Achievements in Idaho business, government, education and nonprofits

Job changes, new hires, good deeds and recognition.

February 19, 2014 


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King named director at ISU

Adrienne King, most recently director of relations and communications at West Virginia University Institute of Technology, has been hired as director of the Idaho State University Office of Marketing and Communications.

King replaces interim director Andrew Taylor, who filled in after former director Mark Levine retired in June.

At WVU Tech, King led a creative team responsible for advertising, marketing, public relations, social media and website efforts. She was the managing editor of all of the university’s publications and recruitment materials. She also oversaw the university’s growing alumni relations program.

Before working at WVU Tech, King was director of marketing for the University of Charleston in Charleston, W. Va. King earned her doctorate in educational leadership in higher education administration from West Virginia University. She earned a master’s degree in integrated marketing communications from WVU and a bachelor’s degree in advertising/public relations and graphic design from Marietta College in Marietta, Ohio.

U of I Boise Center appoints Dillion

Lee Dillion will serve as the interim center executive officer of the University of Idaho Boise Center. He succeeds Trudy Anderson, who retired in December 2013 after having served in that role since 2006. Dillion is expected to serve through June and will continue to act as the associate dean for Boise programs of the College of Law.

Dillion joined the University of Idaho in 2001 as the director of external programs and an instructor. He started the University of Idaho Small Business Legal Clinic in Boise. In 2010, he was named associate dean of Boise programs.

Dillion previously worked in private practice and served as a member and chair of the Boise Planning and Zoning Commission, as well as a hearing examiner for Caldwell’s Planning and Zoning Department. He chairs the Continuing Legal Education Committee of the Idaho Law Foundation.

Dillion has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Illinois and a law degree from the University of Chicago.

Boise Schools name administrators

Clay “Coby” Dennis has been appointed deputy superintendent, and Lisa Roberts has been appointed area director at Timberline High School.

For the past 24 years, Dennis has been an area director at Timberline High and Capital High, a junior high principal at Les Bois, an assistant principal at Capital, Borah High and North Junior High, and a teacher at Borah and North. Dennis worked on the district’s collaborative negotiations team. Most recently, he helped support and coordinate the district’s implementation of the Common Core State Standards to support learning in the classroom. An increasing number of schools under his leadership have received state and national recognition for academic achievement, the district says.

Dennis has a bachelor of science degree in math and master of arts degree in educational administration from the University of Idaho.

He will replace Dr. Pete Bailey as deputy superintendent. Bailey will retire at the end of June.

Roberts has worked for the district for 21 years. She has been an elementary school teacher at Garfield; an elementary school principal at Mountain View, Jackson, Morley Nelson and summer school; and most recently was administrator of student programs, where she was responsible for areas of professional development that support the district’s strategic plan, including implementation of the Common Core State Standards.

Roberts earned a bachelor of arts degree in elementary education from Boise State University and a master’s degree in educational administration from the University of Idaho.

Roberts will replace Matt Kobe as the Timberline High area director. Kobe will serve as area director for the Capital High School quadrant.

Brookover new vice president for IBE

Idaho Business for Education has hired Hollis Brookover as its new vice president of development and special projects.

“As an Idaho native, Hollis ... has strong ties to the state’s business community, having grown up in the family retail business, Brookover’s, and as the current owner of Mariposa Labs,” says IBE President and CEO Rod Gramer.

She has helped raise nearly $9 million in unrestricted contributions for her alma mater, Smith College, and for other nonprofit organizations, Gramer said.

In 2005, Brookover was one of the founders of Idaho Voices for Children, a nonprofit. She helped launch the Children’s Champion Award.

She also has served as development director for My Friend’s Place, a Los Angeles nonprofit serving homeless youth.

Brookover is a product of the Boise School District and holds a bachelor’s degree in government from Smith. She and her husband, Milt, have an 11-year-old son, Samuel.

Idaho Business for Education has 85 business members statewide. It aims to improve the state’s education system to create a more highly educated and skilled workforce.

