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


Boise writer Natalie Bartley received an Excellence in Craft Award in the “Managing our World” category from the Northwest Outdoor Writers Association’s 2015 annual competition for her article “More to Love: Fat Bikes Fill Out the Trails,” published in the National Ski Areas Association’s NSAA Journal Fall 2014 issue. Bartley’s updated trail guidebook, “Best Rail Trails Pacific Northwest,” released this May, is available at local bookstores and outdoor shops. MUG

The Idaho Centennial Chapter of the Association of Government Accountants has recognized two members with annual awards. The 2014-15 Chapter Financial Manager of the Year award was presented to Brandon Purcell of the Idaho State Controller’s Office. The 2014-15 Chapter Service Award was presented to Marsi Woody. Woody has worked for the state of Idaho for 27 years.

The chapter also donated $1,200 to the Idaho Foodbank’s Backpack Program, which provides weekend food support throughout the school year; and donated $1,000 in scholarship money to each of the foundations of Boise State University, Idaho State University, Lewis-Clark State College, the University of Idaho, the College of Western Idaho, the College of Southern Idaho, and North Idaho College.

The chapter has elected these new officers for 2015-16: Christopher Stratton, State Controller’s Office, president; Steve Bellomy, Department of Health and Welfare, president-elect; Chelsea Avery, Department of Health and Welfare, secretary; and Matthew McBride, State Controller’s Office, treasurer.


Bank of America presented a sponsorship of $5,000 to Junior Achievement of Idaho in Boise.

Don Lillie has been named mortgage loan officer at the Caldwell branch of D.L. Evans Bank. Lillie has 29 years of mortgage lending and banking experience. MUG

Jim Reames has been named vice president and branch manager in the Nampa Karcher branch of D.L. Evans Bank. Reames has 15 years of banking experience. MUG

Spring Alexander has been promoted to vice president and compliance officer of Idaho Independent Bank. Alexander joined the bank in September 2012 as Community Reinvestment Act officer and compliance analyst. She was promoted to compliance officer in July 2013 and assistant vice president and compliance officer in September 2014. MUG

Jacqueline Hickman has joined Zions Bank as an executive banking relationship manager in the Boise Main Financial Center at 800 W. Main St. in Downtown Boise. MUG

Lauri Tolmie has joined Bank of the Cascades as vice president and professional banking officer for the Treasure Valley region. She will be in the Commercial Banking Center in Nampa. Tolmie has 25 years of banking and financial industry experience. MUG

Construction & Design

Brian Riopelle has joined CSHQA as an architect-in-training III. Riopelle has spent the last four years managing commercial and health care architectural projects in Vermont. MUG


John C. Crepeau, professor and outgoing chair of the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Idaho, has been awarded a Fulbright Scholar grant to lecture and conduct research at Escuela Superior Politécnica del Litoral (ESPOL) in Guayaquil, Ecuador. Crepeau will spend six months in Ecuador teaching a course in fluid mechanics on the topic of turbulence, in Spanish. He will also serve as a visiting researcher on a team studying how additives change the properties of fluids to optimize engineering systems to make them more efficient. MUG

Kelly Roberts, University of Idaho English lecturer, has received a Fulbright U.S. Student Program grant to travel to Nepal for an English teaching assistantship. Roberts will be in Nepal from March to December 2016 and will work alongside Nepali teachers to foster English education. Roberts plans to lead community creative-writing workshops on displacement issues. MUG

Rob Caisley, head of dramatic writing in the Department of Theatre Arts at the University of Idaho, has been named the featured playwright for the 2015 Seven Devils Playwrights Conference. Caisley will join four other playwrights, selected from 450 submissions from across the nation, in developing and presenting new work. Caisley will develop “The Open Hand” which was commissioned by the Clarence Brown Theatre, Knoxville, Tenn. and will receive its world premiere there in spring 2016.

Brent Keeth, senior fellow at Micron Technology, has been honored by the University of Idaho with an honorary doctorate in engineering science. Keeth received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in electrical engineering from the university in 1982 and 1996, respectively, and joined Micron in 1992. He has remained involved at U of I through his service as a search committee member for electrical and computer engineering faculty, the recruiting of students at Micron, securing of research funding for students and assistance in developing policies regarding sponsored research. Keeth serves on the College of Engineering advisory board.

