Chairman of the board
André Smedinga (1969)
Born in Leeuwarden and became interested in Rome and her heritage as a student of the 'Stedelijk Gymnasium' of Leeuwarden.
André is working as trainees support / facilitator and IT professional at the 'ROC Amsterdam'.
He hopes to be able to contribute to the promotion of and knowledge about Roman ports.
Neeltje Coree (1967)
Born in Leeuwarden-The Netherlands and grew up in a family of shipbuilders.
From 1994 she worked at the Batavia Shipyard on the replica of the VOC ship ' Batavia'. Here she found the interest for historian vessels, tools, art, routes and cargo.
Neeltje is a devoted boardmember of Roman Ports.
Born: 21-08-1944 in Amsterdam (Holland)
First visit Ostia: July 1967
Franklin Cooman (1981)
Born and raised in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.
Franklin became interested in Roman history through his neigbour who was a history teacher.
As a youth worker and youth advisor Franklin is always looking for oppertunities to expand the horizons off the (local) youth.
Roman ports offers Franklin a platform where he is able to connect the youth with the rich Roman herritage so that also this will be a valuable contribution to their upbringing as world citizens.
Dr. Jan Theo Bakker
Jan Theo Bakker studied Classical Archaeology at the University of Leiden (The Netherlands).
He wrote two books: ‘Living and working with the Gods’ (1994) and ‘The Mills-Bakeries of Ostia’ (1999).
Jan Theo is specialised in the Roman Port of Ostia, project manager of the Internet group Ostia-L and owner of the most consulted website about Ostia (www.ostia-antica.org)
Together with Gerard Huissen he produced a couple of short video-films about Ostia.
Gerard, who lives in Maarssen (Holland) at the moment is one of the founders of Roman Ports. Besides hundreds of photographs he produced the film ‘A town behind a town’ about Ostia and Alberino Vicari (see article in our first edition) and, in cooperation with Jan Theo Bakker, two small films about ‘Travertine cornerstones in Ostia’ and ‘The Casa dei Molini’. Gerard is also responsible for the section ‘The Necropolis of Portus’ at the website of Jan Theo Bakker www.ostia-antica.org