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Noelle Lovern
Noelle Lovern


Kenneth Colson has been hired by Parametrix as a senior engineer in the Boise office. Colson has 23 years of experience in designing and preparing road and bridge plans, including specifications and cost estimates. He has experience ranging from small city and county projects to large Federal Highway Administration projects.

Most recently Colson was a design engineer and project manager at WH Pacific, where he helped lead projects such as improvements to Eagle Road from I-84 to Franklin Road, and Idaho 75 from Timber Way to the Big Wood River Bridge for the Idaho Transportation Department.

He also worked on pedestrian improvements for the Ada County Highway District.

Parametrix, an employee-owned engineering firm, was founded in Sumner, Wash., in 1969 and now has offices across the western United States with more than 300 professionals.


Piyush Sabharwall, a scientist in the Nuclear System Design and Analysis Division at Idaho National Laboratory, has been named a recipient of the American Nuclear Society Young Members Excellence Award. The annual recognition goes to an early career nuclear scientist based on technical abilities.

Sabharwall’s research is in developing new technology for very high temperature nuclear reactors. He also works on ways to integrate nuclear power and renewable sources, such as wind energy, into the power grid — coupling a constant source with one that varies with the weather.

Sabharwall came to INL in 2005. He received his Ph.D. in 2009 from the University of Idaho and completed a master’s in engineering management this past spring by taking advantage of the U.S. Department of Energy’s education program. He is a board director on the Idaho NASA Space Grant Consortia.

INL performs work in energy, national security, science and the environment. The lab is managed by Battelle Energy Alliance.


Tommy Ahlquist and Gary Smith have joined the board of directors of United Way of Treasure Valley.

Ahlquist is chief operating officer of Gardner Co., a commercial real estate developer. In 2010, he helped open Unity Health Center in Meridian, a community clinic staffed by physician assistants.

He received his bachelor’s degree and medical degree from the University of Utah, then completed a residency in emergency medicine at the University of Arizona.

Smith is the director of community and business relations for Regence BlueShield of Idaho. He formerly served on the Boise City Council and as director of the Idaho Department of Insurance. He earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Linfield College in Oregon.

Public relations

Ed Vining and Jessica Hunt have joined Peyron Strategic Communications, and Noelle Lovern has been promoted at the company.

Agency founder Scott Peyron introduced a new identity for his two-decade Idaho company. Formerly Scott Peyron & Associates, it is now Peyron Strategic Communications. The agency continues to represent Fortune 500, technology, natural resources and travel leaders in driving awareness and business within target groups.

The creative execution of the rebranding includes a new company logo and website,

Vining, an Idaho high-technology and new-media entrepreneur who had a 15-year career in Idaho news media, has been named a team leader. Vining has co-founded two new-media companies and continues to guide marketing and sales for, which serves retailers and trade show exhibitors with database management, surveys and e-marketing. The company is a certified Constant Contact partner, and iCapture is the No. 1 downloaded app within the Constant Contact Marketplace.

Vining worked for 15 years as a sports anchor/reporter at NBC affiliate KTVB (Channel 7) and as an account executive at Journal Broadcast Group. He grew up in the Washington, D.C., area. He is a graduate of the University of Colorado.

Hunt has been named client team coordinator and digital and social media program leader. Hunt was an editor for AAA’s national travel book and was responsible for coverage of destinations and of the organization’s ratings and customer-service delivery in the Pacific Northwest. She is also a licensed real estate agent. Her experience will contribute to a Peyron practice specialty in active-lifestyle planned communities.

Lovern has been promoted to client team leader.

Peyron, who was press secretary for former Idaho Gov. Cecil Andrus, founded his company in 1996. Clients have included Sun Valley Resort, Albertsons, Boise Cascade Co., the Western Athletic Conference and the Boise State University football team, Tamarack Resort and Hewlett-Packard.


Micron’s, a online retailer specializing in computer memory upgrades and solid state drives, has received the 2013 Bizrate Circle of Excellence Platinum Award for customer satisfaction. The award is presented by Shopzilla, a portfolio of e-commerce brands.