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

bio coming soon!


Diane Quinn, Program Director

photo and bio coming soon!



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, Marketing & Development Coordinator

A brief rundown of his numerous tasks: as part of the marketing team, Brian designs print and web collateral for PTMSC's events and programs while updating the PTMSC website, social media channels, and enewsletter communications. Development duties include maintaining the donor database and membership programs, as well as providing administrative support to the Tides of March Benefit Auction. Brian also attends to internal IT matters.  

Brian previously held the role of administrative coordinator for PTMSC, has interned with Copper Canyon Press and worked previously with Oregon State Parks as a public service representative. 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 hardware store, 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 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, Volunteer & Programs Coordinator

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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Lily Evanston,
Americorps - Citizen Science Educator

I was originally from Eugene Oregon where I studied Environmental Studies at the University of Oregon. During my time in college, I had the opportunity to study abroad in Patagonia, volunteer abroad at an animal rehabilitation center in Belize, and intern as a naturalist in the Adirondack Mountains and Glacier National Park. Most recently I spent the summer working as a Biological Science Technician for the BLM in Eastern Montana. I am is so excited to be returning to the PNW as the Citizen Science Educator for Port Townsend Marine Science Center. I enjoy baking/cooking, and spending as much time outdoors as possible!


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James Swanson,
- Marine Exhibit Educator

Hi everyone, my name is James. I recently Graduated from the University of Minnesota with a Degree in Environmental Science along with a Fisheries and Wildlife minor. I grew up in rural central Minnesota, known as the Land of 10,000 Lakes. I was always surrounded by cornfields, horses, and lakes all around. I have a horse named “Easy”--there is a long story behind that, ask me sometime! I enjoy hiking, horseback riding, fishing, snorkeling, and biking. I’m a big coffee fanatic so I’m very excited to see how Washington compares to Minnesota. My favorite show is Game of Thrones and my favorite animal is an orca. Ever since I was a little kid I dreamt about the ocean and knew I wanted my career to be a part of it. I’d spend hours watching The Blue Planet documentary series to learn about the ocean. Fun Fact, I used to live in Hawaii, so this isn’t going to be my first time around salt water. Conservation is my passion, and I’m very excited to be part of the Marine Science Center, to help conserve the Salish Sea and spread knowledge to future generations.


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Emilee Carpenter,
- ​Natural History Exhibit and Volunteer Educator 

I grew up along the coast of southern CA, where my interest in marine biology was first sparked as a young child exploring the tide pools. Growing up in southern CA, I quickly began to crave nature and a little more rain. I followed my interests for marine biology and moved to WA for school. At Western Washington University, I was introduced to environmental education and quickly fell in love engaging people with nature. This past year, I have taught environmental education at Padilla Bay and wish to continue connecting people to nature. In my free time, you can find me reading in my hammock, hiking, gardening or most likely petting everyone’s dog.


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Mariah Vane,
- Marine Mammal Stranding Educator

I was born and raised in Port Townsend and spent much of my childhood immersed in its waters and green spaces. I attended the University of Washington and took courses in marine biology, ecology, conservation, and environmental studies. Since college, I have worked with various conservation-oriented nonprofit research organizations across the country including: Mote Marine Laboratories, The Seattle Aquarium, The Burke Museum, The Whale Museum, Whale and Dolphin Conservation, and UW’s Predator Ecology Lab. I am fascinated by the resiliency of life and the complexities of human-animal coexistence. I love hiking, camping, drawing, crafting, cooking, and gardening. I am super excited to return to Port Townsend and work with the PTMSC community to inspire wonder, learning, and conservation!

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Amani Moyer-Ali
PTMSC Summer Intern


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.

Diane 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 Pascoe - 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.

Peter Rhines - Member
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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.