FHL Advancement Board


The University of Washington Friday Harbor Laboratories (FHL) Advancement Board (AB) works with the Director of FHL to promote excellence in marine science education and research. The approximately 40-member Board strives to achieve this goal by obtaining support for FHL that helps strengthen its work, identity, recognition and distinctive international character as part of the University of Washington College of the Environment. The AB meets the first Saturday in May and October and for Focus group meetings throughout the year.

Advancement Board Members


Barbara Cable Carolyn Haugen Florence McAlary Charles Richardson Richard Strathmann
Tom Cable Mimi Koehl Robbie Macfarlane Alan Pierrot* Susan Swindells
William Calvin Scott T. Jones* Chita Miller Véronique Robigou Barbara Von Gehr
Cathryn Campbell Alvin Kwiram Trish Morse Gordon Robilliard Rick Vosburgh
Katherine Graubard Gretchen Lambert Lesley Nilsson Kevin Schofield George Willoughby
Charles Greene Jeffrey Levinton Joann Otto Alex Shapiro Dennis Willows
Drew Harvell Laura Long Donald Peek Megumi Strathmann

* denotes emeritus

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Barbara Cable

Barbara has had a long career as a local and national volunteer. Recently she served as the Chair of the Design Committee for the new PeaceHealth Peace Island Medical Center in Friday Harbor, which opened in 2012. She also chairs the PIMC Furniture Committee, and serves on the Art Committee. Barbara is also a member of the Board of Directors of the San Juan Island Community Foundation. Past involvements include ARCS Foundation, Inc. (Seattle Chapter President and National Board President) and Pacific Science Center. She is a past chair of the Friday Harbor Labs Advancement Board. Barbara is a graduate of Harvard University.


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Tom Cable

Co-chair of the San Juan Community Hospital Committee. A retired venture capitalist, he was a founder of Cable & Howse Ventures as well as Cable, Howse & Ragen, a Seattle investment banking firm now known as Ragen, MacKenzie. A founder and current chairman of the Washington Research Foundation, a technology transfer and early stage venture capital org. that has returned over $250 million to the University of Washington. He served as chairman of the University of Washington Foundation for two years and was a founding vice-chairman of the Technology Alliance.


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William Calvin

Professor emeritus UW Med School. Author, lecturer (brains, human evolution, climate).


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Katherine Graubard

Professor emeritus UW Biology, PhD neurobiology. FHL: took marine invertebrates course and did research as graduate student 1968-73; later as faculty, did research and taught an apprenticeship. Currently, serves on AB and on Whiteley Center administrative Committee.


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Cathryn Campbell

Cathryn Campbell is an attorney who specializes in biotechnology issues. After receiving her PhD on genetics of marine organisms and her law degree, she was in private practice for many years. She most recently has been the General Counsel at the Institute for Systems Biology in Seattle.


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Charles H. Greene (Chuck)

Charles Greene is Director of the Ocean Resources and Ecosystems Program, a Professor in the Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, and a Fellow of the Center for a Sustainable Future at Cornell University. He coordinates the University’s Sustainable Earth, Energy, and Environmental Systems Program and directs the Cornell-Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) Master of Engineering Program in Ocean Observing Science and Technology. Greene’s research interests span from algal biofuels to marine bioacoustics to assessing the impacts of climate on global ocean ecosystems. Greene received his BS degree from the University of Colorado, his PhD from the University of Washington, and was a postdoctoral fellow at WHOI.


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Florence Harrison

Florence received her PhD from the University of Washington in Zoology and Biochemistry. She later received a postdoctoral fellowship to do research at Stanford University. After her children were both in school, she joined the staff at LLNL where for 25 years, the Dept. of Energy and the Environmental Protection Agency funded her to conduct research on the effects of energy-related contaminates on marine and freshwater animals.


