Board Members


Pat Maxwell, Executive Director 

Along with his managerial role with PMR Pat is also one of the primary instructors. Sometimes referred to as the Plankton Guy, Pat has an infectious enthusiasm for sharing the biological wonders of Puget Sound. With over 30 years’ experience both teaching classes for the Marine Science Afloat™ program and guiding its ongoing development, Pat has been a big part of the PMR adventure from its very beginning. During the early years of the program, off-the-shelf video microscopes and underwater camera systems were not affordable for a non-profit education program, but Pat was able to apply his talent with trial-and-error engineering to bring several exciting marine life exploration tools to the program. Pat is also skilled at bringing to PMR the best people who share his passion for fun hands-on education.


Davis Bell, President (Board Chairman)

Davis Bell is native of Nashville and grew up on the lake and river waters of the South.  An avid kayaker, diver and fisherman, he has traveled extensively sampling waters from Japan to South Africa.  A teacher for 25 years, he has taught in public, international and private schools in the northwest and abroad.

After moving back and forth to Seattle since the 80’s, he is here to stay.  He lives within sight of Puget Sound and is committed to its health and PMR’s role in its sustainability.


Dave Maxwell, Treasurer

Dave is a native to Seattle where he attended grade school through College. Dave’s desire to see our Puget Sound marine environment protected and nurtured was developed by spending childhood summers on, in and around Puget Sound; hiking the Pacific Ocean shores of the Olympic National Park and sailing
throughout the San Juan’s.

Dave believes Pacific Marine Resources has a unique mission in protecting Puget Sound through educating young people and building excitement and interest in protecting the environment with hands on learning.

Dave brings 40 years of financial experience to the PMR board having worked as a CFO, controller and CPA for both public and private corporations.


Rose Donner, Board Member

From the Northern California coast to the San Juan Islands and finally settling in Seattle, Rose has been committed to preserving, learning about, and enjoying all things marine.  Rose was introduced to PMR in 2016 and somehow convinced Pat to give her an onboard volunteer position with Marine Science Afloat, expanding her passion for the sea to environmental education.  Later that year she joined the Board, excited about the organization and all the possibilities of the program.  Though she gives PMR all she can, it will never match her gratitude for the opportunity to be on the water, working with incredible educators and pursuing such an important mission: The education of the future stewards of Puget Sound.  

Rose lives in Seattle with her husband Mark and occasionally all three kids are home, too.  When not on the sound, she is usually on the Lake Washington or snuggling with their two dogs Chloe and Clara.


Elisabeth Duffy, Board Member

Liz has spent the past 20+ years working primarily in research and conservation of coastal aquatic ecosystems and marine life, and holds a PhD in Aquatic and Fishery Sciences from the University of Washington. But many of her most rewarding experiences have come from teaching, especially during her many seasons as an instructor for PMR’s Marine Science Afloat program. She strongly believes in the power of hands-on educational experiences to foster passion and excitement for the natural world, and wants to make sure many kids, including her own, will be able to continue to enjoy the magic of PMR’s programming. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, playing sports like ultimate frisbee, and exploring the natural world, preferably under or near water.


Deborah Halley, Board Member

Born in Washington and raised on the west coast to the Rocky Mountains of Boulder CO, Deb was lucky enough to grow up in a military family and has traveled and lived around the world. In most recent years, she, with her husband Nick and 3 daughters, re-settled in Washington and have not looked back. As a diver looking to put her skills toward a cause and expand her marine science knowledge, she joined PMR as a volunteer diver and shipboard assistant. A major highlight of working with PMR has been waving to curious minds prior to descending on a dive to highlight, in real-time, the wondrous life that thrives below the surface. It brings her joy to be part of helping others discover just how amazing and invaluable the Puget Sound watershed is to all who call it home. In her free time, she loves supporting her daughters at their sporting events, gardening, and preparing meals with her husband to host friends and family.  

Janet Pope, Board Member 

Alexandra Rowley, Board Member

Alex Rowley is a Seattle native who grew up in the Central District and after a brief interlude in New York, moved one mile north to Madison Park. She first learned about Marine Science Afloat through a field trip with her children. She works at a tech company in program management, and most thrives when translating technical information into engaging stories. She spends her time reading and writing in all the outdoor nooks and crannies of the Pacific Northwest.