The Maritime Workers Emergency Medical Fund is a qualified 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization and donations are tax-deductible to the full extent of the law.
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About Us2019-01-15T20:05:41+00:00

OUR VISION IS TO ENSURE THAT MARITIME EMPLOYEES IN COASTAL AND SURROUNDING COUNTIES IN TEXAS HAVE ACCESS TO FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE DURING MAJOR MEDICAL EMERGENCIES.

OUR MISSION IS TO CONNECT WITH MARITIME FAMILIES FOR THE SAKE OF ALLEVIATING FINANCIAL STRESS DURING TIMES OF MEDICAL CATASTROPHIC CRISIS.

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

History of Organization: While battling his own personal challenge with lung disease, Jerry Nagel dreamed of the creation of an emergency relief fund for people employed in the maritime industry. After a long and courageous struggle including numerous medical procedures, operations and a lung transplant in 2012 Jerry tragically lost his life. Jerry’s dream to establish a fund to assist maritime employees and their family with financial expenses not covered by insurance during catastrophic illness or unexpected injury became a reality in January 2014.

Funding Sources: The organization is dependant on grants, corporate funding and annual membership. Fundraising will include an annual spring and a fall event offering sponsorships and public monetary support of the organization.

Services Offered: Through an application process, maritime employees will apply for financial assistance on an as-needed basis. Applications will be reviewed by the Board and an Advocate may be appointed to coordinate with the applicant. Upon approval funds will be distributed to individuals battling a catastrophic illness or suffering major injuries from an accident.

Needs Analysis: There is not another non-profit organization in Texas is dedicated to the same purpose of the Maritime Workers Emergency Medical Fund.

Demographics: Services/funding offered to maritime workers in coastal Texas and adjacent counties. Audience will include these workers and corporations dedicated to the transportation industry.

Marketing: The organization is marketed to the transportation industry through local transportation clubs and directly to public affairs departments at Texas corporations. Additional education will include distribution of material at trade shows and events.

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Meet Our Volunteer Board of Trustees/Directors

Stephen Garifalos
Stephen GarifalosMediterranean Shipping Company (USA), Inc.
Stephen has had extensive career-long experience, more than 30 years, in breakbulk and project cargo movement worldwide.
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Ernest Bezdek
Ernest BezdekPort of Beaumont
Professional career spanning 35 years in the international shipping and port industry primarily in Houston/Beaumont, Texas.
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Jeffrey Hakala
Jeffrey HakalaCeres Gulf Inc.
With a B.S. in Maritime Transportation from the United States Merchant Marine Academy and an MBA from Lamar University, Jeff has more than 40 years of experience in the stevedoring/maritime industry.
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Clay Woodgate
Clay WoodgateSCAFOM USA
Clay Woodgate has been in the Maritime Industry for 40 years.
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Leah Martinez
Leah MartinezIntermarine, LLC
Leah Martinez serves as Director of Marketing and Senior Leadership Team member at Intermarine, LLC.
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Ed Bastian
Ed BastianBBC Chartering USA, LLC
Edwin Bastian, Board Member joined BBC Chartering in August 0f 2007.
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Alan A. Robb
Alan A. RobbILA South Atlantic and Gulf Coast District
Alan A. Robb was unanimously elected Assistant General Organizer, International Longshoremen’s Association, AFL-CIO at the union’s quadrennial convention in July 2015 in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
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Christopher Palmer
Christopher PalmerCrane Worldwide Logistics
Christopher has an extensive background with EPCM, DOD, Project Freight Forwarding, 3PL Logistics and Compliance.
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Tim Finley
Tim FinleyPort Houston
Tim Finley joined Port Houston in 2010 as Assistant Controller and became Controller in January of 2013.
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