Alexandria Chris Streich has been named chief counsel and public relations director of the Idaho Firearms and Accessories Manufacturers Association Inc.
Streich is a graduate of the University of California at Davis and the University of Idaho College of Law. She is the owner and principal attorney at Streich Law Offices and a former district attorney in Oregon. She provides legal services related to estates, asset protection and firearms, including gun trusts, defense of gun ownership rights, shooter response services, and law enforcement civil and criminal defense.
Candi Allphin, senior vice president and group manager of business and private banking, U.S. Bank, will serve as chairwoman of the Boise Metro Chambers Board of Directors in 2013.
Scott Kreiling, Regence BlueShield of Idaho, is chairman-elect. Others newly named to board leadership roles include Sue Richardson, J.R. Simplot Co., at-large member; and Michael Ballantyne, Thornton Oliver Keller, Boise Valley Economic Partnership chairman.
New members of the board in 2013 include Peter Barton, Givens Pursley LLP; Karen Doherty, HDR Inc.; Brooke Green, Community Transportation Association of Idaho; Charley Jones, Stinker Stores Inc.; Michael Jung, Idaho Statesman; Scott Madison, Intermountain Gas Co.; Scot Phillips, Eide Bailly; and Rodney Reider, Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center.
Also, AmeriBen/IEC Group, Chase Bank, Small Mine Development, Sorrento Lactalis and Synoptek joined the chambers Board of Advisors in 2012.
U.S. Bank has hired Kathleen Lewis as a regional leader for its commercial banking team and promoted Robert Aravich to regional senior leader in the western Idaho/eastern Oregon region.
Lewis manages teams in Meridian, Nampa and Caldwell. She is a licensed certified public accountant and brings more than 25 years of retail, commercial, private banking and bank consulting experience, along with four years of public accounting experience. She most recently served as senior vice president and region manager for Umpqua Bank in Portland. She serves on the boards of the St. Alphonsus Foundation, Boys & Girls Clubs of Ada County and Feed the Gap.
Aravich has overall responsibility for commercial banking. He has 30 years of banking experience, the last 20 in management roles with U.S. Bank in Boise, Salt Lake City and Spokane. Most recently, he was the regional team leader in the West Boise/Nampa/Caldwell markets. Aravich is chairman of the Idaho Bankers Association, treasurer of the Idaho Shakespeare Festival and a member of the boards of the Ore-Ida Council of the Boy Scouts and the Bishop Kelly High School Foundation.
Jon Arozamena has joined Banner Bank to manage the branch at 6850 W. Fairview Ave. as assistant vice president.
Arozamena worked at Syringa Bank in Boise as senior vice president, chief deposit officer. He began his career in banking nearly 30 years ago in Boise with Idaho First Bank, which later became West One Bank, then U.S. Bank. Arozamena has served over the years with the United Way, Idaho Food Bank, Lions Club, Paint the Town, the Basque Museum and Cultural Center, META and the Civil Air Patrol.
Washington Federal Savings and Loan has donated a $10,500 building lot in Manchester Park, Caldwell, to Canyon County Habitat for Humanity.
Dan Luttrell, vice president of the Washington Federal Nampa Branch, handed the deed to the lot to Marcia Davis, executive director of Canyon County Habitat for Humanity, in December at the Washington Federal branch in Nampa.
Davis said a home will be built there for a deserving family not yet selected.
Construction and design
Megumi Haus has joined CSHQA, an architectural firm, as an interior designer.
Haus has 12 years of residential, commercial, health-care and hospitality interior-design experience. She will be involved with projects including the Glanbia Corporate Office Building and Cheese Innovation Center Building in Twin Falls. Her responsibilities will include developing interior elevations and details, millwork, drawings, furniture schedules and reflected ceiling plans. She will select finish packages including lighting, flooring, wall and ceiling finishes, furniture, fabric selections, signage, art and window treatments.
Haus previously worked for Sprague Solutions, Boise, as an interior designer. Her projects of interest include Cottonwood Grille in Boise, Shore Lodge in McCall, the Boise Centre, and St. Lukes Magic Valley in Twin Falls.
Haus earned her AA in interior design from Bellevue College, Bellevue, Wash., in 2001 and attended Miyazaki Womens College, Miyazaki, Japan, focusing on general business studies from 1989 to 1991. In 2009, she completed the National Council for Interior Design Qualifications examination. She is a board member of the American Society of Interior Designers Intermountain Chapter. She received the societys Best Allied Member Design Award in 2008. Seattle Home & Life Style Magazines April 2005 issue featured Haus kitchen remodel work.
Harris Rebar ABCO in Meridian has received a SHARP certification. Through SHARP, the Safety and Health Recognition Program, the U.S. Occupational Health and Safety Administration recognizes companies with good safety programs and records.
Jeff Thompson and Judy Tallent, with the Boise State University Safety & Health Consultation Program, presented a certificate and a flag to Ken Reglin, branch manager, and his employees.
The company worked four years to win acceptance into SHARP. Harris Rebar ABCO became the 14th company in Idaho to be accepted. The company makes reinforcing steel.
Greg Hampikian, a faculty member with joint appointments in the departments of biological sciences and criminal justice at Boise State University and director of the Idaho Innocence Project, has been named a charter fellow of the National Academy of Inventors.
