The Team

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John F. Williams
Executive Director

After a long career writing scientific software for mapping the ocean floor, John began producing educational underwater videos around the turn of the century, and the TV series “SEA-Inside: Pacific Northwest” from 2006 to 2010.

This new magazine project is the next step in connecting people with 21st century media about our nearshore ecosystems, from whitecaps to watersheds.

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Courtney Cole-Faso
Marketing Consultant

Courtney holds an MBA in Marketing and Entrepreneurship and has delivered brand strategies for global brands like Nike and worked in a variety of roles with nonprofit organizations such as IslandWood, Latino Network, and the Oregon Council for Hispanic Advancement. 

Courtney also taught Marketing at the graduate and undergraduate level at the University of Oregon the University of Portland, and continues to mentor graduate students.

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Grant Blackinton
Financial Director

In 1971-72 Grant spent a year in Africa traveling up the Congo River, climbing Mount Kilimanjaro and meeting some of the most civilized people on the planet. Returning from Africa, he lived in Geneva for 6 months studying French and then moved to Hawaii to earn his PhD in Ocean Engineering. He co-founded an ocean survey company based on the sonar systems that he designed. He retired in 2009 after amassing over 1800 days at sea and now greatly appreciates walking the usually solid ground of the forests on Bainbridge.

Contributing Editors and Advisers

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Jeff Adams is Marine Ecologist with Washington Sea Grant, working on a wide range of aquatic and watershed issues on Washington’s Kitsap Penninsula and beyond. Jeff supports beach naturalist, watershed stewardship and invasive species programs and associated citizen science opportunities throughout Puget Sound and is passionate about sharing the wonders of watery worlds with all who will listen. Jeff is the lead for Washington Sea Grant’s Crab Team, an invasive European green crab early detection and estuary monitoring program. Jeff holds a master’s degree in Aquatic and Fishery Sciences and lives on Vashon Island with his extraordinary wife and two budding beach naturalists. Find his past (and hopefully future) tweets @SalishSeaLife and blog posts at Sea Life.

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Kathleen Alcalá is the author of a short story collection, three novels set in 19th Century Mexico and the Southwest, and a collection of essays based on family history. Her work has received the Western States Book Award, the Governor’s Writers Award, and a Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association Book Award. She received her second Artist Trust Fellowship in 2008, and was honored by the national Latino writers group, Con Tinta, at the Associated Writing Programs Conference in 2014. She has been designated an Island Treasure in the Arts. 

Kathleen's latest book is "The Deepest Roots: Finding Food and Community on a Pacific Northwest Island.” It explores our relationship with food and the land through research and interviews with the people who bring us our food on Bainbridge Island. Kathleen has an M.A. in Creative Writing from the University of Washington and a Master of Fine Arts from the University of New Orleans. She was a faculty member at the Northwest Institute of Literary Arts on Whidbey Island. She still lectures and gives readings and workshops in creative writing.

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Leigh Calvez is a naturalist and nature writer. She studied humpback whales in Massachusetts and on Maui, Hawaii along with spinner dolphins on the Big Island of Hawaii. As a naturalist, she has led whale watching tours around the world to places like the Azores, New Zealand and British Columbia. Her interest in the natural world led her to nature writing and her first book “The Hidden Lives of Owls: The Science and Spirit of Nature’s Most Elusive Birds”. Leigh’s essay about her adventures in the Great Bear Rainforest in British Columbia was published in “American Nature Writing 2003” by Fulcrum Books. Her work was also published in an anthology for Sierra Club Books entitled “Between Species: Celebrating the Dolphin-Human Bond”.  Leigh’s essays have also appeared in Smithsonian Magazine, High Country News,The Ecologist,Ocean Realm, The Christian Science Monitor, The Seattle Times andThe Seattle Post-Intelligencer. Her second book, “The Breath of a Whale: The Science and Spirit of Pacific Ocean Giants,” is forthcoming from Sasquatch Books in March 2019.

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Christina Doherty loves to share her passion for getting outdoors and learning what lives and grows there. She has been a naturalist and outdoor educator for over 15 years, and has worn many hats: zookeeper, wildlife rehabilitator, kayak guide, and shell and shark-tooth beachcomber in the southeast (on a beach, she rarely makes eye contact). Part scientist, and part performance artist, she can usually be found turning over a log in pursuit of a salamander, mingling with mycelium and sharing more than you ever wanted to know about moss reproduction. Education: B.S. Zoology, State University of New York at Oswego, Master Birder, Certified Beach Naturalist, and Certified Interpretive Guide

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Tom Doty, Ph.D, Emeritus Professor of Biology at Roger Williams University.
After earning a doctorate studying amphibian population dynamics, Tom spent  several years and over 1,000 hours observing whales and turtles from an amphibious airplane in the Western North Atlantic.  He then spent almost 20 years teaching at Roger Williams University. His list of courses included vertebrate physiology, anatomy, ecology, marine zoology, ichthyology, herpetology, and science in the media. Tom resumed his research program at URI ultimately demonstrating the persistence of amphibians in the absence of humans. In 2000 he moved to Washington state and worked for the Port Gamble S'Klallam and  Skokomish Tribes as a juvenile salmon consultant.  Currently he chairs the North Kitsap Heritage Park Stewardship Group.

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Greg Geehan grew up in Tacoma, graduated from the University of Washington, and earned a PhD in Marine Geology at Scripps Institution of Oceanography.  He then worked in the oil industry for over 20 years in a career that took him to Houston, San Francisco, Alaska, London, Kuwait, and Colombia.  Upon retirement, Greg and his wife Kathy returned to the Puget Sound area and chose to live on Bainbridge Island partly because of its reputation for supporting education and environmental conservation. Greg is a docent at IslandWood, a member of the Bainbridge Island Kiwanis club, and a board member of the Bainbridge Island Land Trust.  He is co-author and narrator of the video Geological Formation of Bainbridge Island, produced and directed by Cameron Snow.  

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Nancy Sefton is an artist, writer, videographer and photographer who specializes in nature subjects.  As a former diver she has contributed frequently to national magazines and newspapers, publishing over 300 articles about marine life.  Nancy now lives in Poulsbo and writes for Sound Publishing newspapers.

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Ron Hirschi is a fish habitat biologist who turned his passion for the future world into working with kids. His more than 50 nature books for young readers have opened many doors so that he has been able to create projects with caring teachers and parents. Locally, he helped create the Suquamish Basket Marsh and was instrumental in the creation of the Nick's Lagoon park and salmon sanctuary. His work in Ohio has spanned many years and includes restoration of wetlands and creation of a life size humpback whale that dives into the earth where it has inspired hundreds of kids to think ocean even though they are so many miles away. His writing continues with a new book all about the many endangered species in Hawaii. He most favors his time spent at his alma mater, Wolfle Elementary where, each year, he and others take kids out into Hood Canal to see who lives there and who we might protect.