Staff & Board


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Janine Boire, Executive Director

Janine Boire began her career as a High School intern at Pacific Science Center in Seattle in 1978, where she continued to work for 12 years in an array of positions including Volunteer Coordinator, Group Sales Coordinator and Special Events Manager. After leaving Pacific Science Center she went on to serve as the founding Director of the ¡Explora! Science Center in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Ms. Boire, working hand-in-hand with the Board and the City of Albuquerque, tripled the capital funding for ¡Explora! from $4 to $12 million and took the operating budget from $0 to $1 million in three years in the poorest state in the nation.

In 1997, Janine was awarded a fellowship for graduate study at Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. After completing her Master’s Degree in Public Policy in 1998, Janine was asked to stay on as a consultant to the School in planning several initiatives including developing the Master’s Degree recruiting strategy and exploring the creation of a public policy consultancy affiliated with the Woodrow Wilson School.

Subsequently Ms. Boire worked with Leadership for Environment And Development International (LEAD International), a non-governmental organization (NGO) based in New York. With the mission to develop a global network of emerging leaders dedicated to sustainable development, Janine was responsible for the start-up creation of the US affiliate LEAD USA.

Prior to joining the PTMSC team, Janine served as the Executive Director of Discovery Center of Idaho where the organization’s mission and her personal mission converge: Inspire lifelong interest and learning in science, technology, engineering and math.

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Liesl Slabaugh, Marketing & Development Director

As Marketing & Development Director, Liesl delights in helping people put their passion for the environment into action. She says, "My job is to make the action of supporting the Marine Science Center a positive one. When people know that their resources are making a difference they feel good." She adds, "it is a very powerful experience to see one's deepest held values become actual in the world and I am honored to be part of that." Liesl also works with staff to be sure resources are stewarded well. She is motivated by a desire to help people of all ages feel a deep relationship with the natural environment. 
Liesl holds a BA in philosophy from Haverford College and an MPA from the University of Colorado. Liesl has served on many volunteer boards and commissions, including the Jefferson County Community Foundation, the Port Townsend Planning Commission, and the Non-Motorized Transportation Advisory Board. She has worked for nonprofits for over 20 years, including United Way, Big Brothers Big Sisters, and Womenspace.


Carolyn Woods, Education Coordinator

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Diane Quinn, Volunteer Coordinator

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Stephen Fischetto, Marketing & Development Coordinator

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Phil Dinsmore, Facilities Coordinator

When you get right down to it, Phil’s primary focus is keeping the water flowing for the marine exhibit. That, and anything related to facilities and operations. In previous incarnations he worked as a GIS analyst and an organic vegetable farmer, but is very happy to be connecting with the marine world now. Other compelling interests include backcountry skiing, singing, hiking (with his dog!), gardening (with his sweatheart Wendy!), baking bread, and contemplating humans’ relationship with everything else.

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Brian Kay, Administrative Coordinator

When people want to connect with the Port Townsend Marine Science Center (PTMSC), whether joining a Protection Island Cruise, becoming a member or registering a child for camp, it is Brian’s job to orchestrate a positive experience. He will always find answers, make connections, and work hard to accomodate all inquiries, whether by phone, email or mail. He also provides administrative support to the Tides of March Benefit Auction, all PTMSC programs, general fundraising, and IT matters. Brian also designs print and web collateral for PTMSC's events and programs. 

Brian previously worked with Oregon State Parks as a public service representative and has interned with Copper Canyon Press. Whether it's sipping americanos at a local Port Townsend coffee shop, cranking punk rock on his RAV4 stereo on another errand to the local food co-op, day-tripping to any of the infinitely beautiful locations around the Olympic Peninsula with his amazing and beautiful wife Dana, or just spending a rainy day at his newly purchased beautiful home with his lively cats Luke and Leia, Brian enjoys living the good life. (Oh, and he likes bowling, too.)

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Betsy Carlson, Citizen Science Coordinator

New to PTMSC in September 2015, Betsy is thrilled to help coordinate Citizen Science projects, educational programs, volunteers, the Discover Lab, and the center’s data management.

