Julia is dedicated to leveraging her experiences in the maritime industry, business, environmental education, technology, and marine biology to grow equitable programs that encourage community stewardship actions in the PNW. Julia is defending her M.S. in Marine Biology from the University of Guam, studying Tridacna maxima population genetics. Julia also has a B.A. in Environmental Education from Western Washington University. Born and raised in the PNW, Julia has built her career in many places around the world. Some of her favorite career opportunities include as a naturalist for the Cousteau family in Grand Cayman, training as a marine biologist and ROV pilot in the Mariana Islands, five years as Communications Director for a silicon-valley startup, captaining power and sailboats, founding a non-profit, and many adventures as a scientific diver.
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 the Seaport in May 2019 and now is part of our virtual teaching programs.
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.
In 2010, Phil served on the Seaport Advisory Committee representing Tacoma Public Schools teachers and then 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 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!
Originating from San Diego, CA, Kaela grew up immersed in the outdoors with a love for the sea. Kaela is a Tacoma School of the Arts graduate (SOTA) and recently graduated from University of Washington Tacoma with a bachelors degree in Environmental Sustainability & Law and Policy. She worked as an educator with Eco-kayak in the spring of 2019 which solidified her love of teaching. In her free time she enjoys creating art, rock climbing and traveling.
Jenn earned a dual bachelors in marine science and biology from the University of Miami and a PhD in biology from Penn State University. For her dissertation, she was interested in utilizing genetic tools to answer ecological questions. Coral reef research has taken her to the Florida Keys, Mexico, Costa Rica, Curacao, Guam, Fiji, and the Phoenix Islands (Republic of Kiribati). She also taught field courses to upper level college students in some of those locations. When not in the field, she taught introductory biology laboratory courses. These small-group, hands-on, learning environments fueled her passion for science education and she is thrilled to be able to work at the Seaport. She has enjoyed the opportunity to reimagine science education, together with school districts and community partners, to include hands-on opportunities for all, even under challenging circumstances. Outside the Seaport, she continues to spread her passion for science and nature by leading outdoor play-based classes in her local community for preschool-aged children. She loves being able to share her interests with her three young sons through those classes. In her spare time, she also enjoys reading, being active, scuba diving, and spending time with her dogs.