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 expand 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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Members of the National Leadership Council are a diverse group of ambassadors that represent our Nation’s interest in the future of Freedom of the Seas and the National Museum of the Surface Navy at the Battleship IOWA.

National Campaign Co-Chair

Ambassador Terry Branstad

Governor, State of Iowa
(1983-1999, 2011-2017)
Ambassador to China

Senator Chuck Grassley
State of Iowa

Admiral Vernon Clark
USN (Ret.)

H. Delano Roosevelt

Admiral John C. Harvey, Jr.
USN (Ret.)

Admiral James R. Hogg
USN (Ret.)

Admiral Michelle Howard
USN (Ret.)

Admiral Samuel J. Locklear
USN (Ret.)

Admiral Robert J. Natter
USN (Ret.)

Admiral J. Paul Reason
USN (Ret.)

Admiral James G. Stavridis
USN (Ret.)

Vice Admiral Richard Hunt
USN (Ret.)

Ambassador Robert C. O’Brien

Governor Kim Reynolds
State of Iowa

Supervisor Janice Hahn
L.A. County Supervisor

Councilman Joe Buscaino
L.A. City Council


Members of the Chairman’s Flag Council serve as a resource, volunteering leadership, expertise, networking, and financial support to ensure the Museum becomes and continues to be a world class museum and memorial to those who served our nation. Members advocate for and increase public awareness of the Museum by cultivating strong, diverse, and sustainable sources of support for the institution.

VADM Thomas Rowden, USN (Ret.)

Kelcey Brown

President and CEO, MidAmerican Energy

RADM Nevin Carr Jr., USN (Ret.)

RADM Scott Jerabek, USN (Ret.)

RADM Jesse A. Wilson, Jr., USN (Ret.)

RDML Sandra Adams, USN (Ret.)


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



Tanya Acker

Attorney, Television and Podcast Host
Los Angeles, California

Rebecca Beach, Secretary

Founder & CEO, Puppy Jake Foundation

CDR Ken Hagihara, USN (Ret.)

Integrity Public Relations
Mission Viejo, California

Douglas Herman

The Strategy Group
Los Angeles, California

Craig Johnson

Chair, Crail-Johnson Foundation
San Pedro, California

Dan Kehl

CEO, Riverside Casino & Golf Resort, LLC

Vanessa Lewis, CPA

Non-profit Financial Reporting Consultant
Dallas, Texas

Jeff Link

Link Strategies

Bruce DD Mac Rae

State Public Affairs Vice President at UPS
Long Beach, California

Ross O’Brien, Treasurer & CFO

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

VADM John Morgan, USN (Ret.)

Arleigh Burke Foundation

FLTCM JoAnn Ortloff, USN (Ret.)

Surface Navy Association

E. Scott Palmer

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

Jonathan Williams, Pres. & CEO

Battleship IOWA, Surface Navy Museum, LA Fleet Week


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

Special Advisor
State Public Affairs Vice President at UPS

Bill Anderson

Westrec Marinas

RDML Charles Brown, USN (ret.)

Special Advisor

Paul Carter

Estate Attorney

Simon Conway

Talk Show Host at WHO Radio

Kip Cyprus

Special Advisor

Mike Dowling

Veterans Advocate

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

Special Advisor
President, Easton Advisors LLC &
USS Arleigh Burke Association

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

Nathan Jones

Founder, Kids, Hands, and Minds

Sinan Kanastiz

Special Advisor

Patrick Kohler

Co-Founder, Databolic, Inc.

Josh LaFarga

Laborer’s Union

Jeff Lamberti

Special Advisor
Attorney & Former Iowa Senator

Bobby MacDonald

Community Leader

Russ Matthews

Special Advisor
Documentary Producer

CAPT Richard McKenna, USN (Ret.)

Community Leader

Robert Nowakowski


Wayne Ratkovich

President & CEO of the Ratkovich Company

CDR Steve Shatynski, USNR (Ret.)


John Shultz


Matt Sodl

Managing Director of Innovation Capital

Arlo Sorenson

Certified Public Accountant

Lars Reierson

Investment Professional


Jonathan Williams

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


Mike Getscher

Pacific Battleship Center
Chief Engineer, Battleship IOWA


David Canfield

Pacific Battleship Center
Liaison, Veterans Association


Ross O’Brien

Treasurer & CFO
Pacific Battleship Center


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