Breakdown of SCA Leadership and Committees

SCA is a nonprofit, nonpartisan environmental organization that has been operating out of Priest River, Idaho for the last 36years. SCA is governed by an all-volunteer Board of Directors (BoD), ranging from 7-11 individuals, that serve three year terms and are voted/elected into position by SCA membership (YOU!) at the SCA Annual Meeting in the fall. Each elected Director must be over 18 and a member of SCA. SCA has four executive officer positions; President, Vice-President, Treasurer and Secretary. The SCA BoD meets on the third Thursday of every month throughout the year.

Duties of the SCA President

The President shall be the principal officer of the SCA and shall preside at all meetings of the Membership and the Board of Directors, may sign, and with the Secretary or any other proper officer of the SCA, contracts or other instruments which the Board of Directors has authorized to be executed, except in cases where the signing and execution is expressly delegated by the Board of Directors or by these Bylaws or by statute to some other officer or agent of the SCA; and, in general, shall perform all duties incident to the office of the President and other duties as may be prescribed by the Board of Directors.

Duties of the SCA Vice-President

In the absence of the President or in event of his or her inability or refusal to act, a Vice President (or in the event there is more than one Vice President, the Vice President in the order of election) shall perform the duties of the President and, when so acting, shall have all the powers of, and be subject to all the restrictions upon, the President. The Vice President shall perform such other duties as assigned by the President of by the Board of Directors.

Duties of the SCA Treasurer

The Treasurer shall have charge and custody of and be responsible for all funds and securities of the SCA; receive and give receipts for monies due and payable to the SCA from any source whatsoever, deposit all such moneys in the name of the SCA in the banks, trust companies or other depositories to the office of Treasurer and other duties as assigned by the President or by the Board of Directors. As per Section 1, the Board of Directors may elect or appoint other necessary officers and assistant officers and agents and designate their duties.

Duties of the SCA Secretary

The Secretary is responsible for the minutes of the meetings of the Membership and of the Board of Directors and committees having any of the authority of the Board of Directors; see that all notices are duly given in accordance with the provisions of these Bylaws or as required by law; be custodian of the corporate records of the Corporation; keep a register of the name and address of each Member, proxy votes and in general perform all duties incident to the office of the Secretary and other duties as assigned by the President or by the Board of Directors.

SCA Executive Director (ED)

Is the principal employee of the SCA Board of Directors. The SCA BoD has the authority to select and remove the Executive Director. The ED executes the will of the SCA Board.

Current and Standing SCA Committees

Governance Committee (Standing)

The Governance Committee is one of four SCA core committees (Water, Fundraising and Finance are the other two)The Governance Committee is in place to ensure accountability, transparency, responsiveness, rule of law, stability, equity, inclusiveness, and broad-based participation within the organization as a whole. The purposes of this committee are to oversee the process of providing SCA with strategic leadership, including setting direction, making policy and strategy decisions, overseeing and monitoring organizational performance, and ensuring overall accountability. In addition the Executive Committee is responsible for the recruitment and hiring of an Executive Director and assuring SCA conformance with SCA Articles of Incorporation, SCA By-Laws & State/Federal Laws.

Current official members include; Curt Wickre (Chair) & Eleanor Hungate-Jones & Martin Stacey

Finance Committee (Standing)

The Finance Committee is one of three SCA core committees. This committee provides oversight and gives guidance to SCA’s Board on SCA annual budgets, current & future finance outlooks and reports on monthly and annual incomes and expenses. SCA has some significant finance issues and funding challenges and some of the main purposes of this committee are to track and report on SCA finances and to implement a strategic approach to grant applications and other funding opportunities annually. This committee meets every other month, gives reports at all BoD meetings and is open to the full SCA Board and membership/public.

Current official members include; Jon Quinn Hurst (Chair), Jon Miller and Adam Kress

Fundraising Committee

This committee is NEW and was formed in June 2021 in order to oversee the planning and facilitation of SCA events and fundraisers. This committee meets every month and is open to the full BoD and membership/public. This committee also has a sub-committee dedicated to member ad donor relations.

Current official members include; Jon Miller (chair), Nancy Wickre, Janet Torline, , Janis Houghton & Pam Duquette

Scientific Research Program; Water Quality Working Group

This committee oversees and facilitates the work of all of our citizen science water quality monitoring programs; Priest Lake and stream tributaries sampling projects and aquatic vegetation growth studies in Priest Lake. This working group is open to the full SCA Board and membership/public.

Current official members include; Stan Miller (chair) Curt Wickre, Jon Quinn Hurst, Hank Jones, Janis Houghton and James Lea.

SCA is always in need of amazing community members (like YOU) to join our Board of Directors and or any of our open committees. Please consider joining our amazing team and supporting your community! SCA is powered by YOU our community members!

Board Members

Curtis Wickre, MD, President

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.

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 thoroughfare. 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.

