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Arlo D. Luke, BS pharm '64, Pocatello, was recognized as the 45th recipient of the Idaho Business Leader of the Year Award by Idaho State University's Delta Upsilon chapter of Alpha Kappa Psi. He is a co-founder of Varsity Contractors and has served as president and chief executive officer for 28 years.

John Parrish, BBA mgmt and org '66, has retired as senior vice president and a regional manager for Wells Fargo Wealth Management Group. His career includes 44 years in the financial services industry and 30 years at Wells Fargo.

Alumnus, oil exec retires after 40 years
Larry M. Echelberger

FINDLAY, Ohio – Larry M. Echelberger '67, Marathon Oil Corporation senior vice president for major downstream projects, retired Jan. 1 after a 40-year career in the energy industry.

"Larry is recognized as a leader experienced in construction and refining process management," said Gary R. Heminger, executive vice president of Marathon Oil and president of the company's refining, marketing and transportation operations. "He has made significant contributions to both Marathon and the petroleum industry during his 40 year career."

Born in Los Angeles, Echelberger grew up in Coeur d'Alene. He graduated from Idaho State University in 1967 with a Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry. He joined Marathon that year as a research scientist in Littleton, Colorado. Throughout his career, he held numerous engineering and managerial positions with Marathon, including manager of the Eastern Pipe Line Division, the Michigan Refining Division and the Louisiana Refining Division. Echelberger was named senior vice president of Refining in 2001.

During his career he completed several management programs, including the Darden Executive Program at the University of Virginia and Northwestern University's advanced management course.

Rep. Elaine Smith, BA history '68, serving her fourth term in state legislative District 30, received the Friend of the Co-Op Industry award for her support of the agricultural industry from the Idaho Cooperative Council. Smith has conducted statewide workshops with Future Farmers of America youth to compare how the Republican and Democratic parties perceive key agricultural issues.

Thomas Dial, BA history '69, of Pocatello, was honored for his professionalism by the Idaho State Bar Association. He is the former owner of Dial, May, Rammel Chartered, and is a member and past president of the Sixth District Bar Association.

John Looze, BBA mgmt/org '69, and Donna Looze, BA ed '70, are volunteer program director and academic director, respectively, for the Pocatellobased Mondesa Youth Opportunities program in Namibia, South Africa. John coordinates the program's 12 workers and oversees the program's approach to children's education and development in academics, enrichment and life skills. Donna mentors the program's teachers in pedagogical methods and formalizes the instructional curriculum.

Albert Wada, BA journ '69, was presented with the Governor's Award for Marketing Innovation. Wada was selected for his knowledge of both consumer needs and company production capabilities. Wada Farms Inc. has more than 30,000 acres for irrigated potatoes near Pingree and has established itself as one of the top potato producers in Idaho.


Darrell Buffaloe, BA psych '71/MED occup train mgmt '97, who retired as associate vice president for facilities services at Idaho State University in June. He received a 2007 BetterBricks Award for his contributions to energy-smart buildings, including the Center for Advanced Energy Studies in Idaho Falls. He was one of six 2007 Better- Bricks winners in the state and winner of the building operator/service provider category.

Gary Edgerton, BBA finance '71, is vice president and manager of the Boise Mortgage Lending Center with D. L. Evans Bank of Boise. He has completed classes on real-estate law, and consumer and commercial lending through the Institute of Financial Education.

Roger Welt, BA parks/rec mgmt '71, is vice president of student services at Alan Hancock College in Santa Maria, Calif.; he is responsible for directing all student services and student affairs functions. He has served as interim vice president since September, 2006.

Lonnie Nelson, BBA finance '72, has retired as president and chief executive officer of Idaho State University Federal Credit Union. During his 28- year career there, Nelson saw the institution's assets increase from more than $4 million to more than $80 million. The credit union now has two branches in Pocatello, and one branch each in Blackfoot and Idaho Falls.

Wallace Peterson, cert law enf '72, who joined Idaho Department of Probation and Parole in 1988, has retired as district manager for its sixth district. Peterson's 35-year career in law enforcement includes the Bannock County Sheriff's Department and the Pocatello Police Department.

James T. Johnson, MS math '73, of Modesto, Calif., was ordained a permanent deacon for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Stockton in September, 2007; he now serves at his home parish in Modesto. He has been a professor of mathematics at Modesto Junior College since 1980.

Cynthia White-Borer, BA elem ed '73/ME elem ed '79, of Fairfax, Va., received the 2007 Principal of the Year Award for the northern Virginia area from Wal-Mart. She is in her 35th year in teaching and is currently a third-grade lead teacher and mentor at Clifton Elementary School in Clifton, Va. She was also inducted into the Phi Beta Kappa International Professional Association in education and is active in the George Mason University chapter.

State Sen. Edgar Malepeai, D-Pocatello, BA ed/soc sci '74, was named Progressive Elected Official of the Year by the board of directors of United Vision for Idaho and United Action for Idaho. He was selected for his dedication on behalf of people marginalized or excluded by the state's political system.

Richard G. Hill, BBA finance '75, is vice president and commercial loan officer for the Idaho Falls office of D.L. Evans Bank. He worked with Northwest Farm Credit Services in agricultural and commercial lending needs for more than 32 years.

Keith Riggs, BA journ '77, is the director of the U.S. Forest Service electronic newsletter FS Today in Washington, D.C. He previously served in Louisiana as the director of broadcast operations for field offices of the Federal Emergency Management Agency in Baton Rouge and Louisiana.

