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.

  • Bridget Besaw
    Bridget Besaw

    As founder and principle of Seedlight Pictures,
    Bridget crafts visual stories that aim to serve as a reminder of our collective instinct to care for the planet. As a long-term project photographer for environmental NGO’s, Bridget's projects have documented issues such as sustainable fisheries, farmland protection, and wilderness preservation initiatives throughout the world. The subjects of her two photo books Wildness Within Wildness Without and From the Land are inspiration for her current film projects about the restorative power of wild lands and food sustainability. To nurture what she believes is a new professional genre, Bridget finds great fulfillment in teaching the conservation photography workshops that she developed for Maine Media Workshops and Leica Akademie North America.

  • John Commiskey
    John Commiskey

    Since earning an MBA from the University of Notre Dame, John has worked at leading internet companies including Expedia and, where he currently serves as a Senior Product Manager. John is an amateur photographer interested primarily in outdoor, wilderness, travel and adventure photography. In addition to his work with Blue Earth, John also serves on the Board of Directors of the Friends of the Northwest Weather and Avalanche Center.

  • Benjamin Drummond & Sara Joy Steele
    Benjamin Drummond & Sara Joy Steele

    As a documentary team, Benjamin Drummond and Sara Joy Steele have been telling stories about people, nature and climate change for over a decade. They recently launched a series of films on climate change in the Pacific Northwest, produced an interactive website on the future of natural history, and are currently documenting an early warning system for nature with Conservation International. Their personal project, Facing Climate Change, has been featured at the Wild & Scenic Film Festival, in National Geographic, Photo District News and Mother Jones, and exhibited widely. Benj and Sara are currently serving as project representatives on Blue Earth's Board of Directors. They live in Washington's Methow Valley.

  • Natalie Fobes
    Natalie Fobes, Vice 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.

  • Gary Hawkey
    Gary Hawkey, Treasurer

    Gary's passion for imaging and science led him to pioneer techniques for photo restoration, edition printing and the application of computers to all phases of graphic design and photo reproduction. He has a 35 year history in the graphic arts and photographic businesses. Currently he is the managing partner at iocolor, a premier book production company which produces work for museums, artists, photographers as well as university presses and major publishers. iocolor is located in the historic Pioneer District in the building that housed the first printing company in the downtown area of Seattle.

  • Jason Houston
    Jason Houston

    Jason Houston has worked in visual communication for over 20 years, much of the time as an independent photographer / filmmaker doing magazine stories, books, and NGO image library assignments as well as related long-term personal projects on social and environmental issues. Recent subjects include deforestation in Borneo, watershed conservation in the Peruvian Amazon, fisheries management throughout the developing tropics, agricultural heritage on the Navajo reservation in Arizona, and his daughter's climbing wall in their garage. In 2008 he co-founded the media production company Take One Creative to produce documentary films and provide story-driven communications content for cause-driven clients. Jason is a fellow of the International League of Conservation Photographers (iLCP) and has exhibited widely and lectured often on his work at venues including Mountainfilm, San Francisco Art Institute, Harvard, Yale, Duke, Williams College, The New Mexico Museum of Art, Colorado Photographic Arts Center, and the Nevada Museum of Art. He lives in Louisville, CO. and Take One Creative

  • 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.

  • Dan Lamont
    Dan Lamont, President

    During his 30 year career in photojournalism, Dan has covered issues of the environment, land use, and social change for many publications. Dan is former Director of the American Society of Media Photographers (ASMP), and immediate past-President of the ASMP Foundation.

  • 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.

  • Neil Ever Osborne
    Neil Ever Osborne

    Neil Ever Osborne is an associate member of the International League of Conservation Photographers and a contributing editor and photographer for the Canadian Wildlife Magazine. Using conservation photography practices and multimedia storytelling, he blends his backgrounds in science (B.Sc.) and photojournalism (M.A.) to bridge gaps between groups whose conservation agendas are best met through collaboration. Neil regularly contributes photography and visual communication works to environmental non-profits and government agencies who use his imagery and strategy in campaigns. Neil is based in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, where he directs the Environmental Visual Communication program when not on field assignments.