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 Director. 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 work has 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 two and a half 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. The site covered the "Piers 6-12 Study" and issues pertaining city plans for the Red Hook Containerport from 2003 until 2005. Salguero has a "six pack" captain's license and offers harbor tours on her 26' powerboat. She supervised the haul-out of the MARY A. WHALEN winter 2007 during which the hull was blasted, painted and repaired, and two spudwells were installed. She comes from a maritime family: Her uncle Ross Gannon, co-founded the shipyard Gannon & Benjamin Marine Railway which designs, builds and repairs wooden boats. Her brother Antonio Salguero has worked as a commercial fisherman in Alaska and is a boat designer and shipwright near Seattle.
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'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. 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. His wife has donated the papers of her father Captain Alf Dyrland, giving PortSide a precious collection of ship memorabilia.