Who we are
Jeff Hogan- Executive Director
Jeff Hogan, Killer Whale Tales: Jeff started Killer Whale Tales with the goal of engaging children in the conservation and study of the endangered SRKW population of the Pacific NW. 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 years of education experience (both classroom and outdoor), as well as 15 years of participation in orca research to his position.
Eric Hess- Board Chair
Eric works in communications for Sightline Institute, a sustainability think tank for the Pacific Northwest. A graduate Whitman College with a degree in Environmental Studies: Sociology, Eric moved up to Seattle from Portland in 2007. He enjoys many outdoor activities, including backpacking, hiking, snowshoeing, and kayaking. He also has a not-so-secret passion for cooking.
Pam Martin- Board Secretary
Pam enjoys combining a passion for marine mammals with a love of teaching. She works with several local groups teaching kids about our beautiful Puget Sound habitat and the critters that live here. She has a special interest in keeping up with the latest field science and research to incorporate into exciting learning activities for kids.
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 Paige 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.
Katherine Sather- Board Member
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.