February 2017 Around Town

St. Luke’s Adds Three 
New Board Members

With growing health care needs across Idaho and complexities in the industry, St. Luke’s Health System added three new members to its board of directors. Lisa Grow, Dr. Allan Korn and Andrew Scoggin officially joined the board. Along with 13 other members, they will provide guidance for St. Luke’s policy, development and service enhancement, and determination of how health system revenues will be reinvested back into local healthcare services, facilities and equipment.

Grow is senior vice president of operations for Idaho Power and earned a bachelor’s degree in engineering from the University of Idaho and a master’s degree in business administration from Boise State University.

Korn is an internal medicine physician and nationally known expert in managed care initiatives. As a principal with Illinois-based Carriage Way Associates, Korn has provided consulting services in patient safety and healthcare affordability.

Scoggin is the executive vice president of human resources, labor relations, public affairs and government relations for Albertsons Companies Inc.


Education Support Professionals Recognized by Boise District

The Idaho Education Association and the Boise Education Association observed National ESP Day by presenting small gifts to Education Support Professionals around the Boise School District, including a special ceremony at Horizon Elementary School. Longtime ESP member Debra Brown was singled out for specific recognition to acknowledge her many contributions to the school and the ESP community.

“Education Support Professionals are an integral component to the successful education of students in Idaho, and they frequently fly under the radar in terms of recognition,” says BEA President Stephanie Myers. National ESP Day ensures these vastly underappreciated educators are recognized.

Also receiving special recognition was classroom teacher Brenda Shrauger, who was honored for increasing collaboration between teachers and ESPs.

“I have a severe self-contained classroom with between three and six ESPs in my room at all times,” Shrauger says. “I couldn’t do my job nearly as well without the experience and dedication of these terrific people.”


Bogus Basin Association Names 
New Members for Board

Bogus Basin Recreational Association, Inc., a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that provides year-round mountain recreation and education, announced two new members have been selected to serve on the organization’s board of directors.

Michel Bourgeau is an account executive in corporate health services at Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center. Bourgeau is responsible for developing collaborative relationships with small businesses, corporations, school districts and other community organizations in areas of occupational medicine, corporate wellness and value health networks. He is a former coach for the Bogus Basin Ski Education Foundation and has enjoyed the slopes at Bogus Basin with his family for many years.

Ross Borden is the finance director at Capital City Development Corporation where he directs the agency’s financial and contracting affairs. Prior to joining CCDC in 2013, Ross served as director of intergovernmental affairs for the city of Boise Mayor’s Office. He is an Idaho native with undergraduate and master’s degrees from the University of Idaho. Ross has enjoyed many wonderful days and nights at Bogus Basin with his wife and three children.


ITD Director Brian Ness 
Wins National Award

Idaho Transportation Department Director Brian Ness has won the 2016 Navigator Award from the national organization Route Fifty. The award, in the “Agency and Department Chiefs” category, is based on his citizen-focused approach to government and a transformative style.
Ness and several other winners from across the country representing different categories were honored in Pittsburgh.
“Brian’s inclusive management style and commitment to constant innovation and improvement have made the Idaho Transportation Department not only one of our most successful state agencies but also one of the best places to work and build a career,” says Gov. Butch Otter. “I’m proud of Brian’s leadership at ITD, which has done wonders to build public trust in its operations, the confidence of Idaho motorists, and ensure that all citizens are getting their money’s worth.”
Ness won in a category honoring “individuals across state, county and municipal governments who have demonstrated the ability to implement innovative ideas to solve problems and improve public-sector services in the communities they serve.”

Boise Resident Selected for Board of Humanities Council

The Idaho Humanities Council, the nonprofit, state-based partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities, recently welcomed four new members to its 18-member Board of Directors, including one from Boise. The four new members will serve three-year terms on the board.

Garry Wenske, of Boise, is an adjunct professor and executive director of the Frank Church Institute at Boise State University. He also serves as the president of the Boise Committee on Foreign Relations, and on the board of directors of the Idaho Council for International Visitors. He is a graduate of George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Relations and the Foreign Service Institute and holds a law degree from the University of Idaho.

The other three new members include Rocky Owens and Andrea Partington of Coeur d’Alene and Tim Hopkins of Idaho Falls.


Darrin Harris Appointed 
to Lead Boise’s Department of Information Technology

Mayor David Bieter recently appointed Darrin Harris, a technology professional with 25 years of leadership and technical experience, to lead the City of Boise’s Department of Information Technology.

Harris assumes a key role in the city of Boise’s citizen experience initiative, an organization-wide effort to improve customer service in all areas of interaction between Boise’s residents and their city government. This “high-touch meets high-tech” effort relies significantly on the employment of technology to give city leaders and staff the information, skills and systems to better, more effectively engage and serve residents through daily interactions.

Harris will oversee a department with an $8.6 million budget and 56 employees charged with application, website and geographic information system development, technology infrastructure management, technology project coordination, technology system implementation, and internal network and computer customer support.

Harris comes to the city from Kordata, a Boise-based software company that provides adaptive mobile solutions for a broad base of industries, where he served as the chief executive officer and chief operating officer.


$10,000 Grant Awarded to Women’s and Children’s Alliance

The Allstate Foundation has awarded the Women’s and Children’s Alliance a grant for $10,000 to support the Treasure Valley Economic Action Program that provides financial literacy education.

The alliance is the lead agency for the action program, which began in 2010 as a collaborative effort of six valley agencies. The financial literacy curriculum is evidence-based, specifically developed to empower women to achieve economic self-sufficiency through personal financial and money management education, thus assisting women to move toward greater economic and personal autonomy and to move away from abuser dependency. The Financial Literacy Educator generally provides the classes on-site at the participating agency. More than 1,240 women have participated in the classes and 1,071 have graduated.

“The financial literacy program empowers participants by providing strategies and conversations that highlight economic independence and stability in the areas of budgeting, credit, banking, saving, and goal-setting,” says Deborah DeSousa, certified financial educator and coach.


UI Recognizes Boise-Area 
Students with Awards

The University of Idaho Office of Alumni Relations honored 55 students during its annual Awards for Excellence, including students from the Treasure Valley

Students are selected based on outstanding academic success, leadership and have demonstrated career and professional preparation. Leadership may be demonstrated in the classroom, laboratory, campus and in the community. The awards are presented to undergraduate seniors, third-year law students and graduate students.

Award recipients from Boise include: Undergraduate Erica Albertson, interior design, College of Art and Architecture, Boise Kylie George, Psychology, College of Letters, Arts, and Social Sciences, Boise Alaina Heuring, international studies and Spanish, College of Letters, Arts, and Social Sciences, Boise Law Christopher Ogden, Boise BSU.


Team Advances in 
International Competition

The Hult Prize recently announced that a team from Boise State University has advanced to the competition’s eighth annual regional finals, where they will have a chance to win $1 million in seed capital.
Team Cultivate won a Hult Prize competition at Boise State in November. The team built a solution to create sustainable, scalable, fast-growing social enterprises that restore the rights and dignity of 10 million involuntary migrants forced to leave their native countries due to economic pressures, environmental conditions and conflict.
Team Cultivate recognized three disparate problems that exist within refugee camps: camp cleanliness, safety and access to food. Their solution was to introduce the P.O.T.T (portable one-time toilet). The P.O.T.T. promotes safety and privacy for individuals using the restroom, removes the build-up of sewage that pollutes water and can even help generate food.
The team will now move on to the Hult Prize regional finals in March 2017 in Dubai, one of Hult International Business School’s five campuses.