Board of Directors:
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’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.
Amy Anderson, Executive Director
My name is Amy Anderson and I am more than a little ecstatic to be joining the Selkirk Conservation Alliance TEAM working to “keep the wild in the Selkirk ecosystem”! Let me tell you a little about myself and how I came to be a member of the SCA TEAM! I was born and raised on a small working farm in southeastern Iowa. In addition to corn fields our family farm contained meandering pastures and was bordered by dense woodlands with many clean flowing streams and lakes. These beautiful natural areas contained an abundance of wildlife both plant and animal that my brothers and I came to know and love as family. I am blessed to be able to say that my early childhood was surrounded by wildlife, nature and water. I was taught to have a deep and profound love and respect for the creatures and systems that sustain us all. These early teachings underpinned my desire to study ecology & conservation biology, wildlife biology and rangeland ecology in the Pacific Northwest, University of Idaho Moscow. After graduating from UI in 2008 I began working for the Upper Columbia United Tribes (UCUT); Wildlife Monitoring and Evaluation Program (UWMEP). This work included working with The Coeur d’Alene Tribe, the Kalispell Tribe of Indians, the Kootenai Tribe of Idaho, the Spokane Tribe of Indians and the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation collecting, documenting and analyzing, primary ecological data in pristine and altered habitat types to be used as base reference data for future reservation restoration purposes. Through this work with the Tribes I developed a love of and became very familiar with the flora, fauna and ecosystems of the Pacific Northwest. In addition, I also developed a deeper understanding and respect for Tribal nations and the work the Tribes are doing (especially in the PNW) to protect and restore our precious natural resources and functioning ecosystems. I was also privileged to work for the Coeur d’Alene Tribe’s Natural Resources Departments, Environmental Programs Office as an Environmental Planner working on a spectrum of projects and programs, from establishing a Tribal facilities recycling program to developing a CdA Tribe Wetland Program Plan for the CdA Reservation. Through my work with the Coeur d’Alene Tribe I also became very familiar with many of the state, federal and local/regional laws, regulations and protocols governing agencies responsible for protecting public land, water and air. I was responsible for reviewing and commenting on various county, state, Tribal and non-Tribal programs, plans, special uses, variances, permits, proposed activities, LUDC’s, Comprehensive Plans, SEPA and NEPA compliance documents (EA’s, EIS’s, FONSI,s) etc. working (watchdogging) to ensure compliance with Tribal natural resource management plans as well as state and federal environmental laws. I moved on from the CdA Tribe but continued fighting for public land, air, water and wildlife as the Environmental Programs Director for Kootenai Environmental Alliance (KEA) in Coeur d’Alene Idaho. As the Environmental Program’s Director (and often time sole employee) I wore many, many hats for the organization. Some of these hats included; management of the Coeur d’Alene Lake Waterkeeper program overseeing and facilitating Waterkeeper educational outreach and community engagement efforts in addition to the Waterkeeper citizen science water quality monitoring program. I was the principal program developer, manager, fundraiser and grant writer for the organization researching, developing and managing all KEA projects and programs. This work also included extensive outreach, collaboration and cooperation with partnering entities, agencies and stakeholders which included state and federal agencies, local governments and municipalities, community members Tribal Governments, local youth/students, NGO’s, business owners, school districts, clubs and local organizations and others. I truly believe that environmental conservation and restoration is and must be a collective effort by all community members (and their respective families, businesses, organizations, agencies etc.). Only by working together can we tackle the immensity of the task before us, conserving and protecting land, air and WATER for generations to come. I have lived in the Pacific Northwest for 23 years and am familiar with many of the environmental, social and political issues that plague the region’s air, water, land and wildlife. I am proud and honored to roll up my sleeves and get to work for this amazing organization that has been fighting diligently for natural resources conservation and protection in the southern Selkirk’s for the last 30 years! I hope to work closely with the SCA Board and local community and put my skill set to work fighting to further the SCA mission to “engage the public in southern Selkirk resource and land management issues through cooperation, scientific inquiry, education and economic diversification” and to “keep the wild in the Selkirk ecosystem” for generations to come!
Jennae Pegg, Office Administrator
My name is Jennae and I am so excited to be a part of such an amazing organization such as SCA! I
moved to Spokane from Ketchikan Alaska four years ago and have been working in the medical field
until I heard about the administration position and couldn’t apply fast enough. I loved working in
medical however I really wanted to do more to help, make a change, and be a part of something that I
believe in; Selkirk Conservation Alliance is exactly that.
I grew up in an off-the-grid cabin in Montana, outside of a small logging town, a lot like Priest River and
have always loved being outdoors camping, hiking and exploring. As an adult, not a lot has changed
other then I now get to keep my 3 kiddos entertained on hikes, so we practice plant identification and
their uses, foraging, rock/mineral identification and geo caching.
Before life got busy, I volunteered as a mentor at The Boys and Girls Club, spent time as a guardian ad
litem for abused and neglected children, was involved with the meals on wheels program and worked
with the local animal shelter. Being a part of the amazing things that the SCA does, brings back that
feeling of purpose that my other jobs just weren’t fulfilling anymore.
I’m ecstatic for this new journey and I look forward to, not only what I have to bring to this organization,
but also all the incredible knowledge and experience I will gain through it!