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Glen "Alex" Alexander holds a Masters Degree from Western Washington University (1995) in Environmental Education. After working as a certified teacher (K-12 science) he became Education Coordinator at Padilla Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve in 1990. Mr. Alexander has professional experience in teaching, curriculum development, grant writing, program administration, project development and team building. His experience also includes theater, music, commercial fishing and canoe guiding. Born and raised in Wisconsin, since 1972 he has lived in Bellingham, Washington as a devoted husband and the lucky father of two beautiful daughters.
Nir Barnea was born and raised on a kibbutz in northern Israel, and came to the U.S. in 1985. He joined NOAA in 1992, and has served as the NOAA Marine Debris Program West Coast Coordinator since 2005. In that role he facilitates and supports the activities of NOAA-funded marine debris projects in the region and works with local, state, and federal agencies and non-governmental organizations on a variety of projects to identify, assess, and remove marine debris. Nir also supports NOAA's Office of Response and Restoration work on oil and chemical spills, helped clean up the Pribilof Islands in Alaska, and is the vice chair of the West Coast Governors Alliance Marine Debris Team. Nir holds a BS in Microbiology (1989) and an MS in Environmental Health (1991) both from the UW.
Chrys Bertolotto is the WSU Snohomish County Extension Beach Watcher and Shore Steward Coordinator. Over the past 20 years, she has taught 1000s of people about the beauty and complexity of Puget Sound while also helping many people live more gently on the landscape. xyz by connie
Debbie Boitano was born and raised in Washington. Debbie started kayaking in 2005, enjoying paddles in Northwest waters and San Juan Island of Friday Harbor. She has been a member of North Sound Sea Kayaking club since 2006, serving on the board for the past 2 years and is involved in training sessions for new members. Debbie is also a WSU Extension Beach Watchers (Class of 2012).
As the Program Coordinator for the Coastal Observation and Seabird Survey Team (COASST), Jane works to involve citizens of all ages in the collection of rigorous data on bird mortality in the North Pacific. She has spent lots of summers on Tatoosh and Protection Island (WA), and has traveled as far away as to Chile to work with seabirds.
Jennifer assumed her duties on April 24, 2012 as the new forest supervisor for the Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest. Eberlien, who began her career 20 years ago as an archeology technician, came from the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest, Oregon, where she was the deputy forest supervisor. Her experience spans recreation, planning and policy, natural resource management, legislative affairs as well as working as a district ranger, chief of staff and forest supervisor. Her career has taken her to Montana, Utah, Oregon, Washington DC and overseas to South Korea. Originally from Wisconsin, she earned her master's in anthropology/archeology at Northern Arizona University.
Howard received his degree in Sociology from Colorado College in 1980, and began working with the Center for Whale Research in 1981. He has written three volumes titled "Orcas in Our Midst", booklets good for adults and youths, as well as writing scientific articles and documents (Encyclopedia of Animal Behavior and Between Species). He co-founded Orca Network in November 2001 with Susan Berta.
Dr. Houghton has over 40 years of research experience in local marine ecosystems. He has conducted numerous studies of estuarine vegetation, fish, and benthos in Washington and Alaska and he has directed biological design of small and large (to 350-acre) projects that have used a variety of approaches to enhance and restore damaged ecosystems.
Philomena Kedziorski is the Rain Garden Program Coordinator for WSU Snohomish County Extension and the 12,000 Rain Garden Campaign. She holds degrees in Restoration Horticulture (2011) and Landscape Design (2012), both from Edmonds Community College.
Christine Longdon is a PADI certified Rescue SCUBA Diver and active volunteer educator sharing her passion for the life below the surface of Puget Sound. She is an active member of the Snohomish/Camano ECO Network as well as a graduate of the WSU Beach Watchers program. Christine is the founder and coordinator for the CamOcean World Oceans Day Festival and recipient of the Washington State Parks Individual Volunteer of the Year award in 2011.
Rachel Mayer is a Marine Biologist and Educator who has worked with marine mammals on the west coast for over 10 years and currently works at the Seattle Aquarium. Also a Licensed Veterinary Technician, Rachel moved to Seattle from California in 2006 where she began volunteering with NOAA and is now the Coordinator/Investigator for the Seattle-Everett Marine Mammal Stranding Network (also known as Sno-King Marine Mammal Response) which responds to marine mammal sightings from Kayak Point in Snohomish County to the West Seattle Bridge.
