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Clifford M. Peake, BA gen bus '50, a past district governor of Rotary International, was recognized for his service with the Rotary Foundation Citation for Meritorious Service. He led his club to become a 100-percent Paul Fellow Harris club in 2003, and became the fifth-known 100-percent benefactor in the world. His club earned "Triple Crown" recognition, and became only the fifth such Rotary club to achieve such a position. Peake was also cited for his decade-long leadership in two Rotary districts and specific service on the "Polio Plus" committee. Peake and his wife, Jo Johnson Peake, celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary, and reside in Sanford, N.C.


Carol Seddon, BS sec ed/biology '63, was named Outstanding Educator of the Year by the ISU College of Education chapter of Kappa Delta Pi. She taught biological sciences, health information and communication at both the secondary and college levels for more than 40 years. She was a professor in the College of Health Sciences at Boise State University until her retirement in 2003.

Barbara J. Roberts, BA elem ed '69/ MTS biology '72, was conferred membership in the John R. Park Society, an honorary organization of benefactors of the University of Utah who support its mission through planned gifts. Roberts was laboratory materials supervisor for ISU's Department of Biological Sciences for 19 years. She lives in Salt Lake City.


Fannie Lee Lowe, BA psych '70, of San Francisco, Calif., made her directing debut with Medea at the School of Arts in Oakland. She will be assistant director for the musical Once on This Island. Lowe received a master's degree from the University of San Francisco in 1978.

Richard Mollerup, BBA mktg '70, of Boise, was selected for inclusion in 2008 Mountain States Super Lawyers. He is a partner of Meuleman Mollerup LLP, and was recognized for his accomplishments in real-estate law.

Gary Edgerton, BBA finance '71, is senior vice president for the D. L. Evans Bank Mortgage Department. with branches in Nampa, Boise, Hailey, Twin Falls and Burley. He is involved in the Idaho Mortgage Lenders' Association, Building Contractor Association of Southwest Idaho, Ada County Realtors Association and the Women's Council of Realtors.

Franklyn Rash, '71, Pocatello, is vice-president of sales for Gem State Distributors for the Pocatello and Albuquerque, N.M., regions. He currently serves on the advisory board of Dot Food Distribution Co. and was elected to the Board of Trustees for School District No. 25 in 2007.

Susan Mason, MA speech/drama '73, professor of theatre arts at the University of California, Los Angeles, was recently presented an Outstanding Professor Award. In spring and summer 2009, she will teach as a Fulbright lecturer at Tsuda College and Kyoritsu University in Tokyo. Mason received her doctor of philosophy degree in theatre from the University of Oregon in 1980.

Mark Buckalew, '74, has been named to the board of directors for the Idaho Community Foundation, Idaho's only statewide foundation. He is branch manager and vice president of A. G. Edwards, a division of Wachovia Securities LLC, in Pocatello and Twin Falls.

W. James Johnston, alumnus '74, was selected as regional vice president of the National Association of Realtors at its midyear meeting in Washington, D.C. He is a real-estate sales agent with Home Specialists Real Estate Company in Pocatello. Johnston is a past president of the Greater Pocatello Association of Realtors, where he was selected by the association as Realtor of the Year three times in his 35-year career.

J. Michael Purce, BA soc '75, is a housing counselor for Pocatello Neighborhood Housing Services in Pocatello. He recently retired from the Social Security Administration.

Patricia Jory, BS nursing '76, Henderson, Nev., was named the Nevada State College part-time instructor of 2008 for excellence in service, in the role of educator in the School of Nursing. She has been a psychiatric-nursing clinical instructor for two years. She was both president of the local district of the Idaho Nurses Association and state president of the Idaho Nurses Association in Idaho.

Cindy Mesko, pictured, BS psych '77, is vice president of agency development for Big Brothers Big Sisters of America, headquartered in Philadelphia, Pa. She is responsible for leading the nationwide support and services Big Brothers Big Sisters provides to its over 400 agencies. Previously, Mesko was director of service delivery systems; she also served as the chief executive officer of Big Brothers Big Sisters of southwest Idaho for 18 years.

Shannon McCarrel, BS radiog sci '78, of Sisters, Ore., was among a team of health care professionals who traveled to Tanzania to establish the East African Breast Care Project in July. Holigic Inc., a women's health care provider, donated 11 mammography machines; McCarrel provided instruction to technologists in setting up and reading the machines. The East African Breast Care Project is a nonprofit, nongovernmental humanitarian project that strives to organize the first early detection program in Tanzania.

