Congratulations to our 2016 20 Under 40 event nominees and winners!
• WINNER • Ari Price is the engine that drives much of the activity around Golds Gym and Sunsations on Flandro Drive. As the Director of Operations for the two businesses, Price has a management style that never backs down from a problem and brings out the best in everyone.
Price has been achieving professional success from a young age. She was a member of the youth drug court scholarship program in high school where she served on a board a couple times a month. Price lettered all four years on the Highland High School Varsity soccer team, lettered two years on the track team and graduated with multiple academic scholarships. At 17, she was promoted to a supervisory position at Golds Gym. Shortly thereafter (before she turned 19) Price was leading two departments and overseeing more than 15 employees at Golds. In her professional roles, Price created all the job descriptions and department manuals, put together all the current HR and back office paperwork and created an employee “on boarding” process in 2012 to help all new hires and get them integrated into the gym and create life long fans of fitness.
Outside of the gym, Price is an active advocate for fitness in the community. Price helped create a program to help students that want to go into the military but cannot pass the physical tests. She now has a fast track program that helps get these students ready for those required tests.
In 2013 she was named the National Association of Professional Women’s Young Woman of The Year. Price maintains a position on the Gate City Rotary Club Board of Directors, is the Director of New Generations for Youth Exchange, participates in the Rotary Youth Leadership Award Program, Interact as Highland High School Youth Counselor and in 2013 she coached Little League Soccer.
Price, 26, attended Devry University from 2010 to 2012 where she studied business management.
• Amber Davis has spent at least 15 years centering her professional and personal life around caring for others. As the owner and director of Care Connection of Idaho, Davis orchestrates in-home compassionate and professional care that improves quality of life and promotes the physical, mental and emotional well-being of southeastern Idaho’s elderly.
“She is constantly thinking and doing things to improve and grow her business, empowering her employees, donating her time to the community and thinking of how to improve the lives of those who don't have very much,” according to the individual who nominated Davis for this award. “Her mind is always thinking of ways to enhance, help, and learn about what other options there are available to help others.”
Davis, 33, started Care Connection of Idaho in June 2013. In addition to her professional work, Davis started Socks for Seniors - filling hundreds of Christmas stockings for area seniors who feel the sting of loneliness during the holidays.
Davis is also affiliated with Pocatello-Chubbuck Chamber of Commerce, the National Care Planning Council, the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB), Bannock Civitans, Idaho Health & Welfare Support Broker, and is a wish granter for Make-A-Wish Foundation of Idaho. She has also done work for Camp Fire U.S.A., the Boy Scouts of America, and supported the Southeast Idaho Youth Football League. Davis was honored in 2015 with an award for the Top 10 Best places to work in Idaho (Micro Employers category.) Davis has also been involved in the Idaho State University Homecoming Parade, the Old Town Pocatello Night Lights Parade, the Pocatello/Chubbuck School District 25 Festival of Trees, the Hatcher Wheatley Bull Riding Benefit and the Beat the Odds Bull Riding Benefit.
• Brady Carter is the owner of Auto Image on Garrett Way. Under his leadership, the car dealership and mechanics shop has become known for its honesty and integrity. Carter, 37, is the recipient of the Honest Used Car Salesman Award. He also sponsors and organizes the Color Run, which has donated thousands of dollars to The Connor Academy. In addition, Carter has volunteered his time with the Boy Scouts of America and has coached several local soccer teams.
• Brandi Clark is an example of how to juggle a career, community involvement and family responsibilities with grace. As the owner of the Pocatello Athletic Club (PAC) and a personal trainer, Clark encourages clients across the community to achieve their best. Clark opened the business with her sister, Misty Olsen, in 2014. Since then, Clark has shown an unparalleled “dedication and commitment to her clients,” according to the person who submitted her name for award consideration. Through her business, Clark gives presentations for schools, civic and church groups and also contributes to the 100 Mile Clubs in area schools.
She obtained a Bachelor's Degree in Health Education from Idaho State University and holds personal fitness trainer and class instructor certifications through AFAA, ACE and a national certifying agency called SAFAX.
Clark volunteers at community events like Spinderella, 12k of Christmas fun run, Urban Invasion, and the Pocatello Marathon. She has recently volunteered with SEICAA to help during their summer camp. In addition, she gives free fitness presentations and classes to churches, civic groups and youth programs when requested. Clark is also in the process of starting a program to provide access to gym memberships and fitness apparel for abused/battered women.
In addition to running a successful business, Clark, 38, is a wife and the mother of four children. She regularly volunteers in Pocatello/Chubbuck School District 25 schools and classrooms.
• WINNER • Brekka Hartman’s achievements and acts of volunteer service are numerous and have benefited not only people in Idaho, but others across the world.
Professionally, Hartman, 32, is a Psycho-Social Rehabilitative Skills Worker (PSR) with Hope Tree. The Southeastern Idaho business offers counseling, and case management services to adults, couples, families, adolescents and children. With a BSN degree in psychology, Hartman “is an amazing social worker with compassion and professionalism,” according to the person who nominated her for this award. “Her personality oozes love and empathy and she is a blessing to her associates and patients.”
In addition to her work at Hope Tree, Hartman is also a photographer, a teacher at Pocatello's Dance Factory, a judge for area dance and drill competitions, a pianist, singer, music mixer and a wife and mother. Through her talents in dance, Hartman founded a non-profit dance troupe that raises money through their performances for various causes. In the past, the troupe has helped raise money for women's rights organizations in third world countries, orphanages in Russia/Ukraine as well as raised funds for a friend struggling with brain cancer.
With funds that her troupe raised, Hartman traveled to Africa several years ago to build a water well for a village. In addition, Hartman has taught English in China twice (once as a head teacher), as well as in Russia and Ukraine. She is also an active member of her church through which she has served an 18-month mission. Hartman has served with the Boy Scouts of America (Cub Scouts), Habitat for Humanity and The Portneuf River Water Project. Her personal philosophy, according to her nominator, is to love and serve one another and to help and empower all women (and children) around the world to enjoy basic human rights and privileges.
• Cade Ackley a personal trainer, coach and teacher for District 25, earned his bachelor’s degree while raising a family of 3 daughters. He is a dedicated and involved dad. The girls all participate in athletics. He and his wife take turns shuttling the girls to practices four nights a week, and he also attends every activity they participate in, some of which are long weekends playing volleyball in Utah.
He was an assistant coach at Soda Springs High School for 5 years, coached the Northern Lights semi-pro football club in Finland in 2009 and has been on the football coaching staff at Highland since 2006. He started and co-owns BA Athletics, specializing in strength and endurance training, and studied Judo for 5 years. He has affiliations with former Olympic athletes who are in business in Boise, and with Tawna Ellis, Elite Volleyball, and Mecinna Price, MP Dance Studio.
His personal philosophy, according to his nominator, is helping others to be the best they can be.
• Cali Baker earned a master’s degree from Montana State University in 2010. Baker was an Americorp volunteer in 2009 and 2010 on the Confederated Salish & Kootenai Tribes of the Flathead Reservation where she served as a middle school counseling intern.
While there, she served on the committee that got the school involved in the Montana Behavioral Institute. Following that experience, Baker, who is 30, was hired to help open the first S TEAM (STEM for civilians) school in the DODEA/DODDs school system. All of the student body had at least one parent serving active military duty. “One of the most humbling experiences was the dedication ceremony which the widow of the man for whom the school was named attended,” Baker said.
