Staff & Board

Staff

Adrienne Cronebaugh, Executive Director

Adrienne moved to Coeur d’Alene in the Spring of 2010 to be closer to family and to explore the wide array of outdoor activities this area provides. She graduated from The Ohio State University with a B.A. in Political Science while working as an Aide in the Ohio Senate. She then launched and expanded the American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women campaign in both Tampa, FL and Cincinnati, OH. Adrienne brings with her a passion for making a difference, as well as a wealth of experience in the fields of fundraising, marketing, community education and volunteer coordination.

E-mail Adrienne: adrienne@kealliance.org

Korrine Rothrock, Conservation Advocate

Korrine is a familiar face at Kootenai Environmental Alliance (KEA) as she served as a KEA Board Member from 2006-2009 and founded KEA’s Community Roots program – A program that reconnects people with the land that feeds them through the growing and sharing of local food.  Aside from her extensive work with the Community Roots program, Korrine has also worked for many years as the Clinic Manager at Coeur d’Alene Healing Arts; a Naturopathic Clinic dedicated to alleviate patient’s suffering through natural means.

Korrine’s environmental values were instilled early as she was born and raised in Southern Idaho’s Salmon Falls Creek Canyon at Miracle Hot Springs. As the daughter of an environmental activist, Korrine grew up where environmental discussions, hearings, debates and protests were part of an all-encompassing lifestyle. Korrine spoke at her first public hearing against the construction of a proposed component of the nuclear weapons system at the age of 6 where her message was simple; she wanted to play outside in the fresh air and clean water.

Today, she still enjoys playing outside in the fresh air and clean water. “I feel it is a great privilege to live and raise a family in an area surrounded by such natural beauty, abundant resources and vast stretches of public wilderness.

Chandra Paton, Roots Local Food Share Coordinator

Chandra moved to Coeur d’Alene in 2014. She and her husband, who is originally from Moscow, Idaho, decided that they wanted to raise their two girls surrounded by the beauty and nature that North Idaho has to offer.  Chandra has a Master’s of Science in Nursing from Yale University, and has been practicing as a Nurse Practitioner for close to 10 years. She has been involved in many health maintenance and health education programs across the country promoting excellent nutrition from birth.

Roots Local Food Share combines my passion to make it possible for all people to have access to healthy foods, along with making an ecological impact by reducing waste. I love the sense of community and wellness that this program offers Coeur d’Alene and the surrounding area.

Email Chandra: chandra.iona@gmail.com

Mike Mihelich, Forest Watch Coordinator

Mike was born and raised in Coeur d’Alene. He has been a member of KEA for approximately 20 years and has been involved in monitoring and commenting on forest issues since 1990. His hobbies include viewing areas on the Coeur d’Alene National Forest and the St. Joe National Forest.

E-mail Mike: mikej@my180.net

 

Carol Muzik, Art of Nature Camp Director

Coeur d’Alene resident, Carol Muzik, is the award-winning author and illustrator of the children’s book Raising Lucy.  Her book, short film, and companion coloring book have brought the local Coeur d’Alene story of Lucy the Canada goose to life for children.  Raising Lucy is a true story of how the Muziks raised an orphaned baby goose to return to the wild.  Because of her experience with Lucy, Muzik donates 10% of her earnings to regional wild life rehabbers.

Carol is also an Artist in Residence with the Idaho Commission on the Arts, and taught creative writing in an afterschool program at Sorensen Elementary during the last school year.
She is currently ghostwriting a memoir, and developed Kootenai Environmental Alliance’s summer camp program called The Art of Nature.  Her focus through teaching is to connect children with their creativity in art and writing, from experiences in nature. Muzik says, “A partnership with nature teaches us to see inspiration everywhere, connecting us more deeply with the world around us.  I want to help kids get outside and translate that experience into a hands-on school art project.”

Board of Directors

Tiffany Heiss, President

Tiffany is the Agency Director for Addus HomeCare in eastern Washington.  She has worked in the field of human services for over 20 years and loves helping others. She has lived in northern Idaho since 2009 after moving here from Arizona, and has lived in multiple different states.  Tiffany has always been interested in environmental topics and enjoys learning more about issues effecting the Inland Northwest while volunteering with KEA.  She is an active outdoorsman and loves to hike, fish, camp, ski, snowshoe, etc.  The inland northwest is her dream place to live and play. Tiffany and her husband Steve recently welcomed their first baby in March.