Master Teacher Project selections

Four Idaho teachers who belong to the Idaho Education Association are participating in the Master Teacher Project, which was launched by the National Education Association and BetterLesson.

The teachers are Julia Withers of Vallivue Middle School in Caldwell, Amelia Jamison of Vallivue High School in Caldwell, Glenda Funk of Highland High School in Pocatello and Merrie Rampy of Highland School in Craigmont.

The Master Teacher Project requires participants to post a lesson plan every day — in narrative form and complete with student work samples, teacher resources, a video component, and different levels of tagging. The purpose is to create exemplary, teacher-designed courses aligned with Common Core State Standards, known in Idaho as the Idaho Core Standards.

Withers teaches seventh-grade English language arts and is in her firth year of teaching at Vallivue. Jamison is a math teacher in her 11th year of teaching high school in Caldwell. Funk is a National Board Certified Teacher who holds an master’s degree in English. Rampy is in her 24th year of teaching and has taught at every grade level in four states.

“Being a part of the project makes me a better teacher every day, and my coach challenges me to increase the rigor of every lesson I create,” Withers says. “I’m excited to have virtual conversations with the folks who will try my lessons, and I want to see how my lesson writing translates into another teacher’s classroom and personal style.”

Funk says: “The goal of the project is to put other teachers in the classroom of accomplished teachers by giving them access to an entire year’s worth of unit and lesson plans with all the resources they need to teach the class using those materials. In my utopian world the MTP will open doors to other unique, paying opportunities in education.”


House joins Boise Philharmonic

Amy L. House is the new development director.

House has been area director of New Horizon Academy in Idaho and regional vice president — West Texas for the National Kidney Foundation. She has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Texas-Dallas and a master’s degree from the University of North Texas. She moved to Boise in 2010 with her husband and son.


Sawtooth Society hires Conde

The society named Kelly Conde full-time as volunteer/ membership coordinator. Conde is a graduate of the University of Montana with a master’s degree in environmental journalism with a focus on policy.

A native of Boise, Conde earned a bachelor’s degree in environmental science at Montana State University. She also worked for a watershed hydrology lab, which had a field site near Stanley.

An avid rafter, Conde guided for The River Co., based in Stanley, for several summers after graduating from college. She also volunteered for the Peace Corps in Morocco for two years.

“I am heading up the new Austin Kraal Memorial Volunteer program, which is already the largest volunteer program aimed at helping to accomplish critical projects on the ground in the Sawtooth NRA,” she says.

Conde is also in charge of membership outreach and the Sawtooth Society’s social media.

Food and beverage

Hays joins RAM

RAM Restaurant and Brewery Regional Store Leader Kevin Martinez says Matt Hays, a former Boise resident, has returned to the Treasure Valley to run the Meridian RAM Restaurant and Brewery.

A 1995 Bishop Kelly High graduate, Hays has been in the restaurant industry for 18 years, starting out at the Stagecoach Inn in Boise, followed by a stints in Missoula and Helena, Mont., He joined the RAM two and a half years ago in Seattle.


Scudder to lead career-info system

Sara Scudder, a supervisor in the state Department of Labor’s Communications and Research Division, is the new administrator of the department’s Career Information System.

Scudder, who previously directed the department’s public outreach efforts through the Web, social media and print media, succeeds Christie Stoll, who now helps manage the state Treasurer’s IDEAL Idaho College Savings Program.

The Career Information System is the only comprehensive source of Idaho-specific information on jobs, career requirements and postsecondary education and training resources, the department says. The basic system is available free throughout the state and used by 90 percent of Idaho’s school districts, colleges and universities and other agencies.

Since joining the Labor Department in mid-2006, Scudder has conducted an extensive assessment of Idaho’s nursing workforce and its nursing education programs, supervised the department’s occupational employment statistics program and led other research projects. She directed the Web Delivery Team in early 2012.

