Saul is executive director and co-founder of North Cascades Institute. He is an ecologist, naturalist and writer who has explored the mountains and rivers of the Pacific Northwest for more than 30 years. Saul worked throughout the Northwest as a field biologist, fire lookout, commercial fisherman and National Park Service climbing ranger before starting the Institute in 1986. He authored From the Mountains to the Sea, North Cascades: The Story behind the Scenery, Teaching for Wilderness, and Living with Mountains. Saul serves on the board of directors of the Association of Nature Center Administrators, the Natural History Network, and the Environmental Education Association of Washington. He is adjunct faculty at Huxley College of the Environment at Western Washington University. Saul and his family live near the shores of the Salish Sea in Bellingham, Washington.
Kevin is an instructor-naturalist with the North Cascade Institute and is happy to be able to "run around in the woods with kids." He has worked in the Youth Leadership Adventures program since 2008. Originally from Vermont, he earned a degree in environmental studies from Warren Wilson College in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina.
Tom has worked for the Institute since 2007. He currently lives in Marblemount. In his free time he enjoys kayaking, climbing, and generally enjoying the North Cascades.
Director of Administration
Debra Brodie is the administration director and has been with the Institute since 2001. She blends over 30 years of experience in administration management and nonprofit leadership with 15 of those years at Stanford University as manager of graduate research assistantships and fellowships, accounting/finance, research contracts/grants and human resources. Debra grew up exploring the coastlines of San Mateo and Santa Cruz counties of California where she found her passion for raptors and the northern elephant seals. In her spare time she enjoys the exploring the outdoors with her family, reading, and creating various arts and crafts.
Youth Leadership Manager
Amy has been coordinating and leading the Institute's Youth Leadership Adventures program since its inception in 2006. Prior to this, she earned her M.Ed. in Environmental Education through the Institute's graduate residency program and Western Washington University. She has more than fifteen years of experience taking youth and adults outdoors, including working as a whitewater kayaking instructor and raft guide in North Carolina and Tennessee, adventure travel leader in Panama, Costa Rica and Mexico, and interpretive park ranger in Utah. An aficionado of beautiful and inspiring places, she has counted breeding birds on Mount Rainier, monitored peregrine falcons in northwest Colorado, and studied rainforests in Australia. Amy is a whitewater kayaker at heart, but also loves skiing, mountain biking, backpacking, nature journaling, thimbleberries, alpenglow, the song of the hermit thrush and making up silly songs.
Mike moved to the Skagit Valley from Colorado in 2008. He lives in Marblemount with his wife Erin and daughter Ayla, who arrived in April 2010. He has worked for several years in kitchens and also has experience in digital video production, ski industry marketing, commercial sound and lighting, ski tuning and residential construction. His hobbies include skiing, playing guitar and making pancakes.
Group Rentals Coordinator
Andriana coordinates Group Rental Programs at the Learning Center. Born and raised in the Puget Sound area, she earned a BAC in Journalism from Pacific Lutheran University. After making documentaries and experiencing adventures in the newsroom, she's pursuing a new adventure: the North Cascades. She loves sharing her passion for the scenic wonders of the North Cascades with everyone she meets. Traveling is another one of her passions: she's backpacked through Europe, gone hiking in Patagonia, visited koala bears in Australia and hung out with penguins in Antarctica.
Lindsey develops and presents funding proposals to corporate, foundation, and government organizations interested in supporting the Institute’s mission. Her career path has drawn her to organizations with a vested interest in creative problem solving, ranging from museums to institutes of higher education. She is an avid traveler and has become convinced that the North Cascades is one of the best places on earth. In her spare time, you can find her headed out for an alpine climb, hike, or ski tour.
Jeff leads program development for our stewardship and summer youth programs including North Cascades Stewards, North Cascades Wild, Parks Climate Challenge and the Kulshan Creek Neighborhood Program. Jeff has a Bachelor's degree in environmental education, a Master's Degree in Science and fifteen years of experience, including positions at residential centers in Ohio and Georgia. He has been with the Institute since 1998 and lives in Bellingham with his wife Janet, daughter Kate (11) and son Will (9).
