About The Board & Staff

We conduct education, outreach and stewardship activities to preserve the rugged, scenic and biologically diverse 88,000 acre Scotchman Peaks Roadless Area.  We believe the Scotchman Peaks deserve congressional designation as Wilderness for the benefit and enjoyment of current and future generations.

Our board and staff and key volunteers are concerned residents of North Idaho, Western Montana, and Eastern Washington committed to the protecting and preserving the Wilderness character of the Scotchman Peaks. We want to make sure that this special place stays the same, not only for us but for the benefit of future generations.

Below the biographies of our Board of Directors, additional staff, and key volunteers, you’ll find our Non-Discrimination Policy.


Board Members

Doug Ferrell

Doug Ferrell

Chairman and Montana Outreach Director

Doug graduated from Brown University in 1972, and moved to Montana soon after. He is a home designer, happily married with two sons, who also love to hike and camp. He served as President of the Montana Wilderness Association’s governing council in 2011 and 2012.

Doug has been working to protect roadless areas on the Kootenai National Forest for over 40 years.

Contact: (406) 827-4341   Doug@ScotchmanPeaks.org

Jacob Styer

Jacob Styer

Treasurer

Jacob graduated from Idaho State University in 2002 with a double major in Accounting and Finance. After completing his CPA requirements in 2003 he moved to Sandpoint to work for Coldwater Creek’s tax department. He is currently a CPA at Williams & Parsons. Jacob has lived in Idaho since 1990 and loves calling it home.

Jacob takes advantage of the outdoors mostly in the form of hiking, biking, and climbing but hasn’t really found anything not to enjoy yet. He is active in the community and has been associated with many other local non-profit organizations such as the Panhandle Animal Shelter, Pend Oreille Pedalers, Team Laughing Dog, Sandpoint Bike to Work Week, Bonner County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue, Greater Sandpoint Chamber of Commerce, and the Festival at Sandpoint.

Contact: (828) 989-8095   Jacob@ScotchmanPeaks.org

Carol Jenkins

Carol Jenkins

Secretary

Carol has a BS and MS in nursing, and is retired from a 24 year career including nursing education and administration. Carol is a volunteer Red Cross instructor certified to teach Wilderness First Aid to our volunteers. She is past President of the Kinnikinnick Chapter of the Idaho Native Plant Society and is past chair of its conservation committee.

In September 2009 Tri-State Water Quality Council selected Carol for the “Watershed Warrior” award for her work on behalf of water resources in northern Idaho. In March 2010 the Idaho Business Review named Carol as one of it’s “Businesswomen of the Year”.

“After a full career and supporting my husband and daughter through graduate programs in the environmental sciences, climbing Scotchman Peak was a highlight and milestone in my life, as those who were with me can testify!”

Contact: (208) 265-9204   Carol@ScotchmanPeaks.org

Neil Wimberley

Neil Wimberley

Hope/Clark Fork Outreach Director

Neil was born in Alabama in 1947. He graduated from medical school in 1973, and practiced pulmonary medicine for 25 years on the Gulf Coast in Mobile, Alabama.

In addition to FSPW, he enjoys hiking and has previously served on the Conservation Committee of the Kinnikinnick Chapter of the Idaho Native Plant Society, as well as the board of the Sandpoint Chapter of the Ice Age Institute, and the Advisory Board of Bonner General Hospital.

“We have been fortunate to come to live in an incredibly beautiful part of our country. Many of the wild places we grew up in as children and took for granted back East no longer exist today. They have been clear cut, and drained, and paved with asphalt and concrete. This is our last and only chance to save our special wild places in the West.”

Contact: (208) 264-5379   Neil@ScotchmanPeaks.org

Will Valentine

Will Valentine

Board Member / Friends List Coordinator

On retiring from the energy industry in 2004, Will moved to Idaho from Qatar.Concluding that “conservation” fitted his personality, he joined FSPW. In addition he volunteers at the Bonner County Historical Society three days a week and is a former volunteer fireman. Will is active with the Bottle Bay Sewer District and its Facility Expansion,
all designed to protect the water quality in Lake Pend Oreille.

Contact: (208) 255-1114   Will@ScotchmanPeaks.org

Mollie

Mollie Kieran

Board Member

Living in both Libby and Troy Montana while enjoying the beauty of both the Lolo and Kootenai National Forests, Mollie has been a long time supporter of Wilderness. She has been and continues to be a Montana business woman as a Real Estate Broker doing transactions throughout all of Montana.

