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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.”

Bambi Foy, Raptor Curator
Office: 541.296.8600 ext. 210

Bambi began her career at the age of 13 when as an Iowa farm girl she worked for a veterinarian taking care of animals after surgery. This led to several opportunities in which she worked with primates, bears, cats, psittacines, and other wild and endangered species. She worked at a variety of zoos and wildlife centers, while also volunteering at every opportunity to expand her knowledge and education. She began specializing in raptors while living in Colorado and working with a traveling education team. “Coming to the Discovery Center has been a wonderful fit with my experience and passion in providing education in the wildlife and environmental fields.”

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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.

Shawn McCleary, Museum Store Manager/Buyer
Office: 541.296.8600 ext. 243

Shawn brings 16 years of retail experience after owning and operating a retail store from 1996-2012. Married with 3 adult children, 2 grandkids, and 2 Labrador retrievers, Shawn loves spending time with her family, as well as her kindle. “Enhancing the visitor experience by providing just the right keepsake to take home is my mission.”

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.”

Mikey Goyette Columbia Gorge Discovery Center & Museum

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 team as the new Marketing Manager. Contact the Mikey in the marketing department for info on what is going on, press releases, media images.
Office: 541.296.8600 ext. 202

Contact our events department to help you coordinate your special event, large or small from weddings 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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