Hank Jones

As a business owner that relies on a natural resource within the Priest River Sub-basin, I am deeply invested in  the ecological health of the surrounding area.  My family and I live locally and regularly recreate in the surrounding mountains, forests and on its bodies of water.  Growing up in a family with a deep rooted hunting tradition, a deep connection with the natural world was fostered at a young age.  This connection had been the dominant force in my life steering me toward careers in the National Park Service, the rock climbing industry and currently as the owner/operator of Inland Northwest Fishing Guides, the manager of the Calispel Duck Club and a fisheries consultant for Seattle City Light. 

Being a person that lives in the Selkirk region, has extensive hands on wildlife and habitat management experience within that region and owns a business that relies on the natural resource within the Priest River Subbasin, I offer a unique and alternative perspective that would be beneficial to the board of the Selkirk Conservation Alliance.  I intend to be a positive force, motivating board members and inspiring local citizens to reach cooperative solutions to the ecological issues in our region.

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.

Janis Houghton

I’ve always had a strong affinity for the environment.  I grew up in Spokane, but all my summers were spent on Coeur d’Alene lake, swimming, water skiing, and exploring the woods. I have a B.S. in Biology from Central Washington University where I mostly studied plant biology and forest ecology.  I then obtained another B.S. in Diagnostic Medical Sonography from Seattle University and upon graduation began a 31 year career with Kootenai Health, performing ultrasound exams and managing the echocardiology department in the Kootenai Heart Center.  I retired in 2018.  I love to spend time in north Idaho’s lovely lakes, forests and mountains, skiing, trail running , hiking and foraging for mushrooms and berries.  I hold the environment and the planet in high regard and believe we all have the responsibility of doing what we can to preserve as much of it as possible for future generations,  My husband, Randy, and I live in Coeur d’Alene and at Priest Lake during the summers at our place in Kalispell Bay. Over the 31 years that we’ve been enjoying the Priest Lake area, I have become aware of the deterioration of the lake’s condition and the health of our surrounding forests.  I am so excited to be involved with SCA and get back to cultivating my true passion of studying and protecting nature, and giving back to the region I have grown to love.

Jon Miller, Secretary

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 Thoroughfare. 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.

Jon Quinn-Hurst

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.

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.

Pam Duquette

Greetings to all concerned SCA enthusiasts: Amy’s presentation at the last Lakes Commission meeting piqued my interest in volunteering my time to help “Keeping the wild in the Selkirk ecosystem.” Now I am a supporting Board member of SCA. Let me introduce myself to you. I have been a Bonner County resident for 40 plus years, initially homesteading 20 acres south of Priest River, then owning a home in Priest River, and now I am a homeowner in Sandpoint. My two children were raised in the area camping, canoeing, and hiking mostly in the lower Selkirk Mountain ecosystem and Priest Lake Watershed. This is still how I enjoy spending my time. Early on I made a living in North Idaho as a partner in a small cooperative independently acquiring reforestation contracts with the USFS and IDL in both Bonner and Boundary County. In the winter I enjoyed supplementing that work as an employee of Schweitzer Mtn Resort. Thinking of better retirement options I went back to school and recently retired from a later in life career change as an educator teaching many grades and subjects and always enjoying the hands on time we spent outdoors. As a retiree I find I have more time to try and give back to the area I love. I am passionate and energetic in my desire to help positively affect change in our environment. I am concerned and alarmed by the way the county is developing the area and the resulting detriment to our waterways and forests. Restoring the health of the lower Priest River is especially important to me. As a board member I would hope to have the opportunity to develop a deeper understanding of local issues, to learn the organization’s inner workings, and support other members/volunteers with environmental causes. Currently as a “citizen scientist” I volunteer with ICL’s newly acquired Lake Pend Oreille water monitoring project (previous years I worked with LPO Water Keepers), this is my 4th year surveying bumble bees with the Pacific NW Bumble Bee project, and I have recently become involved with The Great Old Broads for Wilderness. Retirement is agreeing with me! Thank you, Pam Duquette

Stan Miller

Stan’s academic background includes Undergraduate degrees in Education and Chemistry from CWU and Masters degrees in Environmental Science (Water Quality) and Engineering Management from WSU. His Masters degree research for the Environmental Science degree involved estimating groundwater loading of phosphorus to Liberty Lake. After completing the MS in Environmental Science (1977), Stan went to work at Spokane County on the Spokane Valley Rathdrum Prairie Aquifer.  That program is now Spokane County Water Resources. He worked in that capacity from 1983 until retirement in 2004.     

In 1985 He and his wife procured a leased lot on Cavanaugh Bay at Priest Lake. For the first decade or so due to the pristine nature of the Bay Stan only observed the quality of the lake visually. In 2012 Stan became an Idaho Master Water Steward and began collecting and testing water samples from the lake at their cabin site and in Cougar Creek just upstream from the mouth. In addition to the very limited water quality testing available through the water steward program, visual changes were also noted. First, came attached algae on the logs for the dock about 25 years ago. This coincided roughly with the appearance of 2 cycle engine personal watercraft in the mid 1990’s. Rooted aquatic plants first appeared about 5 years ago. These aquatic plants are still limited to several individual plants along our waterfront.