Meet the Team
John Coyne comes to Pink boat regatta not only as a sailor, but an accomplished technology professional. John’s 20+ year career has seen him developing solutions for technology titans such as Amazon and Microsoft, as well as other Fortune 500 organizations.
In addition to being our board President, John is our leader for all "on the water" activities related to Pink Boat Regatta, which includes coordination with the respective Yacht Clubs, Race Committees, scoring, and such.
John is passionate about finding a cure for breast cancer, as he’s seen it impact several friends and family members. John is a cancer survivor himself, and is here to help raise money and awareness to help science finally put an end to this horrible disease.
BOARD VICE PRESIDENT
Rachel is a CIO in the Outdoor Industry. Having spent the last 20 years working in the ski, bike and boat industries with well known brands and retailers. She has lived as a ski bum, worked as a deckhand, been a bicycle mechanic, a bartender, backcountry guide and more. These days you can find her either racing on the water or on stage playing bass in her band.
Rachel joined the Pink Boat Regatta team in 2020 and is passionate about the cause.
Kate Hearsey is an ecommerce professional and area sailor. Kate races sailboats throughout the Puget Sound and British Columbia, and takes every chance she can get to be out on the water. She joined the board of the Pink Boat Regatta in 2018 but has been involved as a racer since the beginning. Kate lives in Tacoma with her husband, Jeff, and their dogs and cat. On non-sailing weekends, she can be found either working on house projects or cooking way too much food.
Kristi Coyne has recently joined the Pink Boat Regatta crew as the Board Treasurer. Kristi has extensive experience working with non-profits, including her own animal rescue.
Kristi's background is in mental health care, and she earned her Master of Arts Degree in Clinical Psychology from Pepperdine University. She is originally from Southern California, and is a happy transplant here in the Pacific Northwest!
Tim has been living in the Puget Sound area for the past 26 years, sailing and racing on a number of boats in the PHRF fleet, most notably are Wildthing (Owner, Ed Jacobs), and Gardyloo (Owner, Eric Nelson). Prior to moving to Washington Tim lived in Southern California, sailing, racing, and instructing on Hobie Cats and other dinghies. Currently he lives in Gig Harbor aboard his Beneteau 46, Odin. In his professional life, Tim has spent time as a teacher, principal, superintendent, and now is the head of the State agency that supports all school board members in Washington. He also sits on the board of directors for several non-profits and is a member of Corinthian Yacht Club Tacoma and Tacoma Yacht Club, where he serves on the committee for youth sailing.
Courtney is an Sr. User Experience Designer at DocuSign. Courtney dedicates her career to discovery ways to simplify the most complex situations and experiences. She is also a UX instructor at the Seattle School of Visual Concepts and continues work with young women eager to enter the tech industry.
She is a recent transplant to Austin, Texas from West Seattle. Where you could find her either in the water scuba diving with her husband Andrew or on Alki Beach beach with her two Boston terriers. She is dedicated to supporting any efforts that lead to an end of breast cancer.
Stephanie has been sailing and racing pretty much her whole life. It's a big part of who she is and something she loves a lot! When the Pink Boat Regatta came to the Pacific Northwest, Stephanie jumped in right away and joined the first teams that really campaigned hard to raise funds for this important cause. She has been part of Pink Boat all along, and is honored to be officially part of it this year. Stephanie has friends who are survivors, friends who are current fighters, and sadly has lost friends to breast cancer. She is excited to make this a great year and have some fun while doing this important work!
Jeff is a management consultant with more than 30 years of consulting experience, driving strategic and technology-enabled initiatives for senior executives. After a career in large, international consulting firms including Alvarez & Marsal, Accenture, Oracle, and Slalom Consulting, Jeff became an independent consultant to provide world class consulting and advising and to executives at companies and not-for-profits in the Seattle area. In his spare time, Jeff runs Seattle Marine Canvas which provides custom covers and upholstery for high-end sailboats. Jeff also races sailboats every chance he gets.
Stephanie is an adventure seeker that loves the outdoors. She started sailing 20+ years ago while living in Southampton, England. Stephanie also loves hiking and running with three marathons accomplished. Stephanie first got involved in Pink Boat Regatta by helping to create and launch the first Tacoma Pink Boat Regatta. She’s become a passionate supporter of Pink Boat Regatta as it is an effective way to help raise awareness and funds that help people fight and beat breast cancer with new treatments and hopefully leads to preventing breast cancer completely.