Western Flyer Foundation Appoints Sherry Flumerfelt As Executive Director

Western Flyer Foundation hires first executive director in preparation for the purse seiner’s arrival in Monterey this fall

Moss Landing, CA (7-July-2022) – The Board of Directors of the Western Flyer Foundation is pleased to announce the appointment of Sherry Flumerfelt as Executive Director. Ms. Flumerfelt started on 5 July 2022. She will be the first to lead the foundation, which has restored the historic purse seiner that John Steinbeck and Edward F. Ricketts chartered to Baja in 1940. From that groundbreaking ecological voyage came the 1941 publication, Sea of Cortez.

“The Board is very excited to welcome Sherry to our organization.” said John Gregg, who purchased the boat several years ago. “With the launch of the Flyer in June, it is time to design and build the program that will take advantage of the boat. Sherry’s wealth of experience in the community and in the marine industry will be essential for this next phase.”

Programs will integrate science and the humanities, modeled on the friendship and work of Steinbeck and Ricketts. Ms. Flumerfelt will shape these new programs as well as community outreach on the Peninsula and in Mexico.

Ms. Flumerfelt has worked in the ocean non-profit sector for over 20 years, most recently as the executive director of the Monterey Bay Fisheries Trust. She led the organization from startup to a mature member of the community. She has extensive experience in leadership, strategy, public relations, marketing and communications.

About Western Flyer Foundation

The mission of the Western Flyer Foundation is to stir curiosity by connecting art and science in the spirit of John Steinbeck, Ed Ricketts, and their journey on the Western Flyer. The Foundation’s educational programs will provide creative outreach opportunities both on land and aboard the Flyer. Most recently, the Flyer was launched in Port Townsend, WA, and is now having an engine fitted in Seattle.

CONTACT: Tom Keffer, Board President, 541-490-9507 or tkeffer@westernflyer.org

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