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 Mangagment, 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. 





Lisa Zauner is an audit shareholder at Perkins & Co., the largest local accounting firm in Portland, Oregon, where she has worked since 2008.  Lisa has over 15 years of experience in public accounting and one year of experience as a special project consultant for a large international company. 


Lisa’s primary responsibilities include planning and performing audits and reviews for companies in the manufacturing and distribution, retail, and professional service industries along any stage of the business lifecycle.  


Lisa graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Washington with a degree in business. She is a member of the American Society of CPAs and the Oregon Society of CPAs. She currently serves as the treasurer for the National Crime Victim Law Institute, and has spent time as a board member for Rosemary Anderson High School.   Outside of the office, Lisa can be found camping with her family and running the variety of trails in Portland.


After high school, I spent five years in the Army.  The time I spent traveling in the Army and living overseas opened my eyes to the possibilities the world has to offer.  I truly believe that Sail2Change will help reshape the life stories of at-risk youth by providing them with a global view while teaching them real-world skills. I am excited to join the team of Sail2Change.  


Nichole Watson is a classroom teacher who is currently on work release in Oregon’s largest teacher’s union, Portland Association of Teachers, as their Developer of Racial Equity and Community Partnerships.

An Oregon native, Nichole graduated with a Bachelor’s in Social Science and a Master’s degree in Education from Portland State University. And in pursuit of lifelong learning, she decided to strengthen her practice by pursuing a Doctorate in Educational Leadership at Lewis & Clark College.

Nichole’s research analyzes school climate and culture by investigating how these concepts are understood and their application in K-12 settings. She is passionate about public education and seeks to explore the optimal learning conditions for historically underserved students by examining climate and culture through an Ecological Critical lens coupled with Critical Race Theory.

Nichole is deeply passionate and concerned about the state of public education in Oregon. Her goal is to not only impact student learners within the context of community and classroom; but also, to empower future and current educators to do the deeply personal racial work that is critical to building authentic relationships and finding success within the classroom and communities they serve.

It is her belief that it is our duty and obligation to fully equip and prepare our future leaders. For our children to become the leaders that we have been waiting for, they must have radical advocates who see their gifts and amplify their brilliance.

Nichole centers herself in the work of her community. She believes in the village model and desperately hopes to revive its tenets by unifying the voice of the people and amplifying issues that are important to those who cannot speak for themselves.

Please find out more about Nichole at Follow her on IG and Twitter: @nyk_watson


Nichole Watson

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.


Alex Earl

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.