The Rotary Club of Boise Southwest has elected the following new officers for 2012-2013: Marshall Baker, president; Richard Cummings, president-elect; Martin White, vice president; Sharon Josis, secretary; Julia Bowman, treasurer. Board members include: Steve Cox, membership; Mike Jones, administration; Erik Lund, foundation; Shane Riffle, service; and Vicki Johnson, communications.
The Rotary Club of Boise Southwest is one of 34,000 Rotary clubs worldwide with a membership of 1.2 million. The Boise Southwest Rotary Foundation supports educational, humanitarian and cultural programs locally and globally.
Construction & design
Jim Washburn and Bill Davis have joined the Eagle survey team of the Land Group Inc.
Washburn is survey department manager. He has 33 years of land surveying experience. A graduate of the University of Wisconsin, his experience includes boundary, topographic, mining, construction, airport, highway and American Land Title Association surveys.
Davis is a survey technician. He brings 18 years of experience, including local, national and international projects. Davis’ surveying background includes numerous commercial/retail, planned communities, airports, pipelines, streets and bridges, and mapping projects with both public and private clients. He is pursuing a degree in geomatics from Idaho State University.
Cory Nelson has joined the Boise office of CTA Architects Engineers and is an architect in training III, working on his licensing. Nelson has 10 years of experience. He has a bachelor’s degree in architecture from Washington State University and is the vice president of the WSU Alumni Association Southern Idaho Chapter.
Kelly Cameron, Ashley Ford, Monica Hopkins and Michelle Jensen have joined the board of directors of Opera Idaho. These members aid in supporting the organization with their skill sets and professional knowledge.
Cameron is an attorney and hiring partner at Perkins Coie. He heads the commercial litigation practice group and specializes in protecting clients’ intellectual property and trade secrets.
Ford is the owner and founder of AF Public Solutions LLC, where she acts as the urban renewal administrator for the Meridian Development Corp.
Hopkins is executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Boise and specializes in nonprofit fundraising and development.
Jensen is manager of infrastructure and technology for the Idaho Statesman and a member of the company’s executive operating committee. She moved to Idaho in 2006 after a decade of working at various companies in Oregon, including Nike.
Ballet Idaho welcomes Chris Privon as president, Pat March as treasurer and Christine Nicholas as secretary to its board of directors.
Returning board members are A.J. Balukoff, Brian Burnett, Lana Hollingshead, Erin Nuxoll, Rodney Reider, Monica Walker, Kathy Winterton and Kathryn Zimmerman.
Privon has been a board member for the past two years and will serve his second term as board president during the 2012/13 season. He has been involved in the strategic vision of the continued growth of Ballet Idaho’s company and academy.
Ballet Idaho’s new board members are Chris Capron, senior manager, KPMG LLP; Jane Cliff, owner, Ethan Allen; Tom DeLorenzo, owner/partner, DeLo Consultants, Keller Williams Realty Boise; Craig Edwards, owner, Craig + Co and Paisley Roberts; Amy Leopard, patron of the arts; Cassie Hess McGonegle, patron of the arts; Carla Ranum, co-managing member Mathieu & Ranum PLLC; and Pam Sprute, director of investment, Cushman & Wakefield.
Travis M. Gerhard has been named a member of the 2012 executive council of New York Life Insurance Co. Members are among the most successful of New York Life’s sales force of licensed agents. He has been a New York Life agent since 2009, and is associated with New York Life’s Idaho general office in Boise.
Gerhard was born and raised in Idaho. He attended Bishop Kelly High School and Boise State University. He serves on the board of directors at Boise Ranch Golf Course. He raises money through golf for local families in need and for The Idaho Foodbank. In his first year, he achieved a Career Life Producer Award. He also has received a Life All-Stars Award and was recently recognized as a Top 400 case rate leader out of 11,900 New York Life agents in the country.
New York Life Insurance Co., a Fortune 100 company founded in 1845, is the largest mutual life insurance company in the United States and one of the largest life insurers in the world.
Eric Revai has joined Lighthouse Home Loans Inc. as a licensed mortgage professional in the Meridian branch.
Terri Franks-Smith, chief fiscal officer of the Idaho House, and Kristin Ford, the Legislature’s librarian, were honored at the National Conference of State Legislatures Legislative Summit in Chicago.
Franks-Smith has worked for nine House speakers since she graduated from Boise High School in 1973. She also attended Boise State University, taking government accounting courses. Franks-Smith administers the House budget. She was honored by the Leadership Staff Section.
Ford has been with the Legislative Services Office since 1999. She has an English degree from the University of Alaska, a law degree from the University of Idaho and a master’s in library science from the University of Washington. Ford manages the library and keeps vital records on legislative history. She was honored by the Legislative Research Librarians Staff Section.
