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William Urschel

Executive Director / Captain

Bill is a licensed US Coast Guard 100-ton Master with over 1,300 days at sea.  He has run the Endeavour since 2007. He has also served on the boards of the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History and the board of the Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture. He founded several software companies, as well as The Narrative Press, which published 106 historical journals of adventure and exploration. He is a National Fellow of the Explorers Club, and he holds a degree in history from Princeton University.

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Sarah Gordon

Crew, Expeditions Manager

Sarah is an experienced teacher and outdoor leader/educator. She taught in a variety of school settings (private, public, and charter) in K-8 for 40 years before retiring in 2019. She led Sierra Club trips in Alaska for 10 years starting with backcountry trips and evolving to family trips with a 6-month-old and 3-year-old in tow. She graduated from Williams College in 1979 with a B.A in Art History and Environmental Studies. She received her Master’s degree in Education from Lesley University in 1980. 

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Crystal Gartner

Crew, Project Manager

Crystal has worked on the staff of several nonprofits dedicated to protecting, exploring, and championing wildlands and wildlife, including Conservation Northwest and Washington Trails Association. She was on the Sierra Club’s team to stop the largest coal export terminal in North America, part of the Lummi Nation’s successful campaign to protect sacred lands and waters. She grew up in Germany and Japan, attending the University of Maryland Global Campus.

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Patsy Clark Urschel

Vice President

Patsy has had a long career as a consultant, evaluating and advising boards of directors and CEOs of for-profit and non-profit organizations, and she is currently a therapist in private practice. She served as crew on the Endeavour for its first three seasons in Alaska. She holds a BA from the University of Washington and an MSW from the University of Montana. 

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Malory Graham


Malory started her first environmental non-profit at the age of 15. More recently, she has been the Executive Director of two non-profits -- Reel Grrls (2001-2012) and Seattle Aikikai (2013-present), has served as board treasurer for four other non-profits, and has produced several environmental and educational films with her production company, Small Planet Insights. She holds a BA in Media from Hampshire College.

Malory Graham

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