PALOUSE HABITAT BOARD OF DIRECTORS
2018 Board members from left to right: Kathy Slinker, Mick Nazerali, Doug Arlt, Cathy Blood, Lisa Uhlenkott, Jason Smith, Connie Hall, Jason Noble, Jennifer Ewers, Dave Ostrom. Future members not pictured.
Palouse Habitat for Humanity has a community-based, volunteer board of directors. The current Palouse Habitat Board of Directors includes community members from business, faith, and service organizations.
The board meets once a month. Standing committees are Construction, Development, Faith Relations, Homeowner Selection, Homeowner Support and Site Selection.
Palouse Habitat for Humanity is an independent organization that is overseen by a board of directors and governed by its own policies. If you have a complaint, please contact us to discuss the issue or concern.
If you believe your concern cannot be adequately addressed or resolved by the affiliate, or if your concern relates to Palouse Habitat for Humanity leadership (board president or executive director), notify Habitat for Humanity International by following the process outlined on Habitat.org.
2021 Board Members
Cathy Blood, Board President
Cathy Blood is a city girl who now lives on a farm on the rolling hills of the Palouse. She has been married to her amazing husband, Casey Blood, for over 20 years now. Cathy and Casey have two adult children, Darrick and Lyssa. Cathy has been working at WSU for 14 years at the School of Food Science.
Jennifer Trout, Board Vice President
Jennifer Trout is a Palouse native, currently living in Troy, ID with her husband and their three children. In 2010, she graduated from the University of Idaho with a degree in journalism and thus started a career in healthcare. She has been the marketing and admissions coordinator at Aspen Park of Cascadia for over five years.
Jennifer first started with the Palouse Habitat for Humanity in 2018 when she signed her Aspen team for work at the Potlatch build site. Inspired by the values of Habitat for Humanity, she has continued to join the build sites and aims to be an instrumental part in spreading its mission to the Palouse community. Jennifer has served on the Board of Directors since November 2019.
Mick Nazerali has served on the board since 2011.
He has lived in Pullman for over 30 years and has managed, owned and operated several commercial properties. He is familiar with the university and surrounding communities to give clients professional knowledge of the real estate market. He has over 20 years experience in commercial, investment and residential properties. His philosophy is to provide excellent service to his clients by applying his experience, negotiating skills, knowledge, and expert marketing services to benefit both buyers and sellers.
Connie Hall, Board Secretary
Connie J. Hall has served on the Board of Directors since 2014. She was born, raised and educated in Moscow, graduating from the U of I in 1969. She taught at the secondary level for 40 years in courses including Drawing/Painting/Textiles/Ceramics, in Social Studies/US History/World History/US Government, Political Science 101, coached academic competition teams and taught Extended Learning Internships for the gifted programs. She also worked as a field supervisor for the US Census Bureau, a Glacier Hotel cook, and manager of the Habitat Surplus Sales. She currently does field supervision of U of I student teachers, sells her handmade greeting cards and works on many projects for P.E.O., Moscow Rotary and the First United Methodist Church. She has enjoyed working with Habitat for several years fundraising for Beans and Jeans, volunteer refinishing projects, family selection and currently she serves as secretary to the Board.
Jason Smith, Board Treasurer
Jason has been the Treasurer for Palouse Habitat for Humanity since January 2016. Jason was raised on the Palouse and graduated from Troy High School. He left the area for college but moved back to the Palouse because of our great community. Jason is a licensed CPA at Presnell Gage. He and his wife Amy are new homeowners in Moscow and enjoy helping local families achieve home ownership for themselves. Jason is excited and honored to serve as the Treasurer for Palouse Habitat for Humanity.
Steve and his wife, Debbie, moved to Moscow in 2013 after Steve retired from 31 years at The Boeing Company. Steve lived in Seattle for 45 years and held leadership positions in the companies where he worked, including Boeing. He joined our Board in October 2021. They have sons in Pullman, Washington and Portland, Oregon.
Shortly after graduating from high school in the Chicago area, Steve travelled for almost 3 years throughout Europe and the Middle East where he went “last class” and learned about cultures and languages at street level.
Steve earned his B.S. in Aeronautics from St. Louis University and later earned a FAA certification as an Airframe & Powerplant mechanic and from the FCC, a 1st Class Radio Telephone with Radar endorsement certificate.
In 2015, Steve and his sister joined a Habitat Global Village team to build homes for people in Cape Town, South Africa who were displaced by Apartheid. He was moved by the experience of a country giving back what was wrongly taken away.
Steve has been a member of Rotary International since 2006. He served as club president of the Rotary Club of Moscow during 2014-2015 and since 2017 has been club treasurer.
