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Vincent Kituku
Vincent Kituku


Tom Anderson has joined Lyle Pearson on the Mercedes-Benz service team as the Sprinter Van Service adviser. He will be responsible for expediting Sprinter cargo, passenger and crew vans' repairs while adding value to the customer's service experience.

Anderson has 30 years of leadership experience in heavy truck repair, maintenance and customer care. He previously ran the service department for Boise Peterbilt. Before coming to Boise, he was responsible for maintenance in the Northeast for Penske Truck Leasing. He has a degree in diesel technology and studied at Cal State Fullerton.


Larry Satterwhite has been installed as president of the Idaho State University Alumni Association board of directors. New members are Ryan J. Sargent, Pocatello; Dustin Mortimer, Boise; Joshua C. Whitworth, Boise; Jamie L. Bell, Pocatello; Gregory N. Bosen, Idaho Falls; Craig D. Hobdey, Gooding; and Debbie L. Thompson, Pocatello.

Satterwhite, originally from Twin Falls, lives in Boise with his wife, Jan. He received his bachelor of arts degree in history from Idaho State University in 1970. At commencement, he was commissioned as a second lieutenant, Air Defense Artillery. He retired from the military in 1993. Satterwhite has a master's degree in vocational counseling from Sul Ross State University and additional post-graduate studies at Johns Hopkins University, the University of Idaho and Boise State University. He retired for the second time in 2009 after his tenure with a high-tech corporation in Seattle, where he directed corporate college recruiting, internship and immigration programs.

Sargent serves as Power County deputy prosecutor and is a practicing attorney in American Falls. He graduated from Idaho State in 2009 with a bachelor's in political science. While at ISU, he served as Associated Students of ISU president and was a student lobbyist, an ISU Ambassador, peer adviser and a member of Phi Sigma Alpha. Following his graduation, Sargent attended law school at the University of Idaho. He continued to serve in leadership positions while in Moscow and graduated with his law degree in 2012. He and his wife, Brandi, live in Pocatello.

Mortimer, originally from Idaho Falls, lives in Boise, where he is an examiner/investigator with the Idaho Department of Finance. He obtained his bachelor of business administration degree in management in 2010 and his business administration master's in 2011, both from Idaho State. While a student at ISU, Mortimer was active in many organizations. He was Turner Hall president, Associated Students of ISU vice president, Idaho Falls, president of the Idaho Falls Veterans Club, and was instrumental in the establishment of the Veterans Sanctuary at Idaho State. He served in the U.S. Army from 2001 to 2006.

Whitworth, a native of Mackay, has been a part of Idaho State University since childhood. His father, Herb Whitworth, and his grandfather, Chick Sanford, also graduated from Idaho State. A football captain and member of the 2002 Big Sky Conference champions, Whitworth was recognized as a College Hall of Fame Scholar Athlete and the NCAA Leadership Conference. Whitworth was vice-president of the Student Athlete Advisory Council and organized community awareness and service activities for Idaho State athletes. He graduated with his bachelor's in business administration in marketing in 2004. He was a recruitment specialist for ISU in the Treasure Valley and was formerly the executive director of the Idaho Republican Party. Whitworth and his wife, Kara, an ISU alumn, live in Boise, where Whitworth works in the state controller's office.

Bell obtained her associate's of applied science, physical therapy assistant, from Idaho State University in 1999. While a student, she was a member of the track and field team and participated in intramural volleyball, basketball and flag football. Bell lives in Pocatello. She and her husband, ISU alumnus Troy, are members of the Bengal Athletic Boosters and are sponsors for teams including cheerleading, football, basketball and the Cage Club. They are sponsors for the recruitment program for ISU Physical Therapist Assistant and Occupational Therapy programs. The couple own Quinn Meadows Rehabilitation and Care Center, Meadowland Therapy and Yo Crazy Self-Serve Frozen Yogurt in Pocatello.

Bosen graduated from ISU in 2005 with a bachelor of business administration in computer information systems. Following graduation, he was a system analyst with the Idaho National Laboratory in Idaho Falls. Since 2006 he has been affiliated with North Wind Inc., serving as senior software system analyst and now as software development manager. Bosen is a certified National Outdoor Leadership School Wilderness First Responder and a member of the Bonneville County Sheriff's Search and Rescue. He serves as chairman of Idaho State's College of Technology-Computer Software Development Technology Advisory Board. He and his wife, Sera, an Idaho State alum, live in Idaho Falls.

Hobdey, originally from Gooding, graduated with his bachelor's in finance from the College of Business in 1975. He obtained his law degree from the University of Idaho in 1984. While at Idaho State, he was a member of Tau Kappa Epsilon fraternity. Following graduation from the University of Idaho Law School, Hobdey joined his father's Gooding law practice, Hobdey and Hobdey, and maintains that practice today.

