Board of Directors

Blue Earth board members are selected for their diverse expertise and commitment to furthering the mission of Blue Earth. The board is assisted by a select group of advisory board members.

  • Natalie Fobes
    Natalie Fobes, President

    Pulitzer Prize finalist Natalie Fobes has shot assignments for National Geographic, Smithsonian, Audubon and others. Her images of the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill are iconographic and she is known as the “salmon lady” due to her 10 year book project about the fish and its cultures. The author of three coffee table books, her work is represented by Corbis, Getty, National Geographic Image Collection and Science Faction photo agencies. Natalie’s fine art portraiture is nationally recognized. Natalie is a co-founder of Blue Earth Alliance and teaches courses at in addition to her local workshops.

  • Gary Halpern
    Gary Halpern, Secretary

    Gary Halpern is the publisher/owner of PhotoMedia Magazine an award-winning publication (8 Maggie Awards in 33 nominations, 11 APEX Grand Awards, 14 APEX Awards of Excellence) that has served the photo industry for more than 25 years. Gary was producer/director of PhotoMedia Expo, a highly respected 3-day photo trade show and seminar series from 1993-1996. He also produced World in Focus in 2003, a prestigious photo contest culminating in a 7-week, 91-print exhibit of the winners in downtown Seattle along with a 3-day seminar series, both concentrated on nature, the environment and endangered cultures photography. Prior to his publishing and event experience, he was a photojournalist and also assisted notable commercial and editorial photographers. Gary has traveled extensively throughout the world, enjoys playing the piano, and is an avid swing and salsa dancer.

  • Chase Jarvis
    Chase Jarvis, Creative Vice President

    A sports, lifestyle, and pop culture photographer, Chase has been working with corporate clients like Vulcan, Volvo, Nike, Microsoft, Columbia Sportswear, REI, Patagonia, and Jeep. Chase is also a member of ASMP, EP and ASPP. Chase Jarvis Media has offices in both Seattle and Paris.

  • Rebecca Kaplan
    Rebecca Kaplan

    Rebecca is a co-owner of Glazer's Camera, a Seattle based photo speciality retailer that has served the Northwest's photo and creative community for over 75 years. She currently runs the day to day operations alongside Ari Lackman, her brother and business partner. Her passion lies with supporting her customers and ensuring their needs are met. Rebecca has had a lifelong passion for photography. Prior to joining Glazer's full time, she worked at Waggener Edstrom on media relations for Microsoft.

  • Kaylyn Messer
    Kaylyn Messer

    Kaylyn grew up on the plains of North Dakota, forests of northern British Columbia, the lakes of Minnesota and rugged coast of South East Alaska. A love for small communities and wild places has allowed Kaylyn to work in remote locations and photograph in-depth community based stories. In addition to pursuing her personal work in conservation documentary photography, Kaylyn dedicates her time as a passionate advocate for environmental and humanitarian issues. She believes creating awareness through powerful imagery and intimate stories is one of the most commanding drivers of change and that this process can begin with the individual. Kaylyn is based in Seattle, WA.

  • Kristie McLean
    Kristie McLean

    Kristie McLean is a multimedia global storyteller, certified coach and activist. Traveling to more than 50 countries, she has profiled garment workers, Unexploded Ordnances, child brides and access to clean water. As winner of Relief Riders International's Social Entrepreneur Scholarship in 2013, Kristie rode 200 kilometers on horseback through India’s Thar Desert serving with medical camps. Since 2010, she has championed an obstetric fistula project in western Ethiopia, developing income generation projects for women suffering from this preventable childbirth injury. Comfortable in a corporate boardroom or in a mud hut, Kristie puts a human face on complex social issues and builds bridges between developing communities and organizations striving to help.

  • Kevin Owyang
    Kevin Owyang

    Kevin Owyang is Creative Director & Founder of Avolusis, LLC, a film & video production company. Mr. Owyang is an out-of-the box creative leader and passionate story teller with a gift for recasting ambiguous and complex ideas into clear messages. He's performed under Leonard Bernstein, ran a financial trading floor with $3 Billion in revenue, heli-snowboarded the Chugach range of Alaska, graduated from MIT, performed with members of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, and was commissioned to create a documentary for a Smithsonian Affiliate. He Chairs the Impact Investment Committee for Keiretsu Forum, the world's largest angel investor network.

  • Peter Richards
    Peter Richards

    Peter Richards. Graduated from Northern Michigan University with a B.F.A in photography. Peter is a Boulder-based photographer and social entrepreneur who runs his own travel and expedition company. He served as a staff photographer for Michigan's Glen Arbor Sun newspaper and as a photojournalist on several adventure travel expeditions to Mount Everest, Tibet, and Nepal, the arctic, Tanzania and Iceland. In 2009, Peter moved to Moshi, Tanzania to work as a photographer, medical tech, and marketing intern. Along with photography, Peter worked as a Medical Coordination Specialist for Remote Medical International in Seattle, coordinating medical emergency evacuations and telemedicine for clients globally. For the past six seasons he has worked for National Geographic Student Expeditions as a photographer, instructor and guide. His passion in photography is photographing people and cultures and exploring the details unique to each.

  • Russell Sparkman
    Russell Sparkman

    Russell is a co-founder of Fusionspark Media, Inc., a communications firm established in 1999. He holds an undergraduate degree in Political Science from Northeastern University, in Boston, and has worked most of his professional life as a photographer and visual communications

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