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Treasure Valley Achievements in Business, Nonprofits, Government and Education: May-June 2015



The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics has recognized Jaclyn St. John as Idaho’s Young Dietitian of the Year. St. John is a registered dietitian with the Idaho Dairy Council.

Brenden Fitzgerald joins the Idaho Dairy Products Commission and the United Dairymen of Idaho as the senior director of business development and processor relations. He most recently was food service key account manager for Pepsico-Pepsi Beverage Co. in Boise.

The Idaho High School Activities Association honored United Dairymen of Idaho co-chair Tom Dorsey with its first state award for outstanding service. Dorsey, a fourth-generation dairyman from Caldwell, has attended state basketball tournaments for more than a decade, and the United Dairymen of Idaho has been a sponsor of IHSAA state tournaments for more than 20 years.

Clear Springs Foods Inc. has hired Kurt Myers as vice president of marketing. Myers was formerly employed by the J.R. Simplot Co.


Skip Oppenheimer is the 2015 recipient of the Boise Metro Chamber of Commerce’s Hall of Fame Award. Oppenheimer is the third recipient of this award, following Nancy Vannorsdel in 2014 and Doug Armstrong in 2013. He was selected for the award for sustained contributions to the chamber. He was chairman of the chamber’s board in 1993-1994, when the chamber began its annual leadership conference.

Sandy Clark, general sales manager for Lamar Airport Advertising, is the new chair of the Boise Metro Chamber of Commerce’s Travel Industry Advisory Board. Clark replaces outgoing Chairman Alan Moore of Bogus Basin.

About 80 volunteers from the Leadership Boise Class of 2016 and the Leadership Boise Academy Class of 2015 volunteered April 25 to improve and enhance existing garden elements through seven projects at Zoo Boise. The group is also raising money for the zoo.

The Boise Metro Chamber of Commerce has named its 2015 Small Business of the Year and Chamber Excellence Award winners:

Small Business of the Year (small-size category): Telaya Wine Co.

Small Business of the Year (medium-size category): Dutch Bros. Coffee.

Nonprofit Excellence: Boise Rescue Mission Ministries.

Financial Services Industry Excellence: Zions Bank.

Healthcare Industry Excellence: St. Luke’s Boise Medical Center.

Travel Industry Excellence:

Government Advocate of the Year: Boise Airport.

The chamber also honored Skip Oppenheimer of Oppenheimer Companies Inc. with its 2015 Hall of Fame Award.

The other finalists for the business and nonprofit awards were:

Small Business of the Year (Small Size): City Peanut Shop, DaviesMoore, Disaster Response Team by Ultra Clean, Garry’s Automotive.

Small Business of the Year (Medium Size): A1 Plumbing and Perfect Air, The Boise Co-op, Cleanup & Total Restoration, WestVet Animal Emergency and Specialty Center.

Nonprofit Excellence: Discovery Center of Idaho, The Salvation Army Boise.

Financial Services Industry Excellence: Harris & Co. PLLC, U.S. Bank.

Healthcare Industry Excellence: BrightStar Care, Regence BlueShield of Idaho

Travel Industry Excellence: AAA Idaho, Enterprise Holdings.

Government Advocate of the Year: AECOM, Gardner Co.

The May 12 awards luncheon was presented by Zions Bank; sponsored by the Boise Centre and the Idaho Business Review, and co-sponsored by Capital Matrix Inc. and Clearview Cleaning.


The Idaho Ford/AAA Student Auto Skills competition was won by Meridian Teen Tech, besting nine other teams and earning the right to represent the state at the national finals. Clint McKague and Phillip Penrod, both seniors, claimed top honors and scholarships totaling $25,000 each in this “hands on” competition by most correctly diagnosing and Jrepairing a deliberately bugged 2015 Ford Fiesta at the College of Western Idaho in Nampa. McKague, Penrod, and their instructor, Randy Mahler, earned an expense-paid trip to the national finals in Dearborn, Mich.


Ryan Hiatt has been named a mortgage loan officer at the Fruitland branch of D.L. Evans Bank. Hiatt has 20 years of banking and financial experience.

D.L. Evans Bank presented $2,500 to Neighborhood Housing Services to support both the 2015 Paint the Town Project and 2015 Rake Up Boise events.

Construction & Design

Aurora Riopelle has joined CSHQA in Boise as an architect-in-training III. Riopelle comes from the Vermont, where she was an intern architect/project designer.

Ruthie Heikkila has returned to CSHQA as a human resources/accounting specialist. Heikkila, who left CSHQA in 2001, has 20 years of experience in human resources, office and business management to the firm.

Insight Architects has hired two people: Doug Kruse, a LEED accredited professional who has worked in architecture since 1990; and Tiffany Fuchs, who has 10 years of office managerial experience and earned a master’s degree in writing.


University of Idaho freshman Catherine Yenne, an honors student from Nampa, has received a place in a Fulbright Summer Institute to study for four weeks at Queen’s University Belfast.

Idaho State University video instruction manager Jerry Jones has achieved certification in the programming of advanced TesiraFORTÉ audio processors to enhance ISU’s distance learning capabilities in the physician assistant studies program.

Lewis Eakinshas been hired as director of public safety at Idaho State University. Eakins holds a master’s degree in security management, a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice and business administration, and numerous certifications including as a certified protection professional and certified emergency manager. Eakins replaces interim director Cal Edwards, who served since Steve Chatterton retired in January.

Pauline Thiros has been named associate vice president for development in the Idaho State University Foundation. Thiros replaces Scott Turner, who retired this month. The foundation also named two new board members: Troy Bell, president and CEO of TanaBell Health Services, and Bill McNabb, owner of McNabb Farms and McNabb Trucking.

