About Us

Team Members

Nikole Pearson

Nikole Pearson

Chief Executive Officer

Nikole’s best asset is her ability to assemble winning teams of environmental consulting professionals who excecute all project elements at the highest level. Her reputation of producing quality products, on time and within budget, have enabled her to successfully compete with much larger companies.

Nikole has over 15 years of environmental writing, editing, and meeting documentation experience. After working as an Associate Environmental Planner for the State of California, Environmental Protection Agency, Nikole moved to Idaho and, in 2007, launched PSC, a technical writing firm specializing in environmental documentation.

PSC has grown significantly since that time and now operates as a full-service environmental consulting firm. 

Often called, “the little company that could,” PSC is proud to be the only company awarded IDIQ contracts with Regions 1, 4, 5, and 6 of the Forest Service.

Jay Wilhite

Jay Wilhite

Chief Operating Officer

Jay joined Peak Science Communications in 2014 and became a principal in 2017.

Jay brings over 20 years of computer programming and design experience to PSC. His duties at the company include developing and managing SharePoint sites and users for all PSC projects, creating client websites, and developing training. Jay’s speciality is using off-the-shelf software products to create unique and custom solutions. 

Jay was able to combine his technical knowledge with Nikole’s experience in the environmental consulting industry to completely revolutionize how PSC operates. Because he came from outside the environmental consulting industry, he knew that harnessing the power of technology was the only way PSC could compete with the much larger national firms that were–and still are–buying up other small firms and dominating the industry.

And now, Jay teaches other environmental consultants to do the same. 

Kate Palagam

Kate Palagam

Administrative Assistant

Kate provides excellent administrative assistance including processing and evaluating documents. She is well trained to provide social media management and marketing skills and engage to reach the target audience. She also excels at contemplating ideas to form strategic plans and marketing schemes for the business workflow.

Suzanne Acton

Team Member

Suzanne Acton has more than 20 years of writing and editing experience, including 14 years working for the U.S. Forest Service. Suzanne has experience with policy compliance, technical evaluations, field evaluations, award-winning NEPA documents, and implementation. Notable assignments include over 150 NEPA documents, from complex environmental impact statements to categorical exclusions; over $450,000 in grants; and numerous prescribed burn plans.

Deborah Holmes

Team Member

Deborah has over 15 years of professional writing and editing experience specializing in environmental studies and related sciences. She currently provides writing and editing services for a wide variety of clients including individuals, companies, publishers, and non-profit organizations.

Deborah has also served as the managing editor for Environmental Practice, the interdisciplinary journal of the National Association of Environmental Professionals.

Craig Morris

Team Member

Craig has over 31 years of experience working for the Forest Service in the development, amendment, and revision of Forest Plans to meet NFMA requirements. He specializes in facilitating the environmental documentation process from identification of the proposed action through the decision. He leads decision makers and IDTs to a clear understanding of the decisions to be made and the information required to defensibly inform and document those decisions in a highly litigious environment. He tailors the form and level of detail in project management so each person on the team or in management is informed appropriately.

Katherine L. Thompson

Team Member

Katherine is a fisheries biologist with 31 years of experience with the Forest Service. She possesses strong technical, written, and oral communication skills and the ability to work under pressure, meet deadlines for multiple concurrent projects, and manage complex fisheries programs. Experience in use of USDA agency data bases, budget development, project evaluation and implementation, and target reporting.

Brooke McDonald

Team Member

Brooke edits and rewrites environmental documents for organization, content, grammar, consistency, style, and clarity. In addition to her editorial experience, she has 16 years of experience as a field biologist, specializing in avian studies. This combination of skills, along with her degree in soil science, provides her with an exceptional perspective in the editing of natural resource documents.

Kathryn McDonald

Team Member

Kathryn is a technical writer/editor with more than 35 years of experience working on environmental and scientific documents, specializing in water, forestry, and habitat restoration projects. Her skills include editing and rewriting documents for organization, logic, consistency, completeness, and clarity. She has received extensive training in NEPA, the ESA, and other environmental regulations as well as the natural resource areas covered in documents prepared to comply with these regulations. In addition to working on environmental documents, she has prepared fact sheets, newsletters, and other public involvement materials.