Married to a solider, Baker worked with transitioning service members as they rejoined the civilian world. The couple has two sons. “This turned out to be handy as my husband's previous combat injuries ended up resulting in a medical retirement of his own,” Baker said.
Baker is currently a school counselor with Pocatello Chubbuck School District 25.
Her nominator says, “She is always willing to help students. She is very spontaneous in reaching out to help them. She will work with large or small groups. She is very capable with the use of media sources.”
• Cory Omanson at just 35 years-old, is a Certified Public Accountant, and the Chief Financial Officer for ISU Federal Credit Union. Omanson has been the manager for multiple major projects for change at the credit union, and while his primary responsibilities are ensuring the credit union is fiscally compliant and successful, he also manages the IT department, the Operations department, and the Loss
Mitigations department. He earned a degree in accounting from Idaho State University in 2007.
Omanson and his wife Allison, have four children – he also serves as an assistant Boy Scout Master.
Omanson’s nominator said, “The young CFO is also an accomplished cook. His beef brisket is famous around the office. His personal philosophy is to believe the best in people. Omanson believes in being honest and in just trying to be a decent person. Omanson's goals are to be a good father and husband. He wants his family and friends to feel their lives are better because of their interactions with him.”
His parents are huge influences in his life and Omanson said, they taught him that it is important to build your life on daily commitment to what you believe, not on short-lived moments of brilliance.
• Dan Davis a thirty-year-old of Pocatello was described as being successful in everything that he does. Davis owns and operates Darkheart Adventures, a non-profit focused on outdoor adventure, environmental stewardship and travel.
His nominator said “Davis’ real passion is impacting local youth.”
Davis established a youth adventure program within his company that teaches self-reliance, stewardship, and fosters a love for adventures of all kinds. He organizes local youth to help in a variety of clean-up activities, cleaning up sections of the Portneuf River and teaching the kids the importance of riparian areas.
Davis also hosts Awareness Workshops to teach the seven principles of the Leave No Trace program.
A U.S. Army veteran, an award winning artist Davis is a hero to the kids he leads.
“They all want to live life by his example. He's incredibly brave and never flinches from hard work. His "never give up, never surrender" attitude and tireless work ethic inspires the children to apply themselves to their own goals,” his nominator wrote. “Davis is iron tough and as strong as a bear. What makes him an exceptional leader, beyond that, is his sincerity and the way he cares for those around him.”
Davis is currently working to become a licensed personal trainer.
• WINNER • Daniel Hummel is a third year Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science at Idaho State University. Hummel received his PhD in Public Administration from Florida Atlantic University. His research and teaching interests revolve around municipal fiscal stress, the right-sizing paradigm, urban scaling, housing vacancy, immigration and Islamic public administration.He started teaching at ISU in fall 2013.
“Hummel provides students with educational experiences to expand their understanding of the topic and challenge them to think deeply about the content,” wrote Associate Dean Mark K. McBeth. As an example, Hummel has used technology to have nationally recognized speakers talk to his classes, including a Pulitzer Prize winning author. He directs the Master of Public Administration program that helps train students to take leadership positions in public service.
Hummel is currently taking the initiative to work toward MPA accreditation, an accomplishment that would greatly benefit southeastern Idaho. A prolific public administration researcher, Hummel was awarded a grant through the US AID and ICMA, and as a result he traveled to Jordan along with an official from the City of Pocatello to study and exchange ideas about local economic development.
His professional service involves work as a General Secretary of the Islamic
Society of Southeastern Idaho, a member of Portneuf Valley Interfaith, and an adviser to NeighborWorks Pocatello.
His professional affiliations includes, Shrinking Cities Research network the Western Political Science Association, Pacific Northwest Political Science Association and Western Social Science Association.
Hummel’s civic service includes board member for the Islamic Society for Southeast Idaho, he’s a member of Interfaith Fellowship, an Adviser for NeighborWorks, Pocatello and a member of Pacifica Institute (for Interfaith).
At 34, Hummel said his personal philosophy is simple: “I am a firm believer that being a disconnected academic is not a viable lifestyle. My research, teaching and service work has connected me with real-world problems that are current and pressing in the United States and around the world. All of my research has policy orientations whether it is dealing with urban decline, government financial health, immigration, civic engagement, individual well-being and economic development. My classes are also interwoven with my research and contemporary problems that many of my students will have to address directly as they enter government or the market place. In addition, I believe that I need to be involved with my community in a visible way even if that puts me at risk of prejudice and ill-will.”
• WINNER • Dave Spillett is a lifelong resident of Pocatello and he’s been active in coaching many youth teams for his sons and daughters as well as coaching football and basketball at Century and Pocatello High Schools. Spillett is currently the Head Football Coach at his alma mater, Pocatello High School. “He has a great work ethic and love for this community,” his nominator stated. “Dave is very dedicated to helping people whether it’s one of his customers at Idaho Power or one of the young adults he’s coaching.”
Spillett, 39, has served and volunteered on many committees to assist the community such as Paintfest team captain, Relay for Life team captain, Idaho Powers scholarship committee to help students pay for college, Leadership Pocatello/Chubbuck, Secret Shopper for kids who need gifts at Christmas and the I Love ISU campaign.
His special awards and accomplishments include two State Football Championships and 1st Team All Conference as a player, three State Championships as a Coach, High School Football State runner-up as a coach, Youth Football National Championship runner up as a Coach.
Spillett and his wife, Cori, have been married for 21 years and they have four children.
He has worked for Idaho Power Company for more than 20 years in the Metering dept. and as a Customer Representative. In the metering dept. he was a key person as the team scheduler as well as providing accurate billing to customers. He was among the best and most accurate in the company at this position. Currently he is a Customer Representative that is gifted at educating customers on electrical safety, how power is generated and on Energy Efficiency measures for businesses and residences.
Spillett said his biggest influence was his grandfather who taught him the importance of hard work and personal integrity. He tries to instill those values in his family and those he coaches.
• Echo Marshall Director of Sales and Marketing for the Shoshone Bannock Tribes, Marshall has played a crucial role in the success of our new Shoshone-Bannock Hotel & Event Center. “Her role within the community, both tribal and non-tribal, has been influential to many as she is a hard worker and dedicated. As a busy mother of three children and a Zumba instructor in Blackfoot and Fort Hall, she still maintains efficiency and is always willing to lend a hand to those in need.” her nominator wrote.
Before working at the new hotel, Marshall helped shape the Fort Hall Casino in the marketing department and was a team leader to many. “As a young Native American woman, Marshall represents leadership and teamwork,” her nominator said.
Marshall, 38, is currently studying business and marketing at Idaho State University. She is a member of ConnectShare, a former Blackfoot Chamber Board Member and a past president of The Blackfoot Chamber. Pioneer Country Travel Council and a board member for Leadership Pocatello/Chubbuck, a graduate and a previous Class Facilitator.
Marshall is a certified Zumba Basic Instructor, Zumba kids & Zumba Pro skills Instructor at MPower Group Fitness Studio in Blackfoot and volunteer Zumba instructor for Fort Hall Zumba and she participates regularly in fundraisers to help individuals in need.
