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.
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Michelle “Micki” Simeone, President: 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 down 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 like that! Micki shares her home and love for animals with her husband and two children. The family has two beloved adopted dogs.
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 23 years of accounting experience, working with private companies, public accounting, and nonprofit organizations. Lauren is currently employed as the Business Operations Director for King’s Way Christian School. Lauren shares her busy household with her three kids, a dog, and three cats.
Amy Mosier, Secretary: Amy has volunteered with WCGHS for several years in many ways, including fostering kittens. She joined the Board in 2015. Amy has 12 years of experience in Human Resource Management, and 10 years of 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.
Kevin Bruzzone, Director: Kevin has over 35 years of restaurant experience and a lifetime of passion for food and serving others. Kevin has overseen the new store openings of hundreds of restaurants, both domestically and internationally. From 2002 until 2011, Kevin served as the President of the nonprofit Columbia Estates HOA. Throughout his career as a restauranteur, Kevin has been active in assisting nonprofits with their fundraising efforts. Fulfilling a lifelong dream to create a concept rooted in fresh and local ingredients, Kevin and his wife founded Rushing Waters Restaurant Group, Inc. in 2012. They opened K&M Drive-In, located in Camas, Washington, and K&M at MX, located in the Washougal Motocross Park. In his personal life, Kevin enjoys cooking at home, traveling, RV’ing with Melinda (his wife of 26 years), and their Alaskan Malamute, Keenan.
Teresa Foster, Director: Teresa is a Managing Partner at the law firm of McKinley Irvin in Vancouver, Washington. She has been practicing law for almost 20 years. Teresa has resided in Washougal since 2011, where she shares her home with local Camas attorney, Vern McCray; their three dogs (Piper, Cub and Scout); a fish (Carl); and a horse (Dutch), whom she leases out to local high school kids for horse team events. Teresa joined the Board in 2018, wanting to be involved with WCGHS after following the organization on Facebook, and recognizing the awesome work being done for the animals. Teresa freely acknowledges crying happy tears while reading the various adoption stories! Teresa hopes she can rally as many supporters as possible to help WCGHS fulfill it’s goal of caring for, and saving the lives of animals in need throughout Clark County and beyond.
Director of Operations
Megan brings over 10 years of animal welfare experience, specializing in operations and programming, to her role as Director of Operations for WCGHS. She came to us from the Humane Society of Greater Savannah (HSGS), where she helped raise the Live Release Rate by 21% to a whopping 99.8% over a three-year period. Megan also developed a sustainable low-cost, community spay/neuter clinic for the Savannah area, and established a balanced public programs budget; all while doubling programming to include a community outreach and community dog training program. During her time there, she also oversaw operations of the shelter’s intake, foster, behavior, and shelter medicine departments. Recently, Megan has been a volunteer consultant with the organization Target Zero, whose mission is to aide other communities with getting to ‘zero’ unnecessary euthanasia. Before HSGS, she worked at Ashville Humane Society where she developed a pet retention program that was used as a model by ASPCA Mission Orange communities around the United States. Megan grew up near Ashville, NC, but after visiting the Pacific Northwest in 2016, she knew it would eventually become her home! Megan and her partner, Susannah, live in Portland with their two dogs and two cats.
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. Cathi lives in Ridgefield with four horses, two Australian shepherds, 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 as staff in 2016. Her professional background is in financial institution management and small business ownership. April and Eliot share their home with five rescued fur children: Rylee, Raeney, and Yoshi, the Pittie posse; Tyson, the 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
Delaney Edison: Delaney worked as a Certified Veterinary Technician (CVT) at veterinary hospitals throughout the Portland area for over five years before joining WCGHS. She is extremely excited to be a part of WCGHS to help grow the organization into a larger animal shelter and resource for the community. Delaney enjoys helping to develop the animal and human bond as part of her work. Delaney shares her busy household with her husband, daughter, and six animals. Her family has three dogs: Koda Ann, an Australian Shepherd who is way too smart for her own good; Callie Marie, a white Boxer whose passion is napping in the sun (after mom applies her sunscreen); and Delilah Fierce, a rescued pitbull whose goal is to share her love with everyone she meets! The two cats in the family are named, Penelope Beyonce and Pablo Jay Z! And, finally, there is a three-legged bearded dragon named Cap’n Hook! When Delaney is not working, she enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, crafting and playing Pokemon Go!
Cat Shelter Assistant Manager
Jennifer Martin: Jennifer grew up surrounded by animals: cats, dogs, birds, rodents, and reptiles; all while being raised by strong animal advocates. She now has six cats of her own, who migrated with her and her husband from Indiana in 2014. Before joining the staff at WCGHS, she decided to pursue her dream of working with animals and enrolled in the CVT program with Penn Foster College. She now pairs what she learns in school with shelter experience, under the direction of a veterinarian and a CVT, both of which are employed by WCGHS. In addition to improving outcomes for abandoned and neglected animals in the community, she hopes to raise awareness of the importance of spaying and neutering pets, and feral cat colonies. When Jennifer is not at work, she enjoys cooking, crafting, painting, fishing, shooting pool, eating more than she should at restaurants she can’t afford, and exploring the amazing PNW!
Cat Shelter Assistant
Stacey Morris-Crandall: Stacey has spent the last decade staying at home with her two great kids. A lifelong love of animals brought her to WCGHS. Her house includes three dogs: Sophie, a 7 year old golden retriever; Henry, an 8 year old Boston terrier; and Hank, a cattle dog mix that was rescued from Texas. Two great cats have joined the family: Winston Churchill and Eleanor Roosevelt – both WCGHS alumni. And we can’t forget the rescue bunny, Vivian. Stacey enjoys spending time with her family and animals, as well as hiking and exploring the Pacific Northwest.