; Board of Directors | sail2change




Dieter relocated from Germany to the US in 1981 and has enjoyed many fun and successful years as director, manager, and founder of private language schools, translation services, and other enterprises. He is an entrepreneur at heart and always loves to come up with interesting ideas and invites others to build them into reality. Being a father of a young boy himself, he relates to kids and decided to combine his love for sailing and education to create Sail2Change. An organization to help at-risk and underserved kids to have a real chance in life, where money or background isn’t determining the kids’ future.



Katie specializes in Recreation, Tourism Management, and Sustainability. Her primary expertise lies in outdoor recreation and administration. Katie has developed an Outdoor Survival camp for Middle School aged youth and lead a group of young adult backpackers through the Goat Rock Mountains. She has volunteered in Central America to help families build sustainable infrastructure, learn English, and how to implement sustainable practices within their lifestyles. 

Alex grew up sailing and brings a diverse set of professional experiences on a global scale to Sail2Change as a nonprofit executive, a social entrepreneur, an environmentalist, an educator, and a member of mulitple boards. HIs experience, includes currently serving as the Executive Director of Ecology in Classrooms and Outdoors (ECO); previously serving as the Executive Director of the International Anti-Poaching Foundation and Project Aware Foundation;  and previously serving as the Director of Development and Director of Business Development for Sea Shepherd Conservation Society. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Friends of Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, serves on the Advisory Board of Ocean Defenders Alliance, and actively consults for organizations serving the environmental, conservation, indigenous, social services, housing, education, youth and diversity nonprofit sectors. Alex is a full merit scholarship alumnus of the Stanford Graduate School of Business Executive Program for Nonprofit Leaders, and an alumnus of John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, Executive Education. As a former professional educator and outdoor guide, Alex is especially excited to work with the talented Sail2Change Team as it takes on new programs, locations, and opportunities.



Brian first fell in love with sailing while visiting Switzerland at the age of 16. But his home in inland Southern California could not provide the requisite water for him to make it happen. After fifteen years of building a life that could afford him the opportunity and location, he found himself on the shore of the Columbia River and he was able to embrace the sport again. He now regularly races year round and is a two time participant in the Oregon Offshore International Yacht Race. When he isn't on the water, he is leading the Willamette Falls Legacy Project on behalf of its Partners and trying to coax others into the sport and recreation of sailing.



Michael Johnson grew up in the Pacific Northwest and continues to make it home base. He feels most alive during wilderness adventures and exploring coastal waterways. At an early age he was influenced by mentors who encouraged him in wilderness adventures - hiking, climbing, and sailing. He enjoys traveling and has volunteered on foreign missions to impoverished locations. Michael has more than twenty years experience as a law enforcement professional with expertise in crisis negotiations and risk management. He is skilled in a variety of disciplines related to his profession. Michael has experience with various local non profit organizations dedicated to serving the needs of our communities including youth. He is excited to meet new people, learn, and work hard to further the mission of Sail2Change.


“Let us seek adventure, build meaningful relationships, enjoy life, and make the world a better place. “




Lisanne M. Butterfield is a seasoned litigator, who  has served as lead trial attorney for commercial litigation, employment law, and insurance defense matters. 
Ms. Butterfield has represented multinational corporations; small, emerging entities; and licensed financial services professionals in arbitration proceedings, and state and federal courts throughout the United States. Ms. Butterfield’s cases often include the litigation of business contracts and business torts involving licensed professionals and closely-held companies.
In recent years, the core of Ms. Butterfield’s practice has been complex business litigation matters, legal ethics, and exit strategy advice for financial services professionals, departing employees, and business owners.

Willamette University College of Law (J.D., 1991) 
University of Denver (B.A., Economics & Political Science, 1987)

Oregon, 1991
New York, 2017



Oregon State Bar, Litigation Section

Multnomah County Bar Association

American Bar Association, Labor & Employment Law and Litigation Sections Member
Oregon Women Lawyers, Member

French American International School, Board of Trustees (2013 - 2016)
Multnomah Athletic Club, Diversity Committee Member (March 2018 - Present)
Ninety-Nine Girlfriends, Member (
May2018 - Present)

Living Yoga, Corporate Sponsor (January 2018 – Present)


Board Recruitment

We are recruiting for Board of Directors. This is an extraordinary opportunity for individuals who are passionate about Sail2change's mission and want to contribute to youth success in the great Portland area.  



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