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 departments. 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.
Bonnie Henderson Communications Coordinator
Bonnie Henderson was a volunteer for NCLC for many years and continues to guide On the Land trips on a volunteer basis even after taking on coordination of NCLC’s communications in 2014. She has had a long career in writing and editing newspapers, magazines and books as well as doing public affairs for nonprofits. She is an avid hiker and kayaker/canoeist and divides her time between the coast and her home in Eugene.
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 University, 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.
Lynette Villagomez Administrative & Outreach Assistant
Lynette Villagomez has joined the staff of North Coast Land Conservancy as its new administrative and outreach assistant. Lynette grew up in the Coachella Valley of southern California and went to college at Humboldt State University, where she earned a bachelor of science degree in environmental policy with a minor in environmental and natural resources planning in 2012. After graduation she went to work for the Mono Lake Committee, a nonprofit conservation organization in California, as an intern and project specialist before moving to Cannon Beach last fall. Her education, her administrative experience, and her personal commitment to conservation make her an ideal fit for North Coast Land Conservancy.
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