Betsy has a Bachelor’s of Science in Plant Science from the University of Delaware and a Masters of Environmental Studies from Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. She has worked with Washington State University, Olympic National Park, ForTerra, Olympic Park Institute, and Peace Corps Madagascar.

Always up for an adventure, Betsy is an outdoor enthusiast and loves to travel. She spent six years in Madagascar, one on a remote island studying forest habitat of an endangered primate, the Aye-aye. She fell in love with the Pacific Northwest as a backcountry ranger for Olympic National Park and has called Port Townsend home since the early 1990s. She enjoys gardening and raising her two sons.

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Gabriele Sanchez, Program Registrar

As PTMSC program registrar, Gabriele guides schools, groups, and programs through the registration process for classes, tours and facilities rentals. Prior to moving to Port Townsend, she was the creator and owner/operator of The Retreat House in Rockport, Texas, an arts and crafts retreat facility. When she’s not working at the Marine Science Center, she enjoys volunteering, reading, knitting and exploring and learning about the Salish Sea environment.


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Alexandra Redman, Aquarist

Ali is from Washington and grew up sailing the Salish Sea.  Always interested in conservation and animal husbandry Ali initially worked with terrestrial species from Southeast Asia. After getting her undergraduate degree from University of Washington she worked at an animal rescue facility in Borneo. She returned to the USA to pursue a master’s degree at Scripps Institution of Oceanography and refocus her career on the marine environment.  Most recently she oversaw the wet labs, aquarium, and field courses at the Chincoteague Bay Field Station in Virginia.  When not working Ali enjoys introducing her husband and son to the beautiful environment she grew up in. 



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Brooke Askey,
Americorps - Citizen Science Educator

Brooke is excited to join the team as the Citizen Science Educator. Brooke graduated from Washington State University with a BS in Biology and a BA in English. She is dedicated to the conservation of marine ecosystems and believes that public outreach and education are vital to the success of environmentalism. Her involvement in marine conservation research has taken her to Costa Rica as a research assistant in a sea turtle rescue and rehabilitation project. She was also a student researcher locally in Vancouver, WA, working with experimental data on Asian Carp, an invasive species of the Mississippi River Basin. Recently, Brooke has worked as a substitute teacher, primarily in special education classrooms, which has also been an extremely fulfilling experience. She makes it her goal to be on a beach or near the ocean as often as possible, and enjoys reading, writing, and travel. She has lived her whole life in the Pacific Northwest and looks forward to further exploring Port Townsend and the Salish Sea.


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Juhi LaFuente,
- Marine Exhibit Educator

Juhi grew up playing in the woods and exploring tide pools on the Olympic Peninsula. She is excited to return to the Marine Science Center as an AmeriCorps member after having been an active volunteer there throughout high school. She recently graduated from Western Washington University with a BS in Environmental Science with an emphasis in Marine Ecology. Juhi spent her last quarter at Western on a faculty lead research trip studying Tropical Marine Biology and Ecology in La Paz, Mexico. In her free time she enjoys reading, listening to podcasts, and spending time outdoors.


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Matthew "Mattie" Stephens,
- Marine Mammal Stranding Educator

Mattie recently graduated from Texas A&M University at Galveston with B.S. in Marine Biology. Mattie also studied abroad in Kaikoura, New Zealand. During his time at A&M, Mattie worked as peer writing tutor and in the Ecomorphology and Physiology lab. With his time in lab, Mattie led a team in rearticulating a common dolphin skeleton to put on display at Galveston Island State Park. He also volunteered with both the Sea Turtle Patrol and Moody Gardens aquariums. In his spare time, Mattie likes to fish, play video games, and play guitar. He looks forward to a change of cool skies in WA from the swelter of TX.


Wendy Feltham - President
Wendy moved to Port Townsend when she retired in 2011, after 32 years working in schools. She began working as a bilingual teacher for Mexican farm workers' children, and spent most of her career as an elementary school principal in Northern California. She also lectured part-time at Dominican University in San Rafael, CA, training student teachers for five years. An avid birder with an active "life list," Wendy served on the board of the Marin Audubon Society for three years. Now she participates in Seattle Audubon’s monthly Seabird Survey. After completing the Jefferson Land Trust’s Northwest Naturalist Program in 2012, she co-founded the JLT Natural History Society. Wendy has a Masters in Educational Administration from Santa Clara University, and two teaching credentials from U. C. Santa Barbara.

