Board of Directors

Mike Lanza

Chair

You could say the outdoors is my life: I make my living as an outdoor writer and photographer, and my family spends much of our free time hiking, backpacking, climbing, paddling, skiing, trail running, and mountain biking. Experience in politics has taught me that real change requires electing good people—a mission doubly important in Idaho if you care about conservation and our future. By doing that, CVI makes Idaho a better place to live. That’s why I serve on its board and my wife and I have been monthly donors for years.

Robin Nettinga

Vice chair

My family moved to Idaho during my childhood. Most weekends were spent exploring our magnificent mountains and high desert surroundings and fishing and recreating in the pristine rivers and streams. I want to be sure access to these public spaces exists for future generations of our family. My professional life focused on public schools. I taught junior high school English/Language Arts for many years before serving as an elected leader and staff member of the Idaho Education Association. Prior to my retirement in 2017, I worked to create a political environment focused on improving the quality of life for educators and quality public schools for all public school students in our state. I am honored to serve on the CVI Board of Directors and look forward to making our vision a reality.
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Mark Rupp

treasurer

I’ve been a passionate outdoorsman since I first saw a Sockeye Salmon in Boundary Creek as a young child. This fish was larger than I and had swum hundreds of miles to spawn and then die in that creek, completing its life cycle. To this day I enjoy fly fishing for Steelhead, hunting with my dogs, skiing with friends and family, and in general most things outside of the office. In my professional career I spend most of my days helping people with their financial futures as a Certified Financial Planner™ professional. I have a business background having grown up and worked in a small Idaho based business. My career allows me to meet hundreds of people each year giving me a great opportunity to see different sides of many issues. My desire is to support this organization’s growth and effectiveness so we can continue to educate the public that the environment shouldn’t be a political issue. After all, we all drink the same water, breath the same air, and enjoy the same public lands.

Julia Page

Secretary

I managed to work in the outdoors much of my adult life, first as a skier at Alta outside of Salt Lake City and then running a raft company for many years in Gardiner, Montana. I was drawn into conservation causes in Montana and found myself often at the state legislature as a citizen lobbyist with Northern Plains Resource Council. I have experienced the difference it makes to have conservation minded legislators (or city or county officials) in office. I’ve been in Idaho five years now and I’m pleased to be able to work on politics and conservation here as well.

Patrick Bageant

Board Member

I’m a North Idaho native who came of age over the course of six years with Forest Service on the Saint Joe, Clearwater, and Salmon Rivers. Somewhere between my first summer in the woods and the last of my twenties I obtained a bachelor’s degree in Philosophy and Writing from the University of Idaho, and a law degree from the University of California, Berkeley, at Boalt Hall. I now live in Boise, where I allocate my time among practicing law, my friends and family, and my endeavors to give back to the community of people, and to the open spaces, from which I came.

Ed Cannady

Board Member

I live in Hailey, in the beautiful Wood River Valley and my life is centered in the public lands that make up my back yard. I recently retired after a 30-year career as a wilderness and backcountry manager for the Sawtooth National Recreation Area. Prior to that I served as both board and staff for the Idaho Conservation League and worked as an iron worker, rig hand on off-shore drilling platforms in the Gulf of Mexico and Bay of Bengal, brakeman on the railroad, hunting guide in Alaska and carpenter at various times. I believe my varied background gives me a good perspective on issues that affect working class people in Idaho and the importance of access to our public lands. In retirement, I spend all my time backcountry skiing, hiking, backpacking and mountain biking, reading, and photography. I grew up in Oklahoma, having moved to Idaho in 1973. Spending my early years in a private land state helps me appreciate the treasure our public lands are and I want to work hard to keep them that way.

Chuck Coiner

Board Member

I am a native Idahoan and a third generation farmer in the Magic Valley. I spent my winters as a ski instructor at Sun Valley. I served as a Senator from District 24 for six years. I have served on several boards where I worked on water quantity and quality for the Snake River. I see a great need for conservationists to serve in public offices in Idaho and look forward to working to that end.

Emily Erickson

Board Member

I am an Idaho native with experiences as unique as the landscape of our beautiful state. During my journey from rodeo queen to an MBA in Sustainable Business I’ve explored California, NYC, and Seattle. Eventually, I found my way home with a deep appreciation for the lifestyle and outdoor adventures that Idaho offers. Since returning to Boise, I’ve worked to develop sustainable supply chains, designed and implemented collegiate programming for B Corp certification, led diversity & inclusion conferences for the business community, and promoted regenerative agriculture practices with Idaho Center for Sustainable Agriculture. I believe in using business as a tool for good to build a resilient future for Idaho. I’m thrilled to serve on the board of CVI and help to bring Idaho’s stakeholders together to protect the beautiful state we call home.

Heather Kimmel

Board Member

For 20 years I have served in non-profit organizations including higher education, refugee services, community housing, grassroots conservation, and health care. I currently have roles as the Executive Director of the American Lung Association in Idaho, an Affiliate Faculty and Graduate Faculty member at Boise State University, and a member of CVI’s board of directors. CVI provides me with the unique opportunity to advocate for the land and waters in my beautiful Idaho home so future generations can enjoy the same wild places we enjoy today.
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John Radford

Board Member

John developed his leadership skills through 25 years of management experience at a Fortune 500 company, where he successfully nurtured relationships and led thousands of employees. Now a member of the Idaho Falls City Council, John works as a liaison for the community-owned and carbon-free utility company Idaho Falls Power. He has a loving wife and daughter. He also works as an adjunct professor at BYUIdaho, in the political science department. He also serves on the Board of Directors for the Idaho Falls Rotary Club.