Kristofer has been with NCI operations since 2007. For the previous ten years, Kristofer served as operations manager for Holden Village, a remote Lutheran retreat center in the North Cascades. For more than twenty years before that he worked as a building contractor and carpenter in Bonners Ferry Idaho, Minnesota, and California. Kristofer blends 35 years of experience in construction, maintenance and risk management with a philosophy degree from the Paracollege at St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minn. Kristofer divides his time between the Learning Center campus and his home in Bellingham where he and his wife Kristen are restoring their hundred year old home. Their grown daughters Kaia and Johanna are off exploring the world.
Marketing & Design Coordinator
Jessica designs the print, online and marketing materials for NCI. She brings to the Institute over 10 years of marketing and design experience. Jessica is a Pennsylvania native, graduating from the University of Missouri with degrees in English and Graphic Design. She was a Peace Corps Volunteer on the island of Yap in the Federated States of Micronesia from 2000-2002. A former NCAA gymnast, certified SCUBA diver, she enjoys exploring the Pacific Northwest, rock climbing, kayaking, hiking and traveling.
Codi works to connect people with the North Cascades by promoting and sharing the Institute's work through various outreach avenues. She is also the primary scheduler for our Mountain School program. A passion for connecting people with the natural world originally brought Codi to North Cascades Institute as a graduate student where she lived, studied and taught Institute programs at the Environmental Learning Center. Prior to graduate school, Codi received her B.A. in Environmental Journalism at Huxley College and wrote for the weekly and daily Skagit County newspapers. Codi enjoys frigid dips in mountain waters, playing in the snow, and taking natural history notes along the way.
John and his wife Sheri moved to Newhalem from the Midwest looking for mountains and adventure and have found both in the North Cascades. John’s experience in facilities is extensive and he prides himself and his staff on delivering top-notch service to our customers. When John is not working at the Learning Center, you will find him playing outside climbing, biking, camping, canoeing, kayaking, birding or doing trail work.
Jan Healy came to the Institute in the fall of 2009 to open the bookstores at the four visitor centers in the North Cascades National Park. After working for 12 years in the social services, she jumped at the opportunity to work at an independent book store and stayed there for the next 20 years. Born and raised in the Pacific Northwest (except for a few excursions to Montana, Wisconsin, Maine, and Massachusettes) Jan does not intend to leave the area again and is excited to explore her new home and the wealth of accessible outdoor experiences. Of course, they have to wait in line behind trips to the Oregon coast, her home away from home.
Learning Center Administrative Assistant
Anne lived at the foot of Mount Rainier for 22 years, where she raised her two children prior to coming to the North Cascades. She's been an ardent recycler and lover of the earth for more years than she cares to think of. She lives in Marblemount with her dog and cat, and enjoys hiking, canoeing and gardening.
Christen spent much of her youth amidst the big mountains, granite boulders, and expansive treescapes of Northern California, developing a passion for the natural world at an early age. She followed her love for the environment through many western states as a trail crew member, field biologist, farmer and farmer's market coordinator, before getting a Masters in Environmental Education through Western Washington University and the North Cascades Institute. Chris holds a BA in Environmental Studies and Natural History from Lewis and Clark College. When she is not coordinating Mountain School and Skagit Tours, Chris enjoys yoga, hiking and cooking, expecially when it involves good friends and good views!
Orawan was born and raised in Thailand. She has a BA in Accounting from Ramkhamhang University, Bangkok. She moved to the US in 1988. Since moving to the US, she has been living along I-5 from the South to the North: San Diego, CA, Eugene, OR, and now Bellingham, WA. She was a YMCA certified aerobics instructor and has taught Step and Kickboxing classes since 1996. Now she gets up at 5 am and uses an elliptical machine at home before she comes to work. She likes gardening, running, and hiking.
Deb was born and raised in the western mountains of Montana where her love of nature and the outdoors flourished. She and her husband have raised their family in Bellingham, their home for the past 27 years. In her spare time, Deb operates her small picture frame shop, gardens, reads and spends as much time as possible sharing the outdoors and all its wonders with family and friends.
