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.
In 1991, Paul was laid off from a wildlife biologist position with the USFS where he was involved with the first full disclosure EIS on the Idaho Panhandle National Forest. This purge of ethical employees was a defining moment and gathered National attention by Audubon Magazine. He then started Bonners Ferry Forest Watch along with a professional consulting business. Paul has a BS in zoology and an MS in Geospatial Analysis. His Capstone project addressed the effects of climate change on Ancient Cedar and Hemlock stands in the Inland Temperate Rainforest where he received an award for academic achievement and creativity. Paul has been a resident of the Selkirk Mountains since 1979 and has been an employee of SCA twice over. He now supports many conservation groups fighting ongoing efforts to log and road areas that should be restored to their native state.
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.