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 twenty years of education experience and eight years of orca research to his position.
Jeff also drives the Whale Museum’s boater education boat, Soundwatch.
Nina Paige Hadley- Board Chair
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.
Jenny Mears- Co-secretary
She loves working with teacher training and backyard habitat workshops at the Woodland Park Zoo, where she also serves on the Green Team. She enjoys travelling, singing, swimming and having backyard barbecues with friends.
Jenny Mears has been with the Killer Whale Tales pod from the very beginning!
Ted Kalmus- Board Vice President/Treasurer
Ted holds a Masters of Public Administration from the Daniel Evans School at University of Washington and a MFA in Poetics from the New College of California. He is currently the Head of School and member of the founding faculty of Billings Middle School in Seattle, where students support the livelihood of whales through environmental study, applied field chemistry and outdoor and international travel. He has led trips in the outdoors for the past fifteen years.
Brooke Nelson- Co-secretary
A board member since 2006, Brooke Nelson is a Seattle native who grew up tidepooling on the beaches of Whidbey Island and riding horses in the Pacific Northwest mud. Her first whale sightings as a child were the wild orcas of the San Juan Islands , some of whom she still sees each summer. She works as the community conservation liaison at the Seattle Aquarium and enjoys partnering with other Pacific Northwest organizations on regional conservation efforts.
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.
Pam Martin- Board Member
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.
Eric Hess- Board Member
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.
Darcie Larson- Board Member
Darcie is a life-long resident of the Puget Sound region. Receiving a BS and MS in Biology at Western Washington University, Darcie’s interest in whales and dolphins led her to an internship at The Whale Museum and employment as a naturalist on whale watch boats in the San Juan Islands. Darcie then moved to Seattle and spent eight years with the Save Our Wild Salmon Coalition working to restore Columbia and Snake River salmon. Recently Darcie returned to work as a professional naturalist, and currently works at the Seattle Aquarium as Interpretation Coordinator.
Kailey Genther- Instructor
Kailey has her degree in Aquatic and Fishery Sciences and plans on continuing her education earning her PhD as well as her Masters in teaching. She is currently a research scientist with the University of Washington, School of Oceanography and the Friday Harbor Laboratories.
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
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.