Daniel Hull, Executive Director has been a community organizer and environmental educator for over 28 years. He has worked with several government agencies including US Geologic Survey, US Fish and Wildlife Service, US Forest Service, US National Park Service, the Nisqually Squaxin and Quinault Tribes, Washington Department of Natural Resources, and Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife. He has also worked with many community groups, NGOs, and non-profits. During his tenure in community engagement, Daniel has created, managed, and participated in dozens of monitoring projects and presented thousands of educational programs. These programs focused on connecting the community with their local environments and linking that with overall ecosystem health. The culmination of efforts put forth was instrumental in the creation of a community-driven State DNR Aquatic Reserve in 2011. Daniel has a general degree in Natural Science and minor in Communication and Interpretation from Hocking College in Nelsonville, Ohio.
Terence Lee, Science Director has worked in the nonprofit community in Olympia as a scientist for the last eight years, because he is passionate about environmental issues; something that began while growing up in San Francisco. He learned how to fish and garden from his dad, which eventually led to a desire to learn how take care of the natural world. He earned a BS in Environmental Science from The Evergreen State College with a focus in conservation and marine biology. Saving the world is a big job that nobody can do by themselves, but it can be done when many individuals work cooperatively to accomplish that goal. Terence is inspired to use citizen science as a tool to connect people with nature and teach others new ways to appreciate the natural wonders of the world. One of his dreams is that salmon populations up and down the West Coast will be restored, which will lead to healthier societies, economies, and people. Not surprisingly, Terence loves to fish, garden, and read in his spare time.
April Roe, Education Director was born and raised in eastern Pennsylvania. Her passion for clean water and healthy ecosystems led her to earn a bachelor of science degree in Environmental Resource Management from Penn State. While in college, she spent her summers working with inner city youth in Philadelphia and later worked on Penn State’s organic agriculture farm. After graduation, she moved to Washington to accept an AmeriCorps position as an Education & Outreach Associate with Thurston County Stream Team. Immediately falling in love with the Pacific Northwest, she enjoyed spending her days outside with inquisitive students and volunteers. April is excited to be the Education Director for NRNC and appreciates working alongside NRNC’s fantastic volunteers. She strives to provide quality educational programming to students throughout the region. When she is not working, April enjoys hiking, snowshoeing, and exploring Washington with her friends.
Tristan Carette-Meyers, Research Intern was born and raised in Tacoma, growing up near Titlow park beach. Spending a lot of his childhood crawling over barnacle covered rocks and chasing small crabs on the shore of Puget Sound instilled in him with love for our great salt water fjord. He is currently a undergraduate student at The Evergreen State College, aiming for a bachelors in science with an emphasis on invertebrate zoology. While attending he has worked as a program aide and for the Mount St. Helens Institute. He has assisted faculty in research into the effects of disrupted ocean upwelling events on sea urchin larvae, and has worked independently on creating a species list of the intertidal insects of Puget Sound.
Raelinda Boughton, Research Intern is 23 years old and graduated from Washington State University Pullman on May 9th 2020 with a Bachelors in Wildlife Ecology and Conservation Sciences. Go Cougs!! Raelinda was born and raised in Washington State and recently moved up to the Olympia area because her husband is stationed at Joint Base Lewis McChord. Growing up, animals and conservation have always been important to her. She’s excited to make a difference in the world. She has a Siamese cat; names Lydia. She and her husband love to take her for walks and hikes when it’s nice out. She is her absolute favorite. “This internship will make me stronger in the future as well as improving different techniques when collecting and analyzing data. I’m excited to be a part of the Nisqually Reach Family for this summer and I can’t wait for what I’m going to learn!”
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Daniel Krenz, President is an 8-year U.S. Army combat veteran that has been with the Nature Center since 2008, a member of the Board since 2012, and serving as President since 2017. Daniel attended Pierce College and The Evergreen State College for his undergraduate science work and received a Master’s of Natural Resources degree from Oregon State University. Daniel is a senior project manager with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in Seattle, specializing in Clean Water Act regulation.
