Oliver Russell, a brand-marketing firm, has added three employees.
Crissie McDowell, senior art director, has 10 years of experience with clients including Blue Cross of Idaho, Simplot Food Group, and Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure.
Stuart Walsh, interactive developer, has nearly a decade of experience developing website, interactive content and video games.
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Kevin Winslow is public relations and social-media manager, having come from Idaho Power, where he managed social-media channels.
Matt Dorsey, a fifth-generation farmer from Canyon County’s Sunny Slope Area, has been elected president of the Canyon County Farm Bureau, the state’s largest county farm bureau.
Sid Freeman, of Caldwell, was elected first vice president. Greg Payne, of Caldwell, was elected second vice president and was re-elected to the 11-member board of directors.
Newly elected members of the board are John Ihli, Mitch Bicandi and Danyele Jansen-Van Beek, all from the Caldwell area. Van Beek will be the chairman of the county’s Young Farmer and Rancher program.
Re-elected were Dick Taggert, of Nampa, and Michael McEvoy, of Middleton. Allison Bicandi was selected by the board as the vice chairman of the county’s Young Farmer & Rancher program.
The Canyon County Farm Bureau represents more than 7,300 members, including 1,509 farming and ranching members.
Stacey Donahue, Sean MacLachlan and Jeff Heath are the developers of RelEventCity, the winner of the Boise Young Professionals’ latest annual B|launched competition.
RelEventCity is a mobile event recommendation application that matches an individual’s preferences with local events to create relevant, customized and serendipitous event recommendations. The app makes it easy to find entertainment in unfamiliar cities. The B|launched 4.0 program is a business startup initiative in the form of a business-development competition.
Banking and finance
A10 Capital, of Boise, has closed a $67 million bridge loan to the Atlanta office of Stream Realty Partners, of Dallas, to fund the acquisition, improvement and lease-up of a 12-property portfolio consisting of retail, industrial and office buildings. The financing was arranged by Holliday Fenoglio Fowler, a Pittsburgh capital-markets transaction-services company for commercial real estate.
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Javier Castro has joined Zions Bank as a personal banking officer at the Nampa Karcher Road Financial Center at 2121 W. Karcher Road. He graduated from Nampa High School with high honors and is fluent in Spanish.
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Heath Gamboa has joined Zions Bank as a commercial relationship manager at the Meridian Silverstone Financial Center at 3715 E. Overland Road, Suite 130. Gamboa, of Boise, earned a bachelor’s degree in sociology from Boise State University.
Construction and design
Joe Levitch of Levco Builders in Boise was awarded the MVP Award from Remodelers Advantage, a company whose roundtables bring noncompeting businesses together to share experiences and improve performance. Levitch was chosen by peers in remodeling businesses across the country.
Patrick Loupin, of Eagle, was granted the Legend in Energy mark of distinction by the Association of Energy Engineers. Loupin is the corporate purchasing manager – energy for Packaging Corporation of America. He is based in PCA’s Boise administrative office.
Stanley Consultants has added two employees and relocated a third to its new Boise office.
Cortney Gibbs is transportation department manager. Gibbs is a licensed professional engineer who earned a degree in civil engineering from the University of Utah in 2012.
Deven Elison is senior resident project representative. Elison is a licensed professional engineer who earned a degree in civil engineering from Idaho State University.
Paul Blackham relocated. He has been with the company since 2005 and was instrumental in establishing the office in Boise. A licensed professional engineer, he has a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering and a master’s in civil engineering management from Brigham Young University.
The Mountain Home Country Music Festival says it has donated $85,000 to the community, including local schools and military and other groups.
Fuhriman Insurance Agency in Garden City received a Safeco Insurance Make More Happen Award for its volunteer service. The award includes a $3,000 donation for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southwest Idaho.
Don Heuer of Caldwell, Ronald “Dirk” Marsden of Firth, Colleen Schowalter of Boise and Ben Quintana, also of Boise, have been appointed by Gov. Butch Otter to Serve Idaho, the Governor’s Commission on Service and Volunteerism.