Marshall said her personal philosophy is: “I am inspired by the personal life philosophy of Steve Jobs “Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life…Don’t let the noise of other’s opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become.” I couldn’t say it better. Life is about following your dreams regardless of the obstacles that are put before you.”
• WINNER • Grant Harville is the Artistic Director and Conductor for the Idaho State-Civic Symphony and an Assistant Professor of Music at Idaho State University. As the Director, Harville has worked with artists as diverse as local dance studio Brindusa Moore to international headliner Bela Fleck. He is the recent winner of the London Conducting Competition and Harville held a prior position with the Georgia Youth Symphony.
Harville earned a doctorate from the University of Wisconsin in 2013. He has previously served as Associate Conductor of the Georgia Symphony, Director of the Georgia Youth Symphony, Orchestra Director at Ripon College, and Music Director for multiple Madison Savoyards productions and his recent accolades includes guest conducting appearances with the Georgia Symphony Orchestra, the Philharmonia of Greater Kansas City, and the Oistrach Symphony.
Harville’s special awards and honors include the London Conducting Masterclass Prize Agatha C Church Conducting Award and the London Conducting Masterclasses competition, which won him an invitation to conduct the Graz Chamber Philharmonic in August 2016.
An avid composer, Harville has had works performed by the Idaho State-Civic Symphony, Georgia Symphony, the Wisconsin Brass Quintet, University of Michigan Symphony Orchestra, the United States Armed Forces Tuba-Euphonium Ensemble, and the First Baptist Church of Ann Arbor Sanctuary Choir, in addition to other soloists and chamber ensembles. Harville’s sonata for tuba and piano was a finalist for the Harvey G. Phillips Award for Excellence in Composition.
His diverse performance background includes experience as a tubist, vocalist, and violist. He has a number of tuba competition victories to his credit, including the University of Michigan Concerto Competition (performing a concerto of his own composition), first place in the Leonard Falcone International Solo Tuba competition, and in the Potomac International Tuba/Euphonium Festival Quartet Competition.
Harville said his personal philosophy is: It's not necessarily obvious, or the way a lot of people think of it, but I consider music to be a method of philosophy. A composition is like a treatise, a way of describing the universe (and our place in it) that happens to be expressed in sound rather than the principles of math or science. So for me, Beethoven does the same work as Newton or Einstein: showing us important truths about the nature of the world we live in.
• WINNER • JD Oborn is an associate attorney at Cooper and Larsen, Chartered providing professional legal services for nearly 20 years. His nominator describes his colleague as thoughtful, helpful, encouraging, focused and humorous in the office and around the staff. “He has a wealth of life experience as a young lawyer.”
Oborn attended Weber State University, BS in political science, summa cum laude, 2010. Hamline University School of Law, JD, cum laude, 2013.
Oborn served in the military in Iraq. Promoted to the rank of sergeant in the Idaho Army National Guard, he ended his time in the National Guard as a Range Control Sergeant at Gowen Field where he assisted in facilitating the training of soldiers from across the United States.
He finished his college degree and worked in the criminal and domestic justice system, after graduating from law school, Oborn clerked for a state district judge and is now in the private sector. While in law school, Oborn worked as a Certified Student Attorney for the Ramsey County Attorney’s Office in St. Paul, MN. In that capacity, he represented Ramsey County in more than 700 child support, paternity, and divorce hearings.
Oborn interned with the Ballard Group, LLC in Washington, DC, an international consulting firm and Oborn worked directly for retired Ambassador Frances Cook ambassador to Oman, Burundi and Cameroon. Ambassador Cook was also the first female ambassador in the Middle East and Africa then drafted policy reports that were sent to the CEO’s of multinational corporations.
A father of two, Oborn is a devoted father and husband, but still finds time to give 110 percent at work. “He has a great mind and a wonderful heart,” said his nominator.
Oborn’s professional affiliations include the Sixth District Bar Association, Idaho State Bar Association, Portneuf Inns of Court, the American Bar Association and the Defense Research Institute.
Oborn serves as a Court Appointed Special Advocate, and he provides Pro Bono legal services for the CASA program in Bannock County.
Oborn said, “My greatest personal accomplishments are my six year old daughter, Madison Rose Oborn, and my three year old son, Hayden Washington Oborn.”
• Jamie Findlay of J Bella and Jamie Findlay Photography over came multiple obstacles, but she came out on top. Findlay owns and operates several businesses here in Pocatello. J Bella has been around for 5 years. It started as a small boutique location inside a friends salon and has exploded into an international online retailer for women.
Findlay’s photography is something she started a few years ago and has built it into a thriving business. Findlay won Reader’s Choice as favorite photographer. Thumbtacks Photographer of the Year and she was a finalist in an International photography competition with over 228,000 entries. She made it into the final 2000.
She also has a studio downtown that she rents out to photographers to help them with having a beautiful space to shoot in, but not have the overhead that goes with it. She runs a photography meet up group for Utah and Idaho, as well as workshops for area photographers, and educational classes.
“I find inspiration in so many things. There are a tremendous amount of people who have always gone out of their way to build me up and encourage my personal growth. Sometimes in areas I didn't even know I could excel in. My goal with the photography collaborative, as well as other areas of business, is to do the same by living my motto of : A rising tide lifts all ships.” Findlay stated.
• WINNER • Jason Meador General Manager of Phil Meador Auto Group took over the day to day operation of three major automobile dealerships, employing over 200 people a decade ago.
During that time he has overseen the construction of the largest Toyota facility in southern Idaho and the largest Subaru Dealership set to open in mid-April. Courtesy Ford, just received Fords highest honor, the President’s Award, for the third year in a row, it is the only Ford dealership in Idaho to do so.
Meador also initiated and oversaw the PASS program paying for and giving out over 500 mountain bikes to local sixth graders who maintain perfect attendance.He also donated a new weight room to Pocatello High school and purchased a state of the art digital scoreboard for the American Legion Baseball team. Meador, 37, contributes thousands of dollars to Idaho State University each year and helps out numerous community organizations.
His nominator said: “Jason is a shining example of not just what a successful business man should be but what a compassionate and concerned human being should be. He is not only carrying on the legacy his father Phil Meador created, he is building on it and without a doubt will create a legacy of his own.”
Meador studied political science and business management at ISU. His basic personal philosophy is that what you do for a living should not define you. “Be passionate about all things in life and do your best each day to be a contributor to the lives of others,” Meador said. “True joy comes in not what you do but how you do it. It is important to me that I pass on the same values my mom and dad gave to me. If I can make my family proud and earn the respect of my community then I will feel successful.”
• Jeff Garvin Citizens Community Bank Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. Garvin graduated from Idaho State University in 2002, he earned a degree in Business Administration and then went on to receive his BBA degree in 2005.
Garvin was on the dean’s list from 2001-2005 and was a member of the Beta Alpha
Psi from 2003-2005 where he served as the committee chairman of the Service Committee, planning and organizing community service projects.
He also graduated from Pacific Coast Banking School in August of 2012. Garvin started his employment September of 2005 as an auditor for Glacier Bancorp and was promoted to the senior management team at Citizens Community Bank in 2015 as Senior Vice President and CFO. He is a licensed Certified Public Accountant (CPA), and he has the Chartered Global Management Accountant (CGMA) designation. I am also a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA), and the Idaho Society of Certified Public Accountants (ISCPA).
