Benewah County Commissioner
Representing Benewah County
Brook Beeler, Vice Chair
Eastern Regional Director
Washington Department of Ecology
Representing the State of Washington
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.
Jess Byrne, Secretary/Treasurer
Director, Idaho Department of Environmental Quality
Representing the State of Idaho
Jess Byrne is the director of the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality. He was appointed to this position by Governor Brad Little in September of 2020. He was the deputy director for 8 years prior to his appointment and has been with the Department for more than 20 years. He received his Bachelor of Science in Environmental Health in 1999 and his Master of Public Administration in 2004, both at Boise State University
Shoshone County Commissioner
Representing Shoshone County
Kootenai County Commissioner
Representing Kootenai County
Representing the Coeur d’Alene Tribe
Hemene is a member of the Coeur d’Alene Tribe and serves as Tribal Councilman for the Tribe’s Government where he is currently the Secretary-Treasurer. Prior to being elected on Tribal Council Hemene worked for the Tribe’s Natural Resources in the Fisheries Program. Hemene is a great leader for the Tribal community and was recently selected by Idaho Governor Little to serve on the Coeur d’Alene Lake Advisory Committee.
EPA Region 10 Regional Administrator
Representing the Federal Government
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.