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Staff

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.

Bill Anderson, Executive Director

Bill Anderson is a Tacoma native with a life-long appreciation for the cultural, environmental, recreational and economic importance of Commencement Bay and our local rivers, creeks and waterways. Before joining CHB, he worked for over sixteen years in environmental consulting for businesses, the promotion of sustainable business practices and membership development for the Greater Seattle Chamber of Commerce.

Prior to his Chamber work, Bill worked in economic development, serving as the founding Executive Director of the Moscow-Latah County (Idaho) Economic Development Council and as Employment Development Manager for the Economic Development Board of Tacoma-Pierce County.

He also worked for years in the development and implementation of local employment and training programs with the Tacoma-Pierce County Private Industry Council, the City of Tacoma and the Tacoma Urban League.

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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 animals and decided to go back to school.

Jeanine received an Associate of Arts & Sciences at Tacoma Community College while training as a veterinary nurse. She then enrolled in University of Washington Tacoma's certificate program in restoration ecology and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Studies.

While studying restoration ecology at UWT, she worked on a year long restoration project at Tacoma Community College. She assisted in restoring a natural area which will be used as a living classroom for TCC students. While working at the site, Jeanine instructed several of TCC's environmental science classes on the importance of restoring and maintaining a habitat and its original ecosystem functions.

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

As a child 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 land use can affect wetlands and local water systems.

After serving seven years in the United States Army, Carrie pursued an Associates of Arts and Sciences degree from Pierce College and a BS in Environmental Science at the University of Washington, Tacoma.

Carrie joined CHB in August 2007 working as an administrative assistant. Since that time, Carrie has been involved in various programs at CHB, gaining experience in the environmental arena and helping with the protection and restoration of Commencement Bay and its surrounding watersheds. She is currently responsible for CHB's NPDES compliance and storm water program.

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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 for the college’s residence halls, served on the Student Environmental Committee, and volunteered as a water quality monitor for the Iowa DNR. Karen also played college basketball, and spent summers as a camp counselor and nature specialist. Her passion for water issues was sparked during a semester abroad in Tanzania where she conducted her own independent research regarding the drought’s impacts on the Maasai tribe.


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

 

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