ESC maintains a corps of highly qualified part-time naturalists and teachers in addition to an administrative staff. Our current administrative staff includes:

Joanna Stodden, Executive Director (, 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 among 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 served as the Program Coordinator for Seattle Tilth’s Rainier Beach Urban Farm and Wetlands. An ESC naturalist from 2009-2013, Joanna is thrilled to enhance our school programming 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 her following an ant back to her colony or squawking alongside the herons.


kharli-roseKharli Rose, Community Engagement Manager (, spent a decade in the news industry and began birding in the middle of it. Her hobby /obsession soon revealed many natural connections and a desire to share them with others. She gained her BS in environmental studies while helping a Florida county and a national estuary program develop their outreach efforts, but was eager to explore Washington’s wonders. Working in King County’s Department of Natural Resources and Parks and volunteering with local Audubon groups taught her about our region’s natural treasures. Kharli aims to fuse environmental stewardship with community 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, adding birds to her lifelist, or simply geeking out and goofing around in the outdoors. She also enjoys games, corny jokes, mountain biking, and creating group art and music.


Kelly Steffen, Grants and Programs Coordinator (,Kelly photo has worked at ESC as a Naturalist since 2015 and is excited to be help out more internally with the programs. 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 girls.