Board of Directors
Jen Zamon, PhD – President
Although raised primarily in the Show-Me State of Missouri, Dr. Jen Zamon is now a marine ecologist working with NOAA Fisheries in Hammond, OR at the Point Adams Research Station. She completed her bachelor’s and master’s degrees at Cornell University in Ithaca, NY which is when she became interested in studying oceanography and the ecology of marine predators. She continued doctoral graduate training at the University of California – Irvine working with fisheries acoustics. In addition to serving as Board Member with the Wildlife Center for the North Coast, Jen is involved with her community as a firefighter/EMR with the Lewis and Clark Fire Department, Vice-President of the Lower Columbia Danish Society, Secretary for the Clatsop County Firefighters Association, and a founding member of the Astoria French language club Le Cercle. Last but in no way least, Jen enjoys spending far, far too much time hanging out with her rowdy flock of hens and roosters in the Youngs River valley.
Andrew Mattingly – Vice President
Andrew Mattingly is a life-long resident of the North Coast where he currently resides with his wife and two children. He currently works for the non-profit community lending company, Craft3 where he’s been for the last 9 years. Prior to having kids Andrew was an active volunteer at the wildlife center under the late director, Sharnelle Fee. He is excited to have the opportunity to be involved again. He is currently on the promotions committee for the Astoria Downtown Historic District association, and serves on the boards for the Astoria Rotary, and the Astoria Regatta Education Board. In his free time, he enjoys activities that involve the letter B: Books, Beer, Bird-watching and Broadway!
Nikki Fowler – Treasurer
Nikki works as the Director of Finance/Operations and Director of Human Resources for the Newberg School District, previously she help similar positions with Knappa School District and Warrenton-Hammond School District, in addition, she worked as Assistant Finance Director for Clatsop County. Nikki received her Bachelor’s degree from Eastern Oregon University in Business Administration with a concentration in Leadership, Organization and Management and a certificate in Public Management from Willamette University. Nikki began her work with WCNC when she was recruited due to her experience in finance and human resources. She enjoys spending time with her family and friends.
Melissa Lahti – Secretary
Melissa (Missy) Lahti has lived in the Pacific Northwest for the past 35 years. During the last 20+ years she has worked as a restaurant server in multiple locations throughout Clatsop County. In 2017 she earned her Associate of Arts Degree from Clatsop Community College. Currently, she works for Buoy Beer Company as the Community Involvement Coordinator, as well as the Sustainability Committee leader. She developed a love for animals at a young age, especially kittens, which she occasionally “rescued” from the neighbor’s barn. Today her love for wildlife and the environment has spurred her enthusiasm for conservation. A few of her favorite ways to spend time is gardening, reading, foraging for wild plants and mushrooms, rock-hounding and hiking with her family.
r Melyssa Graeper – Member
Melyssa has served as coordinator of the Necanicum Watershed Council since 2010. Previously she worked for the Oregon Department of Forestry’s Tillamook Forest Center and the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife in a variety of positions along the north Oregon coast. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Fisheries and Wildlife Science from Oregon State University, with a specialization in the human dimension of natural resources. She is a 3rd generation Oregonian, and when she’s not in the field, a meeting, or driving to and from, Melyssa enjoys kayaking, trying not to kill plants in her garden, cooking, and her fur-children.
Melisa Colvin – Member
Melisa manages the Bronze Coast Gallery in Cannon Beach, and has a background in studio photography and fine art. She joined the Center in 2011 as a wildlife care volunteer, and has recently begun working with our education birds to further their training. She is a member of the International Association of Avian Trainers and Educators, and gained her initial experience in animal training with Guide Dogs for the Blind. When not working in her businesses or with the birds, she can be found in over her head with home remodeling projects, or wandering in the woods with her dog.
Joshua Saranpaa – Executive Director
Josh was born and raised in rainy Astoria, Oregon. He started volunteering with the Wildlife Center in the summer of 2008—the summer between his sophomore and junior year of high school. In 2010, he tested for, and received his ODFW State Wildlife Rehabilitator’s Permit, and was working, on a volunteer basis, as the Assistant Director of the facility. September of 2015, Josh was appointed Executive Director of WCNC following the death of long-time Director and Founder, Sharnelle Fee. When not working, Josh enjoys spending his free time in nature with his wife Kimberly, and his crazy dog Puffin.