Garvin has been instrumental in not only working behind the scenes with typical financial numbers as the CFO, but he is also engaged with all of the employees working to recognize hard work and teamwork in all areas of the bank.
“Garvin works hard and is well respected by all,” said his nominator.
Garvin is actively involved in Boy Scouts of America. He and his wife April have two children.
• WINNER • Jenifer Reader In 2002, just six months after being married and less than a year into her education at Idaho State University, was diagnosed with stage-two Hodgkins disease. However, rather than letting the cancer, chemotherapy and weakened immune system isolate her, Reader used the life-altering diagnosis as a catalyst for an accomplished career as a registered dietician. Today, the 35-year-old Reader serves as the President of the Pocatello Dietitians, is a Clinical Dietitian at Portneuf Medical Center, and is a member of the Idaho Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (serving as an officer on the Nominating Committee and the 2016 State Conference Planning Committee) she is credited with founding the Alumni chapter of Beta Rho at ISU for the Phi Upsilon Omicron Fraternity. She is currently a Consulting Dietitian with Developmental Options and a Graduate Teacher at ISU.
“Jenifer used this time as a launching pad to build up an enormous thirst for success and life,” according to the person who nominated her for this award. “She dedicated herself to not only getting better herself but helping others be healthy through her future career as a Registered and Licensed Dietitian in Idaho. Jenifer kept a positive attitude, re-grew her hair, re-gained her strength and jumped right back into becoming the successful young woman she is today.”
Reader graduated from the Idaho State University Dietetic Program in 2007 as the Idaho Dietetic Association’s Outstanding Student. Since then her work has promoted the profession through service on committees and with organizations both locally and at the state level. Her work at Developmental Options has improved the lives of children and adults with developmental disabilities since 2008.
While juggling her professional responsibilities, Reader is raising two children (Gabby 7, and Easton 4), while pursuing her Master’s in Health Education degree from ISU. Her work in the community also helps other fellow cancer survivors. Reader volunteered as the Survivor Chairperson at Pocatello’s Relay for Life from 2005 to 2008 where she grew attendance at the annual Survivor Reception from just 12 attendees in 2005 to over a hundred by 2007 and 2008. She was invited to be the keynote speaker at the 2007 Relay for Life event in Pocatello where she shared her story of success for the hundreds in attendance. She also volunteers weekly in her daughter’s first-grade classroom and enjoys playing the piano.
• Jennifer Landon, 37, is the president and CEO of Journey Financial Services, a business she began in 2007 that now serves the financial needs of hundreds of families throughout southern Idaho and in several surrounding states.
Landon began her career in finance after graduating from Idaho State University in 2001 at the young age of 21. Her career took her into the corporate world, where she learned much about how to handle a wide range of financial services. However, that experience also taught her that she wanted to serve her clients without the constraints that working for large corporations could bring. Today, Landon is an Investment Advisor Representative and a licensed life and health insurance professional in the state of Idaho. She is a member of Ed Slott’s Master Elite IRA Advisor Group, the National Ethics Association (NEA) and the Better Business Bureau. Through her work with the BBB, Landon served on the District 93 Bond Campaign Team. She was also recognized with a National Top 50 Women in Insurance Award in 2015. Landon is a Series 65 Licensed Fiduciary Agent Life\Health Insurance Licenses. Her writing on financial topics has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, CNN, CNBC.com, Yahoo Finance and she is a contributing guest writer for Idaho Senior Independent paper.
“Everything that Jennifer Landon does is driven by a passion for self growth and excellence,” according to the person who nominated her for this award.”
When not dedicated to helping others with their finances, Landon is very active in her community and spends all of her free time with her two children and husband.
• WINNER • Jeremy Hess devotes his time on and off the court to helping area youth learn lessons about discipline, teamwork, hard work and goal setting. As both a middle school teacher and the Athletic Director at Grace Lutheran School, Hess has shown an unwavering commitment to the youth in our community.
Hess, 37, is a member of the steering committee that has piloted the future Grace Lutheran High School from concept to construction.
In addition to his work at Grace Lutheran, Hess is involved with Leadership Pocatello, the Portneuf Valley Soccer Club, Region 6 Athletic Director Association and was the organizer of 4th of July, 3 on 3 basketball tournament. He also coaches Gate City Youth Soccer and is a basketball coach for a City of Pocatello league.
Hess earned his MPE in Athletic Administration from Idaho State University and holds a BA in Spanish from the University of Idaho. Hess is also a member of the Region 5 Athletic Director Association.
“My coaching and teaching philosophy is to be a positive role model and influence to my players and treat them fairly, while maintaining a high level of expectation and play,” Hess said. “Athletics should be fun, but kids should also be learning lessons about discipline, teamwork, hard work, and goal-setting. It's a tough balance, but worth it when it all comes together just right! My influences are anyone that's been that positive role model for me, especially my mom (Gretchen), who taught me how to work hard, set big goals, and have fun while doing it!”
• Dr. Karson Howard, DPM was born here in Pocatello on a summer’s night. He grew up just outside of town with random chores like feeding the cows and mowing the lawn. Growing up was a fun time filled with many Saturdays at Pebble Creek in the winter and many summer days out on the lake.
In 2000, Karson graduated as the first class of Century High School. He then left that summer for Honduras to serve as a missionary for the LDS church. When he returned, he began his undergraduate training at Idaho State University. There his wife fell in love with him, watching his crazy good racquetball skills. So he decided to fall in love with her as well. After only a few months of being married they moved together to California where he attended the California School of Podiatric Medicine for four years. After he graduated, Dr Howard moved to Chicago, IL for his surgical residency at Mt Sinai Medical Center. He now has been practicing with his father since 2011 and joined with his brother in law Adam Matthews, DPM in 2012. He enjoys his time at home with his small young family. Karson, 34, currently serves as Vice President for the Idaho Podiatric Medical Association. He has served as vice president and secretary of the Idaho Podiatric Association. He is representative of region 7 podiatry group representing 7 states and Canadian province. In college he formed a band and wrote numerous song and recorded a CD. He is locally serving as a Scout Master of 15 young men. He is board certified in foot and ankle surgery.
Karson currently serves Pocatello, Blackfoot, Driggs, and Jackson WY.
• WINNER • Kash Morrison at the young age of 21, has built a thriving fabrication business in eastern Idaho, mentors youth in the Downey area, serves as a volunteer firefighter for the District of Downey, served as a student senator for the Idaho State University College of Technology and volunteers his help with local Boy Scouts.
Morrison’s overachievements started at a young age when at 7 years old, he bought into his first business venture. His Father purchased eight head of 3-day old calves and the agreement was the full responsibility of the calves was up to Kash. In return for caring for the calves Kash would receive four and his dad four. Kash would work before sunup and after sunset to care for the calves, do his homework and accomplish other chores on the farm.
This solid work ethic remained with Kash as the years went on. At one point he was responsible for taking care of about 32 head of baby calves. He continued to do this most of his grade school years.
At age 17, Kash started his own business. Today, Morrison Fabrication has expanded to include a full service shop and a mobile farm welding and repair service.
In 2015, Kash and a friend helped rescue a gentleman they came across in the mountains who was listed as lost and whose ATV had become stuck in the snow. Also in 2015 He helped with a wreck by his home when a woman with her kids in the car ran into the back of a semi and ran her car up under the trailer pushing the truck onto the railroad track. Kash did what he could do to help get the kids and woman out of the car and the truck off the track before a train came. Luckily no one was injured.
