Position #1: Sam Gibboney is director of the San Juan County Department of Community Development. Linda Kuller serves as alternate for this position.
Position #2: Patti Gobin, Tulalip Tribes Special Projects Manager, Ms. Gobin has over 25 years of Community Development experience with the Tulalip Tribes. Presently, Ms. Gobin is with the Natural Resource Treaty Rights office working with state, local and federal agencies regarding those issues that impact the life ways of the Tulalip Tribes. In addition to her years of experience, Ms. Gobin is a member of the Tulalip Tribes and is well versed in the culture and history of her people. Her personal goal is to invest in the future of the Coast Salish community, helping to affect a sustainable future for the next generations to come.
Position #3: Dr. Barbara Bentley is a retired university professor who has done ecological research on the effects of global change on coastal ecosystems. In addition to academic work, she has served on local governing boards, including the Environmental Advisory Board for the town of Head of the Harbor in New York, the Community Council for the township of Emigration Canyon, Utah, and currently on the Marine Resources Committee for San Juan County. She continues to be actively involved in teaching, with an emphasis on research in environmental education both locally and in Costa Rica. Barbara lives on Orcas and is deeply committed to maintaining the health and beauty of our unique shores, lands, and communities.
Position #4: Kathleen Dolsen was born on Day Island, in Puget Sound and was raised in Seattle. Her family was involved in commercial fisheries and traveled the to Alaska each season via the “inside passage”. She attended Ballard High School, then went on to University of Washington, School of Nursing. In 1973, she met her husband Gary on San Juan Island, and moved there in 1975.In Friday Harbor, Kathleen started working at PTI Communications as Executive Secretary. 10 years later she retired as Oregon Senior Division Secretary to the Vice President. She became a global event coordinator at Nortel Networks, and supervisor assisting the AT&T Wireless sales team. Kathleen has volunteered with United Way, Relay for Life, the board of Portland Fair Owner’s Association, Women’s Auxiliary of the Fraternal Order of Eagles and is a long standing performer with the San Juan Singers. Currently Kathleen is the Office Manager at Westcott Bay Sea Farms, reporting to the Dept. of Fish and Wildlife, Dept. of Ecology, Dept. of Health and other federal and state agencies. For the last 7 years she has had hands-on experience in sustainable aquaculture practices and has worked in conjunction with Friday Harbor Labs to monitor Westcott Bay. She brings the benefits of a diverse background with commitment both to her community and to the environment.
Position #5: Thomas Temple is a retired President of High Tech, a company specializing in Semiconductor and metallurgical application equipment. Mr. Temple graduated from Washington State University in Business Administration in 1961 and earned an MBA from Harvard University in 1973. During these same years Mr. Temple worked at Boeing Aerospace and served in active duty in the military. Upon return from basic training Mr. Temple was assigned to Army Intelligence (G-2). Mr. Temple held influential positions at Honeywell Marine Systems, Rocket Research Corp. and Penryn, Inc. He has been retired since 2002. Tom is a boating enthusiast, and teaches adult sailing at Sail Orcas. He has sailed to Hawaii from Victoria twice and has competed in various sailing regattas for almost 50 years. He was also the founder of the group Anadromous Salmon Culture, which raised salmon from eggs through release into Coos Bay, Oregon. Position#6: Dr. Megan Dethier
Dr. Megan N. Dethier is a Research Professor in the Biology Department at the University of Washington but is in full-time residence at the Friday Harbor Laboratories, where she is Associate Director for Academics and the Environment. She did her undergraduate work at Carleton College in Minnesota, then PhD work at the University of Washington. Since ~1978 she has been in working on the shoreline ecology of the Pacific Northwest. Her first love is rocky shores, but she now also works in mud, gravel, and salt marsh habitats. She designed a marine habitat classification system for Washington state, and has worked with the National Park Service and various Washington agencies designing shoreline mapping and monitoring programs. Her current research efforts are mostly focused in Puget Sound, investigating the linkage between physical features of shoreline habitats and their biota, and the effects of human impacts (such as shoreline armoring) on this linkage. Some of her greatest pleasure comes from teaching marine biology to undergraduate students, which she has done at the Friday Harbor Labs for over 30 years, but also at marine labs elsewhere including Maine and Australia.
