Please join us on Sunday, December 16 for our NAME-BC Annual General Meeting, followed by Blue Drinks at Victoria Distillers!

Our Annual General Meeting is a chance for us to get together and celebrate everything that NAME-BC has been up to in the last year, plan out an exciting new year, and elect/re-elect our Executive Board. Our board consists of two Co-Chairs, Secretary, Treasurer, and five Directors. If anyone has a nomination in mind (either themselves or someone else who is willing to stand) for any of the positions, please send names to us ahead of time at bc@pacname.org.

Date: December 16, 2018
Time: 1:00 – 3:00 pm
Place: Sidney All Care Residence (2269 Mills Road, Sidney, BC)


Blue Drinks is a casual afternoon of networking and socializing with old friends and new, hosted by NAME-BC and CaNOE, the Canadian Network for Ocean Education! We have booked space for the afternoon at Victoria Distillers beginning at 3:30 pm. We will provide appetizers, and drinks will be available for purchase from the Distillers. Feel free to bring a friend and introduce them to our amazing group of educators!

Date: December 16, 2018
Time: 3:30 onward
Place: Victoria Distillers (9891 Seaport Pl, Sidney, BC)

Please let us know if you will be able to join us for either or both of these events, so we can make sure to have enough food available!

RSVP for the AGM and/or Blue Drinks here!

The 2017 NAME-BC AGM is scheduled for Sunday, December 10, 2017 at the Mary Winspear Centre in Sidney from 12:30 – 3:30 pm. Come on out and see what NAME-BC has been up to and join the conversation!

NAME Elections • Back to Board of Directors page

Below are the nominated candidates for the upcoming 2019-2020 year. The following positions are open for election this year: Secretary, Treasurer, President-elect, NMEA Representative, and Chapter Directors for Alaska, Oregon, and Washington. The Secretary and Treasurer positions are a one year commitment (although we hope you will stay longer, once elected). The President-elect position is a three year commitment as you move from President-elect to President to Past-president over the three year term. The NMEA Representative and Chapter Director positions are each two-year terms.

To learn more about each of these positions you can read over our Standard Operating Procedures (SOP’s). If you are interested in being on the 2020 ballot for any of the above positions, please send a letter of interest, your resume and a short bio (for the elections page of our website) to Jennifer Howell at past-president@pacname.org.

NAME Members will receive an electronic ballot in July. If you would rather request a paper ballot, please contact us at info@pacname.org.

Nominated Candidate Biographies—2019-2020

President-elect: Kay Shoemaker, Alaska
Kay began her outdoor and environmental education career in Mexico, living and teaching with the Quilihua Indian Tribe from 1990-1993 during and after graduating from Linfield College in Portland, Oregon.  Her undergraduate BSN focused on transcultural youth health and education practices.

For the next twenty years, she staffed and directed the Northwest Outdoor Science School on the Oregon Coast during the school year, teaching and training staff and volunteers on forest ecology, marine biology, wildlife biology, salmon ecology, estuaries, watersheds, soil science and youth development.

Kay completed her graduate work at Alaska Pacific University in 2014, earning a Master of Science in Outdoor and Environmental Education while writing a book, entitled: “Exploring Ecology in Alaska: Reflective Storytelling as a Model for Environmental Education”.

Currently, she enjoys kayaking and skiing with her family, teaching diverse groups of teachers and students statewide about science and natural resources as a UAF Assistant Professor, and serving Alaska 4-H designing and teaching youth development and environmental education camps and programs.

Secretary: Amy Cole, Washington
Amy Cole holds a combined BA in Zoology and Marine Biology from the University of New Hampshire. She has recently held the post of Marine Educator at the Seattle Aquarium, which included interpretive volunteer supervision, teaching, and curriculum and program development for the Citizen Science program. Prior to joining the Aquarium staff, Amy was an interpretive volunteer for exhibits and field programs. She also chaired the committee to develop and administer the Master Birder program at the Seattle Audubon Society, and for several years has reviewed submissions for King County water conservation grants. Her professional background also includes program management at Microsoft and biotechnology research in the Bay Area. She holds a professional certification in project management (PMP), and has enjoyed putting some of those skills to use as NAME Secretary.

