Conservation Voters for Idaho 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.

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.

Molly Page, Treasurer

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.

Patrick Bageant

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.

Chuck Coiner

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
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Emily Erickson

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

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.

Robin Nettinga

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.

Dan Schmidt

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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Kim Gattiker, Chair

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.

Molly Page, Treasurer

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.

Bray J. Beltrán

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.

Mark Rupp

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.

Shelley Zimmer

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.