Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary About Us section includes pages for Contact Us, Staff Bios, Facilities, Related Links, and Sitemap
Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary About Us section includes pages for Contact Us, Staff Bios, Facilities, Related Links, and Sitemap
Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary About Us section includes pages for Contact Us, Staff Bios, Facilities, Related Links, and Sitemap Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary About Us section includes pages for Contact Us, Staff Bios, Facilities, Related Links, and Sitemap

Meet Our Staff

Liam Antrim
(360) 457-6622 ext. 16
E-mail: Liam.Antrim@noaa.gov

Liam Antrim Photo Liam Antrim has worked at Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary since 2000 and has served as acting Research Coordinator since December 2014. In his current position, he encourages research, facilitates collaborations and oversees sanctuary monitoring efforts focused on intertidal communities and nearshore oceanography. Liam is also the Permit Coordinator and works on marine policy issues and marine debris monitoring and removal.

In earlier phases of his life, Liam has worked as an aquatic toxicologist, research diver, wildlife biologist, and sailing instructor. As a private consultant for 13 years, he researched the mysteries of sea surface microlayer, sampled biota and substrates, conducted and developed new methodologies for toxicity testing, surveyed nearshore marine resources, and worked to restore eelgrass habitats. Liam has a B.A. in Biology from Bates College in Maine and a M.S. in Biology/Environmental Studies from Western Washington University in Bellingham.

Carol Bernthal
(360) 457-6622 ext. 11
E-mail: Carol.Bernthal@noaa.gov

Carol Bernthal PhotoCarol Bernthal is the Superintendent of Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary. Her responsibilities at the sanctuary include all aspects of management of the site and staff, policy development, interaction with the Olympic Coast Sanctuary Advisory Council, working with local, state, federal agencies and tribes, and serving as a member of the National Marine Sanctuary Programs' Leadership Team.

Carol's past work and educational experience combines natural resource management and environmental policy, with a special emphasis on working with tribal governments. Carol graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1985 with an undergraduate degree in Biological Aspects of Conservation and a minor in Environmental Science. She has worked for a variety of county, federal, and state agencies in subjects as diverse as growth management, forestland conservation, watershed restoration and protection, fisheries, and plant ecology. Prior to working for NOAA, Carol served as the Senior Habitat Biologist and Habitat Program Manager for the Point No Point Treaty Council, a consortium of four Native American Tribes on the Olympic Peninsula.

Eric Evans
(360) 457-6622 ext. 24
E-mail: Eric.Evans@noaa.gov

Photo of
EvansEric currently works with Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary, running its computer network and managing the voluminous amounts of scientific data accumulated over the field season. Eric is a contractor assigned to the sanctuary office from his parent company System Configuration Service, Inc.

Eric Evans was born in Anchorage, Alaska in 1963. With three biologists in his family, Eric rebelled and chose computers as his profession. But those old episodes of "Jacques Cousteau" and "Wild Kingdom" clearly rubbed off and in 1999 when the sanctuary needed an on-site IT consultant, Eric jumped at the chance. So far, he hasn't been called upon to fix transmitters deep on the ocean floor or wrestle a tracking beacon onto a wolf eel, but he did get to ride on the R/V Tatoosh once.

Eric has a BA from Fairhaven College. He is MCSE and A+ certified. After college, Eric married and moved to the Peninsula with his wife Loraine. Eric's interests include Macintosh/Windows cross-platform management, network infrastructure, dining by candlelight and long walks in the rain.

Carey Floyd
(360) 457-6622 ext. 23
E-mail: Carey.Floyd@noaa.gov

of Carey FloydCarey Floyd has been a graphic artist in the Puget Sound area since 1996. She started contracting with Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary in 2001. Her work for the sanctuary includes graphic design, web design, posters, illustrations, video editing, and large-scale event displays. Carey spends much of her free time asleep, entertaining cats, or on her motorcycle.

Alisha Friel
(360) 457-6622 ext. 14
E-mail: Alisha.M.Friel@noaa.gov

of Alisha Friel ENS Alisha Friel joined Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary in January 2016. Previously, she worked as a junior officer aboard the NOAA Ship Fairweather based out of Ketchikan, Alaska. Fairweather is a hydrographic research ship conducting ocean mapping to update nautical charts. She qualified as an Officer of the Deck standing a navigational watch and overseeing the safety of operations. During that time, she earned her USCG 100 ton master's license.

ENS Friel graduated from University of Alaska Southeast in 2011 with a B.S. in Marine Biology. Prior to joining NOAA, she worked for the Alaska Department of Fish and Game as a college intern and then a fisheries technician.

ENS Friel looks forward to serving OCNMS and supporting research through her role as Vessel Operations Coordinator.

