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The staff members of Citizens for a Healthy Bay are available to investigate water pollution situations, discuss volunteer opportunities, provide information about cleanup projects, conduct environmental assessments for your business, give a presentation to your group or organization or help you become a member of CHB.

Sharon Babcock, Interim Executive Director

Sharon Babcock has formerly served on the executive team of Seattle public television's KCTS/Channel 9, as Alumni Director at the University of Puget Sound and as Executive Director of the American Leadership Forum of Tacoma/Pierce County. She has a proven track record for creating innovative partnerships among nonprofits, industry, government, education and the media.

Sharon has served on numerous nonprofit boards in the region and advised the Nisqually Land Trust and the North Cascades Institute on their fundraising, business models and operations. She currently writes the monthly blog Our Voices/Our Waterfront for the Tacoma Waterfront Association. Sharon holds a Master's degree from Michigan State University.

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Tarin Todd, Bay Patrol Director

Tarin was born and raised in the Tacoma area and grew up on the shores of Puget Sound.  A longtime member of the Sea Scouts, first as a youth and now as an adult leader, he has cruised extensively on the Salish Sea.  He enjoys sharing the beauty of our local waters with youth.  An avid scuba diver, Tarin understands very well the need to protect Puget Sound and has seen firsthand the effects of pollution on the underwater ecosystem.

Tarin has volunteered with CHB for many years prior to joining the staff as Bay Patrol Director.  Tarin also holds a 100 ton Masters License (Captain's License).

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Jeanine Riss, Restoration Program Manager & Volunteer Coordinator

Originally from the Midwest, Jeanine grew up in California and graduated from the California Culinary Academy in San Francisco. Soon after graduation she moved to western Washington to pursue a culinary career. After working for several years as a head chef, she chose to pursue her life-long interest of the environment and animal protection and decided to go back to school.

Jeanine received an Associate of Arts & Sciences at Tacoma Community College while working as a veterinary nurse. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Studies and Certificate in Restoration Ecology from the University of Washington, Tacoma.  Jeanine has been on the steering committee of the Green Tacoma Partnership since 2008.  She regularly leads habitat restoration events with community volunteers on sites around Commencement Bay and works on several education programs including CHB’s Student Steward Conservation Project.  She also works with the Port of Tacoma to provide stewardship for six of their mitigation sites.

Jeanine spends her free time rescuing/fostering cats and kittens, cooking and making jewelry. She looks forward to meeting you at the many restoration events throughout the year.

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Carrie Hernandez, Stormwater Manager

Carrie grew up in an agricultural community in Nebraska. Her interest in protecting and preserving water quality came from years of observing how chemical applications and intense land use can affect wetlands and local water systems.

After serving in the United States Army, Carrie received a BS in Environmental Science at the University of Washington, Tacoma. She joined CHB in August 2007 and is now responsible for CHB's NPDES compliance and storm water program. She also co-manages the Environmental Education Community of Interest (EECOI), which is part of the Puyallup Watershed Initiative.

Carrie believes that through education and awareness we can prevent Commencement Bay from becoming recontaminated and help preserve our local waterways for the generations to come.

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Karen Gogins, Partnerships and Communication Manager

Karen, a native Minnesotan, graduated from Grinnell College with a degree in Anthropology and Environmental Studies.  While at Grinnell, she worked as an Environmental Coordinator, served on the Student Environmental Committee, volunteered as a water quality monitor for the Iowa DNR and spent summers as a summer camp nature specialist.  Her passion for water issues was sparked during a semester abroad in Tanzania where she conducted independent research regarding drought's impacts on the Maasai tribe.  Karen currently serves on the board of the Tacoma Waterfront Association and volunteers as a Special Olympics basketball coach.

Karen is enthusiastic about and committed to CHB's mission of protecting and preserving our natural environment.

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