PPF Board of Directors, 2022 







David Hall – President

David Hall earned two bachelor’s degrees at the University of Idaho—one in Computer Science and one in Mathematics—and a master’s degree in Computer Science. His father was a professor of geomorphology at UI, and the earth sciences rubbed off on David. He is retired from the U.S. Forest Service Research Station in Moscow where he programmed simulations of landslides and soil erosion effects following forest fires. David is interested in protecting the remaining native Palouse Prairie, and the region’s groundwater resources. He has been involved with the Palouse Prairie Foundation since its founding in 2004.

Elisabeth Brackney – Vice President

Elisabeth Brackney moved to Moscow 31 years ago to obtain a master’s degree in UI's College of Natural Resources. She worked for the Nez Perce Tribe as a Wetlands Ecologist before retiring. A large part of her work involved native plant identification. She was particularly intrigued by remnants of native prairie, found next to some of the wetlands she assessed. As a board member of the Palouse Prairie Foundation, she hopes to help protect and restore these special ecosystems on the Palouse.

Joan Folwell – Treasurer

Joan Folwell 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.

Shelley Chambers Fox – Secretary

Shelley Chambers-Fox developed her interests in gardening, weeds, and Palouse Prairie when she and her husband moved to their 24-acre farm located between Albion and Colfax. The untillable remnant of a homestead includes a small strip of Palouse Prairie. Through her training as a Master Gardener and what she learns from her involvement with the Palouse Prairie Foundation, Shelley hopes to restore the land to its former diversity and beauty.

Ronnie Hatley – member at large

Ronnie Hatley moved with his family to their farm in Union Flat in 1947. During his school years he helped his father clear the farm of hawthorn "brush" and pines increasing the 215-acre farm’s cropland from 40 to 105 acres. Walking every day up the prairie hillside to fetch the cows to milk, he never saw a wildflower. A lifelong student of Indonesia, he lived and taught 16 years in Indonesia, 18 in Australia, and 14 at WSU and the UI. Everywhere he’s lived, he’s been an active environmentalist. He is now transforming his 100-acre farm into a Palouse Native Plants preserve-restoration-production-research farm. In 2022, besides hosting Wild Palouse Flower Walks up the deer trails at Dogwood Creek Farm, he hopes to popularize Weeding-While-Walking Walks.

Tom Besser – member at large

Tom Besser moved to the Palouse in 1981 and taught and carried out microbio-logical research at WSU’s Veterinary College until his retirement in 2019. In the past ten years, he was introduced to Palouse Prairie from field trips and presentations sponsored by the Palouse Prairie Foundation. Five years ago, with invaluable help of other local prairie enthusiasts, he started a 3.5-acre Palouse Prairie reconstruction project on a section of a former wheat field next to his home. As a board member, Tom is interested in protecting and restoring Palouse Prairie and sharing his enthusiasm for Palouse Prairie with others.