Meet our staff

Adrian Leighton, PhD, Director

Adrian Leighton has been an adviser and instructor of Forestry at Salish Kootenai College since 2003, and the designer of the Bachelor of Science program in Forestry at SKC.

Since 1994, his major interest has been understanding the point of intersection between responsible resource management and the ecology of natural systems.

Off campus, he is a current co-chair of the Intertribal Timber Council Research Sub-Committee and a member of the 3rd Indian Forest Management Assessment Team (IFMAT III).

Craig Cook, Fire Program Manager/Advisor

Craig Cook has worked as an agency trainer for the Department of Interior and has served as a Fire Training Specialist for the Bureau of Indian Affairs since 2005.

He oversaw Smoke Signals, a BIA publication highlighting fire and forestry projects of interest for tribal organizations.

Craig also managed mid-career training programs designed to provide college courses to fire technicians to enhance their career options by providing an educational bridge to professional level jobs.

Nicole Stiffarm, Program Manager

Nicole Stiffarm is the lead program manager in charge of student placements, academic advising, and program compliance. She is an enrolled tribal member of the Chippewa Cree Tribe in Rocky Boy, MT, and a mother of three.

She is a graduate of Salish Kootenai College and holds a Bachelor of Science in Forestry with an emphasis in Forest Management. She currently serves as the Chair for the Intertribal Timber Council Education Committee and served as a Delegate in the inaugural Women’s Forest Congress. She is currently working toward her Masters in Forestry at the University of Montana.

Joshua Rosenau, Program Coordinator

As a program coordinator Joshua Rosenau helps facilitate and update business processes for the center.

He holds a BA in Journalism from Rutgers University. As a specialist in web technologies and communications, he has maintained web sites for the New York Times Company.

Prior to joining SKC TREES, he served as an AmeriCorps VISTA in the Wildlife and Fisheries Program at Salish Kootenai College, where he worked to build capacity to combat and adapt to climate change on the Flathead Nation.