President's Cabinet

Donna Larson

Dr. Donna Larson

Vice President Academic and Student Affairs

Donna (Bedard) Larson received her Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry and Bachelor of Science in Medical Technology degrees from Rhode Island College in 1980.  While at RAF Lakenheath, UK, she completed her Master of Science degree in Management from the Troy State University European Division in 1986.  She completed her Doctor of Education in Higher Education from Texas Tech University in 1996.

Donna worked as a medical technologist at several clinical laboratories from 1980 through 1994.  In 1994, she was hired as an Assistant Professor at Winston-Salem State University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.  Donna (Leach) Larson worked as an Assistant Professor for two years, then was promoted to Department Chair of the Clinical Laboratory Science department in 1996.  Donna received tenure in 1999 and was promoted to full Professor in 2004. 

She moved to Oregon in 2004 and found a job at Apollo College as Medical Laboratory Technician Program Director.  Donna worked at Apollo for 15 months before moving to the Australasian College of Health Sciences.  After three months, she joined Mt Hood Community College as the Dean of Allied Health.  Allied Health consisted of Certified Nursing Assistant,  Dental Hygiene, Early Childhood Education, Emergency Medical Technician, Funeral Services, Medical Assisting, Medical Office, Mental Health Human Service, Nursing, Practical Nursing, Physical Therapist Assistant, Respiratory Care, and Surgical Technology.  She was responsible for 27 full-time faculty and over 125 part-time faculty.  During her six years at Mt. Hood Community College, Donna was active in the college's Incident Command System and was co-chair of the Threat Assessment Team.  She also wrote over 20 grants to federal agencies and private foundations.  Donna also managed the college’s Carl B. Perkins grant for 5 years.  The average grant awards for these 5 years was approximately $425,000.   Using Carl B. Perkins funds, the career technical education programs purchased approximately $1.8 million in updated equipment.

Donna has also worked with Pearson Education to co-author a book: Outline Review of Medical Technology/Clinical Laboratory Science (2003).  She authored a chapter (Infectious Diseases and Their Prevention) in John Flynn’s book, “Procedures in Phlebotomy, 4th edition” published by Elseiver.  Donna is currently working with Elseiver to produce, “Clinical Chemistry:  A Textbook for Medical Laboratory Technicians”.  The textbook is projected to be published in early 2014.


JoAnn Zahn

JoAnn Zahn

Vice President for Finance & Operations

JoAnn Zahn joined Clatsop Community College in August 2011.  Her community college experience began at Mt. Hood Community College in 1990 where she served in various finance and budget positions including director of budget and auxiliary services and as vice president of administrative services in a one-year interim assignment prior to joining CCC. 

As vice president of finance and operations, JoAnn’s responsibilities include acting as deputy clerk and budget officer. She also oversees the College’s business operations and budget, bookstore, computer services, human resources, and physical plant.  JoAnn holds a B.S. in Business Administration/Accounting from Eastern Oregon University and holds a M.B.A. from North Park University. 

JoAnn is a member of the Western Association of College and University Business Officers and a past member on the Oregon Community College Association Finance Committee.  JoAnn was elected in 2013 to the state board of the American Association of Women in Community Colleges (AAWCC) and serves as the vice president of finance.  Community involvement and volunteerism has been a life-long commitment.


Tom Gill, Director Institutional Research

Tom Gill, Dean of Transfer Education

Tom Gill has over thirty years’ experience as a community college educator.  As Dean of Transfer Education, his duties include institutional research and adult basic skills.  Before becoming Dean, he was Clatsop’s Director of Institutional Research and Director of Adult Basic Skills. Tom served as Clatsop’s Dean of Learning from 2005 to 2011.  Before coming to Clatsop, he had responsibilities in instructional leadership and institutional research at Chemeketa Community College and at the Community Colleges of Spokane. He studied at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (BFA), the University of Oregon (MFA), and Brigham Young University (EdD-abd).  He has also worked as an electrochemical research technician and theatrical director and designer.


Leslie Lipe

Leslie Lipe, Human Resources Director

Leslie Lipe was hired as Director of Human Resources July 1, 2009.  Leslie earned her Bachelor’s degree in Art History and Studio Art from Eastern Washington University in 1990 and has earned a Certificate in Human Resources Management from Linfield College in 2009.  She is a SHRM member and also serves as Communications Director on the Board of the Local Human Resources Management Association.


Patricia Warren

Patricia Warren, Director of Advancement

Patricia Warren joined the staff of Clatsop Community College in 2011 as the Director of Advancement. She will also facilitate the work of the Clatsop Community College Foundation. Prior to joining CCC, she worked for more than 20 years in non-profit management and fundraising in various areas, including arts, museums and social service agencies.  She holds a J.D., MA in Museum Studies, B.S. in General Studies and B.A. in Anthropology from the University of Washington.

Kristen Wilkin

Kristen Wilkin, Dean of Workforce Education and Training

Kristen Wilkin is the Dean of Workforce Education and Training overseeing the MERTS Campus and all its Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs (Automotive Technology, CAD, Historic Preservation and Restoration, Fire Science, Maritime Science and Welding/Fabrication). In addition, she oversees the Public Safety and Apprenticeship programs housed at the South County Campus; and oversees CTE programs on the Main Campus including Apprenticeship, Accounting, EMT, and Business Management as well as the Carl Perkins program, Dual Credit program, and Community/Workforce Education department.

Kristen was born and raised in Clatsop County and is proud to represent her community as part of CCC’s administration. She holds a B.A. in Political Science from Pepperdine University and an M.P.A. in Public Administration from Portland State University.

Allison Sansom

Allison Sansom, Director of Nursing and Allied Health

Ms. Sansom received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Linfield College in 1992 and her M.S. Nursing-Education from Walden University in 2013. She has been part of the Nursing faculty at CCC since 2012 and has also worked locally with the Clatsop Care Center Health District, Columbia Memorial Hospital and private practitioners. She has served in many capacities during her professional career including direct care experience in acute care, home health and community-based care settings, as well as various leadership, management and advisory board positions.

In describing her approach to nursing education, Sansom says, “Nursing is both a science and an art. We teach the science and as nursing educators, we inspire our students to find the art of nursing inside themselves. The values and beliefs that nurses hold are the core of this profession. As faculty and mentors, we partner our students through the program to success.”


Dr. Chris Ousley, Dean of Students and Enrollment Management

Dr. Chris Ousley serves as Dean of Students and Enrollment Management.  In addition to Dean of Student duties, Dr. Ousley oversees admissions, advising, financial aid, registration and records, student government, and the college testing center.

Dr. Ousley served as an assistant director of marketing in the University of Arizona’s Office of Enrollment Management. He specialized in student recruitment, online engagement, and marketing research.  Dr. Ousley has worked in radio, newspaper, film, and television during his career. He also taught education, journalism, and mass communication courses.

Dr. Ousley earned a B.S. in advertising from Northern Arizona University, M.A. in journalism and Ph.D. in higher education, both from the University of Arizona.  His doctoral research employed a model of student recruitment identifying pre-admission characteristics most likely to identify student support needs and predict graduation outcomes using a combination of student application data, U.S. census data, and geographical information systems.  Dr. Ousley was honored as a National Center for Educational Statistics Fellow (2010).  His research findings were presented at the American Association of Higher Education national conference (2008), and he was a featured presenter at a national enrollment management conference (2006).

Starting at Clatsop in 2010, he said he accepted the position with personal goals to help rural students with limited educational choices earn a college education, to increase their employment opportunities, and to prepare students for a lifetime of contributions to their communities. 

Last Updated: 
January 22, 2016, 8:04 am
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