RAY YURKEWYCZ, ACTING EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Amy Tanska, VOLUNTEER PROGRAMS DIRECTOR
ABIGAIL GROSKOPF, SCIENCE EDUCATION DIRECTOR
*Majority funding for this position is provided in honor of Professor James F. Kaufman of Cambridge University. His passion for the Cascades, and Mount St. Helens in particular, is infectious.
MIKE STARON, GUIDED PROGRAMS COORDINATOR & LEAD CLIMBING GUIDE
Jared Smith,Lead Climbing Guide
Jared is a father of four, lifetime resident of the area and has been climbing Mount St. Helens for 20 years. His Avalanche 2 and Wilderness First Responder certifications are not only an asset to MSHI, our volunteers and public participants but also to his service as a member of the local Volcano Rescue Team. Jared loves back country touring and climbing on his off days.
Kate Richardson, Office Manager
Sonja Melander, Science Educator
Sonja loves volcanoes! Before her recent move to the Pacific Northwest, Sonja worked as an educator at Montserrat Volcano Observatory in the Caribbean and as a Geological Society of America intern at Craters of the Moon National Monument in Idaho. Sonja earned her Masters of Science in Geology from the State University of New York at Buffalo. Her research focused on caldera volcanism in Italy. Sonja has also poked around volcanoes, old and new, in New Mexico, Nevada, Michigan, Mexico, and the Canary Islands. Sonja enjoys walking on soft moss, listening to the sounds of moving water, kissing rocks, doodling, taking photographs, kayaking, and finding new places to explore and adventure! Sonja loves being outside, whether it’s for geologic fieldwork, rockhounding, or just meandering. She also really hopes that one day volcanology will discover that volcanoes are powered by dragons, but sadly realizes that’s probably not going to happen.