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. Connie Flesuras (WWP) - nominated 2021
  4. KJ Jackson (WWP, OC) - nominated 2020
  5. Kate Kauffman (GRIT, WWP) - nominated 2020
  6. Jay Marshall (WWP, OC) - nominated 2020
  7. Kerri Robinson (SOAR) - nominated 2021
  8. Nancy Thomas (WWP, Kraken, OC) - 2018, re-nominated 2020
  9. Jack Winters (Burn, GM, OC) - nominated 2020

Club Officers


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


  • Safety Officer - KJ Jackson (WWP, SOAR, OC) and Jay Marshall (WWP, OC)
  • Dragon Boat Coach Coordinator - Cindy Hickman (WWP, OC)
  • Outrigger Canoe Coach Coordinator - Nicole Jaklevich (OC, WWP
  • Manager Coordinator Nicole Jaklevich (OC, WWP)

Coordinators and  Committee Chairs

  • Community Outreach – (vacant)
  • Maintenance Chairs - Nigel Arkell (GM, TideRunners)
  • Recruitment – Ingrid Olson (GM)
  • Regatta Sport Uniform Jerseys - Carolyn Stewart (WWP, OC)
  • Wasabi Wear– Jennifer Radtke (WWP, OC)
  • Social Media/Facebook - Ingrid Olson (GM)
  • Website Administrator - Laura Freeman (SOAR, WWP)
  • TeamSNAP User Expert - Laura Freeman (SOAR, WWP)
  • Boathouse Board Members - Chris Burkhart (GM, OC), Kaspar Murer (GM, OC)
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Liaisons, 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
  • Bren Trask - USDBF, PDBA representative
  • Nicole Jaklevich - PNWORCA representative
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