Staff Biographies

Hunter McIntosh

Hunter Hartford McIntosh, President, is a true guardian of the environment and is passionate about sustainability and working to create commercially viable industries in eco-tourism and the fishing community. Hunter fishing He is inspired by a family legacy of environmental education, philanthropy and conservation that protects our natural resources for future generations. Hunter is steadfast on preserving nature through his work with at The Boat Company.

Hunter is proudly carrying on the family legacy of conservation and shares The Boat Company’s vision at national conferences where he has spoken on the topic of Sustainable Tourism. He has been a speaker at the World Green Energy Symposium on multiple occasions, The International Ecotourism Society Annual Conference, as well as the American Society of Travel Agents Cruise West Symposium, and Cruise World (the largest single conference dedicated to cruise travel in the United States).

Kathy Nissley

Kathy Nissley is the Boat Company’s Director of Reservations & Guest Services. During 25+ years with the company, she has worked in almost every capacity, ultimately settling into her present office role where she handles all guest travel reservations with a personal touch. Though she was resistant to moving off the boat and into the office, she finds great joy in helping guests prepare for what she knows will be their “trip of a lifetime.”

Ken Gerken

Director of Operations and Engineering

Larry West

Chief Naturalist aboard the 20-passenger Liseron, Larry is responsible for all narrative and information services pertaining to the natural and cultural history of the Boat Company’s itineraries and ports of call. He leads hiking and kayaking activities, gives formal presentations, and narrates and interprets geography, geology, forest, riparian and marine ecology and encounters with wildlife and marine life.

Donna Dimof

Donna began her career at 18 with the Secret Service in Washington DC, then ventured on to Capitol Hill before finding her way to Washington state 34 years ago. She is well versed in all things office-related and is assisting with TBC’s marketing efforts. Donna beachcombs often and is an avid reader of mystery books.

Mary Ann Confar

In 1996, Mary Ann signed on the Liseron as a chef’s assistant in the summers and winter maintenance crew.  In 2005 she came to work in Reservations, becoming The Boat Company’s “resident geek,” handling all technical and information management functions to ensure our guests have a seamless, personally tailored travel experience.