Board Members

Jean Baldwin, Co-President 

Jean and her husband Jim Quarles sailed their boat from Portland to Port Townsend in 1987, and soon after moved here with their two small children, Dylan and Bryn in 1990.  Both kids were on the PT Barracudas swim team racing and practicing for 8 years.  Jean has been in the aqua aerobics classes since 2010. As a nurse and mom she is passionate about the health benefits of swimming and as a Public Health professional knows the benefits of swimming can have positive impacts on the overall health of our community.   Jean has a BA from Creighton University, a BSN from University of Portland, MSN from Gonzaga and is a licensed Nurse Practitioner (ARNP).  

Jean had leadership roles in Public Health for 40 years. Working in settings as varied as international refugee camps, urban High School Health clinics, Portland and Jefferson County. She retired as Director of Jefferson County Public Health in 2016.  As Director she expanded services by listening to people, reviewing current needs and resources, followed current science and good fiscal management, while always trying to improve the community’s health.

Peter Braden, Co-President

Peter, his wife Dawn, and children Mazy and Tate have lived in Port Townsend since 2000. Peter is a National Board Certified Teacher and teaches first and second grade at Grant Street Elementary where he has been teaching since 1990.

Beginning at age 10, Peter swam competitively on club, high school, and college teams. At Central Washington University he was fortunate to be on three NAIA Championship teams. His freshman team was recently inducted into the CWU Hall of Fame.

Peter coached and taught lessons at Sheridan Beach Swim Club, a Seattle Summer Swim League team, for 7 years before moving to the peninsula. For five years he served as an assistant coach as well as head coach for Port Townsend Swim Team. He is now the head coach of Port Townsend High School's Girls' Swim and Dive Team.

Outside of school and the pool, Peter's interests tend to follow his children so currently he is into mountain biking and robotics.

Philippa Lance, Secretary

Philippa, her husband Nik, and children Ben and Molly have lived in Port Townsend since 2006.

She started swimming competitively at the age of 9 in her hometown of Oakland, California, and continued through college, where she qualified for nationals while attending the University of Puget Sound.  During these years, she also worked as a lifeguard, swim coach and swim instructor.

Philippa became a licensed occupational therapist in 1997, and spent 12 years working in hospital rehab settings before becoming the occupational therapist for the Port Townsend School District in 2009.  Her experience in both clinical and classroom settings has yielded unique insights regarding the therapeutic value of aquatic therapy.  This, coupled with a strong desire for every child in Port Townsend to be safe around our abundant water, fuels her drive to ensure the citizens of Jefferson County have access to a pool.

Earll Murman, Former President

Earll Murman permanently settled in Port Townsend in 2006 after spending 26 years at MIT as Ford Professor of Engineering. While at MIT he served as Director of Project Athena (1988-1991), Head of the Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics (1990-1996), and Co-Director of the Lean Aerospace Initiative (1995-2002), as well as teaching undergraduate and graduate subjects and supervising graduate thesis projects.

Prior to joining MIT, Earll worked at the Boeing Company (1967-1971), NASA (1971-1974) and Flow Research Company in Kent WA (1974-1980), the last three years of which he was a Vice President and General Manager. He received both a bachelor and doctoral degree in Aerospace Engineering from Princeton University. Earll is Past President of the Washington State Academy of Sciences, a member of the US National Academy of Engineering, a Foreign Member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences and a life member of the Sierra Club.

In Port Townsend Earll serves as Vice President of the Jefferson County Community Foundation and is a member of the Tuesday Morning Breakfast Club and Local Investing Opportunity Network (LION). He is co-instructor of the EDC Team Jefferson course for Improving Enterprise Productivity with Lean Thinking.  He is an occasional volunteer at the Food Bank and with the YMCA. Earll and Rena are glad to be “back home" in the Pacific Northwest and look forward to many years of aquatics recreation in Port Townsend.

Rena Murman

Rena and husband Earll moved to Port Townsend from Vermont in 2006.   It marked a return to the Pacific NW after 26 years in New England.   With one son in Redmond and another in Vermont, trips across the country are now common.  In the Boston area, Rena worked in the world of high-tech start-up companies for a number of years and then returned to Lesley University for a MS in management focusing on arts organizations.  She then became involved with theatre education at the Huntington Theatre in Boston and at the Weston Playhouse in VT. 

Rena considered the existence of a swimming pool in Port Townsend an essential amenity, and she now regularly enjoys deep-water aerobics classes 5 mornings a week.  When not in the pool, she tutors ESL and 3rd grade math; is a dedicated volunteer at Habitat for Humanity and member of LION (Local Investing Opportunity Network).   Her real passion is to see a state-of-the-art aquatics center in our community that will serve the needs of all – young and old – to be water safe, healthy and fit.

Linda Rhines

Linda and her husband Peter recently moved full-time to Port Townsend from Seattle, after commuting to their PT home for weekends for the last 18 years.
Linda received her BA and MA (History) from UCLA, an EdS (Library Media) from the University of Colorado and a MLS from the University of Washington.  She taught English and History in Los Angeles and New Jersey, was a children's librarian for the King County Library System, was a school librarian in Boulder, Colorado, and for 17 years at Lakeside Upper School in Seattle.  She has been active in a variety of organizations and non-profits wherever she has lived, and is looking forward to becoming more involved in the wonderful Port Townsend community.
Growing up in Southern California, Linda almost lived in a backyard swimming pool during the hot summers.  She was a lifeguard during college, and loves to swim recreationally.  She considers a public swimming pool to be essential, and she also enjoys swimming in the ocean, lakes and rivers.  Other interests include kayaking, hiking and participating in 3 book clubs.

Kathy Salmonson

Kathy Salmonson spent the first third of her life in Montana.  She graduated from Montana State University as a nurse and migrated west to work in Seattle at Children’s Hospital for almost four decades.   Kathy is also trained as a Nurse Coach supporting people with health and wellness in the face of chronic disease and aging.  She recently moved to Port Townsend with her husband Karl and their sweet dogs for their Third Chapter, living a quieter life in the peace and beauty of the Quimper Peninsula. 
Kathy loves being near, on and in the water.  She has found fitness, possibility and rehabilitation in the pool for decades given life with arthritis.  She is committed to seeing an aquatics fitness facility responsive to all ages and abilities.   Beyond water, Kathy loves travel, cooking, gardening and foraging. 

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