2023 Board Members

Friends Board Members for 2023 include:

President – Rebecca Flock

Vice President –  Michael Ciscell

Treasurer – Becky Hanson

Secretary – Tricia Matthews

Board Members:

  Bob Christensen

  Rex Hanson



     The Friends of Deer Flat Wildlife Refuge support the Deer Flat National Wildlife Refuge and its programs in cooperation with the USFWS, advocating for the lands under Refuge management and for educational and restoration programs. The Friends envision the Refuge as a destination for visitors from around the Treasure Valley as well as from across the country and the world.

     The Friends Board is dedicated to upholding the Friends Mission which is:

To promote, protect and provide resources to preserve and enhance Deer Flat National Wildlife Refuge for the enjoyment of present and future generations.

Vice President

Michael Ciscell is a Master Naturalist and Speaker Coordinator for the chapter the last four years. He is also involved in developing the Rotary Wetland Peace Preserve in Boise and started "Learning Peace"--a camp for kids, at the Hispanic Cultural Center.

Board Member

Bob has a BS & MS degree in Zoology. He is a retired biologist but continues to enjoy his interests by volunteering at Deer Flat National Wildlife Refuge. He has been a member of the Friends of Deer Flat group since its beginning and was the treasurer for 7 years and president for 4 years.


Becky is a 3rd generation Idahoan and graduated from the College of Idaho with a BA in Music (Piano). She was an oil industry "trailing spouse" and music teacher in Sudan, the UK, Nigeria, Vietnam, Thailand, China, and Pittsburgh. Becky is also a Master Naturalist.


Tricia Matthews is also a longtime Friends member, past president, vice president and treasurer, and has overseen the pollinator garden, memberships and nature store. She is also active in the Master Naturalist Chapter at Deer Flat National Wildlife Refuge

Board Member

Rex is a Master Naturalist (class of 2017) and volunteers at Deer Flat NWR. He enjoys learning about technology and helps to set up and maintain the Deer Flat weather station and osprey camera internet links.

Rebecca Flock

Rebecca is originally from the Treasure Valley and holds a BS in Biochemistry and an MS in Environmental Chemistry. Her research interests include surface water quality with an emphasis on harmful algal blooms. She has been a chemistry professor at a local college since 2010.