His long term goals are to further his education in business administration, build a bigger shop and buy bigger machinery with the hope of being able to hire employees and offer well paying jobs for the surrounding area.
“After seeing what this amazing young man has accomplished in his business, the support he has given to his community and the many charitable donations all in his first 21 years I will be among many standing in line to see what he does in the next 21,” said the person who nominated him for this award.
• WINNER • Katie Grant is a middle school teacher at Grace Lutheran School who has devoted her time and talents to becoming a role model for her students. Grant, 31, is a graduate of Idaho State University with her Masters in Health Education. In her professional life, Grant is member of Grace Lutheran High School Planning Committee and has been the recipient of exemplary teaching awards at Grace Lutheran School in 2009, 2013 and 2014. Around the community, Grant serves others as a Food Bank volunteer and a youth coach in basketball and volleyball. In addition, she is a member of the Civitan Knitting Group, a Pocatello Marathon Finisher, a Rock n Roll Marathon Finisher, three-time National Lutheran Basketball coaching participant and a Khan Academy/JA and Kathryn Albertson Foundation grant recipient/honoree.
“My mom was the most influential person in my life,” Grant says of her personal philosophy and success. “She was strong and genuine in every way. She lost her battle to cancer in 2012, but her legacy will not fade. As I have grown and learned to accept her absence, I am reminded of her gracefulness and ability to make others feel worthy. She had a knack for brightening up a room and helping people realize their strengths. It is my personal goal to emulate that in my own life. While it seems to come less naturally to me, I hope to inspire my students, as she did, by helping them realize their own potential and showing them how to love themselves. I approach every day with a prayer that I will be able to do that.”
• WINNER • Kelly Ricken is a graduate student fellow in the Department of English and Psychology at Idaho State University who has dedicated her academic career to advocating for veterans. Ricken, 30, is the recipient of numerous awards and recognitions including: Fellowship, Idaho State University, Department of English and Philosophy; 2015-2016 Top Presenter Winner, “WWI Dream Poetry and the Writing Cure,” ISU Graduate Student Research Day 2015; Fellowship, Idaho State University, Department of English and Philosophy 2014-2015; Fellowship, Idaho State University, Department of English and Philosophy 2013-2014; M.A. Teaching Assistantship, Idaho State University, Department of English and Philosophy 2010-2011; M.A. Teaching Assistantship, Idaho State University, Department of English and Philosophy, 2009-2010; and Teaching M.A. Teacher of the Year nominee, Idaho State University, Department of English and Philosophy, 2010.
Her work centers around veterans and our country’s rich military history. Her passion drove her to create the first annual "Teaching ISU Student Veterans: Mobilizing the Academic Front," an interdisciplinary panel discussion which included faculty from English and History, staff from the Veteran Student Services Center, and roughly fifteen student veterans.
“Veterans have largely been under-accommodated in the classroom, not just at ISU, but at universities across the country,” Ricken said. “One of my professional goals is to address this under-accommodation and improve the learning experience of student veterans. My personal philosophy is one of collaboration: I believe that significant problems such as this one can be solved, not by one person or one academic discipline, but by the sustained, collaborative efforts of many.”
• Kimberlee Lystrup is a CPA in the Pocatello office of Cooper Norman. She joined the Cooper Norman team in the summer of 2014 as an accounting intern and obtained her Certified Public Accountant license in July of 2015. Prior to joining Cooper Norman, Lystrup worked as a student auditor in the internal audit department at Idaho State University. She graduated from Idaho State University in May of 2014 with her BBA in Accounting and Finance with an Honors Distinction. During her time at ISU, she was an active member of Beta Alpha Psi and served on several committees and as the Vice President of Finance. Her hard work at ISU garnered Lystrup many honors and distinctions. She was on the Dean's List every year that she was enrolled in the College of Business at Idaho State University. In September 2012, Lystrup was also named a College of Business Fellow in Idaho State University’s College of Business. This is an honor that is given to 10 of the top 1 percent of all College of Business Students. Professors nominate students who excel in leadership, scholarship, and involvement. Lystrup was selected for two consecutive years and was the first Junior to ever be selected. Lystrup grew up in Burley, Idaho. She enjoys spending time with her husband, Alex, her dog, Winston, and other friends and family. Lystrup is currently putting her husband through Pharmacy School.
• Klayton Thornton, 28, is a branch manager at the Wells Fargo in American Falls who many say regularly goes out of his way to help others and bring a smile to anyone’s day. Thornton graduated from Idaho State University with his bachelor’s degree in Sports Management in 2014. His hard work and education earned him an opportunity to work with the Philadelphia 76ers for a summer where he helped put clinics together and worked with the different students that attended the camps. Following that experience, Thornton has coached 7th, 8th and Freshman boys basketball teams the last four years. In addition, he has volunteered in the community serving lunch at the Power County Senior Citizens Center. Thornton participated in 4-H and FFA, winning many Grand and Reserve Champion steer titles. He also played basketball for two years at Blue Mountain Community College in Pendleton Oregon.
Prior to becoming the branch manager at the American Falls Wells Fargo, Thornton was the assistant branch manager at the Blackfoot Wells Fargo location.
“Klayton has become a great asset to the Wells Fargo bank in American Falls,” according to the person who nominated him for this award. “He is very friendly and willing to help anyone who walks into the bank. He has brought a very positive atmosphere to the bank. Being bilingual he can help those that speak Spanish and make them feel comfortable and welcome. Klayton goes out of his way to make sure every customer is satisfied with their banking needs. He does it with a smile.”
• WINNER • Kyra Stull, 31, is an Assistant Professor of Anthropology at Idaho State University who, in a short time, has made significant contributions to the community through forensic anthropological case work, training students in analytical techniques, and creating a new forensic program for the university and the community. Her work has brought her both national and international recognition in her field.
Stull joined ISU in 2014 after leaving a job as a coordinator in the Forensic Anthropology Center at Texas State University. Her work focuses on sex and age-at-death estimation techniques for subadults in order to improve the identification of human remains. In her short time at ISU, she has secured two large grants contributing about $600,000 to the university from the National Institute of Justice and the National Science Foundation to better understand growth and development markers to improve age and sex estimation in forensic practices. She has recently completed a research project on the reliability of blunt and ballistic fracture characteristics in bone. In addition, Stull will be conducting workshops on bone identification and outdoor recovery of human remains for local law enforcement and students in training this spring. She started the Forensic Anthropology Research Laboratory (FARL) at ISU and leads a team of scientists working in medico-legal contexts. The teams consult on the recovery and analysis of decomposed, skeletal, or otherwise unidentified human remains to facilitate positive identification. Stull was also recently asked to be part of a National Institutes of Justice initiative to create virtual skeleton databases. This is a small group of only 35 specialists and Kyra is the representative for Anthropology. This group will meet in Amsterdam to discuss the future of forensics and advanced imaging techniques.
Stull holds a Ph.D in Anatomy/Biological Anthropology from the University of Pretoria in South Africa. She is affiliated with the American Association of Physical Anthropologists, Anatomical Society of Southern Africa and the American Academy of Forensic Sciences.
