Staff Category: Board of Directors

Simon Geerlofs

Secretary

Simon has lived, worked, and played on Puget Sound for most of his life (aside from two separate stints in Washington DC, where he worked for Senator Maria Cantwell and the Department of Energy's Wind and Water Power Program). He served on the Snohomish County MRC from 2010-2016, as vice chair for during the last three of those years. Before that, Simon was the Marine Programs Manager for the NWS Commission. These days, Simon stays busy as a Program Manager for Pacific NW National Laboratory's Marine Sciences Laboratory in Sequim. He splits his time between the Laboratory and running a small film production studio, Transect Films, with his wife, Faith. Simon, Faith, and their five-year-old daughter, Hala recently moved to Port Townsend, after years of battling traffic in Seattle and are still in the process of decompressing.

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Anne Murphy

Vice-President

Anne Murphy, a first generation resident of the Salish Sea region, was born in the Ohio River Valley of Kentucky. She moved west to attend Oregon State University for a degree in Natural Resource Management. She migrated to the North Olympic Peninsula to engage in coastal issues, resulting in a 27-year career in the non-profit, education and conservation field. As Executive Director of the Port Townsend Marine Science Center, Anne developed education programs and exhibits featuring Salish Sea marine life and conservation. She promoted citizen participation in science by establishing a community research lab that became the backbone of one of the region’s strongest citizen science programs. Since retiring in 2013, she remains hands-on with conservation through the Jefferson Marine Resources Committee and personal projects.

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Betsy Lyons

Treasurer

Betsy Lyons has over 17 years of experience working collaboratively on scientific research, policy and conservation efforts in the Pacific Northwest. She has worked on a broad range of issues including forest canopy research, rare plant conservation, natural area stewardship, native oyster restoration, water quality, shoreline and estuary restoration and climate change. Her interest is in bring together people, funding, technical resources and sound science to make informed decisions and strategic investments in Puget Sound. She believes healthy, functioning habitats are key to supporting vibrant and sustainable local communities. She values the Northwest Straits Foundation's commitment to informed policy through sound science, citizen engagement, public-private partnerships, and voluntary conservation. Betsy was an integral member of the Puget Sound Nearshore Ecosystem Restoration Program which created the state’s nearshore ecosystem restoration strategy for Puget Sound. She helped create and manage the Estuary and Salmon Restoration Program which provides funding and technical assistance for high quality nearshore restoration, protection and monitoring in Puget Sound. She has a BS in Botany from the University of Washington and a Master of Environmental Studies from the Evergreen State College.  She currently lives and works in the Seattle area.

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Shannon Davis

Board Member

Shannon Davis holds a master’s degree in Urban Planning with an emphasis on natural resource management from the University of Washington. She spent five years as the owner and operator of a sailing and kayaking charter boat business in the San Juan Islands. Shannon was the first coordinator for the San Juan County Marine Resources Committee and is now a member of the Jefferson County MRC. She has been Development Director at Friends of the San Juans, a local environmental group in San Juan County since 2003.

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Ian Jefferds

Board Member

Ian Jefferds is general manager of Penn Cove Shellfish, LLC and has been farming mussels on Whidbey Island since 1975 when he and his family started a mussel farm in Penn Cove; since then, his farm has grown to be the nation's largest mussel farm. Jefferds holds a bachelor’s degree in marine resource assessment planning from Huxley College of Environmental Studies at Western Washington University. He’s also on the board of the Pacific Coast Shellfish Growers' Association, is an active member of the California Current Acidification Network (C-CAN), past chair of the Island County Marine Resources Committee, and enjoys skiing, fly fishing, photography, golf and mountain biking.

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Jay Lind

Board Member

Jay Lind is a third generation seafood processor with experience in marketing, quality control, finance, plant management, and international trade. He has a business degree from the University of Puget Sound and is currently involved with importing squid products and trading in seafood from the North Pacific. Jay is a member of the Skagit Marine Resources Committee.

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