The Power of One... The Strength of Many

Board of Directors


JoAnn Harvey


Education and Programs Committees, Kootenai County Task Force on Human Relations Representative

JoAnn Harvey is a native of Idaho and a member of the Nez Perce Tribe. Ms. Harvey earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Education from Eastern Washington University and a Master of Arts degree in Organizational Leadership from Gonzaga University. She has since attended various universities to further study diversity, human and civil rights, and the issues of American Indian/Alaska Natives. Ms. Harvey was employed by the Coeur d’Alene Public School District from 1986 as a Physical Education/Health Specialist until retiring. She is the Secretary-Treasurer for the North Idaho Retired Chapter of Educators, an affiliate of IEA and NEA, and serves on the U.S. Selective Service Board for Region 3.

She is the immediate past president of the Kootenai County Task Force on Human Relations and served as a board of director member of the Coeur d’Alene Education Association, State Board of Education Professional Development Committee, National Education Association, and the Idaho Education Association, where she received the Minority Service Award. She has also served as a board of director member of the Museum of North Idaho, and was the chair of the National American Indian/Alaska Native Caucus. She was the Select Attendee to Education International in Porto Alegre, Brazil, Cape Town, South Africa, and Berlin, Germany.

JoAnn has received multiple awards and accolades for human and civil rights from organizations here in in North Idaho. In 2009 she was awarded the Civil Rights Volunteer of the Year Award by the Kootenai County Task Force on Human Relations (KCTFHR.) The University of Idaho satellite in Coeur d’Alene honored her as a commencement speaker for the 2013 graduating class. Most recently, in 2015, she received the Hayden Chamber of Commerce Civil Rights Award.

Jason HeadshotJason Lucas

Vice President

Marketing  and Communications Committee

Jason brings 28 years of advertising industry experience to HREI. Born in Manhattan to a family of renowned music and advertising professionals, he was taught by great mentors from childhood. While in New York he worked with 4/4 Productions and David Lucas Associates on countless projects for clients from McDonald’s to Ford to KFC to Coke. In 2000 he became a VP and Creative Directed at Axcess Broadcast Services in Dallas, where he co-wrote and co-produced over 1,500 turn-key television advertising campaigns for local and regional businesses around the country. In 2008 he wrote and produced for the Miracle Project in Los Angeles, which featured artists like Chaka Khan, Rev Run, Ed Roland, Jason Alexander and more. Jason feels it is of equal or greater value that he has also been honored to serve many employers over the years as a waiter, dishwasher, custodian, courier, limo driver, scissors salesman, secretary and karaoke guy. Today Jason owns Lucas Production Group, LLC, serving the Greater Spokane and Coeur d’Alene area.


Frances Lepinski


Fundraising and Finance Committees


Administration-University of Idaho Coeur d' Alene-University of Idaho

Charles Buck


Building and Fundraising Committees

Buck serves as the chief administrator and spokesperson for the University of Idaho in northern Idaho. He is responsible for programs at the University of Idaho Coeur d’Alene, UI Sandpoint, and the UI Research Park business incubator facility in Post Falls. His efforts for the University in northern Idaho are focused on creating awareness and enrollment for academic programs and on community and economic development.

He grew up in southern Idaho and graduated from the College of Idaho before receiving his PhD degree in molecular neurobiology from the Cornell University Graduate School of Medical Sciences in New York City. He has research expertise in cancer, metabolic diseases, and neurobiology. In addition to managing academic research, he started and led a startup biotech company in Austria for 5 years. His experience includes technology development and project management in biomedical engineering, nanotechnology, biofuels, and personalized medicine.

