Board of Directors
Overview of Board of Director Responsibilities
Board members are volunteers that have legal responsibility for governing the SRA. Board members are responsible for determining policy in all areas of the organization and ensuring that its policies are effectively implemented. The Board especially focuses on
- Fundraising and resource development
- Strategic planning
- Personnel (the board hires, evaluates and may dismiss the Executive Director)
- Financial management
- Program planning and oversight
Board members are expected to:
- Be a member of the Snake River Alliance
- Understand and support SRA’s mission and goals
- Be willing to represent the organization to the public
- Evaluate the performance of the Executive Director and ensure that the ED adheres to accepted ethical and professional standards
- Attend meetings of the Board including retreats and committee meetings
- Review meeting materials in advance of any meeting and be prepared to think about and discuss agenda items
- Participate in planning for the future and evaluate previous work
- Declare any conflict of interest, whether real or with the potential to be perceived as such
- Assist in developing the annual budget and effectively manage SRA’s resources to remain accountable to donors, grantees, the public and the government
- Have fun and learn new things.
- Attendance at all Board meetings in person or by conference call (up to 12 times a year, one to two hours per meeting)
- Preparation for meetings, committee assignments, e-mail, phone calls (two to four hours a month)
- Attendance at the twice a year Board Face to Face Meetings (may be a weekend commitment)
- Officers of the Board will make an increased time commitment
Length of Commitment
Each Board term is two years and members may be re-elected upon expiration.
Each Board member is asked to financially support the SRA by making an annual financial contribution or by soliciting contributions from other people.
Benefits of Board Service
- Working with great people who are committed to social and environmental justice work in Idaho
- Learning about important local, national and global issues
- Learning how citizens can influence public policy
- Development of personal and professional skills
Please contact Kerry Cooke for a Board member application or for more information - firstname.lastname@example.org
Tim Andreae | Boise
Tim has been a proponent of the SRA for years, though his engagement with nuclear, energy and climate issues has deepened since Joanna Macy’s recent collaboration with SRA and his subsequent immersion in her work. Having worked at Peaceful Belly Farm for seven years and having been a member of the Treasure Valley Food Coalition, he is also a long time advocate for local food. He is a yoga teacher, a musician and the host of a radio show on Boise Community Radio. He is also presently enrolled in a Masters program in clinical mental health counseling. Positioned at the intersection of numerous disciplines and groups, he keeps an eye out for new ways to enliven community around issues that matter.
Kerry Cooke | Boise
President Kerry was raised in Nevada and has lived in Idaho since 1979. She joined the Alliance in the early 80′s and soon became a volunteer, and then staff. She worked in many capacities for the Alliance, from issues coordinator to executive director. “I got active in the Alliance out of concern for Idaho’s air and water, and that hasn’t changed. Being a part of the Alliance’s work is the best thing I can do for Idaho’s future.” Kerry is now a content manager for a Boise based health information company.
Judy Foster | Hailey
Judy has been a member of The Snake River Alliance since participating in Joanna Macy’s gathering with the Snake River Alliance last Spring and has been a supporter of The Snake River Alliance previous to that. She has lived in Idaho since 2005 as a retired Behavior Intervention Specialist with a Masters in Education degree who worked primarily with persons with developmental disabilities moving from institutions to community services. Currently she serves Blaine Co. organizations as a master naturalist educator volunteer with students of all ages and continues to personally carry out her values of living sustainably. Judy began her anti nuclear, pro sustainability, peace work 35 years ago with the nuclear freeze, the mapping of the 300 Intercontinental Ballistic Missile silos in North Dakota, The North Dakota Peace Coalition, The International Festival for Peace, The Dakota Resource Council and helped stop the MX Missile project. Over these years she has continued to support these values.
Bill Foxcroft | Boise
Bill has 20 years of experience in non profit management, and with community and tribal health systems. He spent 12 years as executive director of Idaho’s statewide community health center system and 3 years in community and tribal health leadership. Prior to his involvement with the Snake River Alliance Bill was involved in the nuclear freeze movement and was active in the resistance to building the Diablo Canyon nuclear power facility. Bill has been a member of the Snake River Alliance since moving to Idaho in 1994, and has served one previous stint on the Board of Directors from 2000 to 2003.
Beth Jacob | Boise
Beth has been an active member of the Snake River Alliance since 2011 helping with membership dinners, mailings and other Alliance needs. Beth has a Bachelors of Applied Science in Occupational Therapy from Penn State University and works with children and adults with neurological rehabilitation needs. She served on the board of directors for the nonprofit West Virginia Lymphedema Network for three years. Beth has been active kayaker for most of her life where she developed a direct understanding of both the positive and negative impacts we can have on the planet. She has a long history of supporting local and national clean water, energy and conservation groups in the areas she has lived.
Lou Landry | Boise
Vice President Lou currently serves as Vice-President of the Board. He previously served a term as President. Lou has a Masters Degree in Management from the University of San Francisco and has directed several non-profit organizations as well as working as an administrator in state government programs serving individuals with disabilities. He advocates for nuclear free armaments and clean energy. He lives in a home he built in Garden City that incorporates a variety of energy conserving and sustainable features, including passive solar heating.
Margaret Macdonald Stewart | Ketchum
Margaret first joined the Alliance staff in the fall of 1992. She has traveled extensively and done volunteer work in Africa, Central America, and Vietnam. She directed the Crisis Hotline in Ketchum. She has received extensive major donor fundraising training from Training Resources for the Environmental Community and now speaks to new trainees. She has served on the Alliance for Nuclear Accountability’s DC Days planning committee a number of times. Raised in Ohio and Salt Lake City, Margaret has a degree from the University of Utah and has lived in Idaho since 1971. She joined in the board of directors in June 2006.
Brent Marchbanks | Boise
Secretary Brent is a founding member of the Alliance and a past board member. He has just retired from work as a public interest lawyer. He is the former director of Disability Rights of Idaho. He has concerns about nuclear power and nuclear weapons.
Liz Paul | Boise
Liz got a start in environmental activism as a college student at the University of California. She has a BA in Environmental Studies. Liz served as Executive Director of the Snake River Alliance from 1987-1990, where she coordinated successful campaigns to stop nuclear weapons production in Idaho. Liz worked at Idaho Rivers United from 1992-2000. In 2001 Liz helped found the Idaho Peace Coalition to promote peace and justice. Liz rejoined the Idaho Rivers United staff in 2005.
Kathy Ruyts | Buhl
Kathy is a multi generational Idahoan living in Buhl, Idaho and the founder of The Eighth Street Center For Peace. She has always had a passion for the work of SRA. She had a little office in Buhl for the Magic Valley Snake River Alliance during the early 1980s. Now she is a Grandmother and wants to help make the planet just a little bit better place.
Kate Thorpe | Boise
Treasurer Kate graduated from Hartwick College in upstate New York with a B.A. in Business Administration and English Literature She currently is studying at Boise State for her Masters in Public Policy with an emphasis in environmental and natural resource policy and researches regional electrical transmission planning for the Energy Policy Institute.
Vicki Watson, LCSW | Pocatello
Vicki is currently in private psychotherapy practice in Pocatello. She has her Masters Degree in Social Work from West Virginia University where she focused on community action and development. In West Virginia, she helped develop and administer Head Start and Early Childhood Programs funded through that state. Since moving west 35 years ago, she has been supportive of environmental causes including the Snake River Alliance and Idaho Conservation League and is looking forward to spending more of her time with environmental issues in Idaho as she “slides” into retirement.