Doug Heckman, President
Doug lives in Moscow with his wife and two boys. He works at Emsi, an economics firm, and helps provide community labor data to clients around the world. He has been the Director of the MFA program at the University of Idaho, and has enjoyed working on other local Boards of Directors, including a stint as President of the Board for the Kenworthy Performing Arts Center. Doug and his family enjoy visiting the PCEI Nature Center, particularly the bicycle pump track, Animals of the Night, and walks to the Artist Studio.
Nancy Nelson, Vice President
Nancy is a second grade teacher at Franklin Elementary in Pullman. She earned her bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Idaho, worked as a reporter for several years and opted to return to school to study education. She earned her Master’s degree from Washington State University in elementary Education and Teaching. She is passionate about conservation and environmental issues and she is looking to bring her reporting and teaching experiences to the PCEI board.
Mark Deming, Treasurer
Mark Deming is a lifelong north-westerner, avid outdoorsman, husband, and father of three rapidly growing kids. He moved to Moscow in 2010 intending to study law at UI, but a temporary position at NRS turned into a career as the company’s Director of Marketing. At NRS, Mark works at the confluence of commerce and conservation and enjoys using his communications skills to help grow a local business while advocating for stewardship of public lands and waters. Beginning in 2016, Mark worked with American Rivers to co-found 5,000 Miles of Wild, a national campaign pushing for new river protections in honor of the 50th anniversary of the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act. In the fall of 2018, he traveled to Washington DC with a coalition of businesses and nonprofits to lobby for land and water conservation. Mark looks forward to working with Tom, the staff and the board to help PCEI fulfill its mission and continue doing great work on the Palouse.
Stephanie Kane, Secretary
Stephanie Kane is an ex-pat from Virginia who migrated to the Palouse for graduate school at Washington State University in 1999. She holds Master’s degrees in both zoology and statistics from WSU and has spent her career at working with data at the intersection of sociology, education, and the environment. In her prior positions, she worked with researchers, stakeholders, and producers in Idaho on issues as varied as the impact of climate change on agriculture in the Pacific Northwest, STEM education in Idaho, and studying invasive plant and animal species in Idaho. Her association with PCEI began in the early 2000’s with her role as a Girl Scout leader of a Moscow troop, participating in Paradise Creek stream cleanup service projects and STEM activities. As a mom, she has visited PCEI for school field trips, Creatures of the Night, and native plant sales. She looks forward to helping PCEI in its mission of conservation, restoration, and environmental education. When not thinking about data, she can be found either gardening or camping and fishing with her husband and son in their Scamp trailer.
Kali Armitage first came to the Palouse-Clearwater area with her grandparents in the 1980s from Southern California. A teenager and high school drop-out at the time, it was her experiences in Orofino as an intern for UI Extension, a Junior Board member for the Clearwater County riding club, and an active participant in 4-H, that gave her the confidence to obtain a GED from LCSC, attend college and graduate from UC Irvine, have a successful career, and be able to give back to the community. During her 25-year career in the San Francisco Bay Area she never forgot the beauty of this region and the people who mentored her and made it all possible. Over the past 10 years she has studied permaculture, became active with her local garden club in California, and transformed her grass covered urban front and back yard into a native plant garden and food forest. After many years working for the University of California, Kali moved to Moscow in 2020 and started a position in the ITS department at the University of Idaho. She looks forward to supporting PCEI as a volunteer and helping to inspire and empower others in their quest for an emotionally and physically healthier life and a more sustainable lifestyle.
Paul moved to Moscow in 2006 to change vocations and earned a graduate degree at the University of Idaho in Environmental Sciences emphasizing stream/riparian ecology and restoration. He then taught in the Environmental Science Program at UI, and had the good fortune to join PCEI on the Paradise Creek Ecosystem Restoration Project helping plant nearly 20,000 riparian plants along the newly day-lighted stream running through campus. Most recently he worked for the Nez Perce Tribe as a watershed restoration project leader. Paul has long recognized the mutual benefits of connecting people, place, and community, and thus is happy to be on board to help PCEI carry out its good work.
Brooke loves the outdoors and is committed to preservation, conservation of free open spaces, and community building. She arrived on the Palouse pregnant in the epic snowfall of 2009 and now enjoys exploring the Palouse with her three wonderful and tough daughters. As a member of the PCEI board, Brooke draws on her knowledge from her degree in Wellness Management, time spent on the Moscow Pathways Commission, Coordinator for Moscow’s Safe Routes to School Program and her husband’s great expertise in pedestrian planning. As a member of the PCEI board she has focused on the creation of signs and maps. She knows maps and signage can help more people know what PCEI has to offer. Brooke was thrilled when Palouse Roots (PCEI’s outdoor preschool) opened so she could take her daughter twice a week to explore the 26 acres of open space at PCEI in the sun, rain, snow and sleet. Brooke is grateful for the opportunity to work and learn with the neat people on the PCEI board and look forward to what they can create together.
Alice learned to love the out of doors growing up in Colorado. After earning a PhD in Biology at Stanford University, she came to the Palouse in 1968, when her husband, Paul, joined the WSU Zoology Dept. He was soon recruited by George Hudson into a team of young faculty and students helping with weed control and other projects on the Hudson property along Rose Creek. Alice and Paul welcomed their daughters from Korea in 1974. After a series of temporary positions, Alice became the first person to hold a half time, tenure track position at WSU. She did research on DNA repair and taught Genetics, developing a laboratory course stressing historical and contemporary techniques, along with data analysis and professional writing. After retiring, she and Paul spent two years driving around Australia focusing on birds and flowers. A long time League of Women Voters member, she then served as president for 8 years. She is also on the board of the Palouse divide Nordic Ski Club and volunteered as a docent for PCEI. She is often outdoors, hiking, skiing or gardening.
Mike grew up on a small vegetable farm in Missouri. It was here that he explored the surrounding forests and creeks, and developed a love for the natural world. After serving in the Army for five years, Mike came back to his exploration of the natural world and earned a degree in biology from William Jewell College. He then went on to receive his PhD in ecology from the University of Georgia. Mike and his family arrived on the Palouse in 2016, where he is an Associate Professor in the Department of Soil and Water Systems at the University of Idaho. His research now focuses on understanding how soil microbial communities relate to ecosystem carbon and nutrient cycling. When he’s not researching soils, Mike enjoys exploring the outdoors with his wife Catherine and their two sons.