ISU Magazine

Volume 41 | Number 2 | Spring/Summer 2011

Moonlit Tree

Moonlit Tree: the beauty of freshly fallen snow resting on the branches of a tree on campus.

Photo by ISU Photographic Services/Susan Duncan


Spring 2011 Issue


Paul R. Smith, BBA general engineering '64/MBA bus admin '75, received the Greater Pocatello Association of Realtors' first Commitment to Excellence Award for his lifetime achievements in the industry. He has been an area real estate appraiser for nearly 50 years owning and operating the Paul Smith Agency.

Stan Fornander, BBA gen bus '66/MBA bus admin '69, of Boise, has joined the Board of Directors at Idaho Trust Bank. Prior to his retirement from Idaho Trust, he had over 30 years of banking experience. Fornander is a past president of the Boise Estate Planning Council and the Idaho Bankers Association's Trust Committee.

Betty J. Moore, BA speech path & aud '66/MSE elem ed '68, of Pocatello, received the Region 6 Community Service Award at the 8th annual Patricia Kempthorne Award ceremony. She has been the chairperson of the Regional Advisory Committee's Recovery Support Services subcommittee for six years. Moore has been a volunteer for 25 years working as a children's advocate and is an appointee to the Governor's Alcohol and Drug Commission.

Albert Wada, BA journ '69, was appointed by the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco as director of the Salt Lake City branch. Wada serves on many educational, corporate advisory and boards of directors including World Potato Congress, Idahoan Foods, Inc., United Potato Growers of Idaho, United Potato Growers of America, Northwest Farm Credit Association, Snake River Education Foundation and National Potato Council.


Rick Miles, alumnus '73, the owner of Rick Miles Produce Service, Inc. in Rigby, is the exclusive suppliers of potatoes for Five Guys' Burgers and Fries. He will supply 125 million pounds of potatoes to the chain's 230 franchises this year. His business was featured in the CNBC documentary, "Behind the Counter: The Untold Story of Franchising," which aired in December, 2010.

Kim Leavitt, cert civil tech '74, was elected to serve as National Society of Professional Surveyors Area 7 director for a three-year term, beginning in July. He is a longtime member of the Idaho Society of Professional Land Surveyors and most recently served on its board of directors as the National Society of Professional Surveyors Governor. Leavitt is president of Harper-Leavitt Engineering, Inc., in Idaho Falls. He was the recipient of the 2005 Professional Achievement Award for the College of Technology.

Lea Beebe, cert draft/design '76, who was a member of the Laborer's Union No. 155 for the past 21 years, retired in November, 2010. During that time she worked at the Budweiser Malt Plant, on the gas pipeline going from Wyoming through Pocatello, on the Minidoka Dam project, and most recently at the INL site. Beebe also worked in the restaurant business for 20 years.

A. Dean Tranmer, BA history '78, was selected by Rotary Club of Pocatello as the 2010 recipient of the Rotary Vocational Award (Civil Servant). He has served as the Pocatello city attorney for 20 years and also serves as the legal counsel for the Pocatello Development Authority.

Ruth Whitworth, cert legal sec '78, has been named the City Clerk for the City of Pocatello. She maintains the city's permanent records. Whitworth also works with the mayor on setting the agenda for City Council meetings and oversees city elections.


Alaina Burtenshaw, BA history '81, was appointed Chairman of the Nevada Public Utilities Commission. She has served as a Commissioner since January, 2010. She has also served as staff counsel and assistant staff counsel, responsible for electric, gas and water cases in northern and southern Nevada. She received her law degree from the University of Nebraska, Lincoln.

Dr. Barbara Taylor, BA ed/Engl '81/EDD ed leadership/ed admin '99, whose career in education spans 30 years, will retire as Superintendent of the Preston School District in June. She served as superintendent for the past six years and was principal of Preston High School for five years.

Greg Marshall, MPE athl admin '83, was appointed to a three-year term on the board of directors for Orangewood Children's Foundation. He is a partner at Madison Street Partners, a commercial real estate firm in Irvine, Calif., where he specializes in tenant representation of Orange County-based businesses.

Dr. Larry Murillo, MS psych '83, has been named director of the Human Development division for the Shoshone Bannock Tribes. He oversees the tribes' education, employment assistance, training and emergency services for tribal members in need. Murillo was previously an assistant professor at ISU's Kasiska College of Health Professions.

Natalie Camacho Mendoza, BA pol sci '85, of Boise, is a trustee and director for the Northwest Area Foundation of St. Paul, Minnesota. She is an attorney with Camacho Mendoza Coulter Law Group, PLLC. Her major areas of practice are civil litigation, appellate work, worker's compensation, business law, and Indian law matters in Tribal Court and Appellate level.

Larry Ghan, alumnus '89, has been named tribal court administrator for the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes in Fort Hall. He served 28 years in public office, 22 years as Bannock County Clerk and as a Bannock County Commissioner for the past six years.


Stefani S. Cook, BA ed/bus ed '92/MED curr & instr emph '98, was selected as the 2011 Idaho Teacher of the Year. She will represent Idaho at the national level for the award. Cook is a business education teacher and a student council advisor at Rigby High School. Cristie Stone, cert cosmet '94, has been named sales manager at the Clarion Inn in Pocatello. She has prior sales experience at Emeritus Senior Living.

