Salish has a staff of five administrative employees, as well as 10-12 program staff employed during the program seasons.
Executive Director, Seth Muir
Seth comes to Salish from the San Francisco Maritime National Park Association where, as Education Director, he hosted over 11,000 students annually on ships in the San Francisco Maritime National Park (and beyond). He has over twelve years experience in the fields of Outdoor Experiential Education, Marine Science, Environmental Stewardship, Outdoor Leadership, and Non-profit Management. Seth served as Director, curriculum developer, coordinator, guide, educator, and boat builder at organizations including Marine Science Institute, Camp Galileo, Rippleffect, Mendocino Woodlands, Get Out and Learn and Absolute Adventures. Seth holds a BA in Geography from the University of Colorado at Boulder and studied Hydrology at the School for International Training in Belize. When not in or on the water Seth can be found taking a walk with his lovely wife Christen and his son Silas, playing guitar, traveling or gardening. He is originally from Maine but doesn’t have a funny accent.
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Education Director, Kristen Cann
Kristen joined the Salish team in 2008. Kristen comes to Salish with a passion for spreading knowledge and stewardship to our region's future adults. Upon graduating with a degree in Biology and Marine Biology from Long Island University in New York she took to the seas, spending years aboard schooners and sloops, first as a student then in the roles of Program Coordinator and Deckhand with Ocean Classroom Foundation, South Street Seaport Museum, and Hudson River Sloop Clearwater Inc. She has also spent time as an adjunct professor for M.A.R.E at Franklin Pierce College in New Hampshire. She believes highly in the value of getting students out into the elements for a lasting education, as they understand and absorb so much more when they are out in the field or on a boat. When she is off boats she spends her time working as a wildlife rehabilitator, naturalist and educator with The Vermont Institute of Natural Science and most recently West Sound Wildlife Shelter. To contact Kristen please email her at email@example.com
Program Manager, Eric Strickler
Eric started sailing with Salish in the fall season of 2010 as a deckhand and returned for the 2011 spring season with our team of Marine Scientists. With a background in the biological sciences and two years of experience in aquatic microbiological research there is nowhere Eric would rather be than Salish Sea Expeditions. Eric is originally from Grand Rapids, MI, and obtained his B.S. in Natural Resources Management from Grand Valley State University. Eric moved out to the Pacific Northwest in May of 2008 to work on Mt. Rainier's Ecological Restoration crew and has become enamored with the natural beauty of the landscape of this region, and the privilege that it is to live here. Before coming to Sailsh Sea Expeditions, Eric worked as an Americorps intern with Cascade Land Conservancy where he became involved with the wider scale conservation of the Puget Sound region. After a nearly 2 year hiatus to work in the Rocky Mountains doing ecological restoration Eric heard the Sirens calling once again from the waters of Puget Sound and returned to Salish as Program Manager. Eric believes that experiential and inquiry based education is a cornerstone in future conservation of this beautiful region and he is happy to be a part of that effort. To contact Eric please e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org
Development Associate, Rebecca Wilhite, C.P.C.
Prior to joining Salish Sea Expeditions, Rebecca worked at Seattle Pacific University (SPU) as the Senior Events Manager; she lived on the road providing educational seminars though out North America for the Bureau of Education and served as Vice President of an event management firm. She has worked in higher education as the Director of a Foundation and Corporate Services Manager. In addition, Rebecca has worked in the hospitality industry at hotels, convention bureaus and on cruise ships, as well as in private, public and business and educational environments. She also served on the Board for Meeting Professionals International. Rebecca resides on Bainbridge Island, Washington with her husband Jeff and daughter Emma and enjoys cooking gourmet meals from scratch. To contact Rebecca please e-mail her at Rebecca@salish.org
Finance Manager, Martin Blevins, CPA
Martin graduated from Westminster College of Salt Lake City, Utah where he received his BS in Accounting. An active member of our community Martin has volunteered for North Kitsap High School Marching Band Boosters, Boy Scouts and PTA. Martin has been a member of the North Kitsap community since 1998, and currently lives on Bainbridge Island with his wife Heidi and their combined family of four children. In his free time he enjoys going with his family on Adventure Days to explore all the different areas of Western Washington. Martin is also currently employed as the Director of Finance for Martha and Mary Center in Poulsbo, Washington. To contact Martin please email him at email@example.com
Office Coordinator, Mark Arduini
Mark came to Salish in 2013 from the University of Washington, where he studied Nonprofit Administration. He originally hails from Virginia, where he worked as a museum educator at such institutions as the Mariners’ Museum and Jamestown Settlement. Mark is thrilled to be working with an organization that inspires young people to become active, engaged citizens of their communities and their world. Mark lives in Seattle with his wife and newborn son. You can contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.