Tom Hartmann


Executive Director

Tom has worked for the Orange County Boy Scouts since 2010, and was hired as Executive Director in June 2014. He has been actively involved at the Sea Base since 1996 in various capacities, from sailing instructor to an adult volunteer with Sea Scout Ship 711. Tom raced collegiately at UCLA,  coached for Mission Bay Yacht Club and the UCLA Marina Aquatic Center, and has sailed boats from 8' to 100'. Tom volunteered as the Race Chairman for the William I. Koch International Sea Scout Cup from 2008 to 2016. He is a graduate of University of California, Los Angeles.

Diana Knapstein
Office Manager

Diana has been the Newport Sea Base Office Manager since 2006. Her background includes volunteer positions with both the Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts, teaching Spanish, German and ESL to adults, working in a savings and loan, and working at the 1972 Olympics in Munich. Diana delights in being able to use her varied background to help develop program and to help families take maximum advantage of Sea Base programs and Scouting in general.

James Long-Lerno
Head Rowing Coach

James began began working at Newport Sea Base in 2014.  He rowed at UC Berkeley,  and has medals ranging from winning SD Crew Classic, Pac-10 Championships, and the National Championships. James also picked up both Oarsman of the Year and Pac-10 Newcomer of the Year award along the way.  In 2009, James rowed for the U23 National Team. After coaching for Marin Crew, James took over as Head Coach at USC.  James left collegiate coaching to focus on NSBR and each year, under his direction, the team doubled in size and was representing on the national stage by year two.  


Jack Nguyen


Program Director

Jack has been the Newport Sea Base Program Director since January 2014. He brings over 10 years of operations management, training, and curriculum development in the youth development sector working with outdoor aquatics camps and non-profits such as the Boys & Girls Clubs. In fact, Jack was recognized in 2013 for San Diego’s Best Afterschool Program by the San Diego County Office of Education ASES Program while working with the Boys & Girls Clubs of San Marcos. He is a graduate of the University of California, San Diego.   

Keegan Heagerty
Facilities Maintenance

Keegan has been with the Newport Sea Base since 2012, as an instuctor in sailing, wood work, and motorboating, and a volunteer with the NSB Youth OffshoreTeam. He was involved with Boy Scouts in Brea, CA and has been an active member of the Aviation Explorer Posts at the Fullerton and John Wayne Airports. Keegan has experience in fiberglass and carbon fiber construction, mechanical repair, and light electrical work.

Derek Taylor
Sailing Coordinator

Derek Taylor hails from central Oklahoma, and he attests that the “wind comes sweepin’ down the plain…right behind the rain.”  That wind propelled him into a passion for sailing and being outdoors.  He raced collegiately at the University of Central Oklahoma, and was the head coach at the Oklahoma City Boat Club, on Lake Hefner. After moving to California, Derek became involved at the Sea Base in 2014 as a sailing instructor and volunteer with the Offshore Sailing Team.  He enjoys sharing his passion for sailing and the outdoors through the development of fun and insightful curriculum. Derek graduated from the University of Central Oklahoma with a degree in Psychology.

Zach Nyquist
Education Coordinator

Zach joined the Newport Sea Base as the Education Coordinator in May of 2019, after working as a marine naturalist at Newport Whale watching. He graduated from the California State University of Monterey Bay, with a degree in Marine Science. He has worked as a marine science instructor in Monterey, Long Beach, Catalina, and Newport Beach, and is excited to bring his knowledge and love of the ocean to the students at the Sea Base. Zach is an Eagle Scout who has enjoyed backpacking across New Zealand, and Scuba diving along the coast of California. He hopes to instill his passion for education and the ocean into every student’s experience at the Newport Sea Base.

Advisory Commitee


Barney Ellis-Perry,  ‎Senior Vice President, GG+A

Curt Abdouch, President of juST-EAMagine

Gary AllenSenior Managing Director at Newmark Grubb Knight Frank 
Bill Baker, Owner of Baker&Baker, PC

Bill Cunningham, CEO of BERT, Inc

Jim Ehret, Community member

Herb Fischer, retired San Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools

Carter Ford, Former Commodore of LIYC

Michael Hay, Investment Property Group

Wes Heusser, Balboa Power Squadron

Adm. (ret) Dave Janes, Owner of Janes Capital, and Board President of Chapman University

Andrew Mayhugh, Skipper of Sea Scout Ship 90, Owner of Lively Schooner, Inc

Brian MayhughVice President Integrated Behavioral Health

John Middleton

Doug Raff, Owner of Paragon Industrial Controls, Inc

Bob Steel, Owner of Steel Maritime

Michael Stewart, Skipper of Sea Scout Ship 711

Richard Wagner, Owner of RLW Development


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