Making Good in Idaho Business

Job changes, new hires, achievements, good deeds and recognition. © 2013 Idaho StatesmanSeptember 24, 2013 


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Advertising & marketing

Tanya Vaughan and Jay Bowen have joined the digital marketing division of DaviesMoore.

Vaughan, vice president for digital strategies, brings 15 years of digital marketing experience to DaviesMoore, including strategy and execution of ROI-driven online marketing programs as well as Web design, architecture, usability and ecommerce.

She has been a speaker at multiple marketing conferences including Search Engine Strategies, PubCon, eTail and StartupTV. She served on the board for Search Engine Marketing Professional Organization, was a member of the Google Tech Council representing top technology brands, and was named in the Accomplished 40 Under 40 by Idaho Business Review.

Vaughan mentors young marketing professionals directly and through organizations such as Boise Young Professionals and the Idaho Marketing Automation User Group she started in early 2013. She earned a bachelor's degree in finance and a master’s in business administration from Boise State University.

Bowen, director of digital content, has international and domestic marketing experience. She began 17 years ago as a radio DJ and music manager in South Africa, then earned a marketing degree from the London School of Marketing. She has managed clients including British Telecom, and BMW in the United Kingdom and throughout Europe. Since arriving in the U.S. four years ago she has worked with brands such as Nike, CenturyLink, Schlage and DHL. She has managed clients with customer databases from 500 up to a million records..

DaviesMoore is a full-service marketing firm specializing in the execution of brand planning, advertising, public relations and digital solutions.


Kevin Talbert, Jennie Daniels, Matthew North, Lance McGrath, Kyle Cheesewright, Cara Laney, Celest Bolin, John Danielson and Yueh-Chih “Juliette” Lin will instruct and advise students as newly hired faculty members at the College of Idaho.

Talbert, assistant professor of education, received his doctorate in educational administration from Miami University in Ohio. Before graduate school and doctoral studies, he was a high school teacher in Lima, Ohio.

Daniels, assistant professor of Spanish, received her doctorate from the University of California, San Diego. She comes to C of I from the English and Modern Languages Department of Olivet Nazarene University in Bourbonnais, Ill.

North, associate professor of business and accounting, received his undergraduate and graduate degrees in Utah. Before coming to the College of Idaho, North was an associate professor at Washington & Jefferson College in Washington, Pa.

McGrath, associate professor/user services librarian, received his library science degree from the University of North Texas. McGrath comes to C of I from the library at Northwest Nazarene University, where he earned his bachelor’s degree.

Cheesewright, instructor and interim director of speech and debate, comes to C of I from Southern Illinois University, where he is finishing up his doctorate. He earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees at Colorado State University and California State University, Long Beach.

Laney, visiting assistant professor of psychology, most recently held a similar position at Reed College in Portland. Laney earned her doctorate in psychology and social behavior from the University of California, Irvine.

Bolin, visiting assistant professor of biology, is the sabbatical replacement professor for professor Mark Gunderson. Bolin earned her doctorate at the University of Montana and has spent the past three years researching breast cancer at Boise State University.

Danielson, instructor in business and accounting, comes from Meridian and is a C of I alumnus. He is a managing partner of Vale Wine Company.

Lin, Fulbright teaching assistant in Chinese, has spent most of her life learning and mastering the English language. She received her education from the National Tsing Hua University in Hsinchu City, Taiwan.

Financial services

Christina Hays and Brett Bierwagen have joined the regional CPA and business advisory firm of Eide Bailly LLP in Boise.

Hays joins Eide Bailly as a tax associate. She is a recent graduate from Boise State University, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in accountancy and finance. She is a member of Beta Alpha Psi and is working toward her certified public accountant license.

Bierwagen is a recent graduate of the University of Montana, where he earned a master’s of accountancy as well as his bachelor’s in business administration/accounting. He is currently working toward his CPA license and has successfully completed all four sections of the CPA exam. He also joins Eide Bailly as a tax associate.

Cooper Norman CPAs and Business Advisors are sponsoring a new learning and resource center for the Idaho State University College of Business.

Cooper Norman funded a new classroom that provides advanced technology and an ideal learning environment for students and professors.

Natural resources

Former Idaho Gov. Cecil D. Andrus has joined the board of directors of RockStar Resources Inc.

Andrus, served four terms as governor from 1971 to 1977 and from 1987 to 1995. He was U.S. secretary of the interior from 1977 to 1981 and was instrumental in passage through Congress of the Alaska Lands Act. In 1995, he founded the Andrus Center for Public Policy at Boise State University, which is dedicated to independent, no-partisan policy formation on critical issues confronting Idaho, the American West and the United States.

RockStar Resources Inc. is a newly formed privately held company aligning investors with a mining management team on advanced gold and/or silver exploration projects. The company is headquartered in Coeur d’Alene.


PCS Edventures!.com Inc., a provider of K-12 programs focused on Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM), has announced the execution of a contract with T4EDU, a company that administers and oversees contracting and projects for the Ministry of Education in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The contract is for consulting, services, products and training related to STEM outreach education programs in the Saudi Arabia.

Other businesses

Jeffrey R. Feeler has been appointed to the board of directors of U.S. Ecology Inc., a provider of management and recycling services for radioactive, hazardous, PCB and nonhazardous industrial waste.

Feeler serves as the company’s president and chief executive officer and joins chairman Stephen Romano, Victor Barnhart, Joe Colvin, Daniel Fox and Jeffrey Merrifield on the board.

Feeler joined U.S. Ecology in July 2006 and has 20 years of business and financial management experience. Before joining the company, he worked with MWI Veterinary Supply, Albertsons, Hewlett-Packard and PricewaterhouseCoopers. He is a certified public accountant and has degrees in finance and accounting from Boise State University.

U.S. Ecology, through its subsidiaries, provides waste management and recycling services to commercial and government entities, such as refineries and chemical production facilities, manufacturers, electric utilities, steel mills, medical and academic institutions and waste brokers. Headquartered in Boise, the company is one of the oldest radioactive and hazardous waste services firms in North America.

Timothy Melody, of Fruitland, a driver for ABF Freight System Inc., took first place in the Twin Trailers class at the 76th annual National Truck Driving Championships.

Melody was one of 422 professional truck drivers from across the United States to compete at the event held in Salt Lake City. The competition course inside the Salt Palace Convention Center challenged the competitors’ knowledge of safety, equipment and the industry. The skills course tested their ability to judge distances, maneuver tight spaces, reverse, park, and position their vehicles exactly over scales, before barriers or around curves.

Melody has competed in the Twin Trailers class at the state level every year since 2009, winning either first or second place. In 2010 he competed at the National Truck Driving Championships and finished 26th. This year he was named Idaho’s Grand Champion.

In order to qualify to compete, drivers had to be able to certify that they have not been in an accident for the previous 12 months. They also had to verify that they had not received any form of pay, bonus, prize or other consideration for time spent practicing for the event.

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