John Bradley a partner at Vedder Price and an attorney with over 30 years experience in commercial and maritime law, marine finance and maritime waterfront development, provides legal counsel on maritime matters. bio

SNR Denton US LLP, one of the 25 largest legal services providers in the world, with lawyers and professionals in 33 countries, serves as general counsel to PortSide on non-maritime matters. Gary Goodman is our primary contact.


Richard Evans, Shipwork & Maritime Instruction

Dan Goncharoff, Finance, Program Development,, 732-610-9023

David Levine, Information Architect & Content Management

Marilyn Oliva, Historical research, grant research

Tara Quinn, Educational program development, Shipwork

Peter Rothenberg, Curator & Historian

Carolina Salguero, Founder & President, 917-414-0565, 

Dave Sheahan, IT

Michael Veres, Development Consultant

John Weaver, Production Coordinator, (917) 685-1166

Barbara Wye, Graphic Design, Branding & Marketing

InternsKirin Taylor, Hannah Stinson

Red Hook WaterStories Team

Crew bios

Richard Evans, a recently retired electrical/electronics engineer, executes detailed restoration work on the ship.  He has skills and practical experience in woodworking, construction, plumbing, electrical work, painting, small engine repair on boats and cars.  He operated and maintained 27’ sloop on Long Island Sound for decades. He is a member of the United States Sail and Power Squadrons since 1980 and has held Squadron positions of Secretary, Executive Officer, Commander and Education Officer as well as District Cooperative Charting Chairman. He  has have certificates for all of the USPS educational programs and has taught many of them, including Celestial Navigation, Seamanship, Sail, Engine Maintenance and Marine Electronics. Once PortSide has access to building space and can launch maritime training programs, Richard will be one of the instructors.

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 works on PortSide event planning and funding research and serves as Pursar.  He is also a member of PortSide's board.


David Levine has joined PortSide to work on direct the Red Hook WaterStories content management, provide technical guidance, feed Chiclet and move docklines. He has now lived more years in Brooklyn than anywhere else. A traveler, sailor, cyclist, pianist, boulevardier, David had a twenty-five year career in programming, software architecture, Information architecture, content modelling and content management.  He has now lived more years in Brooklyn than anywhere else. 

Marilyn Oliva, is a long-time resident of Cobble Hill, Brooklyn, has a PhD in Medieval History from Fordham University where she taught for 23 years. After leaving Fordham, she received an MLS in Library Science and Information Technology with a Certificate in Archives Management from PRATT. As an historian and archivist she has processed the private papers of Roy Cohn and designed and produced an oral history project for Physicians for Human Rights. She served on the board of Community Board Six for 6 years and as a member of several of its committees including Waterfront Development and Parks. She chaired the Parks committee for 4 years. She is a consultant to Red Hook WaterStories and grant researcher for PortSide.

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Tara Quinn earned her 1600 mates' license “coming up the hawsepipe” by working on boats, ferries, research vessels, oil spill response vessels and historic ships propelled by power and sail.  She has worked on vessels on both coasts.  PortSide benefits from Tara’s experience with shipboard education, ship maintenance and operations. She is helping us shape educational programs, maintain the ship and train new volunteers.  She is a native of Teaneck, New Jersey, and lives in Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn.


Peter Rothenberg is a history curator and native of Park Slope, Brooklyn. He was the curator of the Museum of Early Trades & Crafts in Madison, NJ, and prior to that of the New York Fire Museum. He is co-author the book: FDNY: An Illustrated History of the Fire Department of the City of New York. Peter holds a Bachelors of Arts in Anthropology from Oberlin College and a Master's Degree in American History and Museum Studies from the University of Delawre..

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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.

Dave Sheahan, IT coordinator, tackles / tackled head-on the technological communication challenges of having an office on a seventy-two year old ship. Dave got us the donation of our security cameras and system, he installed wired and WiFi Internet to all the cabins and galley and has beamed high speed Internet from a house outside the Red Hook Marine Terminal (thank you Liz and Rafi Magnes). In addition, Dave has helped to secure donations from local and national companies to improve PortSide's technology infrastructure. He is working with PortSide's sponsors and technology companies to bring the Mary A. Whalen into the twenty-first century. 

Michael Veres is PortSide’s Development Consultant. He is identifying funding sources and writing grant applications. He is a recent transplant to Brooklyn from Cleveland, OH where he came to love industrial heritage. That attracted him to PortSide, the MARY A. WHALEN and our neighborhood of Red Hook.  He has an MPA in Nonprofit Management from Cleveland State University, Cleveland, OH (2016), an MA in Anthropology from Kent State University, and a BA in Anthropology from Ohio State University.  Before moving to New York City in 2016, he was Adjunct Faculty teaching cultural anthropology courses covering global culture and diversity at Cuyahoga Community College.      

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.

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PortSide has two social justice interns working on a multi-year project in educational program development. Kirin is leading the outreach to Red Hook schools. Hannah is leading the project "Look who's here!" inventory of Red Hook waterfront wildlife, a partnership between the Gowanus Canal Conservancy and the Stuyvesant Environmental Club. More on that towards the bottom of our webpage Youth & Education.

Kirin Taylor is in the BA/MA program for Government and Politics at St. John's University, as well as a member of the Ozanam Scholars Program. This program focuses on global citizenship, academic scholarship, and service, which is why she serves at multiple nonprofits. She is interning at PortSide NewYork to expand her knowledge of place-based education and environmental issues. Her passions include peace advocacy and education, and learning languages.  

Hannah Stinson is working toward a bachelor’s degree in Childhood Education from St. John’s University, with a concentration in Social Studies and minors in Social Justice and International Studies. She is part of the Ozanam Scholars Program at St. John’s, which teaches a select group of students to solve world problems through a combination of academics, global citizenship, and service. Hannah is particularly interested in environmental justice and education, and is excited to support PortSide’s mission.  

Videographer - we are seeking a new videographer after Dana Kochnower left us to attend graduate school in oceanography, inspired by documenting PortSide NewYork's programs for several years.