Julia Berg – Director of Education and Community Engagement
Julia has a B.A. in Environmental Education from Western Washington University, and is defending her M.S. in Marine Biology from the University of Guam, studying Tridacna maxima population genetics. Julia has worked as a marine science educator in many capacities around the world, from her early career with the Cousteau family in Grand Cayman to later founding her own environmental education non-profit on a mini tall ship that sailed the PNW Coast. An experienced sailboat and charter captain, she is bringing her love of maritime history, cutting-edge technology, and marine biology to create a new generation of programs at the Foss Waterway Seaport.
Aarin Wilde, Program Manager
Aarin hails from the heartland, having grown up in south-central Indiana before moving to Tacoma in 2017. They earned a bachelor’s degree in geography with a minor in environmental management from Indiana University and have professional experience in tree-ring science, wildlife rehab, and whale research. Aarin serves as the Program Manager for a number of the Seaport’s long-term programming as well as a lead instructor for museum and boat field trips. They are also a local leader in diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives within environmental education. If you see them, ask them about their pet axolotl, Meep.
Lesley Cashon, Education Coordinator
Lesley earned a research-based Master of Science in Pharmacology from SUNY Upstate Medical University. She has previously enjoyed bringing science alive for students at area institutions Pacific Science Center and SEA Discovery Center. She began sharing her love of science with students at Foss in May 2019 and leads aspects of our public programming including our Preschool Pop-Ups.
Sabrina Brentin – Aquarist
Sabrina Brentin is a 2018 UWT graduate with an environmental science degree and a passion for marine biology. With a published crab paper under her belt, she enjoys researching animal husbandry and applying what she has learned to better care for the animals. She lives by the motto that there is always something new to learn.
Phil Hertzog – Educator
Phil has a long association with the Seaport starting in 2010 when he served on the Seaport Advisory Committee representing Tacoma Public Schools teachers. Phil participated in sessions to envision the educational space at the Seaport and our science programs to support students in the South Sound Region. A year later, Phil formed Stadium High School’s Green Club in partnership with the Seaport that brought students to the Seaport for both land and boat-based programs. In 2016, Phil partnered again with the Seaport and lead a full semester marine biology class in which his high school students researched and articulated the skeleton of the humpback whale that currently hangs near our educational space. After 18 years of teaching science for Tacoma Public Schools, Phil retired in 2017 and joined the Seaport Staff in our education department. Phil enjoys teaching students of all ages at the Seaport and passes his passion for the environment and learning on to our students. Phil is also a volunteer back-country ranger at Mount Rainier National Park and on the Snoqulamie Pass’s Nordic and Alpine Ski Patrols.
Charlene Mayo – Educator
Charlene Mayo has spent 38 years teaching in the public school system – 30 years in Washington and 8 years in Idaho. Upon moving to Tacoma, she was drawn to the Foss Waterway Seaport marine science education programs. She particularly appreciates the robust science curriculum which offers both land and boat based, hands-on, learning experiences. Due to her teaching experience, she is well qualified to dub it a unique and valuable program which serves the Tacoma Community. In addition to teaching at the Seaport Museum, she enjoys reading, boating throughout Puget Sound, traveling, and spending time with four grandkids!!