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

To see photos of people in this roster, see the Aug. 17-Sept. 20, 2016, edition of the Idaho Statesman’s Business Insider magazine. Click here for the e-edition (subscription required).

Advertising & Marketing

CLM Marketing & Advertising in Boise has hired Jessica Holmes as senior copywriter. A 12-year veteran of the advertising industry, Holmes ran her own copywriting business and Story Story Night, a live storytelling program in Boise, for nearly seven years.


Abbi Johnson, an interior designer I, and Tara Thompson, an administrative clerk, have joined the CSHQA architectural and engineering firm in Boise.

Johnson interned with CSHQA last winter and has returned as a full-time permanent employee. She received her bachelor’s degree in interior design this year from the University of Idaho, with an architecture minor in 2014 from the University of Colorado at Boulder.

Thompson received her bachelor’s degree in interior design with minors in architecture and technical theater in 2006 from the University of Idaho and her associate’s degree in liberal arts in 2000 from the College of Southern Idaho.

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Design West Architects P.A. has opened its fourth office at 581 SW 33rd St. in Ontario. The Meridian firm also has offices in Pullman and Kennewick, Wash. The Ontario office will be managed by Dion Zimmerman, who joined Design West in 2013.


Francoise Cleveland has joined the Idaho office of AARP in Boise as the associate state director of advocacy. Cleveland was a district director for former U.S. Sen. Larry Craig, R-Idaho, and has worked for the Idaho House of Representatives and the Idaho Department of Education. She graduated from Idaho State University with a bachelor’s degree in public relations and a master’s degree in public administration.


Aaron Williamson has been named to lead Idaho Trust Bank’s new family-office services team, which serves high-net-worth clients. Williamson has a bachelor’s degree in economics and political science from the University of Idaho and an MBA from Northwest Nazarene University.

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Jeff Moore has been named vice president and branch manager of the South Meridian branch of D.L. Evans Bank. Moore has 21 years of banking experience. He earned bachelor’s degrees in liberal studies and business administration from Northwest Nazarene University and an MBA at University of Tennessee-Martin.

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Northwest Bank named Scott Gibson as its Idaho market president. Gibson has 30 years of Idaho banking and leadership experience. Northwest Bank, originally known as Western Capital Bank, was started in Boise in March 2008.


University of Idaho President Chuck Staben has promoted two employees to permanent leadership positions of units where they had been interim leaders.

Yolanda Bisbee is chief diversity officer and executive director of tribal relations. Bisbee earned her bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees at U of I, has worked at the university for 25 years and is the first Nez Perce woman to serve in the president’s cabinet.

Erin Agidius is director of the Civil Rights and Investigations unit. Agidius earned her bachelor’s and law degrees from U of I and has worked there seven years.

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Idaho State University Professor of Biological Sciences Colden Baxter has been elected president of the Society of Freshwater Science. Baxter will serve three years, first as president-elect, then as president and finally as past president.

Michal “Miki” Goodwin, a former assistant professor and coordinator of Idaho State University’s accelerated nursing program, is the new dean of the School of Nursing. Goodwin will oversee the undergraduate, graduate and doctorate nursing programs on campuses in Pocatello, Meridian and Idaho Falls. Goodwin, who holds a doctorate in nursing education from University of Nevada, Las Vegas, worked at ISU from 2004 to 2011.

Dr. Brian Crawford, the chair of the Idaho State University Department of Dental Sciences, is the new president of the Idaho State Dental Association.

Rex Force is Idaho State University’s new vice president for health sciences. Force, who joined the ISU faculty in 1993, assumed his new duties July 1 after serving as the associate dean for clinical research in the Division of Health Sciences.

Financial Services

Hannah Seeley has joined Harris & Co. as a tax manager. She has 10 years of experience.

Seeley started her career at a large regional firm and was a tax manager at a multinational medical device manufacturer.

She received a master’s of professional accounting in taxation degree from the University of Washington.


Leslea Basterrechea has been named superintendent of the city of Nampa’s Environmental Compliance Division, which includes eight full-time employees.

Basterrechea has a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from the College of Idaho and previously worked for Boise’s city water quality lab.

Tom Points is Nampa’s new city engineer, supervising 18 people.

Points worked for the Idaho Transportation Department for 15 years. He is a University of Idaho graduate.

Bret Caulder has been promoted to Nampa’s building official after nearly one year at the city.

Caulder started his career in 1978 framing residential homes, then transitioning to light commercial construction and began his governmental work experience in 1998. Caulder directs a staff of 13.

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Natural resource professional Greg Hughes has been named state supervisor for the Idaho Fish and Wildlife Office of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in Boise, supervising 64 employees.

Hughes, a 29-year employee of the service, is its regional chief for migratory birds in the Southwest region. He succeeds Mike Carrier, who retired in 2015.

