Eric and his wife, Celeste, are recent transplants to the community, having relocated here so that Eric could assume the Executive Director position for the Kaniksu Land Trust in August 2011.
Prior to working for KLT, Eric was the Executive Director for the Genesee Valley Conservancy, a non-profit 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. He also grew the organization from one to four full time staff, and increased recreational opportunities for the public in this rural, agricultural community.
Eric was born in Singapore and raised outside of Philadelphia, 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 is active on several local and regional boards, including the Advisory Board for the Friends of the Pend d’Oreille Trail, the Idaho Coalition of Land Trusts, the Montana Association of Land Trusts, and the Heart of the Rockies Initiative.
Eric and Celeste live in Sandpoint with their two dogs, two cats and chickens. When not working, Eric enjoys taking advantage of all the amazing recreation opportunities in this region.