Staff & Board
Adrienne Cronebaugh, Executive Director
Adrienne moved to Coeur d’Alene in the Spring of 2010 to be closer to family and to explore its wide array of outdoor activities. She graduated from The Ohio State University with a B.A. in Political Science, during which she worked 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.
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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.
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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.
Board of Directors
Janet Torline, Vice President
Janet and her husband, Greg, moved to the Coeur d’Alene area in 1973 in search of land on which to build a homestead. They found property on the east side of Coeur d’Alene Lake, pitched a tent, planted a big organic garden and began the realization of fulfilling their dream. After building a home, raising two sons, a herd of dairy goats, numerous chickens, bees, turkeys, rabbits and pigs, Janet found herself with an empty nest and a desire to get involved in local environmental issues. She has served on the Board for seven years and says, “I am proud to be part of Idaho’s oldest conservation organization with its grassroots, hands-on approach to raising environmental awareness. Kootenai Environmental Alliance is the “Little Engine That Could,” working with others to help promote conservation of the precious resources of our region– our forests, our watersheds, our fisheries, the wildlife and working landscapes. KEA is dedicated to working with communities to protect these resources. While the environmental challenges are never ending, our portfolio of accomplishments is quite impressive – great people doing great work.”
Janet also delights in putting on KEA’s annual fall fundraiser, Junk2Funk – a runway “eco-fashion” show with creations made from junk, trash and recycled materials.
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Jenny has thirty years of experience as a professional wildlife biologist where she managed habitat for threatened, endangered, sensitive and other nongame species in southern Idaho and the Idaho Panhandle. Jenny holds an MBA in Nonprofit Management from the University of Portland and has dedicated much of her time to a variety of nonprofit organizations including: Habitat for Humanity of North Idaho, Coeur d’Alene Audubon Society, Columbia Land Trust, Leach Botanical Garden, Idaho Drug Free Youth and WREN. Jenny would like to serve on the KEA Board to share her knowledge and learn about environmental issues and solutions affecting our region while offering her expertise on wildlife and habitat topics.
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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.”
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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.
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Tiffany Heiss, President
Tiffany is the Agency Director for Addus HealthCare 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, but 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 is married and they are expecting their first child in March 2015.
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Benjamin Mello, Treasurer
Ben was fortunate enough to grow up on a farm in Rhode Island where he was surrounded by nature and adventure, whether he was building forts, picking blueberries, pretending to be Lewis & Clark or taking naps in the fields. He met his wife Melissa, a Coeur d’Alene native, when 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.
He and his wife started the Coeur d’Alene Glass Recycling Company in 2012 after learning that Kootenai County had ceased to recycle glass. 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. Ben has worked in the aviation field for over 17 years and is currently a consultant.
Ben enjoys hiking, biking, trail running and exploring natural areas throughout Kootenai County and Northern Idaho with his two young children and black lab, Cisco. He is currently learning how to ski.
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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 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.
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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.
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