Our campaign was initiated by Luke Mayville, Garrett Strizich, and Emily Strizich. Luke and Garrett, both 2003 graduates of Sandpoint High School, first conceived of the Medicaid Expansion campaign after they teamed up in March 2017 to organize a successful door-to-door campaign in support of the supplemental school levy for Lake Pend Oreille School District. After achieving an improbable victory at the local level, they decided to scale up their effort and launch a statewide campaign.
Luke Mayville has recently taught civics and political philosophy at Columbia University and authored a book on President John Adams. He attended North Idaho College before earning a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Oregon and a PhD in political science from Yale University. He has served as Co-Chair of the Parish Pastoral Council and Chair of the Social Action Committee at Blessed Sacrament Church.
Garrett Strizich is an aspiring rural physician and currently a medical student at the University of Washington’s partner program with the University of Idaho. Before co-founding Reclaim Idaho, he served on the board of directors for Community Cancer Services, a community-based cancer resource center based in Sandpoint, and also as a member of the Idaho Democratic Party's Technology Committee. Garrett holds a bachelor’s degree from Colorado State University and a Master of Public Health degree from Columbia University. He has authored 22 peer-reviewed journal articles in the field of public health.
Emily Strizich has been on the front lines of Idaho's health care access crisis since returning to Idaho in 2013. She works as a pediatric occupational therapist in rural schools and clinics in northern Idaho. Emily serves on the board of directors of the North Idaho Mountain Sports Education Fund, a non-profit that enables disadvantaged youth to access recreation opportunities in the Panhandle. She founded and leads NIMSEF's adaptive skiing program at Schweitzer Mountain Resort, and also spearheaded a fitness and wellness program for children with disabilities in Sandpoint and Moscow. Emily holds a Master of Science degree in occupational therapy from Columbia University.