President Geoff Harvey is a long time resident of the Inland Northwest. He was trained as a biologist and chemist. After a career in basic biological research, he turned these scientific skills to environmental consulting and work in water quality assessment and waste remediation. He has resided on Hayden Lake’s south shore for over twenty years. He is a founding member of the Hayden Lake Watershed Association Inc. and served a four year term as one of the first directors of the Hayden Lake Watershed Improvement District. In retirement he has authored four books, one of these on Hayden Lake.
Jan Wilkins joined the Board of the HLWA after spending 30 years as a volunteer public servant in her native Colorado. She is the 2020 recipient of the John Litz Award for outstanding leadership in the Jefferson County Open Space Program. During her tenure she led efforts to preserve the historic Clear Creek Canyon just west of Denver. She was Campaign Chairman of “Save Open Space,” an initiative that gained 72% of the public’s support for the purchase of 20,000 additional acres of Open Space. She retired as the Vice-Chair of the Jeffco Open Space Advisory Committee in 2013. As a newcomer to Hayden Lake in 2017 she quickly recognized that weed infestations, shoreline erosion, poorly planned development, and competing recreational uses all put pressures on the watershed that will require continuing and active oversight.
Treasurer Barb Neal has been a resident of north Idaho since 1977 and has lived on Hayden Lake since 2005. As a lifelong volunteer, Barb feels privileged to sit on the board of the HLWAI. As an organization, she feels HLWAI must be a watchdog and insist on enforcement of current county, state and federal regulations, not only to maintain but improve water quality standards and to also protect against irresponsible development. Barb believes in education for property owners and projects that support the Hayden Lake Restoration Plan so that generations to come, may responsibly enjoy a healthy Hayden Lake. Barb was a district finance trainer during her 34 years at the USPS and was recently elected as the HLWAI Treasurer. She has been a board member since 2009.
Digital Communications Officer Will Neal is a longtime resident of North Idaho and is retired after 40 years in the timber industry. His career began in the woods above the St. Maries and St. Joe rivers; moved into mills in the surrounding area as a lumber grader and later a quality control supervisor; and ended as an optimization specialist for Idaho Forest Group. He brings an understanding of sustainable forestry practices to the table. Will and his wife Barb have resided on the Upper Hayden Lake Road since 2005. They have a passion for preservation of the land and water resources that make our inland northwest home a treasure unlike any other.
Board Member Gil Rossner and his wife Rita have lived for 20 years on Hayden Lake at the Sportsman Park area. Living on the north arm of the lake, they are concerned about invasive weeds and the conditions that foster them. Gil retired in 2017 from a career in sales. This has given him time to “give back” to the community with activities like board membership on the HLWAI. Gil and Rita enjoy spending time on the lake. They are often one of the last diehard families to winterize their boat! Gil is an avid waterfowler, putting him on various North Idaho lakes and rivers during the fall and winter months as well.
Chris is a Hayden Lake native, born and raised on English Point. He enjoyed swimming and fishing in Hayden Lake as a child and remembers it with clean, clear water and a lot less weeds! After spending some time in the Seattle area he returned in 2010 to raise his family in Coeur d’Alene and work as a commercial real estate developer and manager. He and his wife Sara and their sons Jameson and Jasper enjoy spending time at a family cabin on Cramps bay. Chris is proud to support the HLWA as their secretary and webmaster.
She and her husband ‘Pat’ moved back to Spokane shortly after they were married in the late 1960’s. It was then that they bought the house they are now living in from the estate of Pat’s grandfather so they could spend their summers, with their children, on Hayden Lake. In the 1990’s they found themselves ‘empty nesters’ with not enough energy to keep up 2 homes. The Hayden Lake property was the more beautiful piece of land so it was not a hard choice to decide which house to keep. As the grandchildren came along it has been a wonderful place to have them spend the summers – thus their devotion to keeping Hayden Lake the pristine, beautiful lake that it is.