Educating over 125,000 stewards of Puget Sound since 1984

Board Members

Pat Maxwell, Executive Director

Along with his managerial role with PMR Pat is also one of the primary instructors. Sometimes referred to as the Plankton Guy, Pat has an infectious enthusiasm for sharing the biological wonders of Puget Sound. With over 30 years’ experience both teaching classes for the Marine Science Afloat™ program and guiding its ongoing development, Pat has been a big part of the PMR adventure from its very beginning. During the early years of the program, off-the-shelf video microscopes and underwater camera systems were not affordable for a non-profit education program, but Pat was able to apply his talent with trial-and-error engineering to bring several exciting marine life exploration tools to the program. Pat is also skilled at bringing to PMR the best people who share his passion for fun hands-on education.

Sarah MathisenBoard Member

Sarah’s interest in Puget Sound marine life began at an early age with frequent visits to local beaches during low tides with her mother, a marine life enthusiast. She also participated in the Marine Science Afloat program as a student in 3rd grade and was fortunate to return as a program instructor from 2009-2012. This continued exposure to marine ecosystems has given her a great appreciation of Puget Sound, its marine life, and the importance of marine life education and exposure. Sarah received a degree in biology from Connecticut College, but felt a strong longing to return to the Pacific Northwest to share her enthusiasm for this region, especially Puget Sound. Sarah has been working with Pacific Marine Research since 2009, although no longer as a program instructor, much to her disappointment. Sarah looks back on those days and describes it as the most impactful job she has had. She is grateful to continue to be a part of PMR and looks forward to a day she can join them on the water again.

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Kathryn PizzoBoard Member

After a successful 20-year career in the high tech industry in Seattle, Kathryn Pizzo has transitioned her energy to the nonprofit world, focusing on a variety of environmental education experiences for children. She led the school garden program in the Bellevue School District;  works with the EPA on food waste recovery from school cafeterias; and leads Girl Scout troops in outdoor exploration and service experiences. She is a longtime member of the Washington Women’s Foundation, the Bellevue Schools Foundation, and several advocacy organizations.  She received her education at the University of Michigan, Seattle Pacific University, and the University of Washington. Kathryn is a passionate advocate for the natural gifts of the Pacific Northwest, both land and sea, and enjoys boating adventures with her husband, two tween daughters, and water-averse dog.


David Todd, Board Member

David Todd is a Real Estate Broker with Lake and Company in Seattle who specializes in Seattle area homes. In addition, he is a Program Instructor at Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium's Shark Dive Program. As an avid Puget Sound SCUBA Diver he works with the Citizen Science organization REEF to monitor Washington State fish and invertebrate populations.


Dave Maxwell, Board Member

Davis Bell, Board Member

Rose Donner, Board Member

Dan LombardoAsst. Director/Grant and Scholarship Coordinator