Brian Scott, Vice President recently retired after 28 years as an Army Officer. His wife is an Army Colonel at Madigan Army Medical Center on Fort Lewis. He has two young children who love NRNC summer camps. After traveling and living all over the world, he has decided to set roots here in Washington and contribute to the continued success of NRNC and its great mission.
Jessica York, Treasurer is originally from Spokane, Washington but now calls Lacey home. Her time with the Army moved her to a variety of places over the years. Jessica enjoys swimming, photography, puzzles, sewing, and game nights with her kids. She is excited to put her accounting and business expertise to great use for a great cause and take on the new role as Treasurer.
Katitza (Kat) Holthaus, Secretary grew up in Southern California where the majority of her days were spent at the beach and learning about marine life. She volunteered with a local organization leading community water quality testing, fish seines, and beach clean ups. In 2007, she moved to Washington to pursue her bachelor and master degrees. She currently works for the Department of Health as a policy analyst. Kat became a board member in 2017 but has been volunteering with summer camps, forage fish surveys, and PIGU surveys at NRNC since March 2016. The health of Puget Sound is vital to Washington’s existence and she wants to share her passion in protecting natural resources with anyone who will listen.
Cris Peck is originally from Cincinnati, Ohio, but has worked in the Nisqually area since 2012. Cris worked for the Nisqually Land Trust for 5 years doing habitat restoration and land conservation projects throughout the watershed. Before that, he worked at a cannery in Alaska, was a camp counselor in Kentucky, did trail crew in Appalachia, and worked on restoration projects throughout the Midwest, including wetland mitigation in the infamous Cuyahoga River watershed. Cris is currently the caretaker with the Nature Center, and in early 2016 became a board member. The Nisqually watershed and its estuary would not be protected without concerned citizens working together for the benefit of our natural world, and he is honored to be a part of this unique community.
Leah Anderson grew up in rural South Dakota. She attended North Dakota State University where she earned degrees in Architecture and Environmental Design. Fulfilling a desire to live on the West Coast, Leah and her husband moved to Washington in 2010. She is currently working as a construction project manager for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Joint Base Lewis-McChord. She is inspired by the people and purpose behind NRNC and hopes to raise her son with an awareness and appreciation for our natural resources.
Shannon Boldt is a native Washingtonian and graduated from Pacific Lutheran University with a Bachelors of Science degree in Biology, and a minor in Chemistry. She started her career working in geriatric and sleep and aging research at the American Lake VA Hospital. Afterwords, she was on the New Product Development team at Abbott Diagnostics in Germany. Upon returning to the States, she transferred to their clinical research pathology lab, prior to becoming a stay-at-home mom. Shannon has a strong love for and attachment to saltwater and marine life, and sought to finally follow her dream of working at the beach by becoming involved as a volunteer in the Nisqually Reach Nature Center’s forage fish project, and now also Pigeon Guillemot surveys. In her free time, Shannon enjoys spending time with her kids and husband, walking, hiking, surrounding herself in nature, traveling, bird watching, and photography.
Suzie Scott recently retired from the Army after 30 years of service as an Army Nurse Corps Officer. She is now serving as the Chief Nursing Officer for Providence, Southwest Washington Service Area. She and her husband Brian have two young children who love NRNC summer camps. Now that she and her husband have decided to make Washington their forever home, she wants to help her community and the environment so has volunteered to serve on the NRNC board to contribute to the continued success of the Center.
Derek Faust is originally from Pennsylvania and moved to Washington in 2018. He grew up playing in the woods, lakes, and mountain streams. Derek has attended Elizabethtown College, Texas Tech University, and Mississippi State University, earning B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in the field of environmental science. He is a faculty instructor at Clover Park Technical College in the Environmental Sciences & Technology program with expertise in wetlands, water quality, and ecology. Derek became a board member in 2019 and is excited to share his passion for the outdoors and expertise in science and education to help advance the mission of NRNC.