Position #1: Sam Gibboney is the new interim director of the San Juan County Community Development and Planning Dept.
Position #2: VACANT: Tribal Representative
Position #3: Current Chair, 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 lives on Crane Island. He is an avid boater, and member of IOSA—Island Oil Spill Association.
Position #6: Dr. Kenneth P. Sebens is Professor in the Department of Biology and School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences at the University of Washington. He is currently resident at the UW’s Friday Harbor Laboratories (since 2005) and was Director of FHL from 2005 to 2013 and is also the Dennis Willows Director’s Endowed Professor (2011-2013). Dr. Sebens received his BA from the University of Connecticut in 1972 and his PhD from the University of Washington in 1977. During 1977-2005 he held faculty positions at Harvard University, Northeastern University, and the University of Maryland College Park, and was Dean at the University of Massachusetts, Boston and Director of Northeastern's Marine Science Center. He conducts research on marine subtidal benthic populations and communities in both temperate and tropical locations. Ongoing projects include investigations of community and population dynamics, and long-term change, in rocky subtidal habitats in Massachusetts (continuous, 1978 to present) and in San Juan Channel WA (2006-present). Dr. Sebens has published widely on marine biological topics and has mentored 32 graduate students at four universities since 1978, many of whom now have careers as university faculty and research scientists. He has been on the San Juan County MRC since 2005.
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: Greg Ayers, MD, has been a resident of Orcas Island, WA since 2006. During this time he has been active in the community. He currently serves as a member of the Board of Commissioners of the Eastsound Sewer and Water District, and served as its President in 2011. Greg is a member of the Eastsound Planning and Review Committee and the San Juan County Marine Resource Committee. Dr. Ayers is a founding member and clinical director of the Island Reproductive Health Initiative (IRHI). Greg recently joined Orcas Island Fire and Rescue as a firefighter. He is a member of the local Grange and is actively involved in maintaining and working with the Actors Theater of Orcas Island, which uses the Grange for local performances. Dr. Ayers is a past member of the Orcas Medical Foundation.
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
Terry Turner 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 #14: Chuck Shietinger is a passionate experimental physicist, aiming to instill a love of science. Prior to teaching at Spring Street, Chuck participated in science research enveloping a wide range of physics, including: advanced materials, crystal growth, fiber optics, semiconductors and mind-blowing NASA projects. Chuck holds more than a dozen patents in optics and temperature measurement. He has been an invited lecturer and PhD thesis adviser at a number of universities including MIT, NJIT, Stanford and the University of Stuttgart. His numerous publications include invited research papers, journal and magazine articles, and co-author of two books. In 1995, NATO recognized him as a world expert in emissivity and temperature measurement. Chuck commutes from Lopez and is excited about sharing his love of science and woodcarving with really amazing students.
Position #15: Robert Wilson
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.
Barbara Rosenkotter, Lead Entity Coordinator
Barbara has been the Lead Entity Coordinator for salmon recovery for San Juan County since 2005. She has been actively involved in salmon recovery work at the regional and state level. She represents San Juan County at the Puget Sound Partnership regional watershed meetings and has served as Vice-Chair and Chair on the statewide Lead Entity Advisory Group (LEAG). She has also been instrumental in the start-up of the Puget Sound Partnership’s Local Integrating Organization which is responsible for implementing the local San Juan Action Agenda serving as Chair of the Implementation Committee. Barbara is a member of the Science Subcommittee for the San Juan County Marine Resources Committee and has served on the Advisory Committee for the San Juan WSU Beach Watchers Program. Barbara graduated from the University of California, Davis with a Bachelor of Science degree. She previously worked for The SeaDoc Society as their Education and Outreach Coordinator and also has over a decade of extensive project management experience in the private sector.
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.
Susan Key, MRC Notetaker
(picture/bio coming soon)
Farewell to our Friend, Helen Venada:
Helen became ill in the spring of 2013 and passed away this fall. She was a tireless and excellent
contributor to both the MRC and San Juan County. We will miss her, and send our condolences to her family and friends. Cards to the family, or donations to assist with her medical expenses may be sent to her daughter: Margot Winters, 508 Jones St., Ukiah, CA. 95482.