Columbia Springs

Meet The Team

 

We are passionate and committed individuals working hard to foster an ethic of stewardship in our community through education programming for all ages

 

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Apryl Corey

Apryl Corey

Education Program Coordinator

volunteering@columbiasprings.org
360-882-0936 ext. 222  

Apryl started at Columbia Springs as an Environmental Educator, teaching field trips and running summer programming. She now organizes fun nature activities for our families and community! Apryl went to OSU for Fish and Wildlife Sciences, with an emphasis in Wetland Ecology. Apryl is an active member in the community, most recently working with a Douglas Squirrel rescue in Vancouver! She enjoys reading, hand-lettering, and spending time at the water with her family. 

Katherine Cory

Katherine Cory

Executive Director

katherine@columbiasprings.org
360-882-0936 ext. 221 

Katherine enjoys supporting the excellent staff and volunteers at Columbia Springs, while managing day-to-day operations. She graduated from Mt Hood Community College, focusing on Forestry and Wildlife Management and brings a dynamic background in fundraising, community relations, environmental stewardship and advocacy. She fosters a deep understanding of the mission of Columbia Springs, a cause close to her heart. When she’s not working, she is enjoying her farm and her family.

Schedule a meeting with Katherine.

Katy Daane

Katy Daane

Program Support Educator

katy@columbiasprings.org

360-882-0936 ext. 226

Katy is part of the education team and helps coordinate the Emerging Environmental Leaders (EEL) Internship Program. She is passionate about science and outdoor education. She earned her bachelor’s in biology from Oregon State University and a M.A. in Teaching from Pacific University. She is an active member of her community – volunteering with youth and recreation groups. When she is not working, Katy enjoys spending time with her family, recreating near the water, and working in her garden.

Kylie DaCunha

Kylie DaCunha

Community Engagement Specialist

kylie@columbiasprings.org

360-882-0936 ext. 230 

Kylie is away on maternity leave! Please contact Kristine Jacobs with questions.

Kylie coordinates our event and marketing programs. She is responsible for engaging with the community, assisting with development, and ensuring that the Columbia Springs story is heard. Kylie grew up in the Vancouver area and recently returned from the University of Washington with a degree in Aquatic and Fishery Sciences. She has had the pleasure of volunteering with many local organizations, and brings work experience in science-based program coordination, environmental education and creative blogging. Kylie loves to bake, ride horses, cuddle with her pets and spend time by the water with her family.

Audrey Evans

Audrey Evans

Program Support Educator

audrey@columbiasprings.org
360-882-0936 ext. 226

Audrey is part of the education team at Columbia Springs. She has had a varied career in non-formal science education and conservation. She is currently earning her master’s degree in biology from Miami University’s Advanced Inquiry Program. Her studies and interests center around engaging communities in taking action toward environmental stewardship. Having spent most of her life on the west coast, she enjoys the ocean, forests, and mountains. In her free time, she loves to travel both domestically and internationally, and is an amateur wildlife and nature photographer.

Hayes Guay

Hayes Guay

Education Program Coordinator

hayes@columbiasprings.org
360-882-0936 ext. 226

Hayes coordinates the field trip education programming here at Columbia Springs! Hayes received a B.S. degree from Pacific University where they studied environmental biology and theatre arts with focuses in community ecology and mycorestoration. In their spare time, you’ll find Hayes enjoying live music and theatre around Portland, writing, spoiling their cat, or spending time by the water.

Kristine Jacobs

Kristine Jacobs

Community Engagement Specialist

kristine@columbiasprings.org
360-882-0936 ext. 230

Kristine coordinates our marking and event programs. She is responsible for engaging with the community and telling Columbia Springs’ story through digital media and outreach events. Kristine earned her master’s degree in environmental policy from Bard College and a bachelor’s degree in biological sciences from UC Davis. She has a passion for working in small, dynamic environmental nonprofits where every day brings something new. When she’s not working, you can find Kristine cooking, reading, and exploring the outdoors with her family.

Catherine Rich

Catherine Rich

Business Manager

admin@columbiasprings.org
360-882-0936 ext. 223  

Catherine manages our accounting systems, assists with human resources, and provides administrative support.  She previously was the Operations and Accounting Manager for a diverse marine property management company on Hayden Island for 20 years.  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 enjoys time with family and friends, being outdoors, books and music.

Shelly Skolfield

Shelly Skolfield

Education Program Coordinator

learn@columbiasprings.org
360-882-0936 ext. 225

Shelly provides hands-on, info-taining experiences to students and administrative support to Columbia Spring’s onsite education and Salmon in the Classroom programs. As a 5th generation Portlander, Shelly’s roots grow deep in the Pacific Northwest. After earning her degree in biology from Reed College, she continued her senior thesis work exploring a genetic mechanism that allows parasitoid wasps to drive evolution in their insect hosts, ultimately contributing to a publication in Science. Shelly loves her tent, her former home while teaching several seasons of marine science summer camps and outdoor school. Shelly enjoys dip pen calligraphy, swing dancing and you may have seen her in costume at Fort Vancouver National Historic Site.

Mel Topping

Mel Topping

Salmon in the Classroom Coordinator

360-882-0936 ext. 228  

Mel helps fifty classrooms in Clark County raise and care for coho salmon! Our Salmon in the Classroom students get to engage in exciting, hands-on activities and ultimately release their salmon into local waterways. Mel earned her bachelor’s degree in biochemistry from Juniata College and her master’s degree in water resources from the University of Idaho, where she developed an interest in science democratization and community science. When she’s not working, you can find Mel biking, hanging with her pup, playing ultimate frisbee, and cooking for her friends and family.

Adam Sullivan

Adam Sullivan

Hatchery manager

 

Adam.Sullivan@dfw.wa.gov
360-882-0936 ext. 227  

Adam came to Vancouver Hatchery after working at large salmon hatcheries in Alaska. He holds an Associate of Applied Science in Natural Resources and Wildlife Technology from Garrett College and a Bachelor of Science in Wildlife and Fisheries from Frostburg State University. He appreciates the science, planning, and labor that goes into aquaculture. Adam enjoys how closely the hatchery is tied to the community and is glad to talk with visitors. When he’s not caring for trout and salmon, he likes to camp, fish, snowboard, and catch live music in Portland.