Captain KEVIN CAMPION
Founder of Deep Green Wilderness, tireless advocate for North Pacific right whales and 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 five 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.
Program Director NORA COSBEY
Nora Cosbey has worked as a sailor and educator for over a decade. Working as Captain, Mate and Deckhand for Deep Green Wilderness, Salish Sea Expeditions, Camp Four Winds, Sound Experience, Ocean Classroom Foundation, Traverse Tall Ship Co., and Clearwater. As Program Director Nora translates her background into the best possible experience for our students. When not onboard Orion or running things in the office, you’ll find Nora at the local climbing area, hiking in the Olympics or running in the woods. She thinks the Salish Sea is pretty amazing and loves fostering new stewards to share this place with. Nora graduated from the University of Chicago with a BA in English, holds her US Coastguard 100 ton Inland Master’s license and is an NREMT. She agrees with the rest of the crew that whales are undeniably cool and spectacular, but really wants to talk about jellyfish.
Chief Mate KATE HRUBY
Kate Hruby is an Olympia, WA native whose love for the Salish Sea was largely influenced by her time at Camp Four Winds on Orcas Island. She sailed as deckhand aboard Camp Four Winds' 61 foot sailboat as well as with Grays Harbor Historical Seaport aboard the Hawaiian Chieftain. She has her USCG AB credential. She holds a BS in Environmental Science from the University of New England and an MS in Earth and Climate Science from the University of Maine. Kate loves to make nerdy science and boat puns and will teach anything if it means she gets to draw on a whiteboard.
Deckhand ANSLEIGH COPLIN
Embodying all the qualities of a good shipmate, with just a pinch of salt to keep us on our toes, Ansleigh will be sailing as deckhand for the 2021 season and we couldn’t be more thrilled. In addition to teaching sailing and making sure the boat is ship-shape and Bristol fashion, Ansleigh brings a creative approach to looking at conservation and whale ecology. Having spent two summers onboard, Ansleigh knows the ins and outs of voyaging and is endlessly willing to include her shipmates in the work and the adventure.