The Boating Programs Advisory Committee evaluates applications for grants that buy, develop, and renovate facilities for motorized boats and other watercraft, including launching ramps, guest moorage, and other facilities.

Committee members spend time reviewing grant proposals and advise the Recreation and Conservation Funding Board on which projects to fund.

Committee members also have the opportunity to provide advice on program-related policy.


  • Live in Washington
  • Have an interest in public policy
  • Enjoy finding creative solutions and appreciate other perspectives
  • Are interested in and knowledgeable about boating, including boat launches, guest moorage facilities, and boating amenities.

Time Commitment

  • For BFP grants: 4-6 full days of virtual meetings every other fall and winter
  • For BIG grants: 5-15 hours of written review and evaluation every summer
  • Policy feedback time commitment varies


  • RCO will provide the training needed to evaluate grants
  • Stipends are available to eligible committee members

Committee Members

Citizen Members

  • Chris Cole, Poulsbo
  • Eric Fickeisen, Bellevue
  • Karl Harris, Shelton

Local Agency Members

  • Doug Chase, Spokane County Parks, Recreation and Golf Department, Spokane
  • Guy Glenn Jr., Port of Ilwaco, Ilwaco
  • Tami Hays, Port of Friday Harbor, Friday Harbor
  • Dennis Lefevre, Oak Harbor, Oak Harbor
  • Sue Patterson, Port of Shelton

State Agency Members

  • Shane Belson, Department of Fish and Wildlife, Olympia
  • Lowell Dickson, Department of Natural Resources, Olympia
  • Chris Guidotti, State Parks and Recreation Commission, Olga


  • Citizen representatives
  • Local agency representative

Term Length

4 years

Grant Programs Evaluated

General Resources