Dr. Richard E. Ferguson was awarded the President’s Award at the Idaho State Dental Association’s annual meeting. Dr. Kim Keller was awarded the first Component President’s Award.
Ferguson has provided periodontal care to the Treasure Valley area since 1982. He is a native Idahoan, growing up in Idaho Falls. He attended the University of Utah, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in biology. He earned his doctor of dental surgery degree from the University of Michigan in 1978. Postgraduate training allowed Ferguson to develop greater expertise in periodontal treatment. He received his master’s degree from the University of Michigan in 1982.
Ferguson is a member of the American Dental Association, the American Academy of Periodontology, the Western Society of Periodontology, and the Intermountain Society of Periodontology. In 2010 he became a Fellow of the International College of Dentists. Ferguson also has been a member of the Idaho State Dental Association, serving as president for the 2009-2010 year and serving on the Idaho Dental Foundation Board beginning in 2011.
Keller grew up in Nampa, received his undergraduate degree in psychology from Brigham Young University and completed four years of dental training at the UCLA School of Dentistry in 1993.
He then returned to Nampa, where he began working with Dr. Mariner Bingham.
Keller has served as a trustee on the Nampa Library Board, a Nampa Schools Foundation board member, Idaho dental director for DentaQuest, Idaho Dental Foundation board member and served as the Western Treasure Valley Dental Society president.
Randall L. Schmitz and Andrew S. Jorgensen have joined the law firm of Anderson, Julian & Hull LLP.
Schmitz joined the firm as a senior associate in July. He received his bachelor’s degree in business economics at Willamette University in 1993. He received his law degree from Willamette College of Law and his master’s in business administration from the Atkinson Graduate School of Management in 1997. Schmitz holds an “AV Preeminent” rating from Martindale-Hubbell.
He concentrates his practice on general construction law, labor law, products liability, insurance defense and commercial litigation, with a special emphasis on construction litigation.
Jorgensen also joined the firm as an associate in July. Born in Pocatello, Jorgensen attended Idaho State University and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in English. He attended Brigham Young University for a master’s degree in American literature. In 2011, he earned his juris doctorate degree, summa cum laude, from the University of Idaho. His practice involves education law, insurance defense, commercial transactions, personal injury litigation and construction law. He was admitted to the Idaho State Bar in 2011.
Cheryl Allaire has joined the Boise office of Perkins Coie LLP as an associate. Allaire counsels clients in diverse industries and stages of growth with an emphasis on private equity, venture capital, mergers and acquisitions, contract review and negotiation, corporate finance, securities regulation, business formations and corporate governance. Allaire was previously an associate in the San Diego office of K&L Gates LLP.
Phillip S. Oberrecht of Farley Oberrecht Harwood & Burke was named “Boise Best Lawyers Construction Lawyer of the Year” for 2012, by Best Lawyers, a peer-review publication in the legal profession.
Best Lawyers designates “Lawyers of the Year” in high-profile legal specialties in large legal communities. Best Lawyers compiles its lists of outstanding attorneys by conducting peer-review surveys.
Bill Connors, president and chief executive officer of the Boise Metro Chamber of Commerce, was elected to the American Chamber of Commerce Executives board of directors. Connors was officially welcomed to the board during ACCE’s annual convention in Louisville, Ky., in August.
The Southwest Idaho section of the International Society of Automation has elected president Colin Schmidt, treasurer Phil Custer, secretary John Nichols, exhibit chair Brian Seibert, and membership chair Gary Richter as officers for the 2012-2013 term.
The association is a global, nonprofit organization that is helping set the standard for automation by helping 30,000 worldwide members and other professionals solve difficult technical problems, while enhancing leadership and career capabilities.
John Waite has been named vice president of global supply chain for Micron Technology Inc.
Waite will be responsible for all aspects of global supply chain management at Micron, including customer delivery, operational planning, forecasting and inventory management.
With more than 15 years of executive global supply chain management experience, Waite’s professional background includes serving as the vice president of global supply chain and other related roles at Globalfoundries, Advanced Micro Devices and IBM Microelectronics.
Waite holds a bachelor of science degree in business and technology management from Trinity College and an associate degree in applied science in electrical engineering from Vermont Technical College.
Dr. Randall Acker of Sun Valley received the 2012 Royal Canin Award at the American Veterinary Medical Association’s annual convention.
After graduation from Colorado State University in 1979, Acker moved to Sun Valley to start a career with the Sun Valley Animal Center. His focus has been in canine surgery, with a particular emphasis on canine orthopedics.
Acker’s interest in orthopedics has led him to two patents, invitations to lecture worldwide and the development of the Tate Elbow. The elbow was developed and named after his yellow lab, Tate, who suffered from severe elbow arthritis.
The 2012 Royal Canin Award recognizes a veterinarian whose work within the preceding five years in either clinical research or the basic sciences is judged to have contributed significantly to the advancement of the field.