My family has been on the lake since 1953, making wonderful memories on Twin Lakes with my parents, grandparents, extended family, my children and my grandchildren.
Our love of the lake prompted my husband John and I to purchase our own place on the lake in 1999. Our plan was to build a retirement home and live here full time. We are now realizing that dream. Now I am a retired corporate executive and served in US Army. I hope to serve the board using the leadership skills I have acquire to serve all future generations. It is my pleasure to serve as the President of The Twin Lakes improvement association.
My grandparents came to Twin Lakes in 1927. I’ve always enjoyed our property, the lakes and the people who love these lakes. I spent my career as a lawyer with a practice in Coeur D’Alene. With retirement, Renee and I built our retirement home on Upper Lake so that we can be out here year round. I want to serve the Twin Lakes Improvement Association and its members to continue the quality of life we all enjoy.
I was raised in North Idaho. And very proud of that. I have early memories of my family living in the Hidden Valley, just outside of Rathdrum, growing strawberries, horses and kids! On hot summer days, a swim at Twin Lakes was a wonderful treat. And it still is. Only now I am now a full-time resident of our beautiful lake community and excited to serve on the Twin Lakes Improvement Association as the new Secretary. Beyond the necessary business that comes with the job, I am hoping to help the Association with my background in Environmental Sciences and my skills with technologies used to monitor and insure our lakes health.
Rick Van Zandt
Though I have only lived on upper lake full time for 2 years, I have lived in the Rathdrum community for almost 20. I consider it a privilege to be here and wanted to get a jump start on meeting folks here and by helping to serve. My wife Corrinne and I own a financial planning firm in town and thus I get to be the treasurer of our fine organization. I look forward to actively being a part of it for years to come.
It was love at first sight when I first encountered Twin Lakes in 1997. August 1999, after three months of negotiating I purchased a 288 square foot cabin on Lower Twin…and thus began a honeymoon on Twin Lakes that has lasted nearly two decades. This lake and its community are in many cases as close as family and as near to paradise as I can imagine.
New to Twin Lakes, my family and I moved to Idaho from Cincinnati last December (2017). Moving to an environment completely different from were we had lived before made living at a lake much more exciting. So we quickly became involved in TLIA, participating in several activities throughout the year. We feel very fortunate to have found such a place with all it has to offer and are happy to help perpetuate and extend the health and quality of Twin Lakes for future enjoyment.
My family has been enjoying Twin Lakes every summer since I first arrived here as a 5 year old in the spring of 1952. It was here that I met and eventually married my wife, Mary Jayne and raised our 3 children. Having careers in geology and environmental science, I have always been concerned about the health of our lake system and watershed. After retiring in 2005, I wanted to give back to our lake community and found that joining the TLIA was an excellent way to do that. I hope to use my scientific knowledge to help sustain the quality of life and incredible natural environment my six grandchildren now enjoy.
Mary Jayne I have been fortunate to have spent every summer on Twin Lakes since my parents bought our lake cabin on Echo Beach in 1951. My profession as a teacher, allowed our family to spend our summers at the lake. Our love of the lake and appreciation of its beauty has only grown over the years. Being able to serve on the board, helping to develop practices that sustain the health and beauty of our lake for our grandchildren and generations to come, is a way that I can give back to our lake community.
As a result of spending much of our childhood on Twin Lakes, my wife Cindy and I, decided to raise our children here. We purchased our Twin Lakes property in the year 2000 and built our home in 2008. We are both actively involved in the Lakeland School District and Twin Lakes Improvement Association. I have been employed in the commercial HVAC business for over 30 years and Cindy has been a realtor for over 20 years. I plan on utilizing my experience in construction management to assist with the Fish Creek and Channel Restoration projects. Our family is committed to maintaining and improving Twin Lakes now and in the future.
I have been enjoying Twin Lakes from Excelsior Beach every summer since 1955, except for 1973. My family has been on that beach since 1917. Both my parents spent summers on Twin Lakes before they met each other at the University of Washington in Seattle. I’m serving on the board to project my roots.
Hi Everyone, Renee Lacroix here. I have lived on the lake since 1950, summers only. I received my B.S. degree in Environmental Science from the University of Washington. My mother served on the board at least 20 years, so I am following in her footsteps. I ran the lake study from 1974 to 1986. I love Twin Lakes ever since I could walk and I hope to keep that way for my grandchildren.
I am a retired owner of a manufacturing business in Rathdrum, and bring my business perspectives to the board. As an engineer/mad scientist, I hope to apply these skills to future projects the board undertakes.
We built our home on Lower Twin 10 years ago and had a love affair with the lake ever since.
As a boat builder, I have special affinity for Twin Lakes, since all but one of my boats have been commissioned on Twin Lakes. I’m on the lake most of the boating season in my electric Nika Marie or one of my wooden kayaks. There is also time spent with my grand daughters trying to catch a “big one” from our dock.
Our family has a long and rich history of being on and around Twin Lakes as well as the surrounding area. Celebrating on hundred years; from cutting ice block for refrigeration, to putting up thousand of tons of hay on the upper lake meadow even to this day.
More and more this lake is being managed for recreation, however we need to keep our area viable. Timber, Agriculture, recreation and mining are all vital to our economy and will continue to be.
Finally balance will always be a challenge; respect for all interests must be recognizes and maintained.
I am a somewhat newcomer to North Idaho and Twin Lakes, but in the past five years I have fallen in love with our little lakes. As the Interim Director of Twinlow Camp on the lower lake, I see it as my duty to help out our community whenever possible. When the opportunity to serve on this board was offered to me, I saw it as a part of my ministry to serve however I could. Twinlow Camp has a long history on this lake, we celebrated 90 years in 2018, and I hope that I can help protect our beautiful lake for future generations to enjoy.
Past Board Members