Treasurer: Rob Coats, Oregon
Rob Coats was born and raised in Portland, Oregon. He is a graduate of David Douglas High School. He attended both Oregon State University and Portland State University and received a BS in Elementary Education. Rob began his teaching career as a 3rd to 6th grade science teacher at Duniway Elementary in Portland. Rob taught science and math to grades 6, 7, & 8 at Jackson Middle School for 32 years and has been retired for two years.

Rob has been married to his wife Vicki for 34 years and has two sons, Jamey and Gus in their 20s. Rob’s first NAME conference was at Cowichan Lake in BC in 1993. Rob has rocked the position of NAME Treasurer since 2004.

NMEA Representative: Maile Sullivan, Washington
As Washington Sea Grant’s Marine Education Specialist, Maile manages K-12 education and outreach programming helping to build ocean literacy among teachers, students and their families. She orchestrates all aspects of Orca Bowl and NOAA Science Camp, develops program partnerships, and designs and implements program evaluation tools. Maile’s history with Washington Sea Grant includes working as the organization’s event coordinator, NOAA Science Camp coordinator and education assistant.

Prior to working at Sea Grant, she also spent two years as a coral program specialist with NOAA Fisheries, where she managed regional coral reef efforts in U.S. jurisdictions and implemented the new, congressionally mandated Deep Sea Coral Research and Technology Program; and she served as the Education Director for Camp SEA LAB, where she grew its marine science education offerings from a five-week summer camp to year-round programming serving more than 1,500 youth annually. She also worked in the Netherlands Antilles as a marine conservation technician focused on community engagement. Maile has consulted for the National Geographic Society and the Ocean Conservancy. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Sciences from Connecticut College and a master’s degree in Marine Affairs from the School of Marine and Environmental Affairs at the University of Washington.

Alaska Director: Open

Washington Director: Woody Moses

I have always lived near water. My first years were spent in Nye Beach on the Oregon coast, and then we moved to Rhode Island where I grew up playing in the surf and the salt marshes. For college, I went to Vassar, uphill from the Hudson River. And then it was back to the West Coast for my Masters in Oceanography at Oregon State. After a short stint teaching at Lane Community College in Eugene, OR , I got a fulltime job teaching Environmental Science, Biology (marine and otherwise) and Oceanography at Highline – formerly Community – College just south of Seattle in Des Moines, WA. At Highline, I’ve been actively involved in our Marine Science and Technology (MaST) Center, most notably running the monthly Science on the Sound speakers series. Outside of work, I enjoy exploring the waters and coastline of Puget Sound, the forests and meadows of the Cascade and Olympic Mountains, and when I can, I like a song or two for singing, strumming or dancing.

Oregon Director: Open

Sitting Officer and Board Biographies—2018-2019

President: Amy Sprenger, Washington
Amy has been the WA chapter co-director for about a decade. She is the Education and Outreach Coordinator for NANOOS (NW Assoc. of Networked Ocean Observing Systems) based at the UW Applied Physics Lab, as well as the Program Director for Ocean Inquiry Project. She works extensively with scientists, educators and others to promote the use of ocean observing data to better understand and make better decisions concerning our ocean.  Her favorite workdays include getting out on the water with students and teachers to gather and interpret such data, and she is particularly thrilled when those days include a zooplankton tow with larval octopus.  Amy has an M.Ed. in Natural Science/Science Education from Huxley College, Western Washington University.

