Renske Dyedov

Renske Dyedov is a communications specialist and neuroscientist by training. She has worked with a number of scientific institutions and nonprofits across the country to develop communication channels and strategies both internally and externally. In 2018, Renske worked with WSAS to develop our external communications plan and help amplify the important work it and its members are doing in Washington State. Renske is now a communications manager at UW’s Molecular Engineering and Sciences Institute.

Vivian Ericson

Dr. Vivian Ericson is a contractor for WSAS on our WDFW Hatcheries review project and is a freelance researcher and writer. She transitioned from being a bench scientist to being scientist in the policy sphere through a fellowship in the California State Assembly. She later worked for an elected official and then as an Associate at California Environmental Energy and Consulting.

Sally James

Sally James is a Seattle writer who gave advice to the Washington State Academy of Sciences on social media related to research. She writes about biotech and research as a freelancer for The Seattle Times, Seattle and Seattle Business magazines, among others. Read more of her work at her website.

Darin Leong

Darin Leong is a web designer based on Orcas Island. His number one love is nature and you can often find him kayaking the San Juan Islands or Scuba diving coral reefs in Thailand. He has a wide range of business and technical experience and takes pleasure in helping people with their design and internet needs. Darin redesigned the WSAS website in 2017 and laid the foundation for the current website. See more of Darin’s work at Blooming Mind Media.

Nick Montoni

Nick Montoni hails from Charlotte, North Carolina, and moved to Seattle in 2014 to pursue a Ph.D. in Chemistry. After graduating, Nick pivoted into the science policy profession, working at WSAS and Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. Nick currently works for WSAS as a Research Analyst, focusing on decarbonization, additive manufacturing, and state-level science and technology policy fellowships. In the fall of 2019, he will move to Washington, D.C. as an AIP Fellow.

Steve Olson

Steve Olson is a Seattle writer who wrote the summary proceedings of the 2017 and 2018 Washington State Academy of Sciences Symposia. His last book, Eruption: The Untold Story of Mount St. Helens, won the Washington State Book Award. More of Steve’s work can be found at his website.

Lynne Peeples

Lynne started her career crunching numbers for HIV clinical trials and environmental health studies. Since shifting gears to write about science, she has contributed to outlets including The Huffington Post, Scientific American and Nature, and has so far worked with WSAS as a writer on the topic of additive manufacturing of advanced materials. More of Lynne’s work can be found on her website.

Melanie Roberts

Melanie Roberts is a scientist-turned-policy-wonk who is currently the Director for State and Regional Affairs at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. Melanie was a strategic consultant for the Executive Director as she worked with the board to re-envision and expand WSAS.



Gabe Ingman, 2019 Summer Intern

Gabriel Ingman is a recent graduate of Champlain College (VT) where he earned his Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Studies with a minor in Business Administration. He is currently working with WSAS to organize and plan our 2019 annual Symposium.

Diana Settlemyer, 2018 Fall Intern

Diana Settlemyer is recent graduate of UW’s graduate program in Urban Planning. During her time with WSAS, Diana designed the layout of our 2018 Symposium Proceedings and worked with us to develop a more robust stewardship plan.

Gaby Tosado, 2018 Summer Intern 

Gabriella Tosado is a 4th year PhD student studying chemical engineering and developing new solar technologies who enjoys hiking reading fantasy novels. She used her expertise in nanotechnology to contribute to our AMoAM project as well as helped organize the 2018 annual meeting and research symposium. After she graduates, she hopes to continue working in a boundary spanning career to bring fact-based science to the policy realm.

Eryn Rodgers, 2018 Summer Intern 

Erin Rogers is an undergraduate at Claremont McKenna College. She worked on our environmental projects including attending the Governor’s Task Force on Southern Resident Orcas and the Skagit Valley Water Supply Task Force.

Nick Montoni, 2018 Summer Intern  (see above for bio)