Board of Directors and Business Info

The Board of Directors for the Lane Victory Maritime Center, formerly United States Merchant Marine Veterans of WWII (USMMVWWII), hold their public business meetings on the second Saturday of every month in the Officer’s Mess aboard the Lane Victory beginning at 9:00am until approximately 10:30am. This meeting is where ship and corporate business is discussed and scheduled guests are allowed to address the board with concerns, issues, and interests. This meeting is open only to USMMVWWII members and invited guest.

At 10:30am the meeting is moved to the general crew meeting (also open only to USMMVWWII members) where further business is conducted and the crew is allowed to vote on issues with a crew quorum present.

Any persons interested in addressing the board or addressing the crew may request being placed on the agenda by writing to While the meetings are open, they are limited on time, consequently only scheduled speakers are recognized.


Our 2019-2020 Board of Directors:

David Jones – President
Taron Lamkin– Vice President
Ron Phelps – Treasurer
Cheryl Silkotch – Secretary
David Seltzer  – Director
Dr. Scott Gray – Director
Chris “Frenchy” Marmaud  – Director

Our Mission Statement: The mission of the Lane Victory Maritime Center is to commemorate the service of the United States Merchant Marine, preserve and interpret its history, and provide education and training that serves the contemporary and future needs of our community.


Our Administrative Guidelines:

Administrative Guidelines / Approved November of 2016

Ship Department Heads:

Deck Department – Bob Brennan
Engineering – Jim Gillen (Chief Engineer)
Galley/Stewards – John Saville (Chief Steward)
Armed Guard – Charley Savona (GM/C USN retired)
Events/Movie Coordinator – Christopher Scott
Liaison Korean Community – Chester Park
Office Manager – Taron Lamkin
Gift Shop – Cheryl Silkotch
Museum Staff – Dr. Scott Gray
Legal Affairs – Mark L. Van Buskirk (Attorney at Law)
Volunteer Coordinator –  Taron Lamkin
Social Media Manager  – Rachel Alajian
Security  – David Jones