Earll Murman permanently settled in Port Townsend in 2006 after spending 26 years at MIT as Ford Professor of Engineering. While at MIT he served as Director of Project Athena (1988-1991), Head of the Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics (1990-1996), and Co-Director of the Lean Aerospace Initiative (1995-2002), as well as teaching undergraduate and graduate subjects and supervising graduate thesis projects.
Prior to joining MIT, Earll worked at the Boeing Company (1967-1971), NASA (1971-1974) and Flow Research Company in Kent WA (1974-1980), the last three years of which he was a Vice President and General Manager. He received both a bachelor and doctoral degree in Aerospace Engineering from Princeton University. Earll is Past President of the Washington State Academy of Sciences, a member of the US National Academy of Engineering, a Foreign Member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences and a life member of the Sierra Club.
In Port Townsend Earll serves as Vice President of the Jefferson County Community Foundation and is a member of the Tuesday Morning Breakfast Club and Local Investing Opportunity Network (LION). He is co-instructor of the EDC Team Jefferson course for Improving Enterprise Productivity with Lean Thinking. He is an occasional volunteer at the Food Bank and with the YMCA. Earll and Rena are glad to be “back home" in the Pacific Northwest and look forward to many years of aquatics recreation in Port Townsend.
Jean and her husband Jim Quarles sailed their boat from Portland to Port Townsend in 1987, and soon after moved here with their two small children, Dylan and Bryn in 1990. Both kids were on the PT Barracudas swim team racing and practicing for 8 years. Jean has been in the aqua aerobics classes since 2010. As a nurse and mom she is passionate about the health benefits of swimming and as a Public Health professional knows the benefits of swimming can have positive impacts on the overall health of our community. Jean has a BA from Creighton University, a BSN from University of Portland, MSN from Gonzaga and is a licensed Nurse Practitioner (ARNP).
Jean had leadership roles in Public Health for 40 years. Working in settings as varied as international refugee camps, urban High School Health clinics, Portland and Jefferson County. She retired as Director of Jefferson County Public Health in 2016. As Director she expanded services by listening to people, reviewing current needs and resources, followed current science and good fiscal management, while always trying to improve the community’s health.
Mary Bogdan moved to Port Townsend after teaching ESL in the Mount Vernon schools for 17 years. She thoroughly enjoys the warmth of the people and especially appreciates that her daughter, (a local midwife), and family live right here in town. While she received her undergraduate degree from Michigan State University in special education and her master's in teaching the gifted at Whitworth College, she recently finished the first three years of doctoral work in educational leadership at Seattle University, with a focus in organizational development. Whether working with her own three children, special education students in the public schools or adults in evening classes, Ms. Bogdan has always said that the important ingredient in teaching is to find each individual's brilliance and capitalize on that to maintain the joy of learning.
Mary reports that she must be part fish, as she prefers to be lap swimming in the pool with friends rather than out on the boring world of earth. Recently she decided that even though she hadn't swum on a team since high school, that joining the local Master's swim group would be just the thing. Mary feels that affording our community the opportunity to enjoy a top notch swimming facility is of utmost importance and hopes to play a part in bringing that dream to fruition.
Peter, his wife Dawn, and children Mazy and Tate have lived in Port Townsend since 2000. Peter is a National Board Certified Teacher and teaches first and second grade at Grant Street Elementary where he has been teaching since 1990.
Beginning at age 10, Peter swam competitively on club, high school, and college teams. At Central Washington University he was fortunate to be on three NAIA Championship teams. His freshman team was recently inducted into the CWU Hall of Fame.
Peter coached and taught lessons at Sheridan Beach Swim Club, a Seattle Summer Swim League team, for 7 years before moving to the peninsula. For five years he served as an assistant coach as well as head coach for Port Townsend Swim Team. He is now the head coach of Port Townsend High School's Girls' Swim and Dive Team.
Outside of school and the pool, Peter's interests tend to follow his children so currently he is into mountain biking and robotics.
Janis and her husband George moved to their home just outside Port Townsend in 1996, returning to the northwest where much of her family resides. They have 3 children, 8 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren. Janis grew up on a farm outside of Oregon City, Oregon. In the summers, she regularly found a way to get into town to swim in the large open-air pool in town.
