Our People

With the seasonal ebb and flow of tourism, so too does our staff follow these rhythms, making up the unique and ever-changing ecology of our resort community. But there are a few individuals who maintain the stability and consistency of Doe Bay who we would like to recognize and share with you their unique journeys and individual strengths.

Joe & Maureen Brotherton – Proprietors

Joe and MaureenJoe & Maureen Brotherton fell in love with each other and with Orcas when they camped on the west side of the island in the 70’s as teenagers.  Joe had been to Doe Bay a number of times.  It was on the hippie trail of Northwest icons and he visited regularly for decades.  Finally, at the turn of the century, Joe and Maureen decided to buy the property.  “It seemed likely to be broken up and sold off and I had the resources and energy, so we took a leap of faith.”   The Brothertons have never looked back.

Their five children (and their grandchildren) have all been involved in various capacities. And Doe Bay Fest is, of course, an annual family tradition.  “We acknowledge that we are only temporary stewards of this unique property.  It was quite rough when we started and we have tried to improve it without changing it. It has exceeded our expectations in terms of becoming a place for art and music and food and drink and theater and family and community.  We hope our ownership is long and that we hand it off better than we found it.”

River Augenstein – General Manager

The general manager of Doe Bay Resort grew up in the deciduous woodlands of Indiana near the confluence of 3 major watercourses. In the summer, when he wasn’t playing baseball, he spent most of his time searching for aquatic creatures and plants in the growth by margins of pond waters.

He met his wife, Shandra, when he moved to the Central Coast of California, in 1996, where they both attended Cuesta College in San Luis Obispo. Together, they then went on to manage an educational interdisciplinary retreat center, Far Horizons in the Sierra, before being asked to be managers at Far Horizon’s sister facility, Indralaya, on Orcas Island, in 2006. During this time, River broadened his lifetime interest in the canons of the world’s major religions while experiencing a wide spectrum of healing and spiritual modalities. During 9 years as a retreat center resident manager he has participated in over 120 experiential workshops.

River is a semi-amateur naturalist who has been immersed in the study of nature and ecology all of his life. He spends time in the forest, almost every day, and also enjoys kayaking Rosario Strait. He is a songwriter and guitarist, having performed many, many times for both audiences large and small, but considers himself a poet, before a musician.

Julia Mae, River’s 4 year old daughter, is one of the original Doe Babies, having lived her entire life at Doe Bay. You can often find Julia, and her daddy, lifting rocks, at low tide in Otter’s Cove, looking for marine invertebrates.

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Jen Edington – Administrator

Life’s serendipitous twists and turns brought Jen to Orcas Island and finally to Doe Bay Resort where she believes she has the coolest job in the world. While Jen is not a hat-person, she wears many of them in her role as administrator. From managing the front desk, website and online store maintenance, bookkeeping, and Doe Bay Fest ticket sales management, Jen enjoys every aspect of her job. But most of all she LOVES a good challenge which makes Doe Bay and her role as administrator the perfect fit!

Aside from Doe Bay, Jen and her husband recently purchased their first home and are delighted to call Orcas Island their permanent residence. With their 4 year old daugther, Naia, they have carved out a simple and modest life and are living their vision of “the dream”.

Jonah Cline – Facilities Manager

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Jon Chappelle – Executive Chef

Jon has been with the Doe Bay Café since 2009. He held the Sous Chef position since 2010 and was selected to be the Executive Chef in 2013. When the opportunity came up to work in a place that he has loved since childhood, as well as be a part of a seed to table program, Jon knew it was a perfect match. He is particularly appreciative of the connection between the garden, local farmers, fisheries, community and the Doe Bay Café.

Jon’s cooking philosophy is to bring out the best of the great local products that we are blessed to work with in the Pacific Northwest, through simple and artful preparation. Jon strives to create a collaborative environment encouraging creativity from all members of the café team. “We want to create amazing meals and experiences for our guests that are unique, memorable and at the same time approachable.”

Brian Hibbard – Front of House and Bar Manager

This is Brian’s second round at Doe Bay, originally working as the bar manager in 2014-2015. Gaining his chops in Seattle’s high volume restaurants and cocktail bars, he has soaked up as much knowledge as possible in the various styles of service and mixology, and brings that into his time at Doe Bay.

