The SCA expects to fill 2 vacancies on our board in early 2019. Please contact us at SCA@SCAWILD.ORG if you have an interest in serving a three year term on our Board of Directors!
James M. Bellatty, 2019 President
James recently retired from the Washington Department of Ecology where he managed 30 staff responsible for administering federal clean water act and state water quality standards. He has also worked for the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality administering air quality, water quality, and hazardous waste issues for five counties in north central Idaho. An avid rower, James can often be found fishing and camping in the upper Priest Lake.
Sharon Sorby, Secretary
Sharon Sorby, Secretary of the SCA Board of Directors, has been active in conservation work in the Selkirk region since 1981 and is a long term member of the SCA. She resides in Dalkena, Idaho. Her current position as the Pend Oreille County Noxious Weed Control Board Coordinator provides the SCA with current expertise on invasive species issues. She is passionate about fish and wildlife habitat issues and is an active contributor to the Sightlines newsletter.
Martin G. Stacey
Martin G. Stacey is a semi-retired business man and lifetime member of the SCA. Martin holds a bachelors degree in English and a Juris Doctorate from the Gonzaga School of Law. Martin lives in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho when not enjoying his cabin of 25 years at Canoe Point on Priest Lake. Martin is the former publisher/owner of a Nickel’s Worth Publications in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. Martin currently serves on board of that corporation, as well as the boards of the non-profit Spokane Chamber Music Association, and the Coeur d’Alene Rowing Association. An avid rower and outdoorsman, Martin is also the volunteer coach for the Lake Coeur d’Alene High School Rowing Team.
Elizabeth “Betty” Gardner
Betty Gardner has lived on the lower Priest River since 1978 and recently retired from a career as an educator. Having watched the water quality and habitat in the river deteriorate since 1978, she is ready to make sure that that Priest River and those who live on it are well represented in the SCA. Betty is no stranger to environmental advocacy. As a concerned parent, in 2002 she began a 2.5 year crusade challenging the EPA and IDEQ to successfully stop the use of a dangerous chemical, Pentachlorphenol, from a nearby pole yard plant which was found to be leaking into the local water table and frequently filling the local elementary school with its fumes while staff and children were in the building.
Eleanor Hungate-Jones, Vice President
The first of Eleanor’s relatives arrived in the Priest Lake region around 1898, to do botanical studies of the area. Since that time her extended family has spent their summers and some winter weeks at Priest Lake and she is passionate about bringing her many skills to the SCA, and particularly representing those that live on the East side and who live near the thorofare. Eleanor, who lives in Seattle when not at Priest Lake, is a retired international teacher and school administrator. She was a Peace Corp Volunteer in Liberia, West Africa and also volunteers her time with the Ronald McDonald House in Seattle and the Sweet Pea Cottage of the Arts.
James Lea, M.D.
Dr. James Lea is a recently retired neurologist who lives in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho – when not enjoying his Kalispell Bay cabin on Priest Lake. James is passionate about finding solutions for improving water quality in shallower bays like Kalispell, where he has witnessed a steady decline in near-shore water quality. James is currently working with WSU on a special study in Kalispell Bay.
Jon and his wife Mary live “off the grid” on a section of Priest River known as 8 Mile Canyon, originally purchasing acreage in 1980. They have been inspired to apply the ethics of stewardship and preservation in managing the property. The river has been a source of recreation and wonder, raising their children to also desire to preserve, which is being passed on to another generation (grandkids!) . This has led to studies in forest management through the University of Idaho Master Forest Stewardship program, membership in the Idaho Forest Owners Association, and learning bio control of noxious weeds. They have lived full time on Priest River since 2009. Jon retired in 2017 from a career as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker.
Fly fishing has resulted in many hours wading and floating the river. Cross country skiing is the winter activity and hiking in the summer, exploring the Selkirk range year around. He sees the importance of seeking a balance between resource management and protection of the valuable Priest River drainage.
Jon has previous board experience through the Spokane County Community Services Administrative Board, the Pacific Northwest Ski Education Foundation, Pacific Northwest Nordic Competition Committee, Food Bank of Alaska Board, Cross Country Alaska and the Campbell Tract Trail Advisory Committee in Anchorage, AK.
Curtis Wickre, MD
Curtis went to College in Tacoma at Pacific Lutheran University majoring in Biology and Chemistry. After considering a career in Marine Biology, he elected instead to go to Medical School at Oregon Health Sciences University. He completed an Internal Medicine Residency at Vanderbilt and then returned to Oregon for a Nephrology fellowship with associated research experience. After completion of training in 1982, Curtis moved to Spokane with his wife Nancy and two young children. Initially, his primary career focus was the Medical Director of Sacred Heart’s new Kidney Transplant program and subsequently Medical Director of the constantly changing Inland Northwest Dialysis services. After many years of caring for patients with chronic kidney disease, he retired in 2017. Curtis brings a scientific frame of mind, and a strong interest in maintaining our Priest Lake Environment.
Jon Miller first came to Priest Lake in 1969, camping with his future wife and her family in Mosquito Bay. In 1974, the family built a small cabin in Sandpiper Shores, just north of the Thorofare. He and his wife began construction of their own cabin in the summer of 2019. Jon recently retired from the University of Idaho, where he spent the last 28 years of a 43-year academic career in the College of Business and Economics. Jon hopes to use his expertise in economics to advocate for preservation of the Priest Lake and greater Selkirk environment. Jon’s current Priest Lake interests include hiking, sailing, huckleberry picking, and introducing his young grandchildren to the unique Priest Lake sense of place.