Making Good: Idaho job changes, recognition and other achievements © 2013 Idaho StatesmanApril 23, 2013 


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Ross Vaughn, associate dean of the College of Education, will retire at the end of spring semester after 40 years with Boise State University.

Vaughn joined the Boise State faculty in 1973 and during his tenure served as: head baseball coach, 1973-1980; director of intramurals and recreation, 1973-1981; graduate program coordinator, 1992-1994; kinesiology department chair 1994-2003; and associate dean, 2003-present.

In addition, he serves as interim chair of the Department of Educational Technology.

Vaughn pioneered the study of biomechanics at Boise State in the late 1970s.

Carmen Simone, Lewis-Clark State College provost and vice president for academic affairs, was appointed president of Trinidad State Junior College in Trinidad, Colo., and will take over the presidency June 3.

Simone has served in her position at LCSC since August 2011. Before that, she was vice president of academic affairs at Casper College in Casper, Wyo., where she also served for 11 years as a chemistry faculty member and was elected chairwoman of the faculty senate. She holds a bachelor of science degree in chemistry from the University of North Dakota and a doctorate in chemistry from Colorado State University.

An interim provost will be announced as soon as a decision is made, said LCSC spokesman Greg Meyer, and a search will be conducted for the permanent position at a later date.


Judd Deere, Kyra Maples, Kellie McConnell, Madeline Kroll and Taylor Luczak have been promoted or recently joined the staff of U.S. Sen. Mike Crapo, R-Idaho.

Deere has been promoted to serve as Crapo's press secretary and digital director. Over the past year, he has served as the senator's new media director. Crapo's office has implemented a digital strategy to allow the senator to reach a wider audience of Idahoans. Deere, a native of Benton, Ark., previously worked for Sen. John Boozman, R-Arkansas, and the Republican Party of Arkansas. A graduate of Lyon College in Batesville, Ark., he holds a bachelor's degree in political science and history.

Maples, currently a staff assistant, is joining the communications team as deputy press secretary. A native of Parma, Maples attended the University of Idaho and served as an intern in Crapo's Washington, D.C., office during her junior year. After completing her degree in political science, she moved back to D.C. to serve as staff assistant for the senator full-time. For the past year, she has provided support to constituents and staff, and she was promoted to assistant scheduler before joining the press team.

McConnell joins the office as a legislative correspondent. Most recently, she worked as a staff assistant for former Sen. Richard Lugar, R-Indiana, and was an intern for Rep. David McKinley, R-West Virginia. McConnell is a graduate of Denison University in Granville, Ohio, with a bachelor's in religion. A native of Charlottesville, Va., McConnell will handle health care, labor, telecommunications and social issues.

Kroll joined Crapo's staff after completing her internship in December. With Maple's departure from the front office, Kroll is moving to senior staff assistant and assistant scheduler. Kroll is from Boise and attended the University of Idaho, earning a bachelor's in international studies and French.

Luczak is the newest addition to the Crapo office and will serve alongside Kroll as a staff assistant. He joins the office after the conclusion of an internship with Rep. Gregg Harper, R-Mississippi. A native of Glens Falls, N.Y., Luczak earned his bachelor's degree in political science and Asian studies in 2012 from Mississippi State University in Starkville.

The Idaho Department of Lands selected Richard Furman and Scott Corkill to fill vacancies in regional offices.

Furman fills the St. Joe Supervisory Area manager position in St. Maries. His duties will include overseeing: management of 131,100 acres of mostly forested state endowment trust land; fire protection on 575,000 acres of state, private and federal land; assistance to logging operators with Forest Practices Act compliance and other landowner assistance responsibilities; and other duties. Furman will manage a staff of 21 and many more seasonal workers. He has more than 37 years of experience with the IDL as a senior forest and resource supervisor on the St. Joe Supervisory Area and as a program specialist for the endangered species program. Furman has master's and bachelor's degrees in forest resources from the University of Idaho.

Corkill fills the Payette Lakes Supervisory Area office position in McCall. His duties will include overseeing: the management of public trust lands - the beds of Idaho's navigable waterways - on approximately 300 miles of river; the issuance of dock permits and submerged land leases for marinas on Payette Lake; management of more than 183,000 acres of state endowment trust land, including the lease to Tamarack Resort and responsibilities related to management of cottage sites on Payette Lake; the department's administration of laws related to certain mining projects within the supervisory area's boundaries; assistance to forest landowners; and other duties. Corkill will manage a staff of 12 employees, including seasonal workers. He has worked as a lands resource supervisor at the McCall office for eight years and previously operated his family farm in the Palouse region of North-Central Idaho for several years.

Natural resources

Randolph E. Gress has been nominated for election to the board of directors for Coeur d'Alene Mines Corp. Gress is expected to be elected at the company's annual meeting of shareholders in May, then appointed to the audit committee, and the nominating and corporate governance committee.

Gress brings 34 years of experience to the board. He is chairman, CEO and director of Innophos Holdings Inc., an international producer of performance-critical and nutritional specialty ingredients for the food, beverage, dietary supplements, pharmaceutical and industrial end markets. Gress has been with Innophos since its formation in 2004, when Bain Capital purchased Rhodia SA's North American specialty phosphate business. Previously, Gress held various positions with Rhodia, including global president of specialty phosphates and vice president and general manager of the North American sulfuric acid and regeneration businesses. From 1982-1997, Gress served in various roles at FMC Corp., including corporate strategy and various manufacturing, marketing and supply chain positions. Gress has a bachelor's degree in chemical engineering from Princeton University and an master's of business administration from Harvard Business School.


Sister Arlene Ellis has assumed the role of interim executive director of Catholic Charities of Idaho following the departure of Landis Rossi to pursue new career opportunities and spend more time with family.

Ellis served on the agency's board of directors from 2002 to 2008 while also serving as chancellor of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Boise. Her 50 years of ministry have encompassed strategic planning as well as parish, diocesan and nonprofit development. She has been an elementary and junior high teacher, a principal, a parish youth minister, a religious education coordinator and an RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults) director. Additionally, her service to the Roman Catholic Diocese of Boise included service as coordinator of adult education, pastoral associate at St. Charles in Hailey.

Rossi moved CCI forward by focusing services into key areas, increasing the agency's capacity to serve more Idahoans, setting a direction for the future of CCI, and engaging community partners to fulfill the agency's mission to break the cycle of poverty and create hope.

The CCI Board of Directors has begun a national search to hire a permanent executive director.

Public relations

Oliver Russell has been selected by Owyhee Place LLC to reimagine the brand identity for "The Owyhee."

In addition, Oliver Russell will spearhead public relations for the development, as well as digital and social marketing.

Oliver Russell builds brands for new ventures and for companies that differentiate through acts of good. It is a Certified B Corporation and has contributed nearly $1.7 million to community organizations during its nearly 22-year history.

The century-old Owyhee Plaza in Downtown Boise will begin its next phase of life as a multiuse development including office space, apartments, retail, public space and event facilities. It was acquired in late 2012 by a partnership between Boise-based Owyhee Place LLC and LocalConstruct of Los Angeles.

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