Angie Thomson, Vice President
Angie is an Associate Principal and shareholder at EnviroIssues, a communications and outreach consulting firm focusing on resource and public policy challenges. She is a fifth-generation Washingtonian and long-time Tacoma resident with a love for Puget Sound and a background in oceanography, science communications, facilitation and outreach. Joining the board in 2010, Angie brings a communications and outreach perspective.
Jeff is a Watershed Planner for the Pierce County Watershed Water Quality Division. A Tacoma native, Jeff spent many years working for the National Park Service and U.S. Forest Services, while also instructing for the National Outdoor Leadership School across the U.S. and abroad. He originally joined CHB in 2006, working as the Bay Patrol Director for eight years. Jeff lives on a small island in south Puget Sound where he and his wife raise their two boys.
Dean is the Executive Director of the Tacoma South Sound Sports Commission with a mission to see Tacoma and Pierce County as a premier amateur sports market destination. A Tacoma resident, he is an avid outdoor sport enthusiast and active Stand-Up Paddle Board athlete throughout the waters of Puget Sound and greater Pacific Coast. Through story and photography, Dean explores how Tacoma’s shoreline and overall relationship with Commencement Bay has changed over time.
Bryan is the Executive Director of the Greater Metro Parks Foundation, where he strives to build a healthier, more vibrant community by investing in people and parks. He grew up with access to 60 miles of bike trails in his hometown of Anchorage Alaska, and currently uses his bike to ply the roads and trails of Tacoma, Washington. With 23 years of working with community based organizations and land management agencies, Bryan brings a wealth of experience and knowledge of parks and open space to the board.
A board member since 2006, Cheryl has a Ph.D. in physical oceanography from Columbia University. Currently, she is an Associate Professor of Geoscience in the School of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences at the University of Washington – Tacoma, where her favorite activity is taking her students in the field for hands-on research experience.
Born in Seattle, Charles attended high school in Vancouver, BC, and spent 15 years in the restaurant industry while he pursued a BS in Aviation Management. After retiring from Alaska Airlines three years ago, Charles now dedicates his efforts to humanitarian and conservation causes, and spends as much time as he can outdoors riding his bicycles.
As Director of Brand Marketing at Taylor Shellfish Farms, Marco is a life-long advocate of sustainability, which he believes is most effectively achieved through collaboration and inclusion. With multiple degrees focused on ecological, social and environmental business sustainability, Marco works actively to build lasting partnerships with top chefs, other food professionals and environmental groups. From leading culinary conferences, where he can shuck oysters with the best, to his own home grill, where only the finest ingredients will do, Marco enjoys sharing his passion for healthy and sustainable shellfish for the benefit of our environment and our diets.
Emily serves as a mentor for Elizabeth Wesley’s Alumni Program where she is able to help minorities in her community to reach academic excellence. In the Spring of 2016, Emily created, with Citizen’s for Healthy Bay, the Summer Educational Ambassadors Program to get young adults underrepresented in STEM fields interested and involved in the aquatic environment by encouraging them to become environmental leaders in their community. Emily attended Humboldt State University and Duke University and graduated with a degree in Marine Biology and Conservation and a degree in Wildlife Biology. Emily’s ability to communicate and engage with a diverse range of individuals brings a new strength and excitement to our organization.
Policy and Technical Advisory Committee
Our Policy and Technical Advisory Committee is made up of passionate experts in oceanography, hydrogeology, chemistry, marine ecology, fish biology, environmental monitoring, sustainability and environmental law. This advisory group allows Citizens for a Healthy Bay to cultivate a deep understanding of the scientific and policy issues related to our work. Meet the experts!
Sheri Tonn, Committee Chair
Professor of Chemistry, Pacific Lutheran University and co-founder of Citizens for a Healthy Bay
Associate Dean of Curriculum and Academic Initiatives and Associate Professor of Marine Ecology, University of Washington – Tacoma
Principal Fish Biologist and Restoration Ecologist, Sky Environmental LLC
Professor of Geology, University of Puget Sound
Monitoring Program Performance Analyst, Puget Sound Partnership
Watershed Partners Lead, Pierce County Surface Water Management
Office of Environmental Policy and Sustainability Manager, City of Tacoma
Associate Professor of Chemistry, Pacific Lutheran University
Superfund Project Manager, Environmental Protection Agency (retired)
Attorney, Coastline Law Group PLLC
Lorna Zarkowski Fuller
Surface Water Manager, City of Tacoma (retired)