New Executive Director for PT Marine Science Center Announced

Dear PTMSC volunteers and friends,

As most of you are aware by now, our wonderful Anne Murphy will be beginning a well-deserved retirement at the end of July.  The Board of Directors, after a thorough process of review and interviews, has selected a new Executive Director.

Janine Boire, who will officially start work here on August 1st, is currently the Executive Director of the Discovery Science Center of Idaho, in Boise.  She brings to us many years of executive leadership experience at two different science centers in the western United States.  She spent her childhood here on the shores of the Salish Sea, and prior to leaving the area, worked in a variety of capacities at the Pacific Science Center in Seattle.  Janine will be visiting us several times before she and her 12-year-old daughter re-locate to Port Townsend, and you will have lots of opportunities to meet and talk with her over the course of the next few months.

Saying farewell to Anne, who is so much a part of PTMSC, will be a difficult process, but Janine’s wealth of experience, passion for science learning, and love of the Pacific Northwest will help us carry on as we continue our work of inspiring conservation of the Salish Sea.
Linda Dacon, President

PTMSC Board of Directors


PS: I was asked to be on the committee to review all the candidates (I am not a member of the Board of Directors of the PTMSC). There were a lot of candidates  with excellent credentials. To all those who applied, I would say that you were up against a very skilled set of competitors for the position, and the choices to even winnow the list down to finalists were not easy. Congratulations to Ms. Boire. And congratulations to the Marine Science Center for a solid process. It’s never easy to replace a founder. – Editor

June 8th is World Oceans Day

While this is sponsored by NOAA, the UN and many other agencies, it is oddly not celebrated here in the Salish Sea. Only a couple of minor events are happening, according to their event calendar. Given the huge amount of work being done here, maybe next year we can see a greater uptake in public awareness on this event.

Want to do something to celebrate? Here’s a short list.

  • Take a child to the Port Townsend Marine Science Center
  • Take a child to the Feiro Marine Life Center in Port Angeles.
  • Go to any beach with a bag and collect garbage. You’ll find some.

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