Posted by: magmatist | August 8, 2011

Meet the MBVRC Board of Directors

Left to right: John, Pete, Dave, Sue at the MBVRC office- The Archer Ale House in Fairhaven.

MBVRC’s volunteer board members are:

Dr. Pete Stelling is a professor in the Geology Department at Western Washington University in Bellingham. Pete has done plenty of volcano studies in the Aleutian arc in Alaska. His website is here. Pete came onto the board when the nonprofit was founded in 2009.

Dave Tucker is an adjunct research associate at WWU. Dave has been involved in Mount Baker researcher (principally mapping and tephra distribution studies) since the mid-90s. Dave hosts the Northwest Geology Field Trips website. He is the originator of MBVRC.

Sue Madsen is a fisheries ecologist and stream restoration specialist with the Skagit Fisheries Enhancement Group. Sue has experience with nonprofit fund raising. Sue joined the board in 2011.

John Scurlock is a pilot famed for his photos of the North Cascades, but Mount Baker in particular. We call him the commander of the MBVRC’s air wing. His photos can be found here. When he isn’t flying, he is an EMT with Whatcom Medic One. John joined the board in 2011.

Doug McKeever joined the board in 2011. He is a geology professor at Whatcom Comunity College. Doug completed the first ever Masters thesis at Mount Baker, back when it was just a little cinder cone. Click to visit Doug’s entertaining website, and see his picture when he was a whippersnapper.

Kevin Scott (CVO-USGS) and Jackie Caplan-Auerback (WWU Geology), were the other two original board members, but have retired. Board members are volunteers, and are elected to two-year terms by other board members. Primary tasks for the board:

  • oversee day-to-day management of the organization
  • manage the research grant program
  • keep the accounts in order
  • publicize MBVRC
  • organize public presentations
  • organize and lead field trips
  • enjoy each others good company at occasional meetings
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