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Our Team

Welcome to The Salish Sea School, where you'll discover a passionate and dedicated team who bring marine science to life in the most exciting and interactive ways possible. Our team consists of a dynamic and talented bunch, all with a wealth of knowledge and deep passion for the Salish Sea that will leave you feeling inspired and motivated. Their enthusiasm for the ocean and its creatures is contagious. We're excited to share our love of the sea with you, and to help you develop a deeper connection to the natural world.


Join us on a journey of discovery and marine conservation!

Job openings

Volunteers  are the heart of our organization! Check out our volunteer opportunities to learn how you can get involved.

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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, PhD

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

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Board Member, Secretary

Stacy De La O, CAE

 is a certified association executive and principal consultant for Sage & Rosemary Consulting. Read more

volunteer teacher

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, PhD

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

science advisory board

Craig Olson

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

volunteer 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...

social media manager/graphics

Samantha-Lynn Martinez 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 ...


Taylor Spaccarotelli

is an exceptionally talented artist! She claims that she continues to develop herself as an artist by exploring new mediums, but we aren't sure how she could get any better!...

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

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