Board of Trustees
IJNR’s Board of Trustees establishes policies and provides strategic oversight and guidance for the organization. The board meets annually and holds informal conference calls quarterly. Members serve staggered, three-year terms to ensure continuity of leadership.
Frank Edward Allen, Chair (Missoula, Montana)
Frank spent 14 years at The Wall Street Journal as a writer and columnist, a features editor, a bureau chief and the paper’s first environment editor. Earlier he also reported and shaped news coverage about the economy and the environment for the Eugene Register-Guard, The Associated Press, the Tucson Daily Citizen, The Minneapolis Star andReuters News Service. In 1994, he left The Wall Street Journal to become a full-time professor and dean of the University of Montana’s School of Journalism, where he created expedition-style learning programs for journalists that evolved into IJNR. He is principal author of “Matching the Scenery: Journalism’s Duty to the North American West”.
Pam Rockland, Vice Chair (Columbia, MD)
Pam is a nonprofit professional with over three decades of successful management and fundraising experience. She served as the first development director for IJNR from 1995-2003, and helped Frank build IJNR’s financial stability by establishing key relationships with numerous foundation and corporate funders and nonprofit leaders. Since leaving IJNR in 2003, Pam has served as Vice President of Development for the American Forest Foundation and KaBOOM!, Development Officer at Susan G. Komen for the Cure, and since 2011 has been Director of Development Operations at Enterprise Community Partners, an affordable housing nonprofit in Columbia, MD. Born and raised in New Jersey, Pam has spent the last 35 years working and living in the DC/Maryland area. When not in NYC every chance she gets to visit her now-grown daughters, Pam can be found in her back yard gardening, at the gym, practicing yoga, cooking her favorite seafood dishes or glued to the news.
Mary G. Hager, Treasurer (Falls Church, Virginia)
Mary is a versatile freelance writer who retired from Newsweek magazine after a long, productive career as a Washington-based correspondent and contributing editor. Since 1978, she has reported extensively on issues of science, medicine and the environment. Her more recent work includes commission reports to the President and Congress on arthritis and epilepsy. Her writing received considerable recognition over the years, including the Balance in Journalism Award of the National Environmental Development Association, the Page One Award of the New York Newspaper Guild, and the Searle Award of the American Medical Writers Association.
In 1997, she was a member of the U.S. Delegation to the U.S./Japan Common Agenda Conference on Environmental Education. In 2000, she traveled to Southeast Asia as a Senator John Heinz Fellow in Environmental Reporting. She serves on the board of directors of the National Research Center for Women & Families.
Chris Siegler, Trustee (Missoula, Montana)
Chris was in management positions in healthcare and telecommunications before becoming a Financial Advisor with Merrill Lynch, a position from which he recently retired. He has been active in the Missoula community, serving on the Board and as Board President of the YMCA, The United Way, Missoula Youth Homes, Partnership For Children, Missoula Food Bank and the Valleys Preservation Council. Chris and his wife Jeannie met while Peace Corps volunteers in Sierra Leone, West Africa. They have two sons — one a former IJNR Fellow of Energy Country — and two grandchildren. He graduated from Notre Dame and has a master’s degree in public administration from the University of Montana.
Steve Dolberg, Trustee (Ajijic, Jalisco, Mexico)
From 1995 through 2012, Steve was the sole owner and chief executive officer of Majestic Homes, Inc., a manufactured and modular housing dealer in Billings, Montana. In 2013 he sold a half interest in the business and retired from active participation in it. Prior to that he was a corporate lawyer in New York, the District of Columbia and Los Angeles, specializing in mergers and acquisitions and corporate finance. He earned his undergraduate degree from Harvard and his law degree from Stanford. Since retiring, Steve has spent much of his time in charitable and other volunteer activities and traveling to wild places where he has engaged in his passion for wildlife photography.
Dave Spratt, Trustee (Ann Arbor, Michigan)
Dave is IJNR’s current CEO. Please see his bio on the Staff page, here.
Sara Shipley Hiles, Trustee (Columbia, Missouri)
Sara Shipley Hiles is an Assistant Professor at the Missouri School of Journalism. She began her journalism career at The Times-Picayune in New Orleans while still a student at Loyola University, and later worked as a reporter at the Statesman-Journal in Salem, Ore., the Courier-Journal in Louisville, Ky., and the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Her freelance work has been published in The Christian Science Monitor,The Boston Globe, Mother Jones and other publications. She is co-author of a book on Hurricane Katrina and New Orleans. Sara has taught at Western Kentucky University and Bowling Green State University in Ohio. She received her master’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri. She lives in Columbia with her husband and son and enjoys cycling, cooking and reading.
Peter Annin, Trustee (Ashland, Wisconsin)
Peter Annin is Co-Director of Northland College’s Freshwater Innovation Center, which is dedicated to understanding and solving issues related to fresh water. Prior to joining Northland College in 2015, Annin served as managing direct of the Environmental Change Initiative at the University of Notre Dame for five years, and spent a decade as Associate Director of the Institute for Journalism and Natural Resources. A veteran conflict and environmental journalist, Annin spent more than 10 years reporting on a wide variety of issues for Newsweek, including the bombing of the federal building in Oklahoma City and the Branch Davidian standoff outside Waco, Texas. He spent many years writing about the environment as well, including droughts in the Southwest, hurricanes in the Southeast, wind power on the Great Plains, forest fires in the mountain West, recovery efforts on the Great Lakes, and the causes and consequences of the "dead zone" in the Gulf of Mexico.
Wayne Watkinson, Trustee (Washington D.C.)
Wayne Watkinson is a partner at Watkinson Miller PLLC, where he devotes the majority of his practice to corporations and associations involved in agriculture and agribusiness. He has particular expertise in commodity promotion and marketing issues. For almost two decades, he has worked with the dairy and beef industries to develop and implement their successful commodity promotion and research programs. Furthermore, he has counseled several other commodity groups on the establishment of similar programs, including honey, mushrooms, soybeans, fluid milk, watermelons, and peanuts. Mr. Watkinson also maintains an administrative law practice. He represents clients in the areas of technology transfer, technology commercialization, health care issues, the Freedom of Information Act, and patent and trademark law.
Ron Wakimoto, Trustee (Missoula, MT)
Dr. Ronald H. Wakimoto is an Emeritus Professor of Forestry at The University of Montana, Missoula and one of the nation's premier wildfire scientists. He received his B.S. in Forestry and M.S. and Ph.D. in Wildland Resource Science from the University of California at Berkeley. He began his faculty career at Cal-Berkeley in 1976 and has been at The University of Montana since 1982 teaching and conducting research in wildland fire management. He teaches academic courses in wildland fire management, fuel management and fire ecology. Dr. Wakimoto has conducted research on the social acceptability of fuel management treatments, smoke quality and quantity from smoldering combustion, fire fighter safety, crown fire spread and the fire ecology of the Northern Mixed Prairie.