She is a former member of the Montana Wilderness Association’s State Council, previously served on the board for the Thompson Chain of Lakes Association, is currently a member of both the Troy and Libby Chambers of Commerce, the Lincoln County Tourism Bureau, the Montana Association of Realtors as well as the Northwest Montana Association of Realtors and the Lincoln County Board of Realtors.

In 2012, the Montana Wilderness Association presented Mollie with their Brass Lantern award for commitment to working for Wilderness and responsible management of our public lands.

Contact: (406) 293-2934   Molly@MollyMontana.com

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Gene Reckin

Board member

Gene was born in 1954 in San Diego and spent 15 life-changing summers in Yosemite and Lassen Volcanic National Parks.  He attended the University of Montana and earned degrees in Wildlife Biology and Botany as well as his teaching credential.  Gene taught science, primarily biology, chemistry and research, in Libby Public Schools for 35 years and retired in 2015.  He and his wife, Nora, raised their two daughters in Libby, exploring local wildlands and much of the west.   Gene has special interests in environmental education and the stewardship of America’s best idea, public lands.   He spends as much of his “spare time” as possible exploring new places in his hiking boots or in a canoe, bird watching, building furniture, hunting, and gardening.

Gene joined the board in April of 2017. He has also been a volunteer instructor with the Winter Tracks program and contributor to Voices In The Wilderness.

Contact:   gnreckin@gmail.com

Staff

Phil Hough

Phil Hough

Executive Director

Phil graduated from Colby College in 1981 with a BA in English Literature. After 20+ years in Hotel/Hospitality management, organizing and directing staff, assisting with sales and marketing and coordinating events and conventions, Phil moved to Sagle, Idaho in 2002.

Phil is a founding board member of the Idaho Trails Association, as well as a past president of the American Long Distance Hikers West Assoc (ALDHA-WEST), a past president of the Kinnikinnick Chapter of the Idaho Native Plant Society, and the former chair of the Bonner County Aquatic Invasive Species Task Force. His love of the wilderness has led him to thru-hike the entire Appalachian Trail, Continental Divide Trail and the Pacific Crest trail (twice) as well as to paddle the length of the Yukon river, among many other shorter trips to most of the corners of our continent. During the summer months Phil has lead back-country trips for the Galena Ridge School for troubled teens.

In May 2007 Phil was awarded the Idaho Conservation League’s highest award for environmental activism for his work on the proposed Scotchman Peaks Wilderness Area, and in May 2009 he received the Brass Lantern Award from the Montana Wilderness Association for his outstanding leadership of the Friends Of Scotchman Peaks Wilderness.Phil is shown here with his better half and hiking partner, Deb Hunsicker.

Contact: (208) 946-9127   Phil@ScotchmanPeaks.org

Sandy Compton

Sandy Compton

Program Coordinator

Mitchell “Sandy” Compton’s maternal grandparents settled in Montana’s Clark Fork valley near the Idaho border and just southeast Scotchman Peak in 1917. He resides on a part of their old farm still.

He is a writer, editor and print designer who has published eight books and hundreds of essays, columns, magazine articles and photos, most having to do with exploring, travel, adventure and the out-of-doors. He has helped the Friends of Scotchman peaks produce collateral materials including booklets, tabloids and maps.

As owner of Blue Creek Press, he assists others in moving from conception to reality with writing, editing, design and printing expertise.Sandy attended elementary school in Heron and graduated from Sandpoint High School in 1969. The Blue Creek Press office is in the room in which he learned to read in the old Heron Elementary School.

In 2016, Montana Wilderness Association honored Sandy for his work to preserve Wilderness, both on the job and as a volunteer, with their Brass Lantern Award.

Sandy has been hiking in the Scotchman Peaks since he was old enough to walk without parental assistance into the upper East Fork of Blue Creek.

Contact: (208) 290-1281   Sandy@ScotchmanPeaks.org

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Britta Mireley

Assistant Program Coordinator

Britta Mireley grew up in the Black Hills of South Dakota and Wyoming and has been on the slopes since she was 3 years old. She’s skied all over the Western United States and Austria. She graduated from the University of Wyoming in 2008 with a B.S. in Marketing and in 2013 from The George Washington University with her Masters in Tourism Administration with a concentration in Sustainable Destination Management. The coursework was geared toward sustainability from both an environmental and financial perspective. Britta has worked in tourism at the state level, spent 5 years working in historic downtown revitalization and community development in Wyoming and has dabbled in databases and blogging.

