Board of Directors

2017 Officers

Katharine (Trina) F. Wellman, M.M.A., Ph.D., President

Trina is a currently a natural resource economist for Northern Economics, Inc. that is based in Anchorage, Alaska. She previously served as a consultant specializing in environmental and natural resource economics as applied to marine resource management and public policy development and implementation. She has worked for the Battelle Memorial Institute, the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration in Washington D.C., and has experience as a student, crewmember and science coordinator on both research and sailing vessels. Trina has a Masters in Marine Affairs and a Ph.D. in Natural Resource Economics from the University of Washington.

Debra Peat, Secretary

Debra has spent the past 20 years working in marine geophysics filling roles in operations and executive management. She is a former assistant instructor of the Hurricane Island Outward Bound School and has crewed tall ships conducting scientific research throughout the Caribbean, Sea of Cortez, and Pacific Ocean. Debra is currently working with Intellectual Ventures Lab, an organization devoted to invention and innovation. Debra holds a B.S. in Oceanography from Florida Institute of Technology and an MBA from the University of Washington’s Foster School of Business.

Bruce Jones, Jr., Treasurer

Bruce is currently active in several businesses part time, having left full time employment in 2003. He began his career in programming and programming management, and after ten years in data processing (as it was called at the time), he changed careers and joined Trick and Murray, the family office products and printing business in Seattle, eventually becoming its President and majority owner. He sold the business to Corporate Express in 1992, led the development of the Northwest Division, and later held the position of Vice President – Business Architecture until leaving the company in 2003. He then became involved in another family business, Lake Union Drydock Co., and is currently its Chairman, with a part-time role. He is also involved part-time with two software development companies in Denver. Bruce is a Seattle native having grown up in Madison Park. He received his college education at the University of Washington. He is an avid boater with annual cruises in the Salish Sea.

2017 Members

Pegeen Mulhern, M.L.I.S., J.D. 

Pegeen practices law with the firm of Nicoll Black & Feig, where she specializes in maritime business and transactions. She has sailed as dishwasher, deckhand, cook, mate and captain on a variety of vessels – sailing on both the east and west coasts and commercial fishing in Alaska.   Shortly after she graduated from college, she and her husband built a 114’ schooner.  Both USCG licensed captains; they alternated trips sailing as captain or mate, offering week-long cruises for 24 passengers on Lake Champlain.  The schooner continues in the passenger trade, now under the name Schooner Manitou (, sailing out of Traverse City Michigan.  She has lived on Bainbridge Island for over 25 years and has been an enthusiastic supporter of Salish Sea Expeditions from the start.

Erin Purcell

Erin is an experienced finance professional with specialized knowledge of non-profit accounting and compliance. She has held various finance roles since 2002, serving established and startup organizations in the tech and non-profit sectors. Erin earned her MBA at Washington University in St. Louis, and her BA at Mount Holyoke College. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family, skiing, sailing and enjoying the natural beauty of the Puget Sound region.

Sally Goetz Shuler

Sally has spent the past several decades working to transform science learning for our youth, especially those who are underserved and underrepresented. She was the former co-founder and executive director of the National Science Resources Center of the Smithsonian Institution and the National Academies in Washington, DC, and the Washington Informal Science Education Consortium comprised of the Burke Museum, IslandWood, Museum of Flight, Pacific Science Center, Seattle Aquarium, and the Woodland Park Zoo. For the past several years, she has been working as a consultant specializing in capacity building, organizational development, fundraising, partnership development, and strategic and business planning as applied to non-profit management. Her clients include the University of Washington, the Hewlett-Packard Company, the International Society for Technology, and Smithsonian Institution National Museum of the American Indian.  She has been a high school science teacher, school district resource leader, and executive. Sally has a BA in Biology from Edinboro State University, and MS in Environmental Health Sciences from George Washington University.

Doug Steding, Ph. D., J.D.

Doug, a partner of Miller Nash Graham & Dunn, focuses his practice on environmental law and litigation, representing landowners, real estate developers, construction companies, industrial facilities and other businesses on issues related to hazardous waste, contaminated land, and regulatory compliance. Doug leverages his scientific background in his legal practice and in the representation of his clients, bringing his knowledge to bear on remediation of contaminated lands and sediments. His land use practice also benefits from his technical background, enabling him to help businesses navigate the complex land use permitting process associated with permitting projects in or near sensitive aquatic environments. Prior to attending law school, Doug earned his Ph.D. in Earth Sciences/Geochemistry, studying the fate and transport of metals in the atmosphere and in estuaries. His research resulted in a cover article in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, and his work included some of the first studies of the impact of industrial emissions from China on mercury deposition on the west coast of North America. Doug is the founder and editor of Science, Law & the Environment, a blog that focuses on the intersection of science, environmental law and policy. He uses this blog to track emerging environmental issues.

Kari Walker

Kari is founder and president of Intellisense Marine, LLC, a marine science consultancy that specializes in the collection and analysis of environmental and operational data, as well as program and project design and management. She received her B.S. in Oceanography and a MBA from the University of Washington’s Foster School of Business. Kari loves being on the water and spending time outdoors.

Sarah-Jane Bailey, Board Fellow

Sarah-Jane is currently part of the Board Fellows program while completing her MBA at the University of Washington’s Foster School of Business. She holds a Master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering and worked for six years with Lloyd’s Register, a vessel classification society. She recently accepted a role managing the Maritime Incident Program for the Holland America Group of vessels.

Rich Perkins, Board Fellow

Rich is an experienced marketing professional, serving as a Board Fellow while completing his MBA at the University of Washington Foster School of Business. He is a Senior Consultant at Lenati, a leading marketing and sales consultancy based in Seattle. He received his B.A. at Colorado College. When not at work or school, Rich loves exploring the Northwest. He is an avid fly-fisherman, climber, and environmental advocate.

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