His interests are hiking, photography and helping others with computer hardware and software issues.
Jason Noble has served on the Board of Directors since February of 2018.
Jason is an Vice President for Wells Fargo Bank in Moscow and is dedicated to helping others set and achieve financial goals. Jason grew up in north Idaho and moved to the Troy area 13 years ago. He has been in banking and finance for over 20 years and spends his free time helping others and enjoying the Idaho outdoors with his family,
Jason believes the little things we do today can make a big difference in someone's life.
Dave Ostrom worked for Washington State University for 37 years in Information Technology and retired in October, 2008, as the Director of Communication and Network Services.
Dave first volunteered for Palouse Habitat for Humanity in January, 2011, and became its Safety Officer in February, 2012. He joined the Board of Directors in September, 2012 and in June, 2017 he assumed the role of Project Manager for Palouse Habitat for Humanity home builds. As of March, 2020, he has been with 9 of the 19 Palouse Habitat for Humanity home builds from start to finish.
Dave is the official photographer for Palouse Habitat for Humanity home builds and you will see some on his work on Instagram and in the Palouse Habitat for Humanity newsletters. Dave’s hobby is also photography and he has traveled to 39 different countries in pursuit of opportunities for wildlife and/or travel photography.
Nancy was raised in a small logging mill town on the Southern Oregon Coast. Her dad owned a logging company and her mom was very involved in their community.
Over the years Nancy has owned and operated several businesses while keeping involved in the different communities she has lived in. Some of the civic & volunteer organizations she has been associated with: Rotary International, Lions Club, Junior Achievement, Special Olympics, City of Moscow Parks and Recreation Commission, HOPE Center, and several others over the years. She is married to Owen Tribble who retired from the USCG. They moved to Moscow in 2008 and she been selling real estate for RE/MAX Connections since 2009,
Nancy has worked on several Habitat builds and has served on the Board of Directors since May of 2019.
Lisa Uhlenkott joined the Palouse Habitat for Humanity Board in October 2017. She is passionate about the community and the incredible work Habitat for Humanity does for individuals and families.
Lisa is a native of Idaho and has lived in Pullman since 2003 and has always had an active role in the community. She has a special devotion for non-profit organizations in the Palouse. She was the president of the Pullman United Way Board and has worked as a committee member and chair of the Pullman Cabaret event and was actively involved in the Pullman Lentil Festival.
In 1998 she graduated from the University of Idaho with a B.S. degree in Agricultural Economics. After graduation she proceeded to work as an agriculture loan officer for the Northwest Farm Credit Services in their offices located in Missoula, MT, Spokane WA and Colfax WA. In 2006 Lisa began working for Zions Bank in Moscow as a commercial/agricultural loan officer and in 2013 she began working for Washington Trust Bank in Moscow, Idaho where she currently works as an agricultural/commercial relationship manager. Lisa enjoys working with her customers located in the quad cities area.
Lisa has been married to her husband Ted Uhlenkott since 2001 and they are raising 2 children Mikayla and Kolby in Pullman, WA.
Barb is a mother of 15 children and Grammy to 15 grandchildren. She joined the Board in October 2021. She lives in Latah County and has worked for 32 years in Whitman County in Child Welfare. She has firsthand seen the blessing of a Habitat home in a family’s life and the number of children they were able to serve due to having the home. She is excited to be a part of the board and learn all the aspects of Habitat for Humanity. Her dream one day would be to go to an International site and assist with a home. Her interest is in working with families that Habitat serves and supporting the board and all committees in any way possible.
Erin E. Tomlin is an attorney and partner at Westberg, Roepke, Moore PLLC. She is licensed in Idaho and Washington. She joined our Board in October 2021.
She graduated from the University of Idaho College of Law in 2012 with emphases in Native American Law and Appropriate Dispute Resolution. Prior to attending law school, she received her Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Idaho in History and volunteered as a Court Appointed Special Advocate for children in need of care.
In 2017 Erin was the keynote speaker at the University of Idaho Katy Benoit Safety Forum and she was the 2017 University of Idaho Women’s Center Virginia Wolf Service Award recipient for community service regarding issues of domestic violence and gender equality.
She is the former Prosecuting Attorney for the City of Moscow and has taught consistently at the University of Idaho College of Law as an adjunct instructor. She currently serves on the editorial board for the Idaho State Bar monthly publication, The Advocate; is a licensed mediator on the Idaho Supreme Court roster of civil and family law mediators; and is on the Moscow Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center’s Board of Directors.
Erin’s current practice is devoted to Estate Planning and Guardianships and Conservatorships.
She loves to raft on Idaho’s rivers with her husband, three sons, and two dogs.