Mary Kay McFadden has been named the vice president for advancement at the University of Idaho, effective Aug. 30. McFadden will oversee alumni relations, annual giving, donor relations and corporate and foundation relations. MUG

Blaine Eckles has been named the dean of students at the University of Idaho, effective July 13. Eckles received a doctorate in adult, organizational learning and leadership from U of I Boise in 2011. MUG

Sarah Partlow Lefevre, Idaho State University professor, has been appointed director of the 2016 National Debate Tournament, the first female director in NDT history. Partlow Lefevre is the director of ISU’s James M. & Sharon E. Rupp Debate Society and professor of communication, media and persuasion. MUG

S. Hossein Mousavinezhad, Idaho State University electrical engineering professor, has been chosen to be a Fellow Member by The American Society for Engineering Education for his contributions to the society and to engineering education. MUG

Terry Bowyer, a biological sciences professor at Idaho State University, has been honored with the O. C. “Charlie” Wallmo Award for contributions to knowledge and improved management of black-tailed and mule deer. The award is given by the mule deer working group of the Western Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies. MUG

Collette Wixom-Call is the new director of development for the Idaho State University Division of Health Sciences. Wixom-Call joined ISU in March after holding numerous development roles at Harvard University in Cambridge, Mass. MUG

The Idaho State University Alumni Association board has elected six new members, who will begin serving in October 2015. They are Gary Aldous, American Falls; Ruby Walsh, Pocatello; Donnel McNeal, Meridian; Deb Poulson, Pocatello; Mandi Everett, Pocatello; and Patty Bolinger, American Falls. Also joining the board in January 2015 were Kasi Beorchia, Pocatello; and Kathryn Layman, Portland; replacing board members who left their positions because of job changes. Col. F. Paul Briggs, Alexandria, Va., is president-elect.


Power Engineers CEO Jack Hand announced that Chief Administrative Officer Bret Moffett will take over as CEO in May. Moffett will report to Hand and hold the title of president until next year’s transition. Hand will continue to serve on Power’s board, as he has since 1997. Power, based in Hailey, employs more than 700 people in Hailey and Meridian.

Financial Services

Mark Daly, of Daly & Vachek Investment Consulting Group of Wells Fargo Advisors, is one of six Idaho financial advisers recently named to Barron’s Top 1,200 Financial Advisers list, and one of two named to the Financial Times 400 Top Financial Advisers list. MUG


Chris Cooper has been hired as library director by the Nampa Library Board. Since 2005, Cooper said he has helped raise more than $500,000 for the libraries through grants and donor development. MUG

Superintendent of Public Instruction Sherri Ybarra announced that Will Goodman, chief technology officer, will leave the department June 30 to be closer to family. Goodman will return to the Mountain Home School District as technology director. Ybarra named Chris Campbell as Goodman’s successor. Campbell is the department’s Region 1 and 2 regional education technology coordinator, working with school districts on data uploads and technology support. He previously served seven years as director of technology for the Genesee Joint School District.

Ybarra says Lisa Colón, educator effectiveness coordinator, will succeed Taylor Raney as leader of the Teacher Certification Division. Colon has eight years of experience instructing middle school students and seven years as an elementary administrator.


Dr. Banu Symington, hematologist/oncologist at St. Luke’s Mountain States Tumor Institute in Twin Falls, has received one of seven Quality Connect Champion Awards for her HPV (human papillomavirus) prevention advocacy from the American College of Physicians. HPV is the most common sexually transmitted infection.


Pets Best Insurance Services LLC, of Boise, has surpassed $100 million in pet-insurance claim payments to policyholders.

Scott Jones has been named vice president of sales at Regence BlueShield of Idaho. Jones was director of market development for Regence in Washington and at Asuris Northwest Health. MUG

Phyllis Martinsen has received the Dave Isern Memorial Award for her service from the Idaho Association of Health Underwriters.


