The Navesink Maritime Heritage Association's day to day operations take place through the Board of Trustees. The Board includes the officers and trustees and meets every Saturday morning from 8:00am to 9:30am. The board meetings are generally open to members, and members can contact any of the board members if they are interested in attending.
Rik van Hemmen, is President of Martin, Ottaway, van Hemmen & Dolan, Inc., a Red Bank based maritime engineering firm that specializes in the technical, economic and operational resolution of marine disasters on a world wide basis. Rik is a third generation maritime engineer whose family moved to the Navesink area in 1976. Rik has designed, built and sailed small craft all his life and through his business is deeply involved in environmental issues.
Rik's special interests are educational methods, man/nature interaction and sustainable design.
Contact him HERE.
Co-founder of NMHA, Gayle Horvath has been a program manager for NJ Charter School Association, a freelance technical writer and educational consultant. As a former mathematics and computer science teacher, she has a deep interest in education and educational techniques, was a member of the Board of Trustees of the Red Bank Charter School and a founding member of NMHA.
Gayle's specific interests are wooden boat construction as a teaching tool, educational opportunities for children and adults, history and community outreach.
Contact her HERE.
Tom Gibson is a retired Bell Labs engineer and independent software consultant who has lived in the area since 1962. He learned sailing racing a Jet 14 on the Navesink River. Tom has been associated with the Clearwater organization for many years and is a skipper of the “Adam Hyler”, a traditional clamming garvey that is operated as a historical vessel on the Navesink river.
Tom's specific interests are traditional craft operation, boat building and environmental awareness. Tom also does this website.
Contact him HERE
Michael Humphreys is a retired sales executive for one of the IT industry's global leaders in retail and banking systems automation. He has worked in the United Kingdom and in Europe, and for the last 30 years in New York and Monmouth County, New Jersey.
He has lived in Fair Haven since 1989 and brings marketing and public relations skills to NMHA. He has a particular interest in introducing adults and youth to the joys of paddling the Navesink and Swimming River, and helped introduce and run NMHA’s public paddling events in 2013, 2014 and 2017.
His interests encompass opera and choral music, canoeing and kayaking, and outdoor model trains in a garden setting.
Contact him HERE
Charles (Chuck) Abel, Trustee
Chuck Abel,now retired, is a lifelong resident of the peninsula. He has mucked around both the Navesink and Shrewsbury rivers on and off for many years.
Chuck is a retired Chief Engineer who sailed on the Great Lakes on Up and Downers, Steam Turbines, and Diesels.
More of a fix it guy, he plans to help out NMHA with it’s extensive “To Do List”.
Chuck enjoys local fishing, birding, boating and the special area we are so privileged to live in. He wants to do his part to help it somehow stay that way.
In real life Charles Ladoulis is an academic pathologist who moved here in 1994. His career has been a combination of practice, research, education and project management. One of his prime motivations for moving to the Navesink area was the physical beauty of the Navesink River and its unique interaction of heavily urbanized areas, parks, tidal ecology and historical significance. He immediately joined Monmouth Boat Club and became active in community outreach, which led to Charles' leadership in founding NMHA. He divides his time between promoting NMHA programs, practice of diagnostic pathology, contributing editor for the Catboat Association, and writing and speaking on Navesink maritime history. His specific interests are maritime history, traditional wooden boats, environmental education and community outreach. Contact him HERE.