Personnel & Board Members

The West Columbia Gorge Humane Society’s Board of Directors is an all-volunteer board comprised of residents from our local community.  Please see the events calendar for meeting times and dates.

Board Members

To Contact All Board Members:  board@wcghs.org

Misha Piccola, President: Misha started volunteering with WCGHS in 2013 by joining the Board. Since 2003, Misha has been working in operations for a hi-tech company in Vancouver, WA. Misha has a perfect mix of program management, process excellence, training, management and team building experience. She has worked in both the public and private sector. She has a lifetime of sharing her heart and home with rescued dogs. Volunteering is in her blood, as she was raised to give back to the communities in which she resides. Her rescued dog, Taffy, is her shadow.  Taffy enjoys long walks and curling up in front of the fireplace while chewing on organic goodies that Misha collects from local and international pet stores when traveling.

Lauren Hsu, Treasurer:  Lauren joined the Board in 2013. She has served as the Treasurer since that time handling all aspects of the organization’s finances. She has 21 years of accounting experience, working in both private industry and public accounting. Lauren is currently employed as the Finance Associate Director for NTT DATA, Inc. Lauren shares her busy household with her three kids, two dogs, and three cats.

Michelle “Micki” Simeone, Operations, Events, Fundraising:  Micki has been a sales and marketing professional for over 20 years. She started volunteering with WCGHS in February of 2013, and joined the Board of Directors in December of 2015. Micki wears many hats at WCGHS! On any given day, you might find her at the shelter walking dogs, playing with cats or working on process improvement. On another day, you might find her making calls to sell sponsorships for WCGHS events. Micki is all over the place and she likes it that way! Micki shares her home and love for animals with her husband and two children. The family has two beloved adopted dogs.

Amy Mosier, Human Resources: Amy has volunteered for WCGHS for approximately eight years in many ways, including fostering kittens. Amy has nine years experience in Human Resource Management, and eight years experience as a Real Estate Broker in the Vancouver Metropolitan area. Amy has strong employee relations and recruitment experience, and is acting as a Human Resource Consultant for WCGHS. Amy has a traveling husband, two teenagers, two dogs, two cats and three horses. When Amy is not selling houses, volunteering, or watching her kids play sports, you can find her at the barn, where she also volunteers her time for the at risk youth programs that her boarding facility offers to teens and kids in the community.

Allen Moses, Secretary: Allen joined the Board in 2015.

Kevin Bruzzone: Owner, K&M Drive In.


Staff Members

Volunteer and Program Manager

Cathi Parent: Cathi has spent her life working with animals. With degrees in Biology and Exotic Animal Training and Management, her first job was training and presenting dolphin and sea lion shows at Marriott’s Great America Amusement Park in California and Illinois. Cathi then went on to managing the Bird Show at the Oregon Zoo, and the wildlife at the High Desert Museum in Bend. Both positions involved caring for and training the animals, as well as, presenting shows with a variety of birds of prey which included: eagles, hawks, owls, falcons and vultures. While in Bend, Cathi also worked with otters, bobcats, badgers, porcupines, and many other high desert animals! In recent years, her focus changed to helping youth through equine assisted therapeutic programs, as the Program and Ranch Manager at Silver Buckle Ranch, in Brush Prairie, WA. In 2016, Cathi joined WCGHS as the Volunteer and Program Manager. When she’s not at her computer or on the phone, she can be found playing with the animals and teaching them tricks! Cathi lives in Ridgefield with four horses, an Australian shepherd, and a tuxedo cat.

Dog Shelter Manager

April Nicholas: April began volunteering for West Columbia Gorge Humane Society in 2011, and fell in love with the shelter environment. This encouraged her to train with numerous canine behaviorists and trainers to better understand canine psychology. After purchasing a home in Washougal with her significant other Eliot, she was inspired to give back to her community, and pursued her passion for working with animals by joining WCGHS in 2016. Her professional background is in financial institution management and small business ownership. April and Eliot share their home with four rescued fur children: Rylee and Raeney, their Pittie girls; Tyson, their Min Pin; and Nala, who’s breed mix is anybody’s guess! April enjoys participating in The Portland Pit Bull Project’s monthly bully walks and spending her free time in the outdoors.

Cat Shelter Manager

Jessica Wright: Jessica has been working as a technician in the veterinary industry for 11 years. She also has experience in veterinary management. Jessica joined WCGHS in August of 2017. She is very excited to be a part of the organization and enjoys helping change pets’ lives for the positive. She is passionate about stress-free animal handling and enrichment in the shelter environment. Jessica has three beloved dogs: Sid, a Pitbull mix, who greets her with a smile every time she comes home; and two brindle, mixed, mutt sisters named, Abby and Sophie. Outside of work and animal welfare, she enjoys spending time with her family, camping, boating, doing crafts and going to concerts.