Heuer retired from Micron after 14 years. He is an Air Force veteran and served as an AmeriCorps member with Idaho Department of Labor’s Veterans Serving Veterans Program.
Marsden has worked for CenturyLink for 38 years. He volunteers as the chair for the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life and for other causes.
Schowalter has tutored college students for ITT Technical Institute and is volunteer program coordinator for the Idaho Foodbank.
Quintana is a program manager for St. Luke’s Health Systems and a Boise city council member who is a Big Brother with Big Brothers/Big Sisters.
The Board of Ada County Commissioners named Scott Williams director of the Ada County Operations Department. Williams has served the county for 30 years, the past 15 as deputy director.
Bruce Krisko has been named deputy director. He was the department’s construction manager and owner representative for the past nine years.
Hospitality and tourism
Holliday Fenoglio Fowler L.P., of Pittsburgh, has arranged $5.75 million in senior lien financing for the Hilton Garden Inn Boise/Eagle, a 98-room, lodge-style hotel built in 2003 on the banks of the Boise River in Eagle.
HFF worked on behalf of the borrower, a partnership of Johnson Brothers Hospitality, of Mountain Home, and Grossman Co. Properties, of Phoenix, to secure a 10-year, fixed-rate loan through a life insurance company. Proceeds will be used to refinance the property.
Nicole Hancock has been named lawyer representative to the federal district and bankruptcy courts in Idaho. Hancock is a partner and a trial attorney for Stoel Rives LLP in Boise. She will serve a three-year term, succeeding J. Walter Sinclair.
Jordan Stott and Andrew V. Wake have joined Parsons Behle & Latimer’s Idaho office as associates.
Stott, a patent attorney who focuses on patent and trademark prosecution, earned a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering and minored in mathematics at Utah State University. He holds a law degree from the University of Idaho.
Wake joined the firm’s litigation, trials and appeals practice group. He holds bachelor’s degree in philosophy from Boise State University, master’s and doctoral degrees in philosophy from University of Rochester, and a law degree from the University of Utah.
W. Ben Slaughter has been elected president and managing shareholder of Jones Gledhill Fuhrman Gourley, P.A., in Boise.
Jacalyn Rosborough has joined the board of executive directors of Women in eDiscovery, a group that brings together women interested in technology related to the legal profession. Rosborough recently relocated to Boise, where she is a paralegal and litigation support supervisor with Hawley Troxell.
Philip C. Maier has joined Hawley Troxell as a transactional attorney, specializing in real estate and business. Maier received his law degree cum laude from the University of Notre Dame Law School.
Brent R. Wilson has joined Hawley Troxell as a litigation attorney, specializing in creditor rights and bankruptcy and banking. Wilson earned his law degree from the John Marshall Law School in Chicago.
The Idaho State Bar has recognized four local lawyers for pro bono work:
Scott L. Rose, Boise, volunteered 230 hours on three cases for an incarcerated client. Rose resolved her child-support matter and custody case. He remains attorney of record on a guardianship.
Theodore Steven “Ted” Tollefson, Boise, agreed to help a mother in a high-conflict custody case. The father had been abusive, wanted sole custody and was represented by tenacious counsel. Tollefson spent more than 150 hours defending a protection order.
Kersti Harter Kennedy, Boise, agreed to represent a mother in a custody case, donating 45 hours of service in litigation and negotiations. The mother obtained a custody order to protect the children.
Joe R. Larson, Boise, helped a Boise man with an eviction after a bank foreclosure. The client suffered from mental and physical disabilities and could not remember what communications he had with the bank.
Lance Giles has joined Eiguren Ellis Public Policy as senior policy director. Giles has 20 years of public policy, communications and government affairs experience and received his law degree from Howard University in Washington, D.C. and a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Boise State University.
