Tom Musser has been volunteering with Columbia Springs since 2018 as a site and stewardship volunteer. He joined our Board of Directors in 2020. He has extensive management background of over 40 years in fair management, including 15 at Clark County Fair. He is utilizing those years of maintaining and improving fairgrounds to help maintain Columbia Springs and is now our Board Chair and leads the Property Committee.
Allison Kinney is an Environmental Scientist at Moffatt & Nichol. Allison has 8 years of experience in environmental science and consultation with a focus on natural resources, environmental assessment and remedial investigations. She operates as a consistent and dependable team member on the Environmental team at Moffatt & Nichol providing environmental assessment, permitting, and consultation services. She earned a B.S. in Environmental Science at University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA. She has a minor in geological sciences and earned a Certificate of Sustainability for a study of contemporary environmental issues, conservation, and environmental policy. She has a passion for the outdoors and the natural environment and is driven to make science fun and accessible to people of all ages.
Wendy Smith joined the Columbia Springs Board in 2017 and serves on the Property/Hatchery Committee. Wendy is the Senior Vice President and Chief Risk Officer of Columbia Credit Union, Clark County’s largest credit union. Wendy is a Certified Internal Auditor and Certified Fraud Analyst, and holds various other professional certifications in addition to her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degree. Wendy’s passion for enjoying the outdoors includes biking, hiking, camping, sport kiting, boating, gardening, and walking with her two dogs.
David Lampe has been a member of the Columbia Springs Board since 2000. He is currently serving on the Finance Committee, Executive Committee, and Volunteer Committee. He earned a B.S. in Environmental Science at Washington State University in 1995. David moved with his wife Amy to Vancouver after graduating from college and worked for the next ten years in the mining and construction materials industry. He has been developing residential real estate since 2002. David enjoys spending time with his children and believes in giving back to the community earlier, rather than later in life.
Ed Barnes joined the Columbia Springs Board in 2005. He serves on the Property/Hatchery Committee. Ed is currently retired but had a very successful career in the union electrical industry that spanned over four decades. During his service on the IBEW Local 48 Executive Board, Ed served as Vice President, President, Business Representative, and Business Manager. As the Business Manager his accomplishments included improving labor-management cooperation, increasing employment for members, implementing a successful job targeting program, and the creation of an innovative joint industry advertising and promotional campaign. In 1995, Ed was appointed to the Washington State Department of Transportation Board. He has been a member of several local organizations including the Washington State Building Trades Council and the Northwest Labor Council Board. He has also served on the Board of Directors for the Union Retirement Association. Ed has always believed in giving back to his community through volunteer work, beginning at an early age. His contributions to the community include serving as the first PTA president at Truman Elementary along with his wife Luanne, involvement in school booster clubs, YMCA programs, Boy Scouts, and Little League. Ed lives in Vancouver with his wife Luanne and has three sons.
Nancy Barnes serves as the Clark Public Utilities representative on the Board beginning in 2019. She was first elected to the PUD in 1992. Barnes earned a bachelor’s degree from Brigham Young University in English and journalism. She has been involved in numerous community activities, including her neighborhood association and local school district. Barnes is a past president of the Washington Public Utility Districts Association and currently serves as our representative to the Northwest Public Power Association.
Heidi Johnson Bixby
Heidi M. Johnson Bixby, CFP® has been a member of the Columbia Springs Board since 2005. Currently she serves on the Finance Committee, Executive Committee, Development Committee, and Marketing Committee. Heidi is Principal of Johnson Bixby & Associates, LLC, a financial planning firm. Heidi has worked in the financial planning field since 1991 and received her CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ designation in 1997. She holds a degree from Marylhurst University in business and finance with an emphasis in financial planning. Her achievements include the YWCA’s “Women of Achievement” award in 2004 for her business leadership and community involvement. In 2005 she received the Vancouver Business Journal’s “Accomplished & Under 40” award. She is a 1997 graduate of Leadership Clark County. Heidi lives in Vancouver with her husband Kartr and enjoys traveling. To date she has visited over 25 countries.
