PPF Board of Directors 2021 

David Hall – President

David’s interest in native plants and ecosystems was spurred by his time attending college in Hawai’i. Upon his return to the Palouse he became involved with founding the Palouse Prairie Foundation. He also serves on the board of the Paradise Ridge Defense Coalition and is active in local water issues. David lives east of Moscow in Latah County.

Elisabeth Brackney – Vice President

Elisabeth moved to the Palouse 30 years ago. Before retiring, Elisabeth worked for the Nez Perce Tribe as a Wetlands Ecologist. A large part of her work involved native plant identification. She was particularly intrigued by remnants of native prairie she would find next to some of the wetlands she assessed. As a board member, she helps protect and restore these special ecosystems on the Palouse. Elisabeth lives in Moscow.

Joan Folwell – Treasurer

Joan moved to the Palouse in 1968 from the prairies of Illinois. She is trained as a zoologist and is an enthusiastic, but undisciplined and naive, gardener. She lives north of Pullman on 20 acres. Since 2005, she and her husband, Ray, have been involved in a prairie restoration on what had been a wheat farm for nearly 100 years. She also actively participates in the preservation of prairie remnants in Whitman County.

Kim Sarff – Secretary

Kim has lived in the Palouse for more than 30 years. Her home is near a Palouse Prairie remnant on Paradise Ridge, where she initially learned the value of this ecosystem. She worked at Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories (SEL) for 25 years in many administrative roles, including the beginning of their Engineering Services division with five employees, which now has hundreds of employees and a world-wide reach. At the time of her departure from SEL, she supervised a team of technical editors. In 2020, Kim served on the board as a member-at-large for PPF and hopes to see the organization grow.

Shelley Chambers Fox

Shelley has taught for the College of Pharmacy at WSU and served on the Pullman Regional Hospital governing board. When the College of Pharmacy moved to Spokane in 2013 she returned to the practice of pharmacy and presently works part time as a pharmacist consultant in skilled nursing facilities. She trained as a master gardener in 2018 and continues to be active with the Whitman County group. She is the League of Women Voters observer for the Whitman County Planning Commission. She and her husband own 24 acres located between Albion and Colfax that include a small strip of Palouse Prairie.