Ben Circeo, a Northwest Nazarene University senior from Mill Creek, Wash., has won a Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory franchise in Petaluma, Calif. He was one of three NNU students who competed for the franchise with a business plan and presentation to a panel of judges that included the Durango, Colo., company’s founder and CEO, Frank Crail. Four of Crail’s children have attended the Nampa college.

Four Boise State University graduates have been awarded Fulbright scholarships for 2015-16, which will allow them to travel abroad for up to a year and teach and pursue research projects.

Adiya Jaffari graduated May 9 with a degree in health sciences. She was awarded a public health research grant to India for her proposal, “Maternal Mortality Ratio in India: Midwifery Practices and Quality Accessible Healthcare.”

Christopher Bower graduated May 9 with a double degree in social work and political science. He has been awarded an English teaching assistant grant to work in Tajikistan, a mountainous landlocked country north of Afghanistan.

Kathryn Huebschmann graduated in 2013 with a double degree in visual art and English, with an emphasis in technical communication. She was awarded an English teaching assistant grant to work in Norway.

Vanessa Rosenbaum graduated in 2014 with a degree in English. She was awarded an English teaching assistant grant to work in Turkey.

Jennifer Forbey, associate professor of biological sciences at Boise State University, will travel to Sweden and Norway in February 2016 on a Fulbright Scholar award. Forbey will spend four months studying the co-evolutionary relationship between plants and herbivores in an effort to speed the discovery of new and more effective drugs to treat diseases, particularly those that have developed multi-drug resistance. She has done similar research with Idaho sage-grouse and pygmy rabbits.


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.

Leavitt & Associates Engineers Inc. has hired two engineers: Vance Leavitt and Nathan Porter. Leavitt, of Nampa, studied civil engineering at the University of Idaho. Porter, of Nampa, studied civil engineering at Brigham Young University.

Engineered Conveyor Systems, in Nampa, has named Todd Hollingsworth vice president. Hollingsworth has 20 years’ experience in international engineering.

Chuck A. Larson replaced George Wagner as chairman of the board of directors of J-U-B Engineers Inc. at the annual shareholders’ meeting.

Wagner, chairman since 2007, did not seek re-election as he nears retirement and plans on reducing his role later this year. He will serve as a vice president and will continue as a full-time employee until sometime in the fall.

Larson has been with J-U-B since 1984 and has served on the board for more than 20 years.

Financial Services

KPMG LLP, the U.S. audit, tax and advisory firm, has named Michael Hayhurst managing partner of its Boise office. He succeeds John Hale, who retired.

Hayhurst, a CPA, is a graduate of Idaho State University and remains active in professional and educational activities at the university.

Kelly Watts has joined the Meridian Office of WTB Investment Services as vice president/financial adviser.

WTB Investment Services is a Cetera Investment Services program located at Washington Trust Bank. Watts began working in the investments industry in 2001.


Patrick Nauman, co-owner of Weiser Classic Candy, has been named the U.S. Small Business Administration’s 2015 Idaho Small Business Person of the Year. Nauman was nominated by Sandy Anderson, executive director of Buy Idaho in Boise. Since Nauman and Keith Bryant purchased Weiser Classic Candy in 2007, the store has averaged 11 percent growth in annual sales. Over the same timef, Weiser Classic Candy has more than doubled its number of employees from seven to 15. Its wholesale business has grown from six accounts to more than 150 stores in the U.S. and Canada.


Stephen O’Meara has been hired as director of Ada County’s Information Technology Department. O’Meara has been serving as Interim IT director since January. He and previously worked for the Ada County Sheriff’s Office as the 911 technical operations manager.

The State Department of Education has named Jeff Church chief communications officer for new Idaho Superintendent of Public Instruction Sherri Ybarra. Melinda Nothern has been supporting the SDE in an interim capacity and will work with the staff over the next several weeks in the transition. Church has been with the department for three years.

Jeff Nesset has been appointed to the seven-member Idaho Housing and Finance Association board of commissioners. Nesset was senior vice president, financial adviser and branch manager for D.A. Davidson in Lewiston. IHFA commissioners are appointed by the governor to four-year terms and typically represent different regions of the state.

Don K. Weilmunster was presented the 2015 Governor’s Lifetime Achievement Award in Recreation and Tourism at the Idaho Conference on Recreation and Tourism. A rancher, land owner and resident of Garden Valley, Weilmunster has been a board member of the Idaho Foundation for Parks and Lands since 1977.


Donald Murray has joined Delta Dental of Idaho as director of sales. Murray has 30 years of experience in sales, account management, strategic alliances, marketing, product management, brand building, and community relations.

Vaughn Wright has achieved accredited member status in the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry. Wright owns and operates Wright Dental Ceramics, Nampa, which he opened in 1997.


United Heritage Property & Casualty Co., one of the four operating companies of United Heritage Financial Group in Meridian, has appointed Rich L. Stuppy to its board of directors. Stuppy is chief operating officer for Kount, a national e-commerce-services firm in Boise.


Three members of the Moffat Thomas law firm were elected to serve on the 2015 board of directors of the Treasure Valley’s largest employers association, the nonprofit Human Resources Association of Treasure Valley. C. Clayton (Clay) Gill, a shareholder and member of the Moffatt Thomas board, serves as the association’s legislative affairs director. Kay Walter, human resource director, and Vivian Otero-Epley, marketing director, serve as co-chairs of the Programs Committee.

Hawley Troxell attorneys Philip McKay and Stephen C. Smith have been elected to the Boise firm’s partnership. McKay is chair of the firm’s patent and intellectual property and Internet groups. Smith is a member of the firm’s litigation group.