Staff & Board

Staff Members

Laura Anne Wold-Morford

Interim Manager

I have 10 years of experience working in Ice rink facilities, previously for Glacier Ice Rink In Missoula Montana, Manchester Ice Arena in McCall Idaho, and LC Ice Arena in Lewiston, Idaho. I was born in Albuquerque, New Mexico, but spent most of my childhood and teen years in Sandpoint, Idaho. I have a bachelors degree in exercise science from the University of Montana (2009) and a masters degree in recreation from the University of Idaho (2012).  I love coaching and playing hockey, but you will also see me either in the gym weight lifting, or in the mountains snowboarding/hiking/camping or biking. I spend most of my free time with my daughter Lillyann Rose Morford, who was born in 2016. I look forward to buying a house in Moscow soon and raising my daughter in such a great community, and of course helping the Palouse ice Rink reach its long-term goal of having a full size Ice facility.

Jen

Staff
"I'm a huge sports fanatic! There aren't many sports I haven't played or won't play! Still to do: cricket, handball, and pickleball! My favorites: hockey (of course), cycling, rugby, and soccer (although basketball, I love you, too!) I also enjoy working on bikes, currently learning some website design and programming (html, css, php, javascript, etc.), brazing and welding, and ukulele/tenor guitar!

Xavier

Staff
Since moving from my hometown of Edmonton, Alberta at the age of 11, I have spent the vast majority of my waking hours at the Palouse Ice Rink. I love all things hockey and am always happiest when I'm on the ice. I've worked at the Palouse Ice Rink since 2011 and am currently majoring in Pre-Physical Therapy at the University of Idaho.

Storm

Staff
I am a determined and hard working high school student, currently in my sophomore year, and participate in the MHS Environmental Club and the Moscow Bears hockey team. I have high academic standings and enjoy leadership roles and opportunities in school and in the community. I am also an honest individual with a great work ethic.

Yesenia

Staff
Hi! My name is Yesenia and i'm from Yakima, WA. I'm currently studying at WSU. I enjoy watching professional sports, my favorite teams being Liverpool FC and the Seahawks! I love spending my time hiking, with my dog and cats, or painting.

Alexis

Staff
My name is Alexis! I am from McAllen, Texas and have been a competitive ice skater for 12 years. I am a first year student at WSU with a major in Psychology, a learn to skate instructor, and a volunteer for Science on Ice. Go Cougs!

Kelsey

Staff
Hi my name is Kelsey, I am a freshman at WSU majoring in Construction Management. I am from the west side of the mountains but I love the snow. I love traveling to warm places, dogs, and I used to spend all of my time playing competitive softball.
Board Members

Travis Wambeke

Travis Wambeke, an avid NHL and youth hockey fan, joined the board in 2018. He moved to Moscow in 1988 to attend the University of Idaho, where he received his undergraduate and advanced degrees. Travis is a geotechnical engineer/geologist and CEO of GeoProfessional Innovation Corporation, and is active in the design/construction community. His wife, Connie, works in accounting at the University of Idaho, and they are proud to be raising 3 kids in the family-friendly Palouse region.

Jennifer O’Brien

Jennifer grew up in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, and has lived in the Moscow area since 1992. She owns Jen O’Brien Real Estate, and has been an active volunteer in the community, serving on a number of boards. She was one of the original Palouse Ice Rink Board members and also a former team manager for the Palouse Youth Hockey Association while her sons were on the team. Jennifer has a BA in business management from St. Mary’s College, an M.Ed. in counseling and human services and an Ed.S. in school psychology from the University of Idaho.

Tony Mangini

Tony joined the Palouse Ice Rink Board in 2014 and was elected to Vice-President in 2016. Prior to that, he became a customer of the ice rink the second year of its operation, playing ice hockey for the first time at the age of 32. After participating on several committees and seeing the value the rink offers the Palouse, he accepted an invitation to become a full board member. Tony is married with two daughters. He graduated from the University of Idaho and has worked at NRS for 24 years, serving as the CFO and Human Resource Director for 15 years. Tony finished a six-year term as a board member for the Moscow Chamber of Commerce in 2018.

Eric Kiblen

Eric was born and raised in Moscow, Idaho like generations of family before him. He earned his bachelor of arts in finance from the University of Idaho and has been a financial advisor since 1999. He and his wife Kyla have 3 children ages 11, 9, and 5. Their 11-year-old daughter has been involved in the Palouse Youth Hockey Association for 5 years. Eric is an avid outdoorsman and enjoys hunting, golfing, fishing and spends the summer weekends at the family lake home in North Idaho.

Mark McGuire

Mark began playing hockey as an adult and found it a great way to keep in shape in the winter while enjoying the team camaraderie. He coached his son in youth hockey "until he was better than me." He found watching the kids develop and compete was a true joy, so making sure the youth of the area have access to a regulation sheet of ice is a personal goal. Mark hopes the community can build a new facility in the very near future to support the continued growth for all activities at the rink. In his other life, Mark is Director of the Idaho Agricultural Experiment Station at the University of Idaho and conduct research in lactation and nutrition. He enjoys the diversity of agriculture and beauty of Idaho.

Sunil Ramalingam

     Sunil Ramalingam is an Assistant Clinical Professor at the U of I College of Law and oversees the externship and pro bono programs. Prior to joining the college’s faculty he was the university’s Contract Review Officer in the Office of Research and Economic Development where he negotiated grants and contracts for research at the university and also worked on export control issues. Mr. Ramalingam earned his Juris Doctor at the University of Idaho in 1997. For several years he was a solo practitioner in Moscow specializing in criminal defense and was one of Latah County’s public defenders. His professional experience also includes three years as a deputy prosecutor for Nez Perce County and five years as an associate in a small Lewiston law firm. Prior to moving to Idaho, Mr. Ramalingam lived in Malaysia, India, and California, where he completed bachelor degrees at the University of California, Davis and California State University, Sacramento. Before and during his law school years he was a smokejumper for the BLM based out of Boise. He lives in Moscow with his wife and two children.

Brenda Boyko

Treasurer

Brenda Boyko joined the Palouse Ice Rink Board in 2013 after her children started playing youth hockey in Moscow.  She is currently the treasurer of the Palouse Ice Rink Board.  She grew up in Canada (on Vancouver Island) and moved to Moscow in 2000 to join her husband, Derek Pouchnik.  She co-owns Moscow Mountain Sport and Physical Therapy, and works as a physical therapist.  She is active raising her family.  She (and her family) are competitive lumberjacks and travel around Canada and the US during the summers attending competitions.

Steve Bush

Peter Robichaud

Pete is the Founding President of the Palouse Ice Rink and still serves on the Board of Directors. He is an active skater, hockey player and referee. He coached youth hockey for 8 years and co-founded the popular Science on Ice Field Trip for 5th graders which is now in its 11th year. He is also the chief mechanic for the chiller and is constantly tinkering to keep it running. Pete is a scientist with the Forest Service Rocky Mountain Research Station in Moscow.