Janis earned a BS from Portland State College (now University), then worked for 16 years in a research lab at Wadsworth VA Hospital in Brentwood, CA studying total fasting, very low calorie diets, and GI bypass surgery in obese humans. During this time, she obtained a PhD in Public Health Nutrition from UCLA. In 1981, Janis began a post-doctoral fellowship that grew into a faculty position at the USC Medical Center in the Department of Medicine. From 1991 to 1996, Janis was a Professor of Research Medicine in the Department of Medicine at UCLA studying the genetics of obesity using a mouse model, work that she continues in collaboration with a lab at UC Davis, where she now has a WOC appointment in the Department of Nutrition. Janis is a Fellow of The Obesity Society and an emeritus member of the American Society for Nutrition.
Janis has been a regular participant in aqua aerobics at the MVP since 1996. In Jefferson County, Janis has volunteered at the Visitor Center, the Jeffco Aquatic Coalition and the Tri-Area Food Bank and is a member of the Tri-Area Garden Club. She and her husband are supporters of several local organizations, including the Marine Science Center, Habitat for Humanity, Centrum, and the Land Trust.
Lyndi and her husband, George, came to Port Townsend in October of 2015. Having lived in Reno, Nevada since 2005, they decided to try more moderate weather than the harsh winters of the Sierra Nevada. (Both are native southern Californians - spoiled by pleasant weather conditions!) It soon became apparent that Port Townsend was a desirable place to be in many ways.
Lyndi's background is a zealous, evangelical one. Considering her extended family, there are 9 ministers and 19 missionaries. Public speaking was an integral part of her experience and education from the age of seven.
Having a spirit of serving others before self, community volunteering comes naturally to Lyndi. Her acquired skill set of effectively communicating with others, inspiring to others to action and overcoming adversity, apathy or ignorance, is one Lyndi hopes to use as her contribution to the JAC cause.
Philippa, her husband Nik, and children Ben and Molly have lived in Port Townsend since 2006.
She started swimming competitively at the age of 9 in her hometown of Oakland, California, and continued through college, where she qualified for nationals while attending the University of Puget Sound. During these years, she also worked as a lifeguard, swim coach and swim instructor.
Philippa became a licensed occupational therapist in 1997, and spent 12 years working in hospital rehab settings before becoming the occupational therapist for the Port Townsend School District in 2009. Her experience in both clinical and classroom settings has yielded unique insights regarding the therapeutic value of aquatic therapy. This, coupled with a strong desire for every child in Port Townsend to be safe around our abundant water, fuels her drive to ensure the citizens of Jefferson County have access to a pool.
Rena and husband Earll moved to Port Townsend from Vermont in 2006. It marked a return to the Pacific NW after 26 years in New England. With one son in Redmond and another in Vermont, trips across the country are now common. In the Boston area, Rena worked in the world of high-tech start-up companies for a number of years and then returned to Lesley University for a MS in management focusing on arts organizations. She then became involved with theatre education at the Huntington Theatre in Boston and at the Weston Playhouse in VT.
Rena considered the existence of a swimming pool in Port Townsend an essential amenity, and she now regularly enjoys deep-water aerobics classes 5 mornings a week. When not in the pool, she tutors ESL and 3rd grade math; is a dedicated volunteer at Habitat for Humanity and member of LION (Local Investing Opportunity Network). Her real passion is to see a state-of-the-art aquatics center in our community that will serve the needs of all – young and old – to be water safe, healthy and fit.
B.A. University of Redlands 1962 (literature & sociology). Post-graduate work at San Francisco State and San Francisco Theological Seminary.
Licensed general contractor, state of California, 1967-2001 (one job included re-building the showers, dressing rooms, toilets, filter system, and heating system for a community pool).
Member of planning commission, city of Fairfax, Calif., 5 years, (chairman 2 years). Habitat for Humanity East Jefferson County, volunteer construction supervisor, 2005 to present.
Swimming career: Lifeguard with Red Cross WSI certification, pool manager, attended Red Cross National Aquatic School, nationally ranked collegiate swimmer, coached age group and high school swim teams, member U.S. Masters Swimming 1979-1983 (All-American every year in one or more events), member of USMS open-water swim committee, chairman of Pacific Masters open-water swim committee, current member U.S. Masters Swimming, swimming at Mountain View Pool 3+ days a week.