ABOUT US THE CREW
Our staff is comprised of licensed and experienced sailors, professional marine scientists and professional educators. We are passionate about Orion and education. All aboard work hard to provide our students a safe, memorable and meaningful experience.
Captain KEVIN CAMPION
Founder of Deep Green Wilderness and Orion’s most recent caretaker is a lifelong resident of the Pacific Northwest. Captain Kevin believes strongly in a sailboat’s ability to capture the imagination and engage with the environment. Kevin holds his 200 Ton Masters License from the US Coast Guard and is a PADI certified Rescue Diver. After earning his captains license and a degree in evolutionary biology Kevin headed out to sea. Since that day he has crossed two oceans and sailed a variety of boats on four of the seven seas working as Captain for Salish Sea Expeditions, Beam Reach and Camp Four Winds, and as engineer for the Sea Education Association and the Ocean Classroom Foundation. With Deep Green Wilderness Captain Kevin sees a way to combine his love of sailing with his passion for teaching ecology and conservation. He enjoys introducing people to the wealth of diversity you encounter when you leave the dock and hopes his work with Deep Green Wilderness will promote responsible stewardship of our public lands and waterways. Kevin’s keen eye for wildlife and passion for the environment serve him well aboard Orion. Off duty Kevin serves on the board of directors for the SeaDoc Society and has been known to entertain the crew with his guitar or tales of poisonous frogs and secret surf spots from his travels in Central America.
Lindsay "T-Rex" Walker has worked as an environmental educator and sustainability professional for close to a decade. She is an advocate for transformational experiences in nature that provide a touch point for environmental stewardship. Lindsay spends her time on board and in the office creating and delivering powerful and effective programs for our students. In addition to her vision of a more sustainable way of relating to the ocean and passion for marine wildlife, Lindsay brings her experience and education in non-profit management and fundraising, logistical and operations support, and strategic planning and budgeting to the Deep Green Wilderness team. Lindsay holds an M.Ed from Western Washington University in Environmental Education and is a Certified Northwest Naturalist. An experienced sailor, Lindsay is also currently applying for a 50-ton master's license from the U.S. Coast Guard.
Education Director-Chief Mate LINDSAY WALKER
Adrienne “Hotel Bravo” Wilber is stoked to be returning to Deep Green Wilderness this spring. As Chief Mate on board the good ship Orion she dives into Deep Green Wilderness' nautical science curriculum alongside students of all ages and experiences. She loves empowering students with the skills necessary to safely sail and navigate a classic yawl on the Salish Sea. Adrienne holds her US Coast Guard 500 ton Near Coastal Mate's license, her 100 ton Near Coastal Master's license, and is a Wilderness First Responder. The rich and productive waters of southeast Alaska gave Adrienne her start in the maritime industry as a kid on the back deck of her Dad's commercial salmon troller. She took few years off and graduated from Carleton College with a degree in Geology before returning to sea. When she's not singing to whales, saving bees or snorkeling kelp beds with the rest of the Orion crew Adrienne divides her time between commercial fishing in Alaska, bluewater sailing in the south Pacific, and creating art inspired by the oceans and forests of the Pacific Northwest.
Chief Mate (Spring) ADRIENNE WILBER
Shawnecee has spent the last six years working on a variety of Sail and tug boats on the Great Lakes, San Francisco Bay and right here in the Salish Sea. When not on the water Shawnecee has been an advocate for social change through media literacy, and film. In New York and Chicago she taught and developed Media Literacy and Film Studies curriculum for high school students. She has contributed to film projects in Latin America and South Africa and has also worked in Austria and Palestine teaching film and news editing. As Co-Producer of The Unknown Sea Shawnecee has combined her passion for film with her love of sailing and education. In her spare time Shawnecee can be found rocking the drums for Bay Area legend Side eye.
Producer SHAWNECEE "LEON" SCHNEIDER
Elizabeth was born and raised in Minneapolis, Minnesota and had traveled to all 50 states before the age of 18, becoming a Junior Ranger at 48 National Parks! She loves to spend as much time outside as she can while engaging in activities like kayaking, hiking, snorkeling, running, scuba diving, photography and playing soccer. Her most recent adventures included: summiting Mount Kilimanjaro, trekking the Inca Trail at Machu Picchu, riding the EuroRail train on a month long packing trip throughout Europe, and snorkeling with Hawaiian Green Sea Turtles. Elizabeth graduated from Concordia College-Moorhead, Minnesota with a B.A., majoring in Biology, and minoring in Environmental Studies, Psychology and English-Writing. In her free time Elizabeth enjoys trail running, planning her next adventure, photography and enjoying her morning coffee while sitting outside and reading about other people's adventures. Elizabeth will be returning to the Salish Sea after working in Maui as a marine naturalist educating people about Humpback whales.
Educator/Deckhand ELIZABETH ROBINSON
Jessie developed a passion for the ocean at an early age exploring tide pools in Maine. She learned how to sail and SCUBA dive while in high school and graduated from Boston University in 2014 with a degree in Marine Science. Jessie spent the next three years working for outdoor education organizations such as World Ocean School aboard the schooner Roseway, Outward Bound, Salish Sea Expeditions, and the Maine Windjammer Association aboard the schooner Mary Day. Jessie has her 100 ton Inland Master, 100 ton Near Coastal Mate, and AB Special Coast Guard Licenses. When not sailing, Jessie enjoys traveling and hiking. She spent the fall of 2015 walking 600 miles from the French Pyrenees Mountains to Cape Finisterre in Spain on the Camino de Santiago. Jessie plans on pursuing a graduate degree...eventually; and she also plans to spend the next couple of years exploring and teaching. Jessie is excited to be working for Deep Green Wilderness and can’t wait to hang out with the PNW marine fauna!
Chief Mate (Summer) JESSIE MATHEWS
Jess loves to share her passion of all things ocean, natural history and aquatic life with others. As special projects manager Jess works on a diversity of things for DGW from film production to salmon curriculum. Ten years ago, Jess learned how to SCUBA dive and discovered the wonders of the world under the surface. Her life hasn't been the same since. After working as a SCUBA diving instructor in Egypt and Mozambique, she moved to the Pacific Northwest to earn a Master's in Environmental Education at Western Washington University. Jess spent living and working at the North Cascades Institute as a naturalist and environmental educator for all ages; 5 to 55. These days, Jess can be found teaching others about ocean ecosystems in classrooms, blogs and magazines, or sailing the world making films on the S/V Silent Sun. Check out her beautiful underwater photography and other photo projects at her website.
Special Project Manager JESS NEWLEY