Jan North - Vice President
Jan’s career has been managing continuing education programs at universities and colleges, and in 1991 she moved to Port Townsend to direct the Elderhostel program for Centrum at Fort Worden. During her ten years with Centrum she worked with the Marine Science Center to provide educational programs for workshop participants from all corners of the US. Jan has traveled to Patagonia eight times to assist with wildlife research with guanacos in Torres del Paine Chile, also with penguins in Argentina, and sea turtles in Surniname. A native of Washington, Jan earned a BA from University of Washington and MA from Washington State University.

John Mackey - Treasurer
John is a CPA with Gooding O’Hara and Mackey. He has experience with businesses, ranging from “start-up” to mid-size, as well as with individuals and fiduciary.  A graduate of the University of Washington in Seattle, John has practiced public accounting since 1996 and moved to Port Townsend in 2002.  He is a past president of the Peninsula Chapter of the Washington Society of CPAs and active with the Port Townsend Sunrise Rotary Club, the Mountaineers Club and the Boy Scouts.

Sue Long - Secretary
Sue grew up never further than a bike ride from the ocean, yet never looked into the mystery of life there. She was passionate about mountaineering and alpine botany. After a snorkeling experience she awoke to the wonders and curious world below the waterline and came to PTMSC to rectify the void of her knowledge of what surrounds her daily. Many hours at PTMSC and an Orca skeleton later she is still excited about her personal learning and finds ways to share the experience of participating in science and education. She has also done citizen science as an Earthwatch volunteer in Africa and Italy. Sue worked in healthcare over 30 years (radiology and pharmaceutical R&D) and have a B.A. from UW in Comparative History of Ideas.

Dian Baxter - Member
Diane retired to Port Townsend in 2015. Her career in science, technology, and environmental education focused on increasing public understanding of science, and broadening participation in science by under-represented groups. As Associate Director for Education at UCSD’s San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC), Diane directed programs that introduced students, researchers, and educators to data-intensive computing; computational sciences; and computational thinking. She received two major National Science Foundation (NSF) grants to support broadening participation in computing, and chaired a subcommittee on “K-14, Informal, and Lifelong Learning” for a 2011 NSF Task Force on Cyberlearning and Workforce Development. Prior to joining SDSC, Diane was Development Director at the San Diego Botanic Garden, launching the “Seeds of Wonder” Children’s Garden, introducing children to nature through outdoor exploration. “Seeds of Wonder,” which opened in 2003, was the pilot for a later, larger children’s garden, the Hamilton Children’s Garden, which Diane helped to design. Diane launched her professional career as Education Curator at the Birch Aquarium at Scripps Institution of Oceanography for nearly 15 years. Her team published Forecasting the Future: Exploring the Evidence for Global Climate Change, an interdisciplinary curriculum for 4th - 12th grade that explored evidence from multiple research fields and asked how scientists use data to understand the world. Diane received her doctorate in Zoology (Botany minor) from Duke University in North Carolina, where her research focused on habitat variability’s effect on the population ecology of a salt marsh snail. Her research illuminated the value of multiple scales and perspectives to better understand the natural world.

Linda Dacon - Member
Linda moved to Port Townsend in 2003, retiring after working for 30 years in the field of public health. Working for Los Angeles County Department of Health for 23 of those years provided her with opportunities to manage large public vaccination programs, learn about the state and federal legislative and budget process by doing legislative and budget analysis, work with the legal folks drafting contract solicitation documents, managing the contractor selection process and drafting the resulting contracts.  In addition, she worked for 5 years for the largest publicly operated non-profit HMO in the nation.  As her last job before retirement, she served as the Executive Director of Clinica Para Las Americas, a community clinic near downtown Los Angeles which provided free primary care services as well as AIDS education, testing & counseling, and gay men’s support groups.  As ED, she managed 36 employees and a $1.75 million budget. She has a Master’s degree in Public Health from California State University, Northridge.