E-mail Tiffany: tiffanyheiss@yahoo.com

Janet Torline, Vice President

Janet and her husband Greg moved to the Coeur d’Alene area in the early 70′s from Gunnison Colorado, they bought property on the east side of Lake Coeur d’Alene, pitched a tent and began building their dream of a sustainable homestead. 40 years later they are still at it!!
Janet has served on the KEA Board of Directors since 2003 and says, “I am so pleased with the growth and development of this organization over the years I have been involved. Our board is diverse, enthusiastically engaged and dedicated to KEA’s mission. Our membership has grown with the addition of younger members of our community. Our financial picture has diversified to be less dependent on grants with more emphasis on volunteer driven fundraising events, creating better financial stability. Our programs and projects have expanded exponentially. Through the growth of our strong volunteer base KEA is able to do ever more while still operating within our means. The satisfaction I have received and the wonderful people I have come to know through KEA’s good work have made the organization a centerpiece of my life.”

Janet also aids in growing and connecting the community with the Community Roots Gathering Garden.

E-mail Janet: jctorline@gmail.com

Doug Fagerness, Secretary

Doug is currently retired but spent much of his career serving as director of the North Idaho College Head Start.  He currently serves as a trustee on the Coeur d’Alene Public Library Board, the Inland Northwest Food Network Board, and as a rod building instructor with North Idaho Fly Casters.  He enjoys fly fishing, gardening, skiing, backpacking and cycling. Doug serves on the board of KEA because, “KEA is our best effort to ensure a healthy environment, today and tomorrow. I feel a need to contribute to that effort.”

E-mail Doug: dfagerness@frontier.com

Ed Buchler

Ed and his wife moved to north Idaho in 1993. He holds a Ph.D. in Zoology from the University of Montana and has held faculty positions at the Rockefeller University in New York and the University of Maryland. His primary area of research was echolocation systems in mammals. He later transitioned into stealth submarine research and development and is currently semi-retired.

He has been active in bat conservation efforts in the area for many years, assisting federal and state agencies and private conservation groups such as The Nature Conservancy. Efforts have included surveying abandoned mines to determine if they should be gated to eliminate disturbance, moving colonies from dwellings to nearby alternate roost sites, erecting bat houses at suitable locations and educating people about bats.

Ed is also currently President of the Coeur d’Alene chapter of the National Audubon Society and works actively with birds of prey as a federally licensed raptor rehabilitator. He and his wife are members of several conservation-based organizations.

E-mail Ed: eagleroost@roadrunner.com

Benjamin Mello, Treasurer

Ben and his wife Melissa, a Coeur d’Alene native met while he was living in Juneau, Alaska. After living in several places around the country, they settled in downtown Coeur d’Alene to raise their family.
Ben values the amazing mountains, trees, bodies of water, and wildlife surrounding the Northwest. Ben holds a degree in Environmental Science from the University of Cincinnati and he is currently working on
a master’s degree in Natural Resources. Ben has worked in the aviation field for over 17 years and is currently a consultant for a national firm.
Ben enjoys hiking, biking, trail running and exploring natural areas throughout Kootenai County and Northern Idaho with his three young children and black lab, Cisco. He is currently learning how to ski.

E-mail Ben: bmello25@hotmail.com

Ryan Arnold

Ryan Arnold is a writer, advocate, and emerging business leader working in the confluence of sustainability, business, and technology. He is currently the building energy simulation analyst for MSI Engineers, an executive committee member for Cascadia Green Building Council Inland Branch, and an active director for Kootenai Environmental Alliance. In 2010 he received Ecover’s 30 Under 30 National Award for his work in energy efficiency for low-income families.

In his spare time Ryan is also involved with local economic organizations such as the Panhandle Area Council, Connect Northwest/Spokane Angel Alliance, Kootenai County Young Professionals, Spokane Work Development Council, Startup Spokane Weekend, and Coeur D’Alene’s Innovation Collective.

Ryan lives in Coeur d’Alene with his wife Jaime, and their two dogs Keno and Crouton. You can find him online at RyanSArnold.com

Rebecca Patano

Rebecca Patano is co-owner of DOMA Coffee Roasting Company, a longtime business supporter of Kootenai Environmental Alliance. Rebecca is experienced in responsible business practices, working closely within the Fair Trade movement for green coffee.  She has strong ties to the local community, expertise in design, marketing, and business operations. Rebecca has been a life long environmentalist and outdoor enthusiast and has served on the KEA Board of Directors since 2011.

E-mail Rebecca: rebecca@domacoffee.com

Sharon Bosley

Sharon grew up in Michigan in the suburbs of Detroit. She attended Michigan Technological University in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan where she got her degree in Mechanical Engineering Technologies and found her two true loves: the outdoors and her soul mate, Chris. After college she and Chris moved west to Idaho where they enjoy mountain biking, backpacking, snowboarding and adventuring outdoors. Sharon has served as the Coeur d’Alene Earth Day Fair coordinator since 2012 and also participates in the Junk2Funk Eco-Fashion Show. Sharon is an avid gardener and steward for the environment. She has a passion to get people together and work to make a difference. She and Chris have two wonderful children, a super fluffy white dog, 9 chickens, 2 fish, and a frog.

E-mail Sharon: should_be_riding@hotmail.com