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

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
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

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

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

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

Energy Program 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

Chris Bachman

Wildlife Program Director
Chris Bachman left his position as a middle school science and math teacher to advocate for wildlife. He is a life long environmental advocate and enjoys working with young people building environmental advocates for the future. Chris ... Read More

Jeff Johnson

Community Outreach Coordinator
Jeff Johnson is a born and raised Spokanite with a passion for community engagement and ecology. He received his master’s of public anthropology and critical geographic information systems from Eastern Washington University. Jeff loves taking advantage of ... Read More


Meet Our Board

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

Kendra Barksdale

Originally from Sandpoint Idaho, Kendra grew up spending her time in the Pacific Northwest wilderness. When she is not busy crunching numbers as an accountant, she enjoys skiing, backpacking, climbing, hiking and spending time with her family ... 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

Greg Gordon

Originally from Colorado, Greg spent a lot of time camping as a kid. He moved to Montana in 1989 and have been active in the environmental movement since the 1980s, primarily with local and grassroots campaigns. For ... 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