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.
Courtney White, Treasurer
My education is anchored in engineering & business strategy, my experience is in managing international operations, but my passion is the environment. I teach in Boise State’s MBA program, which allows me time to also pursue priorities such as CVI and the Idaho Clean Energy Association. I believes Idaho is truly special: We Idahoans represent a spectrum of professions and beliefs, but we walk the same trails, we love the same mountains, and we share a profound drive to leave a better world to our next generation. No other state can better show the ability of Americans to rise above divisiveness and rally for the environment, and no organization is better positioned to enable that than CVI.
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.
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.
If I can spend time anywhere, it is outdoors; backpacking, skiing, biking, hunting, fishing and just about any other excuse I can find to be outside. As such, conservation has always been a passion of mine and I hope to do my small part in keeping our air, water, and land pristine and accessible for all Idahoans, both now and for future generations. My educational background in law and environmental sustainability, as well as my personal attachment to the land, have led me to embracing the opportunity to serve on the CVI Board of Directors. The work CVI does aligns with my beliefs and I look forward to continuing to advance their mission and give back to the Boise community and Idaho as a whole.
Conservation Voters for Idaho Education Fund Board of Directors
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.
Brian Cronin, Secretary
I’ve had the great honor of serving on the Boise School Board and in the Idaho House of Representatives, where I was a champion for conservation. I’ve started and run four businesses in Idaho. My career has spanned education, publishing, high-tech marketing, PR, communications, and political consulting. As Senior VP at Strategies 360, a communications and public affairs firm, I’ve worked on issues pertaining to the Boulder-White Clouds, Craters of the Moon, Bears Ears National Monument, climate change, forage fish, toxics, pedestrian- and bike-friendly infrastructure, and more. I first moved to Idaho as a teenager in 1985—a New Jersey kid who quickly came to love hiking, backpacking, fishing, and skiing in the Sawtooths, Boulder-White Clouds, and Pioneers. For the last 19 years, I’ve lived in Boise with my wife Veronica and two daughters, with whom I try to spend as much time as possible in Idaho’s great outdoors.
Courtney White, Treasurer
My education is anchored in engineering & business strategy, my experience is in managing international operations, but my passion is the environment. I teach in Boise State’s MBA program, which allows me time to also pursue priorities such as CVIEF and the Idaho Clean Energy Association. I believes Idaho is truly special: We Idahoans represent a spectrum of professions and beliefs, but we walk the same trails, we love the same mountains, and we share a profound drive to leave a better world to our next generation. No other state can better show the ability of Americans to rise above divisiveness and rally for the environment, and no organization is better positioned to enable that than CVIEF.
Serving Idaho has been an important part of my life for years. I served as the U.S. Postmaster in Hailey, as well as president of the Hailey Chamber of Commerce. I am dedicated to protecting the clean waters over Idaho through balanced management plans and conservation. I strongly oppose any attempts to privatize our public lands or turn them over to the state. Public lands must remain public, and serving CVIEF on the board of directors helps accomplish that through advocating for sound environmental policy, and bringing the Idaho community together to take action and protect what matters most.
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.