Meet The Foundation

Riverside State Park Foundation operates with the oversight of the foundation board. All board members are volunteers and willfully donate their time and expertise because of their love for Riverside.

Ben Baird


Ben is the Director of Outdoor Programming and Assistant Manager of Youth Development at West Central Community Center. Ben is an avid fly fisherman and he finds himself wading the Spokane River during most of his free time. Growing up in Spokane near the park, Ben has enjoyed recreating and exploring all that the park offers for many years. His passion is to promote outdoor education so that children of all ages can learn something new every time they enter the Park.

Jeff Williams

Vice President

Jeff has been on the Foundation Board for 16 years and a supporter and user of the ORV area. He is the president of Spokane 4 Wheelers, VP of CJ’s Only and VP Region 7 of the PNW Four Wheel Drive Association. Jeff is interested in developing a new campground that can be used for multi-day events and overflow from Bowl & Pitcher.

Ken Carmichael


Ken spends many hours horseback riding and boating in the park. Since his property adjoins the park his daily access is a way of life. Ken is a founding member of RSPF and has been a key contributor in representing the equestrian interests and facilities in the park. Ken is also involved with Friends of Mt. Spokane State Park, Lake Spokane Association and Back Country Horsemen of Washington.

John Beck


John has been on the board of the Riverside State Park Foundation since 2002 and has served as Secretary since 2013. A Professor of Economics at Gonzaga University and a member of the Eastern Washington Orienteering Club, he has been orienteering in Riverside State Park since 1989.

Stephen Baran

Steve is a retired middle school Science and Computer teacher. He’s active in hang gliding, kayaking the Little Spokane River and camping in Washington State Parks. Steve is a strong advocate of public land accessibility for multiple recreational uses and a strong supporter of setting aside natural areas for more limited human use.

Mike Brixey

Mike is a founding member of RSPF and past President. For over 20 years, Mike has been involved in numerous trail projects and has been an advocate for keeping Park trails as multi-use. He served as the Eastern Washington representative for the International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA) and was instrumental in having IMBA’s Trail Care Crew visit Spokane to teach sustainable trail maintenance and construction techniques.

Mike’s favorite part of Riverside State Park is the Deep Creek/Pine Bluff area. He enjoys its special character of basalt cliffs, serene forests and dramatic views.

Amy Calkins

Amy is a local Paralegal outdoors woman, and artist. Amy grew up on the Spokane River in Nine Mile Falls and spent much of her young life exploring the woods (the Park) around her home. Now, as an adult, Amy still calls Riverside her home. She enjoys Fly Fishing the Spokane River and many of our local lakes and, in the winter, you can find Amy snowshoeing and exploring our regions many winter wonderlands with her beloved dogs. In the summer she loves to backpack, hike, camp and general exploration of our natural places. In addition to her work with RSPF, Amy volunteers at many local charity arts events such as Beyond Pink. Amy hopes that her service on the Board will help her educate generations, new and old, on what a wonderful and valuable place Riverside State Park is.

Angela Garcea

Angela is a Human Resource professional, currently with a local Credit Union. She enjoys participating in fun runs around town, hiking to see majestic views, and exploring nearby lakes on kayak. What she loves most about Riverside State Park is the variety of trails and terrain it has to offer for running. Also, she believes hiking through the park in the thick of winter is the best! She is excited to assist with the foundation’s commitment to educating youth about what our wonderful State Parks have to offer.

Ron Hall

A Spokane resident since 1991, Ron Hall first discovered Riverside State Park by canoeing the Little Spokane with friends. A lifetime hiker and trekker, Ron – a Google Street View photographer and all around “Google Geek” – enjoys using the trails at Riverside and documenting them for the public with Google Street View and interactive web mapping tools.

Lou Haymond

Lou is a retired principal who lives near the park.  For more than 25 years, he’s ridden, hiked, and paddled throughout this natural treasure.  His favorite bike route takes him on a nine-mile loop with some of the most beautiful forest, river, and geological scenery our region has to offer.

Caren Hubbard

Caren has been on the board since 2002 and has been a key contributor to the Foundation with her numerous board and committee positions. She is a Human Resource Manager for a local Construction Company. Caren loves to paddle the Little Spokane River watching the wildlife along the banks of the water. This amazingly serene ecosystem is her way to relax and recharge.

Gino Lisiecki

Gino is a long time supporter of Riverside State Park and the Foundation. He is a co-owner of Round & Round Productions which manages sporting events like the 24-hour race and the Wednesday night sunset mountain bike series.

Sally Lodato

Sally is an Author/ Speaker and retired Store Manager of REI. She has enjoyed all aspects of the park including biking, running, horseback riding, paddling and camping. She has bike commuted through the park for over 17 years. Sally also serves on the Spokane Park Board.

Scott Mailheau

Scott is a local advertising professional that brings a fresh approach to the digital side of the Foundation’s mission. He enjoys traveling, snowboarding, hiking and just about everything else outside. Originally from Kailua, Hawaii, Scott came to Spokane to attend Gonzaga and fell in love with the Inland Northwest.

John Schwartz

The view from his front porch is of Riverside State Park and the Spokane River, allowing for emotional and mental relaxation when not canoeing or fishing in the park. 23 years of employment on the sales floor of Mountain Gear has provided emotional attachment to our outside world as well as generating many like-minded friends. This experience also helps in inventory acquisition for the Swinging Bridge Store at the parks Bowl & Pitcher campground.






The Riverside State Park Foundation’s Board of Directors is a dynamic group of volunteers that exists to Educate, Engage, and Sustain on behalf of our beloved Riverside State Park.

If you would like more information or have questions about the Board or the Foundation, please email us at info.rspf@gmail. We would love to hear from you!

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