Executive Director Joanna Stodden was born and raised in the rivers, forests, and mountains of the Duwamish, Suquamish, Muckleshoot and other Coast Salish peoples. After graduating with a BS in field biology from the Evergreen State College, she worked for several environmental consulting firms conducting stream surveys for amphibians and salmon habitat all over Southeast Alaska. She eventually became lonely among the grizzly bears and mosquitoes and felt a strong desire to share the remarkable biodiversity of our earth with others. She has taught environmental education on beaches, forests, wetlands, aboard tall ships, in school gardens, and on a beach with the third greatest tidal exchange in the world! She began teaching Beach Heroes Programs for the Environmental Science Center in 2009 and served as ESC’s Program Manager from 2015-2019. Joanna is delighted to advocate for outdoor programming in south King County and feels honored to be able to partner with the dedicated and talented teachers, parents, students, and community members who understand the value in stepping outside of the four walls of the classroom. You will most likely find Joanna squawking and dancing with the herons, or following an ant back to her colony alongside her busy and inquisitive toddler.
Operations Manager Kasey Qynn Dolin received her BS in Anthropology from Virginia Commonwealth University. In 2003 Kasey discovered her a deep love for hands-on science education and found great fulfillment working in the not-for-profit sector. At the Science Museum of Virginia, Kasey taught for a variety of programs both in the Museum, in the outdoors, and in the community, before settling in as School Partnerships Program Coordinator, devoted to bringing hands-on standards-correlated science lessons into the classrooms of low-income urban schools. After making the move from the Chesapeake Bay watershed to the watershed of the Puget Sound, Kasey was thrilled to discover ESC, and in 2013, she joined the team as Programs Manager. Though she had to return to the coal country of Appalachia for a brief period, Kasey is thrilled to be back in the Pacific Northwest and back at ESC serving as Operations Manager. Kasey is grateful for many things in this world, but the top of the list includes accessible urban greenspace and beaches, the joy of yoga, the love of pit bulls, and the breathtaking beauty of a spreadsheet where all the formulas work as intended.
Grants and Programs Manager Kelly Steffen has been working in marine and environmental education for years. 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. She has also taught students in south Texas and Florida but the Pacific Northwest has always had that special draw. Working as a naturalist, coordinator for the Salmon Heroes program, and now managing the grants, Kelly is excited to be a part of the work ESC is doing to share the wonders of the Puget Sound area. 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 girls. Kelly@EnvironmentalScienceCenter.org (she/her)
Programs Coordinator Rosie Wilson-Briggs has been working outdoors with youth since 2012, in habitats ranging from temperate rainforests to urban parks to the waters of the Salish Sea. A certificate program in Scientific Illustration at the University of Washington brought her to the Pacific Northwest in 2010, where she fell in love with this beautiful place. Since then she’s worked seasonally at various outdoor education organizations, including as a naturalist at ESC and as a program coordinator aboard the Schooner Adventuress. In 2020 she received a master’s degree in Urban Environmental Education from Antioch University Seattle, which helped bring clarity and focus for her to the issues of equity and engagement in outdoor education. She is dedicated and wildly enthusiastic about the work that ESC is doing, and is excited to expand into her new role here. Besides working outdoors, she finds joy in drawing, knitting, playing role-playing games, and swimming in rivers. Rosie@EnvironmentalScienceCenter.org (she/her)
Marketing and Special Programs Coordinator Kat Reese received her B.A. in Anthropology with a minor in Environmental Studies from Washington State University Vancouver. She worked as an educator with the Vancouver Water Resources Education Center through a government internship program for 2 years on the Columbia River, helping to train new staff and develop programs and partnerships with local organizations and the Chinook tribal council. She grew up in White Center, WA and is proud to once again reside in the Salish Sea watershed, working to bring diverse educational opportunities to students all over South King County. Kat joined the ESC team as a Naturalist in 2019, and continues to find creative ways to contribute to the ESC’s culture and mission. In her free time, Kat enjoys rock climbing, snowboarding, stand up paddling and sharing her passion for the outdoors through volunteering.
ESC Board Members: We are supported by an active board of directors and encourage you to learn more about them, and the opportunities to join.
ESC Naturalists: We are also fortunate to have a corps of highly qualified and passionate part-time naturalists! Positions open seasonally for school programs of Beach Heroes and Salmon Heroes and lead into community program opportunities. Volunteering can be a gateway for all roles and we hope you join our team!
Naturalist Introductions: Interested in learning more about our incredible naturalists? Here are some short videos in which our naturalists tell a little bit about how and why they became scientists and educators, and talk about what a day at their job looks like!