Kimberly Williams, BA elem ed '78, was named National Distinguished Teacher for 2007 at the 34th annual national middle school conference in Houston. She is a teacher at William Thomas Middle School in American Falls.

Brad Ericson, BA journ '79, recently became director of publications for the American Academy of Professional Coders, a national medical coding and billing professional organization based in Salt Lake City. Previously, he worked as a development editor for a national medical publisher. Ericson trekked Nepal and climbed in the Solukhumbu region in spring, 2007.


Gabe Flicker, M.Ed. ed admin '81, is executive director of Grace Lutheran School in Pocatello. He will oversee the growth of the school and clarify the school's vision and future growth. Since 2005, he served as director of ministry development at Grace Lutheran Church.

Tedra Balls, BA ed/Engl '85,who has taught for School District 25 for 22 years, was named the district's Teacher of the Year. Balls teaches advanced-placement language and composition at Century High School; she also is an adviser for the school newspaper, The Snakeskin.

Linda L. Pickett, BA mass comm '88, has joined the staff of Alpha Delta Kappa, an international honorary organization for women educators, to assist with publicity and fundraising. She has more than 10 years' experience in fundraising and public relations.


Steve Hayward, BA ed/phys ed '94, is the regional exercise coordinator for southeast Idaho of the Bureau of Homeland Security Training Advisory Board. His role is to coordinate exercises with local agencies in anticipation of possible catastrophies. Previously, Hayward was an emergency-service administrator for the Red Cross in Pocatello.

Stacy M. Kono, BA mass comm. '95, Pocatello, was awarded the Pioneer Title Co. "Spirit Award" in recognition of going beyond the pursuit of excellence. Kono is a senior escrow officer and has been with Pioneer Title since May 1996.

Todd Fitch, cert farm bus mgmt '98, participated in two events to win the National Reined Cow Horse Association's Open Hackamore Competition in Stephenville, Texas. He is owner of Fitch Farms in Arbon.

Rob North, BBA finance '98, is chief executive officer of southeast Idaho U.S. Employees Federal Credit Union in Pocatello. He has more than 10 years' experience in the credit union industry.

Evelyn Stanger, BA elem ed '98, was named Teacher of the Year for 2006-2007 from School District 25 Head Start. She has been a teacher with Head Start since 2002, and currently teaches 4-year-old children. The award represents Region X of the Head Start Association, comprised of Idaho, California, Alaska and Oregon.

H. Neal West, MPE athl admin '98, is a cross-country and assistant track coach at McKendree University in Lebanon, Ill. He was the assistant cross-country and track coach at Berry College in Rome, Ga.

Greg Wiles, M. Ed. ed admin '99, has been named principal of Lone Star Middle School in Nampa, which will open in the fall 2008. Wiles was principal of West Middle School for seven years. He was named the Middle School Educator of the Year by the Idaho Association of School Administrators in 2000-2001. He was also a teacher, coach and vice principal at William Thomas Middle School in American Falls.


Wendy Evans-Webb, cert prac nurs '02, is assistant administrator at Whispering Pines Assisted Living in Chubbuck. She has extensive training in behavior management and care of the elderly, mentally ill and developmentally disabled.

Alumnus Named Counselor of the Year

Aberdeen native Daniel Weigel '02 was presented the Counselor of the Year award from the Oklahoma Counseling Association in February.

Only one counselor per year throughout the state of Oklahoma receives the award at the annual Midwinter Conference. Along with that award, Weigel also received the OCA's Southeast Counselor of the Year award in 2008.

Weigel, 37, is an associate professor of psychology and counseling at Southeastern Oklahoma State University. He received a doctorate in counselor education and counseling from Idaho State University in 2002. He holds bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of South Dakota. He is a licensed professional counselor and licensed alcohol and drug counselor in the state of Oklahoma.

Weston Whitworth, BBA acct '02, is a staff accountant with Dance, Collins and Company in Pocatello. He worked five years at Miracles & Associates, Chartered, in Mountain Home.

Lance Stevenson, BA internat'l studies/ Spanish '03, is a deputy prosecutor for Bannock County. He is a graduate of Thomas M. Cooley Law School in Lansing, Mich.

S. Brock Wilks, alumnus '03, will open Wilks Funeral Home in June. It will be the first funeral home in Chubbuck and largest funeral home in Bannock County. For the past five years, Wilks was a funeral director with Colonial Funeral Home.

Gabriel Jackson, BBA acct '04, is a staff accountant with Dance, Collins and Company and works in both the Pocatello and Soda Springs offices. Jackson obtained a master's in taxation from Boise State University and after graduation, worked for Moss Adams LLP in Portland, Ore.

Andrew Snook, AA history '04/BA pol sci '04, is an associate with Moffatt Thomas law firm in Boise. His current practice focuses on civil litigation and business transactions. Snook earned his law degree at the Syracuse University College of Law in Syracuse, N.Y.

Alicia Wrablik, BA health ed '06, graduated from the U.S. Coast Guard Recruit Training Center in Cape May, N.J. She completed an eight-week training program with major emphasis on physical fitness and health and wellness.

Two teachers in Pocatello School District No. 25 were awarded the Governor's Innovative Grants. Alane Hale, BS ed/bus ed '90, a math teacher at Highland High School, received a statistic and financial literacy grant to purchase materials for students to conduct an in-depth survey of personal financial management with high school students and teachers. Eric Rude, MNS biology '06, science teacher at Pocatello High School, received a grant to purchase kits to allow students to use chemical and mechanical techniques performed in crime labs.