Chapter Information

Chapter Information

Pacific Northwest Chapter Officers

PresidentMarcia Knadle
Vice PresidentMindy Brugman
SecretaryPat Reed
TreasurerTheresa Burton
Scholarship Committee ChairSarah Dewey
CommunicationsEmily Cahoon
Past PresidentHeather Nielsen
Web EditorsCindy Bartlett and
Jordan Claytor
Pacific Region DelegateMarcia Knadle

Officer Bios

Marcia is a long-time member of AWG and the Pacific NW Chapter and has served in every chapter office or capacity except treasurer and web manager.  She has organized or co-organized many field trips for both AWG and for the PNW Chapter, most recently to New Zealand, the Western Great Lakes, the Klamath Mountains, Central California, and England.  She also serves on the AWG Board of Directors as a delegate for the Pacific Region, where she has focused on making AWG’s interactions with chapters as clear and simple as possible.  Marcia holds a Geology BS from the University of Puget Sound and a Geology MS from the University of Montana in Missoula. She has looked for oil in the Gulf of Mexico, done soils engineering on the Alaska Pipeline, and been a hydrologic technician for the USGS in Tacoma.  However, most of her career was spent as a hydrogeologist for the US Environmental Protection Agency in Seattle, providing technical support on hazardous waste cleanup projects.  She retired 6 years ago, which is why she has time to organize geology field trips and serve on the AWG and AWG-PNW Boards.  Otherwise, she spends her time helping manage her childhood home on 40 acres in Maple Valley, WA.

Vice President
Mindy works as a Senior Research and Development Meteorologist for Meteorological Services of Canada, Environment and Climate Change Canada in Vancouver, BC.  She researches Coastal and Mountain Meteorology to support Prediction Services and Operations and Canadian Meteorological Centre efforts to keep the public safe from weather related natural hazard disasters 24/7.  Her current research position focuses on improving snow level forecasts, and in the last few years is a co-developing a new BC based rating system for Canada to assess the worst storm expected, even during dramatic global warming as projected to occur by 2050 to 2100.  Previously, she worked as an operational meteorologist BC and the Yukon. Mindy’s PhD was from CalTech in Geological and Planetary Sciences, and she obtained a BS in Atmospheric Sciences from the University of Washington. She was a post doc at the ETH in Switzerland and a visiting professor at in Mexico at UNAM in Geophysics and Glaciology. She has been a professor of Hydrology and Physical Geology at Western Washington University in Bellingham and an adjunct professor at University of Saskatchewan and thesis advisor. She was a research scientist in the National Hydrology Research Centre leading programs on Glaciology, Hydrometeorology, and Glacier Mass balance for Western Canada. She was also an assistant with USGS, JIRP, CENTAPRED and VAW-ETH on glaciers and volcanoes in the Pacific Northwest. Mexico and Alaska. Mindy has a happily married son who is a civil engineer in British Columbia. She is a dual Canadian-US Citizen who lives in Revelstoke, BC and at Point Roberts, WA, and her work base office is in Vancouver, BC.  She loves hiking, skiing, building cabins, kayaking’ enjoying her pets (a big dog, two cats and more), and also likes to fish and swim. She been an active ski patroller, instructor and coach in the past.  Mindy still remains an active Professional Institute of the Public Service (PIPSC) Union Steward and Pacific and Yukon Union-Management consultation co lead, actively supporting efforts for Occupational Health and Safety and mental health in the work place, as well as mentorship of men and women. She recently got certified in Ham radio in Canada. She is still trying to improve her languages fluency in French but also German, Chinook and Spanish, which improves with a glass of nice wine.  Mindy is active in mentoring with Science Innovators in the Schools through BC Science World and SCWIST Wonder Women mentoring efforts. She has co-led several AWG field trips from California, Washington, and BC and Alberta. Mindy believes AWG is needed more than ever and wants to keep involved so she can listen, learn and act on ways we can inspire excellence and do even better. Mindy believes success can be measured in happiness, and hopes through supporting a community of happy successful professional women, one at a time, AWG together can help create a better world.

Pat has been an environmental and engineering Geologist for 20 years.  She has worked for large firms such as URS, Hart Crowser, and Black and Veatch.  She has worked for Wood (formerly AMEC, formerly AMEC-Foster-Wheeler) for ten years as a Senior Geologist. Currently she is working on the project that will widen I-405 from Renton to Bellevue for WSDOT.  She still finds time to get out on drilling rigs, but is mostly reviewing field logs and draft logs.  Her interests include Puget Sound Geology, rock hunting (of course) and playing at gold panning. Pat and her husband own Nordic Trader, a small business that creates bronze-cast jewelry copied from Viking artifacts. She and her husband usually travel all over the northwest setting up a booth and selling at Nordic Fairs, the New National Nordic Museum, Poulsbo Viking Festival, and medieval events at the Society for Creative Anachronism. Pat has previously served on the AWG-PNW Board in three other capacities – as President, Vice President and, for a total of nearly ten years(!), as Scholarship Committee Chair.

Theresa has served as an officer for the AWG Pacific NW Chapter for 8 years, first as Secretary and now as Treasurer. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Geology from Central Washington University. Although she is currently not employed in her chosen field, she maintains an active interest in geology by being a member of AWG and joining in on the field trips. Theresa is also an avid amateur astronomer and enjoys participating in star parties.

Scholarship Committee Chair
Sarah holds a BS in Geology & Geophysics from Yale University and an MS and a PhD in Oceanography from the University of Washington, where she participated in Arctic fieldwork through the Polar Science Center at the UW Applied Physics Lab. Besides her passion for fieldwork, a background in journalism and environmental education has fed Sarah’s interest in science education, outreach, and policy. She volunteers regularly at Seattle-wide events to share the work of the Polar Science Center with the local community, and is thrilled to be able to contribute to AWG’s mission by serving as the PNW Chapter’s Scholarship Committee Chair.

Communications Committee Chair (Newsletter Editor)
Emily Cahoon holds a PhD in Earth, Environment and Society from Portland State University, a MS in Geology from Washington State University, and a BS in Geology from the University of Delaware. Emily has has industry work experience in the fields of environmental consulting and mineral exploration. She’s currently a term assistant professor (teaching remotely) at the University of Alaska, Anchorage, teaching volcanology and petrology courses. Her research explores the timing, emplacement, and petrogenetic evolution of flood basalt lavas by integrating field methods, laboratory instruments, geochemical and thermodynamic modeling. Emily is particularly interested in the duration of basaltic volcanism and significance of giant plagioclase crystals, which have been documented in numerous continental flood basalt provinces. This interest has led to research on ‘sunstones’, which are large plagioclase crystals that contain macroscopic inclusions of native copper. Sunstones vary in color due to the speciation of copper, and are recognized as a gemstone by the Gemological Institute of America (GIA). This research aims to characterize the geologic conditions required to form sunstones, and further our understanding of crystal growth and metal enrichment processes during flood basalt magmatism.

Past President
Heather is a Soil Scientist with Clackamas County. She has been in the public sector for a few years and is enjoying it. Previously, she was in environmental consulting for 13 years.  Heather has a BS degree in Geology from University of Puget Sound and a MS in Geology from Portland State University. She is a licensed geologist in Oregon and Washington. Heather was President of AWG-PNW for 3 years before automatically becoming Past President with the election of a new president. In her free time, Heather likes to hike, craft, bake, and spend time with family.

Web Editor

Pacific Region Delegate
Marcia Knadle (see President above)

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