Program CoordinatorGrowing up on the shores of Lake Erie, James quickly discovered the natural and cultural riches of the Great Lakes and other aquatic ecosystems. James has served as the Program Coordinator for Washington CoastSavers and the Olympic Coast chapter of the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation since 2018. He successfully coordinates the many private and public partners to facilitate the largest single day beach cleanup in the state, the Washington Coast Cleanup, the 5th of July Cleanup, and Washington State’s participation in Ocean Conservancy’s International Coastal Cleanup.
Prior to this position, James spent his time organizing environmental stewardship and volunteer programs at the Byrd Polar & Climate Research Center, UW's Institute for Hazard Mitigation, Lake Erie Nature & Science Center, and Seattle Housing Authority. James also serves on the Executive Committee for the Seattle Chapter of the Surfrider Foundation. He has earned a Masters of Marine Affairs from the University of Washington and a B.S. in Natural Resource Management & Administration from The Ohio State University.
BOARD OF TRUSTEES
Chapter Board Chair
Clallam County CommissionerMark was elected Clallam County Commissioner in 2016. He is an experienced nonprofit executive and former small business owner who has lived in the Sequim area since 2004. Mark has led and consulted for numerous organizations during his career, most recently serving as the Executive Director of the Sequim Food Bank. Former positions range from Director of Planned Giving at Virginia Mason Health System to lead partner in the venture philanthropy group Social Venture Partners.
Chapter Board MemberDeborah has been involved in the nonprofit world for more than twenty years. She has started a number of successful nonprofits in her own community, taking them from the grassroots’ need to building boards and strategic plans, to managing programs and facilities. Deborah thrives on problem solving; whether it is how to provide pre-k opportunities to lower income families or how to raise awareness of the effects of climate change on our ocean and on our communities. Deborah was raised on a homestead in northern British Columbia where everyday life was dictated by nature. Respect and wonderment for everything in and of the natural world is Deborah’s passion.
Chapter Board Secretary/Treasurer
Retired Merrill Lynch and Edward JonesFor the last thirty years Barbara has worked in the financial industry. She worked in supervisory positions and later earned her broker’s license. After her move to Port Angeles in 1996, she worked with Edward Jones Investments. Barbara is an avid traveler, having visited 28 countries and 44 states. She is also an enthusiastic knitter and lover of the environment. Now retired, she hopes to spend more time on these interests.
Chapter Board Member
Owner of Barnacle Consulting: Attached for GoodClaire works with foundations, corporate giving programs and individuals to increase the effectiveness of their philanthropy. Currently she manages the grant making for two field-of interest funds at the Seattle Foundation. Previously, Claire directed health and human services giving for SAFECO Corporation, was the first program officer for the Ford Family Foundation and was charged with designing and implementing a statewide grantmaking program. Past consulting clients include the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Seattle Foundation, USA Funds and many others. Born and raised in Washington State, Claire has hiked and camped throughout the Pacific Coast and has had many memorable experiences digging trenches around tents in rain storms.
Ex officio President and CEO
National Marine Sanctuary FoundationKris joined the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation as president and CEO in October 2016. She came to the Foundation from the Department of Interior where she served as principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Policy, Management, and Budget from 2014-2017. Prior to her position in Interior, Kris’ career spans Legislative and Executive policy and management skills related to conservation and community development issues.
Kris received a B.A. in Biology from Washington University, St. Louis and an M.S. and M.P.H. from the University of Michigan. She is an avid SCUBA diver.
Ex officio Superintendent
Olympic Coast National Marine SanctuaryCarol Bernthal is the Superintendent of Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary. Her responsibilities at the sanctuary include all aspects of management of the site and staff, policy development, interaction with the Olympic Coast Sanctuary Advisory Council, working with local, state, federal agencies and tribes, and serving as a member of the National Marine Sanctuary Programs’ Leadership Team.
Carol’s past work and educational experience combines natural resource management and environmental policy, with a special emphasis on working with tribal governments. Carol graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1985 with an undergraduate degree in Biological Aspects of Conservation and a minor in Environmental Science. She has worked for a variety of county, federal, and state agencies in subjects as diverse as growth management, forestland conservation, watershed restoration and protection, fisheries, and plant ecology. Prior to working for NOAA, Carol served as the Senior Habitat Biologist and Habitat Program Manager for the Point No Point Treaty Council, a consortium of four Native American Tribes on the Olympic Peninsula.
Ex officio Chair
Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary Advisory CouncilLee Whitford is the current Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary advisory council chair and education seat. Her environmental education and nonprofit work included positions with the Port Townsend Marine Science Center, North Cascades Institute and as a board member with the Feiro Marine Life Center. She is currently on the development committee for North Cascades Institute and is on the board of the Daniel Stuntz Foundation which supports mycological programs and research. Lee moved to Port Townsend after 23 years in Bellingham where she raised her children and earned her BS in Geology and MEd in Science Education through Western Washington University.