Roger C. Easton Jr., USN (ret.)

President, Easton Advisors LLC &
USS Arleigh Burke Association

Mike Dowling

Veterans Advocate

John Ek

National Co-Chair of Mercury Public Affairs

CAPT Bill Erickson, USN (ret.)

Surface Navy Association

RADM G.E. Gneckow, USN (ret.)

Commanding Officer, USS Iowa (1983-1985)

Amy Grat

CEO, EXP – The Opportunity Engine

Don Hall

President, Hall Towing, Inc.

Jane Johnson

Community Advocate

Josh LaFarga

Laborer’s Union

Jeff Lamberti

Attorney & Former Iowa Senator

Bobby MacDonald

Community Leader

Russ Matthews

Documentary Producer

CAPT Richard McKenna, USN (ret.)

Community Leader

Donne Moen

Retired Vice Chair of Union Bank

Robert Nowakowski


FLTCM JoAnn Ortloff, USN (ret.)

Surface Navy Association

Wayne Ratkovich

President & CEO of the Ratkovich Company

Lars Reierson

Investment Professional

John Shultz

Matt Sodl

Managing Director & Co-Founder of Innovation Capital

Arlo Sorenson

Executive Staff

Jonathan Williams

President & CEO
Pacific Battleship Center
President, LA Fleet Week Foundation


Mike Getscher

Pacific Battleship Center
Chief Engineer, Battleship IOWA


Ross O’Brien

Treasurer & CFO
Pacific Battleship Center    


David Canfield

Pacific Battleship Center
Liaison, Veterans Association


Joleen Deatherage

VP of Development
Pacific Battleship Center 


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