Andrew "Andy" Erstad began his duties as president of the Rotary Club of Boise this month.
Erstad has been involved with the Boise Rotary Club since 1995. He earned a bachelor's degree from the College of Idaho in 1982. He then attended the University of Arizona and received a degree in architecture in 1988.
Erstad owns and manages Erstad Architects in Boise and participates in the American Institute of Architects and other professional organizations. He is chairman of the Idaho State Capitol Commission, past chairman of the Boise Design Review Committee, past chairman of the St. Luke's Children's Hospital Advisory Board, and a member of the St. Luke's Hospital Foundation board. Erstad also participates on the Bogus Basin Mountain Recreation Association board and the YMCA Facilities Committee.
Other club leaders for 2013-2014 include: Deborah Bail, president-elect; Brad Bengson, vice president; Robert McQuade, secretary; Fred Reed, treasurer; and John Corlett, sergeant-at-arms.
Kathy Simpson of Idaho Falls, the wife of U.S. Rep. Mike Simpson, R-Idaho, has been appointed to the seven-member Idaho Judicial Council by Gov. Butch Otter.
Simpson succeeds Ronald Nate of Rexburg, whose term expired June 30.
The council oversees discipline and retirement of judicial officers and considers and submits nominations to the governor on judicial appointments.
Simpson is a member of the State Board of Veterinary Medicine and an advisory board member for the McClure Center at the University of Idaho. She is retired from more than 20 years of work at the Idaho National Laboratory and previously worked in banking after earning a bachelor's degree at Utah State University.
"Having served with Mike in Congress, I know how busy life can be for people like the Simpsons who are so committed to public service at both the local and national levels," Otter says. "I appreciate Kathy's willingness to take on this new responsibility."
Rodney Grzadzieleski has been named director of the Boise District Office of the U.S. Small Business Administration. He succeeds Norm Proctor, who retired.
Grzadzieleski had served as the deputy district director since 2010 and has worked in every SBA district program since coming to the agency in 1991.
Previously, he was a regional director for the Idaho Small Business Development Center at Boise State University and College of Southern Idaho, where he counseled and trained small business personnel. Before that, Grzadzieleski owned and operated four grocery stores and one wholesale seafood and meat business.
Grzadzieleski has a degree in business from Boise State University.
Nancy Shaw, U.S. Forest Service research botanist at the Aquatic Sciences Laboratory in Boise, has received the agency's Asa Gray Career Achievement Award in Botany.
The award recognizes career leadership in the field. For the last 34 years, Shaw has conducted research on native plan ecology and development and ecological restoration of uplands and riparian areas.
Shaw also received the agency's Excellence in Native Plant Materials Development Award for leadership in the use of native plants.
Dr. Jeff Heins, a veterinarian in Rupert, has been honored by the Idaho Veterinary Medical Association with the 43rd Veterinarian of the Year Award for his achievements and contributions to the profession and the association.
Heins has served Magic Valley residents and the association for 27 years. He earned his veterinary degree from Washington State University in 1984. Heins was the association's president in 2003.
He is a volunteer for the Civil Air Patrol and has served on the advisory board for Minidoka Memorial Hospital and Rupert-area schools.
Eric Vos, of Boise, was selected by FedEx Freight, a subsidiary of FedEx Corp., as one of eight fleet-maintenance technicians to represent the company at the industrywide SuperTech competition. The technicians earned their spots through a companywide skills contest known as Top Wrench.
The finalists had the best results from among more than 700 FedEx Freight technicians who participated in Top Wrench.
The technicians faced multiple rounds of competition, including written exams and hands-on skill challenges that tested their knowledge of drive trains, engine electronics, brakes, preventive maintenance and more.
Vos will face competitors from across the industry at TMC SuperTech 2013 in September. The Technology & Maintenance Council of the American Trucking Association hosts SuperTech for professional commercial vehicle technicians.
Action Couriers Inc., a same-day courier company in Boise, has been named the 2013 Pharmaceutical Courier of the Year by Cardinal Health.
The Supply Chain Excellence Award was based upon Action Couriers' rating in all performance categories over the past year. Action Couriers President Michael McGrath received the award at Cardinal's headquarters in Columbus, Ohio. Cardinal works with pharmacies, hospitals and ambulatory-care sites to improve efficiency, quality and profitability.
Action Couriers says it employs more than 100 people and provides same-day delivery service throughout the Northwest through five distribution centers.