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Achievements by Treasure Valley people at work: July-August 2016

To see photos of people in this roster, see the July 20-Aug. 16, 2016 edition of the Idaho Statesman’s Business Insider magazine. Click here for the daily Statesman e-edition, including Business Insider (subscription required).

Advertising & Marketing

Peppershock Media, an advertising agency, has added two employees at its new location at 1215 3rd St. S. in downtown Nampa: Melissa Callahan, account coordinator and social media manager; and Nicholas Marcus Gutierrez, junior video producer.

Callahan is a graduate of Boise State University with a degree in marketing and a minor in visual design. Gutierrez recently received a mass communication degree with an emphasis on media production and a certificate in cinema/digital media from Boise State.


The Idaho Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics has elected Crystal Wilson, vice president of health and wellness for the Idaho Dairy Council, as president-elect of its board. She will serve a three-year term as president elect, president and past president.

Jaclyn St. John was elected to the board and is secretary and membership chair. Chelsea Schoenfelder was appointed Idaho liaison to the national academy’s Second Century Committee.


Ben Millett and Crystal Nutsch have joined the CSHQA architectural and engineering firm as architects-in-training.

Millett received his master of architecture degree this year from the University of Idaho and his bachelor’s degree in construction management and associate’s degree in architectural technology in 2011 from Brigham Young University-Idaho. Nutsch received her master of architecture degree this year at Tampere University of Technology in Tampere, Finland, and her bachelor’s degree in architecture in 2014 from the University of Idaho.

Bruno Loza, Heather Giacomo and Jason Neibergs have joined CSHQA as engineers-in-training.

Loza received his bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering this year from the University of Idaho and his associate degree in computer engineering in 2012 from the College of Southern Idaho.

Giacomo received her bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering with a minor in optics and photonics this year from Montana State University and her bachelor’s degree in history from California State University.

Neibergs received his bachelor’s degree in civil engineering this year from Gonzaga University.

CSHQA has hired three summer interns in Boise: Alyssa Andersen, Ben Millick and Jorge Basulto.

Arts & Culture

The Boise Philharmonic has announced its officers and nine new board members for the 2016-17 season.

The new board members are Dr. Charlotte Borst, president, College of Idaho; Doug Flanders, Coldwell Banker Tomlinson Group; Carter Marsden, retired insurance executive; Christine Neuhoff, vice president and chief legal officer, St. Luke’s Health System; Joey Perry, vice president of private banking, Washington Trust Bank; Ken Stokes, president, Moxie Java; Jordan Salo, CPA and senior tax manager, Eide Bailly; Dave Sherman, T-O Engineers and Boise Young Professionals; and Brandon Snodgrass, TitleOne Corp. and Boise Young Professionals.

The board is led by Chair Julie Kilgrow, Vice Chair Jeanie Smith, Treasurer Renee Malewski and Secretary Ray Stark.


Genie Sue Weppner became president of the governing board of the Idaho Association for Education of Young Children effective July 1. Weppner was president-elect. Before retiring, Weppner managed the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare’s Idaho Child Care Program.

The association’s board in June added these members:

Danielle Taniguchi, treasurer. Taniguchi, of Kuna, is assistant controller for Oppenheimer Cos. Inc.

Ruth Calnon, member-at-large. Calnon, of Boise, is a family engagement consultant with the Boise School District.

Janet Davis, member-at-large. Davis, of Boise, is the co-owner of Early Learning Children’s Center in Boise.

Jessica Gunder, member-at-large. Gunder, of Boise, is an assistant U.S. attorney in Idaho.

Beth Price, member-at-large. Price, of Moscow, is an associate professor/program coordinator in early childhood development and education at the University of Idaho in Moscow.

Chase Ropelato, member-at-large. Ropelato, of Boise, is a human resource specialist at Idaho Power’s Boise headquarters.

Jennifer Ross, member-at-large. Ross, of Hayden, is a center manager for the Community Colleges of Spokane Early Head Start.

The new members will join Teresa Wood-Adams, past president; Margaret Elkins, president-elect; LeAnn Simmons, member-at-large; and Geneva Ayarra, member-at-large.

The association also added new local affiliate representatives. Anji Armagost will represent the Treasure Valley. Armagost, of Boise, is the director of Nutrition Works.

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The Association of Idaho Cities has elected Boise City Council President Elaine Clegg as second vice president for 2016-17. Meridian City Council member Genesis Milam and Boise City Council member Lauren McLean were elected as directors from District 3A.


Erica Dueñas has been promoted to Operations Officer at Idaho Independent Bank’s Nampa Branch.

Dueñas joined IIB in 2008 as a teller and was promoted to operations supervisor in 2015.