The Women’s and Children’s Alliance has three new members on its board of directors: Steven Berenter, Keli Elledge and Brandy Stemmler.
Berenter has served as managing partner with Hawley Troxell Ennis & Hawley, a longtime supporter of the WCA.
Elledge has has served in organizations including The Bishop Kelly High School Foundation board, FUNDSY, Treasure Valley YMCA, Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center, the Children’s Museum of Idaho, the University of Idaho Foundation board and the Idaho Community Foundation.
Stemmler is a loan officer for National Residential Mortgage in Boise who serves on the Saint Alphonsus Foundation Board and has worked with other local organizations. MUG
Officers elected for the 2015-16 term are Darrel Anderson, president; Bill Bodnar, president elect; Debbie Wachtell, vice president; Jan Bennetts, secretary; Jodi Whittaker, treasurer and Laura Cobb, past president.
Two staff members of the Community Council of Idaho were given Community Champions Awards by Molina Healthcare.
Amada Flores, health services specialist at the council’s headquarters in Caldwell, mentors and sets standards for case managers on immunizations and lead screenings for Head Start children.
Becky Arteaga, instructional coach, helped create a partnership between the council and the Cassia School District to bring Head Start to 35 more children of farm-worker families in Burley during the winter.
The council is a rural nonprofit serving Latinos in southern Idaho through 10 migrant and seasonal Head Start centers, five affordable-housing projects, five employment and training centers, and three community health-care clinics. Molina provides services under contact to the Idaho Health and Welfare Department.
Prime Lending, a national lender, has expanded its 6-year-old office in Meridian, opened a mortgage branch office in McCall and will open a 12-person Eagle branch in December. It announced these new hires:
Jeremy Bordner, Eagle branch manager, has 15 years of mortgage banking experience. Michael Heeb, Eagle production manager, also has 15 years of mortgage banking experience. Kelly Kingsford and Gayle Perryman are senior loan officers in the Eagle office who have been a team for years.
Melissa Orcutt, senior loan officer, has served in multiple management positions, including residential loan origination. Danielle Bachmann is lead processor, with 12 years of processing experience.
Steve Coleman, senior loan officer, is a former brokerage owner with 20 years of mortgage banking experience. Jamie McBride is a loan coordinator with 10 years of real estate experience.
Robert Hall is a senior loan officer who has been originating loans for 20 years. Dave Rusk is a senior loan officer who worked most recently for six years Idaho Central Credit Union.
Christine Reino is a senior loan officer in the McCall office.
Thornton Oliver Keller Commercial Real Estate has hired three people.
Myllissa Reyes is an administrative assistant with five years of administrative work experience. She will handle receptionist and front-office duties.
Stephanie Todd has joined the property management department. She has four years of administrative work experience and is a graduate of Boise State University.
Joe Gillis is maintenance manager. He brings 20 years of experience.
Michael J. Ballantyne, managing partner at Thornton Oliver Keller Commercial Real Estate, has earned the Society of Industrial and Office Realtorsdesignation.
The Ada County Association of Realtors elected to serve on the board of directors, starting in 2016:
Gary Salisbury of Red Barn Real Estate, 2016 vice president; Danielle Cullip of Silverhawk Realty, 2016-17 treasurer; Jeffrey Wills of Amherst Madison Legacy, 2016-18 director; and Krista Deacon of Silvercreek Realty Group, 2016-18 director.
Five additional members were elected to represent ACAR as state directors on the Idaho Association of Realtors Board. They will serve from 2016-18: Becky Enrico-Crum of Andy Enrico & Co.; Shirley Koch of Coldwell Banker Tomlinson Group; Carolyn Sinnard of Happy Dog Realty; Susan Weaver of Group One; and Greg Winther of Silvercreek Realty Group.
They will serve alongside ACAR’s continuing state directors: Chase Craig of Keller Williams Realty Boise, Phil Mount of Front Street Brokers, Gary Salisbury of Red Barn Real Estate, and Katrina Wehr of Silvercreek Realty Group.
