Chelsea Schoenfelder has joined the Idaho Dairy Council as manager of health and wellness. Schoenfelder holds a master’s degree in public health and a bachelor’s degree in dietetics from Idaho State University, and a bachelor’s degree in science and nutrition from the University of Idaho.
Collin C. Hill has earned his Idaho license to practice architecture. Hill joined CSHQA as an archive system support clerk in 2012 before transferring to an architect-in-training in 2013.
Cailin Wilson has joined the firm of CSHQA as a mechanical engineer-in-training.
Wilson received her bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Montana State University in 2015.
Christopher R. Kreps has joined CSHQA as a mechanical engineer-in-training.
Kreps received his bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering in 2014 from the University of Idaho.
Pat Keating has joined CSHQA as a senior administrative assistant.
Keating has 25 years of administrative and legal-secretary experience.
CSHQA says Timothy R. Higley, Ted Isbell and James G. Murray have passed the Haag Certified Inspector — Commercial Roof program. The three-day program combines damage-assessment training with comprehensive testing.
Mark G. Gier has been elected to the CSHQA board of directors. He joined the firm in 1990, became an associate stockholder in 1999 and a senior associate stockholder in 2007.
Jim Otradosky has been elected corporate secretary. He joined the firm in 2000, became an associate stockholder in 2002, a senior associate stockholder in 2007 and a member of the board in 2012.
Craig A. Slocum, formerly corporate secretary/treasurer, will continue as corporate treasurer. Kent A. Hanway and John D. Maulin were reconfirmed as president and executive vice president.
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Susan Scarlet-Macaw has joined the staff of LCA Architects, a Boise architectural and interior design firm. She is an architectural graduate of Cal Poly — San Luis Obispo.
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Lindsay Erb, a project architect working from CTA Architects Engineers’ office in Boise, has become the third person in the state to earn her Evidence-Based Design Accreditation and Certification from The Center for Health Design.
CTA Architects Engineers announced its principal ownership team has expanded to include David Koel, who joined the firm in 2005.
The Idaho Association of Professional Auctioneers has named champions for state auctioneer, state rookie and Northwest ringperson.
Zack Zumstein, Marsing, is the champion auctioneer. Kyle Musick, Grangeville, is reserve champion.
Cheyenne Hackney, Wilder, is rookie auctioneer. Roger Stockwell, Inkom, is Northwest Ringperson.
New officers are Roger Stockwell, president; Tanner Beymer, vice president; Tate Heinzerling, director; Jim Casad, director; Mark Gustafson, director; Tanner Hernandez, director; and Rod Elson, past president.
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The Boise Convention and Visitors Bureau has named new members and leaders of the 2016 board of directors. Mike McKnight is chairman. Rebecca Hupp is chairwoman-elect. Moya Shatz Dolsby is past chairwoman. New members are John Cunningham, who is CEO of Block 22 LLC and oversees The Grove Hotel, CenturyLink Arena and the Idaho Steelheads; and Dave Terrell, regional president at Washington Trust Bank.
Lyle Pearson Auto Show has hired three people.
Geoff Smartt is sales manager of Mercedes-Benz & Porsche. He has 17 years of auto sales experience.
Jeremiah Strobeck is sales consultant with the Mercedes-Benz & Porsche Sales Group. He has one year of auto sales experience and graduated from Lewis-Clark State College, Lewiston, with a bachelor’s degree in accounting.
Kristi Dugan is business manager. She has five years of auto-finance and insurance experience.
Western Aircraft, a Greenwich AeroGroup company, has promoted Brett Woods to Pilatus Aircraft regional sales director. Woods joined Western Aircraft in 2007 and has served since 2011 as Piper Aircraft regional sales manager.
D.L. Evans Bank has given 2015 Employee Service Award for years of service. Those with at least 10 years include:
10 years: Monty Law, consumer lending/branch specialist, Nampa branch; Crystal McConnachie, senior operations officer, Fairview branch; Katerina Goodwin, loan assistant, Downtown Boise branch.
15 years: Amy Evans, vice president and Treasure Valley administrative officer; Rose Moore, senior teller, Meridian branch.
Larry Hogg has been appointed to vice president commercial loan officer at the Fruitland branch of D.L. Evans Bank. He comes to the bank with over 40 years of banking experience.
D.L. Evans Bank has promoted Jake Asher to commercial loan officer at the Downtown Boise branch. Asher has been in banking for four years and with D.L. Evans since 2014.
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Kenny Wroten has been hired as business development officer for Mountain West Bank at its Meridian Financial Center. Wroten has 15 years of experience in commercial, consumer and trade credit and lending and 10 years of business-development experience with local banks and title companies.
