Staff Category: Northwest Straits Foundation Staff

Caroline Gibson

Executive Director

Caroline comes full circle in the Northwest Straits Initiative, having spent six years managing programs for the Northwest Straits Commission and four on the Jefferson MRC. A self-professed aficionado of sharks, natural history dioramas, and Washington wines, she previously spent more than a decade in the nonprofit sector, much of it as External Relations Director with Pacific Marine Conservation Council.  Caroline is a passionate advocate for community-based conservation, and has served on a variety of regional advisory boards and committees. She holds extensive at-sea experience and studied marine sciences at Memorial University of Newfoundland and the University of Maine.

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Tarrell Kullaway

Director of Philanthropy

Tarrell comes to the Northwest Straits Foundation with 25 years of experience in non-profit leadership and development.  She most recently served as Senior Director of Development for the Cascade Bicycle Club during their successful capital campaign.  Prior to Cascade, she got to know many of our partners serving as the Director of Development for Washington Environmental Council and Washington Conservation Voters.  A resident of the northwest for more than 2 decades, Tarrell and her husband Max are avid bicylists who enjoy bike-camping the glorious locations around the Salish Sea.  Tarrell loves meeting interesting people and looks forward to learning about the ecology of this beautiful region from people like you.

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Lisa Kaufman

Nearshore Project Manager

Lisa manages shoreline restoration projects on behalf of the Foundation and MRCs. She was formerly the Restoration Manager for the Washington State Department of Natural Resources. She has worked on restoration projects around the region and was key to successful implementation of the Northwest Straits Initiative's creosote debris removal program and an important partner on many nearshore projects.

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Jason Morgan

Marine Projects Manager

Jason manages the Derelict Fishing Gear Program and Shoreline Restoration Monitoring. Prior to joining the Foundation, Jason worked for six years in commercial fisheries management. Jason gained extensive field experience in the West Coast Groundfish Observer Program, and was a key component to the successful start of the IFQ Catch Monitor Program. In addition to a busy professional life, he is an active volunteer devoting time to community outreach and environmental stewardship programs.

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Nicole Jordan

Communications Coordinator

Nicole Jordan has her Bachelor of Arts from Western Washington University in Environmental Education and Communication. Originally from Colorado, her interest in environmental conservation started with a love of the mountains. She moved to Bellingham in 2008 where she finished school and started exploring local conservation efforts.  She came to the Northwest Straits from the Marine Life Center in Bellingham, where she had been doing a variety of work including working with volunteers to managing databases and aquariums. Prior to that she worked in the funeral industry in promotion of restorative/natural burial practices. She is an avid sailor and diver, enjoys playing ukulele and traveling the globe in her spare time.

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Claire Surber

Administrative Assistant

Claire is proudly a Pacific Northwest native. She holds an undergraduate degree from Western Washington University in Geographic Informational Systems (GIS). She is passionate about people’s relationship with their environment and enjoys work which focuses on community building and environmental sustainability.