Position #7: Philip Green first came to the San Juans in 1973 as part of a maintenance crew from North Cascades National Park working at American Camp (on San Juan Island). He has bicycled and kayaked extensively in the islands ever since. In 1999 Phil moved to the islands employed as the Yellow Island Preserve Steward for The Nature Conservancy. He has lived on Yellow Island for the past 15 years. Phil's activities in the community include being an active IOSA volunteer, COASST surveyor, former board member at The Whale Museum, volunteer for the Marine Mammal Stranding Network, Sea Doc volunteer helping interns to tag seal pups, mentoring students doing marine bird and mammal surveys through UW Friday Harbor Labs, and doing sub-tidal surveys through REEF(Reef Environmental Education Foundation). Phil also works closely with personnel from USFWS and WDFW as part of his Yellow Island duties. Phil has been attending MRC meetings as an interested citizen since 2004.
Position #8: Cheryl Kummer: (Bio and Picture coming)
Position #9: Laura Arnold has lived and worked as a professional land use planner on San Juan Island since 1979 and has extensive experience in local and state shoreline and marine policies and programs. She served as San Juan County Planning Director for 10 years and has been a member of the MRC since 1999.
Position #10: Terry Turner, current MRC Chair, is a fourth generation Salish Sea Basin resident born in Port Orchard, Washington. Terry moved to Orcas Island in 1982 shortly after graduating with a degree in Environmental Planning from Huxley College at Western Washington University. Happy to have the opportunity to live and work on Orcas after spending childhood vacations here and attending Camp Orkila as a kid, he and his wife Lyndy have built their own home and raised their two girls, Madeleine and Hannah, on the Island. His work life has included crewing on a commercial salmon seiner in Washington and Alaska, working as a potter, running a Bed and Breakfast with wife Lyndy, and working as a planner and draftsman in a local survey office. Terry is currently employed in the Engineering Department at Orcas Power & Light Cooperative where he has worked as a specialist in the various areas of project management, environmental permitting, right-of-way acquisition, CAD drafting and GIS, and construction contracting for the past 24 years. Terry’s long loved pursuits include fishing, boating, playing and coaching soccer, and working around his family’s home and garden.
Position #11: Johannes Krieger has been a member of the MRC since 2008 and has lived on San Juan Island since 1979. He founded Crystal Seas Kayaking in 1993 while attending college at the University of Washington studying Biology, Oceanography and Economics. He has been involved in the community through coaching for Friday Harbor High School, volunteering, mentoring and business consulting.
Position #12: Wesley Heinmiller has been a property owner on Orcas Island since 1994 and a fulltime resident on Orcas since 2007. Wes was born into a boating family with both his parents serving in the US Coast Guard. When Wes was fifteen years old, he sailed to the Fiji Islands and resided there with his family for two years. He came back to the states and started a Marine Repair, Piloting & Management Company that is still in business today. Wes’s vast capabilities and experience come from many years in the marine industry. He holds a 1,600 ton Masters License with S.T.C.W. training, Fire Fighting and Towing & Sailing Endorsements. Wes has rescued nine Chris Crafts from ruins in all sizes from 18′ Holiday speedboats to 65′ Coast Guard Certified Constellations and Commanders. Wes captains large private yachts and has piloted several boats for the Motion Picture Marine and Television industry. Some of the notable shows he has worked on include Riptide, Winds of War, Tequila Sunrise, Days of Our Lives, and The Bold & the Beautiful. When Wes is not at sea he volunteers his time with many organizations. He is a part of the United States Coast Guard Foundation, where he has even dined with the Commandant of the West Coast Fleet. Wes serves as Assistant Chair on the Deer Harbor Review and Planning Committee, President of the Driftwood Condominium Association in Eastsound and the San Juan County MRC. Wes hopes to take his vast variety of experience and bring awareness, through the MRC, to the many issues plaguing our waterfront all the while helping protect our marine environment for generations to come.
