Eric assumed the Executive Director position of the Kaniksu Land Trust in August, 2011. Since taking the helm, he has increased the staff from two to five full time-positions, and overseen numerous conservation projects. Most importantly, however, is his overseeing of the organizational shift to being much more inclusive to the community by developing innovative programming that has much broader impact to the entire population.
Prior to working for KLT, Eric was the Executive Director for the Genesee Valley Conservancy, a land trust in western New York, where he worked for 14 years. He oversaw the protection of over 9,000 acres of prime farmland and habitat, and increased recreational opportunities for the public in this rural, agricultural community.
Eric was born in Singapore and raised outside of Philadelphia, PA where he spent many hours on horseback, fishing the streams and exploring the woods. It was these experiences that raised his awareness of the importance of natural land and thus led him to a career in land conservation.
Eric has a B.A. in Political Science from the Colorado College, in Colorado Springs. He also completed two years of a graduate studies in Land Use Planning from the State University of New York, Environmental Science and Forestry School in Syracuse, N.Y.
Eric and his wife, Celeste, live in Sandpoint, Idaho with their dogs and chickens. When not working, Eric enjoys taking advantage of all the plentiful recreation opportunities in the region