Idaho Independent Bank has named Lisa Lehto operations officer at the Caldwell branch and Mike Sautebin commercial loan officer at the Boise branch near 9th and Jefferson streets. Lehto has 29 years banking experience. Sautebin has 12 years banking and commercial-lending experience.
Katie Sewell, state director of the Idaho Small Business Development Center, has been elected to the board of America’s Small Business Development Centers. Sewell joined the Idaho SBDC network in 1999 and was deputy director until 2013, when she was named state director.
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The Association for Psychological Science has honored Idaho State University Assistant Experimental Psychology Professor Xiaomeng (Mona) Xu as a 2015 Rising Star. Xu’s research focuses on cardiovascular behavioral health; close relationships, especially romantic; and magnetic resonance neuroimaging.
Idaho State University psychology professor Rob Rieske and the Department of Psychology were recently awarded a training grant from the Blue Cross of Idaho Foundation for Health entitled “Improving Training of Future Clinical Psychologists in the Area of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities.” The aim of the $8,433 grant is to train clinical psychology graduate students.
Joshua Swift, an assistant professor in the Department of Psychology at Idaho State University, was selected for the Western Psychological Association Enrico E. Jones Award for Research in Psychotherapy and Clinical Psychology.
Alan Johnson, professor of English at Idaho State University, has been awarded a Fulbright Scholar grant to Chennai, in southern India, to study images of the environment and forest in Indian literature. The grant begins in August and runs through May 2017.
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Former University of Idaho College of Agricultural and Life Sciences Dean John C. Foltz has been named assistant to the president for agricultural initiatives. Foltz is working with new CALS Dean Michael Parella and Jack McIver, vice president for research and economic development, to lead statewide initiatives.
David McIlroy, a University of Idaho physics professor, will study details of nanotechnology-based explosives detection with a $408,000, three-year grant from the Defense Department’s Office of Naval Research. McIlroy developed an explosives sensor with a previous Defense Department grant.
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New Americans Code, a Boise school to teach refugees basic coding and web development skills, has named three board members to guide the school as it incorporates and seeks nonprofit status.
Douglas Metzgar is president of Meshwork Consulting, a local marketing firm.
Max Mohammadi was a proprietor of the former Cazba Mediterranean Restaurant and founder of the Feed The Need Thanksgiving meal drive.
Jake Overall is a founder of Boise CodeWorks, a web development bootcamp.
The school has also named Wyatt Arent a curriculum adviser. Arent is a Web developer at Pixel and Line in Boise.
Jerry Flatz has rejoined J-U-B Engineers Inc. in Boise to help lead project development, project management and business development in the transportation group. Flatz has 25 years of professional engineering and management experience.
Gov. Butch Otter has named Nancy Vannorsdel to the seven-member Board of Commissioners of the Idaho Housing and Finance Association. Vannorsdel is a former bank executive and former president and CEO of the Boise Metro Chamber of Commerce. She has been interim CEO of The Idaho Aquarium and president of the Boise Philharmonic.
Mike Sherack of Boise has formed Foothills Financial Analysis LLC, a Boise business specializing in divorce financial analysis and financial and business analysis.
Ada County commissioners hired Kate McGwire, formerly of Boise’s Mix 106 radio station, as Ada County’s new public information officer.
Kevin Sablan, Idaho Transportation Department state design/traffic services engineer, has been awarded a 2016 American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials fellowship and will spend the next year in Washington, D.C., working on engineering and transportation policy. Sablan is Idaho’s first AASHTO fellow in the program’s 15-year history.
Christine Race-Tannler, budget analyst for the Ada County Highway District, received the Budget Presentation Award from the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada.
Paul Arnell has returned as executive director at Life Care Center of Treasure Valley, a skilled nursing and rehabilitation facility in Boise. Arnell held the job from 2010 to 2012.
Brian Martin, a certified physician assistant, has earned a specialty credential called a Certificate of Added Qualifications from the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants. Martin received a certificate in orthopaedic surgery. He has worked at the VA Medical Center in Boise for eight years.
Charlene Maher has been selected by the Blue Cross of Idaho board to be president and CEO effective March 1. Maher has 25 years of health insurance experience and follows Zelda Geyer-Sylvia, who retired.
Parsons Behle & Latimer has hired Amber R. Myrick in the Boise office as of counsel. She is a member of the firm’s corporate transactions and securities department.
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Associates Chris McCurdy and Lauren Prew have joined Holland & Hart’s Boise office to develop the firm’s growing commercial litigation and corporate practices. McCurdy has courtroom litigation experience. Prew has experience in regulatory and transactional matters.
Attorney Teague Donahey has joined Holland & Hart’s Boise office to expand litigation services within the intellectual-property practice. Donahey was a partner in the San Francisco office of Sidley Austin LLP.
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Randolph J. Hill has joined Stoel Rives LLP’s corporate practice group in the Boise office. Hill previously was chief legal officer for AECOM, formerly Washington Group International and then URS through successive mergers. He was the executive in charge of AECOM’s Boise office.
