AOS-USA: The Professional Association of Catholic Seafarers & Maritime Ministers

Apostleship of the Sea of the United States of America



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2018-2019 AOS-USA - Administrative Board

President: Capt. George McShea, Jr.

Retired Maritime professional now working as a consultant


Self-employed at Maritime Industry professional September 2011 - Present (2 years)

Experienced Maritime professional at all levels of the Maritime industry.

Strong background in Oil tanker and LNG ship operations Safety & Quality Management issues. Last 22 years in senior Industry Leadership and Management positions.

Sailed aboard US Flag tankers for 21 years - 12 years as Captain.

Worked 22 years in senior Industry Leadership and Management positions.

Marine Manager at ConocoPhillips 2000 - September 2011 (11 years)

Managed corporation's three tanker fleets (6 tankers operating between Caribbean and US Gulf, 6 US Flag Jones Act Tankers operating as Polar Tankers between Alaska and US west Coast,and a 7 tug, 14 barge inland tank barge fleet). Served three years as corporation's Marine LNG fleet operations expertise. President of ConocoPhillips subsidiary, Polar Tankers, from 2006 to 2011

Founding President. Calcasieu River Harbor Safety Committee (2002-2006)

Manager, Operations at ARCO Marine 1996 - 2000 (4 years)

Director, Portland Shipyard at Port of Portland, OR - Portland Shipyard August 1993 - January 1996 (2 years 6 months) Managed the port-owned ship repair yard with two ship repair companies using facilities and equipment. Directed the shipyard through a privatization effort to being run, and eventually owned, by a private ship repair company.

Vice president at American Ultramar 1989 - 1993 (4 years)
Various at Keystone Shipping Co. 1982 - 1993 (11 years)

Served as Ship's Master and consultant at various times working as a grain Supercargo and assisted in development of company's OPA-90 response plan


United States Merchant Marine Academy BS, Marine Transportation, 1964 - 1968

Vice President: Fr. William E. Reynolds, JCL

Father Bill Reynolds, JCL, is a priest of the Diocese of Davenport and a pastor of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Newton, Iowa. He has served as Vice-president since 2013. He is a cruise ship priest member and has served as the national secretary of AOS-USA from 2006 - 2013. In 1988 he received a License in Canon Law (JCL), summa cum laude from the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas in Rome He has served in tribunal ministry part-time since he returned from Rome For the past twenty-five years he has been an officer of the Priests' Aid Society, which provides a retirement benefit for priests of the Diocese of Davenport. He is now the Vice-President of the PAS. July 1, 2017 he was re-appointed Dean of the Grinnell Deanery. On July 1, 2014 he became the state Chaplain of the Knights of Columbus for Iowa.

Secretary: Fr. Thomas Boyer

Fr. Thomas Boyer was Ordained in 1968 for the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City and has a Master of Divinity from St. Meinrad School of Theology. Fr. Boyer has held numerous roles throughout his time as a priest. He has ministered and served the Church on the Personnel Board for 22 years, the Council of Priests for 25 years, a consultor for 5 years, Director of Youth Ministry for 15 years and as Vocation Director for 15 years. He has also given 38 Diocesan Priests Retreats over the past 20 years. During the last 20 years while lecturing at St. Meinrad Seminary, he was also an adjunct faculty member at St. Gregory University. Fr. Boyer retired in 2013 from St. Mark the Evangelist Parish in Norman, Oklahoma (Oklahoma City) and is currently living in Naples, Florida assisting at St. Peter the Apostle Parish and St. William Parishes in Naples. He has been a Member of AOS-USA since 2013.

Treasurer: Deacon Patrick LaPoint

Deacon LaPoint is a married permanent deacon of the Diocese of Lake Charles, La. He currently serves as Director of the Stella Maris Seafarers Center of Lake Charles for the Diocese for the past 15 years and is assigned to Our Lady of Prompt Succor Catholic Church in Sulphur, La. as the deacon of the parish. He has been married to Sandra LaPoint for the past 31 years. They have 5 children, 7 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren. He currently serves as the Port Chaplain Board Member of the Apostleship of the Sea – USA. He is a third degree knight of the Knights of Columbus Council 3015 in Sulphur, La. Currently he is serving as treasure of AOS-USA and the National advisor to the USCCB, Committee, Secretariat of Cultural Diversity in the Church

He has served in the past as:

Past treasurer AOS-USA 6 years

Past Vice President AOS-USA 2 years

Past treasurer of the Propeller Club, Port of Southwest La.

Served in the US Navy for 4 years.

Cruise Ship Priest Rep. Board Member: Fr. Dennis Donovan, SDB

Fr. Donovan, a native of Nyack, N.Y., joined the Salesians of St. John Bosco in 1973 and was ordained to the priesthood in 1983. He studied at the Pontifical College Josephinum and took professional studies at The Ohio State University. Working closely with Boys & Girls Clubs of America, he has served in Salesian works for young people in Columbus, Tampa and New York. Since 2012, Fr. Donovan has been treasurer of the Salesians, Province of St. Philip the Apostle, for the eastern USA and Canada, working out of their headquarters in New Rochelle, New York. He first set foot aboard a ship at the age of seven on the SS Berlin in New York Harbor. His first assignment as a cruise ship priest was in 1990. Since then he has continued to offer the Mass during his annual vacation for crew and passengers all over the world aboard cruise ships, tug boats and even a container ship filled with bananas and a tarantula. Fr. Donovan revised the Cruise Ship Priest Manual in 2016 and continues to maintain updates to the manual as necessary.

