Our Team

The People Who Make It All Happen


Micki Simeone - Executive Director

Micki has worked in sales, marketing and business development roles for different organizations for the last 25 years. She began volunteering with WCGHS in February of 2013, after going to the shelter to meet an adoptable dog. Over the course of two years, she held many volunteer roles and gained tremendous insight into the organization. In December 2015, she joined the Board of Directors, eventually becoming president. In 2020, WCGHS experienced many challenges with the effects of the pandemic. It was at this time Micki was given the opportunity to transition into the executive director role and take the helm. She gladly accepted and hasn’t looked back. Her passion for pets, people, and community lends itself well into her work for WCGHS. She loves helping animals and connecting with people. Micki shares her home and love for animals with her husband and two daughters.  The family has two beloved adopted WCGHS pets; Bert and Fred are often the stars of Micki’s video messages!

Peggy DiPrima - Director of Advancement - Development, Fundraising and Events

Peggy joined WCGHS in 2016 to curate our signature event, A Tail to Remember Dinner & Auction. She brought with her seven years of nonprofit event experience, as well as, seven years of corporate event planning.  She moved from Atlanta, GA to Ridgefield, WA in 2008 with her husband, Frank, and her son, Joseph. Her family shares their home with their dog, Biscotti, a WCGHS alumni. Peggy enjoys spending time with her family, playing games, visiting her family in Louisiana and wine tasting at the PNW’s many wineries.




April Nicholas - Operations Manager

April began volunteering for West Columbia Gorge Humane Society in 2011, and fell in love with the work and decided to make it a career. She trained with numerous canine behaviorists and trainers to better understand canine psychology. After purchasing a home in Washougal, she continued to pursue her passion for working with animals by joining the WCGHS team in 2016. Her professional background is in financial institution management and small business ownership. April shares her home with four rescued fur children and enjoys spending her free time exploring the outdoors with her dogs.

Jared Thorson - Shelter Coordinator

Jared joined the WCGHS team in August 2020. He moved to the area from Centralia, Washington where he worked at the Lewis County Animal Shelter as an animal caregiver and trainer for community service workers for nearly two years. He enjoys working with animals and providing them with the care and attention they need. Jared spends his free time going on thrilling adventures. He is an avid mountain climber and rock climber and loves to be in nature. He loves to care for the environment and show kindness to those around him.

Staff Not Pictured:

Mikhaila Todd

Shelter Coordinator

Laura Kelly

Volunteer Coordinator

Billijean Pinard


Mary Jadid

Shelter Assistant

Our Board

Board of Directors

Brendan Greenen


Deanna Rusch


Heather DeVore

Board Secretary

Delaney Edison

Board Director

Tiffany Fogg

Board Director

Shawn High

Board Director

Teresa Foster

Advisory Board Member

Members Not Pictured:

Chris Foster


Denise Barr

Board Director

Tosha Asker

Board Director