Position #13: Marc Broman grew up in Skagit Valley and has lived in Deer Harbor since 1995. Managers of Deer Harbor Marina, he also owns Orcas Boat Rentals and Charters. His partner has been a naturalist for Deer Harbor Charters whale and wildlife watching boats since 1996. Marc has held a USCG Captains license since 2000. When not working, you can usually find him out racing sailboats with his partner, or out catching some of the best seafood in the world.
Position #14 David Tribolet has over 40 years of management and ladership experience in the military and corporate settings. Since semi-retiring to Orcas Island in 2004, he has been involved in a number of venues; but apart from working wiht neighbors on diverse projects, he devotes volunteer time to the USCG Auxiliary, Orcas Island Fire & Rescue & the Islands Oil Spill Association. Protection of life and property in conjunction with environmental stewardship are vital strands common to those island based organizations. The MRC looks at those strands from the Salish Sea perspective. David is anxious to share that MRC view and hear your concerns as he focuses on public outreach.
Position #15: Robert "Bob" Wilson started his career in the surveying profession in the late 1980s while enlisted in the United States Marine Corps. After his enlistment, Bob earned his Bachelor of Science from Central Washington University. Later Bob and his wife Shannon moved to the San Juan Islands and started a family. He is a 7th generation Islander and has a tremendous amount of local knowledge pertaining to the history of the land which benefits his clients. Bob truly enjoys his profession as a land surveyor because he is able to combine his passion of the outdoors, his finite math skills, a love for history and meeting new people. In 2011, Bob purchased San Juan Surveying. In his spare time, Bob enthusiastically volunteers at local schools and clubs teaching surveying to young students. He also is a state certified Hunter Safety instructor for the State of Washington. He started the local San Juan Islands Branch of the Land Surveyors Association of Washington. Besides surveying, Bob enjoys fishing, camping, hunting, boating, traveling and spending time with his family.
Ex-officio Members: Byron Rot, Lead Entity Coordinator. (Bio and Picture coming)
Staff: Marta Branch, MRC Coordinator Marta Branch is the Marine Program Coordinator for San Juan County Community Development and Planning Department. In this role she serves as both the Marine Resources Committee Coordinator and Local Integrating Organization (WRIA 2) Coordinator. Branch earned a B.S. degree from the Natural Resources School at Cornell University, and later a Master of Curriculum and Administration from Gonzaga University. Marta teaches with the Cispus Institute: a national training workshop for agency and NGO managers on Collaborative Resource Management. She is a lecturer with University of Washington, teaching courses in Ocean Sciences and Neurobiology. She has also taught Natural Resource Policy for WSU, and continues to run an educational consulting business. In 2001, she moved to the San Juan Islands to serve as Interpretive Specialist and direct Moran Outdoor School at Moran State Park for the Washington Parks and Recreation Commission. In the last decade, she served as the Marine Sciences teacher at Orcas Island High School. She founded the Orcas Island School district’s alternative High School and then taught as lead teacher there for five years. In 2013, Branch helped to found the Orcas Youth Conservation Corps, and served as both program director and crew leader for the program.
Chandler Colahan, MRC Notetaker (picture/bio coming soon)
Ken Brown, MRC Webmaster Ken Brown is the new Marine Resources Committe Webmaster. Ken enjoys working with words to express ideas. He is an integral part of the Orcas Island community sharing his talents and assistance wherever he can. Ken loves to go to the gym, hike around the island and spend time with his family. Ken appreciates the opportunity to work with the MRC.