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Catherine (Drew) Harvell

Drew Harvell is a professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at Cornell University. She is recognized for her work on marine diseases and cnidarian resistance to disease, chairing both the World Bank Targeted Research Program on Coral Disease and the National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis program on the Ecology of Marine Disease. She has worked for many years on coral reefs in the Mexican Yucatan and Florida Keys and more recently in Hawaii, Palau, Philippines and Australia.


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Carolyn Haugen

Retired from forty years as a public school elementary teacher, principal and superinten.dent. She actively supports the FHL K - 12 program and other FHL connected outreach that educates and excites both students and adults about science, research and environmental issues. She is a past board member of the San Juan Nature Institute and currently serves on the board of the San Juan Preservation Trust.


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Mimi Koehl

Studies the physics of how organisms interact with their environments. Her goal is to elucidate basic physical rules that can be applied to different kinds of organisms about how body structure affects mechanical function in nature. Ph.D. in Zoology from Duke University.


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Alvin Kwiram

Vice Provost for Research at the UW for 12 years. During that period, Friday Harbor Labs were part of his administrative responsibility. He retired in 2007 and continues to work on special projects for the UW.


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Jeff Levinton

Marine ecologist interested in marine benthic ecology, macroevolution, and evolutionary biology, and is author of several books including a recent text on Marine Biology, published by Oxford University Press.


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Gretchen Lambert

Currently a consultant on ascidian taxonomy and biology for many govt. agencies, Gretchen has been a frequent visitor and researcher at FHL for over 40 years, on her own projects and also with husband Charles. She has authored or coauthored 64 peer-reviewed publications, and was on the editorial board of the Canadian Journal of Zoology for seven years. She teaches ascidian workshops around the world and participates in numerous biodiversity surveys. She and Charles have long been supporters of FHL, and in 2011 she established an endowed FHL fellowship in Charles’s memory.


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Laura Long

Laura retired from a career in higher education business and finance functions at the Univ. of California, San Diego followed by development of national higher education business performance measurements. Interests include furniture design/making, wood carving, and leading studies of Baroque through 20th Century music.


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Flo McAlary

Retired marine biologist and college professor, FHL volunteer and avid supporter of the labs, especially students. M.A., Ph.D. in Biology from UCLA.


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Robbie Macfarlane

Born and raised in Seattle. Graduated from Princeton University. Has worked in the field of philanthropy the past forty years for corporations and private foundations as a consultant, Board member, Managing Director, and CEO. Today he is on several private foundation Boards. He first visited the San Juan Islands with his parents in 1939 and with his wife Jan has been a summer resident the past 30 years.


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Chita Miller

An Island resident since 1975, and an award winning, nationally recognized top listing and selling agent of San Juan Island Properties, Chita is also well known for her excellent service with attention to detail and her ability to negotiate successful transactions. Chita was brought up in the Orient, cruised the Inland Passage, and calls San Juan Island, where she brought up her two children, her home. She is an avid supporter of local non-profit organizations.


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M. Patricia Morse (Trish)

A marine biologist and science educator at the UW. She was Prof. of Biology at Northeastern Univ. for 34 years. She is the 3rd recipient of the American Institute for Biological Sciences (AIBS) Education Award. Morse is a past president of Sigma Xi, the Scientific Research Society and the American Society of Zoologist (now Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology) and is a Fellow of the American Assoc. for the Advancement of Science. She was a member for 36 years of the Board of Trustees at Bates College in Maine. She serves on the Board of Trustees of the Spring Street International School.


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Lesley Nilsson

President of Eureka Group, Inc. a family-owned investment company. She has served on boards of directors and trustees in Tokyo, Japan; Brussels, Belgium; Beijing, China; Palo Alto and Carmel, California.


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Joann Otto

Otto (Ph.D. Univ. California, Irvine) was on the faculty in the Department of Biological Sciences at Purdue University from 1979-2004. During that time, she spent summers at Friday Harbor Laboratories doing research on the cytoskeleton of sea urchin and starfish embryos and coelomocytes. In 2004, she joined the Biology Department at Western Washington University, where she is professor and chair.