Britta, her husband and their two shelter cats moved to North Idaho from Colorado in 2015 in search of fewer crowds on the ski slopes and more trees in general and haven’t regretted the decision for a second. One clear day at the top of the Great Escape Quad, and the Mireleys were hooked. Britta can’t get enough fresh air whether she’s hiking, skiing, camping, or gardening. The cats can’t get enough North Idaho bird watching. When she’s not enjoying the great outdoors, Britta can be found trying to keep up with their family’s newest addition.

Contact:   britta@scotchmanpeaks.org

Jen Stone Kreiner

Sanders County Outreach Coodinator

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She resides in Thompson Falls, Montana with her family and feels very lucky to explore her backyard — northwest Montana. She is an avid hiker, backpacker and x-country skier. With all of the demands of daily life, it is comforting to know that balance is always found at the top of the mountain.

Jen will work at outreach and volunteer coordination in Sanders County.

Contact:   jen@scotchmanpeaks.org

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Ann Gassmann

Lincoln County Outreach Coordinator

Ann Gassmann was born and raised in Helena, MT. She’s a fourth generation Montanan who is relatively new to this corner of Montana but has lived in most of the rest of Montana’s corners and the state’s many climates and terrains. Ann moved to Libby with her husband and children two years ago. She is eager to spend time in the outdoors; may it be hiking, running, gardening, or late evening campfires.

Ann keeps busy volunteering at the Libby elementary school, raising golden retrievers, and exploring the surrounding area.  She is looking forward to making a difference, in a small part of our beautiful country, working to preserve the mountains and wilderness that she hopes her children can always enjoy.

Ann is pleased to be Lincoln County Outreach Coordinator, meeting new people, learning the ins-and-outs of the Scotchman Peaks, and share her love of wild places.

 

Contact: 406-475-2847   annie@scotchmanpeaks.org

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Sam Olson

2017 Back Country Ranger/Outreach Intern.

Born in the salmon-country of northwest Oregon, Sam moved to Missoula Montana last year to explore family history and gain a better understanding of the landscapes his family came from. At the University of Montana for Creative Writing and Wilderness Studies, Sam is learning ways to share his love of those landscapes as they change and change him. During a field course for the Wilderness Studies program, he hiked into the East Fork of Blue Creek on a trash cleanup mission with the Friends of Scotchman Peaks. Having family from the Cabinet region, Sam became curious about the surrounding mountains and rivers. He’s especially excited to learn about the Scotchman Peaks, to share what’s he’s learned, and for the opportunity to give words to the land.

Sam’s duties include back country and trail patrol, trail maintenance and repair with the Cabinet Ranger District trail crew as well as with the FSPW trail volunteers, and participation in outreach events such as Libby Logger Days and the Bonner County Fair. Sam will be with FSPW from May 22 until August 23.

Contact:   sam@scotchmanpeaks.org

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Mary Franzel

Mountain Goat Education Coordinator

Mary has lived outside of Clark Fork for over 10 years with her 2 horses & 2 dogs, appropriately looking up at Goat Mountain. Originally from Minnesota, choosing Clark Fork was strongly influenced by the proposed Scotchman wilderness. Drawn to wilderness since the late 70’s when she began backpacking in the Wind River Wilderness in WY, she’s been involved with conservation issues since high school.

Attending St. Olaf College & graduating from the University of Minnesota with a BS in Animal Science she went on to get her RN. She worked in various hospital settings from ICU to a traumatic brain injury unit. She is a former board member of an animal shelter and was a cruelty investigator for the state of MN for 15 years. She bred both Friesian & Appaloosa horses, farmed 82 acres & also bred German Shepherds & Mini Dachshunds. Now she’s retired & volunteers with numerous organizations locally. Anything that keeps her outside with a 4-legged companion is high on her priority list.

Contact:   mary@scotchmanpeaks.org

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Tyler Chisholm

Winter Program Coordinator

Note: Tyler has gone back to work for the summer at North Cascades National Park managing the Visitor Center. But we hope she will return next winter as our Winter Program Coordinator. You can help this happen by donating to the “Bring Tyler Back” fund. Just write “Bring Tyler Back” in the “In Honor Of” name block at the bottom of the donation page.

