MARTIN HALL JUVENILE DETENTION STAFF



Robert Palmquist, Program Administrator
509.299.1400 ext. 1408
Robert came on board on November 29, 2010. He is a career public servant. In February 1982 he joined the Federal Bureau of Prisons as a Correctional Officer at the United States Penitentiary in Lompoc, California.  For the next 27 years, Robert worked in positions of increasing responsibility including Paralegal, Executive Assistant, Jail Administrator, Associate Warden, and Chief of Security Technology. He served as Warden at the Federal Detention Center in Seattle, WA from July 2003 through September 2009.  Robert was responsible for the daily operation of a $100 million facility, 240 staff, 1,000 inmates and an operating budget of $25 million.  He earned both his Bachelor's and  Master's degrees in Criminal Justice from the Washington State University in Pullman, Washington.  Robert has had extensive training in Emergency Management, Leadership, Federal Budgetary Policies, Science and Technology, Executive Communication and Leading Change. He is currently a Music Minister and a Youth Minister at St. Mary Presentation Catholic Church in Deer Park, Washington.  In September 2009 Robert received the Washington State University Alumni Achievement Award for Exceptional Public Service.

Nathan Conard, Chief of Corrections
509.299.1400 ext. 1404
Nathan began his employment with Martin Hall Juvenile Detention on July 2, 2010. Prior to joining the Martin Hall team, he served in the US Army's 101st ABN Division as an Infantry Rifle Team Leader. While in the Army, he also held the following positions: Rifleman, Assistant Machine Gunner, Machine Gunner, and Radio Telephone Operator. Nathan left active duty service holding the rank of Corporal. Upon Honorable Discharge from the Army, he helped manage many construction operations for his family's construction company in Spokane, WA while pursuing his degree. He earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Criminal Justice with a Minor in Management and an emphasis in Security Management from the American Military University. Nathan received specialized training in leadership and management from the United States Army at the Non Commissioned Officer's Academy in Ft. Campbell, KY; these include the Primary Leadership Development Course and the Advanced Leaders Course. He has advanced training in First Aid, focusing on combat trauma, and graduated with honors from the Army's Pre-Ranger course and the Air Assault School, which specializes in helicopter operations as well as advanced repelling techniques.  Outside of the Army, Nathan has attended suicide prevention courses and American Red Cross First Aid training.  He has a strong passion to aid in the development and guidance of today's youth in order to prepare them for a life of success.  Nathan is currently a Staff Sergeant in the US Army Reserve.  He's a Senior ROTC Cadet instructor and prepares custom and specialized courses of education for up to 1,000 cadets at a time, while supervising the development of Junior Instructors.  In his spare time, Nathan enjoys fishing, hunting, hiking, backpacking, snow skiing, snow shoeing and all outdoor activities.

Neal Perkins, Supervisor
509.299.1400 ext. 1401
Neal joined CCCS on November 22, 2000.  He previously worked in Juvenile Corrections prior to coming on board.  Neal also worked as an electrician's apprentice, a part time auto mechanic, and did electric motor repairs and rewinds.  He completed the Washington State Juvenile Corrections Academy in 2001, attended the Stanley Lock Smith Seminar, and also a seminar for Manager and Supervisor Training.  He was honored to receive the 2008 Pete Graves Award from CCCS.  Neal coaches and assists the Spokane North Little League.  During the summer, he and his family enjoy heading to the lake for swimming, boating, fishing, and trail riding on motored vehicles.

Suzanne Keeling, Shift Supervisor
509.299.1400 ext. 1401
Suzanne has been employed with CCCS since November 1999. Prior to that, she was employed with Sister's of Providence as a cook in a retirement facility. She received her schooling in Anchorage, AK, where she was born and raised.  Suzanne relocated to Spokane, WA in 1979 and has been a resident ever since.

Mark Boyer, Shift Supervisor
509.299.1400 ext. 1401
Mark originally started at Martin Hall in November 2005 as a JCO and worked in that position until July 2006.  He re-joined Martin Hall on August 15, 2011 as a Shift Leader and was then promoted to Shift Supervisor. Prior to that, he managed a Benjamin Moore Store in Sammamish, Washington for 4 years. Mark is currently working towards his Bachelor's in Criminal Justice at Eastern Washington University - Spokane.

Jason Bremner, Shift Leader
509.299.1400
Jason has been with CCCS since July 22, 2006. He previously worked in Parking Enforcement at Eastern Washington University (EWU) and in Electronic Monitoring at the Spokane Juvenile Detention. Jason holds a Bachelor of Social Work degree from EWU. He has gone through "Gang Training" and is an avid fan of the Cougars at Washington State University.

Melody Youker, Case Manager
509.299.1446
Melody started with CCCS in September 2000.  She has an extensive background working in other correctional facilities that include Brown Stone, Eleanor Chase House, and Turner House and she did her internship for Spokane County Juvenile Diversion Unit.  She received a Bachelor's degree in Sociology with an emphasis in Criminal Justice from Montana State University located in Bozeman, Montana.  She has taken special training in Level of Service, Mental Health and Behavioral Management.

Heidi O'Cain, Registered Nurse
509.299.1446
Heidi joined Martin Hall in November 2010. She was raised in Western Montana and moved to Spokane, WA in 1988. Heidi graduated as a Registered Nurse from North Idaho College/Lewis Clark State University, and has spent the majority of her career in Long-Term Care, Geriatrics and Pediatrics. Before coming to Martin Hall, she managed and developed programs for a non-profit Adult Day Health Center in Spokane. Heidi is a certified CPR instructor. In her spare time, she enjoys hunting, camping, and good hockey.

Larry Gardner, Principal, Alternative School Programs
509.299.1421
Larry has been employed with North East Educational Service District 101, Spokane, WA since 1991. He has been involved with Martin Hall School since it opened in November 1999. Previously, Larry taught Middle School/High School English in Montana for five years; served as the School Psychologist in Sandpoint, ID and Spokane, WA for seven years; and has been the Principal of Alternative School Programs for the past twelve years. He has earned the following: BA, Secondary Education from the University of Montana - Missoula; M.Ed., Special Education from Idaho State University; Ed.S., School Psychology from Idaho State University; and Principal Certification from Eastern Washington University. Larry was born in Great Falls, Montana; he lived in Montana for about 30 years.

This page was last updated on 10/02/13.

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