Election to NAI Fellow status is a distinction given to academic inventors who have demonstrated a spirit of innovation in creating or facilitating inventions that have had an impact on quality of life, economic development and the welfare of society.
The 98 innovators elected to NAI fellow status represent 54 universities and nonprofit research institutes. Together, they hold more than 3,200 U.S. patents.
Included in the charter class are eight Nobel Laureates, two fellows of the Royal Society, 12 presidents of research universities and nonprofit research institutes, 50 members of the National Academies (National Academy of Sciences, National Academy of Engineering, Institute of Medicine), 11 inductees of the National Inventors Hall of Fame, three recipients of the National Medal of Technology and Innovation, four recipients of the National Medal of Science and 29 AAAS Fellows, among other awards and distinctions.
Hampikian is known for his work in DNA forensics. He played a key role in the exoneration of Amanda Knox, the American college student convicted of the 2007 murder of her roommate in Perugia, Italy. He is the founder of the Idaho Innocence Project at Boise State and helped establish the Georgia Innocence Project and the Irish Innocence Project. He recently published a review of 194 DNA exonerations in the Annual Review of Genetics and Genomics and is publishing the account of how he and the French police solved a 10-year-old high-profile murder using a new DNA technique never before used in Europe.
In his Boise State lab, Hampikian and student and faculty collaborators work on diverse DNA projects, including developing new cancer drugs, discovering new species of single-celled organisms in Idaho, studying Basque sex chromosomes and inventing micro devices. Hampikian pioneered the study of nullomers (a term he coined), the smallest sequences of DNA and protein that do not exist in nature.
Hampikians Boise State patents and applications include a generator using magnetic shape memory alloys, a micropump with no moving parts and 198 nullomer drug compounds he developed and is patenting that are to be used against breast, prostate and leukemic cancer. He also is pursuing a patent for nullomer DNA markers that protect forensic DNA samples from contamination.
The NAI Charter Fellows will be inducted Feb. 22 during the second annual Conference of the National Academy of Inventors.
Regina Jenkins has been named director of summer and intersession programs at Boise State University.
Jenkins was most recently the director of the student success and bachelor of applied science programs in the College of Arts and Sciences at Boise State. She also is an adjunct instructor at the university. She joined Boise State in 2007 as the coordinator for the Micron employee training program and the AfterWork program.
She earned her bachelors degree in communications from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington and her MBA from Boise State. Previously, she worked in graduate admissions as well as in corporate recruiting and marketing. She succeeds Linda Urquidi, who retired this month after a 42-year career at Boise State.
The university offers more than 600 courses and a variety of workshops during the summer months. Winter intersession in January is a condensed term between fall and spring semesters that offers 65 classes, ranging from one-credit workshops to three-credit upper-division and graduate courses.
The Caprock Group Inc., a multifamily office wealth management firm with offices in Boise, San Jose, Seattle and Park City, Utah, is now one of 33 family offices in the world on the Family Office Exchange list of Leading Wealth Advisors. The Caprock Group is the only firm with an office in Idaho on the FOX Leading Wealth Advisors list.
Caprock announced that Greg B. Robinson has joined the firm as a managing director and will lead the firms new office in Park City. Most recently, Robinson served as a vice president and wealth advisor at Wells Fargo Private Bank in Salt Lake City.
Robinson brings 28 years of experience as a management consultant, entrepreneur and wealth adviser. At Bain & Co., McKinsey & Co., and Price Waterhouse he advised clients in many industries on matters of strategic significance to improve business performance and profitability. As a managing director at EHS Partners, he helped clients increase earnings by $2 billion, working with CEOs and their senior leadership teams to develop and carry out discrete revenue and cost initiatives.
Robinson co-founded and launched several startup ventures designed to solve social problems in economically sustainable ways.
He continues to be involved with companies and nonprofits as a board member or adviser. He served as a cochairman of the finance committee for Romney For President in 2008 and 2012.
Stephanie Sibal has joined Anesthesia Associates of Boise as the quality and performance improvement coordinator. She has been a registered nurse for 21 years.
Sibal was born and raised in Kentucky, attending Eastern Kentucky University for her bachelors degree in nursing. Upon graduation, she joined the Air Force and spent almost 10 years on active duty. She and her family settled in 2001 in Boise, where she worked for St. Lukes for 12 years as a clinical nurse and clinical supervisor. She has held certifications in orthopedics and peri-anesthesia and has current certification in gastroenterology. She recently obtained her masters degree in nursing from Walden University.
Corey Surber, Saint Alphonsus Health Systems, will serve as president of the board of directors of the Boys & Girls Club of Ada County, succeeding retiring president Shannon Stoeger, Idaho Independent Bank.
Todd Grande, Sterling Savings Bank, will be vice president. Returning for additional terms as secretary and treasurer are Belinda Gordon, Hewlett Packard; and Mark Chiles, Intermountain Gas. Retiring members Judy Yamamoto, DJ Yam Farms; Chris Dixon Rogers, Clinical Microstat; and Michael Ballantyne, Thornton Oliver Keller, were thanked for their service and dedication.
Michael Trebbi has joined Thomas Cuisine Management as corporate executive chef.
Trebbi has 23 years of experience in operations and management and has held increasingly responsible roles in the food-service industry. He has a degree in culinary arts.