As Vice President of QHSSE, Bill has 25 years of experience managing QHSSE programs related to multi-modal transportation of petroleum products, agricultural chemicals, fertilizers, and grain via water, rail, truck and pipeline. He is steward of the company’s strategic goals of incident-free operations and achieving “Target Zero”. He oversees corporate-wide QHSSE programs for Tidewater Barge Lines, Tidewater Terminal Company, Tidewater Environmental Services, and Tidewater Canada. Prior to Tidewater, Bill managed compliance for ConocoPhillips’ bulk petroleum storage/distribution terminals and hazardous liquid pipelines in the Pacific NW. He also held positions of senior scientist/compliance specialist with several earth and environmental consulting firms in the Pacific NW where he assessed industrial facility QHSSE compliance. Bill’s post-secondary background includes a Bachelor of Science degree and Master of Science degrees emphasizing geophysics, hydrogeology, and environmental chemistry. He sits on the Board of Directors of the Columbia Springs Environmental Education Center and is a member of the American Waterways Operators’ Safety Leadership Advisory Panel. Bill is a registered professional geologist/hydrogeologist in Florida, Oregon, and Washington..
Dennis Kampe joined the Columbia Springs Board in 2014. Currently he is serving on the Education Committee and Finance Committee. Before retiring in 2013, Dennis served as the Director of the Clark County Skills Center for 22 years where he lead the center in earning the status as one of the top three schools in the nation by Business Week Magazine. Preceding his work with the Skills Center he taught machine technology at Prairie High School and Clark College. He began his career as a machinist with Kenton Machine Works. Throughout his career as an educator he was awarded such recognition as the Washington State Educator of the Year in 2011, the Washington State Outstanding Career and Technical Education Administrator of the Year in 2010, an outstanding civic leader in 2009 by Clark County mayors, a Red Cross Good Samaritan Hero in 2000, and more. He has been a board member of several organizations including Leadership Clark county, Washington Association of Vocational Administrators, the Washington State Skills Center Association, and the Southwest Washington CTE Directors Association. He is currently employed by the Clark County Skills Center Foundation as their Development Director.
Cindy LeFleur joined the Columbia Springs Board in 2016 as a representative of the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife. Cindy graduated in 1980 from Oregon State University with a degree in Wildlife Science. She has worked for the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (and former Washington Department of Fisheries) since the early 1980s.
Gil Luna joined the Columbia Springs Board in 2013 as the representative for Vancouver Public Schools. Currently he serves on the Education committee. Gil is a curriculum specialist whose responsibilities include K-12 science, health & fitness, and world languages. As an educator Gil has worked to close the achievement gap as an AVID teacher, MESA advisor and South West Washington LASER Alliance member. Gil and wife Jacqueline have one child. They enjoy the beach, camping, working in the garden and their time with family and friends.
Meredith Lynch joined the board of Columbia Springs in the fall of 2020. A lifelong resident of the Pacific Northwest, she moved to Vancouver from the Tacoma area in 2016 after accepting a faculty position in Transitional Studies at Clark College. She grew up hiking and camping throughout the region and has been involved in outdoor advocacy and conservation work for many years. Meredith and her husband Bill love their new home in Vancouver and are always in search of new weekend adventures around Southwest WA.
Rich McConaghy has been a member of the Columbia Springs Board since 2010. He serves on the Education Committee. Rich is the Environmental Resources Manager for the City of Vancouver’s Department of Public Works where he manages the Solid Waste program, the Urban Forestry program, and the Water Resources Education Center. He earned his Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science from Western Washington University and a Master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Oregon. He has experience as a math teacher, ecologist, waste analyst, and environmental consultant. Rich has served on the Board of Directors for a number of community organizations including the Washington State Recycling Association, the Association of Oregon Recyclers, and the Education Committee for the Fort Vancouver National Historic Site. He also played roles in the creation of the Watershed Alliance of SW Washington. Rich and his wife Irene have two adult children. They enjoy traveling, time with friends, and getting outdoors in the Great Northwest.
Crystal Wulff joined the Columbia Springs Board in 2020 as the representative for Evergreen Public Schools. Crystal is a district STEM and Science curriculum specialist, and currently serves on the Columbia Springs Education committee. She earned her B.S. in Biology at George Fox University and her M.A.T. from Lewis and Clark College and began her science teaching career in 2004. Crystal is a National Board Certified Teacher, former Murdock Partner in Science, Washington State Science Fellow, and SW WA LASER Alliance member.
Odds and ends experiences include working as a wildlife tech and wildland firefighter for the US Forest service, experience as the on-board naturalist on Columbia River cruise ships, construction leader for the Clackamas Environmental Youth corp., teaching at an international school in Italy, backpacker, gardener, river-paddler and general DIY enthusiast.