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

As the Education Coordinator, Carolyn enjoys sharing her passion for conserving the Salish Sea with students through school programs and summer camps at PTMSC. She enjoys connecting youth and adults with the wonders of the natural world and uses art as a teaching tool whenever possible. Her favorite part of the job is being a witness to discoveries and connections made by students in the marine environment. 

Carolyn has worked at the Port Townsend Marine Science Center in various roles since 2014, including serving as a Marine Mammal Stranding Network Intern and a term as an AmeriCorps member.  She holds a BS in Ecology, Evolution, and Conservation Biology from the University of Washington and has also served at the San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge as a Visitor Services and Education Intern. When she's not at PTMSC, Carolyn might be painting, hiking, rollerskating, birding, listening to music, or some combination thereof.  



Diane Quinn, Program Director

Diane comes to the Port Townsend Marine Science Center with great enthusiasm and a huge amount of experience having worked for over 21 years with educational outreach, exhibit, and public programs as Director of Education for the Burke Museum. Most recently, Diane has been working as an Education Consultant for Elwha Klallam Heritage Center exhibits and education activities. Now, as Program Director for PTMSC, Diane guides our program team to inspire conservation of the Salish Sea through a myriad of programs throughout the year.



Phil Dinsmore, Facilities Coordinator

When you get right down to it, Phil’s primary focus is keeping the water flowing for the aquaria and touchable tide pools. 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

Part of the PTMSC team since 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 Bachelors 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 on a diverse array of projects 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 volunteer coordinator, Gabriele enjoys working with the amazing crew of volunteers, the heart of PTMSC, who contribute in all sorts of capacities to support our mission. With the other part of her job, as programs coordinator, she also assists schools, groups and individuals in registering for our school and public programs.

Prior to moving to Port Townsend, Gabriele 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 (Ali) 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.

Debra Diner, Administrative Specialist

I moved to Port Townsend three years ago after retiring from teaching in California, where I taught all subjects to grades K-8 at a small rural school for 25 years. I started with the Marine Science Center by volunteering as an aquarium docent, and loved it so much that I’ve been volunteering for more and more. I was thrilled to be offered a paid position! Actually, in high school, I wanted to be a marine biologist, but I discovered that I am very prone to sea sickness, so I switched to land, and got my degree in anthropology. While in college, I decided to become a teacher because it would include all my interests (math, science, art, reading, and kids) in one job! I also have a “hobby business”; a shop on etsy called Wee Brigadoon. I make custom tiny clay figurines that are put in fairy gardens or used as birthday and wedding cake toppers. I enjoy all kinds of crafts and art projects, and love to travel.


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Michael Siddel
Americorps - Citizen Science Lab Educator

"My name is Michael, and I recently graduated from Oregon State University with a degree in zoology. I'm originally from Eugene, OR and have thoroughly enjoyed growing up in the Pacific Northwest. I have always been fascinated by animals, but it wasn't until college that I discovered my passion for marine biology and conservation. I also really enjoy teaching, which is why I spent my last two years of college working as a math and science tutor. Since high school, I have been involved in a variety of volunteer projects, such as helping with sea turtle conservation in Costa Rica and teaching English in Tanzania. I also love hiking, bird watching, and exploring the coast. I'm very excited to serve as the Citizen Science Lab Educator for PTMSC!"

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Marley Loomis 
- Marine Exhibit Educator

"I grew up in Steamboat Springs, CO, and discovered the world of marine biology through many visits to coastal areas around the world. I studied ecology and evolutionary biology at the University of Colorado Boulder with the goal to eventually move closer to the ocean. After studying and conducting ecological research in Ecuador (read: studying piranhas and fishing activities in the Amazon), I decided to further pursue ecology and conservation of the wonderful world around us. I recently worked as an environmental educator at Camp Orkila on Orcas Island, and am thoroughly enjoying my time in the Pacific Northwest. My list of hobbies is long and diverse, but a few things that top the list are SCUBA diving, rowing, climbing, and backpacking. I’m looking forward to spreading awareness and excitement for conservation of the Salish Sea!"