George Galasso
(360) 457-6622 ext. 12
E-mail: George.Galasso@noaa.gov

Photo of George Galasso George Galasso has worked for NOAA since 1982 and has been Deputy Superintendent for Policy & Programs since the 1994 designation. George has a B.S. in Environmental Resource Management from the College of Environmental Science and Forestry and a Masters of Marine Affairs from the University of Washington.

Since joining NOAA, George has served on three NOAA vessels, piloting vessels through the inside passage of BC and Alaska and participating in research cruises from the Arctic to the South Pacific. He has years of experience in policy analysis, operational planning, data collection and analysis. He is currently involved in implementing the sanctuary's revised management plan and managing sanctuary resource protection programs.

Kevin Grant
(360) 457-6622 ext. 15
E-mail: Kevin.Grant@noaa.gov

of Kevin GrantIn 1996 Kevin received a B.S. in Biology/Environmental Science from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. Kevin then served two years as a Peace Corps volunteer teaching high school science in the Solomon Islands. After returning from the Peace Corps he worked as a Fisheries Biologist with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission conducting fisheries-independent monitoring along the Florida panhandle.

In 2004 Kevin earned a Master of Marine Affairs degree from the University of Washington’s School of Marine Affairs. He spent a year as a John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellow at the Office of National Marine Sanctuaries headquarters in Silver Spring, Maryland. Since then, Kevin spent almost three years in Hawaii working as a Policy Specialist with Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument and four years as the Deputy Superintendent of National Marine Sanctuary of American Samoa (formerly Fagatele Bay National Marine Sanctuary). Since July 2012 Kevin has been the Deputy Superintendent of Administration and Operations at Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary.

At various points in his career, Kevin worked as a Fisheries Observer in Alaska, assisted NOAA's Northwest Fisheries Science Center in developing Community Profiles for West Coast and North Pacific Fisheries, and assisted in a pilot study to develop survey methodology and a sampling strategy for assessment of coastal shark populations.

Nicole Harris
(360) 457-6622 ext. 19
E-mail: NicoleHarris@noaa.gov

Photo of Nicole Harris Nicole Harris is the Education Specialist with Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary. Nicole plans and implements education activities for classrooms, field investigations, teacher workshops, and presentations to local and regional organizations, hoping to inspire stewards to our marine environment in all of our activities. She also assists in the coordination and implementation of volunteer coastal cleanups. With so much to love about this job, the best part is that the "classroom" is the beach.

With a background in Early Childhood Education, a BA in Environmental Policy and a minor in Environmental Science from Western Washington University’s Huxley College of the Environment, she worked as a nearshore biologist along the central coast of Strait of Juan de Fuca before joining the sanctuary team.

Nicole moved to the Olympic Peninsula in 1997. She likes to split her time in nature between hiking the forests of Olympic Mountains, exploring the area beaches, and fishing the waters of the Pacific. A bead-maker in her "spare" time, Nicole loves shiny sparkly things and escapes to her lampwork studio to put all that ocean inspiration into her bead making whenever possible.

Kathy Hough
(360) 457-6622 ext. 30
E-mail: Kathy.Hough@noaa.gov

Photo of Kathy Hough Kathy Hough has worked as a Biologist or Survey Technician since receiving her Bachelor's Degree. After working for a couple of non-profit organizations on various research projects, she joined NOAA. She has been with NOAA, in one capacity or another, since the late 1990s. After approximately eight years working at-sea, she joined Olympic Coast's team and is glad to be on land! She works on sanctuary mooring and habitat mapping programs.

Norma Klein
(360) 457-6622 ext. 10
E-mail: Norma.Klein@noaa.gov

Photo of Norma Klein Norma Klein has been on board as Administrative Support Assistant since November of 2000. She deals with accounts payable and office management. She has eight years experience as an office manager and bookkeeper. She earned her Associate of Applied Science in Accounting/Business from Peninsula College. She has lived on the Olympic Peninsula for the last 25 years.

Karlyn Langjahr
(360) 457-6622 ext. 31
E-mail: Karlyn.Langjahr@noaa.gov

Photo of
Karlyn Langjahr Karlyn joined OCNMS in April 2013 as the Sanctuary Advisory Council coordinator and Olympic Coast Discovery Center Manager. She also coordinates sanctuary volunteers and enjoys bridging education and policy through the sanctuary's diverse user groups, from stakeholders and partners to the general public and visitors. Karlyn represents the sanctuary on travel and tourism and is the coordinator for the site's NOAA Marine Debris Monitoring project.

