Meet the Staff

Kelly Zupich, Executive Director or 360-720-4173 

Kelly was the first employee and was hired in 2016 soon after SWS became a new non-profit organization. Today she holds a three-fourths time position. Kelly works closely with the Board of Directors on strategic planning, infrastructure, community relations and supervises staff. Kelly has a talent for graphic design, photography, and designing activities for children. 

“I grew up on the Spokane Indian Reservation. I was taught from a young age to harbor a deep love and respect for our natural world, and I want to do my best to help facilitate that in my daily and work life. For a decade, I dedicated myself to being a Veterinary Technician. Through this work, I learned the importance of teamwork and efficiency to keep the clinic running and patients safe. I continue to strive to provide a safe and effective volunteer and staff team to improve and protect the Salish Sea Environment. I am a certified education interpreter through the National Association of Interpretation, Washington State parks and am working towards a degree in Marine Biology.”

Allie Hudec, Education Coordinator

Allie coordinates and creates programming for use with children and adults. She works with schools, the Navy, parks, local events as well as other partners and helps with social media and SWS website. When things were shut down due to the pandemic, she launched online programs and she began to script, film and produce educational videos with the help of volunteers. Allie supports the Education Committee which is building a library of unique videos and other toolkits for use in educational activities. 

She is an experienced outdoor educator and guide. In addition to working with SWS, Allie is currently an Outdoor Guide for the US Navy and a Guide for the Road Scholar program at Skagit Valley College. She previously worked at Stevens Pass where she helped people safely enjoy the mountains and volunteered as a Wilderness Ranger out of Skykomish where she developed her skills with winter mountain guiding and stewardship practices. Before finding her passion for education, she was a Merchant Mariner working as a ship’s engineer and captain, this has given her a unique perspective on marine-based education.

Allie is also a mother of two teenage daughters who sparked her joy of teaching. She and her husband Chris have raised the girls to be avid outdoors enthusiasts and they enjoy having as much family time in nature as possible.

Joan Schrammeck, Camano Coordinator

Joan coordinates Stewards for education, citizen science and stewardship activities based on Camano or nearby communities. Joan supports the Stewardship Committee, assists with the annual training of new members, and writes and designs the monthly e-newsletter and utilizes her background in non-profit management to help with grant-writing.

Joan is an experienced volunteer coordinator and organizer. She brings a background in environmental activism with CARE (Camano Action for a Rural Environment), public health, women’s health education and advocacy, clean energy and transportation, and nonprofit management. She has served on numerous boards of directors over the years, most recently on the board of Solar Washington helping produce the annual Solar Summit. Today, Joan also does contract marketing and website support for the Kirkland-based Northwest Electric and Solar.

Tabitha Jacobs-Mangiafico, Whidbey Coordinator

Tabitha coordinates Stewards for education, citizen science and stewardship activities on Whidbey. Using her degree in marine science, Tabitha supports the Citizen Science Committee and the Technology Committee, and she assists with the annual training of new members. As a scuba diver and professional photographer, Tabitha films underwater for use in our educational videos.

Tabitha is an experienced marine science community educator; she was a Marine Conservation educator for 500+ guests daily at the Mystic Aquarium, assisted docent training and led VIP tours. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Marine Sciences from the University of Connecticut where she was the President of the Eco Husky environmental club for 4 years. Her desire to inspire youth about the marine environment led her to become a STEM Education Ambassador with AmeriCorps. In her year of service, she engaged 100+ pre-k -12th graders weekly, with an innovative STEM-based ocean adventure curriculum and inspired new marine stewards. During the season, Tabitha also guides tours for Whidbey Island Sea Kayaking.

For general inquiries, send email: or call 360-678-4401 (please leave a voicemail message). You will receive a response. 

Send mail to PO Box 1225, Coupeville, WA 98239