Who we are
Jeff Hogan- Executive Director
Jeff started Killer Whale Tales in 2000 with the goal of bringing the living science of the field into the classroom. Combining his interests of teaching, photography, science, psychology and theatre, Jeff created a program in which the students came to experience the world as the animals around them do. Jeff brings over thirty one years of education experience and sixteen years of orca research to his position. He is also a research associate for the Northwest Fisheries Science Center and Cascadia Research, as well as a member of the Society for Marine Mammalogy.
Eric Hess – Board Chair
Eric has held a lifelong interest in the outdoors and environmental stewardship. He is currently in Marketing at REI has held previous roles in marketing and communications in the nonprofit sector. Eric joined the board in 2009.
Stephanie Schuster – Treasurer
Stephanie received her MBA from Seattle University and has a Bachelor of Arts in Business Leadership with an emphasis in finance and accounting from the University of Puget Sound. She brings certified non-profit management skills, financial oversight, and planning expertise to the table. She is currently in the Project Management Organization for UW Medicine IT Services after serving 5 years as a financial analyst for the Boeing Company. Stephanie Joined the board in 2012.
Candice Emmons – Board Member
Candice holds a master’s degree in marine affairs from the University of Washington. She is currently a part of the marine mammal program at NOAA’s Northwest Fisheries Science Center in Seattle and is working on a variety of projects including winter habitat use, acoustics, and foraging ecology of Southern Resident killer whales.
Nina Hadley – Board Member
Nina holds a B.S. in marine science and a master’s degree in marine affairs from the University of Washington. She works for the Nature Conservancy as the regional learning manager for the Asia Pacific region. An avid traveler, diver and rock climber Nina has made her home on a patch of moss in Seattle for nearly eight years and loves the simple quality of life that the Pacific Northwest affords. She has been doing the backstroke with the KWT pod since 2002.
Claire Brandt – Board Member
Claire holds a MFA in Painting from the San Francisco Art Institute and a Bachelor of Arts with an English and American Literature Concentration from Harvard University. She is a strategic designer with a strong illustrative streak. A hybrid, she combines a fine arts background with critical thinking and a collaborative approach to all projects. She is currently a freelance graphic designer. Her clients include Russell Investment, Perkins Coie, Yahoo!, Marshall Strategy, and Chef David Shalleck. Her passion for the ocean and all of its residents brought her to the Killer Whale Tales Board in Spring 2016.
Lisa Oates – Board Member
Lisa recently moved to Seattle from Alaska. She holds a B.S. in Marine Biology from the University of Alaska Southeast, has experience with nonprofit work, and now is working in payroll for the University of Washington Physicians. She has always had a love of the ocean and especially the marine mammals inhabitants. She also joined the Killer Whale Tales Board in Spring 2016.
Dr. David Bain- Program Advisor
Dr. David Bain is an Affiliate Assistant Professor at the University of Washington whose research has addressed orca communication, social behavior, population dynamics, physiology, and genetics.
Deborah Giles- Program Advisor
Dr. Deborah Giles- Program Advisor: Dr. Giles earned her Master’s degree in Biogeography from the University of California Davis in 2007. Beginning with a pilot study in 2006, she has been collecting location and behavior data on the Southern Resident Killer Whales for her PhD dissertation. Giles’ plans for the future include teaching students how to conduct field research relating to habitat conservation and restoration and spending as much time in the presence of killer whales as possible.
Kari Koski- Program Advisor
Kari is the program director and co-founder of The Soundwatch Boater Education Program at The Whale Museum of Friday Harbor. For 16 years she has been an integral part of the developing scene around the San Juan Islands and was instrumental in the creation and implementation of the ”Be Whale Wise” safe boating guidleines.
Andy Foote- Program Advisor
Andy graduated in Science and the Environment from De Montfort University in the UK in 1994. In 2000 he spent a life-changing summer at Orcalab, B.C. acoustically monitoring the Northern Resident orcas. Since then Andy has worked with bottlenose and common dolphins, harbor porpoise and minke whales in research projects around the UK and Greece, but primarily with the Southern Resident Orca population. He just completed a three year research MSc at Durham University, UK on the vocal behavior of this population.