Shaun Ferguson has joined Lyle Pearson Co. in the dealership's Mercedes-Benz and Porsche sales team as a sales and leasing consultant.
Ferguson has 16 years of sales and marketing experience with Metcalf Modeling & Talent Agency in Idaho and Utah, Elite Model Management in New York, Integrated Building Group Inc. in Idaho and Anthropologie in Idaho. He graduated from Capital High School and attended Parson's School of Design, where he studied design management in Paris.
Mary Rutherford, director of corporate and foundation relations at Boise State University, has been elected chair of the 2013-14 board of directors for the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education, District VIII.
CASE is a professional association serving educational institutions and the advancement professionals who work on their behalf in alumni relations, communications, development, marketing and allied areas. CASE helps its members build stronger relationships with their alumni and donors, raise funds for campus projects, produce recruitment materials, market their institutions to prospective students, diversify the profession, and foster public support of education.
Kathleen Lohse, Donna Delparte and Sarah Godsey recently joined departments within Idaho State University's College of Science and Engineering in Pocatello.
Lohse is an assistant professor of soil and watershed biogeochemistry in the biological sciences department and holds a joint appointment with the geosciences department. She earned a doctorate in soil science from University of California, Berkeley.
Before joining Idaho State, Lohse was an assistant professor in the School of Natural Resources and the Environment at University of Arizona. At ISU, she runs the Lohse Biogeochemistry Laboratory, focusing on biological, chemical and geological processes that shape and transform ecosystems.
Delparte, an assistant professor of geosciences who holds a doctorate in geography from University of Canada, Calgary, has an extensive background in geographic information systems and remote sensing. Her research couples hydrology and biogeochemistry to understand how ecosystems work and respond to human-derived changes.
Before joining ISU in the fall of 2012, she worked at the University of Hawaii, Hilo, and played a lead role in developing a data repository for use by researchers and the general public.
Godsey, an assistant geosciences professor, earned a doctorate in earth and planetary science at University of California, Berkeley. A former postdoctoral scholar at Pennsylvania State University's Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Godsey's research interests include how changes in land use and climate affect water resources in mountainous and polar regions. She also has published numerous articles in peer-reviewed journals and lectured at UC Berkeley and Penn State.
The women were hired through two grants from the National Science Foundation, including a $15 million National Science Foundation EPSCoR project titled Water Resources in a Changing Climate and a $2 million award in Cyberinfrastructure Development for the Western Consortium of Idaho, Nevada, and New Mexico.
They are among 11 new faculty hires statewide at Idaho State University, Boise State University and University of Idaho. The intent of the grants is to develop research infrastructure by investing in personnel who contribute to Idaho's leadership in teaching and research.
ISU's new faculty additions strengthen the university's research and teaching in key areas, including hydrology, watershed ecology and geotechnology.
Dean Kennedy has been named the new director of housing and residence life at Boise State University and will begin his duties in early June.
Kennedy has 12 years of experience and leadership in facilities management and residential life. He received his undergraduate degree in environmental conservation from the University of New Hampshire, and both his master's degree in educational leadership and policy studies and doctorate in higher education and student affairs leadership from the University of Northern Colorado.
Kennedy will join Boise State from the University of Houston, where he is associate director for residential life in a department that houses 4,000 students and has more than 100 resident assistants. He has been working with his professional and student staff team to build an intentional and meaningful residential life program that will be ready for the additional 2,000 beds coming on line in August.
Before working at the University of Houston, he was associate director for student housing and residential life for five years at California State University, Monterey Bay. He has worked in the field of residential life for about 16 years at eight institutions across the U.S., including New Hampshire, Colorado, North Carolina, California and Texas.
The director reports to the associate vice president for student affairs. He is charged with creating living and learning environments that fosters personal growth and academic success. The position provides leadership and management of housing facilities, operations and the residential experience for students at Boise State.
Jordan Cook, Juan "John" Manuel Martinez, Colter Hathaway, Lindsay Mock and Kristin Grant have joined the staff of U.S. Sen. Jim Risch as spring interns. The interns have the opportunity to engage in the national level of government while assisting with constituent services and legislative research.
Cook, a senior at Brigham Young University-Idaho and native of Shelley, studies political science with an emphasis in foreign affairs and is pursuing a minor in international studies. Cook is also certifiable as a police officer in Idaho. He is married to Caitlin Cook, and they have an 11-month old son, Calvin. His parents are Jim and Amy Cook of Shelley.
Martinez is a junior at Idaho State University in Pocatello and native of American Falls. He is pursuing a degree in political science and previously interned in Sen. Mike Crapo's Pocatello office. His parents are Juan and Jovita Martinez of American Falls, and he will be the first member of his family to graduate from college. He is also an amateur mixed martial arts competitor.
Hathaway, a graduate of BYU-Idaho and native of Chester, has a degree in political science with a foreign affairs emphasis and a minor in Russian language. He is married to Aubrey Hathaway and is the son of Val and Rayla Hathaway. Hathaway has served Idaho as a firefighter and as an intern in Rep. Mike Simpson's Idaho Falls office. He has skills in carpentry and construction.
Mock is a graduate of BYU-Idaho and Kansas State University and a native of Silverdale, Wash. She has a bachelor's degree in political science from BYU-Idaho and a master's degree in American government from Kansas State. She is the daughter of Charles Mock and Terri Nilsen. She served as a field representative for the College Republican National Committee during the 2012 Presidential campaign.
Grant is a senior at BYU-Idaho and native of Pasadena, Calif. She is pursuing a degree in political science with a minor in sociology.
All but Grant will serve in Risch's Washington, D.C. offices. Grant will serve in the Idaho Falls office.
Jan Christensen, Krystan Coyle, Lance Fenton, Dr. Mark Roberts, John Sabala, John Spengler and Carolyn Lodge have joined the Make-A-Wish Idaho board of directors.
The new members will join Pamela Christensen, Jody DiPalma, AnnMarie Johnson, Becky King, Ron Leavitt, Dr. Jennifer Miller and Delisa Rapp.
Make-A-Wish Idaho last year granted 90 wishes to children battling life-threatening illnesses. In Idaho, more than 156 children are diagnosed each year with life-threatening illnesses. The organization's goal is to grant all eligible children their wishes.
Kathy Ellis has been named deputy director of the Idaho Small Business Development Center, a statewide, university-based organization offering confidential no-cost business consulting and low-cost training to help small businesses and entrepreneurs start and grow.
Ellis has 25 years of nonprofit development and management experience.