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Brady J. Wilhite has joined U.S. Bank as a commercial banking relationship manager at 607 Cleveland Blvd in Caldwell.

Wilhite, previously a vice president and relationship manager at Sunwest Bank, earned a bachelor’s degree in business finance from the University of Idaho.

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Brian Hathhorn has joined Banner Bank as a vice president, commercial relationship manager serving Southwest Idaho.

Hathhorn has more than 30 years of experience and holds a bachelor’s degree from Boise State University. His office is at the Boise Commercial Banking Center, 950 W Bannock, Suite 101.

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KeyBank has named Nancy Smyth relationship manager for Key Private Bank’s Idaho market. An Idaho native, Smyth has 20 years of experience in financial services and began her career at Key Private Bank in 1997. She holds a bachelor’s degree in music/business from Boise State University.

Allison Blackman has joined Zions Corporate Trust as an administrator and corporate trust officer at the Idaho headquarters at Eighth & Main in Downtown Boise. Blackman most recently was an attorney in Boise. She earned a law degree from the University of Idaho and a bachelor’s degree from the College of Idaho.

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D.L. Evans Bank has promoted Chantayn Winner to assistant vice president and business development and cash management officer for the Treasure Valley area. Winner has 20 years of experience in banking and has been with D. L. Evans Bank since 2013. She is at 890 W. Main St. in Downtown Boise.


At Idaho State University:

▪  Psychology professor Erin Rasmussen received a grant for $402,000 to study food insecurity and obesity in women from the National Institutes of Health’s National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health.

Maria Wong, ISU psychology professor, will assist as a statistician. Luis Rodriguez, a second-year graduate student in the clinical psychology doctoral program, will work as a research assistant.

▪ Wong was named by the National Institutes of Health to serve as a member of the Biobehavioral Mechanisms of Emotion, Stress, and Health study section for a four-year term starting July 1.

Wong is the principal investigator of a five-year, $1.6 million NIH grant to conduct research at ISU on the relationship between sleep and health-related behaviors in children.

▪ Anthropology professor Katherine Reedy received a $331,126 grant from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Office of Subsistence Management to study subsistence in communities on Alaska’s lower peninsula.

Reedy has been studying on the peninsula for 20 years.

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Brent Peterson has been named dean of the School of Theology and Christian Ministries at Northwest Nazarene University in Nampa.

Peterson, a fourth-generation member of the Church of the Nazarene, attended NNU, where he majored in religious studies with an emphasis in biblical literature. He then attended Nazarene Theological Seminary and studied for a Ph.D. in liturgical studies at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary in Chicago. Peterson began teaching theology at NNU in 2009, and he completed a Ph.D. in May 2010.

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The University of Idaho named Janet Nelson vice president for research and economic development, effective Sept. 1.

Nelson has a doctorate in chemistry from the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena and nearly 30 years of experience in scientific research and related fields.


Holladay Engineering, in Payette, hired George Murgel, a former associate professor of civil/environmental engineering at Boise State University.

Murgel has 19 years of engineering experience and is in his first term on the Idaho Board of Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors. His education includes a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering and a master’s degree in environmental and water resources engineering from Montana State University. He completed his doctoral work at Cornell University.

Financial Services

Lisa Kasney has joined Dillon Financial Planning, in Eagle, as associate planner.

Kasney received her certificate in financial planning from the College for Financial Planning and has a bachelor’s degree in finance from the University of New Orleans.

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Peter Butler, principal at Valtrend LLC, in Eagle, has been recognized by the National Association of Certified Valuation Analysts as an “Industry Titan — The Financial Consulting Profession’s Most Influential.”

He was one of 19 nationwide selected in the business-valuation and financial-forensics category. Butler has helped develop techniques to value privately held companies.


Gov. Butch Otter has named Michael Boren, of Boise, to the Idaho Parks and Recreation Board.

The Clearwater Analytics chairman will represent southwestern Idaho’s District 3 on the six-member panel that oversees the Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation.

Boren succeeds Susan Buxton, who stepped down in January when Otter named her administrator of the State Division of Human Resources.

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David Mabe has been named deputy regional director for natural resources and external affairs for the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation’s Pacific Northwest Region, whose office is in Boise. +

For the past 17 years, Mabe has worked for NOAA Fisheries as the Snake River Basin director and at the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality as the administrator of water programs for Idaho. He has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Idaho in animal science and agribusiness.

Mabe succeeds Tim Personius, who retired.

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Tina Boehle has been named chief of the communication and education branch of the National Park Service’s Division of Fire and Aviation Management, whose headquarters is in Boise.

Boehle has served as the fire communication and education specialist at the branch since 2001. She graduated from Illinois State University with a bachelor’s degree in anthropology and Spanish. In 2014, she completed her master’s degree in Interactive Media from Quinnipiac University in Hamden, Conn.