Mike Henson - Member
Mike is the Chief Security Officer for the Northwest Open Access Network (NoaNet). He has led Engineering, Strategy and grant planning, most recently leading the grant planning project which resulted in bringing more than three million dollars into Jefferson County for telecommunication infrastructure. Prior to NoaNet, he worked in technology with a range of fortune 1000 companies including Oracle, ENS and Netigy Corporation taking on increasing roles of responsibility. During that time he led projects in software and database development, computing and networking. He studied Mathematics and Chemistry at the University of South Alabama in Mobile, AL and had the honor of serving in the United States Navy. Mike says the sea is a core part of who he is, as a result, he is still a licensed Merchant Mariner, a recreational sailor and an avid master SCUBA diver. He is active as a youth sports official in East Jefferson and Kitsap counties and volunteers as a tutor and mentor for at-risk students. He also teaches two classes at Clallam Bay Correctional Facility.

Stephen Moriarty - Member
Stephen was born in Washington, D.C. and moved to the north Olympic Peninsula in 1989 after graduating from the University Of South Carolina School Of Law. Stephen is a partner in the Platt Irwin Law Firm with offices in Port Townsend, Sequim and Port Angeles. Stephen has served as the president of the Port Angeles Rotary Club and of the Clallam County United Way Board of Directors. He has also served as the Crescent School Board chairperson. Steve is an avid outdoors person and spends hours hiking in the mountains and on the beaches of the Peninsula with his family.

Gary Pescoe - Member
Gary works as an independent consultant assessing human health and ecological risks related to chemical contamination, including the marine environment. He received bachelor and doctorate degrees from the University of California, participates in several professional organizations, and serves on health and ecology-related advisory boards for the State of Washington. He enjoys outdoor recreational activities and can occasionally be heard playing traditional folk music with friends around town.

Betty Petrie - Member
Betty has been volunteering as a docent for PTMSC going on 19 years. Her background in education and research has served her well in this role. She served on the Research Faculty at Baylor College of Medicine, Dept. of Virology from 1971 to 1988.  She was a Biology Instructor at the University of Houston 1989-1998 where she taught general biology, zoology, botany, microbiology, pathogenic microbiology, human genetics. She received her BA, from Trinity University, San Antonio, Texas and her MS from the University of Illinois and her Ph.D. from the University of Texas Graduate School, Biomedical Sciences at Houston.  When she’s not at PTMSC you can find her in her garden or working with master gardeners throughout the community.

Doug Rogers - Member
Doug has been interested in fish his entire life.  He grew up in Alaska and made nets out of coat hangers and worn out socks to catch fish in the local lakes as soon as he was old enough to venture out on his own.  He spent every summer sport fishing, a hobby that he continues to this day.  Doug worked in commercial salmon, halibut, and crab fisheries as a young adult.  Then, after moving back to Washington, he spent 10 years cooking Northwest cuisine, including lots of fish and shellfish.  In 1998, Doug began working for the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife and his destiny was finally realized.  He is now part of the Puget Sound Shellfish Unit and works throughout Puget Sound’s beaches and waterways.  His love for the marine environment and everything that lives there led him to the PTMSC.  He plans to continue volunteering to protect the precious Salish Sea for many years to come.

Nam Siu - Member

Nam is a marine biologist and oceanographer. He has a M.Sc. in biology (oceanography emphasis) and a dual B.Sc. in marine science and biology. Nam currently works as a marine biologist and scientific SCUBA diver for a small environmental consulting firm based in Port Townsend. He also works seasonally as a science manager aboard the research vessel Nautilus for the Ocean Exploration Trust, a non-profit organization founded by Dr. Robert Ballard. Nam's science experience ranges from molecular genetics and ecosystem assessments to seafloor mapping and remotely operated submersibles. However, his passion is in science education and sharing his love of the oceans with others. Nam is a member of the Jefferson County Marine Resources Committee where he helps protect and conserve the marine resources of Jefferson County through volunteer projects and community engagement. He volunteers teaching marine ecology and SCUBA diving as a marine science instructor and divemaster for the Jefferson Community School. He is also a Port Townsend Marine Science Center volunteer where he helped develop the Oceanography on the Dock program. Nam likes to sail, dive, surf, and just about anything above or below the water, which makes Port Townsend the ideal place for him.