About Us

 

Meet the Board of Directors

Board of Directors

Britt Bachtel-Browning

Britt Bachtel-Browning

Board President

Britt is the Chief of Privacy and Data Ethics/Senior Counsel at Avista Corporation in Spokane, Washington, where she provides legal advice to variety of business segments on topics such as intellectual property, data privacy, data governance, policy and employment matters. Britt received her law degree from Catholic University in Washington, D.C. and both during, and after law school, she worked for large law firms, the Copyright Office, Trademark Office and the Recording Industry Association of America, and also served as judicial clerk to the Honorable George Hastings, Jr. of the United States Court of Federal Claims. She is licensed to practice law in Alaska, Washington, Oregon, and the District of Columbia. Britt moved back west in 2005 and lived in Oregon for several years working as an Assistant Attorney General for the state, then moved to Coeur d’Alene in 2011 to work for Avista. She adores Coeur d’Alene and lives on the lake with her husband and three Labrador Retrievers and is very active in the community.

 

Jamie Lynn Morgan

Jamie Lynn Morgan

Treasurer

Growing up in Big Sky Country (Montana for those unfamiliar), the beauty and majesty of nature surrounded me. Mountains to the left, right, front, and back of me. The enormity of their presence may have been the basis for my fascination with rocks. Because of my obsession, you would have thought my career path would have been obvious. But, alas, I am not a Geologist.

Instead, my earliest childhood memories always include me running some business or another. I was the poster child for the gig economy before there was a “gig economy.” Whether it was selling the rocks I collected, organizing backwoods parties, or the many other ventures throughout the years, they all included a common theme, “Bringing People Joy.” It was a bonus that is also allowed me to afford shelter and food.

I am now approaching my 50th year on this planet with 27 years spent in another magical place that keeps me close to nature, Idaho. What a journey it has been! Married 29 years to a boy I met the day I moved to Idaho and a girl, a boy, and a girl later we became our madcap party of five. All while continuing to be a serial entrepreneur whose continual love of nature makes me want to protect it for future generations. It is why I swapped out my car for my bicycle 3 years ago. Now, I am looking forward to what the next 50 years will bring!

 

Shawn Keenan

Shawn Keenan

Secretary

Raised in Coeur d’Alene, I did all my formal schooling from K-12 to college here in Idaho. Honored to be the first graduating class from Lake City High School I then moved on to North Idaho College and Lewis and Clark State College. I graduated with a B.S. in Communications with a minor in Business Marketing. After graduating college my first professional job was campaign manager for the now city attorney of Coeur d’Alene. From there I have held positions in hospitality, real estate, health spas, and other political campaigns. I currently own and operate my own investment consulting business here in Idaho. 

Over the years I have actively volunteered with multiple organizations in our community. I currently volunteer with the Kootenai County Democratic party and hold a seat on the county and state central committees. I also work with and support local organizations such as the Human Rights Education Institute, Love Lives Here Coeur d’Alene, Reclaim Idaho, Civic Engagement Alliance, Safe Passage, Idaho Families for Freedom, Kootenai County Mutual Aid, and of course the Kootenai Environmental Alliance. 

Growing up I have always had a passion for environmental causes. As a young person I learned to respect nature while participating in the boy scouts. We were taught to leave a campsite or trail cleaner than when we found it. Still to this today, I pack a bag to collect any trash I see on my hikes. My senior project in college centered around littering and those in our community committed to picking up the trash left behind in our beautiful city. Over the past few summers I have participated in the KEA waterkeeper tours on Lake Coeur d’Alene and continue to support the effort to educate our community about the importance of maintaining the health of our lake as it is the gem and cornerstone of our economic security in our town. This past year I also participated on the selection committee for the 2020 Wild and Scenic Film Festival put on by the KEA. I was very pleased that despite the pandemic, we were able to provide the opportunity for viewing this incredible film festival online this year. I am excited to be currently serving on the KEA board to help increase environmental awareness and promote good stewardship of our beautiful lake town. 

 

 

Cynthia Rozyla

Cynthia Rozyla

Board Director

A native of Michigan, Cynthia graduated from Central Michigan University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Broadcast and Cinematic Arts and a minor in Photography.  During her long pursuit toward a Masters Degree in Public Administration with an Environmental emphasis, Cynthia worked for government, worked in the for-profit sector, and raised her family. Eventually, Cynthia followed her heart to the non-profit world, focusing on program development, fundraising, community organizing, and marketing. 

In 1990, Cynthia’s gypsy spirit finally landed her in beautiful North Idaho where opportunities for camping, kayaking, hiking, skiing, and swimming in the lake are easily accessible. Here, the opportunities to be fully engaged in the business, volunteer, and triathlon community are unlimited. 

Owner of a small family business and founding member of a local non-profit, Cynthia’s passion for the environment led to her inclusion at KEA.  

Other passions include traveling, art, music, and spending time with her husband Mike and their German Shepherd, Maizey Blue.

Bridget Patton

Bridget Patton

Board Director

Hello! I am a resident of Kootenai County, a lover of the outdoors, animals, and an automotive enthusiast. Growing up in the San Francisco Bay Area, my vacation getaways included visits to the beach, mountains, lakes, rivers, and visiting Coeur d’Alene with my father. I was raised to respect natural beauty with a “leave no trace” mentality. My oldest and fondest memories include hiking with my dogs, mountain biking, kayaking, surfing, fishing, hunting, snowboarding, working on vehicles with my father and friends, and dirt-biking. I fell in love with North Idaho for the beauty and vast recreational opportunities this area has to offer.

In college, I completed the Automotive Service Excellence Program in San Francisco, which landed me a job as an Assistant Service Manager with Mercedes-Benz USA. While working for MBUSA, I completed my nutritional studies and minored in political science. As a freshman in college, I worked on a proposal research project that focused on transparency of food labels. My instructor was inspired by the work and encouraged me to submit the proposal to California Congressman John McNerny. The proposal was presented to the house floor and inspired the modification of Proposition 37: “For the Mandatory Labelling of Genetically Engineered Food.” This was an eye-opening experience for me; a realization that as an individual you have inherent potential to make a difference.

In 2019, while walking the streets of San Francisco, I got sick to the stomach by the conditions of the streets. I ultimately decided that I could do something about it, with some help, of course. I started my own non-profit, “Clean the Cities,” garnered a volunteer base, fundraising, and planned how to bring awareness to the issue. On January 20, 2020, I organized and hosted an event that gained national press attention and resulted in the removal of eighty-five tons of trash and filth from the streets of San Francisco. This was a pivotal moment in my life and inspired me to continue to work for the betterment of others. My life’s motto has evolved to “I would like my life to be a statement of love and compassion, and where it is not, that is where my work lies” – Ram Dass.

I hope to bring my life experiences, can-do attitude, and unsurpassed passion to help Kootenai Environmental Alliance conserve, protect, and restore the environment in North Idaho for future generations.

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