Advisory Board

James M. Cascino Past President

Jim is an Advisor to the Foundation after having served as a Director for many years and its President for five years, with his Presidency concluding in 2011. He has been active in sailing philanthropy for decades, following a notable history in competitive racing with top finishes in the TransPac and Big Boat Series.

Paul Cayard

Having started sailing at the age of seven, Paul Cayard has become one of the best known American sailors of his time. He is a long-time advisor to the Foundation and was influenced by early support and training from programs such as those supported by the Foundation.

Jenny Swett Chrisman

Jenny Swett Chrisman is a life long sailor and windsurfer and two-time member of the U.S. Women’s Sailing Team. An artist/designer, Jenny designed the first on-line “viewer” of the America’s Cup 2000 following Macromedia. Jenny received her B.A. from Stanford University and her M.F.A. from the San Francisco Art Institute.

JJ Fetter

JJ has won two Olympic medals in Sailing in the Women’s 470 class: Silver in the Sydney Olympics in 2000 with crew Pease Glaser and Bronze in the Barcelona Olympics in 1992 with crew Pamela Healy. She also was the tactician/starting helmsman for the America3 Women’s Team in the 1995 America’s Cup Defender Series.

Kevin Growney

Born in Hawaii, the ocean has been his playground since his early childhood. He started kite racing at the StFYC Thursday Night Racing in 2009 and like most racers, has transitioned to kitefoil racing.

Joseph “Jody” Harris

A passionate sailor, Jody Harris grew up on San Francisco Bay. He began sailing with his grandmother and joined the St. Francis Yacht Club at age 11. He spent his summers teaching sailing on Tinsley Island and his winters on the ski team in Squaw Valley.

Pamela Healy

Pam serves as liaison to the StFYC Board of Directors. In 1991 she was the first St. Francis Yacht Club Yachtswoman of the Year, having won the 470 World Championships with teammate JJ Fetter. She won the prestigious award again in 1992 after winning a bronze medal in the Barcelona Olympics, again with JJ.

Mike LaHorgue

Mike started sailing as a boy in SoCal and settled in San Francisco after being a member of the UC Berkeley sailing team and falling in love with the Bay. He has been a member of the StFYC for over 30 years and was an active one-design sailor in the Cal-20, J-24 and Etchells fleets.

Paula LeRoy

Paula is a long-time Foundation director Her passion for sailing and support of sailors has been kindled as the reach of the Foundation has expanded and successfully supported the many sailors who request assistance. The annual auction fundraiser for the Foundation has been a focal point for Paula’s involvement.

Paul Heineken, M.D.

Paul is a longtime competitive dinghy sailor, windsurfer and supporter of junior sailing. He has participated in the St. Francis Yacht Club Junior Committee for many years, having chaired it for the last four. During his many years as a member, Paul has been involved with several other committees and events.

Adrienne Mally

Adrienne’s father sparked her affinity for sailing at a very early age. Since then, she has crewed and raced in a variety of fleets from Lasers to J-Boats to Farr 40s and more. As an investment banker with Sutro & Co. and Goldman Sachs, Adrienne raised close to $2 billion for numerous projects and purposes.

Michael Menninger

Michael was born into a life on the water. With his family, he began cruising to Catalina as a child, and starting sailing Sabots at age 6 in Newport Beach. He is a multiple All American and multiple Collegiate National champion at St. Mary’s College of Maryland.

Al Sargent

Al is a lifelong sailor that's competed nationally and internationally, mainly in Lasers, Vanguard 15s, J/105s, and J/24s.

Joni Settlemier

Joni learned to sail and race with her brother, well-known sailor Bill Clute. She crewed on husband Grant’s Knarr boat for many years before succumbing to the comfort of a power boat. She has been a member of many committees at the St. Francis Yacht Club and chaired the Women’s Committee.

Sean E. Svendsen

Sean is a life-long sailor who has competed nationally and internationally in keelboats of varying classes and sizes. He’s competed in offshore races including the Pacific Cup, Coastal Cup and the Vallarta race. Most recently, Sean was a member of the St. Francis Yacht Club team which won the 2011 Hinman Master Regatta at NYYC.

Tracy Usher

Tracy has been an avid sailor since youth and raced at many levels, from dinghies, one design and larger sailboat handicap racing. Having begun in Lasers, he returned to them with a passion in the 1990’s and has become a regular on the Laser Masters circuit.

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