Fishers Board Rep. Member: Capt. Pietro Parravano

Pietro Parravano currently serves as the President of the Institute for Fisheries Resources in San Francisco. IFR is responsible for carrying out the fishery research and conservation needs of working fishing men and women. IFR’s range of programs include conservation projects and policy initiatives at the regional, national, and international levels. IFR continues to work towards its vision of global sustainable fisheries. As a member of the Pew National Ocean Commission, he co-authored a report to Congress on recommendations for a national ocean policy and sustainable fisheries. He remains active in promoting these recommendations for sustainable fisheries and advocating for a national ocean policy as a member of the Joint Oceans Commission Initiative. He is a founding member of the San Mateo County Food System Alliance. He is a member of the California Sea Grant Advisory Board. He is a founding member of the San Mateo County Food System Alliance. He has received numerous awards from all levels of government and community organizations for his advocacy of sustainable fishing. He received his master’s degree in biology from Eastern Michigan University. After completing graduate school, he taught science and mathematics at Woodside Priory School in Portola Valley, CA. He lives and works in Half Moon Bay, CA.

Merchant Mariner Board Member: Capt. Gerard "Jerry" Pannell

Captain Pannell is a native of Long Island, New York. He received his Bachelor of Science in Marine Transportation Management from the State university of New York's Maritime College at Fort Schuyler and completed graduate studies in Environmental Compliance from Massachusetts Marine Academy.

Captain Pannell's sailing career includes 13 years as Master on Commercial deep draft oil tankers and military cargo vessels in the international trades. He came ashore full-time in 2007 at the American Maritime Officers Simulation, Training, Assessment and Research (STAR) Center in Dania Beach FL,. as the Director of Member Training and Officer Development. In this position he ensures the 4000 USCG licensed deck and engine officers of American Officers continue to receive the highest level training and professional development that meets regulatory, contracted company and industry requirements.

Port Chaplain Rep. Board Member: Rev. Fr. John A. Jamnicky

Fr. Jamnicky is the founding pastor of St. Raphael. He is a Chicago native, Fr. Jamnicky was ordained a priest for the Archdiocese of Chicago in 1972. He served as pastor of St. Martin Church and School in Chicago's inner city for ten years. From 1982 through 2001, Fr. Jamnicky served as chaplain of Chicago O'Hare International Airport. From 2001 to 2006, he was the Coordinator for Human Mobility Apostolates and National Director of the Apostleship of the Sea at the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops in the Office for the Pastoral Care of Migrants and Refugees.

Recreational Boaters/Yachtsman Board Rep. Member: William H. Watson


William Hughes Watson has an extensive and diverse background in the maritime industry. Will serves on the Administrative Board of the Apostleship of the Sea of the United States of America (AOS-USA), representing the yachting and recreational vessel sector. He is also vice president and governor of the Maritime Security Council, where he has been active for over a decade. The MSC, founded in 1988, is the oldest member-driven organization specifically tasked with promoting security issues in the maritime industry. Additionally, serves on the advisory boards of American Ports Caucus Institute and the National Maritime Law Reinforcement Academy. A maritime consultant, based in Washington, DC, where he works with ports, terminals, shipping owners and operators and the offshore industry worldwide on safety, security and environmental compliance issues. Will participates in the National Maritime Intelligence Group (NIAG); is the maritime representative to the National Council of ISACs (Information Sharing & Analysis Centers); and is presently working to reform the Maritime Sector Coordinating Council to liaise with the Maritime Government Coordinating Council under auspices of the National Infrastructure Protection Plan (NIPP) and Presidential Policy Directive (PPD) 21. He is also active in both the Council of American Master Mariners (Baltimore – Washington Chapter) and the Propeller Club of the United States (Washington, DC Port). With experience as a maritime journalist, a communications and security leader within one of the world’s leading flag States and now as a senior advisor and consultant, Will brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to each project with which he’s tasked. Because of the breadth of his experience, Will has been interviewed by numerous newspapers, magazines and radio and television stations as well as by both Fox News Channel and CNN. He has also lectured at the International Maritime Law Institute in Malta, the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy / Global Maritime And Transportation School (GMATS), the Maritime Institute of Technology and Graduate Studies (MITAGS) and at in-service training sessions for both the Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS) and the Office of Naval Intelligence (ONI). Will has served as a delegate to both the United Nations (Contact Group on Piracy off the Coast of Somalia / CGPCS) and to the International Maritime Organization (IMO) and was a charter member of the Working Group for the Oceans Beyond Piracy project, sponsored by the One Earth Future Foundation. He recently chaired a Lloyd’s Maritime Academy conference and has been keynote speaker at numerous maritime conferences and events. He is a regular speaker and moderator at Homeland Security Outlook sponsored conferences. Will is a 3rd Degree Knight of Columbus and holds the Major and Patriotic Degree in the Ancient Order of Hibernians.

Contact information: William H. Watson P.O. Box 64, White Post, VA 22663; Phone: +; Email: