Vice President Academic Affairs
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, 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, 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.
Julie Kovatch, Director of Communications & Marketing
Julie Kovatch serves as Director of Communications and Marketing for Clatsop Community College. She manages the college's internal and external communications and marketing efforts throughout the community and also serves as the college’s Public Information Officer. She represents CCC at various community functions and meetings and is excited to be a part of this community.
Julie previously served as the Associate Director of New Student Services at Montana State University Billings before accepting the position at CCC. She specialized in student recruitment, target marketing, and university events through her 15 years there. She served on various education boards internally at the college and also at the state level to increase collaborative efforts in higher education. Julie also taught first year experience classes, as well as, physical activity courses.
Julie earned her Bachelor of Science in Education with a minor in Art in 2000 and her Master’s degree in Public Relations in 2009 from Montana State University Billings. Julie was honored as the Outstanding Graduate Student in the College of Arts and Sciences in 2009.
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 AEMT, Criminal Justice, 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, 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.
Sunny Klever, CCC Foundation Director
Sunny Klever serves as the Director of the Clatsop Community College Foundation. She provides leadership and coordination for the college Foundation's activities including fundraising, event planning, Board development, and scholarship, budget and grant management.
Sunny’s community college experience began as a volunteer for the Mt. Hood Community College Foundation. Since 1998 she served in various MHCC Foundation positions including Foundation Manager. She earned a B. S. in Business Administration from the College of Charleston, Charleston, South Carolina, B. S. in Accounting from Rollins College, Winter Park, Florida and M.B.A. from Marylhurst University, West Linn, Oregon.