• WINNER • Melissa Caudle, 37, is an instructor in health education at Idaho State University whose passion is making a full and healthy quality of life available to all. As an Accreditation Specialist in the Department of Community and Public Health, Caudle works tirelessly on curriculum development and student recruitment and retention. Her efforts have directly increased Health Education program enrollment by approximately 38 percent within a one year time period.
As an instructor, Caudle’s student evaluations are extremely positive with one student saying in their evaluation, “I found all aspects of this course worthwhile. I think this class was the most influential class I have taken at ISU.”
Caudle obtained her Masters of Health Education degree from Idaho State University in 2014. She is also affiliated with: the Society for Public Health Education; Idaho Association of Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance; Kappa Delta Phi International Honor Society; The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi; The Girl Scouts of America; and Job’s Daughters International.
Caudle also serves as the Department of Community and Public Health Early College Program Faculty Liaison. She also developed the Division of Health Sciences specific curriculum for ACAD First Year Seminar. Caudle wrote and published an article on the importance of the ninth grade school year and transition from middle school to high school and presented on the topic of “The Seven Dimensions of Health and Wellness – A Personal Journey” at a state conference last summer. Caudle volunteers as the ISU Public Health Student Association’s Faculty Advisor organizing club activities and outreach projects such as blood drives and fun runs that benefit the health of ISU students and the community.
Caudle’s goals include continuing her education, attending and presenting at conferences, developing new curriculum in the field of health and wellness coaching at Idaho State University, and working toward better health for the students of Idaho State University and the communities of Pocatello and Chubbuck, Idaho. Melissa’s influences include her mother, sister and colleagues.
• WINNER • Mindy Benedetti, 38, is the CEO of HealthWest Inc. and a tireless advocate for the medically underserved in Idaho. Benedetti began her career with HealthWest about 10 years ago and since worked her way up to the position of CEO. Last year, HealthWest provided services for over 17,000 local community members, including 6,500 uninsured patients. Under Benedetti’s leadership, HealthWest has grown from 35 employees to 174 employees, has added new behavioral health and dental services, as well as two new community health centers - all in the space of three years. She is the recipient of the Emerging Leader Award from the George Washington University School of Public Health & Health Services Geiger Gibson Program in Community Health Policy.
Benedetti is affiliated with the NACHC (National Association of Community Health Centers), NWRPCA (North West Regional Primary Care Association) IPCA (Idaho Primary Care Association), MGMA (Medical Group Management Association), ACHE (American College of Healthcare Executives), Portneuf Rotary and the Medical Group Management Association. She also serves on the boards of the Community Health Center Network of Idaho, GMEC, the Gate Way to Health, the Greater Pocatello Chamber and is a member of the Idaho Primary Care Association. She holds a Master’s in Business Administration from Idaho State University, a BA in Healthcare Administration from Idaho State University and a Certification in Grant Writing from the University of Fort Hayes.
“My personal and professional philosophy has been shaped by several factors, one of which was Peter Drucker when he stated, ‘Management is doing things right; Leadership is doing the right things.’,” Benedetti said. “I believe leadership is about more than simply having followers; it’s not about a title, and it is not achieved by enforcing policy. Leadership is challenging. Leadership is about integrity. Leadership is having the courage to make the right decision, even if it isn’t a popular one. It means engaging your team in a common mission and vision.”
• WINNER • Mindy Hong, 35, has been the Executive Director of the Pocatello Free Clinic since March 2013 and since that time has displayed exceptional leadership, business savvy and compassion for the medically underserved in our area.
Hong is a graduate of Idaho State University, where she earned her BA in Marketing and Communication in 2006. She is currently working on Masters in Public Health.
During her time at the helm of the Pocatello Free Clinic, yearly patient numbers have grown from 999 to 2,738, and the budget has increased from $53,000 to $168,000. She hired a health care provider, and increased and organized the staff and volunteer providers. Her goals and her passion have been to provide more comprehensive medical and dental services for the underserved in our area. She has been an active and skilled fund-raiser and advocate for the clinic, and has also actively participated in efforts to close the state medicare gap. She has also been actively involved in state and national free clinic associations. Her professional success has led to more comprehensive and available medical and dental care for the medically underserved - all while raising two beautiful children as a single parent.
Hong is a member of the Idaho Non-profit Association, the National Association of Free and Charitable Clinics, the Idaho Public Health Association, the Idaho Oral Health Network and the Close the Gap network. In 2015, she was recognized with the Zonta Woman of Achievement award.
“She has been a true inspiration and is much loved by our staff, our Board of Directors and our patients,” said the person who nominated Hong for this award.
• Misty Olsen, 36, is a Personal Trainer and Co-Owner of the Pocatello Athletic Club (PAC). Olsen opened the PAC with her sister, Brandi Clark, in the spring of 2014 and has since been helping a diverse range of people from across our area achieve their fitness goals while having fun at the same time.
Olsen holds a Bachelor's Degree in Public Health from Idaho State University and is currently working on her Masters in Athletic Administration. She is a certified personal trainer through the American Council on Exercise (ACE) as well as an AFAA certified group fitness instructor and a SFAX certified instructor in yoga.
Olsen volunteers in Pocatello/Chubbuck District 25 schools and classrooms as well as volunteers at fun runs. Other volunteer activities include the Pocatello Marathon, Spinderella, the 100 Mile Clubs in area schools and, in addition, the PAC co-sponsors the 12k of Christmas fun run and charity events.
Not only is Olsen a successful business owner, but she is also a wife and mother.
“She juggles her professional career and personal life with ease, and is an example to every working mom of how to manage our time, stay positive, and have fun in our work as professional women in the community,” according to the person who nominated her for this award.
• WINNER • Neil Tocher, 35, is an Associate Professor in management at Idaho State University who has achieved wide academic success while being legally blind.
Tocher is currently a PhD professor at ISU who has earned his own PhD in Management from Auburn. He also holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Gonzaga and a M.S. in Management from Auburn 2005.
Tocher is associated with the Academy of Management, Southern Management Association, Society for Case Research, the Bannock Civitans, Pocatello Elk's Lodge and the Pocatello Camp Fire Association.
In 2011, he was named the ISU College of Business Researcher of the Year. Tocher was also named Civitan of the Year between 2012 and 2013 and he was Elk of the Year between 2014 and 2015. He is the author or co-author of 17 journal articles, has authored one textbook and has chapters appearing in several others.
• Nicholas Hansen, 30, is a corporate recruiter with ON Semiconductor and a Pocatello native. Hansen was active in student government and leadership as a teenager at Pocatello High School. He was nominated captain and was a five sport athlete in high school, including football, basketball, baseball, track, and golf. He played basketball alongside NBA all-star Damian Lillard at Weber State University, where he received a scholarship and graduated with a degree in Business. Hansen continues this dedication to sports and athleticism by volunteering as the assistant coach of the Pocatello High School basketball team.
After completing his education, Hansen worked at APRX in Salt Lake City, Utah as an Account Manager of many high-profile clients. However, an opportunity to return to Pocatello for his current position with ON Semiconductor brought the native back home.
“I’ve known Hansen for years, and he is easily the most sincere, humble, hard working, and caring person I’ve met; he rightly exemplifies the characteristics of a true leader,” according to the person who nominated him for this award. “It is rare to find a young professional who strives to improve the lives of everyone around them before themselves.”
