Board of Directors

IT TAKES A VILLAGE TO SAVE A BEACH

Meet the Board of Directors

Bill Bradbury

bill-bradburyBill Bradbury grew up in Chicago, and moved to Bandon, Oregon in 1971. In Bandon, he owned and operated a small business before beginning his career in government. He served in the Oregon State Legislature for 14 years, representing portions of Oregon’s south coast as a State Representative and as a State Senator. Bill held the position of Senate Majority Leader and Senate President. As Secretary of State, Bill was Oregon’s second-highest-ranking constitutional officer. He was the Auditor of Public Accounts, the Chief Elections Officer and the manager of the state’s official legislative and executive records. Along with the Governor and Treasurer, Bill sat on the State Land Board, and he was appointed by Governor Kulongoski to chair the Oregon Sustainability Board. Bill has also been appointed to Oregon’s Global Warming Advisory Commission, a group tasked with making recommendations to the legislature on how Oregon will meet its greenhouse gas reduction goals and tackle the adaptation challenges created by the impacts of climate change. Bill was one of the first 50 participants in Vice President Al Gore’s Climate Change training sessions and has given over 130 presentations. He currently serves on the Northwest Power and Conservation Council as one of two members representing Oregon.

Helen Farr

helen-farrHelen Farr has been an award-winning elementary educator for 25 years in the Coos Bay School District. She is a graduate of Marshfield High School in Coos Bay, and received her Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree from The University of Oregon. During her teaching career Helen has taught grades 1-6 and in the last few years has focused specifically on 5th grade and in setting up sustainable practices and recycling programs in the schools. Prior to working as a volunteer with Washed Ashore she was teaching her students about marine debris and organizing beach clean-ups. After spending several months volunteering with Washed Ashore, Helen joined the Artula Institute Board of Directors. Both volunteering and serving on the board have given Helen the opportunity to involve many of her students and colleagues with the project, connecting two of her passions.

Marty Giles

marty-gilesMarty Giles is a professional environmental interpreter, and a writer and editor, and maintains a sole proprietorship business in each arena—Wavecrest Discoveries and SharpPoint Writing & Editing—since the mid-1990s. Wavecrest Discoveries offers “mind-refreshing guided nature excursions” in and around Oregon’s Coos Bay Area; SharpPoint Writing & Editing specializes in non-fiction writing (such as interpretive panels and documents for parks and similar resources), editing, teaching, and tutoring. Marty has a BA in Interdisciplinary Studies from Western Oregon University and a MS in Recreation Resource Management (specializing in interpretation) from Texas A&M University. Her broad experience in helping people make sense of the natural world spans over 45 years.

Widely active in the community, Marty currently serves on three boards—Artula, Coos Watershed Association, and the Marshfield Sun Printing Museum—and volunteers for a variety of other community and professional groups as specific needs arise. She lives in the Coos Bay area with her husband and teen-aged daughter.

Betsy Claassen

betsy-claassenBetsy was a full-time K-8 dance educator in the Vancouver, Washington public schools from 1992-2013. A modern dancer since high school, with a B.A. in Theatre Arts, a Master’s degree in Integrating Arts into Teaching, and 8 years dancing professionally with the Wendy Rogers Dance Company, she has experience and expertise as an educator and dance artist.

Betsy was born in St. Louis, Missouri but lived overseas in Iran, Switzerland, and England during her childhood and high school years. She now lives in Sonoma, CA with her husband. She is an avid kayaker, puppet enthusiast, and choral singer. As the newest member of the Artula Institute Board of Directors, she is delighted to bring her teaching background and skills, commitment to arts and environmental education and artistic talents to Washed Ashore.