Environmental Science Center Board of Directors
Current Board Members:
Lawrence Reymann, President, returned to teaching at Eastside Catholic High School in 2003 after a three decade career with Columbia Records. This change allowed him to utilize his M.A. in American Literature from Marquette University. An emphasis on environmental community service has led him to work as a Beach Captain with the Seattle Aquarium’s Beach Naturalists Program for over a decade, then as the Lead Instructor for summer camps at Highline Community College’s Marine and Science Technology Center. Larry has worked as an ESC Instructor for eight years, worked with the Aquarium’s Citizen Science Program for seven years, and as an educator for Salmon Field Labs along the Cedar River. Additionally, he serves on Renton’s Community Services/Parks Commission, volunteers as a King County Park Ambassador for May Creek, a Salmon Watcher on May Creek since 2004 (documenting an unexpected run of kokanee salmon there in 2011), travels to Haiti annually to work with Ste. Anne d’ Hyacinth Parish in a mountain village there, and is a team leader with the Cedar River Naturalists’ Cedar River Salmon Journey Program for over a decade and counting.
Kristine Ashcraft, Vice President, has over 15 years of experience in sales, marketing and operations management in both the for- and non-profit sector. She obtained her MBA in Entrepreneurship, graduating magna cum laude from the Franklin W. Olin Graduate School of Business at Babson College, and BS in Molecular Biology from the University of New Haven. Kristine is currently the Chief Operating Officer at Genelex, a biotechnology company, responsible for business development, product design, market share and internal systems. Under her leadership, Genelex sales have more than doubled multiple years in a row.
Terrill Chang, Treasurer, holds Bachelor’s degrees in Mechanical Engineering and Management from MIT and a Master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Oregon State University. He recently retired after 40 years as an environmental engineer providing consulting services to cities and counties around the Pacific Northwest in the fields of solid waste management and water and sewage treatment. Born and raised in Hawaii, he is looking forward to sharing his love of the ocean with others.
Brenda Sullivan, Secretary, studied at London University (B.S. in Physics) and the University of Southampton (M.S. in Acoustics). After graduate studies at the University of Southampton, she came to the United States to work in community noise and psychoacoustics research at MAN-Acoutics and Noise in Seattle. After a period as a software engineer at the University of Washington and Bruce Franklin, Inc, she moved to Virginia, where she worked as a research engineer in psychoacoustics at NASA for 25 years. On retiring from NASA, she returned to the Pacific Northwest, where she enjoys the environment and the weather. She has a lifelong interest in music and has played clarinet in many groups, large and small, and currently performs with the Orchestra of Flight and the West Seattle Community Orchestras.
Victoria Hall, Program Committee Chair, graduated from the University of Washington with a BA in Sociology and a minor in Archaeology. After graduation, she continued her education by attending California State at Northridge and Pasadena College of Design ultimately receiving a BA in Fine Art with internships at Warner Brother Studios, Universal Studios, and Nickelodeon Studios. She returned to Burien in 2002 and served on the Burien Arts Commission for eight years during which time she obtained several grants from the Highline School Foundation to promote creative art for students. Her previous work experience includes teaching art for 16 years and working for American Airlines. Presently she works with the Puget Sound Skills Center as an Art Instructor and Computer Lab Manager for senior students involved in credit retrieval for high school graduation. Her hobbies include photography, painting, gardening, hiking, fixing up her old house, trying to make the perfect gluten-free muffin, and walking her beloved dogs in Seahurst Park.
Karl Mejia, MOD Committee Chair, is currently the Chief Executive Officer of JL Darling, makers of the Rite in the Rain brand of weatherproof stationery products based in Tacoma, WA. Prior to JL Darling, Karl spent 18+ years in a variety of industries including Housewares, Food Manufacturing and Energy. Karl graduated from the University of Notre Dame with a degree in Geological Sciences and followed that with a MS in Geology from Texas A&M University. After 5+ years as a professional Geologist, Karl returned to school for an MBA in Marketing and General Management from the McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas. Karl is married and has two rambunctious boys who love to explore our neighborhood treasure, Seahurst Park.
Kathy Strange, has over 15 years of experience in the environmental field. She currently serves as the Technical Analysis Manager at the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency, where she leads a team that blends science and policy work. Her background includes a B.S. in Environmental Engineering from the University of Michigan and an M.S. in Environmental Health from the University of Washington. Prior to her current position, she worked as a consultant on environmental remediation sites (some in fun, far-flung locations). In addition to environmental stewardship, Kathy is passionate about education: her teaching roles include high school math and science teacher (as a Peace Corps Volunteer in West Africa), naturalist for the YMCA Camp Seymour, natural history museum docent, and various volunteer tutoring programs over the years.
Nicole Killebrew, has a B.S. in Marine Biology and an M.S. in Environmental Education, Leadership and Ecological Literacy. She has been with ESC since 2004. Nicole also holds a position as Interpretation Coordinator, Staff Diver, and Volunteer Trainer at the Seattle Aquarium since 2002. Nicole serves as Regional Leader for the National Network for Ocean and Climate Change Interpreters and is an Environmental Leadership Program Senior Fellow. At ESC, she assists with the development and facilitation of in-school and after school science curriculum, trains staff and volunteer naturalists, and teaches classroom and field programs. Nicole serves on the ESC Governance Committee. She finds inspiration in serving the communities of South King County; sharing the wonders of the Salish Sea with learners of all ages.
Jean Spohn began her professional life teaching kindergarten in a Montessori school. Mid-life she became a Systems Analyst and then Senior Project Manager for Group Health Cooperative. In retirement she serves as a volunteer Seattle Aquarium Beach Naturalist, a WSU Land-Water Steward, Adopt-a-Park Steward for Shorewood Park and is a Shorewood on the Sound Community Club director. In 2007 and 2010, for her work leading work parties to remove invasive plants, she was awarded Environmental Leader of the Year by the City of Burien.
Phillip Thompson is a professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Seattle University. He also serves as Director of the Seattle University Center for Environmental Justice and Sustainability. Phillip received the 2015 Seattle University Alumni Association’s Distinguished Faculty Award and the 2011-2012 Father James McGoldrick Fellowship which is Seattle University’s highest faculty honor. He joined Seattle University after receiving his Ph.D. in Environmental Engineering from the University of Iowa in 1997. He also earned an M.S. in Environmental Engineering and a B.A. in Biology from the University of Iowa and is a registered Professional Engineer in the State of Washington. Professor Thompson teaches courses in environmental engineering and economics and is the faculty adviser for the Seattle University student chapter of Engineers for a Sustainable World.
Kristyn Clayton is the Sustainability Program Manager for the General Services Administration Northwest Arctic Region which has a 10.3 million square foot portfolio of federal buildings in Alaska, Idaho, Washington and Oregon. She assists the property managers in greening their buildings and their operations among other activities meant to save energy, water, waste and to reduce green house gas emissions. She teaches sustainability principles for higher education institutions and is pleased to advise and consult to various firms and non-profit organizations on cutting edge technologies for the built environment.