A graduate of Auburn University with a master’s degree in economics from California State University, East Bay, Scudder was associate study director for Clearwater Research before joining the department.

Dvorak joins attorney general

Todd Dvorak is the new communications director for the Idaho Attorney General’s Office. Dvorak has been with the Associated Press for 13 years and was administrative correspondent in the Boise AP Bureau for the past six years.

Family Justice Center picks director

The city of Nampa has selected Criselda DeLaCruz-Valdez as executive director of the Family Justice Center. DeLaCruz-Valdez has worked for the Family Justice Center since 2008 in various capacities and before that at Northern Virginia Family Services in Alexandria, Va.

DeLaCruz-Valdez received her undergraduate degree in social work from Boise State University and her master’s in social work from Northwest Nazarene University.

Former Executive Director Rebecca Lovelace, who helped open the Family Justice Center in 2004, left in October to become the director of strategic innovation for the Idaho Coalition Against Sexual & Domestic Violence.

Building Code Officer of the Year

Dan Hunter, Canyon County’s Development Services Department assistant director and building official, has been named the 2013 Building Code Officer of the Year and the International Code Council’s chapter president for Idaho. Hunter received the award and recognition at the Idaho Association of Building Officials Education Institute.

The Building Code Officer of the Year is awarded each year by IDABO to a building code official who has made a significant contribution to the building profession.

Hunter received the building-code honor for his service and efforts to promote safety and public welfare through building code enforcement. He also received the honor in 2006.

In 2011, he was appointed by Gov. Butch Otter to represent Idaho counties on the Idaho Building Code Board through July 2015. He is also the immediate past president of Building Safety Professionals of Southwestern Idaho.

Canyon County P&Z appointees

Canyon County commissioners appointed Richard Hall and Rod Garrett to four-year terms on the seven-member Canyon County Planning and Zoning Commission. Hall has been a county resident for three years and owns a regional collection agency. Garrett is a retired civil engineer who has been a county resident for seven years.

Franden to lead ACHD Commission

John S. Franden will be the president of the Ada County Highway District for 2014.

The president is chosen annually by the highway commissioners to lead the district and to set the commission’s meeting agenda. Franden served as the president from 2004 through 2007 and will now serve as president for an unprecedented fifth time.

Commissioners also named Mitchell A. Jaurena vice president. Jaurena will serve as president in Franden’s absence.

ACHD is the only countywide highway district in Idaho, established in 1971 as an independent government entity by a vote of the people. ACHD covers the entire county, including the six cities within it, and is responsible for the maintenance and improvements to Ada County’s 2,260 miles of roads, bridges and intersections with an estimated value of $3 billion.

Airport Commission elects Pape chairman

Boise Airport Commission members elected Michael Pape as their new chairman. Pape is the administrator of the Idaho Division of Aeronautics and has been an Airport Commission member since appointed by Boise Mayor David H. Bieter in 2008.

Commissioners are appointed to a five-year term by the mayor. They serve in an advisory role to the airport director. Pape succeeds Paul Cunningham, who has served as chairman since 2008.

Walker elected GBAD chairman

Jim C. Walker was unanimously elected chairman of the board of the Greater Boise Auditorium District. He was first elected to the board in May.

Walker replaces Hy Kloc, who resigned, citing a busy schedule. Kloc plans to stay on the board through his term, which ends in 2017. Kloc serves as a state representative in Boise’s legislative District 16.

Walker is an Idaho native who has worked 13 years for the Boise Fire Department, where he is a captain. He is the secretary and treasurer of the Boise Firefighters Local No. 149, a trustee for the Police and Fire Healthcare Trust and a board member of the Boise Burnout Fund. In 2006, he and his wife, Monica, were awarded Preservation Idaho’s Orchid Award for Excellence in Historic Preservation for restoring the 20th century Beck House.

Burnett joins Idaho Travel Council

Gov. Butch Otter has appointed Doug Burnett to serve as the Region I representative on the Idaho Travel Council. Burnett was appointed to replace J.J. Jaeger, who served two terms, most recently as chairman.

