The Pink Boat Regatta driven by an all-volunteer board. This group works tirelessly to plan each event and drive the success of the organization. Please meet our board members:

Ashley Bell

Ashley Bell

Board President*

Ashley is an analytical scientist in the field of mass spectrometry and currently manages the Life Sciences field applications team with 908 Devices. Formerly, she spent many years in industry and nonprofit research at Amgen, Bristol Myers-Squibb, and The Institute for Systems Biology, working on protein characterization by mass spectrometry for biopharmaceutical and cancer research. She earned a BS in Chemistry from California State University, Bakersfield where she was named a Doris A Howell research award recipient. She took on and founded The Pink Boat Regatta in 2012, and is dedicated to supporting peer reviewed scientific research for an end to breast cancer. She is an avid sailboat racer and former commodore within the local Puget Sound sailing community.

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John Coyne

Vice President*

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. John is a self-proclaimed “translator of nerd to business”, which makes him ideal to look after all things technology for Pink Boat Regatta. John also 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.

In his spare time, John lives in Tacoma with his wife Kristi (also a board member of Pink Boat Regatta), their 2 human children, 6 furry kids (dogs), a cat, 8 chickens, and a ferret (it's a big house). John is a member of Corinthian Yacht Club of Tacoma, and crews on the mighty racing vessel Gardyloo.  John has been been sailing, off and on, for 20 years. 

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Kate Hearsey


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.

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Kristi Coyne


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! 

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Nicolette Gevirtz

Board Member - Social Media Coordinator

Nicolette Gevirtz, R.T. (R)(M) - or Nicky, as she is known, has a passion for breast health and research that goes far beyond being a member of Pink Boat Regatta’s Board of directors. She educates patients and performs breast imaging exams as a Mammography Technologist. Every day, Nicky sees how recent breast cancer research has given clinicians greater detection and treatment options that can improve the quality of life for patients.

In her free time, Nicky enjoys knitting, crocheting, connecting with friends and community small businesses as the HubMster of Seattle Transplant, LLC, and spending quality time with her significant other and their cat.


Leif Fuhirman

Board Member

Leif has been involved with the Pink Boat Regatta for 5+ years as a sailor, volunteer and board member. He's an active member of the Seattle sailing community and racing in the Pacific Northwest for 20yrs now. Leif races Currently on the TP52 "Glory".

Leif enjoys long walks on the beach and camping under the stars.

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Murray Vince

Board Member

Murray Vince has a mix of experience as counsel and a business leader in startups and also large high tech companies (Apple and Microsoft). He has been active with 501(C)(3) boards as well; notably International Medical Assistance Team and Washington State Youth Soccer Foundation. Murray has an undergraduate degree in Government and Legal Studies from Bowdoin College, Brunswick, Maine and received his Bachelor of Laws from Osgoode Hall Law School (York University) in Toronto, Ontario.  He also studied French, economics and political theory at Université de Grenoble, France, and an active member of the Washington State Bar, the California State Bar and was an advisor to the California State Bar Intellectual Property Section for 20 years.

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Tim Garchow

Board Member

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.

* Pink Boat Regatta Executive Board Member