Boating Writers International names officers and directors

Boating Writers International members elected two new directors and re-elected another as the group’s board also elected three officers.

Boating Writers International members elected two new directors and re-elected another as the group’s board also elected three officers.

The new directors, who serve three-year terms, are Chris Woodward, editor of Sport Fishing Magazine, and Charlie Levine, editor and publisher of and

Re-elected as a director was Michael Sciulla, a Soundings Trade Only columnist and communications strategist.

Officers elected to one-year terms are Dominion Marine Media senior editor Lenny Rudow, who was elected president; West Marine communications director Lindsey Johnson, who was elected first vice president; and writer/videographer Alan Jones, who was elected second vice president.

Rudow has been a writer and editor in the marine field and a fishing journalist for more than two decades. He has authored six books, gained numerous BWI writing awards and previously served BWI as a director and first vice president.

Johnson is a longtime member of BWI has served as chairwoman of the BWI Writing Contest Committee for nine years and as second vice president. Before recently joining West Marine, she was editor of Lakeland Boating Magazine.

Jones is a full-time writer and editor for Boating World Magazine and a contributing editor for Sea Magazine.

Levine has covered recreational boating and fishing as an editor, freelance writer, and most recently as an online publisher. A lifelong love of fishing led to editorial posts at The Fisherman, Sport Fishing and a 10-year stint as senior editor of Marlin Magazine.

Woodward joined Sport Fishing Magazine as editor in 2001 after stints as a newspaper and online journalist. She has served on a Georgia boating advisory panel and advisory panel chairwoman for the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council.

Continuing as directors are immediate past president Alan Wendt, a freelance writer and communication agency executive; Zuzana Prochazka, editor of Talk of the Dock and a freelance writer for a number of boating magazines and online venues; and Michael Vatalaro, executive editor of BoatUS Magazine, including the Practical Boater section and annual Trailering Guide. BWI executive director Greg Proteau serves as secretary/treasurer of the board.


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