May 2017 Around Town 3

Wendy Olson Joins Stoel Rives as Partner

Stoel Rives LLP announced former U.S. Attorney for the District of Idaho, Wendy J. Olson, has joined the firm as a partner. Olson joins the litigation practice group in the firm’s Boise office.

“After a long career in public service, I look forward to private practice, where I will work with clients on civil and criminal matters, as well as assist them with government regulatory investigations,” Olson says. “I know that I am joining a team of incredible lawyers at Stoel Rives who advocate on behalf of a diverse array of clients nationwide.”

A native of Pocatello, Olson has served in Idaho’s U.S. Attorney’s Office for more than two decades, serving under four U.S. presidents. In 2010, she was sworn in as Idaho’s top prosecutor by President Barack Obama. As the U.S. Attorney, Olson administered civil, criminal and appellate litigation and office operations throughout the District of Idaho, and as the lead federal law enforcement official in Idaho, she coordinated and collaborated with prosecutors and law enforcement officials at all levels of government.

Elizabeth Mahn Sworn in as Ada County Chief Deputy Treasurer

Elizabeth “Beth” Mahn has been sworn in as the new Ada County chief deputy treasurer. She started with Ada County in 2005 as a legal intern in the civil division of the county’s prosecutor’s office. After completing a clerkship with the U.S. Bankruptcy Court, she returned to Ada County in 2009 as a deputy prosecutor.

Mahn left Ada County in 2015 and gained additional experience in investments. When the finance manager position in the treasurer’s office opened in the fall of 2016, she jumped on the opportunity to return to Ada County. She holds a degree in accounting and has prior experience in public accounting. With Mahn’s legal and financial background, Treasurer Vicky McIntyre found her to be a perfect fit for chief deputy treasurer, following the retirement of the prior chief deputy. Mahn is excited about this new opportunity and looks forward to working with other elected officials and department heads. The chief deputy is responsible for the overall operations of the treasurer’s three departments: treasurer, tax collector and public administrator.

Jean Henscheid Named Interim Director at McClure Center

Jean Henscheid was named interim director of the University of Idaho’s James A. and Louise McClure Center for Public Policy Research, based in Boise. Her appointment follows the retirement of Priscilla Salant, who has served as the director since 2014.

The McClure Center conducts nonpartisan public policy research, informs public policy dialogue and engages University of Idaho students in learning about public policymaking. Consistent with Sen. James McClure’s legacy, the center’s mission is to serve the public through the application of scientifically based research to the public policymaking process.

Henscheid has worked for UI for 14 years, serving as a faculty member in the College of Education as well as the director of the university’s general education program. She is lead author on the McClure Center’s most recent issue of Idaho at a Glance, Life Choices of High School Seniors.

“I appreciate the thoughtful leadership Jean brings to the McClure Center,” UI President Chuck Staben says. “The center’s good work will continue moving forward as we search for a permanent director.”

Grove Hotel, Idaho Steelheads and Century Link Recognize Employees

The Grove Hotel, Idaho Steelheads and CenturyLink Arena have named their outstanding employees for the year of 2016. The organizations are all owned and operated by Block 22, LLC and Idaho Sports Properties, LLC.

  • Block 22 Corp Employee of the Year: Shannon Fox
  • Grove Hotel Manager of the Year: Bridgit Muratore
  • Grove Hotel Employee of the Year/Front of House: Kaitie Branton
  • Grove Hotel Employee of the Year/Back of House: Deeg Kimsey
  • CenturyLink Arena Employee of the Year: Travis Turner
  • CenturyLink Arena Operations Employee of the Year: Lynn Rowe
  • CenturyLink Arena Concessions Employee of the Year: Sam Hart
  • Idaho Steelheads Employee of the Year: Brian McCormack

Saint Alphonsus Assumes Full Ownership of Treasure Valley Laboratory

Saint Alphonsus will assume full ownership of Treasure Valley Laboratory following the purchase of Pathology Associates Medical Laboratories by Laboratory Corporation of America. Since 1999, Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center in Boise and PAML co-owned and operated TVL in a joint venture agreement to provide laboratory services to Boise, Meridian, Nampa and Idaho Falls. PAML, as a division of Catholic Health Initiatives and Providence Health, recently agreed to sell their assets to LabCorp, a national provider of laboratory services and a publicly traded corporation. To keep laboratory services local and accessible, Saint Alphonsus made the decision to assume full ownership of TVL as part of PAML’s sale to LabCorp.

“Our goal is to keep quality care close to home, with a special focus on personalization, accuracy, and convenience,” Odette Bolano, president of Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center, says. “To that end, our full acquisition of Treasure Valley Laboratory will sustain the extraordinary work we have already performed for patients in our community. I am proud and excited to see the opportunities that this change holds for the future.”

Ada County Coroner’s Office Nationally Recognized

The Ada County Coroner’s Office has become only the second coroner’s office in the nation to hold dual accreditation with the National Association of Medical Examiners and the International Association of Coroners and Medical Examiners.

The coroner’s office received the IAC&ME accreditation in July and received the NAME accreditation February 19.

Receiving NAME accreditation means the coroner’s office is operating within the highest standards for medical examiners and coroners in administration, forensics and investigations.

“Citizens can be proud of the hard work, dedication and leadership made by you and your staff in attaining this accreditation,” NAME told the coroner’s office.

“We’re so pleased to be recognized by NAME and IAC&ME, and receive this prestigious honor,” Coroner Dotti Owens says. “This accomplishment would not have been possible without the amazing staff within my office.”

Dutch Bros Boise Raises $10,000 for Junior Achievement Idaho

Dutch Bros Boise partnered with the community to raise $10,000 for Junior Achievement of Idaho.

Through hands-on programs and services, Junior Achievement of Idaho provides education on many subjects, including financial literacy, college and career preparation and entrepreneurial skills. The organization strives to teach students skills that will further help them succeed as they embark on adulthood.

“Our Boise community never ceases to amaze us,” Brian Wight, Dutch Bros Boise owner, says. “They really came out in full-force to support this awesome organization—one that truly impacts the futures of so many of our local youth in a such positive way.”

To raise funds, Dutch Bros Boise donated $1 from every drink sold on March 3. Funds will support Junior Achievement of Idaho as it continues to provide local youth throughout Idaho with education and programs to enhance their critical thinking and problem-solving skills, as well as inspire and prepare them for a successful future.

Brian and Libby Wight are the local owners of eight Dutch Bros Boise locations. They opened their first location in 2007.