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Don Peek

President of D.C. Peek & Associates Inc., a family office which manages the financial and estate planning affairs of family members. Spent most of his career operating a sawmill and timberlands in Northern California.



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Véronique Robigou

A native of France, Véronique spent 20 years at the UW as a marine geologist and science educator. When not exploring the ocean floor in submersibles, she directed seagoing research programs for K-12 teachers and a Center for Ocean Sciences Education Excellence. She supported future oceanographers to learn “how to teach science”, collaborated with museums/aquaria on interactive exhibits and contributed to PBS documentaries on underwater volcanoes. She now combines the esthetics of art and the rigor of science at Ocean et Terra Studio to share with the public the beauty, complexity, and fragility of our natural world.


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Gordon Robiliard

Director Emeritus / Senior Principal at Cardno ENTRIX, a professional environmental and natural resource management consulting company specializing in water resources management, environmental and natural resource liability management (ENRLM), natural resources management and NEPA/state compliance and permitting. He began his graduate career at FHL in summer of 1965 and spent most of his research time (almost 4.5 years) as a resident student at FHL until 1971.


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Kevin Schofield

General Manager, Microsoft Research. His organization drives technical strategy and business priorities for Microsoft’s research efforts. He is also responsible for developing Microsoft Research’s relationships with customers, press, analysts, and Microsoft’s own product groups.


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Alex Shapiro

Alex Shapiro is a composer with a strong love of the sea and the life it contains. Her music, often nature related in its theme, has been widely recorded by artists around the world and is performed and broadcast daily across the U.S. and abroad. Excerpts from her latest CD of chamber music, “Notes from the Kelp,” can be found on her extensive website, www.alexshapiro.org.


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Megumi Strathmann

Year-round island resident since 1973, part-time biologist.


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Richard Strathmann

Marine biologist with focus of research and teaching on the ecology, evolution, and functional biology of marine invertebrate embryos and larvae. Prof. Emeritus, Dept. of Biology, University of Washington, Former Resident Associate Director of FHL.


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Susan Swindells

Susan is a part time resident of San Juan Island and was introduced to the Labs by Barbara and Tom Cable. Science has always been of interest to her, therefore she says, “I have thoroughly enjoyed my membership on the Board of Friday Harbor Labs and the Seattle ARC’s (Achievement Rewards for College Scientists) program”. Along with the Cables, Susan helped found an ARC’s chapter at OHSU in Portland. Susan commented, “My time at FHL has given me the opportunity to get to know other members of the community and one of the things I like most is the “Adopt-a-Student Program which gives me the ability to meet the students that come to the Labs during the summer.”


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Barbara Von Gehr

Retired from career in business and finance. Treasurer of SJ Community Foundation. Co-chair of the Peace Island Volunteers. Currently on board and sing with chorus of Monterey Symphony. Interests include traveling, knitting, and power boating.


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Frederick Vosburgh (Rick)

Lapsed marine biologist and serial entrepreneur. Currently President of Physical Devices, a mobile broadband hardware company. Previously, he was President of Nekton Research, an underwater robotics company which he sold to iRobot. He also serves on the Board of Visitors, of the Nicholas School of the Environment at Duke University.


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George Willoughby

Graduate of Whitman College and Stanford Law School. Practiced law for 16 years then in the broadcasting business and retired from King Broadcasting Company in 1987. Involved with non-profits in Seattle, and lives part of each year on Lopez Island. Pursues interest in the oceans and fish through scuba diving and underwater photography, mainly in the tropical western Pacific.


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Dennis Willows

Retired FHL Director (1972-2005), and Professor emeritus of Biology at UW, Dennis is interested in the neurobiology of the geomagnetic sense. He is volunteer skipper on the R/V Centennial, and plays drums with the San Juan Jazz Quintet. With his wife Susan, a physician in the local hospital, Dennis is also happy to be part-time home-schooling their daughter.