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Peggy Myre

founder/Marketing Manager

Peggy is, in essence, a problem-solver.  In 2002 she founded Exa, named after her grandmother, to focus on scientific data management.  In her youth she spent time collecting, processing, and analyzing data while working in the field, laboratory, and on survey boats and ships.  The common thread in all of these endeavors was a curiosity about the story behind the numbers. As it turned out, she built a career becoming a data scientist before such a term had been invented.  In 2016 she decided to sell her company to her staff, and now serves as corporate memory and sage.   She still enjoys messing about with coastal and oceanographic data drawing from her background in geology and oceanography. When not at work, Peggy enjoys rowing, writing and hiking on the mountains near her office in Port Townsend, WA.

 
 

Stacy Larsen

presidenT/Project manager

Stacy joined Exa in 2004 as a financial and business advisor. She has managed all aspects of the company including human resources, contract management, budget and financial reporting, project management, marketing and administration.  As a curious learner, she also dove into the database and scientific work to fill out her knowledge base and further embrace the mission of Exa. In 2017 she purchased Exa from Peggy and returned her focus to financial and project management, as well as client relations. In her spare time, Stacy enjoys playing bass and keyboard at her local church, gardening and exploring the Pacific Northwest with her husband and three children.

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Michael Tweiten

vice president/database manager

Michael got his start in the environmental sciences studying the recovery of vegetation on the volcanically devastated slopes of Mt. St. Helens. Since then he has been involved in many scientific projects supporting conservation and natural resource management including restoring fire regimes in ponderosa pine forests, mapping the levels of conservation protection of desert ecosystems, exploring the interaction of insect outbreaks, fire and climate change in the northwoods, investigating invasive species encroachment in tropical montane rainforests, and providing data management support for restoration and contaminant remediation efforts and natural resource damage assessments following oil spills. He enjoys cooking and pickling produce out of his garden and messing about with bikes, boats and boots with his family.

 
 

Dawn Smorong

Vice President/Data Scientist

Dawn officially joined the Exa team in March of 2018, but has been a sub-contractor since 2010 providing technical support for environmental data management projects.  This work has involved developing computer applications to organize and query data, designing and developing databases, and communicating with scientists tasked with interpreting environmental data.  Prior to specializing in the area of environmental data science (which she is thrilled to know is a real discipline!), Dawn focused the first 10 years of her career working on ecological risk assessments, natural resource damage assessments, guidelines development, and designing/implementing environmental sampling programs.  Dawn works out of her home office in Nanaimo, British Columbia, and keeps busy during off-hours spending time with her two teenage children, usually hiking with their dogs in the woods of beautiful BC, watching hockey or baseball games, or puttering around in the yard. 

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Lorraine Read

Statistician 

Lorraine joined Exa in 2010, providing statistical and technical support on projects such as standardizing and stream-lining the statistical evaluation of sediment toxicity data, evaluating stochastic models used for predictions and decision making, and generally providing a statistical perspective on the collection, interpretation, and utility of environmental data.  A self-admitted science geek, nothing makes Lorraine happier at work than having a new dataset to dig into, or, after explaining statistical concepts to non-statistical folks hearing the words “Oh, that makes so much sense!”.  Outside of her home-office in Snohomish, Lorraine enjoys anything outdoors:  hiking, biking, rowing and running, and supporting her two teenage boys in their musical and athletic endeavors.

 
 

Grace Peven

Gis & Database Technician

Grace is a graduate of Western Washington University with a degree in Geography (emphasis in Natural Resource Management) and a minor in GIS. She has worked with natural resource data and developed innovative strategies to manage and protect water resources, both in the field and through complex spatial analysis. Outside of data collection in the field, Grace has experience with web-mapping, spatial and statistical analysis, geodatabase management, stream network modeling, satellite imagery analysis, cartography, and habitat suitability modeling. Outside of work Grace enjoys rafting, backpacking, and playing with her puppy.

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