Givens Pursley LLP has hired Jason J. Blakley as an associate attorney. Before joining Givens Pursley, he clerked for Justice Daniel T. Eismann of the Idaho Supreme Court.
Thomas K. Corrick has been elected to Boise Cascade Co.’s board of directors. Corrick, Boise Cascade’s CEO, has been with the wood-products company for 32 years.
Boise Cascade announced four officer appointments effective Feb. 24, all from within the company:
▪ Richard Viola as a senior vice president of sales and marketing for building materials distribution.
▪ Mike Brown as vice president of operations for wood products.
▪ Mary Jo Nyblad as vice president of commodity sales and marketing for wood products.
▪ Nate Jorgenson as vice president of engineered wood products.
Kristin Thornton is featured in “Women with More,” an article in the February issue of the national magazine “More.” Thornton is the proprietor of K.M. Thornton & Co. LLC, a Boise business offering business strategies and marketing management for equestrian-lifetyle companies.
Stephanie Bender-Kitz, the project lead for Honoring Choices Idaho, an initiative at Jannus Inc., was selected to participate in the Practice Change Leaders for Aging and Health program. She will receive $45,000 and support from local and national mentors to develop leadership skills and to complete a project that improves care for older people.
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Jonathan Oppenheimer, senior conservation associate at the Idaho Conservation League, has been named the staff lobbyist. He has 15 years of experience at ICL and will represent it in the Idaho Legislature on air, water and land issues.
Oppenheimer also received the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Abraham Lincoln Award for External Partnership. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack presented the award to members of the Clearwater Basin Collaborative, a group convened in 2008 by U.S. Sen. Mike Crapo in 2008.
ICL also hired Austin Hopkins as a conservation assistant to focus on air and water quality and sustainable energy. Hopkins received a bachelor’s degree in hydrology from Boise State University and a master’s degree in fluvial geomorphology from Boston College.
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Friends of Children and Families Inc., which provides Head Start and Early Head Start services, promoted three people.
Lisa Brown has been named executive director. She began her career with Friends of Children and Families Inc. in 2014 as the deputy director.
Jennifer Webster has been named associate director-program services. She began her career in 1994 as an assistant teacher in a Head Start classroom.
Rachelle Marez has been named associate director-operations. She began in 2013 as a center supervisor.
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Stacy Pewe has been named to the board of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Ada County. Pewe has 20 years’ experience in human resources at Micron Technology Inc.
Brent Taylor has been named executive director of the Wyakin Warrior Foundation . Taylor previously was business development manager at Origami Brain Injury Rehabilitation Center in Michigan.
Sarah Shinn has been hired as president and CEO of Make-A-Wish Idaho. Shinn has 15 years of experience in higher-education administration.
Megan Hart Lotz, a former Hollywood publicist, has founded Hart PR & Communications in Boise.
Gary Buentgen, principal/designated broker at Intermountain Commercial Real Estate, was re-elected to a one-year term as the Idaho chapter president of the Society of Industrial and Office Realtors. Also re-elected were Debbie Martin, principal/designated broker of D.K. Commercial, as vice president; and Heidi Mickelson, of Sperry Van Ness, as secretary/treasurer.
Tina Perry has been hired as a sales associate at Windermere Real Estate/Access Realty in its Boise office. Perry, who has a master’s degree in educational administration, previously worked for the West Ada School District.
Wilson Walters has joined Coldwell Banker Tomlinson Group in its Eagle office. Wilson has a master’s degree in school counseling and 17 years of coaching experience.
Ronda Conger, the vice president of CBH Homes, Idaho’s largest homebuilder, has released a new book: “Better Human: It’s a Full Time Job.”
Duston Calhoun has been hired by Paul Davis Restoration of Southwest Idaho as superintendent. Calhoun has 10 years of experience restoring and building residential properties.
Restaurant & beverage
Ruth’s Chris Steak House manager and chief somm Ryan Robinson, a certified sommelier with the Court of Master Sommeliers, was one of three finalists in Keeper Collection’s 2016 Somms Under Fire national wine-knowledge competition. The three vied in a battle of wine-and-food pairing skills in Austin, Texas. Robinson won the Crowd Favorite Award.
The Idaho Nursery & Landscape Association’s certification program has recognized Kayla Ruzicka of Jayker Re-Wholesale Nursery in Meridian for obtaining her certified nursery professional certificate.
Matt Rissell, CEO of TSheets in Boise, has begun writing a blog about his company’s story at Forbes.com.
Edward Walton, vice president for North American channels and alliances at Cradlepoint in Boise, has been selected as a 2016 CRN Channel Chief for driving revenue through channel partners. CRN, formerly Computer Reseller News, is an information-technology publication of The Channel Co. in Westborough, Mass.
