Staff and Board

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Meet Our Staff

Mike Petersen

Executive Director
Mike Petersen has been Executive Director of the Lands Council for 12 years. Born in Colorado, Mike later met Edward Abbey and was inspired to become an activist. More recently, Mike has worked with three forest coalitions ... Read More

Debbie Boswell

Administrative Director
Debbie has been with The Lands Council since 1991. Bookkeeping and administrative duties keep her busy and she tries to keep the staff happy and the office running smoothly. Debbie is a native of Spokane and is ... Read More

Amanda Parrish

Watershed Program Director
After studying in the biodiverse ecosystems of Ecuador, Amanda completed her undergraduate degree in Environmental Studies at the University of San Francisco, California. She moved to the Inland Northwest to work in forest monitoring with the Coeur ... Read More

Chelsea Updegrove

Development Director
Chelsea has a degree in Community Development and Sustainability with a focus on sustainable food systems from Portland State University. Originally from Montana, and proud of it, Chelsea loves living in the west and tries to take ... Read More

Lindsay Box

Development & Communications Assistant
Lindsay grew up Eureka Springs, Arkansas – deep in the Ozarks in Northwest Arkansas on a farm surrounded by lakes, rivers, and nature. Growing up in such a naturally beautiful environment, she fostered a love for the ... Read More

Kat Hall

Conservation Programs Director
Kat’s lifelong passion revolves around working with people and the natural environment. She is grateful for the many opportunities she’s had, including serving as an agroforestry extension agent in the Peace Corps in Cameroon, West Africa, mentoring ... Read More

Joe Cannon

Beaver Project/Restoration Ecologist
Joe has been a life-long outdoor enthusiast and has cultivated a zeal for the environment and preserving natural areas over the years. He is a native of Florida, where he earned his B.S. in Botany from the ... Read More

Laura Ackerman

Organizer and Oil Policy Director
Laura has worked as an activist/organizer for over 20 years.  She lives and works on her old farm established in 1910, volunteers for other non-profits, and loves spending time outdoors and in nature with husband, kids, and ... Read More

Heidi Montez

Special Projects & Outreach
Heidi is passionate about sustainability and self sufficiency, and strives to be connected to the environment we depend on. She finds joy in living simply, cooking, gardening, foraging (especially for mushrooms), any crafty project, and spending time ... Read More


Meet Our Board

Steve Llewellyn

Steve Llewellyn is a retired attorney, high school teacher, and running coach. Steve and his wife, Mary, who also volunteers at TLC, are avid conservationists and they love to spend time with family and friends as well ... Read More

Tim Sweet

Tim Sweet is President of Clearwater Summit Group, a full service Landscape Design and installation firm, est. 1983. He is an avid hiker, skier, paddler and passionately believes in protecting the remaining wild places on the earth. Read More

Anne Tenold

Anne Tenold works at Vivacity, a subsidiary of Premera Blue Cross Blue Shield, where she strategizes with employers across the nation to improve population health, increase productivity and lower health care costs. In addition to her work ... Read More

Kirsten Angell

Kirsten Angell has spent much of the past decade raising a family with her husband, Ethan, volunteering and enjoying the natural places of Alaska, Oregon and Washington. She earned a Masters of Urban and Regional Planning from ... Read More

Rein Attemann

Rein Attemann is field director for People for Puget Sound. He enjoys hiking, water sports, backcountry skiing, biking for transportation, cooking, traveling, and activating others. Read More

Phil Barto

Phil has spent most of his life in the Pacific Northwest and is an avid outdoorsman. He is a professional civil engineer with extensive background in highway and heavy construction. He says that after he and his ... Read More

Neil Beaver

Neil Beaver has been involved with The Lands Council, in one way or another, since 2001. Even though he now lives in Seattle, he remains an advocate of the Inland Northwest. He has extensive knowledge of Washington ... Read More

Steve Daehlin

Steve Daehlin retired from dentistry in 2007 after having practiced for 30 years in Spokane Valley. Steve’s interests are his grandchildren, backpacking, hiking, snow and water skiing, biking, photography, traveling and gardening. Read More

Dennis Dellwo

Mr. Dellwo is an attorney in Spokane. Dennis served 14 years in the Washington State Legislator as a Representative from the 3rd District. He was then appointed for 12 years as a member of the Growth Management ... Read More

Dr. Jeff Hedge

Dr. Jeff Hedge is a psychiatrist at Inland Psychiatry in Spokane. Jeff has been actively involved in conservation issues most of his life and has written on the interface between mental health and the environment. Read More

Robyn Lewis

Robyn has a Bachelors Degree from Marylhurst College and is a 2013 graduate of Leadership Spokane. She began her banking career 42 years ago with First Interstate Bank, now Wells Fargo, and is currently the Branch Manager ... Read More

Leah Mow

Leah Mow is the art director at Desautel Hege Public Relations and Advertising Agency. Read More

Jerry Pavia

Jerry is a freelance photographer who has lived in Bonners Ferry, Idaho the last 36 years. He worked 11 years in the timber industry before finding his niche in photographing plants, wildlife, and landscapes. He and his ... Read More

Lorie Rambo

Lorie Rambo teaches AP Environmental Science at Lewis and Clark High School. Lorie enjoys hiking with her dogs, backpacking with her husband, barrel racing her horses and gardening. Read More

Debbie Reed

Debbie Reed is a Spokane native with family ties to the Northwest for over 150 yrs. She is the CFO of PacifiCAD Inc. a CADD Consulting and Software business she and her husband Ron started over 20 ... Read More

Dr. Robert Truckner

Dr. Truckner worked for more than ten years with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency as director of human research and as acting branch chief in the environmental health division of the E.P.A. Robert came to Spokane where ... Read More

Chris Brandvold

Chris is co-owner of a software company, Keystone Systems, Inc. which specializes in software for the transportation industry. He is a thirty-four year member of Kiwanis, very involved in the Spokane chapters. Chris and his wife Jan ... Read More