Board

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.

pronouns: she, hers

Jassen Bowman

Vice President

Jassen Bowman is a former tax advisor, author, and entrepreneur. He received his undergraduate degree in Nuclear Engineering Technology after completing enlisted service in the US Navy. As a tax professional admitted to practice before the IRS, he primarily represented small business owners with complex tax issues. He is passionate about promoting financial literacy, increasing awareness of issues impacting Earth’s waters, and helping others see the humor in the world around them.

pronouns: he, his

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.

pronouns: he, his

Doug Rogers

Secretary

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.

pronouns: he, his

Linda Dacon

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.

pronouns: she, hers

Mike Hensen

Bio coming soon.

pronouns: he, his

Rob Wamstad

Rob Wamstad lives in Port Townsend and was the City’s project manager for the construction of the new ultrafiltration drinking water plant. His past experience has been with heavy civil construction and buildings throughout the country, including construction management, contracts, engineering, and inspection. Closer to Port Townsend, Rob led cost estimating and constructability review efforts for King County’s Brightwater wastewater plant. He received a Masters in construction management at Stanford followed by Air Force tours in England and Thailand. Rob was a Docent Naturalist 12 years at Ano Nuevo State Park, an elephant seal colony near San Francisco. He has over 1,000 hours observing the animals and their interactions. Rob also volunteered three years at Point Reyes National Seashore informing visitors on elephant seals and gray whales, and he was an education docent leading tours at The Marine Mammal Center hospital and cared for harbor seal pups. Rob’s strong interests in the environment, sustainability, preservation, and education have led him to the Port Townsend Marine Science Center.

pronouns: he, his

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