She succeeds Roberta D’Amico, who moved to a new position in January 2015.

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Friedman Memorial Airport Authority has named Chris Pomeroy as the new airport manager in Hailey.

Pomeroy has 21 years of experience in the airport and aviation industry. MUG

Health Care

Hollingshead Eye Center, in Boise, has hired a corneal subspecialist, Dr. Ryan Barrett, who will start seeing patients August 15.

Barrett graduated magna cum laude with a bachelor’s degree from Brigham Young University before earning his medical degree from the University of Washington School of Medicine in Seattle. Barrett went on to intern in San Diego at Scripps Mercy Hospital before relocating to Texas, where he served as the chief resident of ophthalmology at Baylor College of Medicine.

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Dr. Justin P. Hooker has joined Rocky Mountain Foot & Ankle at a new office in Nampa.

Hooker comes from Maricopa Medical Center in Phoenix, where he completed a three-year podiatric medical and surgical residency and was trained at a Level 1 trauma center and the Arizona Burn Center. He graduated from Temple University School of Podiatric Medicine, and he received a master’s degree in applied physiology from the University of South Carolina and a bachelors’s degree in Biology from Weber State University in Utah.


Boise native Becky Sorenson has been hired as a senior engineering manager at PEMCO Insurance, Seattle.

Sorenson earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Idaho.


CTI Foods, a custom food-service manufacturer in Wilder supplying restaurant chains and branded food companies, has named Raymond Silcock as executive vice president and chief financial officer.

Silcock was most recently CFO at Diamond Foods. He will report to Sam Rovit, president and CEO.

CTI, founded in 1984, prepares fresh and cooked protein, beans, tacos, pepperoni, soups and sauces at seven plants around the U.S. It has 1,500 employees. Its majority owners are Thomas H. Lee Partners and Goldman Sachs & Co.


Robert L. Bilow has joined the Moffatt Thomas law firm in the Boise office.

Bilow is a former president of SCP Global Technologies, a former Boise semiconductor equipment maker, and was the managing partner of the Hawley Troxell law firm in Boise. He is a graduate of the University of Washington School of Law.


Bernadette Madarieta and Karin Hart have joined the board of Create Common Good, a Boise nonprofit that provides job training in a commercial kitchen to people who face barriers to employment.

Madarieta, a CPA and finance executive with experience at Packaging Corporation of America, Boise Inc., Boise Cascade, KPMG and Arthur Andersen, will serve as board treasurer.

Hart, vice president of McDonald’s global business and retail at J.R. Simplot Co., has also worked at ConAgra Foods, Ore-Ida Foods and Tyson.

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Cal Dillabaugh received Nampa Rotary’s second Community Impact Paul Harris Fellow award for personal and professional ethical standards.

Dillabaugh, who started Dillabaugh’s Flooring America in 1982, recently retired, turning over the reins to his son, Casey, who moved back to Idaho in 2008 to be involved in the family business.

Rhonda Van Order was named the chapter’s Rotarian of the Year. Millie Goode received the chapter’s Spirit of Rotary award.

New officers are: Rhea Allen, president; Chris Jensen, president-elect; Honey Goodman, vice president; Rhonda Van Order, secretary; Matt Johnson, treasurer; and Alan Jones, sergeant-at-arms.

Directors for the coming year include Michael Fuss, Laura Alvarez Schrag, Vickie Holbrook, David Nejely and Paul Raymond.

Public Relations

Alicia A. Ritter, president of Ritter Public Relations in Boise, has been named a Governance Fellow by the National Association of Corporate Directors. The title is the highest level of credentialing for corporate directors and corporate governance professionals.

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Holly Cook has opened Cook Communications & Public Relations in Caldwell. She also has opened a sister company, Circle Campaigns, to provide campaign management to local, state and national political candidates.

Reach her at (208) 960-0044 or

Real Estate

Thornton Oliver Keller Commercial Real Estate, in Boise, hired:

▪ Michele Lee as assistant property manager.

Lee has15 years of administrative work experience.

▪ Sydney Refaey as human resource assistant.

Refaey has been with TOK since November and began an HR internship in January. A student at Boise State University, she is pursuing a degree in human resources management and is expected to graduate in May 2017.

▪ Cody Ellis as finance manager.

Ellis, a certified public accountant, has financial reporting and analysis experience and earned his bachelor’s degree in accountancy from Boise State University.

Thornton Oliver Keller Commercial Real Estate promoted Angie Emmons to market research manager.

Emmons began working at TOK two years ago as a market research analyst. She holds a bachelor’s degree in biology from Boise State University.

Brianna Miller, retail specialist with TOK, earned the Certified Leasing Specialist designation offered through the International Council of Shopping Centers.

