Jim Somers joined the Board in 2015. He retired to North Whidbey in 2003 following a career as an orthodontist in Duluth, Minnesota. Jim received his Dental and Orthodontic degrees at the University of Michigan. He has been an active volunteer with several environmental groups, including Beach Watchers and Skagit Fisheries Enhancement Group. Jim co-chaired the Sound Waters Conference in 2007 and 2008. His major focus has been juvenile salmon research with various federal, tribal, and local entities. In 2008, Jim received a national “Environmental Hero Award” for his volunteer work with National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). He and his wife, Melissa, enjoy cycling, traveling, and their home on North Whidbey.