New Signcutters – March 2013

Two new signcutter certifications were issued at the March 2013 Trainers session in Boise, Idaho.


Annie Pillers Awarded JHPTS “Sign Cutter” Certification – 2013

Annie joined Palouse/Clearwater Search and Rescue in 1990 and began learning her tracking skills working with the North Idaho Trackers group. Annie attended Joel’s tracking classes as a UTS student, advancing to Journeyman in the JHPTS program in 2004. Annie served as the JHPTS Administrative Assistant from 2009 through 2012. Annie served as a tracker and secretary/treasurer of the North Idaho Trackers group from the mid-1990s until it grew into the Idaho State Trackers Association. She continues as an ISTA tracker and is the current secretary/treasurer of ISTA.

Annie is currently the Executive Director of Friends of Hospice in Whitman County, Washington. In addition to her volunteer work with search and rescue, Annie is an active EMT and Senior EMT Instructor with Palouse EMS unit and also teaches American Heart Association first aid classes. Annie is married to Marvin Pillers and the two have resided in Palouse, Washington since 1990.

Annie has served as an instructor for the JHPTS training program for several years and continues to do so when available.


Jo Peterson Awarded JHPTS “Sign Cutter” Certification – 2013

Jo has been a student of Joel Hardin’s tracking program since first meeting him at a class in 1994.  She thought tracking would be a good skill to have if she ever became disoriented on her many solo hikes into the Marble Mountain Wilderness Area in the Northern California mountains after moving there from the San Francisco Bay Area.

Unlike most tracking students, she started tracking before having any involvement with search and rescue.  However, Jo was soon encouraged to join the local SAR group by, at that time, current SAR members who were also learning to track.  In 1996 she joined Siskiyou County Sheriff Search and Rescue as a volunteer.  She is now their Lead Tracker, and involved in most SAR missions at all levels of operation.

When not tracking, Jo makes her living as a Building Designer of custom homes for private home owners, offers planning and design services for commercial land developers, and is a Building Codes Consultant / Plans Examiner for the Building Departments of local cities.  She began her design business from her home in the San Francisco Bay Area in 1974.