Our Staff


We are a team of passionate and committed individuals working hard to foster an ethic of stewardship in our community through our education programming for children and adults. 

We're hiring! Columbia Springs is looking for a new Executive Director. Read the full job posting here.

Maureen Montague

Executive Director


Maureen manages day to day operations at Columbia Springs in the executive role. She enjoys supporting the excellent staff and volunteers in their work to educate our community about the wonders of nature and how we can protect it. She graduated from Lewis and Clark College ages ago, where she studied history and art. An enthusiast of day hiking, she loves the Columbia River Gorge.


360-882-0936 ext. 221  


360-882-0936 ext. 222  

Apryl Corey

Volunteer Manager

Apryl started at Columbia Springs as an Environmental Educator, teaching field trips and running summer programming. We are excited to have her now managing our volunteer program! She 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 lives in Vancouver with her fiance and three children, and enjoys reading, hand-lettering and spending time at the water. 

Kayla Dansereau

Event & Communications Coordinator 


Kayla coordinates our event and marketing programs. She hosts large festivals and galas in addition to directing our nonprofit communications and assisting with development. She grew up in New England and graduated from the University of Vermont in 2014, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Studies. Kayla has worked at a Land Trust, managing land use and easements, and in restaurant and catering management. She loves exploring the outdoors, reading, and cooking.


360-882-0936 ext. 230  


360-882-0936 ext. 231  

Jennifer Hawks-Conright

Development Director


Jennifer Hawks-Conright, a Vancouver native who grew up just steps from Columbia Springs, has been a non-profit development professional since 2009, holding positions at OHSU Foundation, Legacy Health, Fort Vancouver National Trust, Parks Foundation of Clark County and most recently with Clark County Association of Realtors. She serves on the board of the Harney Heights Neighborhood Association, NICU Families NW, and the Educational Services District (ESD) 112 Board. She and her husband, James, enjoy spending time with their children camping, hiking, and being in the outdoors.

Terra Heilman

Repair Clark County Coordinator


Terra facilitates the Repair Clark County program including event coordination and volunteer management. Terra earned a bachelor’s degree in Wildlife Science, with an emphasis in public education and has been running environmentally focused events for more than a decade. Raised on 70 acres of forest in southern Oregon, Terra has always had a strong earth ethic. Terra enjoys photography, thrift shopping and dining in local, independent restaurants.


360-882-0936 ext. 224  

Jenna Kallestad

Education Coordinator


Jenna coordinates education programs for school groups and activities at Columbia Springs’ community events. Jenna received a bachelor’s degree in social science and education from Hamline University. Jenna has explored sustainable living around the world and worked as an environmental educator for several programs. 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.

Catherine Rich

Business Manager


Catherine manages our accounting systems, human resources, and facilities. She comes from a role in a diverse marine property management 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. She enjoys time with family and friends, being outdoors, books, music, and red wine.


360-882-0936 ext. 223  


360-882-0936 ext. 225

Shelly Skolfield 
Education Program Assistant


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.

Katie Woollven 

Salmon in the Classroom Coordinator


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 earned her bachelor’s degree in marine biology from Texas A&M Galveston and her master’s degree in marine resource management from Oregon State University. Katie has worked as a fisheries observer in Alaska, field biologist in Hawaii, and an environmental educator in several states. In her spare time Katie enjoys “making stuff” and exploring new parks with her husband and daughter.


360-882-0936 ext. 228  

Alexis Barton, Megan Wadleigh & Luisa Eding
Environmental Educators
Our environmental educators deliver a variety of hands-on science and nature programs on site. Look for them leading school field trips, summer camp groups or activities at events! 
Brian Harvard

Hatchery Manager


Brian and other Fish and Wildlife staff raise the fish in the hatchery and manage grounds and hatchery facilities maintenance at Columbia Springs.


360-882-0936 ext. 227  

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Columbia Springs strives to offer a unique setting and educational experiences that foster a greater awareness of the natural world and inspire stewardship.


We are a 501 (c) 3 non-profit charity.
Our ID number is 91-2127405.

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