Burnett lives in Rathdrum with his wife and two sons. He has worked for Hagadone Hospitality since 1995 and is resident manager of the Coeur d’Alene Resort. Burnett previously was general manager at Port Ludlow Resort in Washington and vice president and general manager at Bodega Bay Lodge in California. He also held management positions with Sheraton Hotels in Hawaii, Australia and California.

Burnett is the past president of the Idaho Lodging and Restaurant Association and serves on its executive committee. He is an advisory committee member for the Resort Academy Hospitality Program for the Coeur d’Alene, Post Falls and Lakeland School Districts and the North Idaho College Resort Recreation Management program. He earned his bachelor’s degree in hospitality business management from Washington State University.

The Idaho Travel Council is an eight-member, private-sector advisory board.


AP hires Terhune to cover Legislature

Katie Terhune has been hired by The Associated Press to help cover the Idaho Legislature.

Terhune previously was a breaking news reporter for the Idaho Statesman. She worked for both the website and the newspaper, filing updates to crime, traffic and wildfire stories. She helped cover the search for Hannah Anderson, the California girl who was abducted and taken into the Central Idaho wilderness. Prior to that, she covered the police beat for a local website in Fort Worth, Texas, was a reporting intern for the Houma Courier and Thibodaux Daily Comet in Louisiana, and worked for a summer at the Galveston County Daily News in Texas. She is a recent graduate of Texas Christian University.

Natural resources

Hecla hires Russell

Hecla Mining Co. named Luke Russell as vice president — external affairs.

Russell will be based in the Coeur d’Alene corporate office and report to Phillips S. Baker Jr., Hecla’s president and CEO.

Previously, Russell was at Coeur Mining, where he most recently served as senior vice president — environment and community. Before that, Russell worked in environmental leadership positions with Homestake Mining Co., Kennecott Utah Copper and FMC Gold, among others. He also worked in government as the Coeur d’Alene Basin Project Manager for the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality. He is a past president of the American Exploration and Mining Association (formerly the Northwest Mining Association) and served on Idaho Mining Association board.


3 join Ronald McDonald board

Chris Comstock, of Duke Scanlan and Hall; Garrett Lofto, of J.R. Simplot Co.; and Mike Schanze, of ConAgra Foods Lamb Weston, have joined the board of directors of the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Idaho. Rejoining the board is former director Becky Alexander of Darmody Enterprises.

Each will serve a three-year term working to advance the mission of providing a home away from home for ill and injured children.

Salvation Army gets new officers

Chairman Frank Mattern, Boise Advisory Board, welcomed Majors Robert and Rhonda Lloyd, who have been appointed the Treasure Valley Coordinators and Boise Corps Officers. The Lloyds replaced Majors John and Candy Stennett, who left the Boise Corps after four years for a new appointment with the Salem Corps in Oregon. In their new position, the Lloyds are responsible for all social services work and fundraising activities in the community, as well as serving as ministers for the Boise Salvation Army congregation.

“We are happy to have Majors Bob and Rhonda bring their depth of experience and vision for growth and service to our community,” Mattern says. “The Lloyds have returned to Idaho after 19 years, having started their service as The Salvation Army Officers in Lewiston. In addition, Major Bob is already familiar with the Treasure Valley. He is a proud graduate of Nampa High School and served in the Idaho National Guard in the 1970s.”

The Lloyds previously were the Clark County commanders in Las Vegas. Before that, they served at The Salvation Army Territorial Headquarters in Long Beach, Calif. They have been married 34 years and have two children living in Seattle.

One Stone hires first full-time employee

The student-development nonprofit announced the hiring of Neva Geisler as community engagement director.

Geisler, a Boise native, has more than 15 years of experience in the nonprofit and higher education sector, most recently with Create Common Good and United Way of Treasure Valley. Before joining the One Stone staff, Geisler served on the board of directors.

