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.
Vice President 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 HLWA. As an organization, she feels HLWA 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 HLWA 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.