District 4 - Orcas West
Term of Office January 12, 2009 - January 14, 2013
Elected to Council in November 2009
(360) 370-7474 Fax (360) 378-7208
350 Court Street
Friday Harbor, WA 98250
Council Chair 2010
27 Years Living on Orcas Island
San Juan County Board of Freeholders: Orcas Island
The Freeholders were a Board of 21 citizens elected to draft a new form
of governance for San Juan County. Richard chaired the Charter Writing Committee.
He also chaired the Citizens' Outreach and Information Committee that kept citizens involved
and current throughout the process.
Vote Yes for Home Rule Election Committee: Chairman
Citizens for Charter Implementation : Chairman
Orcas Medical Center Association: Elected Board Member
Orcas Landing Water System: Elected Board Member
Orcas Island School Board: Elected Member and Chairman
Orcas Island School Long Range Strategic Planning Committee: Member and Sub-Committee Chair
Orcas Fire Department Long Range Planning Committee: Member
WORK: 27 Years Living on Orcas Island
Micromark: Co- Owner and Vice-President of Research
Richard and his colleagues developed and produced a new laser micro tag for marking and enumerating biological species (primarily fish).
Northwest Marine Technology (NMT): Director of Research and Production Manager.
Richard led a team of scientists producing tags and equipment
for managing fish and other animal resources. Richard was granted several patents in this field.
Orcas High School: Teacher, Advanced Placement Physics
Recruited by motivated students themselves to teach,
Richard was impressed by his students eagerness to learn and gratified by their successes on the AP exam.
Many of his students went on to college majoring in science related disciplines.
All Dream Cottages: Owner/Operator
Richard’s job titles include: Bookkeeper, Carpenter, Concierge,
Designer, Gardener, Host, Housekeeper, Landscaper, Painter, Plumber, Repairman.
, B S. in Physics. Named California State Scholar
University of Pittsburgh
, Ph.D in Physics
National Aeronautics and Space Administration Trainee (Scholarship)
University of Washington
In support of his Ph.D. thesis, Richard developed both the hardware and software for
studying kinetic reactions of the earth's upper atmosphere (auroras).
,Certificates in Medical Engineering
While participating in this program,
Richard was invited as Visiting Scientist to join a group of medical doctors
and scientists endeavoring to develop an early breast cancer detection method
using state of the art ultra sound technology