“We’re ready to take One Stone to a whole new level,” says Julia Grief, a senior at Timberline High School and chair of the One Stone board of directors. “Growing our capacity gives us a greater opportunity to serve, while making sure that One Stone is set for sustainability.”

One Stone says more than half of the students it serves report significant improvement in multiple competencies, including teamwork and collaboration, awareness of community issues, creativity and confidence.

Idaho Nonprofit Center names leader

Janice Fulkerson succeeds Lynn Hoffmann as executive director.

Fulkerson has experience in health care administration, most recently as the executive director of the Idaho Integrated Healthcare Network, a statewide physician-hospital organization. Fulkerson began her career at the Family Advocate Program in the CASA program, and went on to spend a decade at Regence BlueShield of Idaho, where she was an assistant director. Fulkerson holds a bachelor of arts degree in social work from Boise State University.

Fulkerson’s volunteer roles have included being president of Boise State Public Radio’s Community Advisory Board, a member of the Boise-Metro Rotary Club, a former board member for the Treasure Valley Meals on Wheels, and current involvement in Big Brothers/Big Sisters.

Compton joins American Red Cross

Gary Compton, of Boise, has been named disaster program manager for the western Idaho districts by Wade Gayler, regional director of emergency services for the Greater Idaho Chapter of the Red Cross. He will manage the disaster program specialist in Lewiston, as well as volunteer staff in Southwest Idaho.

Compton served as a police officer in Idaho for 28 years, retiring from the Boise Police Department in January 2010. He held a variety of assignments including duties as the agency emergency preparedness program manager. He holds a bachelor of arts degree in management and organizational leadership from George Fox University.

Reberger elected national president

Nancy Reberger of Boise was recently elected president of National Assistance League. The volunteer service organization has 120 chapters nationwide and more than 26,000 members. Locally in 2012, the 378 members contributed 53,000 volunteer hours and just under a half a million dollars through six philanthropic ventures.

Reberger, who was president locally in 2004-2005, served on the national finance committee and then as director of finance for four years before being elected national president.

Boise has the only Assistance League in Idaho. It is also represented by Karen Menz, who is national secretary and was the local chapter president in 2011-2012.

Morrill honored by Humanities Council

The Idaho Humanities Council will honor former Idaho Public Television General Manager Peter Morrill with IHC’s Award for “Outstanding Achievement in the Humanities” at a Feb. 20 wine/dessert reception and award ceremony. The award, which includes a $1,000 honorarium, will honor his career in public television and IPTV’s work to bring humanities programming to a statewide audience.

Recently retired, Morrill spent 35 years in public broadcasting, including 31 years with Idaho Public Television. His work there included the $24 million transition from analog to a digital format, turning IPTV into a broadcasting system with four channels. Morrill focused on local productions, such as Dialogue, Outdoor Idaho, Idaho Reports and Idaho in Session, in addition to special documentaries such as Capitol of Light and Trial of the Century that explored Idaho history. As a result, IPTV says a higher percentage of viewers within its viewing area watch its programming, and watch it more often, than at any other public TV station in the country.


AT&T names external chief

Tara Thue’s territory is Idaho, Montana and Utah. Thue will spearhead AT&T’s legislative and community affairs initiatives through the states and will assist with new technology deployment and infrastructure investment.

Thue previously worked in the Utah Governor’s Office of Economic Development, where she directed the Utah Broadband Project. Before that, she worked on federal technology and communications public policy matters at Comcast Corp. in Washington, D.C.

Thue earned a bachelor’s degree in political science and economics from Utah State University in Logan, Utah. She will be based at AT&T’s Salt Lake City office.

Otter retires from DataTel

Mike Otter is retiring from DataTel Communications of Meridian after 30 years of service. As the senior field technician, Otter was the face of DataTel for long-term customers.

Otter began his work with DataTel in October 1981. “Mike has been an excellent employee and wonderful friend,” says Rod Richardson, owner and vice president of DataTel.

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