Stoel Rives LLP says its Idaho appellate practice will now receive coverage on the firm’s Notice of Appeal blog. Staffed by attorneys Christopher Pooser, Mark Geston and Andrea Reynolds of the Boise office, the blog will provide regular updates on practice before the Idaho Supreme Court and Idaho Court of Appeals. MUG

Stoel Rives has hired two attorneys in its Boise office: business transactional attorney Nicholas L. Taylor and litigation associate Andrea W. Reynolds. Taylor, who worked previously at Hawley Troxell Ennis & Hawley LLP, focuses on complex mergers and acquisitions, venture capital and private equity fundraising and counsels start-ups and emerging companies. Reynolds, a former staff attorney for the New Mexico Court of Appeals, focuses on commercial and corporate matters and is experienced in appellate litigation. MUGSx2

Amy Holm has joined Elam & Burke as an associate attorney. Holm practices labor and employment law, medical and professional malpractice defense, and general civil litigation. MUG

Deborah Ferguson and Craig Durham have formed Ferguson Durham PLLC, a law firm at 223 N. 6th Street in Boise, . Their business partnership began with their successful challenge of Idaho’s constitutional same-sex marriage ban in federal court. PHOTO (2 people) 1 col

Chambers USA has ranked Boise attorneys L. Michael Bogert, Robert B. Burns, David S. Jensen, J. Kevin West and John N. Zarian of Parsons Behle & Latimer among the nation’s top attorneys. The publication recognized Bogert in natural resources and environmental law; Burns and Jensen in real estate; West in labor and employment; and Zarian in commercial litigation.

Spink Butler LLP has three lawyers named to the 2015 Mountain States Super Lawyers and Mountain States Rising Star lists: JoAnn Butler, Michael Spink and Hethe Clark. Butler was recognized for her work in land use and zoning law and Spink for business litigation. Clark was selected as a 2015 Rising Star in real estate law.

Perkins Coie has six Idaho attorneys recognized by Chambers USA as leaders in their field: Eric Bjorkman, corporate/commercial; Melanie G Rubocki, corporate/commercial; Stephen Hardesty, corporate/commercial; Richard Boardman, litigation – general commercial; Erika Malmen, natural resources and environment; and Robert Maynard, natural resources and environment.


Buy Idaho has hired Idaho native Lindsay O’Neil as office manager.

The Core, a nonprofit focused on catalyzing Idaho’s medical-technology ecosystem, and the Wayne Brown Institute, a Utah nonprofit, have developed a strategic partnership to deliver more support, guidance and opportunities to local med-tech businesses.

The Idaho Community Foundation says four staff members have new titles. Elly Davis, a five-year employee, is the director of donor services. Her previous title was donor relations officer. Holly Motes, a 13-year employee, is the chief financial and administrative officer. Her previous title was controller. Jennifer Oxley, a five-year employee, is the chief communications and marketing officer. Her previous title was communications and marketing director. Lauren Tassos, a six-year employee, is the chief development and donor services officer. Her previous title was development officer. MUGSx4

Morgan Wilson has joined the Idaho Foodbank as vice president of development, having most recently served as the deputy director of Feeding America San Diego, San Diego County’s largest hunger-relief organization. MUG

The Nature Conservancy teamed up with the Boise company Proof Eyewear in June to launch a project called #NatureofSummer to help raise awareness for conservation among young ecology-minded consumers.

The Treasure Valley Family YMCA has honored five people for their years of volunteerism and service to the Y and the community.

The Golden Book of Distinguished Service Award, the Y’s most prestigious honor, has been awarded to only 10 people in the Y’s 124-year history. The award was given to Sharon Allen, the first female managing partner, first female board member and first independent chairman of Deloitte LLP, the highest-ranking woman in Deloitte’s history. Allen served on the local board as chair, later went on to serve on the board of the YMCA of Metropolitan Los Angeles, and later was recruited to the National YMCA board, which she eventually chaired.

The Vern Emery Award is being given to long-time Y board member and community advocate Craig Storti, a former managing partner at Hawley Troxell and legal counsel at URS.

The Service to Youth Award was given to John Cotner, West YMCA; Scott Gipson, Caldwell YMCA; and David Turnbull, Brighton Corp.

Jason Sears has announced that he will be leaving Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southwest Idaho after two years as CEO to pursue opportunities in Seattle.

