Tom Bradley - President
After a storied career in the National Park Service, Tom planted roots in Spokane due to the proximity to outdoor recreation spaces. Experienced in working extensively with land trusts throughout the United States, Tom is excited to continue his volunteer work on Inland Northwest Land Conservancy conservation projects.
Leyna Bernstein - Vice President
Leadership Coach & Consultant, Leyna Bernstein Consulting
After a dynamic career as a non-profit consultant and advocate for conservation, Leyna chose to retire to Spokane because of the abundance of open space and access to beautiful outdoor places. After watching her childhood home of Laguna Beach, CA give way to development, Leyna is passionate about preserving the best of the Inland Northwest for generations to come. In addition to the board of Inland Northwest Land Conservancy, she works with Friends of Manito, the Women’s and Children’s Free Restaurant and Dining for Women.
Jake Williamson - Treasurer
Controller, T.W. Clark Construction
Jake Williamson was elected to the board at the October annual meeting. Jake is a CPA at Moss Adams and enjoys most things outdoors. He grew up camping on the St. Joe and skiing at Silver Mountain. He developed an appreciation for the outdoors and began to learn about the importance of conservation while becoming an Eagle Scout in Coeur d’Alene. While earning bachelor’s degrees in finance and accounting from the University of Montana, he became an avid rock climber and mountain biker. He hopes to visit all National Parks and says Angel’s Landing in Zion is one of his favorite hikes.
Water Programs Manager, Spokane County Environmental Services
Rob’s study of science and geology at Western Washington University led him to a career rooted in environmental engineering and consulting, focusing specifically on the policies and protection regarding watersheds. As a lifelong resident of the Inland Northwest, Rob is passionate about leading an organization devoted to their collaborative relationships with agencies and landowners that share a unified vision of environmental conservation.
Casey Brazil - Secretary
Managing Broker and Director of Brokerage, Kiemle Hagood
Casey’s love of the area and his conservation ethic are a result of his upbringing in our region. He was lucky enough to grow up in the Pacific Northwest where he enjoyed outdoor activities such as skiing, fishing, and hiking. His family has enjoyed the outdoors in the Northwest for four generations since they started farming this area in 1901.
Riparian Program Leader, Spokane Conservation District
Lindsay brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to our board of directors, particularly regarding one of our highest priorities: protecting invaluable water resources. A graduate of the University of Washington (B.S., Geology) and Duke University (M.S., Earth and Ocean Sciences), Lindsay is the Riparian Program Leader for the Spokane Conservation District’s Water Resources Department, where she has been working for over a decade.
Teacher (Retired), Community Volunteer
Julie grew up in Southern California in a community that actively cared for open spaces. The Laguna Beach Greenbelt was established as a buffer zone while she attended High School. She participated in efforts to enjoy and care for the environment which included beach trash collecting and taking very short showers. While in college she spent her summers as a camp counselor leading groups of campers into the mountains of Northern California. She obtained her Multiple Subject teaching credential after college and has taught and volunteered in schools while raising three sons with her husband, Russ.
Vange Ocasio Hochheimer
Professor of Economics, Whitworth University
An Economics professor at Whitworth University, Vange brings highly appreciated skills to Inland Northwest Land Conservancy, particularly since her passion is sustainable development and promoting the three pillars of sustainability: environment, people, and economy.
In Spokane, Vange has won multiple community-wide awards such as the Outstanding Emerging Philanthropist award from Spokane County United Way and the Latina Leader of the Year award from the Latino Hope Foundation. She is extremely active in the Spokane community, and serves on the Spokane YMCA Board, the Community Economic Revitalization Board, and the Catholic Charities of Eastern Washington Board. She has served on the Mayor’s Advisory Council on Multicultural Affairs and the League of Education Voters Executive Committee.
Manager of Real Estate Affairs, Avista Utilities
In his current role, Rod brings 28 years of organizational leadership in real estate, lending and healthcare administration to the Real Estate and Right of Way Operations for Avista’s four-state service territory. Rod and his team support utility business operations to acquire easements, permits and fee property ownership for Avista’s service and infrastructure improvement projects.
Vice President of Marketing, McConkey Auction Group
Mitzi’s current responsibilities include overseeing the McConkey Auction Group’s family of brands along with its promotional events, national and regional advertising, social media, public relations, internal and external communications. Additionally, she directs the marketing of the organization’s two retail auto body centers located in Spokane, Washington. VanVoorhis serves on the McConkey Auction Group’s Executive Team as well as DAA Northwest’s Strategic Management Team.
Retired Educator, Community Volunteer
One of Debra’s greatest joys has been watching the Conservancy grow and mature since those beginning days where a small group of conservation minded folks sat around our kitchen table and dreamed of the organization that the Conservancy has become. She is excited to work with a board and staff that are so competent and forward thinking about preservation of our local land and water environments. Debra offers a variety of skills to Inland Northwest Land Conservancy; soil science, environmental constraint planning, educator, business owner and most important an active participant in our Spokane Community.
American Indian Relations Advisor, Avista Utilities
In both Toni’s personal and professional experiences, she has been exposed to preservation projects and organizations that have taken the initiative to protect our waters and lands for future generations. As Avista Corporation’s American Indian Relations Advisor, she has been honored to learn from and work with regional Tribes as they work conscientiously to protect these important natural and cultural resources. Growing up in Bend, Oregon and living in the Pacific Northwest, she relishes her time in nature-whether it be hiking, backpacking, biking, camping, skiing, kayaking or experiencing a new activity with family and friends.
Chief Executive Officer, Skils’kin
Skils’kin is a Spokane based non-profit whose mission is “to enrich the quality of life for adults with disabilities.” Growing up in Clarkston, WA afforded Brian access to the Snake River and all of the open space around the area. He is a proud graduate of Washington State University and was a CPA by profession. Prior to joining Skils’kin in 2011, he was the managing partner of the Spokane public ac counting firm of BehlerMick. Brian is driven to protect the open spaces that were so important to him growing up. He says he is dedicated to ensure his grandkids have the opportunity to enjoy nature that is close to home just as he did.