Board of Directors
For Chintimini Wildlife Center
Chrissy Lucas, President
Chrissy coordinates statewide outreach programs on groundwater and small farms education with Oregon State University Extension Service. She has a BS in Animal Science, Chemistry and Agriculture Education from OSU and has done graduate work in Agricultural Teacher Education, also at OSU. Her expertise with wells and septic systems are instrumental in guiding CWC’s maintenance and facilities work. She has experience and strong relationships in the farming community, which have been instrumental in shaping our work to help local farmers implement non-lethal predator deterrents.
Havilah Green, Secretary
Havilah works at a local marketing consulting firm. She puts her expertise to work to ensure that CWC’s educational programs and fundraising events are well-known in the community. She serves on the board as our secretary and maintains our records & documents.
Leslie Witt, CPA, Treasurer
Leslie Witt of Witt Consulting has over twenty-five years of experience in the accounting and financial services industry. Deeply rooted with an accounting and tax compliance background, Leslie serves as the chief financial officer for several companies, as well as a tax partner for the firm to handle both business and personal tax returns. She is a licensed CPA in California and Oregon. Leslie’s wealth of financial knowledge is helpful in guiding the Board to fulfill their fiduciary responsibilities.
Gregory Gasic, PhD
Greg is a retired neuroscientist, journal editor, and Harvard Medical School Faculty Member. He received his BA in Biochemistry from the University of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia) and his PhD in Molecular Genetics from The Rockefeller University (New York). After postdoctoral research at Yale University and the Salk Institute (La Jolla, CA), he served as a Biological Science Editor at Nature (London), Deputy Editor at Cell (Cambridge, MA) and Editor-in-Chief at Neuron (Cambridge, MA). During this period, he evaluated hundreds of original research manuscripts and review articles per year, sent them to referees, and decided which ones would be published. He gave many lectures/talks at universities/research institutes, and to the lay public. Then, he made a career change and accepted a research position at the Massachusetts General Hospital and was named an Instructor at Harvard Medical School. After two years of research on the environmental and genetic underpinning of substance abuse/addiction, he was named an Assistant Professor of Radiology. During this period, he was the Associate Director of a multi department study on Addictions and Mood Disorders, which amassed a large neuroimaging and genetics database on humans with these disorders and matched control subjects. He has served on the Scientific Advisory Boards of the Juan March Foundation (Madrid), and the Medical Research Council Unit (Leicester, UK). He co-taught a Harvard Medical School course on addictions, published numerous scientific articles and book chapters, and holds various patents. He is the conceptual designer of this CWC grant proposal, and he will be involved in the data analysis and writing of the final report.
James holds an Associate Degree in Parks & Natural Resources. His passion for protecting wildlife has led him to volunteer with the Knoxville Zoo, Des Moines Zoo, Oregon Coast Aquarium, and the Iowa Raptor Project. His vast experience at other centers like ours provides a unique perspective on how to improve and expand our facilities. Further, he brings the critical lens of our on-the-ground volunteers to the CWC Board of Directors.
Kathi has been a volunteer at Chintimini Wildlife Center since 2002. Kathi graduated from Oregon State University in 2006 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Natural Resources and a minor in Fisheries and Wildlife. She has worked with the Oregon Dept. of Fish and Wildlife on the salmon spawning project for twelve years. Her experience working in wildlife conservation and her connections with ODFW help Chintimini to maintain strong connections with State agencies and align ourselves with current conservation priorities.
Stacey Dean, MD
Stacey attended college at Colorado University and medical school at CU in Denver. He completed his residency in Internal Medicine and Chief Residency in Medicine. He then practiced Internal Medicine/Cardiology in Pullman, Washington and Moscow, Idaho - running the ICU's in both. Stacey retired to Corvallis and has worked at CWC as a volunteer, bird handler, and a board member.
Maggie is currently the Emily Rynerson Cosci 4-H Faculty member for Environmental Education in the College of Public Health and Human Sciences, Oregon State University Extension Service, Benton County. She has worked for OSU Extension Service with both youth and adults for 22 years (1997-2019) as a groundwater quality educator and 4-H youth development faculty member during which she gained extensive experience providing educational programs and high quality resources to support youth and adult learning. Her area of expertise is in environmental education both in-school, after school, clubs and community outreach programs. She also managed every aspect of a county 4-H program including budgeting, volunteer management, marketing, and working with large and small animals. She served as the County Leader for 6 years (2011-2018), where she assisted in developing the budget that was presented to the county commissioners and the budget committee. She brings to the Chintimini Wildlife Center (CWC) a vast experience in youth and adult education in environmental and animal sciences, and administrative experience.