Our Staff

Stability, Experience, Knowledge and Community Trust


When employees remain with an organization for 21 and 17 years it speaks volumes about passion and investment in the work they love to do each and every single day. INLC is blessed to have that commitment, experience, knowledge and community trust as the foundation of our organization. Our goal as a team is to provide landowners and the community opportunities to preserve and protect our resources for future generations. A headwater, a forest lot, a stream bank, or a place for public enjoyment, this staff works to be collaborative, inclusive, listen deeply and thoughtful in response.  



Dave Schaub

Executive Director


Dave joined INLC as Executive Director in 2017. An outdoorsman with deep ties to Spokane, Dave has the ideal combination of qualifications and experience: conservation, education, and business.


Dave has a BA in Psychology from Swarthmore College and is a 2017 graduate of Leadership Spokane. He was a board member and a past president of the Dishman Hills Conservancy and is a member of the Spokane County Parks Advisory Committee.


Prior to his involvement in conservation work, Dave's professional experience includes owning a green building supply business in Montana and teaching public school in Seattle.


Dave's outdoor experience includes serving as a NOLS Alaska Instructor and hiking the entire Pacific Crest Trail from Mexico to Canada. A proud father of two children, Dave and his wife Heidi spend as much time as they can exploring the beautiful lands and waters of the Inland Northwest on foot, by bike, on skis and by boat throughout the year.

Vicki Egesdal

Program Manager


Vicki joined the land conservancy in 2001 when it was known as the Inland Northwest Land Trust. Previously she was finance director for Spokane AIDS Network. She also was a law office manager for more than 10 years.


Vicki was in charge of all development and communications for Inland Northwest Land Trust from 2001 until 2014 when she became Associate Director and handed off some of those duties to others. She managed INLT’s Family Forests Forever project to conserve private working forests, helped develop the Latah Creek Watershed and Bayview to Hayden Conservation Plans, and ran a campaign to purchase and protect the first parcel at Reardan’s Audubon Lake in 2006. As Program Manager she is once again involved with land protection, community conservation, and communications.

Chris DeForest

Conservation Director


Chris is the Conservation Director of Inland Northwest Land Conservancy. He started out as the executive director of Inland Northwest Land Trust in June 1997 when he was hired as its first full-time employee, and transitioned in 2014 to Conservation Director.


I like helping people protect the lands they love, as working farms and forests and homes for our native wildlife, from hummingbirds to trout to elk and moose, plus wildflowers and native plants.


Chris has an undergraduate degree in economics and an MBA and Master of Forestry degrees from Yale University. Chris also worked on land-use policy and economics at the University of Georgia School of Forest Resources, then on land management issues for the US Forest Service in Walla Walla and Portland OR.


A Seattle native, Chris spends summer vacations at his great-grandfather Henry Hart’s log cabin on Lake Pend Oreille. Chris and his wife and two young sons live in Spokane. They enjoy cross-country skiing on Mt Spokane, the South Perry Farmers Market, and time with family members on the East and West coasts.

Rose Richardson

Conservation & Stewardship Specialist


Rose joined INLC in October 2019 and her work supports the Conservancy's evolving land protection efforts. She monitors protected lands and designs hands-on restoration and volunteer programs to enhance the existing habitats that host our beloved wildlife. 


Growing up in Spokane, Rose has strong ties to the lands of the Inland Northwest and returned to the area after studying and working in western Washington. She earned her BA in Geography from Western Washington University.


Prior to her work with the Conservancy, she was the Stewardship Associate for Whatcom Land Trust in Bellingham, Washington, where she monitored lands, designed restoration projects, and engaged volunteers on the land. Before her work with the land trust community, Rose worked with the NW Region Department of Natural Resources to build trails, do restoration work, and fight wildfires.

Carol Corbin

Philanthropy & Communications Director


Carol joined INLC in February 2020. Although she grew up in Pennsylvania less than a mile from the Appalachian Trail, for the last 12 years she has worked in Spokane for REI, most recently as an outdoor programs coordinator for retail operations. She has also served on the Dishman Hills Conservancy board and volunteered with Evergreen East Mountain Bike Alliance. 


Carol holds a BA in journalism and photography from Andrews University, and MSEd from Southern Adventist University with an emphasis in experiential, place-based outdoor education. After college she spent a year teaching in Guam. 


Carol strives to live an intentional, locally focused life. She is “constantly amazed by the power of the outdoors to transform people” and writes, "I want to help INLC find a very clear, cohesive, and compelling voice in the Spokane community, one that doesn’t just speak to like-minded conservationists, but to the average person."


Spokane and INLC are a perfect fit for Carol and her son, who live near Dishman Hills. Together, they hike, run, bike, build trails, kayak, climb, camp, snowshoe, and snowboard. In addition, Carol has folded over 5,000 paper cranes. Her favorite local areas are Dishman Hills, Mica Peak, Mt. Spokane, and the Little Spokane River Natural Area.

Todd Dunfield

Community Conservation Program Manager



Todd Dunfield joined INLC as the Community Conservation Program Manager in 2018. He is a big trail enthusiast, who can often be found hiking, biking or leading trail maintenance work parties in the greater Spokane area.  Todd has a background in higher education and non-profit management having worked at Gonzaga University for over ten years and serving as the executive director of both Spokane Nordic Ski Association and the North Idaho Centennial Trail Foundation. 


Todd has served on the board of the Spokane Mountaineers, Friends of the Spokane River Centennial Trail, and Washington Trails Association.  He has a BA in History from Gonzaga University and a Master’s in Education from Seattle University.  Todd and his family live in the Millwood area east of downtown near the Spokane River.  As a family, they often recreate on the Centennial Trail, mountain bike through Beacon Hill and Rock Climb at Minniehaha Rocks. 

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