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Meet Our Team

We welcome the unique contributions that one can bring in terms of their education, opinions, culture, ethnicity, race, sex, gender identity and expression, nation of origin, age, languages spoken, veteran’s status, color, religion, disability, sexual orientation and beliefs. We are stronger together with the collective sum of individual differences, life experiences, knowledge, innovation, self-expression, and talent which ultimately brings about a healthier planet. 

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executive director/captain

amy eberling

is dedicated to cultivating student leaders in marine conservation through unique and purposefully tailored programs that bring science and research alive...

education and outreach coordinator

amanda colbert

 strives to educate people of all ages about the diverse marine wildlife of the Salish Sea. She’s especially passionate about the importance of interconnectedness...

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taylor spaccarotelli

is passionate about bringing the PNW's natural world to life on paper.  Her beautiful water color paintings are used as a fundraiser to support our marine conservation programs...

teacher, mindfulness curriculum

cathy norman

is a Hatha Integral Yoga instructor (RYT 200) and has studied mindfulness and meditation practices through her yoga training and Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction 8 week course...

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board member, president

betsey thoennes

is very involved in environmental advocay and activism projects. Her work as a developer, project manager and technology integration consultant...

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board member, VP/treasurer

cindy elliser, ph.d

 founded Pacific Mammal Research to study marine mammals in the Salish Sea, particularly harbor porpoises and harbor seals...

assistant teacher

tiffany waldner

Tiffany's love for wildlife began at a very young age. From the time she could crawl she always had a pair of binoculars and was out looking for insects, birds, moose, and any other wildlife. Tiffany always filled my families ears with animal facts. Tiffany's mission in life is to protect the places and creatures she loves, and spread the love she feels to the next generation...

assistant teacher

dana flerchinger

Dana is originally from Spokane, Washington, but grew up visiting the San Juan Island region. The spectacular ecosystems of the Salish Sea sparked her passion for marine conservation and inspired her to pursue a ...

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elizabeth drozda

Elizabeth loves helping people recognize and build their connection with nature. She has found her heart’s home here in the Salish Sea after decades of working as a science educator and environmental manager in cities across the country...

science advisory board

craig olson

is a retired salmon pathologist and microbiologist passionate about educating students about the many wonders of science.

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board member, secretary

stacy de la o, cae

Stacy De La O, CAE, is a certified association executive and principal consultant for Sage & Rosemary Consulting. Read more

social media manager/graphics

samantha-lynn a full-time student at the University of Washington, studying Marine Biology and Ecology, Evolution, and Conservation Biology. Aside from her studies, she is a part-time designer for UW Astronomy and various environmental organizations ...

teacher, mindfulness curriculum

dave norman

...passionately believes in the transforming power of intentional community and mindfulness practice. He has many years of experience in contemplative practice and building bridges of understanding and compassion in this tumultuous time of change.

diversity committe volunteer

jake schoenmann

is an NBC News Photographer based in DC and also a Trans Man. He brings a creative mind and helps with the inclusion/affirmation process towards the LGBTQ+ community. Having more programs that are safe spaces for diverse communities is much needed and beneficial to mental and physical health. 

science advisory board

peter hodum, ph.d

is interested in how patterns and processes in ecology and conservation biology are shaped by mechanisms...

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captain/lead mentor

trevor derie

graduated from the University of Washington’s Aquatic and Fisheries Sciences and Biology programs. Growing up in Anacortes, he gained a passion for marine science through continuous explorations of the town’s tidepools and eventually focusing on issues pertaining to the marine environment...

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volunteer intern/deckhand

kyle lowe

has a passion for marine animals and in particular the Southern Resident Orcas. 


After graduating from college with a major in Biological Systems Engineering and minor in Biodiversity Conservation, Kyle plans on either going to graduate school or getting a job that will allow help to protect the environment. He is an avid scuba diver and loves to be outside in nature. 

A sincere thank you to the many professionals who have and continue to provide a wide range of invaluable support:

Tim Gohrke, Fractal Fotos
Deborah Gohrke, Fractal Fotos
Matt Stolmeier, OIE Captain
Drew Vevea, OIE Captain
Brooke McKinley, OIE Naturalist
Kevin Jackman, Skagit County Public Works
Deb Macrae

Wayne Huseby, Friends of Skagit Beaches
Erica Pickett, Soroptimist/Friends of Skagit Beaches
Nicole Mortimer, Anacortes School District
Rob Martin, Chinook Enterprises
Jason Quigley, Skagit County Public Works
Diane Hennebert, Anacortes Stormwater Manager
Mira Lutz, SeaDoc Society
Julie Masura, University of Washington, Tacoma
Elizabeth Johnson, The Johnson Manor
Pete Haase, Skagit MRC
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