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
smooth. Debbie is a native of Spokane and is married with two grown
children, loves to travel, read and relax, especially at Priest Lake.
Her favorite free time is spent sharing good food, conversation and
laughter with family and friends.
Joe Cannon - Beaver Project/ Restoration Ecologist - (509)209-2402
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 University of Florida. In the following years he worked with vegetation identification and other ecology monitoring crews, and completed an AmeriCorps position with wetland restoration. He came directly to Spokane from Corvallis, OR, where he completed an M.S. in Applied Science at Oregon State University in 2009. He has had aspirations of working with beaver for many years, and is eager for the opportunity to work full time with the Beaver Project. In his spare time he enjoys playing drums, cycling, films, and bowling. He also really likes cooking and creating new vegetarian recipes.
Kat Hall- Conservation Programs Director - (509)209-2403
Kat's lifelong passion revolves around working with people and the natural environment. She is grateful for the many opportunities she's had...from studying in Australia to mentoring at-risk youth through trail maintenance and environmental education in Alaska to assisting in Katrina recovery efforts in New Orleans. She holds a B.S. in Natural Resources and a Master's in Environmental Management. A returned Peace Corps Volunteer (Cameroon '94-'98), Kat is passionate about teaching and learning, values community service, and finds peace, joy and spirituality in the natural world. In her free time, Kat can be found sailing and kayaking the lakes of the Inland Northwest, playing and coaching sports, and traveling the world with her life partner.
Jeff attended Southern Illinois University Carbondale. His scientific training included gaining his Masters and Specialists degrees in School Psychology at SIU-C. Jeff moved to Spokane June 2008 to begin his second term on staff with The Lands Council, after spending 15 years with the Ecology Center in Missoula working on forest and wildlife issues. Jeff is the Forest Policy Director at The Lands Council and works to protect and better manage national forest in the Northwest Rockies. In his spare time Jeff enjoys backpacking, skiing, river running, bicycling, Ultimate frisbee and disc golf.
After studying in the biodiverse ecosystems of Ecuador, Amanda completed her undergraduate degree in Environmental Studies at the University of San Francisco, California. She relocated to the Inland Northwest to work in forest monitoring with the Coeur d'Alene Tribe. In 2009 she served The Lands Council as an AmeriCorp member and is thrilled to continue working at TLC revitalizing the Inland Northwest through beaver restoration. In her spare time, in case you were wondering, she enjoys lakes, rivers, oceans, gluten-free baking, hiking, gardening, plant identification, Tapatio hot sauce, and good company.
Mike has been Executive Director of The Lands Council for eight years. Mike is a board member of a number of groups, including the Northwest Washington Forestry Coalition, the Coeur d' Alene Forest Coalition, and Farm Power. He is helping the City of Spokane write their Climate Action Plan and sits on the Spokane Sustainability Task Force. Mike has an MS in Mechanical Engineering from Colorado State and over 30 years in environmental advocacy. Mike has a weekly environmental talk show, Tuesdays at noon on KYRS 92.3 FM.
Matthew West - Community Outreach Coordinator- (509)209-1247
Matt was born and raised in Spokane, graduated from Evergreen State College with a degree emphasis in Environmental and Intercultural Studies. Matt recently returned from four years service in the Peace Corps in Peru. While in Peru, Matt worked on environmental issues, administering various natural resource management campaigns as part of community outreach for protected wildlife areas. He also designed and implemented a first rural waste management system in Peru, now serving community of over 3,000 people in five villages. Matt is happy to be back in Spokane and working for TLC. In his spare time, he is a huge sports fan!
Crystal- Office Dog - K911
It is with heavy hearts that we said farewell to Crystal, Kat Hall's amazing companion and dog, in late August, 2012. Crystal
was part of The Lands Council team for many years – and a major part of
Kat's life for even longer. She brought warmth and fun
into the office each and every day. We'll never forget the sounds of Crystal prancing down the
hallway to greet us in the morning, making her office rounds to say hi
(and check for treats) and being an on-going part of many field
activities and tree plantings. Crystal, you will be forever missed and
remembered! We're positive that Crystal is now running through a beautiful
forest of tall trees – waiting to someday be reunited with her best