The School’s Board of Directors and Advisory Group are made up of individuals committed to field education. Their experience is broad, and includes many years exploring, teaching, and serving their communities.
Angela J. Coleman is currently the Hydrologist for the Chugach National Forest in Alaska. Previously she worked for many years on the Tongass National Forest as a hydrologist on Prince of Wales Island. Angela’s expertise on hydrology and geomorphology and her knowledge of the landscape of Prince of Wales and its watersheds is invaluable for Tatoosh students.
Peter Collins is a professor in the Ecology, Evolution and Marine Biology department at the University of California Santa Barbara, where he teaches courses in reproductive biology, contemporary mariculture, and environmental endocrinology. Collins Lab research emphasizes interdisciplinary study of the effects of environmental changes on model marine organisms.
Nigel Foster is a preeminent sea kayak instructor and expedition leader, author and kayak designer, known for his expert teaching style and his love of the sea. Nigel and his co-instructor Kristin Nelson spent six weeks during the summer of 2012 on a paddling trip with college students across the Baltic Sea. Nigel has been on many great expeditions around the world, including the first circumnavigation of Iceland by kayak in 1977.
Karen Hardigg is the coordinator for the Rural Voices for Conservation Coalition, a network of organizations that have joined together to promote balanced conservation-based approaches to the ecological and economic problems facing the rural West.
Gary McGee is the founder and managing director of Gary McGee & Co. LLP, an accounting firm formed in 1992 in Portland, Oregon, with a practice that focuses exclusively on accounting, audit, tax and advisory services for nonprofit organizations and their donors. Gary has worked in the tax-exempt community for more than thirty years.
Brenna Rietmann grew up on her family’s wheat farm in Eastern Oregon, and earned her Master’s in Public Administration at the University of Montana. Brenna uses her keen intellect and artistic talent to document working landscapes and field learning.
Carl Safina is the author of six books and over two hundred scientific and popular publications, including features in the New York Times and National Geographic, and a new forward to Rachel Carson’s The Sea Around Us. Dr. Safina’s work as an author, educator, advocate, and a co-founder of the Blue Ocean Institute is devoted to telling stories about the environment, people, and a shared planet.
Vicki Vermillion is a nurse practitioner in Anchorage and a nearly lifelong Alaskan.
Katherine Wyatt is a researcher with the Natural Capital Project. As part of the Marine Team, she works to evaluate the ecological, cultural, and economic value of coastal resources. Katherine previously worked with the USFS Pacific Northwest Research Station assessing the vulnerability and adaptive capacity of western forests to climate change. She received a MS from University of Washington’s School of Environmental and Forest Sciences and a BA in Environmental Studies from Lewis and Clark College. Katherine serves on the School’s Board of Directors.
John Yeager moved to Wrangell, Alaska in 2004 after retiring from a lengthy career in the US Coast Guard. He is the co-owner of Alaska Charters & Adventures with his wife Brenda where he is a fishing guide and boat captain. Currently, John sits on several Fish and Game advisory boards including the Southeast Regional Advisory Council for the Federal Subsistence Board, and the subsistence seat for SSRAA (Southern Southeast Regional Aquaculture Association), which oversees salmon hatcheries in Southeast Alaska. He is also involved with the Wrangell Fish and Game Advisory Committee and fills an elected seat on the Wrangell Port Commission. John serves on the School’s Board of Directors.
Advisory Group members are made up of community volunteers and are not obligated to contribute to the School in any way. Our Board and Staff calls on volunteers to provide guidance, information, energy, enthusiasm, and suggestions for ways we can improve the experience of our students and the fulfillment of our mission. If you are interested in supporting the school in an advisory capacity, please contact us.