Dan Schmidt

Board Member

I am a family physician, but I’ve always believed health is not just about the human body. To help make my community healthy, I saw patients in the clinic but I also served as the county coroner, county jail medical director, on the hospital board and medical chief of staff. To keep myself healthy I love the Idaho outdoors where I hunt, fish, raft and hike. An important characteristic of health is balance. I look forward to promoting a healthy balanced political environment in Idaho.

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Molly Page

Chair

Growing up in the East, my parents made an effort to take our family to the Rocky Mountains every year. Our adventures left a lasting impression on me. After graduating from Bowdoin College and spending two years in the world of finance, the wide-open spaces of the West were calling. Oregon, Montana and Colorado were ‘home’ along the way, until my husband Tom and I settled in the Wood River Valley in 2007 with our two young children. We own a ranch in the Pahsimeroi Valley where we work on a variety of conservation issues. I love Idaho for the iconic mountains, small crowds, wild rivers, rolling hills, kind people, abundant wildlife and serenity.
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Bray J. Beltrán

vice chair

I am an ecologist by training and I use conservation as my tool to improve the well-being of communities that are heavily dependent on natural resources. I firmly believe conservation can help us find the balance between the long term well-being of local communities (and us as a global agent of change), and the resources we use to maintain our quality of life. I am honored to serve in CVIEF’s board to contribute to protect, and improve when possible, Idaho’s quality of life by helping to elect politicians who support and draft sound environmental policies. I grew up in Colombia, moved to the U.S. in 2000, I live in Pocatello and Idaho since 2015 with my wife Rebecca, and our daughter born in December 2017, and I became a U.S. citizen in April 2018.

Corey Taule

Secretary

Twenty years as a newspaper reporter and editorial writer helped me understand the impact public policy has on our lives and environment. That understanding has been enhanced by working in communications at Idaho National Laboratory, and advocating for our nation’s largest source (by far) of zero carbon-emitting electricity, nuclear energy. By helping elect policymakers who respect the natural world, CVI is creating a better future for our children and grandchildren, and I’m proud to be part of that effort.

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Mark Rupp

treasurer

I’ve been a passionate outdoorsman since I first saw a Sockeye Salmon in Boundary Creek as a young child.  This fish was larger than I and had swum hundreds of miles to spawn and then die in that creek, completing its life cycle.  To this day I enjoy fly fishing for Steelhead, hunting with my dogs, skiing with friends and family, and in general most things outside of the office. In my professional career I spend most of my days helping people with their financial futures as a Certified Financial Planner™ professional. I have a business background having grown up and worked in a small Idaho based business. My career allows me to meet hundreds of people each year giving me a great opportunity to see different sides of many issues.  My desire is to support this organization’s growth and effectiveness so we can continue to educate the public that the environment shouldn’t be a political issue. After all,  we all drink the same water, breath the same air, and enjoy the same public lands.

 

Isaac Castellano

board member

I grew up exploring the forested shores of the Puget Sound and sailing its waters.  Being outdoors brings me untold happiness, which simply would not be possible without the public lands the stretch across this region. Preserving these lands and the policies that keep them healthy is our collective responsibility.  As a Political Science professor at Boise State, I work through research, teaching and service to educate on the issues of environmental politics, and understand that building institutions around conservation and electing people committed to protecting that public investment, is the one of the best things we can do.

Alejandro Flores

board member

I grew up in Golden, Colorado and was raised with an appreciation for the natural beauty of the American West and the way it inspires those who find a home here. As a Coloradoan, I remember the excitement of living in a growing and changing region, the challenges it brought for conservation, but also the opportunities it created. I completed BS and MS degrees in civil engineering at Colorado State University, and then a PhD in Hydrology at MIT. A professorship in the Geosciences at Boise State University drew my wife (a fellow Coloradoan) and I to Idaho in 2009. I am honored to work with CVIEF as it advances conservation in Idaho and hope that I can lend my expertise as a hydrologist and perspective as it carries out its mission. My wife and I love sharing the outdoors with our two children, from hikes in the foothills to snowsports to camping.

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Kim Gattiker

board member

I didn’t grow up around public lands or much open space. Perhaps that’s why after living in Idaho for 13 years I’m passionate about the value of public land for the health and happiness of my family. But it’s not enough for me to take our sons backpacking, to show them the special places in Idaho and to teach them to love and want to protect them; it’s not enough to instill in them a strong conservation ethic. CVIEF gives me the opportunity to be involved in changing the political landscape today so the special places and our precious resources are protected forever.

Collin Todd

board member

As a child growing up in Alaska with a dog team, I wanted nothing more than to move to the city. However, looking back I realize that the opportunity to grow up surrounded by public lands shaped the person I would become. Whether I am rafting a remote river, working with my financial planning clients to align their finances with their values, or volunteering with conservation non-profits, those early experiences in the outdoors defined the trajectory of my adult life. I am excited to work with CVIEF to help ensure future Idahoans have the opportunity to develop their own understanding and appreciation for the important role conservation and public lands can play in all of our lives.

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Shelley Zimmer

board member

I love the mountains, and I wish to help protect our great natural resources through active participation in our community. I am the Sustainable Impact Program Manager at HP Inc. where I help customers recycle print cartridges globally. I also teach a class in Corporate Social Responsibility and Business Ethics as an Adjunct Professor at Boise State University. I’m honored to serve on this board to help conserve the special lands and rivers in Idaho.