Making Good in Idaho business, government and nonprofits

Job changes, new hires, achievements, good deeds and recognition.

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Education

Selena Grace has been appointed associate vice president for institutional effectiveness in academic affairs at Idaho State University. She is responsible for institutional accreditation, academic strategic planning and other program-development processes.

Grace has served as the Idaho State Board of Education's chief academic officer for the past three years. She helped bring forward the Complete College Idaho plan and coordinated statewide collaborations to bridge secondary and postsecondary interests in the use of technology. She advised the board, university presidents and provosts on policies, statewide initiatives and reform efforts.

Previously, Grace was the director of research for the Idaho State Board of Education, where she oversaw reporting and data analysis for the eight public postsecondary institutions in Idaho.

Grace was recently selected as a fellow in the State Higher Education Executive Officers/Lumina Foundation Academy for Higher Education State Policy Leadership. She has supported and managed NASA training programs, taught English composition and served as an instructor for summer writing camps.

She is working toward a doctorate with a focus on public policy. Grace earned a master of fine arts degree in creative writing with a nonfiction emphasis from George Mason University, where she was awarded the only nonfiction writing fellowship that year. She has a bachelor's degree in English writing, with a Native American studies minor, from Boise State University.

A fourth-generation Idahoan, Grace was born in Pocatello. She began her new duties Sept. 30.

Financial services

Brandon Snodgrass and Ben Klotthor have joined the Boise office of Eide Bailly LLP, a regional public-accounting and business advisory firm.

Snodgrass is a tax associate. He has experience in individual, corporate, partnership, payroll, and sales tax returns. He has worked with bookkeeping and payroll as well as with reviews and compilations. Snodgrass earned a bachelor's degree in accountancy and finance at the University of Nebraska. He is working toward his CPA license.

Klotthor has a bachelor's degree in business administration from the University of Montana and will graduate this fall from Boise State University with a degree in accountancy.

Previously, Klotthor worked for 13 years in financial services with Wells Fargo. The last five were as a business relationship manager, maintaining a portfolio of clients in industries including medical/dental, manufacturing and services. He joins Eide Bailly as an audit associate and is working toward his CPA license.

Randi K. Higley, of Boise, has been awarded the Certified Fraud Examiner credential by the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners, the world's largest anti-fraud organization. Higley has met a set of criteria and passed an exam administered by the association that covered fraudulent financial transactions, fraud prevention and deterrence, legal elements of fraud and fraud investigation.

Certified fraud examiners have the ability to examine data and records to detect and trace fraudulent transactions, interview suspects to obtain information and confessions, write investigation reports, advise clients as to their findings, testify at trial, understand the law as it relates to fraud and fraud investigations, and identify underlying factors that motivate individuals to commit fraud.

Higley is a CPA with Travis Jeffries PA in Boise.

Government

Mike Woodward, of Boise Parks and Recreation Horticulture Unit manager, and a partnership between the Foothills Learning Center and Boise State University received honors Sept. 17 at the Idaho Park and Recreation Association annual conference in Coeur d'Alene.

Woodward received the Citation of Merit award for an individual. A 32-year employee of the city of Boise, Woodward has served as a park maintenance worker and unit manager of sports fields, pools, cemetery and horticulture. He has helped develop and implement the department's Integrated Pest Management program, water conservation guidelines, and pump and well maintenance program. Woodward is a landscape industry certified manager through the Professional Landcare Network, and is licensed as a professional applicator through the state of Idaho.

He is a member of the Ada County Weed, Pest and Mosquito Advisory Board and participates in the local Meals on Wheels program.

The Outstanding Innovative Program Award was presented to the National Science Foundation grade K-12 partnership between Boise Parks and Recreation and Boise State University. Boise State graduate students in geosciences and biology work with environmental educators at the city's Jim Hall Foothills Learning Center who provide hands-on environmental education programs to students and the public. Operated by Boise Parks and Recreation, the center opened in 2005 to promote the preservation and responsible use of the Boise Foothills.

The city and Boise State launched the NSF grade K-12 partnership five years ago. Since then, the city's environmental education staff has worked with 15 graduate fellows to inspire young scientists with real-world research.

Officers for the 2013-2014 program year have been elected at the Idaho Centennial Chapter of the Association of Government Accountants. They are Les Lake, Eide Bailly, president; Judy Shock, Endowment Fund Investment Board, president-elect; Brandon Purcell, State Controller's Office, past president; Marion Demer, State Controller's Office, secretary; and Matthew McBride, State Controller's Office, treasurer.

The AGA promotes governmental accounting through education of its members and future members.

Hospitality

Sun Valley Resort has climbed three rungs to No. 4 among North American ski destination, according to Ski Magazine's 26th annual readers' survey.

Sun Valley earned top-3 rankings in six of 20 service categories in the poll and finished in the top 10 in 13 criteria. Guests ranked Sun Valley's services in the top three in grooming, lifts, on-mountain food, off-hill dining, service and lodging.

Media

Jim Miles has been promoted from business manager to chief financial officer at Impact Radio Group.

Miles will manage the financial affairs of radio stations KSRV-FM, KWYD-FM, KPDA-FM, KINF-FM, KINF-AM and KMHI-AM in Boise.

Miles was hired as a consultant in 2007 and was offered the business manager position in 2010.

He graduated with a degree in economics from Boise State University.

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