Anne-4Anneliese Miller

Fundraising, Finance, and Building Committees

Anneliese Miller is a principal architect at Miller Stauffer Architects, PA, Coeur d’Alene. The North Idaho based firm is known for their high-profile projects that have influenced the growth and development of Coeur d’Alene, as well as, their dedication to and involvement in the local community.  Ms. Miller joined Miller Stauffer after earning a bachelor’s degree in architecture from the University of Idaho.  She is the past president of the Coeur d’Alene Downtown Association, a graduate of Leadership Coeur d’Alene, a member of the American Society of Interior Designers, National Council of Architectural Review Boards, National Council for Interior Design Qualification, and is a mentor for regional high school students.  Also a Coeur d’Alene native, her family led the way in defining the area’s aviation history.  Her personal time is occupied with family, friends and English bulldogs Bentley and Bubba.

Ashley McCormack

Resource Development Committee

Ashley’s lifelong passion for diversity and inclusion was fostered in her youth as a resident of Brooklyn, NY, when she was surrounded by a diverse population. She came to view the diversity and inclusion of her youth as a gift that she would like to share with others. Keeping in line with that goal, Ashley acts as a non-denominational Ordained Minster, which gives her an opportunity to marry individuals of different beliefs and backgrounds. She has a long history of volunteer and social work in Athens, GA and Portland, OR, and a Masters degree in Social Work. Before she switched to her current pursuits full time, she worked in academia with her Ph.D. in Chemistry.

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Education Committee

Audrey Sines is a licensed psychotherapist for children and families and an educational advocate for ethnically diverse youth in public school districts. She received her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Religious Studies from Humboldt State University and completed her Masters Degree in Counseling Psychology at Pacifica Graduate Institute in Santa Barbara. Audrey is also a recent graduate of the Institute for Racial Equity in Education. Her work focuses on the educational empowerment and social advancement of Native youth in California, Washington, and North Idaho.

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Chloe VanZandt

Education Committee


JasonTapaniJason Tapani

Marketing and Communications Committee

For Jason, human rights have always been heavy on his heart. He believes there should be love, respect, dignity, and equality for all. Jason is a graduate of Lewis-Clark State College and earned a Bachelor’s degree in Communication Arts. For 3 years at North Idaho College he worked on filming the Public Forum with Tony Stewart. Tony was an advocate of human rights and Jason worked with him to bring human rights awareness to the community. As an undergraduate student he worked with the HREI to update our website years ago, and that served as Jason’s first exposure to the HREI.

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 Lita Burns

Past President

Education and Programs Committees

Lita Burns has been a resident of Coeur d’Alene since 2001. She moved to Idaho from her home state of Wyoming to accept the Director of Health Professions and Nursing position at North Idaho College, she currently serves as the Vice President for Instruction at NIC.  Lita earned her Bachelor of Science degree in nursing from the University of Wyoming, a Master of Science degree in nursing from the University of Colorado, and a PhD in Leadership Studies from Gonzaga University.

NicoleNicole Preece

Marketing and Communications Committee

Nicole Preece has lived in Coeur d’ Alene since 1983. She attended and graduated North Idaho College and then University of Idaho with honors for Marketing and Organizational Leadership. Her skills were put to use by Hagadone Digital as a Busienss Development and Social Media Specialist, and she is able to bring her experience in social media and marketing to the HREI board of trustees. She is also an active member of the Coeur d’Alene Chamber of Commerce. Nicole enjoyed growing up in beautiful Coeur d’Alene, where she resides with her two daughters.

VirginiaPhotoVirginia Mesenbrink

Resource Development Committee

Virginia’s interest in celebrating diversity and promoting inclusion, kindness and compassion for all people began during her formative years and developed over the years into a lifelong commitment to promote equality and support opportunities for marginalized individuals and communities to participate fully in their broader community. She grew up in a culturally diverse area of southern California, and later attended Coeur d’Alene High School. She attended North Idaho College and University of Idaho to earn her Bachelors degree in engineering which was then applied to the Naval Undersea Warfare Center Keyport where she became the first Hispanic female engineer, and served on the Hispanic Employment Program Committee to improve cultural awareness of Hispanics and increase their representation in the Navy. Virginia’s chief goal is to take an active role in educating and transforming the community.

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