Farhad Ghatan – Vice President of the Board
Farhad Ghatan: B.S. Economics from University of Washington, appointed to Board in 2002; Chairman 2005-to 2014; town councilman (2014 – present), businessman, property developer, entrepreneur, owner of Farhad!, past President of Chamber of Commerce, past member of Friday Harbor Planning Commission, including four years as chairman, Housing Advisory Board, and Lodging Tax Steering Committee; Member of the Board of San Juan Island Sculpture Park; musician and piano tuner, and member of Soroptimist International Friday Harbor.
David Duggins – Member of the Board
David Duggins. Ph.D. in Marine Ecology from the University of Washington. David works on food web dynamics and the community ecology of kelp forests in Alaska and Washington. With his wife, Dr. Megan Dethier, David initiated and supervised the Marine Science Outreach Program at the University of Washington’s Friday Harbor Laboratories. He has served on the Board of Trustees of the Spring Street International School and the Scientific Diving Control Board for both the National Science Foundation and the Smithsonian. David currently teaches and conducts research at the Friday Harbor Laboratories And manages the lab’s Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV).
Tim Dwyer – Member of the Board
Chuck Greene – Member of the Board
Chuck Greene. PhD in Oceanography from the University of Washington, Postdoctoral Scholar at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, Professor in Earth and Atmospheric Sciences and Director of the Ocean Resources and Ecosystems Program at Cornell University. Chuck’s research interests range the effects of climate on ocean ecosystems to conservation oceanography. More recently, he has led an international consortium of universities and other organizations conducting algal bioenergy research to help develop pathways for transitioning from fossil fuels to more sustainable energy sources. Chuck also combines his research and educational interests in ocean science and technology by promoting innovative training opportunities for students. Since 1993, he has organized numerous courses in marine bioacoustics, which have trained over 300 students from 32 countries.
Bruce Ellestad – Member of the Board
Bruce is a retired teacher living on Lopez Island. His career of teaching high school biology, chemistry and physics incorporated using technology, hands-on learning activities and field studies in the science classroom. Currently he owns a computer technology business and still volunteers and teaches part-time in all grades at the Lopez School. His hobbies include playing music in a blues/rock band, painting watercolors, backpacking, skiing and kayaking. His goal for the San Juan Nature Institute is to support its talented staff and expand its educational outreach programs.
Val Veirs – Former President of the Board
After some 8-10 years on the Board of the San Juan Nature Institute, Val has stepped down and he hopes that the future holds opportunities for the Institute to continue and increase its role in helping citizens of all ages acquire interesting and deeper understandings of this special natural area in which we live.
Val Veirs: Ph.D. Physics and Whale Songs; 25 year activist over energy, air pollution and urban planning issues has been expressed through many different courses, panel discussions and community controversies: 1980 chair of the Colorado Air Quality Control Commission; believes that people, informed by scientific understanding, can make decisions that will start society moving toward sustainable lifestyles; worked as Director of the Colorado College Environmental Science Program and helped forge bonds between the activism of C.C.’s idealistic students and the intellectual rigor demanded by the excellent faculty. Now, as a resident of the Pacific Northwest most of the year, Dr Veirs devotes much energy to research on the orca whales that are in peril in Puget Sound.