Christian serves as the lead writer and editor for Institute print and online media, as the contact for media inquiries and organizes many of the Institute's . In the past, he has been the features editor for the Bellingham Weekly, an English instructor at Whatcom Community College and a field educator at Trailside Discovery Camp in Alaska. Christian's freelance writing work can be found in publications throughout the Pacific Northwest. When not writing, reading, blogging or podcasting, he loves to take road trips, make soup, go hiking, observe birds, paddle his sea kayak, see live music, ride his snowboard and make the annual pilgrimage to Black Rock City. He considers Jackson Hole, WY his second home and visits the Tetons as often as he can.
Katie uses her diverse background and creative energy to support, develop and evaluate quality educational programs at the Environmental Learning Center, including Mountain School, Skagit Tour and Adult and Family programming. Katie earned her M.Ed. in Environmental Education through the Institute's graduate residency program with Western Washington University and has a B.A. in philosophy, theology and psychology from King's College University. She has a background in fine arts, culinary arts, sports exercise and dietetics and has experience educating youth and adults in a variety of fields including art, gymnastics, fitness, culinary arts and environmental science. Katie has a personal goal of climbing every peak she can see from the Learning Center and is still working on that goal as well as enjoying rock climbing, mountain biking, hiking and general exploration of wild spaces.
Jason has diverse background experience including strategic planning, auditing, financial analysis, market research and developing business plans. He has received a M.B.A. from Western Washington University, a M.A. in Contemplative Psychotherapy from The Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado and a Bachelor of Arts in Transpersonal Ecology from Fairhaven College. Jason has a deep connection to the Pacific Northwest, having lived in the region for over 30 years. He has spent significant time sailing, kayaking, scuba diving, hiking and camping throughout our region. Currently living in Sudden Valley, Jason loves to play percussion and is also involved in the study, education and practice of Tibetan Buddhist meditation, including serving on the council at the Bellingham Shambhala Center.
As the Development Assistant, Kacey processes all individual contributions, plans donor related and community outreach events, handles the membership program and a plethora of other donor related tasks. Kacey came to North Cascades Institute early in 2009 starting as the Registration Assistant, moved over to help assist the retail initiative for 2 years, then migrated to the development team in 2012. A local Skagitonian, Kacey spends her spare time cooking, camping, and heading over to the east side where her beautiful cabin sits on 20 acres in Republic, WA.
Youth Leadership Coordinator
Aneka has helped coordinate the Youth Leadership Adventures Program since 2009 as a graduate student. She earned her M. Ed. through the Institute's residency program in March 2010 and has been working for the institute ever since. A native of Western Colorado, her passion for the natural world grew through exploring the Rockies by boot and ski, which led her to a degree in Biology from Colorado Mesa University. She then spent eight summers as a biologist backpacking the Sierra Nevada of California chasing amphibians, hooting for owls and snorkeling for trout. She loves to share her passion for wild things and wild places with youth while finding ways to live more sustainably to protect these passions. You can find Aneka slowly adapting to the moist Pacific Northwest by skiing, climbing and mountain biking, even in the rain.
Jeff Shelby Slater was born and raised in Anacortes, WA, and he started working in the restaurant business at age 15. He worked in three local restaurant while attending high school and college, then spent 19 years as chef -- then chief steward -- onboard a large commercial fishing boat in the Bering Sea. He enjoys camping, hiking, and fly fishing. He has a 13-year-old daughter and an 8-year-old son.
Julie has a degree in environmental conservation and has worked for several environmental organizations in western Washington. Julie and her family moved to Mount Vernon from Texas 23 years ago and are still grateful to live in such a beautiful place. In her spare time Julie enjoys traveling, hiking and camping, reading, gardening and yoga.
Resource Development Director
Eight years after graduating from the Graduate M.Ed. program, Brad returned to the Institute after serving as the Development Director for the Bellingham Technical College Foundation for five years. Before that, he developed and launched what is now the Society for Wilderness Stewardship, the first professional society for wilderness stewardship in the US. He lives in Bellingham with his wife and two daughters.