Thompson, after 32 years of service to the ISU College of Technology, retired as associate dean in 2009. She served in several positions, including counselor, director of student services, interim associate dean, associate dean and interim dean. Originally from Twin Falls. Thompson chose to follow her brother, who was playing football, to Idaho State University. As a student she was a member of the women's swim team, Gamma Phi Beta and Scotch Guard. She received her bachelor degree in psychology in 1974 and a master's in counseling in 1976. Thompson has been active for more than 25 years in the Bengal Athletic Boosters, serving as auction chair and as president in 2010. She is active in the ISU Women's Club and the Holiday Fair. She has served as a caller, team captain, co-chair and chairman of the I Love ISU Scholarship campaign. Thompson has volunteered with Special Olympics, Pocatello Animal Shelter, Simplot Games and the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City. She is a 1989 graduate of Leadership Pocatello and in 2005 received the ISU Distinguished Service Award.

The Idaho State University Department of Dental Hygiene recently received grants from Idaho Power and the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Idaho to purchase mobile dental equipment and start a school-based sealant program at Greenacres Elementary School.

The department will rotate two to four senior dental hygiene students and faculty weekly to implement the program and offer dental care to approximately 70 second-grade students in the spring of 2014.

Greenacres students will be able to receive care on school property, relieving parents the stress of taking time off from work and traveling to and from dental clinics.

The Department of Dental Hygiene also reaches out to the community through dental hygiene education for kindergarten through fifth-grade students, oral cancer screening at the Idaho State Veterans Home and free clinics for students in rural areas where access to dental care is limited.

Students and faculty members in the department also will volunteer at the Pocatello Free Dental Clinic this spring to offer services to those who do not have dental insurance and cannot afford to pay for dental services.

Sydel Samuels has been named director of the University of Idaho Native American Student Center .

Samuels is an enrolled member of the Nez Perce Tribe and a descendant of the Cayuse and Walla Walla tribes in Oregon. She is the third person in her immediate family to graduate from the University of Idaho.

She has worked with tribes and reservation communities for the past 13 years. With knowledge and familiarity with Northwest tribes and tribal infrastructure, plus her experience with recruitment and retention of presecondary education students , Samuels aims to ensure University of Idaho Native American students find success and have a strong presence within the U of I community.

She has an extensive work history in grant attainment and implementation, particularly Department of Education and the Department of Justice grants.


Bittercreek Alehouse and Red Feather Lounge in Boise have been awarded the first Nature's Plate People's Choice award by the Nature Conservancy in Idaho.

In September, the Conservancy launched Nature's Plate - a people's choice contest to find consumers' top green restaurants across the country - by asking foodies to nominate their favorite green restaurants. Since Oct. 1, voters have been submitting their choices for which sustainable, organic or farm-to-table restaurant should take home the 2013 awards.


Marco Valle has been named vice president of operations for The Idaho Foodbank. A news release about his appointment cites Valle's years of experience in the food bank industry and extensive warehouse and logistics knowledge.

Valle grew up in Eagle and attended Boise State University. After his Latter-day Saints mission in Honduras, he served in the Air National Guard and finished his degree in management and organizational leadership.

He has worked at the Utah Food Bank and Utah-based Unicity International, where he was director of operations and distribution.


Shu's Idaho Running Company has been selected as one of the 50 Best Running Stores in America by Competitor magazine and Running Insight. The selection caps off a yearlong process that included a mystery shopping at nominated stores, feedback from key vendors and an analysis of support from the local running community.

The 50 Best Awards will be presented Dec. 5 in Austin, Texas, and published in the January issue of Competitor magazine. Each store selected as among the 50 Best will receive a plaque and window decal.


Brian Angell has been named vice president of advanced controller development at Micron Technology.

Angell will be responsible for leading controller development in support of Micron's enterprise, mobile and embedded businesses. He brings to Micron 30 years of technology experience in various senior engineering roles. He most recently served as vice president of engineering for NVIDIA's mobile business unit, one of multiple roles he held at NVIDIA since joining the company in 2002.

Angell's professional background includes serving as director of engineering at Vivace Networks from 2000 to 2002, chief technology officer of Raydiant from 1998 to 1999 and director of consumer products at 3dfx Interactive from 1996 to 1998. He also held engineering roles at Sun Microsystems and Sentry Schlumberger. Angell earned a bachelor of science in electronics engineering technology from Devry Institute of Technology in 1984.

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Vincent Muli Kituku of Eagle, author, speaker and founder of Caring Hearts and Hands of Hope Inc., received a 2013 Community Champions Award from Molina Medicaid Solutions.

Kituku established Caring Hearts and Hands of Hope to help orphans, children of widows and those from poverty-stricken families obtain a high school education. The organization has helped build houses, each costing $2,500, for widows; donated mattresses, blankets and bed sheets for blind children; and provided food relief for several communities and schools.

Caring Hearts and Hands of Hope sponsors more than 170 students in 72 high schools and 21 in universities or colleges.

Each Community Champions Awards winner receives a $1,000 donation for their organization.