Meet the Team
My name is Mary Malone and I am the new executive director for the Pend Oreille Conservation District. My initial background was in communications, with a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Idaho and an associate degree in communications from Spokane Falls Community College. After about 6 years in journalism, I decided it was time to change pace and became the executive assistant for the City of Sandpoint, directly under the City Administrator and Mayor. Then in May of 2021, I moved on to do education and outreach for the Pend Oreille County Noxious Weed Board, and immediately began working part of the time with my predecessor at the District, Alex, and quickly fell in love with the environmental and conservation aspects of the position, and everything we have been able to do to help out our local landowners over the years. Alex built the District from one employee to six, and I am excited to continue the amazing work she has been doing!
Education & Administration Coordinator
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I am a dedicated education professional with a local academic background and a passion for public service. I earned a Bachelor's degree in U.S. History and Environmental Policy and later a Master’s in Education both from Gonzaga University, I have continued my passion for education by demonstrating a commitment to academic excellence and a multidisciplinary approach to education throughout the community. My focus is developing and promoting outdoor learning, conservation education and career/technical educational programs. By fostering a connection between students and nature, we can contribute to the holistic development of young individuals and instill a sense of local natural resource stewardship and career development. I envision a future where education goes beyond traditional boundaries, embracing innovative and accessible practices that equip students with the knowledge and tools to thrive in a future filled with unforeseen challenges and uncertainty.
Riparian Program Coordinator
I earned a Bachelor of Science degree with a focus on Environmental Studies from Evergreen State College, where my academic pursuits ignited a profound passion for nature and conservation. As a former field ecologist, I had the privilege of interning with the Washington State Department of Transportation, contributing to significant wetland and riparian habitat conservation projects across the state. These experiences provided invaluable insights into the critical importance of preserving our natural landscapes, especially in disturbed habitats. My passion for exploration and the outdoors has taken me on hiking adventures along the Cascadia crest, from Mt Shasta and the Trinity Alps to the 3 sisters and Mt Rainier. Whether engaging in kayaking and camping during the summer or snowboarding and snowshoeing in the winter, I find solace and inspiration in the natural world's beauty.
Swarnali (Priya) Paul Day
I'm Priya (Swarnali Paul Dey), the stewardship forester with Pend Oreille Conservation District. My commitment to sustainable forest management and environmental conservation has driven both my academic pursuits and professional endeavors. I am genuinely excited about the prospect of contributing to the collective expertise of our team and learning from the residents within the county. I look forward to the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead as we work together toward our shared goals.
Conservation Agriculture Specialist
After earning my Bachelor of Science in Environmental Studies and Sustainability from Michigan State University, I left my home state Michigan and moved to Washington to work for the Pend Oreille Conservation district! I developed a deep love for agriculture while working on a small vegetable farm and continued my interest in agriculture studies while working for a vegetable entomology laboratory. When I’m not working, I enjoy being outdoors hiking, running, or biking!
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