BOARD of DIRECTORS
President, Nancy Eldridge
Nancy moved to the North Beach area in 1999 to take on a Forestry position with the Quinault Indian Nation. She has a Bachelor's and Master's Degree from the University of Washington in Silviculture and Forest Management. As a life-long nature and outdoors lover, she joined the CIC Board in 2010 to help promote the education mission and work with our local kids to "get their hands on nature." She is most interested in seeing the Center grow into a world class interpretive center and a targeted destination for visitors from all over. Nancy retired from her Forestry Manager job in April 2016 and now plans to devote much more time to the Center's long term mission and vision.
Board term: 10/2019 - 10/2022
Vice President, Nevin Aspinwall
Nevin Aspinwall was born in 1940 at Spokane, Washington. He earned Bachelor and Master of Science Degrees from the University of Washington and a Ph.D in Zoology from the University of British Columbia. During his 45 years as Professor of Biology at St. Louis University, he taught courses in General Biology, Advanced Biology, Natural History of the Vertebrates, Biology of Fishes, Evolutionary Biology, Aquatic Ecology, and Biogeography, mentored numerous Master’s and Doctoral students, and for 25 of those years was Director of the Reis Biological Station in the Ozark Mountains of Missouri. His research interests centered on population structure of fish, plant, and insect populations. Retiring to Ocean Shores in 2013 with his wife of 52 years, Joy, he has been widely active. He is currently a substitute teacher in the North Beach School District, has been a board member of the Garden By The Sea, and is currently a board member of the CIC where he also serves as chair of the Education Committee. His hobbies include the propagation of temperate zone orchids and fishing for salmon/steelhead. One of his goals in life has been to avoid rising to positions where he reached his level of incompetency. In other words “Know thy self.”
Term: 10/2018 - 10/2021
Secretary, Jean Stevens
Jean Stevens is currently the secretary for the Coastal Interpretive Center’s Board of Directors. Jean’s professional background includes a Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing, 40 years as a Registered Nurse, a Master’s degree in Business Administration and 28 of her professional years in administration of hospital nursing, critical care and kidney dialysis. Jean and her husband Vince began coming to Ocean Shores in 1981. As time moved on, they were living and working in Spokane, but bought their second home in 1984 in Ocean Shores. Through their work and relocations to Alaska and Portland, Ocean Shores has always been their consistent center of beach and local social enjoyment. This included many visits to the Center to learn and understand some of the wealth of information available. Jean joined the board in 2014 and is pleased to give volunteer hours to the secretary position and any other Center needs. Board Term: 10/2017 - 10/2020
Treasurer, Brook Lilley
Brook is a lifelong resident of Grays Harbor and the North Beach. She grew up in Pacific Beach, but has also worked and lived as far away as Florida. Currently the Branch Manager of the Ocean Shores & Taholah branches of Bank of the Pacific, Brook is an avid beachcomber in her free time, and also loves to read, garden, and play with her calico cat, Kali. She enjoys local fundraising events and is a member of the Kiwanis. She brings her interests and enthusiasm for coastal life and the mission of Coastal Interpretive Center to her new role on the Board of Directors. Board Term: 10/2019 - 10/2022
Past President, Jim Nagan
Jim has been a Center volunteer for 8 years, with a focus on governance, facilities, grants/fundraising, and management. He is inspired by a favorite quote from the naturalist John Muir: "There is a love of wild nature in everybody." The Center's Mission Statement speaks to fostering that love; the pleasure of partnering with so many other enthusiastic volunteers to move the Mission Statement from words to action is why Jim is involved with the Center. Board term: 10/2019 - 10/2022
Ellen bought her Ocean Shores home in 2004. After receiving her MBA she worked as an Operations Manager for Nordstrom in both the Washington and Utah regions. She retired in 2013, at that time moving to Ocean Shores full time. Besides joining the team at Coastal Interpretive Center, she's fulfilled her dream of having a canine companion. She participates in the Ocean Shores Crime Watch program as well. Board Term: 10/2017 - 10/2020
As a teenager in the '60s, Jeannie often visited, and fell in love with, Ocean Shores and many times over the years she wished she had a home here. While preparing for retirement, after thirty-two years with The Boeing Company, she finally purchased a home here as a 'get-away' for her family. A divorce in 2014, turned her 'get-away' into her permanent residence, which she shares with two wonderful dogs and an engaging cat. Jeannie was and is grateful for the many volunteer opportunities here and has spent time working with PAWS, the Ocean Shores Elementary School, the Ocean Shores Library, and the Coastal Interpretive Center. Jeannie graduated from Franklin High School in Seattle and received a Liberal Arts BA in English Literature from the University of Washington.
Term: 12/2017 - 10/2020
We bought our second home in Ocean Shores in 2008. I became a full time resident in 2013. Joined the Ocean Shores Park Board in 2014 and was appointed President in 2015. Also in 2015, I founded the Ocean Shores Park Foundation, a 501(c)3 nonprofit dedicated to maintaining and improving our parks.
I worked 20 years for both the Timberland Regional Library System and the King County Library System. After 13 more years (with Seattle Department of Parks and Recreation) I retired as the Manager of Planning and Development at the Seattle Aquarium.
Term: 01/2020 - 10/2020
Donna and her husband Dan recently purchased property in Ocean shores planning ahead for retirement and, intentionally, within walking distance to the Coastal Interpretive Center. She fell in love with the Center and knew it was the place to volunteer her skills in the museum profession. A graduate of Museology, Donna works for a Northwest Tribe as their manager of the Tribe’s reference library, archives, archaeological and artifact collections. She currently plans rotating displays in several of the Tribe’s facilities. Her love is her grandkids (she has five), history and genealogy. As a past president of two historical societies and a Tribal consultant, Donna has helped with community fundraising and events, and with exhibit and museum planning. She looks forward to meeting new friends and helping with the Center's programs and strategic planning process.
Term: 10/2019 - 10/2022
Board Member Emeritus: Anna Koetitz
Anna Koetitz came to Ocean Shores in 1996, when her husband Arvid retired from Boeing. At the urging of her husband and other friends who were involved with Ocean Shores Interpretive Center, she began volunteering in 1998. She’s lived on the West Coast, the East Coast, the Gulf Coast, and the Hawaiian Coast in her colorful life, which included a period of service in the US Air Force prior to marrying her 27-year Navy seaman Arvid. She’s raised three daughters, taught herself many crafts, and designed the house and landscaping at her home in Ocean Shores. She enjoys daily walks and volunteers at the Center every week. Term: 10/2019 - 10/2021
Board Member Emeritus: Walter Weed
Walter began volunteering at the [then] Ocean Shores Interpretive Center in 1993. Prior to that, from 1947 until 1989, Walter was a draftsman for Boeing and lived on Vashon Island. He spent a number of those years under contract overseas with the Airborne Warning and Control Systems (AWACS) group, primarily in Germany. Many friends and contacts were made and maintained with people in Europe. Walter and Elone hosted foreign teachers in their home on Vashon, and have made three summer trips driving their motor home to the east coast, shipping it across the Atlantic, and picking it up on the other side for months of driving about Europe. They have participated in Volksmarches in over 75 European villages. Walter gave the Coastal Interpretive Center’s retail bookstore, Damon’s Outpost, its name. He sums up his experience at the Center like this: “When volunteering HERE, you’re also always learning.” Term: 10/2019 - 10/2021