Although she grew up in the Midwest, she felt the ocean calling her at a young age. Karlyn obtained her BS in Zoology and French from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and then served as a Peace Corps volunteer on the Pacific coast of Panama from 2001-03 in the sector of community environmental education and conservation. She then went on to complete her Master's degree at the University of Washington's School of Marine Affairs, where she focused on interdisciplinary approaches to marine resource management. She conducted her Master's thesis research on 28 islands in the Philippines' Danajon Bank double barrier reef system on community perceptions and factors for successful marine reserve management. After graduate school she spent 3 years working in the U.S. Virgin Islands for the St. Croix East End Marine Park as a NOAA Coral Reef Management Fellow, primarily in the realm of capacity-building, education/outreach and conservation project management. Karlyn also worked in the Zanzibar archipelago for two years off the coast of Tanzania managing award-winning Chumbe Island Coral Park, and then as Assistant Manager at a remote lodge on Pemba Island. During this time she met and hosted Dr. Jane Goodall during her 50th Global Anniversary celebrations as well as the BBC film crew when Chumbe Island was chosen as a finalist for the BBC's World Challenge 2010.

Prior to moving back to the Pacific Northwest, Karlyn worked with university students at environmental-science field based programs in Panama and Costa Rica with The School for Field Studies. When not exploring the Olympic Peninsula in her free time, you can find her teaching yoga in Port Angeles.

Jacqueline Laverdure
(360) 457-6622 ext. 21
E-mail: Jacqueline.Laverdure@noaa.gov

Photo of
Jacqueline LaverdureJacqueline Laverdure is Education and Outreach Coordinator for Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary. Jacqueline develops and implements sanctuary education, outreach and communications plans that support the Office of National Marine Sanctuaries and Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary educational mission to inspire ocean conservation using the concepts of Ocean Literacy. She conducts teacher workshops, student field studies, and tribal youth programs.

Prior to her work with Olympic Coast, she was an outreach program coordinator for NOAA Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary. She also crewed and skippered vessels in Key West, Florida for close to fourteen years, sailed the Atlantic Seaboard, completed a trans-Atlantic voyage, and logged over 16,000 nautical miles sailing the coastal waters of Venezuela and the Caribbean.

Jacqueline is originally from Brookfield, Connecticut, and graduated from the University of Connecticut with a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Sciences and Marketing. She has worked in marine conservation and outreach since 1992 and holds a United States Coast Guard 100 Gross Tons Masters license.

Robert Rountree
(360) 457-6622 ext. 31
E-mail: robert.rountree@noaa.gov

Photo of
Robert Rountree Rob started as a volunteer with Olympic Coast Discovery Center in 2005 before joining the staff the following year. He grew up in Atlantic Beach, Florida, and joined the U.S. Coast Guard after high school. Retiring after a 20 year career which took him from Florida to Maine to California to Guam and a dozen foreign countries, he was impressed with the importance of the ocean and how people interact with it. He hopes to pass this on to volunteers and visitors to Olympic Coast Discovery Center.

Jenny Waddell
(360) 457-6622 ext. 17
E-mail: Jenny.Waddell@noaa.gov

Photo of Jenny Waddell Jenny joined the Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary team as sanctuary research coordinator in the summer of 2016. With a background in wildlife biology, a B.S. in Conservation and Resource Studies from UC Berkeley and a Master's of Marine Affairs from the University of Washington, Jenny left Seattle in 2001 to work at NOAA headquarters, first through a Knauss fellowship and then as a marine biologist with the National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science, where she helped conduct biogeographic assessments of several National Marine Sanctuaries and map benthic habitats of coral reef areas in the U.S. Caribbean, Pacific Island Territories, and Micronesia. After several years as a team lead at the Office for Coastal Management's Coral Reef Conservation Program - a position that spread her focus across many different geographies around the globe - Jenny was eager to return to more 'place-based' conservation efforts working as part of the OCNMS team to protect the wild and wonderful outer coast of Washington.

Nancy Wright
(360) 457-6622 ext. 20
E-mail: Nancy.Wright@noaa.gov

Photo of Nancy Wright Nancy has been the geographer for Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary since 2008. She is responsible for the sanctuary's active seafloor habitat mapping program and building a habitat classification system that supports coastal and deepwater ecosystem-based management. She also contributes database development and GIS expertise to research in mammal and seabird monitoring, deepwater coral/sponge habitats, and vessel traffic patterns on Washington's outer coast. Nancy's overarching interest is public outreach and communication, using GIS as a 'voice' for the sanctuary's research and science initiatives.

Nancy's studied at the University of Idaho, Moscow, focused on wildlife-habitat relationship models, threatened and endangered species, and the identification of statewide conservation priorities using GIS. She studied water resources with an emphasis on tribal law and land use. Before college and a career in natural resources, Nancy spent 20 years living in India and the Middle East, studying Sanskrit and eastern theology.

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