Jack Buell, Chair Benewah County Commissioner Representing Benewah County
Brook Beeler Eastern Regional Director Washington Department of Ecology Representing the State of Washington
Jack Buell is the longest serving county commissioner in the State of Idaho. He has served as Benewah County commissioner since 1974.
Brook Beeler is Ecology’s Eastern Regional Director. She began her career at Ecology more than 13 years ago working with communities encouraging environmental stewardship through education and outreach. Prior to her appointment as Regional Director this February, Brook supported the agency with strategic communications and media relations on complex regulatory topics. As a child, Brook spent lot of time exploring wetlands, creeks, and cow pastures south of Spokane, which sparked her interest in science and nature. She studied Biology at Whitworth University and graduated in 2001.
John H. Tippets, Secretary/Treasurer Director Idaho Department of Environmental Quality Representing the State of Idaho
Mike Fitzgerald, Vice Chair Shoshone County Commissioner Representing Shoshone County
John was appointed director of the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality in July 2015 after retiring as the public relations manager at Agrium's facility near Soda Springs, Idaho. He has served in the Idaho State Senate and Idaho House of Representatives and on numerous boards involving mining, industry, the environment, and healthcare.
Mike Fitzgerald is a resident of Kellogg and serves as Chairman of the Shoshone County Board of County Commissioners. Mike is also a licensed professional engineer with a B.S. in Geophysical Engineering and a M.S. in Environmental Engineering.
Leslie Duncan Kootenai County Commissioner Representing Kootenai County
Phillip Cernera Lake Management Director Representing the Coeur d'Alene Tribe
Leslie Duncan was sworn in January 14, 2019 as Kootenai County Commissioner. Leslie earned a Bachelor's Degree in Criminal Justice and spend 10 years in law enforcement. She and her husband of 20 years have lived in Kootenai County on their 17 acres for 19 years. Working with her husband in remote sports television from 2000 to 2014, she home schooled their two children while managing their company. In 2014 she continued home schooling but changed focus from television to be more involved in our local community as she became more aware of issues facing our country. Being appointed to the Kootenai County Aquifer Protection District Committee that same year, she served as the Chairperson for the APD 2016-2018.
Phillip Cernera is the Director of the Coeur d’Alene Tribe’s Lake Management Department. For over 25 years Phillip has been involved in the cleanup of the Tribes homeland and has been a Commissioner of the BEIPC since its inception. As a Tribal representative he has been a strong advocate for basin-wide comprehensive and permanent solutions to a 100 year legacy of mining pollution.
Chris Hladick EPA Region 10 Regional Administrator Representing the Federal Government
Chris Hladick serves as the EPA Regional Administrator for the Pacific Northwest and Alaska Region, overseeing environmental protection efforts in the states of Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, and Washington, including 271 tribal governments. Mr. Hladick has had a long career of public service in state and local government, and is involved with numerous Arctic marine organizations.