Agriculture & food
Riverbend Ranch, Idaho Falls; Karl & Donna Tyler, Leadore; Shaw Cattle Co. Inc., Caldwell; 101 Ranch Inc., King Hill; H D Dunn & Son Ranch, Tetonia; Nelson Angus Ranch, Salmon; Carter Cattle Co., Pingree; Heritage Cattle Co. LLC, Twin Falls; Wooden Shoe Farms, Blackfoot; and Bill or Randy Noah, Cambridge, were the top 10 producers who registered the most Angus beef cattle in Idaho according to the American Angus Association. A total of 3,951 Angus were recorded with the association during fiscal 2012.
Drew Facer has been promoted to president and chief operating officer of Idahoan Foods in Idaho Falls. He is expected to become CEO upon the planned retirement of CEO Gordon Lewis in October 2013.
Facer joined Idahoan Foods in January of 1998 as director of food-service marketing. He has led the strategic growth and development of the Idahoan Foods Retail and Club business. In 2010, Facer was promoted to executive vice president, retail.
The Boise Valley Economic Partnership received a Gold Excellence in Economic Development Award from the International Economic Development Council. The award is for a website presentation, “Boise Valley: Big Ideas Grow Here.” The award is in the category of general-purpose website for communities with populations of greater than 500,000.
BVEP is the regional economic development organization for the Treasure Valley. In 2011, BVEP started a new five-year campaign to create jobs, attract new businesses and encourage investment in the valley.
Don Collins has been appointed vice president and manager of the Boise Business Banking Group of Wells Fargo Co., effective Nov. 1. He will lead a team of 10 business bankers in the Treasure Valley and will report to Todd Cooper, Idaho region business banking manager.
Collins, who most recently served as vice president and business banking manager for central Washington, joined Wells Fargo in 2003 as a personal banker and was promoted to a business relationship manager in 2005. Before being named to his position in Yakima, he served as a senior business relationship manager for Wells Fargo in Meridian. He is a graduate of Wells Fargo Business Banking University, where he completed comprehensive training in commercial credit and the business-sales process.
A graduate of Boise State University with a degree in business administration, Collins earned an MBA from Northwest Nazarene University. He now attends the Pacific Coast Banking School.
Collins served on the board of trustees of the Yakima Schools Foundation.
Construction & design
Mark Avery has joined Full Spectrum Services as operations manager. Full Spectrum is an electrical contractor specializing in lighting and preventive maintenance programs, new construction, remodels and tenant improvements, and rapid-response service.
Avery will manage day-to-day operations, including dispatch and customer-account management. He brings extensive experience in electrical services and supply, maintenance and account management. Avery formerly worked at Alloway Commercial Lighting as store manager.
Employees from Payne Financial Group and Western States Insurance donated time at the Learning Lab in support of the organization’s mission to eradicate illiteracy through its computer-assisted learning centers for adults and families. Over two days, volunteers cleaned the lab at the Boise Public Library and did indoor and outdoor maintenance and cleanup at the lab’s Garden City location.
The Ada County Assessor’s Office has received the Certificate of Excellence in Assessment Administration from the International Association of Assessing Officers.
The certificate recognizes governmental units and individuals who integrate best practices in the workplace. This is a self-conducted evaluation of adherence to accepted assessment-administration and appraisal standards defined in the IAAO’s “Assessment Practices: Self-Evaluation Guide.”
Suzanne Bottorff has joined the Washington, D.C. office of U.S. Sen. Jim Risch, R-Idaho, as press secretary. She previously worked for Sen. Richard Lugar, R-Ind.
Bottorff also will assist with constituent communications through Risch’s website, electronic newsletter and telephone town halls. She succeeds Kyle Hines, who left Risch’s office to pursue graduate studies at the University of Texas.
Edith Irving, chief nursing officer of West Valley Medical Center, Caldwell, received the American College of Healthcare Executives’ Senior-Level Healthcare Executive Regent’s Award at the Idaho Hospital Association’s annual meeting in Sun Valley.
The award recognizes college members who are experienced in the field and have made significant contributions to the advancement of health care management and the college’s goals.
Members are evaluated on leadership ability; innovative and creative management; executive capability in developing their own organization and promoting its growth and stature in the community; contributions to the development of others in the healthcare profession; leadership in local, state or provincial hospital and health association activities; participation in civic/community activities and projects; participation in college activities; and interest in assisting the college in achieving its objectives.
Irving has served as chief nursing officer since 1998, serving at West Valley Medical Center for two years, then at Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center for almost a decade before returning to West Valley.
Irving also has been a member of the Idaho Alliance of Leaders in Nursing: a member and past chair of Nurse Leaders of Idaho; chair-elect of the Idaho Commission on Nursing and Nursing Education; a past board president of the Area Health Education Consortium: and chairman of the strategic directions advisory board at Boise State University’s College of Nursing.
Irving received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Oregon Health Sciences Center and her master’s degree in nursing administration from Idaho State University.
Terry Reilly Health Services has been awarded the 2012 Award for Practice Improvement by Family Practice Management, the American Academy of Family Physicians’ journal of practice improvement. The award is given annually to a primary-care practice or organization that has made significant improvement in one or more defined areas in the past three years, including clinical outcomes, patient satisfaction and staff satisfaction. The prize comes with a $500 check and the opportunity to present at the annual Conference for Practice Improvement, which will be held in December in Greenville, S.C.