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Coldwell Banker Tomlinson Group hired:

▪ Fred Knehans, a licensed Realtor, in the Eagle office.

Knehans has lived in the Treasure Valley since the late 1970s and worked in real estate since 1988.

▪ Kimberly Billinger, a licensed Realtor, in the Meridian office.

An Idaho native, she has a background in customer service.

▪ Barbara Schafer, an agent, in the Eagle office.

Schafer has lived in Meridian since 1992 and holds a business degree from Boise State University. She owned a small business for 17 years.

▪ Idaho native Mark Harila, an agent, in the Downtown Boise office.

A former military contractor, business owner and investor, Harila has experience on more than 30 military installations.

▪ Gregory Bied, an agent, in the Downtown Boise office.

Bied studied real estate in collect and has been a licensed real estate associate broker since 1992. Before making Boise home in 2005, he worked in financial management in New York City.


Amy Rainford has joined Customedica Pharmacy in Eagle as business development manager.

She has worked for pharmaceutical companies in sales and promotion and has a degree from the University of Montana.


Dr. Rosie Gallegos-Main, a Meridian chiropractor, has been selected by Orlando-based Maximized Living to support members of USA Wrestling at the Olympics in August in Rio de Janiero, Brazil.

Wrestlers were under the care of Maximized Living chiropractors at the London Olympics in 2012.


ClickBank, a Boise company that offers an online marketplace for entrepreneurs selling lifestyle products, has named Edward Katzin CEO.

Katzin was director of global retail payments and geo expansion at Apple. He also has worked at Visa and several startups. An inventor, he holds several patents.

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Howard Grimes and Dan Puga have been named to the executive board of the Idaho Technology Council.

Grimes is the director for innovation in industry partnerships at the Idaho National Laboratory and the Center for Advanced Energy Studies and is a former member of the council’s board.

Puga is president and cofounder of In Time Tec in Meridian.

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MDU Resources Group Inc. has promoted Vladimir Terzic to manager of enterprise development and integrations within its Information Technology Department in Boise.

Terzic has been with MDU since 1998 and previously was application support supervisor at the North Dakota’s company’s Intermountain Gas Co. subsidiary in Boise. He has a bachelor’s degree in computer science from Boise State University and a master’s degree in computer science from Colorado State University.

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Kenley Hinrichs has been hired as a senior programmer/analyst for the Boise branch of Resource Data Inc., a custom software-development, geographic-information system and information-systems consulting firm.

Kenley worked most recently as a senior IT systems-integration analyst for the Idaho Department of Fish and Game.

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AT&T has named two Boise State University students winners of the Idaho Tech Challenge, a software application challenge for Idaho colleges and universities.

Participants were asked to create an educational software application focused on one of three topics important to Idaho: agriculture, health care or tourism.

The grand prize and Best of Tourism winner was Josh White, a computer science student. His “Bike Idaho” app shows Idaho’s scenic byways in map or list form, with pictures, elevation, and distance. He received $11,500.

Runner-up and Best of Agriculture honors went to another computer science student, Brent Walter. His “Idaho Farmers’ Markets” app connects users and vendors to information about farmers’ markets throughout the state, including dates and times of various locations, as well vendors available at each farmers’ market. He received $5,500.

No entries met the qualifications in the health-care category.


Energy OutWest presented its 2016 Idaho “Pushing the Envelope” awardto Cheryl Paoli, Idaho Power program specialist.

For more than a decade, Paoli has managed special-needs programs in Idaho Power’s Customer Relations and Energy Efficiency department.

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Idaho Power has recognized employees with 25 or more years of service:

Bill Leavitt was hired June 28, 1976, as a groundman in Pocatello and now works as a senior distribution designer in Payette.

Ron Jackson was hired June 8, 1981, as a junior engineer in Boise and now works as an engineering project leader in Boise. Mark Dayley was hired June 17, 1985 as a clerk in Pocatello and now works as an Electrical Shop technician in Boise.

John Murray was hired June 30, 1986, as a mail truck driver at the General Office and now works as a senior safety equipment tech at the M&E Shop.

Monte Harmon was hired June 27, 1991, as a mail truck driver in Boise and now works as a transformer mechanic in Boise.

Quentin Nesbitt was hired June 3, 1991, as an agricultural rep in Boise and now works as an energy efficiency program leader in Boise.

Idaho Power announced the retirements of Terri Foote, 12 years; Jim Foote, 26 years; Chris Anderson, 31 years; Andrea Terry, 31 years; and Dave Willis, 38 years.

This story appears in the July 20-Aug. 16, 2016 edition of the Idaho Statesman’s Business Insider magazine. Click here for the daily Statesman e-edition, including Business Insider (subscription required).

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