Brian quickly found his love for bringing people together and creating a warm and welcoming environment for friends and guests. While he will gladly geek out about the fermentation process, service style, and Italian amari, ultimately he hopes to help ensure a memorable experience for anyone who steps foot into the restaurant.

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Sean Townsend – Music Coordinator

The tall, curious and generally mirthful entity known as Sean was born and raised in the Midwest.  From a very young age, he has passionately devoted himself to music, mythology, marine biology, visual art, film making and basketball.  Sean has the absurd-but-true distinction of having written/recorded/performed in well over sixty music projects over the past 16 years. He has also made a handful of short & feature length films (the most recent being 2012’s surreal medical meditation, The Silent Surgery). Sean attended The Illinois Institute of Art in Chicago before graduating from The University of St. Francis.

Sean first visited Orcas in 2006 and immediately fell head over heels (visiting again in 2008 before moving to the island in the spring of 2013). During his time at Doe Bay, he has enjoyed stints as maintenance man, housekeeper and bartender before landing at the front desk and becoming the music coordinator. He is exceedingly grateful for the unique local community, his friends, fam & cat, his cabin by the sea and the astounding natural beauty of Doe Bay, Orcas Island and the Pacific NW.

Kevin Hickenbottom

Kevin Hickenbottom – Garden Manager

Born in Seattle, WA, Kevin Rainier Hickenbottom grew up roaming the neighboring Cascade mountains, planting moss themed gardens in his parents backyard, and playing sports year round. After graduating from Ballard High School in 2005, Kevin headed east to attend Yale University. At Yale, Kevin was VP of the climbing club, sustainability representative for Yale’s Associated Student Agencies, and a javelin thrower on the varsity track team. After his graduation with a degree in Environmental Studies in 2009, Kevin worked as a wildland firefighter for the US Forest Service for two years before settling in on his true passion: small scale farming. Following work as a farmhand in California’s Central Valley, and as a crew leader in Washington’s Snoqualmie Valley, he came to Doe Bay during the winter of 2014/15 to run the garden and further his education in the art of growing high quality vegetables with minimal external inputs.

Debra Nordberg – Wellness Coordinator

Debra joined the Doe Bay team in November 2016 and brings many years of natural healing experience to the island.  Two years of pre-nursing education prompted an abrupt shift in Debra’s career choice.  “I decided there must be a simpler and more natural way to improve and promote health in our population.  I chose to attend New Mexico School of Natural Therapeutics for alternative healing modalities.  I have never regretted this life changing path and wish to share my passion of healthy lifestyle choices with you”.

Debra is a lifelong resident of the Rocky Mountains of Wyoming and has happily traded her cross country skis and snow shovel for sand in her shoes.  Her love of water and desire to learn to sail prompted her decision to move to Orcas Island.  Debra likes to kayak, paddle board, run, bike, fish and camp.  She looks forward to learning about the marine life and plants of the Northwest Pacific Coast.

Wyoming will always be “home” but she hopes to discover a new place that captures her heart and offers a view to watch the storms traverse the sea  while a fire burns in the hearth.

Shandra Augenstein – Events Coordinator

Shandra and her husband River moved to Doe Bay as Resident Managers in 2010. Her current role as Events Coordinator is the perfect culmination of professional talents, combining her experience in administration, management, and event planning.

Born and raised in California’s Central Coast, Shandra discovered a passion for cooking at a young age. Her talents in the kitchen started her down a path of retreat center management primarily focusing on kitchen management while developing her administrative and event planning skills.

From wedding couples to retreat leaders to tech wizards, Shandra enjoys sharing an enthusiasm with those who truly love Doe Bay and are excited to share it with their families and friends. In bringing vision to light, Shandra loves working closely with Doe Bay’s catering team led by Executive Chef, Jon Chappelle, and Front of House Manager, Tanya Lutzenhiser, to deliver the most exquisitely crafted culinary delights.

In her spare time, Shandra aspires to refine her artistic hand at drawing and painting when not otherwise out adventuring with her 5 year old daughter, Julia.