Breland.Bio_ Breland Draper, Staff Director 

Breland (He/Him) started with IORC in April 2013. He has previously worked for several non-profits, with an emphasis in food security and sustainable agriculture. He is a third generation Idahoan with no plans to leave. Breland grew up in in southern Idaho and now calls Boise home. He graduated with a BA in Environmental Studies from the College of Idaho in 2008. Breland lives in Boise with his son Charlie and their yellow labrador Luna.

Doug Paddock, Field Organizer

Doug (He/Him) is a Boise-based organizer focusing on protecting Idaho from irresponsible oil & gas development and is staff for the the Weiser River Resource Council.  His responsibilities also include coordinating its work in the Idaho legislature, database & communications, and office administration.  He started at IORC in October if 2014.

Doug is a graduate of Boise State University.  He holds a Master’s Degree in Public Administration with an emphasis in Environmental and Natural Resources Policy and a B.A. in History.  He was raised in the Wood River Valley where he enjoyed skiing and mountain biking.  You may contact Doug at dpaddock@IORCinfo.org.

Irene Ruiz, Bilingual Chapter Organizer

Irene Ruiz (she/her) is the newest organizer for IORC. Her goal is to connect with the Latinx community in Idaho to increase a diverse membership base as well as identify leaders. Daughter of Mexican Immigrants, Irene grew up in Hazelton, Id where she also worked in the fields with her family.  She received her Master of Arts in Hispanic Studies at the University of Illinois at Chicago and her Bachelor of Arts in Spanish from Boise State University. Irene currently lives in Boise, Id. She enjoys spending time reading, traveling, running, and with family and friends.

Irene Ruiz es la organizadora bilingüe de la comunidad para IORC. Su meta es tener contacto con la comunidad Latina para incrementar la membresía y también identificar líderes para crear una base para latinos. Irene es hija de inmigrantes mexicanos. Ella creció en Hazelton, ID donde también trabajo en el campo con su familia. Recibió su maestría en la Universidad de Illinois en Chicago y su bachillerato en español en La Universidad Estatal de Boise. Irene vive en Boise, Id. Le gusta pasar el tiempo leyendo, ir de viajes, corriendo afuera y con su familia y amigos.

Megan Carter, Membership and Communications Coordinator

Megan Carter (she/her & they/them) is a local LGBTQ activist, organizer, education advocate, parent, and student. Most recently, they worked in higher education, and helped lead the human rights advocacy organization, Add the Words, all while working toward a degree in communication at Boise State University and full-time parenting. They are committed to liberatory social justice practices that center marginalized communities and use frameworks that are accessible for everyone. Megan lives in Meridian, Idaho and loves to go on adventures with their animal-loving 4 year old kiddo.