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
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
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
Melody Youker, Case Manager
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
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
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.