Making Good: Idaho job changes, recognition and other achievements © 2013 Idaho StatesmanJune 18, 2013 


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Heather Wheeler, Carrie Colby and Maurine Collins have been named the 2013 leadership team for Leadership Boise, a program of the Boise Metro Chamber of Commerce.

The Leadership Boise president is selected by the chamber's staff, while the two vice president positions are elected by the current LB class. The new leaders took over for a one-year term at the conclusion of the LB Grand Finale in May.

Wheeler, the new president, is the executive director of the Community Transportation Association of Idaho, a nonprofit membership association that coordinates and promotes mobility. Wheeler has 15 years of public administration experience. Most recently, she served as administrator for communications and regional development and as regional director for the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare. Previously, she was the deputy director of the Municipality of Anchorage's Department of Health and Human Services. Wheeler is a registered dietitian and began her career as manager/dietitian for the Women, Infants, Children Nutrition Program in Colorado.

Colby, one of the new vice presidents, graduated from Bishop Kelly High School and the University of Notre Dame. She spent the next 18 years in Boise, San Francisco and Denver in software and manufacturing industries where she developed expertise in process engineering, logistics, marketing, operations development and management. Colby recently joined St Luke's Health System.

Collins, the other new vice president, is the marketing manager for Blue Cross of Idaho. She is responsible for marketing, advertising, branding and promotional activities. Collins previously worked for Catholic Healthcare West, marketing three hospitals in the Sacramento region. She was development marketing director for Westfield, an international shopping mall developer.

Collins graduated from Idaho State University with a degree in marketing. She is on the leadership team for Little Black Dress Club Boise and the Brian Ellis Memorial Foundation. Collins and her husband have two daughters.

Leadership Boise has graduated more than 1,400 business and civic leaders since its inception in 1975.


Kendall Ford of Meridian has donated more than $1,000 to the Family Advocates CASA through the Kendall Cares Program, which donated $25 for every car sold over the Memorial Day Weekend.


Richard Brey has been named interim dean of the College of Science and Engineering at Idaho State University, effective July 1.

Brey, a professor of physics, has worked at ISU since 1994 and has served as chairman of the Department of Nuclear Engineering and Health Physics this year. He was the department's associate chairman from 2010 to 2013. He was also the director of the Health Physics Program.

Brey was interim chairman of the Department of Physics from September 2009 to September 2010. This spring he was elected to serve as a council member of the National Council of Radiation Protection and Measurements.

Brey received his doctorate from Purdue University in health physics in 1994. He was the recipient of the Elda E. Anderson Award from the Health Physics Society in 2002. The award is bestowed by the Health Physics Society each year to one member for excellence in research or development, discovery or invention, or for significant contributions to the profession.

Brey's research includes radiation physics and detection as well as agricultural applications of radiation and radiation-producing machines. He has engaged in collaborative research efforts including the evaluation of historical exposures, evaluation of animal experimental data, and redefining/evaluating radioactive material translocation models.

Since 1995 he has been the director of the ISU Environmental Radioanalytical Laboratory, which performs 1,200 sample analyses per quarter. Over the years he has served as the director of the ISU Technical Safety Office and as university radiation safety officer.

Pamela Springer, director of the Boise State University School of Nursing, has been inducted into the National League for Nursing's Academy of Nursing Education as a fellow. She joins 144 fellows representing nursing schools and programs throughout the United States.

Since joining Boise State in 1989, Springer has assumed leadership roles. She also is the associate dean of the College of Health Sciences. Springer was honored for her sustained focus on partnerships and her research in the area of faculty satisfaction and organizational culture in academia.

Fellowships are awarded by the league's board, the oversight body of the Academy of Nursing Education.


Gov. Butch Otter has announced his appointments to the Leadership in Nuclear Energy Commission 2.0, which will be responsible for implementing and overseeing progress on recommendations from the original LINE Commission.

Otter extended the work of the original LINE Commission earlier this year after it completed its initial scope of work. LINE 2.0's work will focus on the six recommendations and more than a dozen immediate actions that were part of the final report the governor received from the original commission.

The commission members are:

Jeffery Sayer, director, Idaho Department of Commerce, chairman.

Steven Aumeier, director, Center for Advanced Energy Studies.

Larry Craig, retired U.S. senator.

Bart Davis, majority leader, Idaho Senate.

Jeff Feeler, president and CEO, U.S. Ecology.

Howard Grimes, vice president for research and economic development, Idaho State University.

John Grossenbacher, director, Idaho National Laboratory.

John Kotek, partner, Gallatin Public Affairs.

Mark Rudin, vice president for research and economic development, Boise State University.

Robert Smith, associate vice president, University of Idaho.

Jeff Thompson, member, Idaho House of Representatives.

Mike Virtue, mayor, city of Blackfoot.

Nathan Small, chairman, Shoshone-Bannock Tribes.

Steve Laflin, president and CEO, International Isotopes.

Ex-officio members are Scott Bedke, speaker of the Idaho House; Brian Whitlock, Idaho National Laboratory; Tom Perry, legal counsel, Office of the Governor; and John Revier, deputy chief of staff, Office of U.S. Congressman Mike Simpson.

LINE Commission 2.0 members will have full voting rights. Ex-officio members will advise.


Jake Lemberg has been named assistant manager of Metro Express Car Wash's Nampa location. Lemberg previously worked as a painting contractor and in demolition.

"Jake has shown he is eager to learn the business and progress in the company to help in any way," says Derek Martin, general manager for Metro Express.

Lemberg says, "I first just really enjoyed helping customers, and then I found I also like fixing the machinery and making things work."

He lives in Nampa with his wife and four children.

Natashia Robinson has joined Clothesline Cleaners as a spotter/cleaner apprentice.

Robinson, who previously worked at Clothesline five years as a presser, is learning spot removal from Karen Flower, a certified professional dry cleaner. Robinson has passed spot removal tests from the Drycleaning and Laundry Institute.

Robinson has 17 years experience in dry cleaning. She is a former store manager at the Idaho Youth Ranch and holds a medical secretary degree from the American Institute of Health Technology in Boise. She lives in Boise with her husband and two sons.

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