• WINNER • Nick Muckerman, 32, is currently the principal at Edahow Elementary School in Pocatello. However, his career and legacy as an educator extend across years and continents.
Muckerman has been in the education field for nine years. He has taught pre-K, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 5th grade, mostly in the Pocatello/Chubbuck School District No. 25. However, he has also taught in Tennessee, Jamaica, Ghana and Kenya. Muckerman has travelled to more than 40 different countries, 20 of which are in Africa.
Muckerman says that his traveling and experiences with so many different cultures has helped him in this goal of maximizing education for all of his students.
That desire to help students succeed earned Muckerman the position of principal at the young age of 30 - just shortly after he obtained his second masters degree.
In addition to his career in education, Muckerman is an avid hunter and outdoorsman who also trains upland bird dogs. Each dog is trained six days per week and his time at home is devoted to their success. Muckerman gets an enormous sense of pride from receiving photos from clients of dogs he has trained and a pile of wild birds they were able to find.
Muckerman writes about his hunting, fishing and traveling experiences and has been published in various outdoor magazines and online media. He began as a staff writer for Outdoor Guide Magazine when he was 9 years old and continues being published to date.
Muckerman holds a masters in education administration from Idaho State University, a MA in Theological Studies from Liberty University and is a member of the Idaho Comprehensive Cancer Prevention Coalition. He lives with his wife Julie, daughter Hope (5), and twin daughters Acacia and Korina (2).
• WINNER • Randy’L Teton, 39, is the public affairs manager for the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes who has devoted her life to strengthening relationships with the Native American community both locally and nationally.
In her position with the tribes, Teton oversees Tribal, state and federal legislative issues and handles all external media relations with a focus on building relationships with key stakeholders. Teton is active in the tribal and regional community and sits on various local committees and boards including: the Blackfoot Chamber of Commerce Board, the Fort Hall Voters Education committee, Tribes Joint Marketing Committee, Pioneer Country Travel Council, Pocatello/Chubbuck Chamber of Commerce Legislative Committee, Tribal Economic Development Committee, the Serve Idaho Board and she is the only Native American woman in the Pocatello Rotary.
Teton also volunteers her time to help navigate tribal youth community projects that serve the Fort Hall reservation and visits local schools to educate youth & staff on tribal government and Native American history 101. She served as the model for the Sacajawea dollar coin in 1998. The coin was released to the public in 2000 and she travelled with the US mint promoting the coin from 2000-2002.
In addition, Teton has represented the tribes on the cover of Native Peoples Magazine where she was recognized as the ‘Face of the New Millennium’. Teton is also the recipient of the Hershey Award of Honor 2015 and was the first Native American to participate in Blackfoot Dances with the Stars.
Teton obtained her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Art History and minor in Native American Studies from the University of New Mexico. She also attended the AFA Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, New Mexico in 1996 and has held various museum internships in the conservation labs at the following National Museums of American Indian: New York City, Buffalo Bill Museum, Cody, Wyoming and Peebles Island, New Jersey.
“My philosophy is to keep trekking and pave your path. I still wish upon the stars when they fall upon the sky,” Teton said.
• ReHanna Purser, 38, has dedicated thousands of volunteer hours to bettering communities across Southeastern Idaho and beyond and is the founder of Darkheart Adventures, a non-profit outdoor adventure and travel company.
Also known by her friends as Re, the Idaho mother of two volunteers at least 30 hours per week at A Matter of the Heart. The organization is a local charity that connects people in need with donated items such as clothing, household supplies and other items. Purser was recently awarded the Presidential Volunteer Service Lifetime Achievement Award, an award that requires thousands of hours of verified volunteer service to qualify for.
Her example has had a ripple effect into the community, but especially with her family. Her children, KC and Ethan, have both been the recipients of Presidential Volunteer Service Awards for their own hundreds of hours of dedicated service.
Re’s goals are to find ways to volunteer more time and help more people. She is always working to make herself a better person. One of her major influences is her grandmother.
• Richard Creason, Principal Architect with Myers Anderson Architects, serves the Pocatello area in various capacities in an effort to preserve history and promote a feeling of community.
Creason is the Chairman of the Building Improvement District Board, a member of the Old Town Pocatello Design Committee, a member of the Trinity Episcopal Church Vestry Board and also is on the Pocatello Relight the Night committee. Creason also serves on the Bannock County Historic Preservation Commission where he shares his expertise of historic preservation.
Creason graduated from the University of Idaho with a Master’s degree in architecture and, following his education, secured a position with Jerry Myers, a prominent local architect.
Creason's project background includes a large variety from single and multi family residential to commercial and industrial. He has a strong interest in urban design that was bolstered by studying in Rome as well as in Boise at the Idaho Urban Research and Design Center.
In his free time, he coaches soccer for his children through the Campfire Youth Soccer Program.
“Richard is a talented Architect, and a hardworking, community minded humanitarian,” according to the person who nominated him for this award.
• WINNER • Sarah O’Banion, 36, is the Executive Director of the Family Services Alliance of South East Idaho and a strong area advocate for ending gender-based violence - a mission she has championed for 15 years.
O’Banion holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Social Work, which she earned in 2002. She is an active member of the Bannock County Task Force Against Sexual/Domestic Violence and works closely with the Idaho Coalition Against Sexual and Domestic Violence on several projects to empower youth, end reproductive coercion and address the needs of children affected by violence. O'Banion serves on the Southeastern Idaho Housing and Homeless Coalition and has assisted with the statewide Homeless Point In Time Count for the last several years. She serves on the Prevent Child Abuse Idaho Team, the Project Connect Statewide Leadership Team and the Idaho Victim Assistance Academy Executive Committee.
Throughout all her professional and community affiliations, O’Banion retains a laser-sharp focus on the people she serves. She has organized and facilitated many support groups for children residing in foster care, teens in the juvenile justice system and youth affected by gender-based violence. Currently, she is assisting students with the development of the PRIDE (Panthers Respect Ideas, Differences and Experiences) Club at Franklin Middle School and works with adolescents from Idaho State University as they develop their group intervention and youth activism skills. She has brought The Vagina Monologues to the community of Pocatello the last several years and assisted the cast with their mission to raise awareness of sexual violence and resources available, empower women and girls and raise funds to provide free counseling services for violence survivors. Her leadership at Family Services Alliance has included developing several community awareness events and family fun activities including Take A Stand Against Domestic Violence and assisting with the Man Up Crusade. With an expert-level understanding of the dynamics of power-based violence, her expertise is regularly called on to provide various trainings on the local, state and national level.
For Zonta Rose Day 2016, Zonta International of Pocatello recently honored O'Banion for her dedicated community service to improve the status of women and families.
• Sharlie Rice, 36 is a health and fitness coach through Beachbody. After only two years in her current job, she has reached hundreds across our area who want to improve their health and fitness. Rice is currently working with School District 25 to become a substitute teacher where she hopes to engage Idaho's youth, helping them become more knowledgeable about what they are putting in their bodies and how they can improve their overall health. She is also working on a project titled, "Our Future Has a Voice With a Choice" where she will be a public/motivational speaker.