Real Estate

Coleman Homes has launched its Coleman Cares program, allowing employees to vote for two Idaho causes worthy of receiving charitable donations. Employees selected the Boys & Girls Club of Ada County and Miracle on Idaho Street. Coleman Homes gave $15,000 to the Boys & Girls Club to provide scholarships to children for two programs at the Meridian club. Coleman gave a $5,000 check to Miracle on Idaho Street, which feeds homeless and displaced families on Christmas Day. It is hosted by The CraftWorks Foundation, the charitable arm of CraftWorks Restaurants and Breweries Inc. and the parent company of Old Chicago Restaurant in Boise.

Griffis/Blessing employees participated in their third annual Volunteer Day in April by spending a day working with nonprofit organizations in lieu of their normal daily activities. Members of the property management company’s commercial and multifamily groups went to Zoo Boise to help with grounds cleanup and general landscaping.

Laurel and Scott Meyer have joined Coldwell Banker Tomlinson Group in the Eagle office. The Meyers focus on residential resale and new construction. They can be reached at (208) 409-7478 and (208) 409-8988, respectively. PHOTO (2 people) 1 col

Adam Wheeler has joined Colliers International’s Idaho team as a research coordinator. Wheeler will produce quarterly market reports and maintain Colliers’ commercial real estate database. MUG

The Idaho Association of Realtors gave the Asian Real Estate Association of America Boise Chapter $1,000 through a diversity grant made possible by the National Association of Realtors. AREAA representatives include 2015 president Marcus Tam and board members Mark Barnard and Tom Turner.

Thornton Oliver Keller Commercial Real Estate says it celebrated a record-breaking year for transactions with more than $190 million in total consideration and over 45 percent market share in Boise. It also joined the Retail Brokers Network.


Three Rodda Paint stores in Boise, Caldwell and Meridian are participating in the first phase of a Rodda Paint in-store kiosk program with the Locate Express on-demand search engine to help homeowner customers find painters approved by Rodda Paint. Locate Express, a Boise company, developed the technology behind the kiosk.


Amanda Klock has been promoted to senior technical recruiter at Experis IT in Boise. Klock joined Experis in 2009 and has 12 years of experience as a strategic IT and engineering recruiter. MUG

Experis IT has announced two new hires. Grant Morgan has joined as business development manager. He most recently managed the Verizon Connected Solutions Telematics Group. Alan Schoenwald has joined as technical recruiter for the Boise office. Most recently, he served as lead recruiter at FPC of Boise, staffing Fortune 500 manufacturing companies. MUGSx2

Natashia Robinson, lead spotter/cleaner at Clothesline Cleaners in Boise, has passed the certified professional dry-cleaning exam by the Drycleaning and Laundry Institute. Robinson is one of three certified professional dry cleaners in Idaho, Clothesline says. The others are Clothesline owner Gary McCracken and Karen Flower, who also works at Clothesline. MUG

LunchBOX Franchise (, of Boise, has named perations Director Terrence Groth as chief operating officer, a new position within the franchise. Groth previously directed operational activities for LunchBOX Franchise and will continue to report to LunchBOX Franchise Founder and CEO Debi Lane. The company offers a speed-waxing concept that it says is growing fast in affluent communities coast to coast under the LunchBOX (A Waxing Salon) brand.


Caldwell Night Rodeo has given the Boise Rescue Mission $10,000. The funds, part of CNR’s Military Relief Fund, were raised on Patriot Night during last year’s rodeo.


Micron Technology Inc. employees selected the Women’s and Children’s Alliance as their 2015 Charity of Choice, earning a $20,000 monetary donation and volunteer support for a year.

The Micron Foundation presented a $100,000 grant award to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Ada County. The grant is for the Meridian Club Expansion Project to support a portion of the project that includes a new technology center, teen center and gymnasium.

Resource Data Inc., a custom software development, geographic information system and IT consulting firm, has added four employees to the Boise branch. Fran McCain was hired as a project manager/senior analyst. Ben Ballard was hired as a project manager/analyst. Alex Wulff was hired as a programmer/analyst. Donovan Roley was hired as a senior programmer/analyst.