Community Partnerhips of Idaho Inc., a Boise company that serves people with developmental disabilities and mental illness, presented the 2015 Commitment to Community Awards in October during the Idaho Partnerships Conference on Human Services in Garden City.
Kathie Garrett, a former Idaho legislator from Boise and a mental-health advocate, was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award.
Darbi Bragg, the reigning Miss Rexburg, received the Building Bridges Award for her volunteer contributions and commitment to helping individuals with disabilities through Special Olympics and other programs.
Scott Hoover of Boise received the 2015 Plays Well with Others Award for being a community connector and helping thousands of Idahoans with disabilities realize their dream of becoming employed. He is community work incentives coordinator at Disability Rights Idaho.
Randy Geile, a retired mechanical engineer in Meridian, received the Opening Doors Award for opening doors to people with disabilities by designing and developing low-cost, accessible equipment from common materials.
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Spectra has been named by the city of Nampa as the new venue management company for the Ford Idaho Center and Ford Idaho Horse Park. The company, which is part of Comcast Spectacor, also offers food services, hospitality, ticketing, fan engagement and other sports and entertainment services.
Spectra named Tim Savona, an 11-year veteran of the sports and entertainment industry, as general manager. He comes from Loveland, Colo., where he was assistant general manager of another Spectra property.
Idaho Power has recognized employees with 25 or more years of service.
Alan Lounsbury was hired Oct. 20, 1975, as a mail truck driver in Pocatello and now works as a senior distribution designer in Boise.
John Wren was hired Oct. 13, 1980, as an electrician helper with a substation group and now works as an apparatus tech advisor in Boise.
Brian Brisco was hired Oct. 1, 1990, as a lineman in Boise and now works as a lineman in Boise.
Keith Butler, was hired Oct. 15, 1990, as a garage mechanic in Boise and now works as a garage foreman in Boise.
Kevin Cormack was hired Oct. 22, 1990, as a lineman at the Boise Operations Center and now works as a line crew foreman at the Canyon Operations Center.
Dena McFarlin was hired Oct. 8, 1990 as a clerk at the Boise Division Office and now works as a regional design leader in Boise.
Idaho Power announced the retirements of Tracy Bartholome, 35 years; Rich Haught, 37 years and Pamela Pace, 10 years. MUGSx2
Alden Sutherland, former vice president and chief information officer at MWI Veterinary Supply in Boise, was appointed vice president and chief information security officer at AmerisourceBergen, the Pennsylvania company that bought MWI this year.
Mark Durcan, CEO of Micron Technology Inc. in Boise, was named to AmerisourceBergen’s board of directors.
This article appears in the Nov.18-Dec. 15, 2015, edition of the Statesman’s Business Insider magazine.
President named at Saint Al’s Boise hospital
Odette Bolano has been named president of the Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center in Boise, effective Dec. 21. The job became vacant Rodney Reider was named president and CEO of the Saint Alphonsus Health System late last year.
Bolano is senior vice president and area manager of Kaiser Permanente - East Bay in Oakland, Calif. She oversees two hospitals: a 349-bed acute-care tertiary urban medical center and a 50-bed community medical center. She also oversees eight pharmacies, 800 physicians and 5,000 employees and has health-plan responsibility for 316,000 members.
Previously, Bolano was the president and CEO of St. Joseph Health System and the regional CEO for Texas.
Odette worked in Catholic health care with Ascension Health for 11 years before joining Kaiser Permanente.
She started her medical career as a nurse, receiving her bachelor’s degree in nursing from Texas Christian University. She earned her master’s degree in administration of health care services from the University of Houston-Clear Lake. In 2004, she became a fellow of American College of Healthcare Executives.
Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center, licensed for 384 beds, is the regional trauma center. It is Boise’s oldest hospital, started by the Sisters of the Holy Cross in 1894, and remains a faith-based organization. MUG
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