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Treasure Valley Business Achievements: April 2015


Matthew Clements, manager of the J.R. Simplot Co. site in Grandview, and Terry Tindall, senior agronomist with Simplot Grower Solutions in Boise, have been named 4R advocates by The Fertilizer Institute’s 4R Advocate program.


Larry H. Miller Subaru Boise donated $23,114 to the Boise Rescue Mission, the dealership’s Hometown Charity choice for Subaru’s Share the Love program.


Mountain America Credit Union opened new branches in Nampa, Meridian and Eagle. The Nampa branch at 112 2nd St. S. is managed by Izzie Valdez, who has been in the financial services industry for 12 years. The Meridian branch at 55 E. Franklin Road is managed by Dustin Lopez, an Emmett native who previously was a bank branch manager. The Eagle branch at 100 E. Riverside Drive is managed by Tim Kunz, who has been in the financial services industry for 10 years.

Mike Combs has been hired as assistant vice president and branch manager at Banner Bank’s Boise-Fairview branch at 6850 W. Fairview Ave.

Bank of the Cascades has expanded its lending teams. Four employees have joined the residential lending team: John Neil, mortgage district sales manager, is the home lending team leader. Cristy Chaney, mortgage loan officer, has 15 years of local experience. Julie Hobbs, mortgage loan officer, most recently served as a mortgage banker with U.S. Bank. Patricia “Trish” Christensen, mortgage loan officer, previously worked for U.S. Bank Home Mortgage. Two employees have joined the commercial lending team: Julie Barnes, vice president, business banker, has 20 years of banking experience. Lisa Walker, vice president, commercial loan officer, will focus on medium to large businesses and complex commercial credits.

Zions Bank has hired two people. Vikki Miller, most recently a market president for U.S. Bank in Eagle, has been named manager of the financial center at 8th & Main in Downtown Boise. Britney Spiker has been named as a residential and construction mortgage loan officer at the Boise Eagle and Chinden Financial Center, 6176 N. Eagle Road.

U.S. Bank has entered an exclusive, three-year partnership with CenturyLink Arena, Grove Hotel and the Idaho Steelheads hockey team, making the bank the official banking partner of the three businesses. Part of the agreement includes making U.S. Bank the title sponsor of the Steelheads’ appearance in the 2015 ECHL Kelly Cup Playoffs, whose Pacific Division semifinals begin Wednesday, April 15 with the Utah Grizzlies in Boise.

Chris Batt has been named assistant vice president and branch manager at Idaho Independent Bank’s Caldwell branch.

Todd Christensen, former president and CEO of the Coeur d’Alene Chamber of Commerce, is the new vice president of marketing at CapEd Credit Union.

Construction & Design

CTA Architects Engineers has added two Boise employees to its associate ownership group. They are Joshua Hersel, an architect/project manager who joined CTA in May 2005, and Scott Roberts, an architect who joined CTA in November 2005.

Paul Davis Restoration has hired Erin Lovellette, a 10-year veteran of the banking industry, as administrative assistant.


Concordia University School of Law has added two professors to its faculty. Joseph Isanga most recently served as an associate professor at Ave Maria School of Law. Latonia Haney Keith is a graduate of Harvard Law School, where she was an editor and symposium co-chairwoman for the Harvard Law Review.

Bernard Yurke, a Boise State University researcher in DNA nanotechnology with a joint appointment in the Departments of Materials Science and Engineering and Electrical and Computer Engineering, has received the Idaho Academy of Science and Engineering Distinguished Scientist/Engineer Award.


Dave Musgrove and his wife, Diane, have retired from Musgrove Engineering. Kurt Lechtenberg, who has been with Musgrove Engineering since 2007, has become a principal of the company. Chris Dyke, who graduated in 2013 from the University of Idaho with a master’s degree in mechanical engineering, has joined Musgrove in a mechanical design role.

Michael Celt has been hired as a senior surveyor in Parametrix’s Land Survey Division and will lead the Boise office’s survey division.

Financial Services

Nick Weatherly joined TitleOne as an escrow officer. Weatherly has 14 years of title and escrow experience.

Amanda Lipetzky, a recent accounting graduate of Boise State University, and Chris Elliott, who holds a master’s degree in accounting from Utah State University, have joined the Boise office of Eide Bailly, a regional CPA and business advisory firm.


Cindy Wilson, a Democrat who lives in Meridian and teaches American government in Boise’s Capital High School, has been named by Gov. Butch Otter to succeed J.R. Van Tassel of Lewiston on the three-member Idaho Board of Correction. Van Tassel’s term ended. Wilson joins Chairman Debbie Field of Meridian and Dr. David McClusky of Twin Falls on the board, which oversees the Idaho Department of Correction.


Molina Medicaid Solutions plans to distribute 6,000 to 8,000 new books to Grace Jordan Elementary School, YMCA Head Start, Personal Ponies, Idaho Falls middle schools and Blackfoot middle schools.

Cynthia Murray has been named Idaho sales retention manager at Regence BlueShield of Idaho, succeeding Jon Johnson, who retired after 25 years.

Josh Bishop has been promoted to PacificSource Health Plans’ top post in Idaho, vice president and Idaho regional director.


Holland & Hart has expanded its Boise office, hiring lawyers Gabriel Hamilton and Matthew Bradshaw in the corporate group and Sara Berry in the commercial litigation group.

Deborah A. Ferguson, a partner in Boise’s Ferguson Durham law firm and past president of the Idaho State Bar, has been recognized by Idaho Women Lawyers as the 2015 recipient of the Kate Feltham Award.

Anthony Shallat, an associate attorney at Angstman Johnson, has been appointed by the Boise City Council to complete a term ending in October 2016 on the city’s Historic Preservation Commission.