The nine winners of Idaho’s Truck Driving Championships will head to St. Louis to compete Aug. 11-15 in the National Truck Driving Championships. Idaho Trucking Association board member Dan Bernert, of BCT Inc., presented co-grand champion awards to Kevin Winn, winner of the three-axle class, and Dean Goodnight, winner of the flatbed class. Scott Colwell, Reddaway, took home the pretrip award, scoring 98 out of a possible 100. Rookie of the Year award went to three-axle class competitor Skyler Campbell, of Fed Ex Freight, for the highest combined score of the 20 rookies who competed.

The top three in each catetory were:

3 Axle – 1) Kevin “KJ” Winn, Old Dominion Freight Lines, Twin Falls; 2) Matthew Housley, Fed Ex Freight, Caldwell; 3) Josh Jetton, Con-way Freight, Wilder.

4 Axle – 1) James Neavear, Fed Ex Freight, Blackfoot; 2) Adam Heim, Fed Ex Freight, Rathdrum; 3) Joseph “Joe” Hill, Old Dominion Freight Lines, Marsing.

5 Axle – 1) Dave Murphy, YRC Freight, Meridian; 2) Scott Colwell, Reddaway, Parma; 3) Timothy “Tim” Melody, ABF Freight Systems Inc., Payette.

Sleeper Berth – 1) John Kauten Sr., Gordon Trucking, Emmett; 2) James Cadwell, Gordon Trucking, Rigby; 3) Joe Valencia, Con-way Freight, Nampa.

Straight Truck – 1) William “Bill” Nolan, Old Dominion Freight Lines, Kuna; 2) Jacob “Jake” Davis, Con-way Freight, Boise; 3) Daryl Barnett, Fed Ex Freight, Mountain Home.

Tank Truck – 1) Ronald Coles, ABF Freight Systems Inc., Melba; 2) Ray Sitton, Con-way Freight, Nampa; 3) Jeremy Christensen, Reddaway, Caldwell.

Flat Bed – 1) Dean Goodnight, Reddaway, Nampa; 2) Timothy “Tim” Brown, Arlo G Lott Trucking, Twin Falls; 3) James Poole, Arlo G Lott Trucking, Cambridge.

Step Van – 1) Brandon Becker, Fed Ex Ground, Boise; 2) Joshua Arnett, Fed Ex Ground, Meridian; 3) John Scafe, Fed Ex Ground, Ashton.

Twin Trailers – 1) Daniel Istre, Reddaway, Caldwell; 2) Mark VanBlaircom, Old Dominion Freight Lines, Meridian; 3) Kurt Davis, Con-way Freight, Pocatello.


Danielle Stephens of Idaho’s Harmon Travel is among 77 people selected from among hundreds of applicants to attend the second annual Global Travel Marketplace West in early May in Tucson, Ariz. Stephens also has been selected as a member of TravelAge West magazine’s editorial advisory board. She will offer feedback on the magazine’s coverage of the travel industry, trip destinations, products and other editorial content. MUG


Idaho Power recognized employees with 25 or more years of service. Scott Gates was hired April 7, 1980, as a meter reader in Boise and now works as a renewable energy specialist. Randy Mendiola was hired April 8, 1985, as a customer service rep in Nampa and is now a customer rep. Lewis Wardle was hired April 25, 1990, as a biologist and now works as a senior biologist. Jennifer Adams was hired May 28, 1980, as a clerk in the General Office and now works as a departmental specialist at the Boise Operations Center. Pete Newton was hired May 1, 1990, as an engineer at the Owyhee Plaza and now works as a engineering project leader in the corporate headquarters. Wade Woods was hired May 14, 1990, as a custodian at the Boise Operations Center and now works as a control equipment tech at Boise Center West.

Idaho Power also announced the retirements of Donald Bachman, 11 years; Mike Barrie, 23 years; Vikkey Christensen, 37 years; Les Jensen, 35 years; Karen Pollard, 37 years; and Gayle Ruffing, 30 years. MUGSx6

Hart Gilchrist has been named vice president of operations for Intermountain Gas, effective July 1. Gilchrist began his career with Intermountain Gas in June 1994 and has held positions of increasing responsibilities over his career. He most recently was director of operation services for Intermountain, based in Boise. MUG