We are currently growing our board and will announce some additional directors in early 2017 after the next board meeting.

Advisory Board

Capt. Jonathan Atkin, Maritime Photographer
Craig Gundry, SVP Operations of Consorzio IDC 
Bob Hill, Founder, President Ocean Tug & Barge Engineering Corp.
Barry E.A. Johnson, Principal & Head of Inbound Investment & Global Market Access 32 Advisors, LLC 
Phil Reed, Naval Architect, Salvage Master, Managing Director, Reed Maritime LLC
David Sharps, President, Waterfront Museum Barge



Dan Goncharoff is a consultant on financial exchanges and risk. He grew up in Fort Greene, Brooklyn and attended Stuyvesant High School and Yale. He worked for Goldman Sachs for 13 years, where he developed their first risk monitoring process, and became the youngest VP in the firm's history.  He ended up in Europe, where he stayed for most of the next two decades, living in London, England and Frankfurt, Germany, two cities with identities closely tied to their river locations. His consulting work for Deutsche Boerse, the largest exchange company in the world, has taken him to locations such as Paris, Madrid and Dubai.  Dan is working on PortSide event planning and funding research and serves as Pursar.

Carolina Salguero,  PortSide Founder and President. She began life in Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn and spent her teen years in New England, often on the coast. She graduated magna cum laude from Yale with two majors (Art and American Studies). The social policy studies from the latter informed her journalism and ultimately PortSide.  She worked around the world as a freelance documentary  photographer and writer from the opening of the Berlin Wall through 9/11 where she arrived at ground zero by boat.  Her intrepid photojournalism had her survive a hit man and Shining Path bomb in Peru, and a car-jacking at machine gun point in South Africa.  Since 1998, she has been researching, documenting, boating and advocating on behalf of New York City's waterfront. In 2002, she completed a multi-year project on NYC tugboats for National Geographic which introduced her to the working waterfront.  In 2003, she launched the first interactive community board website in NYC for Brooklyn Community Board 6 about the "Piers 6-12 Study" pertaining to plans for the Red Hook Containerport.  In 2007, she supervised the haul-out of the MARY A. WHALEN.  Her motivation for founding PortSide NewYork was captured in a 2015 profile in Waterwire and she continues creating art photography via a series of porthole views from the MARY A. WHALEN. Carolina received a National Maritime Historical Society ship preservation award in 2013, and has a 6-pack captain's license.

Domenic Venuto is a senior person in the media/marketing world of digital agencies. He is General Manager, Consumer Division at The Weather Company.   He was previously the Global President of Data, Technology and Partnerships at VivaKi where he was a key contributor to VivaKi’s global growth and digital dominance strategy. During four years, Domenic was responsible for all aspects of product development, from strategy and technology to user experience and data. He also oversaw the development of SkySkraper: a powerful, centralized solution for standardizing global media spend and performance data at Publicis agencies, one that drives performance and fuels strategic thinking.  Prior to VivaKi, Domenic was Managing Director of Razorfish’s New York office where his work shaped the online products of Dow Jones, The Wall Street Journal and Condé Nast’s portfolio of magazines. Before joining Razorfish, Domenic was a Senior Manager in Arthur Andersen’s Business Consulting division where he was responsible for implementing ERP solutions for multinational clients.  Domenic holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Melbourne and an MBA from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (R.M.I.T.).

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John Weaver  began his career on stage, first as performer then in production in theater and television. From staff Director at WABC-TV he turned to producing and directing commercials for twenty five years, becoming a Senior Vice President at Young and Rubicam.  John has made the ship the focus of his diverse talents since 2007. He brings a unique personal history to PortSide's re-use of the MARY WHALEN.  John's father in law was captain of the MARY WHALEN for twenty years. His father in law was NOT at the helm when the MARY WHALEN ran aground in the famous 1968 episode that led to a Supreme Court case; that was the other captain. 
His wife has donated the papers of her father Captain Alf Dyrland, giving PortSide a precious collection of ship memorabilia.  John is Production Coordinator for all performing arts programs at PortSide NewYork, and a key part of the branding and visioning team.  He serves as our purchasing agent for shipwork supplies, and supervises restoration interns along with our Historian and Curator Peter Rothenberg. John’s hobby is woodworking, sometimes on a large scale; he built his own log cabin vacation home in the Pennsylvania woods.