Leadership, Board & Financials

Executive team


Robert W. Davidson (Bob)
President & CEO 
(206) 693-6161 

Brad Rutherford
Chief Operating Officer
(206) 693-6268


Grant Abel
Director of Life Sciences
(206) 693-6233

Derek Baker 
Director of Strategic Initiatives & Government Affairs 
(206) 693-6293    

Susan Bullerdick, Ph.D.
Director of Capital Projects
(206) 693-6248

Rick Johnson
Director of Finance & Administration
(206) 693-6114

Tim Kuniholm 
Director of Public Affairs
(206) 386-4345

Erin Meyer, Ph.D.
Director of Conservation Programs & Partnerships
(206) 693-6099

Tom Nguyen
Director of Information Technology
(206) 693-6240

Jesse Phillips-Kress
Director of Facilities
(206) 693-6158

Helen Rice
Interim Director of Human Resources 
(206) 693-6216

Rachael Weakland
VP of Philanthropy
(206) 693-6106

Jim Wharton, Ph.D.
Director of Conservation Engagement & Learning
(206) 693-6206

Kat Willson
Director of Marketing and Communications
(206) 693-6188

Board of directors



*Melissa Mager, conservationist and retired attorney

*Michael Guidon, Goldman Sachs
Vice Chair / Chair elect

*†Bob C. Donegan, Ivar’s, Inc.
Immediate past chair

*Karissa A. Marker, KPMG

*Erin J. Letey, Fox Rothschild LLP

**Robert W. Davidson
President & CEO

Mike Anderson, Pay Northwest LLC
Kevin L. Blair, Washington Trust Bank
Andrew Bleiman, Tractive GmbH
John R. Braden, retired, Seattle Aquarium
Duncan Butcher, ARTICA
Bill Chapin, NHL Seattle
Eddie Chang, Realogics Sotheby’s International Realty
Cary Clark, Argosy Cruises
Baionne Coleman, Rainier Valley Leadership Academy; The Global Majority Consortium
John Delaney, retired, Windstar Cruises
*Patti Dill, Ascent Private Capital Management of U.S. Bank
*William T. Einstein, Puget Sound Energy, Inc.
Susan L. Gates, Beneficial State Bank
Effie Gleason, Gull Industries
Lisa Graumlich, Ph.D., University of Washington, College of the Environment
*Philip M. Guess, K&L Gates LLP
*†James C. Gurke, retired, Getty Images
†Dan M. Guy III, retired, Columbia Pacific Capital Management
Janet Haberbush, Community Volunteer
*Stephanie Kornblum, Marketing law attorney
Mark E. Kramer, F5 Networks
Katherine A. Krogslund, University of Washington, School of Oceanography
Gary Kunis, Community Volunteer
Andrew J. Lewis, Seattle City Council—District 7
*Lisa C. Luther, Nordstrom
*Laura MacNeil, PNC Bank, N.A.
Dave Magee, CBRE
†J. Terry McLaughlin, retired, The Professional Basketball Club, LLC
Tomoko Moriguchi-Matsuno, Uwajimaya
Robert W. Power, SEA CON LLC
Tom Raaf, Amazon
*†Stuart T. Rolfe, Wright Hotels, Inc.
Casey J. Schuchart, Schuchart
Ivan Seda, MUFG Union Bank
Christian Sinderman, Northwest Passage Consulting
*Gary S. Smith, Lease Crutcher Lewis
*Gary T. Smith, Smith and Stark
*†Randy J. Tinseth, retired, The Boeing Company
Marcus Trufant, Trufant Family Foundation; Self Storage; retired Seattle Seahawks
Michael Trzupek, Core Scientific
Carla C. Wigen, Laird Norton Wealth Management
Christopher Williams, Parks Alternate
*†George V. Willoughby Jr., retired, King Broadcasting
Charles Wright, Wright Associates
Susie Wyckoff, Community volunteer

†Ted Ackerley
**William C. Arntz
†Don Audleman
Mary L. Bass
Gini Beck
Lesley Canfield
†Dan Hungate 
Linda K. Johnson
†James P. Kerr
†Paul J. Kundtz

*Executive committee
†Past chair

Auxiliary board

The Seattle Aquarium auxiliary board formed in December of 2014 to actively involve Seattle’s young professionals and their communities in the Aquarium’s mission through innovative and engaging programs, events and activities.

Frank McLaughlin, Merriman Wealth Management

Co-vice chairs
Kendall Krause, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Devin Kunysz, Salesforce
Deb Kay Murphy, Cutter & Buck
Sophie Riley, AHT Insurance

Bill Berger, Berger Renewables Consulting
Gavin Burns, Loge Co​ 
Marie Chervanick, Facebook
Jes Collins
M. Harpur Davidson, O’Keefe Development
Eric Dormaier, Pennon Construction
Luke Hamlin, Kestra
Dan Karr, iSpot.tv
Stren Lea, Queen Investments Corp.
Nicole Pargoff, Amplify Consulting
Emily Power, Microsoft
Billy Sanchez, RECON Management, LLC
Annie Shaw, Amazon
Bryant Smick, Carney Badley Spellman
Brandon Smith, Amazon
Nicholas Stevens, Zillow Group
Aaron Talwar, POP
Alicia Wetmore, Google
Brianna Voigt, Mary's Place
Austin Wright-Pettibone, Amazon


For additional information about the auxiliary board and its activities, please contact auxiliaryboard@seattleaquarium.org.

Board Meetings

Board meetings are held monthly at noon (unless otherwise noted). Meetings will be held online until further notice and are open to the public.

2022 meeting dates

  • April 19 - meeting agendawatch on YouTube at noon Pacific time on April 19.
  • May 24
  • June 21
  • July 19
  • August 16
  • September 20
  • October 18
  • November 15
  • December 13

Public comments

Public comments are welcome at the board meetings. A 10-minute public comment period is provided at the beginning of each regular meeting of the board.

For virtual meetings, all public comments must be submitted via email, publiccomments@seattleaquarium.org, by or before 11am (one hour prior to the meeting’s 12pm start time).

During the public comment section of the meeting, a member of the Aquarium staff will read each public comment aloud, on a first-received, first-read basis, up to two minutes each.

For all board of director questions, please call (206) 386-4300 or email contactus@seattleaquarium.org.