Staff

Gala Miller

Executive Director
360-882-0936 ext. 221
director@columbiasprings.org

Gala is responsible for the development, administration, and implementation of educational programming policies, and goals. Gala oversees the day-to-day business and administrative operations of Columbia Springs. Her duties also include promoting public understanding of and support for Columbia Springs through community building and the development of external relations. Gala is a native of the Pacific Northwest, growing up in Bellevue, Washington. She later earned a B.A. in Liberal Arts from the Evergreen State College in Olympia and a Master in Education from Western Washington University in Bellingham. She is a certified teacher with experience teaching the classroom and in outdoor settings. Following graduate school Gala spent over two years in Niger, West Africa serving as a Peace Corps volunteer. Prior to coming to Columbia Springs she spent 13 years working for the US Forest Service at the Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument. While there she served multiple roles within both the public service and recreation programs. When not working Gala enjoys playing soccer, venturing out into the woods to hike or pick mushrooms, cross country skiing, wine tasting, reading, and spending time with her husband Dave and their dog Henry.


Catherine Rich

Business Manager
360-882-0936 ext. 223

admin@columbiasprings.org

Catherine manages our accounting systems, human resources, and facilities. She comes from a long term accounting and operations manager role in a diverse marine property management environment on Hayden Island. Catherine is a long time Vancouver resident. She has invested in her community by serving on a variety of organization’s boards including the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, Greater Vancouver Chamber of Commerce, YWCA Clark County, Women in Action, Columbia River Mental Health Services, and the Council for the Homeless. She is a graduate of Leadership Clark County. Catherine is passionate about good health, real food, and sustainable lifestyle practices. She enjoys time with family and friends and being outdoors. Books, music, and red wine are musts; “I love life and I don’t want to waste one minute of it!”


Jo Anne Dolan

Sustainability Programs Director
360-882-0936 ext. 224
mcr@columbiasprings.org

Jo Anne provides leadership for the Master Composter/Recycler Program in Clark County. She engages community members in learning about ways to steward our natural resources – through workshops, community outreach, special events, and social media. Prior to joining the Columbia Springs team she worked as Director of Outreach and Education for the Clackamas River Basin Council, engaging community members and volunteers in educational and stewardship activities to support watershed health. Before moving to the Pacific Northwest, Jo Anne managed visitor services, interpretive and environmental education programs for the Mono Basin Scenic Area Visitor Center in the Eastern Sierra of California.  Her natural resource background includes work as a wilderness ranger, field biologist and botanist, interpretive specialist, and outdoor science instructor. Jo Anne received a BA in Zoology and Natural History from the University of Montana. In her spare time she enjoys nurturing wildlife habitat in her backyard, dancing to the music of SW Louisiana, listening to thrush song, writing, and turning the pages of books.


Kaley McLachlan

Volunteer and Events Coordinator
360-882-0936 ext. 230
volunteer@columbiasprings.org

Kaley facilitates the volunteer program, community events, environmental restoration, and conducts community outreach. As a child growing up in Clark County Kaley began visiting Columbia Springs in the 6th grade on the way to outdoor school. She also remembers having a Salmon in the Classroom tank in her elementary school library. After continuing to visit Columbia Springs with her family to walk on the trails and feed the fish in the display pond, she decided to get more involved by becoming an intern. Kaley has degrees from the University of Washington in environmental studies and biology. While at the UW she conducted her senior thesis project about how environmental organizations can effectively communicate with the community. Before returning to Columbia Springs Kaley worked at Vancouver-Clark Parks and Recreation and the City of Portland’s Bureau of Environmental Services. In her spare time she enjoys reading, hiking, swimming, fishing, and spending time with family and friends outdoors.


Amanda Frankel

Salmon in the Classroom Program Coordinator
360-882-0936 ext. 228
sitc@columbiasprings.org

Amanda manages for 50 fish aquariums in schools across Clark County that rear over 12,000 Coho salmon each year. As the program coordinator she also provides students opportunities for hands-on environmental education through in-class presentations and activities. Amanda grew up in the Green Mountains of Vermont and acquired her bachelor’s degree in environmental studies and creative writing at Ithaca College. She began her adventures in ecology and environmental education when she traveled with a science-based program to South Africa. Since, she has worked at a variety of community and government agencies dedicated to educating adults and youth about such topics as sustainable farming, ecological patterns, and conservation. Her passion for environmental education has taken her from coast to coast, working to inspire stewardship and getting children outside. Amanda enjoys exploring slugs with kids and watching birds such as the Great Blue Heron when she is working at Columbia Springs. In her spare time Amanda enjoys working in her garden, conquering mountains, and reading under trees.


Jennifer James

Education Director
360-882-0936 ext. 226
schoolprograms@columbiasprings.org

Jennifer coordinates the on-site education programs at Columbia Springs including school field trips and summer camps. As a self-professed lifelong learner, she feels deeply committed to cultivating others’ curiosity about the natural world and their connection to it. Her teaching experience has included but is not limited to: organic farming and gardening, forest ecology, sustainability, social justice, plant propagation, ethno-botany, and nutrition education. Prior to joining the Columbia Springs staff, Jennifer spent five years as the Education Program Manager at Sauvie Island Center, a non-profit organization dedicated to educating youth about the importance of food, farming, and stewardship of the land. She feels that the Columbia Springs’ Education Director position presents her with a fantastic opportunity to use her enthusiasm for environmental education, her naturalist skills, and her program management knowledge in a very tangible way. Jennifer enjoys cultivating environmental education programs which provide opportunities for so many young people to connect to nature!


Brian Harvard

Fish Hatchery Specialist 3
360-882-0936 ext. 227
Brian.Harvard@dfw.wa.gov

Brian Harvard joined the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife in 1991 at the Washougal Salmon Hatchery. He later joined the Vancouver Trout Hatchery in 1995 where he was promoted and now serves as Fish Hatchery Specialist 3. Brian is charged with management and oversight of fish production, grounds maintenance and hatchery facilities at Columbia Springs. Brian works with the Vancouver Trout Hatchery team in ensuring the fish production is accomplished on schedule and in compliance with state standards. In addition, Brian implements the annual operating budget of the Hatchery and ensures budgetary compliance. Brian received an Associate’s Degree in Fishing and Fisheries Sciences and Management from Bellingham Technical College. In Brian’s free time he enjoys fishing and spending time with his family.


Gary Millhollin

Fish Hatchery Specialist 2
360-882-0936 ext. 227
Gary.Millhollin@dfw.wa.gov

Gary began his career with the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife in 1988 and worked for the Bonneville Hatchery. He joined the Vancouver Trout Hatchery team in 1998 where he currently serves as Fish Hatchery Specialist 2. Gary is charged with assisting with the hatchery operations. He maintains the hatching troughs and the incubation rooms – setting up the fish rearing units, caring for the eggs and young fish, and keeping things ship-shape. Gary also works to ensure the round ponds and raceways are clean and healthy for fish rearing. In addition to his hatchery work, Gary provides upkeep of the grounds and facilities at Columbia Springs. Gary received an Associate’s Degree in Fisheries Technology from Mt. Hood Community College in 1990. In Gary’s free time he enjoys fishing, hunting, mushrooming, and gardening.

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