Meet Our Staff
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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
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Carol Bernthal is the Superintendent of Olympic Coast National Marine
Sanctuary. Her responsibilities at the sanctuary include all aspects of management of the
staff, policy development, interaction with the Olympic Coast Sanctuary Advisory Council,
with local, state, federal agencies and tribes, and serving as a member of the National
Sanctuary Programs' Leadership Team.
Carol's past work and educational experience
combines natural resource management and environmental policy, with a special emphasis on
with tribal governments. Carol graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1985
undergraduate degree in Biological Aspects of Conservation and a minor in Environmental
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,
plant ecology. Prior to working for NOAA, Carol served as the Senior Habitat Biologist and
Program Manager for the Point No Point Treaty Council, a consortium of four Native American
on the Olympic Peninsula.
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Eric 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
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
on the ocean floor or wrestle a tracking beacon onto a wolf eel, but he did get to ride on
Eric has a BA from Fairhaven College. He is MCSE and A+ certified. After
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
walks in the rain.
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Carey 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.
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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.
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George Galasso has worked for NOAA since
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
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.
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In 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.
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.
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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
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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Jacqueline 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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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
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