360-882-0936 ext. 221
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 the development of relationships within the community. Gala is a native of the Pacific Northwest and grew up in Bellevue, Washington. She later earned a bachelor’s in liberal arts from the Evergreen State College in Olympia and a master’s 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 thirteen 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.
Master Composter/Recycler Program Coordinator
360-882-0936 ext. 224
Erik leads a network of over 100 Master Composter/Recycler volunteers who act as sustainability ambassadors for Clark County. He coordinates program development, logistics, and support for trainings, workshops, community events, and compost demonstration sites. Erik earned a bachelor’s degree in environmental studies from Gonzaga University and has a strong passion for and background in sustainability. He is a lifelong resident of Portland, Oregon and is an avid bike commuter. In his free time you can find Erik exploring the wilderness throughout Oregon and Washington, cruising on his bike, experimenting with food, and enthusiastically cheering at Portland Blazer games.
360-882-0936 ext. 226
Jenna coordinates on-site education programs which includes leading experiential education programs for school groups and educational activities for all ages at Columbia Springs’ community events. Jenna is originally from the great woods of Northern Minnesota and received a bachelor’s degree in social science and education from Hamline University. A college internship focused on invasive earthworms first introduced Jenna to the potential of using her interest in education and social science to connect people with one of her greatest passions: the environment. Since graduating Jenna has been involved in a variety of different environmentally focused pursuits, from working as a garden-science educator to hiking through the Andes Mountains. She has found nothing more rewarding than witnessing young people form connections with the natural world. In her spare time she enjoys backpacking trips, reading, enjoying live music and biking through Portland.
Volunteer and Events Coordinator
360-882-0936 ext. 230
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.
360-882-0936 ext. 223
Catherine manages our accounting systems, human resources, and facilities. She comes from an accounting and operations manager role in a diverse marine property management environment on Hayden Island. Catherine is a longtime 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!”
Salmon in the Classroom Coordinator
360-882-0936 ext. 228
Katie manages fifty 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. Katie grew up on the Guadalupe River in Texas and earned her bachelor’s degree in marine biology from Texas A&M Galveston. She loves all things river and ocean, especially sharing the magic of aquatic ecosystems with kids. Katie has worked as a fisheries observer in Alaska, field biologist in Hawaii, and an environmental educator in several states. She recently earned her master’s degree in marine resource management from Oregon State University, where she conducted research about citizen science programs. She is fascinated by underwater caverns, marine debris issues, and the Mola mola. In her spare time Katie enjoys “making stuff” and exploring new parks with her husband and 1-year old daughter.
Fish Hatchery Specialist 3
360-882-0936 ext. 227
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 now serves as Fish Hatchery Specialist 3. Brian is charged with management and oversight of fish production, grounds and hatchery facilities maintenance at Columbia Springs. Brian works with the Vancouver Trout Hatchery team in ensuring that 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.
Fish Hatchery Specialist 2
360-882-0936 ext. 227
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 hatchery operations. He maintains the hatching troughs and the incubation rooms including setting up the fish rearing units, and caring for the eggs and young fish. Gary also works to ensure the round ponds and raceways are clean and safe for the fish being raised. 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.