Although Tyler grew up in the flatlands of Indiana, she spent her summers visiting her family here in North Idaho, thoroughly developing her love for the mountains. Her fascination for the natural world brought her to Purdue University where she graduated with B. S. in Geology & Geophysics. After substitute teaching in her hometown for a while, she packed up and moved to Bellingham, Wash., where she attended Western Washington University for graduate school. Through this program, Tyler had the opportunity to spend a full year in residency teaching environmental education at North Cascades Institute’s Environmental Learning Center in the heart of North Cascades National Park Service Complex. While focusing mainly on environmental education, her program also included instruction in non-profit administration.

Tyler’s own interests and side-job as a preschool teacher lead her to focus on early childhood environmental education and in the fall of 2016 she assisted in opening the Madrona Nature School in Bellingham, Wash., based on her graduate capstone project. After graduating from Western Washington University with a Masters of Education in Environmental Education and a Northwest Naturalist Certificate, Tyler began her journey as a seasonal interpretive park ranger at North Cascades National Park. After three summer seasons in the North Cascades, the mountains feel like a second home. Tyler is excited to spend this winter season working with Friends of Scotchman Peaks Wilderness!

Contact:   info@scotchmanpeaks.org

Volunteer Staff

Ann Wimberley

Ann Wimberley

Editor of Peak Experience, the newsletter of FSPW

Ann moved to Hope, Idaho in 2003, after retiring from the practice of internal medicine in Mobile, Al.

An Idaho Master Gardener, she is also active in the Kinninnick chapter of the Idaho Native Plant Society, Idaho Master Naturalists and the Sandpoint chapter of the Ice Age Floods Institute. She enjoys hiking and snowshoeing, especially in the Cabinet Mountains behind her home.

Contact: (208) 264-5379   Ann@ScotchmanPeaks.org

Jim Mellen

Jim Mellen

Merchandise Manager

Jim was born in Washington DC in 1948 and raised in Northern Virginia. After attending college for four years (business admin/economics) and four years in the Air Force (electronics), he moved to Sandpoint in 1975.

Recently retired, Jim worked for Encoder Products Co since 1978 as an electronics technician, applications engineer, quality assurance manager and manufacturing engineer. He and his wife Sandii spend as much time as possible hiking, backpacking, skiing, snowshoeing, snowboarding and snapping pictures in the mountains.

Contact: (208) 265-5261   Jim@ScotchmanPeaks.org

Trisha Miller

Trisha Miller

Webmaster

Trisha has been deeply involved in technology for the past 25 years, primarily in the Telecommunications and Travel industries. She discovered Web Development and Graphic Design in early 2003 and now works primarily as a Webmaster for over 40 different websites.

In her spare time she blogs on travel and technology issues.Trisha volunteers her time to maintain the website for the Friends of Scotchman Peaks Wilderness.

Contact:   Trisha@ScotchmanPeaks.org

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Celeste Boatwright Grace

Volunteer newsletter designer

In addition to being a large animal veterinarian, Celeste is a great hike leader, trail worker and the layout artist who makes our newsletter, Peak Experience, pretty. Celeste has been one of our premier volunteers since moving her with her husband Eric, director of the Kaniksu Land Trust.

Contact:   celestebgrace@gmail.com

Friends of Scotchman Peaks Wilderness Non-Discrimination Policy:

The Friends of Scotchman Peaks Wilderness believes that equal opportunity is important for the continuing success of our organization and that organizational performance is greatly enhanced when people with different backgrounds and perspectives are engaged in the Friends of Scotchman Peaks Wilderness activities and decision-making. The Friends of Scotchman Peaks Wilderness intends to comply fully with all state, federal, county and municipal laws as interpreted and applied by the courts which preclude negative discrimination because of race, disability, color, creed, religion, gender, age, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, citizenship, military status, or any other protected classification. The Friends of Scotchman Peaks Wilderness defines "negative discrimination" to include, though not necessarily limited to, the denial of services, employment or volunteer opportunities to any class of individuals in a manner that negatively restricts opportunities to that class of individuals. This policy applies to all activities of the Friends of Scotchman Peaks Wilderness including, but not limited to, employment, selection of volunteers, grant making, purchasing and selection of vendors or consultants.