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

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

Nominations are now open for the upcoming 2017-2018 year. If you are interested in joining the board 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 2016 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 Casey Ralston at

NAME Members will receive an electronic ballot in June. If you would rather request a paper ballot, please contact us at

Nominated Candidate Biographies—2017-2018

President-elect: Amy Sprenger
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.

Secretary: Amy Cole
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
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 has taught science and math to grades 6, 7, & 8 at Jackson Middle School since 1995.

Rob has been married to his wife Vicki for 30 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: Dr. William Hanshumaker
From 1977 until 1993, I was employed in Portland, Oregon at the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI). My responsibilities included the design and installation of science exhibits in the 16,000 square feet Turbine Hall. In 1993 I joined the Oregon State University (OSU) and the Oregon Sea Grant faculty as a Public Marine Education Specialist. For six years overlapping these positions, I served on the Exhibition Advisory Board to the National Museum of American History at the Smithsonian Institution.

At Hatfield Marine Science Center in Newport, OR, my responsibilities have included developing a collection of exhibits on invasive species and sustainable fisheries. One of my central responsibilities is developing outreach programming on the research process and results from the National Marine Fisheries Service, Pacific Marine Experimental Laboratory, Environmental Protection Agency, Northwest Marine Fisheries Service, and the Oregon Department of Fisheries and Wildlife. These outreach efforts use design research to develop exhibits, public programming and instructional materials suitable for all age groups.

My recently completed dissertation is titled: Making an Aquarium Environment Interactive: A Design Research Analysis of Exhibit Design Processes. My research focused on the development of an interactive aquarium design incorporating the employment of an innovative technology (Passive Integrated Transponder tags) that is used in fishery studies. This study used research on free-choice learning describing the effects of interactive devices on visitor learning, engagement, and attitudes.

Alaska Director: Kay Shoemaker Howell
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 20 years, she staffed and directed the Northwest Outdoor Science School on the Oregon Coast during the school year, teaching 6th graders, training staff, and coaching high school volunteers on forest ecology, marine biology, wildlife biology, salmon ecology, estuaries, watersheds, soil science and youth development.

During the summers, Kay worked in Southeast Alaska with over a dozen communities offering outdoor and environmental education programs and program training with Girl Scouts of Alaska.  She was promoted to Statewide Outdoor and Environmental Educator in 2010, living and working in Alaska communities across the state for two years.

In 2012, Kay worked as a Federal Agent with the Department of the Interior, as a Statewide Master Outdoor and Environmental Science Educator, stationed at the BLM Campbell Creek Science Center.

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 about aquatic and marine ecology as a UAF Assistant Professor, and serving Kenai Peninsula 4-H designing and teaching youth development and environmental education camps and programs.

Designing and teaching the UAF Certified Alaska Master Naturalist field courses keeps Kay connected to statewide educators, and allows these new naturalists to help her manage 4-H Schools on Trails and Salmon in the Classroom across diverse communities in both urban Anchorage and remote rural villages.

Washington Director: Maile Sullivan (seeking a co-director)
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.

Oregon Director: Vacant

Sitting Officer and Board Biographies—2016-2017

President: Jennifer Howell
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.

Past-president: 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.

Alaska Director: Marilyn Sigman
Marilyn Sigman is the Marine Education Specialist for Alaska Sea Grant, an Associate Professor in marine education for the University of Alaska Fairbanks School of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences, and the Program Manager for the Alaska Center for Ocean Sciences Education Excellence (COSEE-AK). She was the recent Co-Director of the NMEA conference in Anchorage which provided her the opportunity to work closely with NAME’s awesome leadership and members. She has several decades of experience as a state and federal wildlife and habitat biologist and environmental educator and has managed numerous environmental education programs and projects in Alaska, Montana, and Oregon. She holds a Master’s degree in Wildlife Management from UAF and a Bachelor’s in Human Biology from Stanford University. Originally from Montana, she has lived in Alaska for 35 years, the last five in Anchorage, but she still pines for the tidepools of Kachemak Bay and the cosmic hamlet of Homer-by-the-sea.

BC Co-directors: Sile Kafrissen and Cathy Carolsfeld

Oregon Director: Jenna Kulluson
Jenna grew up in Southern Oregon exploring the outdoors both in and out of class everywhere from the school’s wetlands to the wild Oregon coastline. She went on to study marine biology and environmental science at the University of Oregon.  While taking marine biology courses at the Oregon Institute of Marine Biology she completed an environmental education
project focused on student field experiences and interpretation and continued volunteering with Oregon State Parks and South Slough NERR.

In 2009 she graduated and later accepted a position with the South Slough as a coordinator for the Oregon Coast Education Program (OCEP), a part of the NOAA Bay-Watershed Education and Training program.   She works with other Oregon institutions to build education modules, provide meaningful field experiences for students, and host teacher professional development programs. OCEP’s materials can be found in the resource section of the website.

Jenna attended her first NAME conference in 2010 and left feeling exhausted, but excited to be a part of an inspiring community of educators.  Since then she has continued to be an active member and was elected Oregon Director in July 2012.  Her goal is to continue to offer the annual Sharing the Coast Conference with CoastWatch in March and connect the Oregon NAME community with the outstanding resources and professional development opportunities available in Oregon and our greater region.

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!