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Ellie Kravets 
-  Natural History Exhibit Educator 

"I was born and raised in New Orleans, where I first fell in love with environmental education during the five years I spent handling raptors and writing choose-your-own-adventure programs as a volunteer/intern at the Audubon Zoo. Fast forward through my undergraduate career at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where I worked variously as a costume rearer (read: crane mother) for Mississippi sandhill crane chicks and dodging alligators as a field tech for a botany project in Jean Lafitte National Historical Park. I graduated in May of 2017 with a degree in Biology and Marine Science, and have spent the last year working as a naturalist in Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore to interpret the diverse biota of the dunes to children in the greater Chicago area. For all the time I've spent in other parts of the country, my family is rooted in the Northwest and the rocky coastlines of Washington/northern California have always been one of my childhood playgrounds. I'm thrilled to be able to transfer my long term passion for environmental education into a setting that has always captivated the best parts of my imagination!"


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Mandi Johnson
- Volunteer Program Educator

"I grew up in the deserts near Phoenix, AZ. Then I attended university in the mountain town of Flagstaff, AZ where I studied Animal Science and Environmental Sustainability. Despite never living on the coast, I always had a passion for the ocean! This past year I have been working as the research and biologist intern at a Sea Turtle Conservation Station in Montezuma, Costa Rica. While working in Costa Rica I have especially enjoyed guiding tourists and volunteers to discover their own passion and niche in the conservation community and seeing their excitement when they find it. I am excited to continue working with people and marine life here at the PTMSC!"


Diane Baxter - President
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. Diane was the Director for Education at UCSD’s San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC), and prior to that was Development Director at the San Diego Botanic Garden, launching the “Seeds of Wonder” Children’s Garden, introducing children to nature through outdoor exploration. Diane launched her professional career as Education Curator at the Birch Aquarium at Scripps Institution of Oceanography. Diane received her doctorate in Zoology (Botany minor) from Duke University in North Carolina.

Linda Dacon - Vice-President
Linda moved to Port Townsend in 2003, retiring after working for 30 years in the field of public health. At the Los Angeles County Department of Health for 23 of those years, she managed large public vaccination programs, did legislative and budget analysis, and managed the contractor selection process.  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.  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.

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 has a B.A. from UW in Comparative History of Ideas.

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. 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.

Richard Ferrero - Member
Prior to moving to Port Townsend, Rich served 37 years of Federal service prior to his retirement in 2018. His last assignment was serving as the Regional Director for United States Geological Survey overlooking the Northwest Region (including Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana and Wyoming) where he oversaw approximately 650 permanent staff and 350 temporary staff in over two dozen locations.
Earlier in his career, Rich has served as a Strategic Science Planner for NOAA/NMFS/Alaska Fisheries Science Center, as a Biological Aide for U.S. Fish and Wildlife at Lake Ilo National Wildlife Refuge in North Dakota, and as a Research Fishery Biologist for NOAA's National Marine Mammal Laboratory in Seattle, to name just a few more positions in his long career.
Rich earned a Bachelor of Science in Wildlife Management from University of Maine, a Masters of Marine Affairs - Marine Resource Management from University of Washington, and a Ph.D. in Wildlife Sciences from University of Washington.

Betty Petrie - Member
Betty has been volunteering as a docent for PTMSC for over 20 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
Peter holds a Ph.D. from Cambridge University, UK.  He retired as Emeritus Professor at the University of Washington in 2017. He held a joint appointment as Professor in the Oceanography and Atmospheric Sciences departments and Adjunct Professor of Aeronautics. He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, and Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, American Geophysical Union and the American Meteorological Society. Former Fulbright Scholar, Universidad de Concepción, Chile; Guggenheim Fellow, Distinguished Visiting Research Fellow, Christ's College, Cambridge University, England.

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.