Our Board of Directors

Leading the Steamer Virginia V Foundation

Our board serves as the strategic and financial leaders of the Foundation, providing guidance to the Executive Director and the staff on how to best fulfill our mission.

Garret Holt, President

Garret, and his twin brother Kyle, first stepped aboard VIRGINIA V in 2009, looking for something to do over the summer while awaiting their sophomore year as pre-engineers at the University of Washington. They immediately fell in love with her timeless class! However, it was only during their volunteer orientation that they realized that the ship was, in fact, operational. Over a decade later, the Holt twins continue to be found down in the engine room as Designated Engineers.

Garret continued at UW and got a bachelor’s degree in material science and engineering. Post college, he first worked at a genetic sequencer biotech startup called NorthShore Bio, Inc. He was most recently on the staff of Snow & Company Boatbuilding as a marine designer, machinist, and sign maker.

In 2017, Garret's profound affinity for vintage vessels propelled him to join the Board of the VIRGINIA V, where he actively contributes to the Board Development and Operations Committees. His dedication to preserving maritime heritage was further solidified when he and his brother assumed the esteemed role of caretakers for CATOCTIN, a revered member of the Classic Yacht Association.

For more about Garret, visit his Linkedin page.

Jeff Deren, Vice President

Jeff joined the Foundation as the Director of Engineering in June 2022 upon the retirement of Joe Schmitt.  Jeff has done an amazing job leading the engineering team in the care and feeding of our 119 year old steam engine and all the mechanical systems of VIRGINIA V and much more.  He was invited to be a board member later in 2022 and was elected as Vice President, beginning his term on January 1, 2023.

Kyle Holt, Secretary/Treasurer

Kyle Holt and his brother Garret Holt (another volunteer of the foundation) were enthralled by the VIRGINIA V in 2009 as they were starting their engineering studies at the University of Washington.  Since then, Kyle can still be found down in the engine room oiling things, turning valves, basking in steam, and otherwise having a splendid time as a designated engineer.

Kyle graduated in 2012 with a bachelors in mechanical engineering.  Right after college, he had the opportunity to work with Vigor's Shipyard on Harbor Island, Seattle (formerly Todd Shipyard).  While there he worked as a production engineer with new construction projects including tugs, a fireboat, heavy lift evolutions, and the first four WSF Olympic class ferries.  In early 2017, Kyle joined Snow & Company, another shipyard in Seattle, where he works today.  There he has had the pleasure of modeling  and producing drawings for a wide variety of projects: Oyster farms, many wheelhouses, aquaculture support vessels and equipment, pilot boats, seining skiffs, Navy tugs, and a steel treehouse, to name a few.   His personal life also involves maritime, getting to dote on a charming classic vessel from 1946, CATOCTIN.


Kyle Holt joined the Board in January of 2021 and was elected to the joint position of secretary/treasurer with a term beginning January 1, 2023.  He hopes that together with wonderful volunteers of the foundation, we will keep the VIRGINIA V steaming long into the future. Endlessly chuffing away as an enduring fixture of the Seattle community and the Pacific Northwest's maritime heritage.

Brian Johnson, Director

Brian Johnson has been a shipwright in the Seattle area for many years and has helped in the restoration of VIRGINIA V and many other historic vessels.  He joined the Foundation board in 2022.

Sterling MacKinnon, Director

The Steamer Virginia V Foundation welcomed Sterling MacKinnon to the  Board in early 2023.

Sterling's background in business communication will be an asset to the Foundation and a full biography will be posted here soon!

Peter Proctor, Director

Peter Proctor joined the Steamer Virginia V  Board in the fall of 2020.  Since that time, his many decades of experience as a shipwright specializing in wooden vessels have been a huge asset to our efforts to restore and preserve VIRGINIA V.

When Peter took a college job washing sailboats in 1973, boats became all he thought and cared about. A self-taught carpenter became a master shipwright under the mentorship of a local legend, master shipwright Joe Dunato. Six years studying under Joe at Dunato’s Marine led his transformation from a carpenter to a master shipwright.

Peter founded Proctor Boat Co. out of the back of his truck in 1985. A few years later he joined Seattle Shipwrights Co-op, then running big projects and large crews. He was eventually recruited to be the general manager of Jensen Motor Boat Company and held that position until the company shut down in July of 2019.

After leaving Jensen, Peter restarted his own shipwright business. One of his projects has been a major contribution to the restoration of the lightship SWIFTSURE (a vessel in the fleet of NW Seaport), one of VIRGINIA V's neighbors along the Historic Ships Wharf in Lake Union Park.  During the extensive Virginia V haulout from 2021-2022, Peter served as the main liaison from the board to the shipyard and actually worked as one of the team of shipwrights on the project at Pacific Fishermen Shipyard in Ballard.

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