Health Care

Allison Carter, a Boise resident, has been hired as business development specialist at Positive Changes Hypnosis in Boise. Cater has a bachelor’s degree in family and consumer sciences from the University of Idaho and experience in pharmaceutical sales and health care consulting.

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The Idaho State Dental Association elected its new executive committee: Brian R. Crawford, president; James Miller, president-elect; Dan R. Wilson, vice president; S. John Staley, secretary and treasurer; and John E. Hisel Jr., immediate past president. Staley and Hisel practice in the Treasure Valley.


Pets Best Insurance Services LLC, of Boise, has promoted Jared Hight to general counsel from vice president of claims. Hight attended the University of Idaho College of Law while continuing to work full-time for Pets Best and graduated in December. He has been with Pets Best since its inception in 2005, soon after his graduation from Boise State University with an undergraduate degree in English literature.


Attorney Dana Hofstetter has joined Hawley Troxell in Boise. She has 25 years of experience. She received her law and master’s degree from the University of California, Berkeley, and her bachelor’s degree from Princeton University.

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Joe Southers has been hired as an associate attorney at Elam & Burke in Boise. Southers, raised in Eagle, holds a law degree from the University of Idaho and a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Kansas.

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The National Academy of Family Law Attorneys named seven Treasure Valley lawyers to its list of Idaho’s top family law attorneys. They are: Geoffrey E. Goss, Boise; Jennifer April Roark, Nampa; Lauren E. McConnell, Boise; Tami Elizabeth Monek, Nampa; Jennifer M. Schindele, Boise; Tessa Jeanean Bennett, Boise; and Tyler Stanton Rounds, Caldwell.


Boise Cascade has named Erin Nuxoll as vice president of human resources. Nuxoll, who has spent 23 years with the company, previously served as Boise Cascade’s vice president of human resources from 2003 to 2005 before leaving to join the J. R. Simplot Co.


Idaho Statesman business reporter Audrey Dutton won two regional journalism awards for her reporting in 2015 on 8,000 pages of court records. Dutton won first-place awards for her “Inside Our Hospitals” stories in the business-reporting and comprehensive-coverage categories among large daily newspapers in the Society of Professional Journalists’ Northwest Excellence in Journalism competition. The stories revealed what goes into business decisions made by Idaho’s largest and most powerful health care organizations.


The Wyakin Warrior Foundation in Boise has named two people to its board of directors and hired an executive.

Jennifer Neil has joined the board. Neil is an executive director of gift planning at Boise State University.

Steven Arnold has joined the board. He is chief counsel of the technology licensing department at Micron Technology Inc.

Amanda Soza has been hired as director of development. She most recently served as director of communication and development at Foothills School of Arts & Sciences in Boise.

Dr. John L. Livingston, a former U.S. Navy surgeon and a retired general surgeon, will join the Idaho Freedom Foundation in Boise as a special adviser on medical policy. Livingston, a Boise resident, performed general and trauma surgery for more than 35 years, including 12 in the Navy and 25 at Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center in Boise.

Real Estate

TitleOne Corp. in Boise has promoted Matt Bramwell, Lisa Scholz and Tyler Thomas to escrow officers.

Bramwell has 15 years of escrow experience and five years of title experience and is a graduate of Idaho State University.

Scholz has 16 years of real estate experience and several years of title and escrow experience. She is a graduate of University of Idaho.

Thomas has 11 years of title and escrow experience. He has a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Boise State University.

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David Gerber has been promoted to IT team leader at TitleOne Corp. in Boise. In addition to 20 years of customer service experience, Gerber has 16 years of experience in systems administration and several years specializing in storage and virtualization administration.

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Rachael Ebeltoft has joined Thornton Oliver Keller Commercial Real Estate’s property management department in Boise as an assistant property manager. Ebeltoft has 12 years of administrative work experience.


Tyler Lester, general manager of the Olive Garden in Boise, has achieved parent company Darden Restaurants’ Diamond Club status. He is among 42 of Olive Garden’s more than 800 general managers to be recognized this year.


Landstar System Inc., a provider of transportation services, has recognized Rebecca Wilder, of Middleton, as a One Million Mile Safe Driver. Wilder has driven a million consecutive miles without a preventable accident.


Sheila Spangler has joined the Boise office of Murphy Business & Financial, a business brokerage firm. Spangler has launched and led the Zions Bank Business Resource Center in Boise, the now-closed Women’s Business Center in Boise, and her own business brokerage, Capital Strategies.

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David Choate has joined the Boise office of Murphy Business & Financial as an associate broker. He has 25 years experience in commercial real estate sales and management.

This story appears in the Aug. 17-Sept. 20, 2016, edition of the Idaho Statesman’s Business Insider magazine. Click here for the e-edition (subscription required).

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