Volume 43 | Number 1 | Fall 2012


Fall 2012 Issue

Col. Garth Holmes, '60, BS Pharmacy — Col. Garth Holmes received the National Eagle Scout Outstanding Scout Award for work with the Boy Scouts, community, country and world.

Daniel Christopher, '71, MBA — Daniel Christopher is one of three finalists for the Denver District Court bench. He is currently General Counsel for ClearChoice Management Services Company, a position he has held since 2005. He also has experience in criminal prosecution, administrative hearings before state and county agencies. He attended the University of Colorado, Boulder where he obtained his undergraduate degree in 1969 prior to his MBA from Idaho State University. He obtained his juris doctorate from University of Denver School of Law in 1974.

Frederick James Walker, '71, MPE — Athletic Administration — former College of Southern Idaho head baseball coach Jim "Skip" Walker was inducted into the American Baseball Coaches Association Hall of Fame in January. Walker coached the Golden Eagle baseball team from 1975 until 2005. Frontier Field was officially named James F. "Skip" Walker Baseball Field in 2003. Retiring from head coaching duties in 2004, Walker continues to be a part of CSI baseball as an assistant coach.

Jim D. Pappas, '74, BA Political Science — The 9th Circuit has added another three years to the term of the judge who leads the 9th Circuit's Bankruptcy Appellate Panel. Judge Jim Pappas of Boise, was first appointed to the panel in 2005, and has served as its chief judge since 2010. The new term with the BAP began Aug. 28. Pappas, 60, was born in Pocatello and received his bachelor's degree in political science from Idaho State University in 1974. He graduated from the University of Idaho with his law degree in 1977, serving as editor-in-chief of the Idaho Law Review in his last year.

Terry Gestrin, '74, BBA Finance — Governor C.L. "Butch" Otter appointed former valley county commissioner Terry Gestrin, a Donnelly businessman, to complete the final four months of Ken Roberts' unexpired term in the Idaho House of Representatives. Gestrin and his wife Sheri own and operate Long Valley Farm Service.

Charles M. "Skip" Protko, '77, MPE, Athletic Administration — Schumacher Group has hired Skip Protko as the company's first-ever chief human resources officer. Previously, he was the vice president and chief human resources officer for the plant services division of Shaw, Stone & Webster in Baton Rouge. Protko has bachelor's degrees in sociology and education from Kentucky Wesleyan College in addition to his MPE at Idaho State University. He is also a Six Sigma Green Belt, a distinguished accomplishment in human resources.

Bradley Lish, '80, BBA Finance has joined D.L. Evans Bank's West State Street branch in Boise as a commercial loan officer. Lish has more than 30 years of experience in banking. He earned his bachelor's degree in finance from Idaho State University. He is involved with Boy Scouts of America and serves as president of the board for Neighborhood Housing Services.

Larry Wetzel, '85, BS Interdisciplinary Engineering; '86, MS, has earned the Nuclear Science and Engineering, College of Science & Engineering - recently received the Special Heritage Club Award from the American Falls Education Foundation in recognition of his outstanding support and contributions to the students of American Falls. Wetzel is an advisory engineer with Babcock & Wilcox Nuclear Operations Group in Lynchburg, Virginia.

Vincent Gonsalves, '88, BS Secondary Ed/Bio Science and Biology, '92 MS Physical Therapy - recently completed transitional DPT from Shenandoah University in August 2011. He is director of physical therapy at Work and Wellness Physical Therapy in Tigard Oregon. He also works with physical therapy interns as an advanced clinical instructor, coaches youth lacrosse and competes as a member of the Oregon Bike Racing Association.

Claudia Nicholas, '91 BA Elementary Ed - sang professionally for 20 years and has been on three tours with the USO, is the seventh holder of the Ms. Senior Mesquite crown, according to Mary Nelson, pageant chair for publicity and marketing. She is married and also studied applied music at Brigham Young University.

Marlo DeLange, '92, BBA Finance - has been named a principal with Vandeberg, Johnson and Gandara, LLP with offices in Tacoma and Seattle, Wash. She obtained her juris doctorate from Seattle University School of Law in 1997 and joined the firm in 2004.

Jennifer Wheeler, '94, BA; '94, BBA — was elected president of the board of directors for the Idaho Nonprofit Center, a statewide nonprofit association dedicated to strengthening Idaho nonprofits. Wheeler has also been appointed interim executive director of alumni relations at Boise State University. She has 20 years of alumni relations experience and has been senior associate director of alumni relations at Boise State since 2007.

Mark E. Amaral, '94, MPE Athletic Admin.- is the associate head basketball coach at Pepperdine University and this past season completed his 20th season of coaching at the collegiate level. He has lived in Idaho, Montana, Colorado, Washington and California twice. He has been married for 15 years to the former Christy Mueller (1995 ISU grad) for 15 years, and the couple has two sons.

Alice Schenk, '97 MHE Health Education/Non-Teaching ED-ran the 2012 Sawtooth Relay Solo, covering the 61.9 miles from Stanley to Ketchum in 12:50.40 and winning the Solo Athlete Category overall. Schenk broke the existing women's record of 14:11.27 set by Kedron Holland in 2006. Schenk currently teaches health and fitness classes for the College of Southern Idaho.

Carrie Varga, '99, BA Elementary Education — as a fifth grade teacher, Varga was one of 10 teachers in Wyoming to receive the Arch Coal award. In addition to her bachelor's degree at Idaho State University she has a master's degree from the University of Connecticut, Storrs and an English Language Learners endorsement through the University of Wyoming.

Brian T. Deatherage, '01, BS Secondary Ed - has been hired as head coach of the Kuna High School boy's basketball team. Deatherage returns to the sidelines four years after stepping down at Middleton High 2004 to 2008 and leading them to a championship.

Eric Pierce, '07, BS Zoology - obtained his optometry degree from the Southern College of Optometry in Memphis, Tennessee, graduating in May 2012. Pierce shadowed Dr. Zarybnisky for two years as well as getting involved with medical interpretation for Spanish speaking patients. Pierce will begin working at the Eye Care Center Aug. 1 when he takes over from the retiring Zarybnisky.

Todd T. Itami, '08, BA General Studies, Sociology - Student Chapter of the Year Chicago's Federalist Society is honored for its programs, speakers, and professionalism. Itami serves as one of the chapter officers. The student chapter has about 75 members and hosts at least one speaker a week, said Todd Itami, '13, is an officer.

Connie Harrison, '11, BA Anthropology - after nearly a decade scavenging the ruins of Ireland, Connie Harrison opened Three Rivers Consignment and Collectables in downtown Longview, Wash. designed for scavengers of unique items. Harrison was a former archaeology lab technician at Idaho State University. Harrison made multiple trips to England and Ireland to study old artifacts from the Bronze Age.

Slim "Bones" Millien, '06 - played for the Bengals for the 2004-05 and 2005-06 seasons. Millien now plays for the Harlem Globetrotters. While at Idaho State he averaged over 13 points per game. In the 2005-06 season he led the team with 15.5 points per game and set a school record with 93 blocked shots.

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