Amy A. Lombardo has joined Parsons Behle & Latimer as an associate in the firm’s litigation practice group in Boise. The addition of Lombardo increases the size of the firm’s Boise office to 18 attorneys, including 11 registered-patent attorneys and 10 lawyers whose practices emphasize litigation.
Lombardo brings six years of civil and business litigation experience to the firm. Before joining Parsons Behle & Latimer, she was associated with Virginia-based Bancroft, McGavin, Horvath & Judkins, P.C., and Idaho-based Moffatt, Thomas, Barrett, Rock & Fields Chtd. She also served as a law clerk to Judge R. Terrence Ney in Fairfax County, Va.
Before graduating from law school, Lombardo held positions with Gov. Dirk Kempthorne, U.S. Sen. Mike Crapo, U.S. Sen. Larry Craig, and U.S. Rep. Mike Simpson. She has served on the board of the Idaho Women Lawyers, on the Women in the Law Committee of the Defense Research Institute, and as a member of the Idaho Association of Defense Counsel.
Lombardo holds a bachelor’s degree in political science and a bachelor’s degree in history from Boise State University, where she graduated magna cum laude. She received her law degree from George Mason University School of Law. She is admitted to practice law in Idaho and Virginia and before the District of Columbia Court of Appeals.
Steven Andersen, Walter Bithell and Newal Squyres of Holland & Hart were recognized by Benchmark Litigation as leading litigators in the 2013 edition — Anderson for commercial litigation, Bithell for commercial litigation and Squyres for commercial and employment litigation. The firm is recommended by Benchmark for litigation in Idaho, Colorado, Nevada, Utah and Wyoming.
Adam Brotman, Psy.D.; Dan Day, Ph.D.; and William Michael Tandy, Ph.D., have joined Children’s Home Society of Idaho, a Boise-based nonprofit organization that provides mental, emotional and behavioral health care to children and families. The three part-time psychologists will conduct psychological and academic evaluations at the organization’s Warm Springs Counseling Center.
Brotman began his clinical career in 1994 as a case and crisis worker and a mental health, family and couples therapist. He earned a postgraduate degree in clinical psychology from Pacific University in Hillsboro, Ore., in 2008, and has been a licensed psychologist since that year. In addition to conducting evaluations at Warm Springs Counseling Center, Brotman is a staff psychologist at Boise Veterans Affairs Medical Center.
Day is a certified school psychologist for the Mountain Home School District. He has worked in clinical psychology since earning a bachelor’s degree from the University of Utah in 1976. He earned a doctorate in clinical/school psychology from Hofstra University in Hempstead, N.Y., and has practiced in New York, South Dakota and Idaho. Day is a longtime member of the National Association of School Psychologists.
Tandy began his clinical career in 2004 and was awarded a doctorate in philosophy in clinical psychology from Seattle Pacific University in Seattle in 2007. Since then, Tandy has practiced in Washington, California and Idaho. In addition to conducting evaluations at Warm Springs Counseling Center, Tandy has clinic hours at Treasure Valley Psychological Services and sees residents at Life Care Treasure Valley in Boise.
Jeremy Malone has been appointed as vice president of Oppenheimer Development, a commercial real estate development, consulting, property management, property maintenance, property accounting and association management firm.
Malone has been with the company for 21 years in various roles, including director of property management for the past 10 years. Oppenheimer Development manages nearly 800,000 square feet of commercial and retail real estate in the Treasure Valley.
Additional changes at the company include the appointments of Coby Barlow as property and operations manager, Angela Wickham as property manager, Danielle Taniguchi as property accountant and marketing assistant, and Scott Cusic as lead maintenance technician.
Clothesline Cleaners of Boise and Meridian delivered 500 shirts, pants, ties, sports coats, shoes and other items to Boise Rescue Mission Ministries. The Mission will use the clothing in its jobs program to help men find employment. Clothesline held a clothing drive in September, asking customers to donate any good-quality unused clothing. During a similar drive last year, Clothesline customers donated nearly 800 suits, pants, shirts, shoes and accessories to the Mission.
Access Idaho’s On-The-Go, a new mobile payment application, has been named by e.Republic’s Center for Digital Government as one of the nation’s best government-to-citizen solutions in the center’s 2012 Best of the Web Digital Government Achievement Awards.
On-The-Go is offered through Idaho’s official website at www.idaho.gov and allows state and local government agencies to accept credit and debit card payments via any Android device.
On-The-Go is a ready-to-use solution that accepts American Express, Discover, MasterCard, and Visa payments through a secure payment processor. The application is compatible with Bluetooth swipe card readers, which can capture customer credit card information securely whether or not devices are within cell or Wi-Fi coverage. Upon connecting to a service area or a secure Wi-Fi network, pending payments will automatically process.
The Digital Government Achievement Awards highlight outstanding agency and department websites and applications.
The Center for Digital Government is a national research and advisory institute on information technology policies and best practices in state and local government.
The Center is a division of e.Republic, a national publishing, event, and research company focused on smart media for public sector innovation.