Karen Lannom

Team Member

Karen has over 17 years of GIS and Remote Sensing experience working in private, government, and academic sectors. She has a PhD in Forest Science and has worked in a variety of roles utilizing her GIS and remote sensing expertise in natural resources settings. Karen is very proficient with using ArcGIS software for conducting research using GIS analytical techniques, managing geospatial datasets, providing GIS-derived data products to interdisciplinary team members, and generating map products for multiple reports, presentations, and publications. She currently owns her own GIS consulting business where she has created map products for local non-profit organizations.

In addition to having a superior team here at Peak Science Communications, we also frequently team with other industry leaders to provide a unified approach to larger projects. Some of our trusted partners include:

ARH Archaeology and Architectural History

Cultural Resource Management Solutions

ARH Archaeology and Architectural History is a woman-owned, Boise based cultural resource consulting firm founded on over 30 years of cultural resource management experience. They are client-focused and have worked in Idaho since 2014. They have built a reputation for sound technical work, outstanding customer service, and superior relationships with regulatory agencies.

Bison Engineering

Air quality experts serving industry since 1980

Bison Engineering, Inc. (Bison) is an environmental consulting and technical services firm specializing in air quality analysis and measurement. We have worked with industrial facilities and state air quality regulatory agencies in Montana, Idaho, Washington, and Oregon. Bison is currently in the process of establishing an office in the Portland area to help clients comply with the 2018 Cleaner Air Oregon regulations. We have the regulatory knowledge needed to identify all applicable federal, state, tribal and local air quality requirements for NEPA projects.

Chestnut Ridge Forestry

Forestry Consulting

Chestnut Ridge Forestry is a private forestry consultant with 32+ years of Federal contracting experience on over 50 National Forests in 36 states. They have also had several large CFI remeasures and Stand Exams with the Bureau of Indian Affairs and Department of Defense. They hold numerous nationwide contracts, including those for Common Stand Exams, Timber Marking, and FIAs in New Mexico, Arizona, Colorado, and Wyoming. Chestnut Ridge Forestry is committed to quality control and have the equipment and personnel needed for small- or large-scale projects.

InRoads Consulting

One Stop Forest Road Management

InRoads is a leader in road management, working to create a safer and more environmentally-friendly road network. They provide a suite of road-related services including road inventory and assessment, as well as planning and implementing erosion control treatments including road Best Management Practices (BMPs), storm proofing, and road restoration. With more than 15 years’ experience in road management, InRoads utilizes the latest survey and implementation protocols and GIS technologies.  They have developed technical guidelines for road restoration monitoring that are used across the West to identify problems with erosion, revegetation, and/or weeds. InRoads works in collaboration with multiple stakeholders including the Forest Service, local and state governments, as well as private and non-governmental organizations..

Nature's Capital

Ecological Assessment Services

Nature's Capital is an ecological assessment service provider for state and federal agencies, private corporations, and non-profit conservation and management interests.
Their mission is to assist in the maintenance and enhancement of the natural capital found in biological and physical resources.
They provide scientifically sound, high quality ecological inventory and assessment information and management recommendations based on experienced knowledge of ecosystem processes and functions.

Great West Engineering

Comprehensive Engineering and Scientific Services

Great West Engineering provides a broad range of engineering services to Federal and State agencies, Cities, Counties, private entities; and other consultants. Great West Engineering is a 62-person firm with offices in Helena, Billings and Missoula, Montana; and Boise, Idaho that has been serving clients in the western United States for over 30 years with an emphasis on civil engineering, planning, infrastructure, project design, and construction management services. The professional staff offers high-quality consulting services with an emphasis on environmental analysis, transportation design, hydrology and hydraulic engineering, fluvial geomorphology and fisheries, stream restoration design, water and wastewater, low volume road design, legal and topographic surveying, trail design, campground design, recreational facility design, and expert witness and testimony services.


Economics - Finance - Planning

ECONorthwest has worked with a diverse set of clients in the public and private sectors over four decades to address challenges related to forest and natural resource management. We have assisted the Bureau of Land Management and the Forest Service in preparing and revising Resource Management Plans and assessing socioeconomic impacts of adopting new plans and reviewing projects through the NEPA process. Their associate, Richard Haynes, is a retired forest service economist who, during his three-decade tenure with the Forest Service, helped shape the agency’s understanding of and approach to economic analysis of forest management in the Pacific Northwest. Through that role, he has collaborated with economists from other regions to understand forest management issues across geographical contexts.

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