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Meet the Staff

Carolyn Purcell, Executive Director,
Office: 541.296.8600 ext. 245

Carolyn has been with the Columbia Gorge Discovery Center since 2001, and has served as executive director since 2008.  She has a Master’s Degree in Liberal Studies focusing on History and Cultural Geography and over 30 years of professional museum experience. “The great thing about the history of the Mid-Columbia region is that it is intersected by so many fascinating themes in national history, offering dynamic interpretive programs and exhibits.  We will never run out of new ways to engage our visitors.”

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Lisa Commander, Director of Education
Office: 541.296.8600 ext. 209

Lisa Commander heads up our education team. She most recently worked as the Director of the Columbia Gorge Veterans Museum in The Dalles, and as a grant writer for the Western Antique Aeroplane and Automobile Museum (WAAAM) in Hood River.  Lisa is a fifth generation Wasco County resident on her mother’s side, and enjoys talking about both the horse thieves and preachers that are part of her heritage.  She holds a Master’s Degree in Education from Seattle Pacific University, specializing in adult education and curriculum development.  Lisa is a fan of Arthur Conan Doyle and a member of The Churchill Society, a group dedicated to preserving and promoting the legacy of Sir Winston Churchill.

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Morgan Olson, Raptor Education Coordinator Manager
Office: 541.296.8600 ext. 210

With a love of birds and a Bachelor’s Degree in Fisheries and Wildlife Sciences from OSU, Morgan leads our Raptor Department. She oversees day to day care of out eight educational birds while also giving talks about the importance of raptors and what these birds can teach us about our environment. While she spends most of her time outside the building, she’s happy to answer any questions about birds you may have.

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Andrea McCravy, Raptor Education Coordinator
Office: 541.296.8600 ext. 210

Born and raised in Alabama, Andrea graduated from Auburn University with a B.S. degree in Wildlife Ecology and Management. There, she first started working with raptors, including the eagles that flew free in the stadium before Auburn football games. She moved to Tennessee to work full-time at the American Eagle Foundation, where she previously interned and held a seasonal position. Andrea jumped on the opportunity to join the Discovery Center to be closer to her partner and live and work in such a beautiful place with our beautiful raptors. She is excited to build new relationships with visitors and coworkers, both human and bird!

Linda Williams, Office Manager
Office: 541.296.8600 ext. 212

Linda keeps things in the office organized and  helps keep everything flowing smoothly. She handles the accounts receivable, accounts payable and oversees the management of our membership list.

Susan Buce, Collections Registrar
Office: 541.296.8600 ext. 242

Susan manages the vast collection of artifacts donated to the museum.  “I enjoy immersing myself in our Pacific Northwest history each day. Being a good steward of our cultural and historic resources through best practices is an honor. Helping researchers who share that passion is why we are here.”

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Mikey Goyette, Marketing
Office: 541.296.8600 ext. 215

As an east coaster who is newer to the Columbia River Gorge, Mikey brings a fresh perspective to the Columbia Gorge Discovery Center’s marketing department. Contact Mikey in marketing for info on what is going on, press releases, media images.

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Tiffany Bates, Events Coordinator
Office: 541.296.8600 ext. 202

Reach out to Tiffany and our events team to help you coordinate your special event, large or small, from weddings to conferences to meetings.

Dan Anderson, Building & Facilities Manager
Office: 541.296.8600 ext. 213

Dan keeps our facilities in working order and in good shape.

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