Contact USPhone number: (206) 248-4266 Mailing Address: 126 SW 148th Street, Suite C100-170 Burien, WA 98166 Location: In Seahurst Park: Please follow Directions to find the Environmental Science Center at Seahurst Park.
Dr. Tara Luckie, Executive Director, (Tara@EnvScienceCenter.org) has 10 years of experience in the nonprofit sector. Her nonprofit career has mostly focused on K-12 education nonprofits. Tara developed her passion for environmental curriculum while teaching at a science-based charter school in South Central Los Angeles. She is the past Executive Director of the West Seattle Helpline and has worked for several nonprofits in the greater Seattle area. Tara holds a Master’s in Education, a Master’s Nonprofit Leadership, and a Doctorate in Educational Leadership. During her free time, Tara enjoys skiing, scuba diving, hiking, and anything else that includes the outdoors. She also loves spending time with her family and traveling.
Joanna Stodden, Program Manager, (Joanna@EnvScienceCenter.org) has been teaching youth to love the outdoors since 2008. After graduating from the Evergreen State College with a BS in field biology, she worked for several environmental consulting firms conducting stream surveys for amphibians and salmon habitat all over rural Southeast Alaska. She eventually became lonely amongst the grizzly bears and mosquitoes and developed a strong desire to share the diversity of the incredible Pacific Northwest with others. She has taught environmental education on beaches, forests, wetlands, aboard tall ships, in school gardens, and most recently served as the Program Coordinator for Seattle Tilth’s Rainier Beach Urban Farm and Wetlands.
Joanna is thrilled to be back at the Environmental Science Center (ESC naturalist from 2009-2013), as she loves working with the diverse youth that we serve. Joanna’s hobbies include surfing, skiing, gardening, playing soccer, picking her banjo and calling square dances. You will most likely find Joanna following an ant back to her colony or squawking alongside the herons.
Jennifer Dumlao, Development Director, (Jennifer@EnvScienceCenter.org) received her B.S. in Biology from the University of Washington. She has worked with the ESC as a naturalist since 2008 and continues to enjoy working with students during field studies. She recently completed a Certificate in Fundraising Management from the University of Washington to better serve the organization. In the office, she manages development activities such as grants, donor cultivation, appeals, and fundraising events. Additionally, she helps with special projects such as video storytelling. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking anywhere in the wonderful Pacific Northwest with her husband and toddler! Her two personal life goals are to visit all 50 states (60% to goal) and all 58 National Parks within the United States (26% to goal).
Kharli Rose, Community Engagement Manager (Kharli@EnvScienceCenter.org), spent a decade in the news industry and began birding in the middle of it. Her hobby /obsession revealed many natural connections and a desire to share them with others. She gained her BS in environmental studies while helping in outreach efforts for a Florida county and a national estuary program. Working in King County’s Department of Natural Resources and Parks and volunteering with Audubon groups taught her about Washington’s wonders. Kharli aims to fuse environmental stewardship with civic engagement, so she is overjoyed to help ESC expand their outreach, strengthen their programs and empower the community. In her free time, you may find her drooling at mountains, nerding at birds, or goofing around outdoors. She also enjoys games, corny jokes, indoor bouldering, and creating art and music with friends and family.
Emelia Williams, (Emelia@EnvScienceCenter.org) Development Assistant, is a native Kentuckian who has never been too far from the outdoors. A recent Centre College grad, she studied environmental science and international development with hopes of finding a way to work for the good of people and their places. This inclination has led to experiences at a community arts organization in Atlanta, an environmental education nonprofit in Central Appalachia and a child sponsorship program in Kampala, Uganda during her time in undergrad. Before moving to the Pacific Northwest, she worked as a writer and copy editor for a Kentucky newspaper as well as an English teacher in Leon, Nicaragua. She is excited to help ESC expand its outreach and empower students through stewardship of our natural resources. She is equally excited to be in a part of the world that has cool(er) summers. In her free time, she enjoys learning how to climb, picking fruit trees, thinking about chickens, and hiking.
Kelly Steffen, (Kelly@EnvScienceCenter.org) Salmon Heroes Coordinator, has worked at ESC as a Naturalist for the past year and is excited to be helping out more with the Salmon Heroes program. She is also a current volunteer with the Seattle Aquarium’s Beach Naturalist program and Cedar River Salmon Journey program. Her previous employment had her sharing the marine wonders to the land-locked citizens of Utah as the Director of Education at the Loveland Living Planet Aquarium. Kelly holds a B.A. in Biology from Lewis & Clark College and a M.S. in Marine Science from The University of Texas at Austin. When she finds time, she enjoys gardening, camping, triathlons, and chasing after her two little girls.