The Seattle Floating Homes Association relies on volunteers to stay afloat. The FHA Board of Directors is a group of volunteers responsible for making sure the Floating Homes Association remains true to its mission, safeguards its assets and operates in the public interest. The Board constantly asks the question: Does the FHA mission continue to serve the intended constituents?  If not, the board works to refine the mission. The following FHA members make up the volunteer Board of Directors from the four regions around Lake Union and Portage Bay.


Members at Large:

  • Portage Bay – Bill Albert, Tom Campbell, Courtney Cooper, Susan Chatlos-Susor, Raanan Schnitzer and Joan Rosenstock
  • Westlake – Dave Chappelle and Janet Williams
  • Eastlake – Erik Johnson, Sarah Morlidge, Blair Robbins, Peter Erickson, Butch Smith, Sharon Morken and Elliott Wolf

Office Manager:

2018-19 Board Member Bios:


President – John Leness has lived on The Lake Union dock for seven years.  He currently serves as treasurer for his dock and as a Chairman and President of Southworth Company, a manufacturer of specialty technical papers, cards and gifts.  John is also a lifelong sailor and oarsman.

Vice President – Erik Johnson

Treasurer – Karen Mooney

Secretary – Maggie Chon lives on Portage Bay. Maggie has attempted to be an upstanding citizen by serving on several non-profit boards related to the legal profession over the past 20+ years. Since 1996 she has been a faculty member at Seattle University School of Law where she engages in numerous service activities related to the law school, university and beyond.

Incumbent Board Members:

Dave Chappelle lives at 2466 WestlakeHe has served as the FHA’s liason to Puget Soundkeepers and represented the FHA during the design and building of the Westlake Cycletrack.

Blair Robbins currently lives on the Log Foundation dock and has lived in the floating home community for thirty years.  Following a career in film, she returned to her roots in fine art and is now a sculptor and painter.  She joined the FHA Board two years ago and is chair of the Floating Home Boatique.  She has developed new products and manages sales, including the Holiday Boatique.

Sarah Morlidge who downsized from a large, suburban Sammamish house to a floating home on Roanoke Reef three years ago, hails from England and works as Technology & Communications Director at a private school on the Eastside. Sarah loves Washington’s scenery and sense of space and has no plans to leave. Living on Lake Union means her spare time is spent on the water, with or without dog, husband and children.

Peter Erickson

Tom Campbell lives in a rental on Willow Cove dock, also known as the old Fisher dock in Portage Bay. They moved there from Fremont February 2016, though they both moved to Seattle in 2012-2103 from western Colorado, where they had been for about 8 years. They both grew up in New England. He is a manufacturing engineer for LMI Aerospace in Everett, and likes to run and bike and kayak and paddleboard and mess about in boats

Courtney Cooper lives on Portage Bay.  She is a realtor and knows the houseboat community well.  She has worked extensively on the tour since 2010 with both volunteers and more recently made the ticket and posters for the last two tours.

Raanan Schnitzer (pronounced Rah-ah-nahn) has been living in his floating home on Portage Bay for sixteen months. However, he is no stranger to life on the water. His claim to faim was the time he spent working on and living in a 56′ Ed Monk yacht in the AGC marina on Westlake Avenue immediately prior. When not staving off the ever persistent chill of winter on the H2O, Raanan enjoys the little things that you would expect of someone living in the Pacific NW.

Janet Williams moved here a year and a half ago from New Jersey.  She lives with her elderly cat at 2466 Westlake and has a son in Eastlake.  She spent her career at a university back east, and now works part-time as a research consultant (in psychiatry).  Her favorite causes are preserving the environment (including keeping Lake Union clean), the empowerment of women, and protection of animals.

Elliot Wolf has owned a houseboat since 1971 and currently lives at Flo Villa.  He is the founder and owner of the oldest self-publishing house in the nation and has been publishing books for 46 years. He appreciates life on the water and even commutes to work at his office just east of the University Bridge on his Arabian Water Donkey (jet ski) every day.

New Board Members:

Michael (Butch) Smith  has lived with his family on a houseboat on DOX, since 1983. He is an attorney and has worked for Disability Rights Washington since 1991, advocating for people with disabilities. He is also an avid musician, who plays guitar, mandolin, dobro and too many other instruments to count!

Sharon Morken was born and raised in the Seattle area. She has always been drawn to living on the water.  When her son was 9 he promised to grow up and earn lots of money so he could buy her a boat to live on! About 4 years ago Sharon changed her vision a bit when the opportunity to move in to a floating home became a reality!  It is definitely a lifestyle that she loves! Sharon worked in hospital nursing of various areas for 38 years andretired from that 2 years ago. Her husband thought she had too much free time on her hands, so a year ago they purchased a houseboat that she renovated and is now managing as a rental. In her real free time, Sharon enjoys being on the water or just looking at the water, yoga, golf, skiing, biking and ballroom dance. She also  has 4 kids, 7 grandkids that keep me busy too! Sharon is looking forward to pitching in and offering whatever she can to the FHA.

Joan Rosenstock 


President: John Leness

Vice President: Erik Johnson

Secretary: Margaret (Maggie) Chon

Treasurer: Karen Mooney


D Thomas Campbell

Dave Chappelle

Courtney Cooper

Peter Erickson

Erik Johnson

Sharon Morken

Sarah Morlidge

Blair Robbins

Joan Rosenstock

Raanan Schnitzer

Butch Smith

Susan Susor

Janet Williams

Elliott Wolf