Melissa A. Williams
Melissa came to Feiro in May 2014 after holding positions of progressive responsibility over seven years at the John G. Shedd Aquarium in Chicago, most recently as the Vice President of Learning. A lifelong informal science education professional, Williams has also held positions at the University of Arizona’s Flandrau Science Center in Tucson and the Adler Planetarium, Chicago. Her academic background includes an undergraduate degree in psychology from New College, Florida, focused on animal cognition and behavior, and a master’s degree in instructional leadership from the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Tamara Galvan
Tamara’s first visit to the Pacific Northwest was in 2009, during which she immediately fell in love and decided that she had to call it home. In 2014, It became a reality as she moved to Sequim, Wa. She moved here from Southern California where she worked at the Aquarium of the Pacific and the Pacific Marine Mammal Center. After her move, she began volunteering at Feiro Marine Life Center and working as a naturalist for the Port Angeles Whale Watch Company. In 2016, she became the Facilities Director at Feiro Marine Life Center. She has a BS degree in Marine Biology and a MS degree in Informal Science Education. When not at work, she can be found enjoying the beauty of the Olympic Penninsula via kayaking, hiking or bike riding.

Rachele Brown
Rachele moved to Port Angeles in 2012 after earning her Bachelors of Science in Environmental Biology from SUNY- ESF in Syracuse, NY to work with Washington Conservation Corps on the Elwha Restoration Project and joined Feiro as a volunteer naturalist. As Feiro’s Education Manager, Rachele shares her love for science and the environment with the local youth through hands on education both in the classroom and in the field.

Nola Grier
Nola joined Feiro in 2015, with more than 30 years experience as a non-profit staffer. She coordinates our member and donor communications, assists with fundraising events, and manages our records. Nola also serves as the Administrative Manager for the Port Angeles Education Foundation and volunteers her support for a number of community-based organizations. . When she’s not working, she loves to curl up with a good book.

Helle Andersen
Helle has a master’s degree in marine biology from Denmark. She has worked in Washington State for more than 20 years as environmental scientist and held various positions including senior toxicologist, laboratory manager and risk assessor. Since the late 1990s Helle has been involved in education either as a part-time instructor or on a volunteer basis. As Citizen Science Coordinator, Helle leads the majority of Feiro’s citizen science projects.


Disa has worked at Feiro since 2011. As a guest services specialist, she is the first person to greet visitors, providing an overview of what you can do at Feiro, helping you understand more about the marine life we feature and providing information regarding local attractions and amenities. When she’s not working you can find her on her longboard or out with friends.

Tristan has been attending programs at Feiro since he was a young child. A student at Peninsula College, Tristan enjoys traveling and camping with his family in the summers.


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