Please contact us at SCA@SCAWILD.ORG if you have an interest in serving a three year term on our Board of Directors!
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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!
Let me introduce myself:
I grew up in Cleveland, Ohio but have always been drawn to the outdoors. I always
jumped at the chance to fish and hunt with my father because it gave me the
opportunity to be outdoors and in nature. As I got older and became a parent of two
sons we would spend our vacations white water rafting in West Virginia or canoeing the
Boundary Waters in Minnesota. I never felt like Cleveland was my home and longed to
move somewhere that still had wild places. Then at age 42 I discovered the Inland
Northwest and literally cried when I had to fly back to Ohio. I knew my heart and soul
had found home.
I have lived on Priest River for 20 years now and take that responsibility seriously. My
husband and I are careful to maintain a healthy river bank. We avoid pesticides and
herbicides, garden organically, and keep the river bank natural with native plants and
trees. When the beaver started cutting down our trees we just put fencing around the
ones that are important knowing that it is their home more than ours. Our yard is
teeming with life to include snakes, birds, chipmunks, squirrels, bees and butterflies.
The deer, moose, bear and elk swim across the river occasionally and it remains
exciting to watch.
Therefore, I believe my love of both Priest River and Priest Lake make me an ideal
candidate to help preserve the gifts that we have. I have experienced how most of the
shores on Lake Erie were private and off limits to the people. I experienced the
pollution and development all along its shores. I hope we can do a better job here.
I am a nurse practitioner by trade but retired from private practice 2 years ago. I know
how important it is for many people to be able to get out in nature to improve both their
physical and mental health. I was instrumental in leading “Walk with a Doc” programs
in Sandpoint. I volunteer for KRFY public radio, Priest Lake Nordic, Friends of the
Library in Priest River as well as Idaho Trails Association.
I backpack and hike extensively throughout our region. I enjoy kayaking, rafting, and
cross country skiing.
I would like to help make people more aware of SCA and our mission and the
responsibility we all have to preserve our natural resources through education and
awareness. I look forward to getting to know other members.
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.
- Owner Operator of Inland Northwest Fishing Guides(INFG)- INFG is an Outfitting business centered around fly fishing for trout in the Inland Northwest. Its primary bodies of water on which it operates are the Columbia, Kettle, Priest, Kootenai and Clark Fork Rivers.
- Manager of the Calispel Duck Club- The Calispel Duck Club is the oldest hunting club in Washington state, located in Usk Wa. It is a 1800 acre privately owned property that contains Calispel Lake(800 acre) and has been described by former Washington Dep. of Fish and Wildlife District 1 Wildlife Biologist Dana Base as “The most significant wetland in Northeast Washington…A National Wildlife Refuge caliber property that remains privately owned.” Wildlife/habitat management, enhancement and restoration are constant efforts on the property.
- Seattle City Light Fisheries Consultant- As a consultant for SCL’s Fisheries Dept., I assist in the collection of data for studies conducted relating to trout and collaborate on the methodology related to obtaining this data.
- Awarded 2018 Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife(WDFW) Volunteer of the Year for participation in the Moose Demographic Project. Contact Jame Goerz (406)552-3487 firstname.lastname@example.org
- 2018-9 assisted in capturing and monitoring whitetail deer for the WDFW Predator Prey Project. Contact WDFW Wildlife Bio. Melia Devivo (509)795-4421 Melia.Devivo@dfw.wa.gov
- 2019 location monitoring whitetail deer for University of Washington Phd. graduate project. Contact Taylor Renee Ganz (509)381-9047
- 2019-present Tagging Gerard Rainbow trout for Idaho Department of Fish and Game(IDFG) Angler Science Program. Contact IDFG Fisheries Biologist Matt Corsi (208)790-6710 email@example.com
- 2021 Received Landowner Stewardship Grant from the Pend Oreille County Conservation District for the removal of 10 acres of Reed Canary Grass on Calispel Lake. Contact Alex Case-Cohen (509)671-5085 firstname.lastname@example.org
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. If selected, 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.