Board of Directors


Members of The Board of Directors are former residents of Steel House. Steel House Inc. became incorporated in 2008 and now runs Steel House. Steel House Inc. is a 501(c)3 charitable organization and works alongside the University of Idaho Dean of Students office to oversee the residents living in Steel House while they attend the University of Idaho.

The Board of Directors have varying educational degrees from the University of Idaho and offer a wide range of skills from bookkeeping, accounting, taxes, and administration, to web design and news writing. Current residents of Steel House work closely with board members to ensure that the house runs efficiently.


Current Officers of the Board of Directors:

President, Sue Wiley Nesbitt lived in Steel House from 1959 to 1964.  In 1963 she took a year off from classes at the University to participate in the International Farm Youth Exchange Program where she was a delegate from Idaho to Poland.  She received her bachelor’s degree in Home Economics.  She also earned a master’s degree from Washington State University.  After working for the Cooperative Extension Service in Idaho and Oregon for seven years she earned her Ph.D. in Public Administration from the Wagner Graduate School in Public Service at New York University.  She taught at the New School University and was tenured faculty at Saint Joseph’s College of Maine.  She held administrative positions at Saint Joseph’s College of Maine and the University of Connecticut.

Vice-President, Muriel Oaks lived in Steel House from 1961-65 and was president of the house in 1964-65. She graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Medical Technology and worked in that field for 10 years in California, Washington DC, and Pullman, WA. She later earned master’s and doctoral degrees in education from Washington State University and worked at that institution in various administrative positions until retirement in 2010. She now lives in Oldtown, Idaho, where she and her husband manage a tree farm and are members of the Master Forest Stewardship Program sponsored through UI Extension. She has been a member of the Steel House Board of Directors since it was formed in 2009, and has served as secretary and newsletter editor in addition to her current term as vice president.

Secretary, Betty Thiessen Meloy lived in Steel House from 1959-1962 and was President spring semester of 1962. She married N. Douglas Meloy September 1, 1962. They lived at Potlatch until Betty graduated in 1963 with a Home Economics degree in Food & Nutrition and Education & Extension. Betty then attended and graduated from Oregon State University in 1973 with an M.S. in Clothing, Textiles & Related Arts. She worked as a dietitian at Gritman Memorial Hospital, taught high school at Deary, Asotin, WA, Culdesac and Nezperce, and was the extension educator for University of Wyoming in Crook Co., and WSU in Grant/Adams Co. Betty and Doug have one daughter, Michelle, who also lived at Steel House from 1987-1990. They have two grandchildren. Betty retired in 2006 from WSU Extension and moved back to the ranch she grew up on south of Lewiston. She joined the Ethel Steel House Board in May 2009.

Treasurer, Jamie Garlinghouse, lived in Steel House from 2000 to 2005 serving as janitorial manager, secretary and historian. During her fourth year of college, she went on National Student Exchange to the College of Charleston in South Carolina where she lived in a women’s wellness residence hall and interned at The Charleston Museum. Since earning her bachelor’s degree from U of I in psychology and communication studies in 2005, Jamie has worked at her alma mater as a Career Advisor and AmeriCorps Member, a Graduation Specialist in the Office of the Registrar and currently works in Career Services as an Employer Relations Specialist. She recently earned a master’s degree from U of I and enjoys serving residents and alumnae because her Steel House living group experience contributed so much to her social and personal growth as a young woman at U of I.

In 1956, Bookkeeper, Arleen Westfall Pence entered the University of Idaho and lived in Hayes Hall her freshman year. In 1957 she moved into Ethel Steel House until January, 1959, when she married Ned Pence, a major in forestry. Arleen graduated in 1960 with a Business Education degree. Arleen’s first teaching job was in Cle Elum, Washington. In 1966, Ned and Arleen moved back to Moscow, Idaho, to obtain their Master’s degree in each of their fields. By the fall of 1967, Arleen had her first Idaho teaching job in Emmett, Idaho. Arleen and Ned moved several times in Idaho and then 1980 moved to Petersburg, Alaska, for ten years. Arleen has fifteen years of teaching experience, eight years of school administration experience and then eighteen years learning to be a forest technician as well as the business manager for the family forestry consulting business. In 1990, they moved back to Moscow, Idaho, until present pursuing the forestry consulting business. Arleen is currently the Executive Vice President of Idaho Forest Owners Association, the state treasurer for Idaho Women in Timber, and currently on the Board of Directors for Steel House Inc. as well as being a tax preparer for H&R Block. Arleen and Ned have a son and daughter plus seven grandchildren.

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