JENNIFER HANNA: OWNER AND CAPTAIN
Jennifer Hanna has cruised the waters of Puget Sound to Alaska all of her life. Her precise navigational skills and expert knowledge of seamanship are considered exceptional in the maritime industry. She has spent her life sailing the Pacific coast from Alaska to southern Mexico. Jennifer also has a Master’s of Education degree and a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology, both from Western Washington University. She has recently retired from teaching elementary and middle school in the Bellingham area. Her love of the sea is reflected in her many interests which include fishing, swimming, water skiing, sailing, snorkeling, surfing, and snowboarding. Jennifer is also a PADI Certified Scuba Diver, a Certified Nursing Assistant, and is one of Jamal’s CPR-First Aid certified crew members.
LENORE NOLAN-RYAN: CHEF
Food artist, caterer, chef, cooking teacher, and event planner, Lenore Nolan-Ryan returns to the Jamal every summer after wintering in South Florida. A former San Francisco restaurateur with 20 years of experience in the service industry makes her an ideal chef and hostess capable of accommodating guests with the most sophisticated palates and discriminating dietary requirements. As a member of the International Association of Cooking Professionals, she travels coast to coast with her catering company and cooking school delighting all with her vivacious nature and seemingly effortless culinary expertise.
MISTY CRUZ: CHEF
Growing up in the southern Oregon wilderness, Misty Cruz spent a lifetime river fishing, hunting and gardening with her family. She was raised knowing that there is nothing better than fresh, healthy, simple seasonal foods that could become transformed into fabulous meals for all to gather and enjoy. Moving north toward the Pacific Northwest with her children, Orcas Island became Misty’s home during the summer of 2000. Along with operating island vacation cottages, she became a personal chef for private retreats. Saltwater fishing throughout the San Juan Islands increased her appetite for being on the water. Misty secured part time positions on a variety of vessels as deckhand and chef. She continued managing the local island sporting goods store, which led her to pursue continuing her education, and joined the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary. Misty enrolled in maritime academy courses, and passed her USCG 100 ton merchant mariner exams. Combining her passions of her natural love for the sea and creating delicious cuisine for others flourished when she boarded the Jamal. Initially, her position was first mate. Assisting Chef Lenore Nolan-Ryan in the galley, Misty was also hired as chef her first season, propelling her passion to cook not only on an island, but literally upon the waters surrounding it. Misty Cruz is a master at sourcing the freshest locally grown ingredients available, and preparing them into uniquely delectable fare with flare.
PEGGY PLATTER: CHEF
Peggy Platter is an adventurer at heart. She has traveled throughout Southeast Asia, Africa and Europe and has spent time as chef on a commercial fishing vessels in Southeast Alaska. Her travels have taught her that there is nothing better than fresh, simple, seasonal and locally sourced ingredients. Peggy’s cooking inspirations are greatly influenced by her time living in Normandy, where she learned to prepare delicious foods with fresh farm-to-market produce. Her meals are created with a flavorful passion, and a consideration to health and dietary restrictions, a discipline she embraces. Peggy is the owner of Sojourn, a very successful clothing boutique, which allows her the freedom to create cuisine cruising the islands aboard the Jamal. Deeply committed to Bellingham’s community of small businesses, Peggy frequents the farmers market and gathers fundamental foods for her kitchen through her strong network of local farmers, fishermen, and business owners. This ensures that her meals are always freshly prepared with the finest ingredients of superior quality. Peggy believes that sharing thoughtfully prepared meals with friends, in a beautiful setting, is one of the best ways to celebrate life.
AMANDA BOWERS: CHEF
Born and raised on Kodiak Island, Alaska, Amanda Bowers began commercial fishing at 17. She has more than a decade of maritime experience navigating some of the most unforgiving waters the Pacific offers. Amanda’s background is in fisheries research, management, and law enforcement. In 2009 she graduated at the top of her class from Alaska’s Nautical Training School with a 100 Ton Master’s License. Providing safety and comfort are her priorities as first mate on-board the Jamal. Outside of work Amanda enjoys exploring the beauty of this Pacific Northwest paradise by hiking, sport fishing, kayaking, foraging wild foods, and learning local history. Because stewardship of these natural resources is important in both her personal and professional life, she and her crew mates practice eco-conscious habits and source our provisions locally for the Jamal whenever possible.
SALLY JO FISCHER: CREW
Sally Jo Fischer is a 1984 graduate from Western Washington University with a Bachelors of Arts Degree in Sociology. After graduation Sally moved to Maui for 5 years and fell in love with everything having to do with the ocean. During this time she spent years snorkeling, body surfing, water skiing, and traveling the islands working in the restaurant hospitality industry. Having gotten married she had two daughters, the family then lived around the Pacific Northwest for several years, and finally called Coeur d’Alene, Idaho her home. She began her career in 1998 as a mental health specialist and an advocate for the prevention of child abuse and neglect. Sally Jo has called the Jamal her home during the summer season since the early 1980’s, and as a valued crew member for the past 12 years, she states, “The Jamal is healing and amazing. She exhibits the utmost seaworthy grace in the world of luxury chartering.” Sally’s passion is the sea and she makes sure that all who board the Jamal have a unique, relaxing, and carefree experience~ as she takes care of your every need. Welcome aboard!