Dr. McIntyre is an aquatic ecotoxicologist at Washington State University Research and Extension Center in Puyallup. Her current research focuses on the biological effectiveness of green stormwater infrastructure to reduce the toxicity of stormwater runoff to salmon and their food web.
Ruth Milner received her BS and MS degrees from the University of Washington in Wildlife Science. She has been the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife District Wildlife Biologist for Snohomish, San Juan and Island Counties since 1992. She works on a variety of game and non-game species and has been conducting various projects on shorebirds over the last five years.
Kat Morgan is the Port Susan Bay Program Manager for The Nature Conservancy (TNC), where her focus is on building collaborative conservation projects for the benefit of nature and people. Two TNC-sponsored restoration projects are currently underway here. Kat holds a M.S. in the Human Dimensions of Natural Resource Management from Colorado State University and a B.S. in Natural Resources from Cornell University.
Tamara is a Graduate of Huxley College of the Environment and current student in the Northwest Cascade Institute Naturalist Certification Program, with a passion for the uses of native plants. She is the Outreach and Education Coordinator for the Stillaguamish Tribe, educating youth and the general public on the protection and restoration of salmon in the Stillaguamish Watershed.
Dena is an Executive Account Manager with the Snohomish PUD. She holds degrees from University of Washington in Zoology and Biochemistry. She is a Cascadia native and passionate outdoor enthusiast and advocate.
Franchesca Perez has worked for the Stillaguamish Tribe as an outreach biologist since 2003. She hosts field trips and outreach events, and is completing development of the Stillaguamish Outdoor Learning Center on Pilchuck Creek in Arlington.
Kit Rawson is Conservation Science Program Manager in the Treaty Rights Office of the Tulalip Tribes Natural Resources Department. He has over 30 years' experience in fishery management, salmon recovery, and marine resource conservation in Washington and Alaska. He is currently chair of the Puget Sound Recovery Implementation Technical Team and co-chair of the Chum Technical Committee of the Pacific Salmon Commission.
Cindy Ridgeway attended Washington State University, majoring in Education with a focus on science, then spent 25 years in telecommunications. After retiring, she participated in the WSU Beach Watcher program in 2006 and has enjoyed volunteering in various projects.
Hugh is a geologist with the Washington Department of Ecology and has worked on coastal issues throughout Puget Sound for more than twenty years. His interests include shoreline erosion, beach processes, and coastal restoration. He participates in numerous technical advisory groups, including the Science Team of the Puget Sound Nearshore Restoration Project. Hugh has degrees from Dartmouth and the University of Washington.
Gary Slater is the founder and Executive Director of Ecostudies Institute, a nonprofit organization dedicated to understanding and conserving birds and their habitats. He received a B.S. in Wildlife Science from Purdue University and a M.S. in Wildlife Ecology (1997) from the University of Florida. Gary oversees a diverse program of ecological research and outreach activities in Washington and Florida. Some of Gary's current research focuses on monitoring shorebirds populations and their use of estuarine and agricultural habitats in north Puget Sound.
Susan Tarpley has a Masters Degree in Marine Science and nearly 30 years of experience in environmental studies, consulting and education. She is a Ranger-Naturalist with the City of Edmonds Discovery Program, a member of the Snohomish County Marine Resources Committee and a WSU Snohomish County Extension Beach Watcher (Class of 2006).
LuAnne Thompson is the Director of the University of Washington Program on Climate Change, Professor of Oceanography and adjunct Professor of Atmospheric Sciences and Physics. She has a BS in Physics from University of California at Davis, a MA in Physics from Harvard University and a PhD in Oceanography from Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She has been at University of Washington since 1990 and has published 50 papers on the ocean's role in climate variability and change.
Heather Trim has been the Urban Bays and Toxics Program Manager for People For Puget Sound since 2002, working on reducing toxic pollution and protecting shoreline health in Puget Sound. Heather has more than 20 years of experience in environmental work. She has worked for the State of California and the Los Angeles and Saan Gabriel Rivers Watershed Council.
Don holds degrees from Oregon State University (Biology, BS) and University of Washington (Fisheries, 1992). He has worked with the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife since 1993. He has been working primarily with crab and shrimp fisheries in Puget Sound since 1995.
Naturalist Holly Zox teaches in the restoration horticulture program at Edmonds Community College, works as a field biologist characterizing vegetation in the Snohomish River Estuary, and operates a business specializing in sustainable landscaping practices.