United Way of Treasure Valley has a new board chairwoman, Jennifer Reynolds, the Boise district manager for U.S. Bank. David Peterson, superintendent of the Nampa School District, and Ericka Rupp, a program manager for Idaho Health and Welfare, have joined the board. Former chairman Mike Jung, publisher of the Idaho Statesman, remains on the board.

Nampa Rotary Clubs donated $10,000 to the Nampa Library. A study room, equipped with electronic technology, has been named after Nampa Rotary. Canyon County Sunrise Rotary Club of Nampa gave $1,000, the Nampa Rotary Foundation $1,000, Nampa Rotary $3,000 and Rotary District 5400 a matching grant of $5,000.

The Women’s and Children’s Alliance, which promotes safety, healing and freedom from domestic abuse and sexual assault, honored 50 women at its annual Tribute to Women and Industry Luncheon. This year’s TWIN honorees are:

Shannon Alder, vice president, senior collections manager, Citi; Annette Alonso, sales associate, Keller Williams Realty Boise; Kathleen Anneke, physician assistant, Women’s Health Associates; Melissa Bates, escrow officer, NexTitle; Anne Brauer, LRCP, senior clinical specialist and medical sales representative, Norco Inc.; Lynda Bruns, director of client service, Red Sky; Rebecca Campbell, director of Business Printing Solutions and Partner Program, Hewlett-Packard; Bonnie Carns, MSN, RN, chief executive officer, On Demand Solutions Inc.; Karen Carpenter, senior human resources generalist, Intermountain Gas Co.; Trisa Clemons, CPA, audit partner, KPMG LLP; Julie Combs, VP and branch manager, Bank of the Cascades.

Michelle Edmonds, news anchor, Today’s 6/FOX 9 “On Your Side”; Lori Fascilla, executive director, Giraffe Laugh Early Learning Centers; Deborah Ferguson, partner, Ferguson Durham PLLC; Sherry Fernandez, owner and CEO, Fit Mania Boot Camp Specialists; Cassie Fontaine, vice president and branch manager, Idaho Independent Bank; Shelley Gable, vice president, instructional designer, Citi Learning; Linda Gerber, program coordinator, Operation Military Kids, University of Idaho; Debbie Grahek, assistant vice president, Wells Fargo Idaho regional marketing; Johanna “Joey” Hale, CIA, director, international audit, J.R. Simplot Co.; Bonnie Heinrich, director of project support, Engineered Structures Inc. (ESI).

Heather Hill, director of FitOne, St. Luke’s Health System; Bessie Katsilometes, Ph.D., associate vice president, university programs, Idaho State University Meridian Health Services Center; Shelby Kerns, budget bureau chief, Division of Financial Management, Executive Office of the Governor; Amy Kohlmeier, principal of Boise High School, Boise School District; Beth Malasky, medical director, Saint Alphonsus Women’s Heart Care, Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center; Kimberly Maloney, partner, Givens Pursley LLP; Jaimee Martinez, director of Cost Strategy and Structure, Personal Systems R&D, Hewlett-Packard; Karen Metz, senior director of business planning and integration, Micron Technology Inc.; Susan Morris, former president, Albertsons Intermountain Division, Albertsons; Amanda Myers, mortgage regional sales manager, Idaho Central Credit Union.

Gwen Ohlson, operations manager, Blue Cross of Idaho; Alicia Parker, program administrator of Federal Projects Division, Engineered Structures Inc. (ESI); Sherry Parks, regional chief nursing officer, Saint Alphonsus Health System; Christa Patton, associate broker, Keller Williams Realty Boise; Shannon Pearson, licensed legal intern, Pickens Law P.A.; Lindsey Pontious-Brist, Key@Work Relationship manager, KeyBank; Megan Poshka, business relationship manager, Wells Fargo & Co.; Sarah Reed, attorney, Hawley Troxell; Anne Roegiers, director, human resources, J.R. Simplot Co.; Terry Sellman, client services manager, Fisher’s Technology.

Jennifer Shalz, medical director, St. Luke’s Heart and Rehabilitation, St. Luke’s Health System; Trish Simon, vice president, relationship manager, U.S. Bank Boise Metro Commercial Banking Department; Lynette Standley, corporate communications leader, Idaho Power Co.; Stacie States, president, Keller Williams Realty Boise; Olga Tijerina-Menchaca, branch manager, Washington Trust Bank; Jodi Vanderpool, West region administrator of quality and patient safety, St. Luke’s Health System; Renee Watson, director of clinical integration, St. Luke’s Health System; Allison Woods, assistant vice president and regional loan administration supervisor, Northwest Bank; and Mandi Zillner, national marketing director, The Knitting Factory.

Also, retired Ada County District Attorney Greg Bower was named recipient of the 2015 Joyce Stein Award for his efforts to make a positive impact on the growth and advancement of women in the Treasure Valley.


Martin Hackworth, a Pocatello consultant for the power sports industry and a motorcycle rider, has been hired as executive director of The BlueRibbon Coalition, a nonprofit that promotes outdoor recreation.

Public Utilities

CenturyLink Inc. named two grant winners in its Middle School Philanthropy program. Students in Marcy Pishl’s Team Odyssey English classes at Eagle Middle School researched and awarded $1,500 to Treasure Valley Down Syndrome Association and $1,500 to the Ronald McDonald House. A total of $24,000 will be awarded across Idaho by eight schools.

Real Estate

John Knipe, president of Knipe Land Co., was selected as 2015 Realtor of the Year by the Ada County Association of Realtors.


XTRA Airways secured a multiyear contract with Boise’s eTripTrader ahead of XTRA’s move to Miami.