Executive Board

Kay Mitzel
Kay has resided in Sausalito for more than 30 years. She recently retired from a career in the pharmaceutical industry working for Pfizer and Bayer. In her role as Director, Medical Relations, she traveled extensively interacting with top-tier specialists in Infectious Diseases in the US & Europe. After spending three years living in Germany, she is fluent in German and now working on learning Italian. Kay recently purchased a 21’ Duffy called “La Dolce Vita” and is very excited to spend more time on the water. She has been an active member since joining the club in 2011 volunteering on Entertainment and in the Ship’s Store. She served as communications chair, Secretary and Executive Board Director
John Hildebrand
John is a Bay Area native who grew up in San Francisco and has been living in Sausalito since 1987. He is a CPA who recently retired from PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP. While not a sailor, he does enjoy a similarly expensive hobby – owning and racing vintage race cars. John and his wife Maria enjoy the camaraderie of the club, and have gained many friendships through their membership. John and Maria’s son JR, a Redwood graduate, is a professional race car driver now living in Boulder Colorado.
Jim Henry
Jim moved to Sausalito nine years ago, and joined the Sausalito Yacht Club at that time. He is a CPA and a board member with several corporate and non-profit organizations. Jim is also a retired partner from PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP. Jim has enjoyed time on the water in sail training, and as an owner of a 50’ Sunseeker powerboat. He and his spouse, Pam, have two adult children and three grandchildren who also live in Sausalito.
Tom Kowalski
Tom Kowalski is a Buffalo, New York Native. With 4 decades of practice in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, his work has been peer-reviewed published in numerous International Journals on Hand Surgery, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and Microsurgery. Outside of his professional efforts, he has sailed and owned many boats on San Francisco Bay along with the Caribbean. Currently, he resides Part Time on a 44 Defever in Sausalito and on land in Mill Valley, California Condo. He is an avid rower / Sculler on San Francisco Bay. Tom is resposible for the SYC Wednesday Night Speaker series. He has served as Rear and Vice Commodore.
Vice Commodore
Mary Wand
Mary is a San Francisco native who learned to love sailing while growing up in Melbourne, Australia, where she learned to sail on small boats. Back in the US, Mary continued to sail and started racing on Thistles, always as crew and never as skipper! When she started sailing regularly on the Bay it was clear that formal training seemed like a good idea, which eventually lead to her co-owning an Islander Freeport. Mary has been involved with the SYC Race Committee for many years and served as its chair in 2018. She continues to occasionally crew for races, both in San Francisco and when back in Melbourne, and tries to get out on her own (non-racing) boat as much as possible.
Rear Commodore
Tammy Blanchard
Tammy has been boating since her dad bought a 24' Skipjack when she was sixteen. She grew up in Santa Cruz where she spent a lot of time in and on the ocean, diving, surfing and sailing. Tammy has been a member of the Sausalito Yacht club since 2005. She and her husband Ross have six children four grandchildren, they live in Sausalito on their motor yacht, Nomata.
Karen Tischler
Karen has resided in Sausalito since 2010 after having moved to the Bay Area from Florida to open and manage the Western Division of her marine insurance company. She has been an active member of the SYC since joining and enjoys volunteering as the Ship’s Store Captain and Buyer. Karen’s love of sailing in the Bahamas and Florida led her to take the plunge in the Bay waters co-owning a 36’ Islander Freeport. Traveling extensively, Karen visits the Yacht Clubs around the country exchanging burgees and extending SYC’s Friendliest Club on the Bay welcome to all.
John Wales
John has been a CPA since 1972 having started his career with Price Waterhouse & Co. He moved to Sausalito in 1972 and raced a Ranger 26 for many years. He has been a member of the SYC for almost 40 years. With experience in public and private accounting, he started his CPA practice in 1981 in San Francisco. In 2015 he relocated his office to Sausalito. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the California Society of CPAs. John and his wife Diana reside in Sausalito.