Elizabeth Lindroth, cert admin office asst '95/BS health ed '04, was appointed to the board of trustees of Portneuf Medical Center. She is a diabetes educator for the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes and is a council member on the Fort Hall Business Council. Lindroth is the Fort Hall Business Council secretary and also serves as an alternate to the Indian Health Services committee.

Elaine Asmus, MNS biology '96, was honored with the Idaho Veterans of Foreign Wars' Teacher of the Year Award. She teaches advanced science at Snake River High School in Blackfoot.

Andrew Gauss, BA mass comm '96, has accepted a new position as the Director of Alumni and Development Marketing Communications for the University of Idaho Foundation and Alumni Association. He served as the Director of College Relations for ISU's College of Pharmacy for the past eight years.

Brad Huerta, BS pol sci '97, of Pocatello, has started his own firm, Insight Communication Strategies, LLC. Formerly the Director of Marketing and Public Affairs at Portneuf Medical Center, Huerta will now provide lobbyist services for Portneuf Medical Center in areas related to federal regulations in health care. He is a state licensed public information officer and also serves as an adjunct faculty member at ISU, teaching health care administration. Huerta earned a master's degree in public administration from the University of Denver.

Brad Larrondo, MPE athl admin '97, is the assistant athletic director for football at Boise State University. He is responsible for external duties of the football program and also directs high school and youth football camps, booster relations and community service projects for student-athletes and coaches. Larrondo joined the Boise State University athletic department in 1993 and most recently, served as Senior Assistant Athletic Director for Marketing, Broadcast services and Corporate Sponsorships.

Maj. Dave McCaskill, BA history '99, of Kathleen, Ga., was deployed to the Middle East for the seventh time in eight years. He has been in the military for 19 years, serving eight years with the U.S. Army and 11 years with the U.S. Air Force.

Phil Padgett, MED human resource train & develop '99, of Bismarck, N.D., was selected the 2010 North Dakota Professor of the Year by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and the Council for Advancement and Support of Education. He is an assistant professor of the National Energy Center of Excellence at Bismarck State College. Padgett will complete a doctorate in teaching and learning in higher education at the University of North Dakota in 2011.

Joel F. Wilson, MED ed admin emph '02/EDS ed admin '06, has been selected as the Superintendent of the Preston School District effective July, 2011. He served as Superintendent of the Aberdeen School District for four years and is completing a doctorate at ISU.


Terry Fredrickson, BA pol sci '03, is the new Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer of New Day Products and Resources in Pocatello. Previously, he served as shelter manager for seven years with MK Place, a local program which helps adolescents with addictions.

Yvonne Perez, BS pol sci '07/MPA pub admin '09, attended the National Association for Latino Community Asset Builders' fellowship program in Kansas City, Mo., from February 23-25. She chaired the Latino Economic and Development Center. Perez is a career pioneer network facilitator at ISU, helping direct recruiting practices for men in health care and women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics professions.

Jacie Sites, alumna '07, of Idaho Falls, finished fourth in the Grand Masters Fiddle Contest in Nashville, Tenn., in October. She co-founded the "Strings for Kids" program that provides free violins and lessons to students from low-income families. Her accomplishments with "Strings for Kids" appeared in the February, 2011 edition of Ladies' Home Journal.

Christine Bayes, BS nursing '10/MS nursing '10, has joined West Valley Group as a family nurse practitioner. She provides care at the Middleton Clinic and the New Plymouth Clinic. Previously, Bayes worked at Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center for nine years in various capacities, including five years in cardiac nursing.

Mickenzie Bringhurst, BBA mktg '10, is the new catering manager at the Clarion Inn in Pocatello. She worked as an intern at Premier Technologies and Bannock Development Corporation prior to her graduation.

Julian Sutherland, alumnus '10, was recognized as a member of Sigma Alpha Lambda, a national leadership and honors organization at the University of North Texas in Denton, Texas. He is studying jazz studies with applied saxophone emphasis. Sutherland was also initiated into Tau Sigma and Golden Key International honor society. He recently achieved the president's list with a 4.0 grade point average.

Three medical care providers have formed the Cardiometabolic Risk Reduction Clinic affiliated with the InterMountain Medical Clinic of Pocatello. Dr. Carol Kirkpatrick, MPH pub hlth '03, received certification as a clinical lipid specialist. She is coordinator of the Cardiovascular Risk Management Clinic at Pocatello Cardiology. She also teaches community education classes on developing lifestyle habits for improved heart health at Pocatello Cardiology and for organizations in Pocatello and throughout the surrounding area. Dr. Jared Price, BA chem '00, is a family practice physician and a specialist in sports medicine and exercise. He graduated from the Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine in Kirksville, Mo. in 2004. Dr. Cara Liday, PharmD '96, is an associate professor at ISU's College of Pharmacy. She is an ambulatory care clinical pharmacist and a certified diabetes educator.

Tim Bowman, MPE athl admin '88, is head football coach and a physical education teacher at LaSalle Catholic College Prepatory in Milwaukie, Ore. He was assistant professor of health and physical education and an assistant football coach at Western Oregon University from 1995 to 2008. He has coached football for 26 years and also coached at ISU, Willamette University and several high schools in Oregon. Note: This appeared in the previous edition of the ISU Magazine with an incorrect last name. We regret the error.

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