Rice has earned several recognitions with Beachbody, including a Team Builder award as well as being an Emerald and Diamond Coach. She was formerly a Teaching Assistant at Pocatello Community Charter School and is affiliated with the Old Town Actors Studio (OTAS). Rice also volunteers with the Idaho Youth Football League and the Portneuf Valley Soccer Club.
Her personal philosophy is to make someone’s life better every day and her greatest goal is to change the health of our future.
• Steven Hall, 38, is an instructor and academic coach at Idaho State University who finds professional fulfillment guiding new students towards academic success in a university setting.
In his role as academic coach for the First Year Transition Program (housed in the university’s Student Success Center), Hall mentors students individually, sharing his experiences as a student and teacher in order to guide them through the obstacles they might be encountering for the first time in a university setting.
Hall’s own extensive experience in academics has given him the perspective needed to help students through all types of situations. Hall taught English Composition and literature for 12 years at University of Nevada, Reno and also taught freelance writing and editing at Idaho State University. He holds a Masters in Literature and Environment from the University of Nevada, Reno as well as his Ph.D. in English and the Teaching of English from Idaho State University.
As he pursued these degrees, Hall found myriad opportunities to become involved in academic life. While a Ph.D. student, he served as editor-in-chief of Black Rock & Sage, a creative arts journal housed in ISU's English Department. He also served as the graduate representative to two Tenure and Promotion Committees in the Department of English and Philosophy at ISU. In addition, Hall was also the graduate representative to the Publicity and Professional Development Committee and the Composition Committee for the Department of English and Philosophy at ISU as well as the co-chair for the 6th annual Intermountain Graduate Conference. Finally, Hall served as Ph.D. Vice-president of the English Graduate Student Association (EGSA) at ISU from 2009 to 2010.
Awards received for his work include; a Ph.D. Excellence in Teaching Award, presented by the Department of English and Philosophy at ISU; a Graduate Fellowship, Department of English and Philosophy at and Hall was the recipient of a research grant in 2009.
“I believe in the power of education, not just to increase students' potential for financial success, but to transform students' lives, helping them become more complete, complex, and engaged individuals,” Hall said.
He is, above all, a husband and the father of two young children.
• WINNER • Stuart Summers is currently the Associate Vice President of Marketing and Communications at Idaho State University. He graduated from ISU with a Bachelor of Arts in International Studies in 2010. He’s held numerous positions at his alma mater, both as a student and in a professional capacity, including Video Producer and Graphic Artist, Director of Student Activities Board, New Student Orientation Facilitator, Student Ambassador, and, more recently, Director of Marketing and Recruitment at ISU’s College of Technology.
Summers is a member of the Southeast Idaho Technical Charter School Board of Directors in Malad, the Southeast Idaho Technical Charter School Board of Directors, the Portneuf Medical Center Community Advisory Committee and the Greater Pocatello/Chubbuck Chamber of Commerce Education Committee. Summers chairs the Idaho State University College of Technology Marketing and Web Committee and is a former chair for Idaho State University’s Social Media Committee.
In 2010 he was a runner up for the Idaho State Journal’s People’s Choice award for Favorite Local TV Personality and in 2009 he was named Idaho’s Up-and-Coming Journalist of the Year by the Idaho Press Club. More recently Summers was the recipient of the 2015 first place Gem Award, given by the Idaho Advertising Federation.
Summers also volunteered as an ESL Instructor with Deseret International Charities between 2004 and 2006.
“From the time Summers was a student at Idaho State and throughout his professional career, thus far, he has worked tirelessly to promote our University with innovative marketing techniques, community collaboration and steadfast leadership. As members of his Marketing and Communications team, we are honored to work with such an inspirational leader and look forward to many more years,” said his ISU colleagues who nominated him for this award.
• Tanner Christensen, 38 has built and grown two separate businesses in Pocatello - Quality Overhead Door and accounting firm Christensen and Hobbs.
Over the past 10 years, Tanner has grown Quality Overhead Door into one of the largest overhead door operations in Southeast Idaho.
“Tanner has never been the kind of employer that delegates everything to others,” said Richard Lewis, in a letter of recommendation for this award. “He has always been willing to roll up his sleeves and get his hands dirty, leading his employees by example. He is well respected by his employees and the community in general.”
The business employs many in our area full-time with very little employee turnover, while at the same time giving Idaho State University students an opportunity for part-time employment. The business is one of the largest Raynor Garage Door distributors in the intermountain area and is well-known among local farmers.
As a professional tax preparer, Tanner helps to co-pilot Christensen and Hobbs through tax season when the company regularly processes about 1,000 tax returns per year.
Tanner is a 2004 graduate of Idaho State University with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting and Finance. He is a member of the International Door Association. Tanner also volunteers with the Boy Scouts of America as a Venture Scout Coach. Has also served in the past as Varsity Scout Coach, Cub Scout Master and Assistant Scout Master and other positions within the BSA.
• Trent Sutton, 39, is a self-employed insurance broker affiliated with Semons Financial who, for the past 15 years, has gone above and beyond as a community member and professional.
Sutton holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Idaho State University, which he obtained in 2002. A native of Pocatello, Sutton also coaches football for the South East Idaho Youth Football League. He has coached the North Century Bills for the league since 2013, helping the same team of boys progress through the fifth, sixth and now seventh grade seasons.
Sutton is active with his church, as well as with the Boy Scouts of America. Sutton is himself an Eagle Scout and now spends many hours helping area youth with merit badges and their own Eagle Scout projects.
Sutton is past president of the Idaho Health Underwriters for the State of Idaho and is active in the National Association of Health Underwriters (NAHU).
Above all, Sutton is a dedicated husband and the father of five young children.
“Even though he is so busy, his family always come first and he is a great example to them,” said the person who nominated Sutton for this award. “Trent is very successful in everything that he does. I admire his success in the many things that he accomplishes.”
• William Magnus Northington, 30, is an Assistant Professor of Marketing at Idaho State University who, in two short years, has brought unique benefits to the College of Business.
Northington has been published in various academic journals and has nine papers either in progress or under review for publication. His long list of awards and recognitions includes a 2012 Academy of Marketing Science Conference Grant for Doctoral Students, multiple fellowships through the University of Alabama, a multi-year participant in the Doctoral Student Consortium with the Society of Marketing Advances. In addition, Northington is the recipient of the Emerald Literati Network 2013 Award for Excellence, Highly Commended Paper Award Winner, for his work "The Influence of Supply Chain Management Competency on Customer Satisfaction and Shareholder Value,” published in Supply Chain Management: An International Journal.
Since starting his work in Pocatello, Northington has mentored many student projects which focused on local business consulting projects. He has been active with the Academy of Marketing Science, the American Marketing Association, the Society for Marketing Advances, Beta Gamma Sigma and the Bannock County chapter of Civitan International.
His greatest accomplishments, however, are in the lives of his students. Northington’s unique teaching style promotes engagement and interaction among his students.
“My overall teaching goal is to provide my students an interactive, engaging, and experiential learning environment that both challenges them and prepares them for their future lives and careers,” Northington says. “Just as importantly, I believe my job is to make students more informed consumers and better, more thoughtful community members. I believe the output of my job is to prepare students both personally and professionally to be better and more productive individuals.”
Northington holds a Ph.D. in Marketing, a master’s degree in marketing and a bachelor’s degree in Commerce & Business Administration with an emphasis in Economics - each obtained from the University of Alabama at Tuscaloosa.