CURRENT BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Matthew Porter, President
Matthew is a Licensed Hydrogeologist with experience in drilling, hydrogeologic assessments, and databasing. He received his B.S. in geology at University of Minnesota in 2014 and his M.S. in applied geosciences from the University of Washington in 2017. He has interests in a wide variety of disciplines and is keen to learn more about the geology throughout Washington and beyond.
Amy Trueba Knudson, Secretary
Amy Trueba Knudson is a Mars geologist and educator. She went to school at Brown University and Arizona State University, earning her Ph.D. in Geological Sciences in 2006. She worked on the Mars rovers, Spirit and Opportunity, along with several Mars orbiters. She taught Geology and Astronomy at Bellevue College and the Seattle Colleges before taking time off to raise her children.
Pamela Osterhout, Treasurer
Pamela is a Pacific Northwest native and holds a masters degree in applied geosciences from the University of Washington. She is an environmental consultant with Floyd|Snider.
Chris Kimmel, Past President
Christine Kimmel is a Senior Associate Geologist with Landau Associates with over 25 years of experience in the Puget Northwest specializing in remediation projects. She received a BS degree from Oregon State University and is licensed in the State of Washington. Christine has been an active member of the NWGS for many years and was the acting President in 2021.
Carla Whittington, At-Large Board Members
Carla is a full-time instructor at Highline College in Des Moines, Washington where she had taught geology for 20+ years. The classes she teaches include Physical Geology, Environmental Geology, Geology of the Pacific Northwest, Geologic Hazards, a number of field classes, and others. She has a M.S. in geology from Indiana University and a certificate of Environmental Project Management from the University of Washington. Carla has been a member of NWGS since she began teaching in Washington State and has served on the board as Treasurer in the past.
Katie Brower, At-Large Board Members
Katie is a Washington native and Project Geologist with Nelson Geotechnical Associates with experience in geotechnical assessments and landslide evaluations around the Puget Sound area. She received an Associate of Science Degree in Geology from Everett Community College in 2016 and Bachelors of Science (B.S) in Geology from Western Washington University in 2018. She has been involved actively in the NWGS community since her time in Community College as a student, and served previously as the first-ever Student At-Large Board member for several years. In 2019 she moved on to President-Elect and in 2020 she was the active President.
Maura O’Brien, At-Large Board Members
Maura S O’Brien is a professional geologist/hydrogeologist who has worked in applied research, consulting, education and most recently with the Washington Department of Ecology serving as site manager for investigation and cleanup under the state Model Toxics Control Act. Earlier she worked with geothermal energy development in California, New Mexico and Kagoshima, Japan. For Bucknell University, Pennsylvania, she and her husband traveled extensively in Central and South America then taught Geology and Geography of C & S America.