The staff works towards our mission alongside Council members, regional partners, and our tremendous volunteer community.
Corrina Chase, Executive Director
Corrina Chase joined Columbia Slough as Executive Director in February 2016. She brings nine years of watershed council leadership to this position, having served as Coordinator for both the Tryon Creek Watershed Council and prior to that, the Salmon Drift Creek Watershed Council on the Oregon coast. Her past work also includes organic biogeochemistry for the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection and for MIT/WHOI in support of paleoclimate research, marine invasive species research, and restoration charrette planning. She is a passionate social justice advocate. She has a BS in geobiology from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and earned a master’s in marine affairs from the University of Washington. She enjoys playing music, hiking, sailing, kayaking, chanterelle hunting, and gardening.
Jennifer Starkey, Education Director
Jennifer Starkey joined the Columbia Slough as Education Director in April of 2016. A sincere enthusiast about the natural and cultural history of our region, Jennifer has been an educator in Portland since 2007 and is passionate about making change to help all students access the outdoors. Jennifer gained her proclivity for outdoor learning and teaching from MESD Outdoor School, where she participated as a 6th grade student, high school student leader, and staff member. She has also taught with Caldera Arts, David Douglas High School, and most recently with the Portland Water Bureau’s Education Program. Jennifer is a licensed teacher in the State of Oregon, holds a Masters of Arts in Teaching from Lewis & Clark, and a BA from Wellesley College. In her spare time, Jennifer bakes, picks up garbage in the street, and eats lunch with her grandma at the Village Inn.
Monica Mcallister, Nadaka Park Coordinator
Monica joined the Columbia Slough Watershed Council in the fall 2014 as the Slough School Education Intern and became the Nadaka Nature Park Coordinator for Friends of Nadaka/ CSWC in February 2015. Monica received her B.S. in Biology with a Chemistry minor & B.A. in Spanish from The University of Portland. After graduating, she worked as a wildlife field technician on research projects tracking the Greater Sage-Grouse in SE Oregon, monitoring wildlife movement along rivers in the boreal forest of Canada, and surveying wildlife biodiversity response to grassland restoration in New Mexico. Her background includes organizing community events, leading youth recreation camps, and being conversationally fluent in Spanish. Monica is passionate about environmental conservation, sustainability, and racial equity. In her free time, Monica enjoys hiking, photography, Latin dancing, gardening, and exploring Portland’s coffee shops.
Kirk Fatland, Volunteer Coordinator
Kirk Fatland began volunteering with the Columbia Slough Watershed Council as a member of the paddle team for events such as Explorando and Aquifer Adventure. With the council he is able to support the connection of community members to each other and their local natural areas while also spending as much time as possible canoeing the Slough. Since joining the Slough School team in the Fall he continues to be inspired by the youth of the watershed. Kirk holds a degree in Community Development from Portland State University and has interned and worked for The City Repair Project, building community capacity through art and building projects. As an advocate for the houseless in our city Kirk continues to work closely with houseless communities in the Columbia Slough Watershed in particular. When away from the Slough Kirk enjoys creating obnoxious music and reading books set in tropical locations.
Matthew Lee, Stewardship Director
Matthew Lee joined the Columbia Slough Watershed Council in March of 2017. Matthew’s background is as a field botanist, working throughout this region for the National Park Service mapping native plant communities in Washington State and for the Institute for Natural Resources mapping juniper woodlands and sagebrush. Matthew received his B.S. in Horticulture from Virginia Tech inspired by his love of food and plants. After working many years in vegetation management, he decided to complete his Masters in Urban and Regional Planning from Portland State. This gave him the opportunity to expand his impact and to work with communities within an urban context. In his free time Matthew enjoys hiking, lifting, reading science fiction, cooking and juggling.