Meet The Team
Meet the dynamic team members at Harbor WildWatch, each of who embody our motto of “Learn. Have Fun.”
Beginning as an educator at a Nature Center in South Florida, Lindsey has fifteen years of experience in environmental education. Since 2011, she has led Harbor WildWatch in the areas of strategic planning and execution, fund development, and providing inspirational leadership to the Board of Directors, staff, and volunteers. During this time, Lindsey secured the organization’s first public office space through a unique partnership with the City of Gig Harbor and grew the budget by 300%. She serves the community through various Boards and committees including the KGI Watershed Council (Past Chair); Gig Harbor Chamber of Commerce (Past Chair); DWA Walking Tour Committee (Chair), Downtown Waterfront Alliance (Board Member), Lodging & Tax Advisory Committee (Member), and Donkey Creek Chum Festival (Chair).
Rachel’s career in environmental education began as an education specialist at the Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium where she enjoyed leading youth and adult education programs with live animals. She has been a member of the Harbor WildWatch team for ten years, working her way from Lead Naturalist to Program Coordinator to Education Director. In her current role, Rachel is responsible for developing, coordinating, evaluating, and delivering environmental education curricula to youth and the general public, as well as training and evaluating new staff, interns and volunteers. As a biologist, she also assists the organization in reaching our goal of delivering 600 education programs to 35,000 people in the community.
Stena’s career in environmental education began as an educator with Harbor WildWatch in 2013. In this role, she delivered classroom and field STEM workshops for students in Pierce and Kitsap Counties, and led guided walking tours at the beach, estuary, and wetland. Because of her research experience ranging from geoduck larvae to sea otters, she was tasked with developing a community science program that monitored biodiversity in the KGI Watershed. Today, she serves as the Science Specialist and has created numerous ways for individuals to collect meaningful science data in the areas of salmon, rockfish, water quality, and intertidal invertebrates. This work has contributed to important revelations, including listing the Sunflower Sea Star on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. As a member of the program team, Stena also delivers classroom and field workshops to students, adults, and families living and visiting the South Puget Sound.
Valeria is a first-generation college student working towards a bachelor’s in Environmental Science at the University of Washington – Tacoma. She is passionate about environmental work and strives to inspire stewardship in her community. In her work as a research assistant for the Pediatric Environmental Health Specialty Unit (PEHSU), she surveyed resources regarding children’s health and reproductive health to raise awareness of environmental health risks in vulnerable populations in AL, ID, OR, and WA. Additionally, she served as a research assistant for a professor to understand food insecurity amongst college students and explored how to improve food systems in her community. In the future, through her work on UW Tacoma Sustainability Committee, Valeria hopes to utilize her academic and professional experience to promote research and environmental learning opportunities for marginalized communities.
Valeria is a paid intern at Harbor WildWatch thanks to support from BECU’s Green Equity Initiative Grant.
Kat is a sophomore at Tacoma Community College and is working on her Associates of Science with Environmental Science Specialization and will be transferring to a bachelor program to major in environmental science. She has worked as a lab assistant sampling and processing soils to study how local farmers may improve soil fertility through carbon sequestration. Having lived in the Tacoma area since she was two years old, she grew up in the abundant natural beauty of our area. Her mom instilled a great respect for the outdoors and a passion for habitat preservation. She remains passionate about habitat preservation and remediation. Her goal is to research how habitats and species continue to be affected by human activities and apply this information to expand community knowledge and understanding of environmental topics to ultimately further protection of natural environments so future generations can enjoy the environment’s natural richness. She hopes to utilize her experience in soil sampling and her experience as an intern with Harbor WildWatch to accomplish these goals.
Kat is a paid intern at Harbor WildWatch thanks to support from BECU’s Green Equity Initiative Grant.
Ramiro is a first-generation Latino college student, working towards an associate degree in Environmental Engineering at Tacoma Community College, then looking towards achieving a bachelor’s degree. He is motivated to fight climate change and restore the environment to its natural stat e, and to teach his community how to maintain a sustainable environment. He has worked with the Tacoma Tree Foundation community members on how to reduce fossil fuels in the community and how to involve schools with that process. Ramiro wants to utilize his academic and personal experience to provide information to the Latino community on climate change and reducing the use of fossil fuels in Washington state.
Ramiro is a paid intern at Harbor WildWatch thanks to support from BECU’s Green Equity Initiative Grant.