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Club History

Wasabi Paddling Club was founded in 1993.  It is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to the participation in, and promotion of, the national and international amateur sports of Dragon Boat and Outrigger Canoe racing. Our club has remained true to its goal of developing strong, competitive teams through mentoring and top-level coaching.  Our coaches are recognized both at the local and at the national level as some of the best in the world.  As a member of the Portland Boathouse, Wasabi is a part of the new effort to provide a long-term location for non-motorized watersport in the Portland area.  Our members are active community members spearheading fundraisers and contributing time to various community efforts.


Board Members


  1. Ardith Bowman (SOAR)- nominated 2020
  2. Kirsten Day (WWP, Outrigger)- nominated 2020
  3. Barb Edwardson (TideRunners) - nominated 2019
  4. KJ Jackson (WWP, Outrigger)- nominated 2020
  5. Kate Kauffman (GRIT, WWP)- nominated 2020
  6. JoEllen Marshall (WWP, Outrigger) - nominated 2020
  7. Nancy Newell (Special Dragons, VIP) - nominated 2019
  8. Nancy Thomas (WWP, Kraken, Outrigger) - 2018, re-nominated 2020
  9. Jack Winters (Burn, GM, Outrigger) - nominated 2020

Club Officers


  • Club President - Kathy Criswell (Women's Program, GM , OC) appointed October, 2019
  • Club Vice-President - Allie Wellman (Women's Program, OC) appointed November, 2019
  • Immediate Past Presidents - Janet Aldana (Women's Program) and Kaspar Murer (Grand Masters, OC)
  • Club Secretary - Laura Freeman (SOAR) appointed 2016 -
  • Club Treasurer - Kristin Pfandler (Women's Program, OC) appointed 2018
  • Assistant Treasurer - Joanna Haney (Grand Masters) appointed 2015


  • Safety Officer - (vacant)
  • Dragon Boat Coach Coordinator - Cindy Hickman (Women's Program, OC)
  • Outrigger Canoe Coach Coordinator - Alexis Champagne (OC, Women's Program)
  • Manager Coordinator - Lori Laws (Women's Program, OC)

Coordinators and  Committee Chairs

  • Community Outreach – (vacant)
  • Maintenance Chairs - Nigel Arkell (Grand Masters, TideRunners)
  • Recruitment – Ingrid Olson (Grand Masters)
  • Regatta Sport Uniform Jerseys - Carolyn Stewart (Women's Program, OC)
  • Wasabi Wear– Jennifer Radtke (Women's Program, OC)
  • Social Media/Facebook - Ingrid Olson (Grand Masters)
  • Website Administrator - Laura Freeman (SOAR)
  • TeamSNAP User Expert - Laura Freeman (SOAR), and Brandon Osborn (VIP)
  • Boathouse Board Members - Chris Burkhart (Grand Masters, OC), Kaspar Murer (Grand Masters, OC)
GMM at night

Lliaisons, Affiliated Associations & Officers

  • Chris Burkhart - Treasurer, Portland Boathouse
  • Connie Flesuras - USDBF Past Vice President, 
  • Heidi Hess - PDBA Past President, Past USDBF committee assistance member
  • Carol Hoekstra - Former Team USA Senior A Head Coach, USDBF
  • Kaspar Murer - Portland Boathouse Board Member
  • Kathy Skinner - Past President, PDBA; Board of Director Member, USDBA
  • Ben Trask - USDBF, PDBA commitee assistance
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