Jon Wickersham Associate Director
Jon was born in Sitka, Alaska, but spent most of his life growing up in Gearhart, Oregon. After completing a degree in Planning from the University of Oregon in Eugene, Jon worked in rural Montana as a county planner running an open space bond program to protect ranches, open space and wildlife habitat. He returned to Oregon’s North Coast in 2010 to join the NCLC staff as Conservation Director, building a strong rapport with local landowners, county officials and state and federal wildlife departmentsM. When not working to conserve coastal wildlife habitat, Jon enjoys hiking, sports, running and anything that takes him outdoors!
Melissa Reich Stewardship Director
As Stewardship Director, Melissa oversees stewardship of the properties that NCLC owns or holds conservation easements on, to ensure that the land’s natural values are protected or enhanced. Melissa grew up on Shelter Island, at the east end of Long Island, New York, site of The Nature Conservancy’s Mashomack Preserve, where she volunteered during high school and worked during summers off from college. She earned her bachelor’s degree in biology at Lewis & Clark College, where she studied invertebrate conservation and ecology and assisted with field research of the threatened Oregon silverspot butterfly. After college Melissa served three years of AmeriCorps service with the Oregon Biodiversity Information Center and The Nature Conservancy, and then went to work for TNC on the Oregon Coast doing field surveys and working with coastal land owners to improve native butterfly habitat. She joined NCLC as stewardship director in March 2013. Melissa lives in Astoria, where she enjoys foraging for wild food, playing her mandolin, and getting her feet wet.
Teresa Retzlaff Communications Coordinator
As NCLC’s Communications Coordinator, Teresa marries the marketing and communications skills she has honed running her small family farm with her passion for land conservation. She moved to Clatsop County in 2003 and quickly became involved in both the land stewardship and local food movements on Oregon’s north coast. After decades of traveling and living all over the world, Teresa is happy to finally put down permanent roots at 46 North Farm near Astoria with her husband, Packy, where they share the land with two opinionated cats, many chickens, a plethora of migratory songbirds, lots of deer and a herd of Roosevelt elk.
Allison Wilski Administrative Assistant
Allison Wilski moved to the north coast from Portland, Oregon, where she taught vocal music at Portland Community College. She has an extensive background in non-profit administration, and has worked for dance companies and theatre companies, as well as corporations. While primarily a musician, Allison loves the outdoors and is thrilled to be working for NCLC.
Amy Hutmacher Conservation Assistant
Amy Hutmacher grew up in Alaska, and focused on Environmental Studies for her undergraduate work at the University of the Pacific. She then completed her graduate studies at Arizona State, where she explored the unique riparian habitats found along southwestern seasonal creeks and streams. An opportunity to work with the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife brought her to Newport on the Oregon coast, and the chance to merge her ecology background with land conservation work has now led her further up the coast to North Coast Land Conservancy, where she provides support to both NCLC’s conservation and land stewardship programs.