The Steamer Virginia V Foundation

Board of Directors


Daniel Johnson, President

Daniel Johnson, MSW, has worked in non-profit leadership for more than 29 years. He has an undergraduate degree in Psychology and a Masters of Social Work in the area of community organizational services and non-profit management from the University of Washington. Daniel’s professional career has focused on fundraising, marketing, board development, strategic planning, change management and leadership. Joining Boys & Girls Clubs of King County in 1995 as a Branch Executive Director, he rose through the ranks to President & CEO where he served for 12 years. Under his leadership he raised $48M for capital improvements, grew the organization from a $6M to $14M serving 18,000 children with a staff of 400 and won top program in the nation two years in a row. Since leaving Boys & Girls Clubs Daniel has provided non-profit consulting in the areas of executive leadership, board development, strategic planning and fundraising. He is also founder and Managing Partner for Amplified Impact, helping companies merge profit and purpose through social innovation. At age 17, together with twin brother and two friends, built a 40’ ocean-going sailboat and sailed to the South Pacific for a yearlong, 14,000 mile adventure. Daniel can be reached at

Captain Erik Teevin, Vice-President 

Captain Erik Teevin has a great passion and enthusiasm for all things maritime. He brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to The Steamer Virginia V Foundation, with more than a quarter-century of involvement in non-profits that include the Telluride Community Radio station KOTO and the Telluride Film Festival, both in Telluride, Colorado.  Erik joined The Steamer Virginia V Foundation as a deck hand in the spring of 2008 and has since earned his way up to the wheelhouse as one of the captains of the Virginia V while holding a chair within the foundation’s board of directors.  As well as skippering the Virginia V, Erik wears several other hats within the foundation by taking part in crew training, special maintenance and business projects, and participates as one of the ship’s electrical engineers/technicians.  In addition to his devotion to the Virginia V Foundation and attending to his full time employment within the Aviation/Avionics industry, he is also a relief captain of the 110-foot crab fishing vessel North American featured on the Discovery Channel’s Deadliest Catch.  Although Erik is involved with many diverse responsibilities, he has the greatest appreciation and passion in spending quality time with his wife and young daughter in various family activities which include pleasure cruising on their 37-foot Lord Nelson Victory-class tug Excelsior in the far-reaching waters of the Pacific Northwest.  Erik can be reached at

Captain Mark L. Miller, Treasurer

Captain Mark L. Miller (USCG retired) brings a 27-year career with the United States Coast Guard culminating with the command of the 399-foot Polar Sea, one of the world’s most powerful, conventionally propelled icebreakers, to The Steamer Virginia V Foundation. Captain Miller is a native of Baltimore, Maryland and a 1978 graduate of the U. S. Coast Guard Academy. He began his career as a Deck Watch Officer aboard USCGC Bramble, a buoy tender homeported in Port Huron, Michigan. He then served on the Thirteenth District Aids to Navigation staff in Seattle, then as Executive Officer of USCGC Iris, another buoy tender based in Astoria, Oregon. He returned to the Great Lakes in 1985, first as Senior Controller in the Ninth District Operations Center in Cleveland, then as Commanding Officer of USCGC Neah Bay, an icebreaking tug also located in Cleveland. After earning his MBA from Kent State University in 1992, Captain Miller served as Comptroller at Coast Guard Supply Center Curtis Bay in Baltimore. He returned to sea as Executive Officer of USCGC Mellon and later as Commanding Officer of USCGC Storis in Kodiak, Alaska. He formerly served as staff of Commander, Ninth Coast Guard District, where he served as Chief of the Aids to Navigation Branch. Having spent half of his sea-going years during sons’ lifetimes, Captain Miller is now a full-time dad where the three are active volunteers aboard Virginia V. He has previous experience with historic steam powered transportation, volunteering as a member of the locomotive crew on an excursion train operating in Ohio and is currently involved as a guide with the National Parks Service’s Trails and Rails program. Captain Miller resides in Seattle’s Magnolia neighborhood with his wife Debbie and their two sons, Nathan 19 and Aaron 15. Mark can be reached at

Shannon Fitzgerald, Secretary

Shannon can be reached at– Bio coming soon

Douglas E. Weeks, Immediate Past President

Doug Weeks brings a rich background in maritime steam propulsion and industrial engineering to The Steamship Virginia V Foundation. An environmental manager with Seattle-based Holland-America Line, Doug has spent over 30 years as an engineer and later leading teams of professional auditors performing safety and environmental audits of significant industrial and manufacturing facilities. Since the early 1990s, Doug’s work with the Foundation has ranged from serving as a fireman and oiler on board the vessel to successfully writing over $1.5 million in grants at the onset of the Foundation’s $6.5 million capital campaign and restoration project. Doug’s work with the maritime and historic steam preservation communities includes The Center for Wooden Boats where he is actively involved in the operation and preservation of its turn-of-the-century steam launch Puffin. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical and Industrial Engineering from Clarkson University in Potsdam, NY. An accomplished photographer and outdoorsman, Doug makes his home in Seattle, Washing. Doug can be reached at

Al Battson, Trustee

Al Battson is a senior executive recruiter and organizational development consultant based in Seattle.   In addition to private industry , public sector, and Native American tribal clients, he has worked closely with non-profit organizations in the areas of board training, development, and governance.    Al represented an important donation to the Virginia V Foundation and joined the Board to support the mission of sustaining the Virginia V as an operating historical vessel.     He has served on the boards of several arts organizations and Girl Scouts of the USA. Al can be reached at

Diane Spaulding, Trustee

Diane can be reached at – Bio coming soon

Steve C. Holmes,Trustee 

Steve Holmes has been involved in virtually every capacity on The Steamer Virginia V Foundation since signing on as a volunteer in 2002. A licensed captain and experienced diver that has worked in the industry since his early teens, Steve brings a rich background in travel, tourism, vessel operations and business development to the Foundation. Prior to coming to Seattle, Steve operated Hawaii’s largest dive excursion company, Steve’s Diving Adventures. With operations on Oahu and Maui, Steve’s Diving Adventures provided dive training, deep water adventures and land tours for over 90,000 tourists annually. Steve and his wife Cecilia now own and operate a local property improvement contracting company and along with their three daughters, make their home in Bothell, Wash. Steve can be reached at

Tobey Wilkens, Trustee

Tobey Wilkins has served in a variety of capacities with The Steamer Virginia V Foundation from volunteer deck crew to captain since the late 1990s. A licensed captain and commercial lender who helped guide the finances of the Foundation through its $6.5 million capital campaign and restoration, Wilkins has always had a passion for the operation and preservation of historic steam vessels. The Coeur d’Alene, Idaho native grew up in the culture of steam power with his parents sharing stories of the steam tugs they operated on Lake Coeur d’Alene and Lake Roosevelt during the Great Depression. The University of Washington graduate and avid sailor has contributed his time to a number of educational organizations. Tobey makes his home in Seattle’s Ballard neighborhood. Tobey can be reached at


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The mission of The Steamer Virginia V Foundation is to promote the Puget Sound's maritime heritage through the restoration,
preservation, operation, and interpretation of the National Historic Landmark vessel S.S. Virginia V.