WWS Staff

Rick at our Farmer’s Market display

Rick Baker, Executive Director

Rick comes to us from the Ocean Institute in Dana Point, CA. He has over 22 years of work in the field of environmental education. He shepherded the Institute from its beginnings in a shack on the beach, to a multi-dimensional program with 2 tall ships, research vessels, a residential camp and an educational facility that can serve 130,000 students annually. From watershed education to sailing and diving, Rick brings enthusiasm for getting kids involved in the outdoors and engaging in the scientific endeavor.

Jeanne Celeste, Bookeeper

Jeanne is a resource for many non-profits on Whidbey Island, supporting the all-important functions of keeping the records straight! She ran her own business making canvass items for boating for many years, and has been part of our team now for over 7 years. Jeanne loves the northwest, and is committed to supporting local efforts to protect the environment.

Lori O'brien science day

Lori at science day

Lori O’Brien, Education Director

Lori O’Brien has a Masters in Education and operates the K-8 Education Program for Whidbey Watershed Stewards.  She is a certified teacher and facilitator of “Project Learning Tree”, “Project Wild” and the Family Choice Award winning curriculum “Growing Up Wild.” Prior to her current role, Lori was a teacher in the Lake Stevens and Spokane school districts where she played a key role in the development and implementation of new curriculum in alignment with state standards. She taught highly capable students and developed an enrichment program called The I Wonder Science series.    Lori creates new curriculum aligned with Common Core and Next Generation Science Standards for the Outdoor Classroom program, and mentors and guides our talented volunteers. Lori loves to see the magic happen with children exploring our streams, forests and wetlands.


Amy McInerney, Environmental Education Instructor