Jon D. Osburn, of Boise, has been recognized by the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association for 27 years of safe, accident-free driving of a commercial tractor-trailer.
The Treasure Valley Women’s Transportation Seminar has awarded its Secretary Ray LaHood (Man of the Year) Award to Bruce S. Wong and its Innovative Transportation Solutions Award to Joan Meitl. Both work for the Ada County Highway District. Member of the Year award went to Robyn Kennedy, HDR.
Mary Doyle, a luxury travel adviser with Boise’s Harmon Travel, has completed her South African specialist training.
Idaho Power Vice President of Regulatory Affairs Greg Said will retire effective May 1. Said, a 36-year Idaho Power employee, has been vice president of regulatory affairs since January 2011.
General Manager of Regulatory Affairs Tim Tatum will succeed Said. Tatum has worked for Idaho Power since 1996.
Idaho Power has recognized employees with 25 or more years of service:
Steve Jung was hired Jan. 26, 1976, as a clerk in Boise and now works as an energy transaction specialist in Boise.
Murray Daley was hired Jan. 5, 1981, as an apprentice garage mechanic at the Mechanical and Engineering Shop in Boise and now works as a regional garage tech at the Canyon Operations Center.
Gary Wood was hired Jan. 5, 1981, as a mail clerk in Boise and now works as a grid operator in Boise.
Marc Patterson was hired Jan. 14, 1991, as an engineer in Boise and now works as an engineering leader in Boise.
Jim Stout was hired Jan. 28, 1991, as a clerk in Boise and now works as an application development analyst in Boise.
Idaho Power announced the retirements of Sharon Ennis, 20 years; Greg Evans, 34 years; Keith Georgeson, 40 years; Tony Hill, 32 years; Jim Hovda, 41 years; Rick Long, 38 years; Ray Vega, 35 years; Kevin Wartman, 39 years and Greg Yano, 40 years.
Daniel Axness, Idaho Power Co., was elected to a two-year term on the board of the Idaho Irrigation Equipment Association in Boise.
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Achievements — Companies
Bish’s RV, of Idaho Falls, has purchased Brockman’s RV, of Jerome. The family-owned Bish’s, which says it is the largest RV dealer in Idaho, plans to move its Nampa store to a new dealership in Meridian that it will break ground on this year. Bish’s also has stores in Pocatello and Twin Falls.
The Idaho Small Business Development Center celebrated its 30th anniversary Feb. 23rd. The Idaho SBDC provides no-cost business consulting and affordable training to small businesses through six offices statewide.
West Valley Medical Center has opened a $3 million cardiac electrophysiology catheterization lab in Caldwell.
Achievements — Good Deeds
Eight students from the Meridian Chamber’s Young Entrepreneurs Academy (YEA!) program at Renaissance High School received business and leadership advice from seven CEOs. The CEOs are: Tobe Brockner, VSquared Creative; Jennifer Browning, Family Counseling Services; Stephanie Camarillo, Molly Maid; Tim Cook, Chamisa; Jeffrey Hall, Northwest Commercial Advisors; Nathan Mueller, SaaSfocus/ScaleStation and Mike Ruffner, Food Services of America.
D.L. Evans Bank was recognized as one of the top corporate teams for 2015 in the Light the Night Walk for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. The bank raised $2,865 in the fundraiser in Ann Morrison Park.
West Ada Education Foundation board members Toni Smith, of D.L. Evans Bank, and Laurel Fritz presented Eagle High School teacher Misty Sterk with a $5,219 grant for teaching with technology.
Caldwell Night Rodeo presented the Rev. Bill Roscoe and Mike Waltermire of the Boise Rescue Mission a check for $10,000 from CNR’s 2015 Patriot Night to to support the mission’s veteran services.
Five organizations, including two in the Treasure Valley, will share $45,000 in cash and agency services as part of Oliver Russell’s “Call to Action” grant program. The two Boise winners include Greenspeed Research, a nonprofit dedicated to furthering STEM education, and the Central Addition “LIV District,” which seeks to revitalize one of the city’s oldest neighborhoods by creating a sustainable, mixed-use space. Greenspeed received $1,000 cash. The LIV District will receive $10,000 in agency services.
AARP Idaho and AARP Foundation are donating $10,000 to help rebuild homes destroyed by north Idaho wildfires last summer. The Clearwater Complex, composed of five fires, burned more than 68,000 acres and damaged or destroyed more than 60 homes in Clearwater, Lewis, Idaho and Nez Perce Counties.
Albertsons Cos. says it contributed more than $270 million in food and financial support in 2015 to the communities it serves, helping people in 35 states and the District of Columbia. Also, the Albertsons Companies Foundation distributed more than $16 million from its customers last year in grants for its key philanthropic causes.