We seek interns for Spring semester 2016, three of them for Red Hook WaterStories.

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

Tara Quinn, Educational program development, Ship Maintenance

Peter Rothenberg, Curator & Historian

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

Dave Sheahan, IT

Diane Painter Velletri, Graphic design, branding & marketing

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

Red Hook WaterStories Team


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.


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.  He is also a member of Portside's board.

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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, NJand 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 and a Master's Degree in American History and Museum Studies.

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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. 

Diane Painter Velletri,  Principal, Creative Director/Designer of  Design Diseño New York.  Diane is providing design, branding and marketing services to PortSide beginning with our “Rally the Troops” fundraiser in July 2013.  She has over 15 years experience as an art director and designer in Los Angeles, Nashville and New York. She is widely known for her award-winning print and web graphics for the record industry, including CD packaging, logos, banners, ad campaigns and new image development. She has also designed branding materials for several national education, publishing and arts institutions and also does branding for the Hispanic market.

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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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.


Peter Rothenberg, our history curator, leads the Red Hook WaterStories team. 

Melinda Boros holds a BA in Sociology and is licensed in Mechanical Engineering Design. She has worked as a freelance graphic designer and photographer and was the exhibition designer for the Marton Aron Museum. She is a native of Transylvania, Romania and moved to NYC in 1998 and found Red Hook soon after she arrived. Thanks to photographing urban landscapes along NYC’s waterways, she became interested in how places are layered with memories and histories. Her project Red Hook Memories combined photographs of the area with recollections of Red Hookers from the lively longshoreman era of the 1940s' and 50’s. Her fondness of Red Hook brought her to PortSide NewYork, and she's truly happy to be back to her 'origins' in this city and contribute to Red Hook WaterStories.

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. 

Barbara Wye graduated Cum Laude studying Anthropology and Digital Media Design at Lake Forest College. She has worked in Jamaica, Tanzania, Italy and Spain on archeology, historic preservation, community organizing on behalf of preservation, and teaching English.  She grew up around boats on the Rhode Island waterfront and has a passion for maritime history. Currently, she is working on Red Hook WaterStories community outreach, social media and planning fundraising and history collection events.

Red Hook WaterStories advisors

Marilyn Oliva, is an advisor to Red Hook WaterStories. She 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 is active in her community. 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 advising on historical research and archives management.

Johnathan Thayer is an advisor to Red Hook WaterStories. He is the Coordinator of the Archives and Preservation of Cultural Materials Certificate program at the Graduate School of Library and Information Studies, Queens College, CUNY. He is also the Senior Archivist at the Seamen’s Church Institute of NY & NJ. His doctoral research in History at the CUNY Graduate Center focuses on the history of merchant seamen in the Port of New York.

Red Hook WaterStories interns

Regina Carra is a graduate student at CUNY Queens College studying Library Science and History. In the future, she hopes to be an archivist at a cultural heritage institution or university. Originally from Binghamton, NY, her studies, as well as her archives work and internship experiences in have taken her all over New York State, and even to Everglades National Park in Florida. In 2015 she completed her undergraduate education at SUNY Geneseo. She holds a BA in History with double minors in American Studies and Music. 

Ivy Ann Rosado is a senior at Hunter College with double major in Urban Studies & Psychology. Her interests include learning about how people live in cities and how cities handle issues of housing, poverty, and sustainability. Her parents are Domincan and she speaks Spanish and French. Ivy has done outreach for the non-profit organization L.O.V.E. Mentoring and marketing for the Garden School Writing Project. She plans to receive her Masters of Social Work in Community Planning and Organizing. She is working on research and community outreach for Red Hook WaterStories.