President-Elect: Cathy Carolsfeld, BC
Cathy grew up in a small town in Ontario’s Niagara Peninsula.  Since then, she has lived, dived, studied, researched and taught biology from coast to coast to coast in Canada and other parts of the world.  From the get go, Cathy’s research interests were piqued by marine invertebrates.  She came to appreciate the power of “creatures as teachers” through her B.Sc., Honours and M.Sc. degrees at Memorial University of Newfoundland and the University of Victoria.  Her combination of academic and practical knowledge about local and global marine environments, firm belief in the power of partnerships and love of teaching is the backbone of her work.  Over the past 40 years, Cathy has run WestWind SeaLab Supplies, Canada’s longest-lived supplier of living marine organisms for teaching and research; and the Seaquariain Schoolsprograms that now serve 24,000 local public school youth each year– both of which she has co-founded.   Cathy continues to be committed to ensuring that students of all ages can experience the magic of marine ecosystems and creatures as teachers.

Past President: Jennifer Howell, Alaska
Jennifer moved to Anchorage in 8th grade as an Army Brat and it has been home in Alaska ever since. When not adventuring with her wife, son, and Kenai their Wonder Pup, you can find her working as the Community Coordinator for Get Outdoors Anchorage helping to encourage urban youth to get outdoors and love our public lands, trails, and waters. Jennifer graduated from the Leadership Anchorage program a few years ago and soon realized how amazing her neighborhood and city was. Since then her not-so-secret mission has been to embrace Anchorage as the coastal city it is and share this with the youth she works with.

Jennifer joined NAME 3 years ago, after being awarded the Hastie Scholarship to attend the Bandon, OR conference.  She served on the Conference Planning Committee for the Seattle conference and is currently on the planning committee for the 2017 Alaska conference as well. She is looking forward to the BC conference this summer were she will help as the volunteer coordinator, and will re-unite with many fun-loving, thought-provoking, Marine and Aquatic educators “The NAME conferences has become a highlight of my summer!” says Jennifer.

Alaska Director: Kay Shoemaker
Kay began her outdoor and environmental education career in Mexico, living and teaching with the Quilihua Indian Tribe from 1990-1993 during and after graduating from Linfield College in Portland, Oregon.  Her undergraduate BSN focused on transcultural youth health and education practices.

For the next twenty years, she staffed and directed the Northwest Outdoor Science School on the Oregon Coast during the school year, teaching and training staff and volunteers on forest ecology, marine biology, wildlife biology, salmon ecology, estuaries, watersheds, soil science and youth development.

Kay completed her graduate work at Alaska Pacific University in 2014, earning a Master of Science in Outdoor and Environmental Education while writing a book, entitled: “Exploring Ecology in Alaska: Reflective Storytelling as a Model for Environmental Education”.

Currently, she enjoys kayaking and skiing with her family, teaching diverse groups of teachers and students statewide about science and natural resources as a UAF Assistant Professor, and serving Alaska 4-H designing and teaching youth development and environmental education camps and programs.

BC Co-Directors:
Mary Holmes—Mary grew up on the southern shores of Lake Ontario nestled in by the Niagara Escarpment, 40 Mile Creek, and orchards in the Niagara fruit belt.A perfect place to learn to love and explore the natural environment.Wherever life has lead her, proximity to water has always been necessary feature.She studied art at Sheridan College in Brampton, Ontario and at the Alberta College of Art in Calgary before embarking on a teaching career earning Bachelor of Education, Special Education Diploma, and Master of Education at the University of British Columbia.The MEd was in Curriculum Studies wherein she focused on using a seaquarium (70 gallon chilled saltwater aquarium with creatures and plants from the waters of the Pacific Northwest) to connect children to their ocean environment by getting past the desert-like surface of the ocean to explore the wonders beneath the waves.To capitalize on children’s natural ecophilia.Mary taught in SD36 Surrey Schools with a seaquarium for just over 15 years reaching over 400 students directly but thousands indirectly (and their families) as the seqauarium was in the prime location in the front foyer by the main office.Newly retired at the end of June 2019 Mary is looking for new adventures in marine and aquatic environments.

Yogi Carolsfeld

Oregon Director: Melissa Keyser

The NAME-BC AGM was held on Saturday, December 4, 2016 at the Sidney branch of the Victoria Public Library from 1-4 pm. Thanks to everyone who made it to the meeting. We would like to welcome our new BC Co-Director, Cathy Carolsfeld!

Check back soon for meeting minutes and information on our goals and ideas for 2017!