Steve grew up primarily playing in the hills of Marin County, California. His love of water was developed at an early age; fly fishing the rivers and lakes of the Sierra Nevada’s with his family. His passion for architecture, construction, and community development led to his ownership of a Design/Build firm for over 30 year’s, which brought him in close contact with today’s political times. He first moved to Sandpoint in 1993, attracted to the incredible beauty of Lake Pend Oreille and the surrounding region.
Steve founded The Eureka Institute, a non-profit whose mission is to support life-long learning by providing unique educational opportunities. Steve teaches construction skills, primarily to underserved youth, through community service oriented projects. Steve is the owner/developer of the Eureka Center, a 42 acre educational retreat facility that Steve also calls home.
His ability to foster productive communication between diverse community stakeholders from the political and non-profit sectors led to the formation of the Bonner County Area Transportation Team (BCATT), a group originally organized to review local transportation improvements and make recommendations to the Idaho State Department of Transportation. He was also a founding member of the Bonner County Aquatic Invasive Species Task Force, a group comprised of Federal, State, and local officials task with advising the Idaho State Department of Agriculture on aquatic weed control best management practices.
Steve was a founding member of the Lake Pend Oreille WATERKEEPER and has worked with the organization since its inception 10 years ago. He’s continued to pursue his love of fly fishing, loves to hit Schweitzer on a deep powder day, and enjoys a nice round of disk golf!