Ray Polzin, BBA mgmt & org '79, is vice president of infrastructure services for Home Federal Bank in Boise. He has more than 11 years' experience in information-technology management. He was director of information technology field services for the intermountain retail west for Supervalu Inc., in Boise.


Alan C. Frantz, Ph.D., BS ed/German '80, ISU professor of higher education administration, was elected vice-chair of the executive committee of the ISU Faculty Senate. He will serve as chair during the academic year 2009-2010.

Susan Gibbens, BBA mktg '80, is vice president of marketing for Citizens Community Bank in Pocatello. She has 29 years' experience in the banking industry and served as commercial loan officer for Citizens Community Bank for eight years.

Darrell Buffaloe, BA psych '81/MED occup train mgt '97, who had a 26-year career at ISU, has retired as associate vice president for facilities services. He was an adjunct faculty member of the ISU Human Resources Training and Development Department in the College of Technology for 10 years. He currently is chairman of the Department of Trade and Industrial Education at the College of Southern Idaho in Twin Falls.

Tom Cushman, pictured, BBA mktg '81, was presented with the Knight of the National Order by the Minister of Energy and Mines in Antananarivo, Madagascar. His career includes 18 years in the gemstone industry. He is the Madagascar project manager of Artminers, The Institute for Sustainable Mining. Cushman was instrumental in the founding of the Institute de Gemmologie de Madagascar in 2003 and is the International Colored Gemstone Association Ambassador in Madagascar.

Mike Hill, BBA mktg '81, is vice president of sales and general manager for MSI Systems Integrators in Boise. He is responsible for an extensive sales team that covers a seven-state region in the West. Hill's career includes 23 years at IBM. He was most recently regional sales manager for the Intermountain West.

Steve Beckley, pictured, BA speech '82, celebrated his 50th birthday on June 20, 2008, with a 60-mile bicycle ride on Stove Prairie Road and Rist Canyon near Fort Collins. Joining Steve were fellow ISU alumni Doug Butler, BA pol sci '81, and John Fry, MBA bus admin '82. They overcame the 12-percent grade at the summit of Rist Canyon with ISU Tiger Power and frequent shouts of "Grrrrrrr!" Steve wore an ISU jersey and his special tiger-ears-and-tails helmet. Steve is owner of Stephen L. Beckley & Associates, Inc., which specializes in health care management and benefit consulting for higher education. Beckley and his wife, Stephanie, celebrated their 23rd anniversary in June. They have two daughters, Rachel Virginia, 18, and Julia Nicole, 14.

R. David Moore, BS law enf '83/MED occ train mgt '95, was appointed by Gov. C. L. "Butch" Otter to the Idaho Peace Officer Standards and Training Council. The council is a 15-member advisory panel that offers oversight for the Idaho POST Academy. Moore has been the chief of police for Blackfoot for 11 years.

Rena Carlson-Lammers, BS zoology '85, received the 37th Annual Veterinarian of the Year Award from the Idaho Veterinary Medical Association. She is the owner of Alpine Animal Hospital in Chubbuck. She was named staff veterinarian for ISU in 1991, and oversees the Animal Welfare Facility. Carlson-Lammers graduated cum laude with a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from the University of Washington in 1989.

Rod Hansen, BA drama '85/BFA drama '85, is director of exhibitions at the Museum of Idaho in Idaho Falls. He will work with collectors and other institutions and coordinate the installation and removal of exhibits. Most recently, he taught at the Pinellas County Center for the Arts in Florida.

Lisa Higbee, BS dent hyg '85, received the 2008 Sunstar/GUM "Healthy Gums, Healthy Life Award of Distinction." In practice for more than 23 years, Higbee is a dental hygienist with Dr. D. Michael Sutton in Pocatello. She received the Professional Achievement Award for the Kasiska College of Health Professions in 2007 and was named the 2006 BreathRx Hygienist of the Year.

Stacey L. Romberg, BA pol sci '85, is celebrating her 20th year practicing law. Her Seattle law firm focuses on business law, estate planning and probate. Stacey is a 2008 finalist for the Women Business Owners "Excellence Award," which is based on "entrepreneurial spirit, ethics and community spirit, financial management skills and risk and difficulty of business."

Alesha Churba, BS home econ '87/cert mach draft '01/AAS design draft tech '01, of Pocatello, is a project manager with Interior Design Studio within the firm of Myers Anderson Architects, PLLC. She has more than nine years' experience in practical interior design and project management. Churba has allied member status in the American Society of Interior Design and the American Institute of Architects.

Sheryl Brockett, MED occ train mgt '88, is principal of Century High School in Pocatello. She has more than 15 years' experience as a middle school and high school administrator and most recently was principal of the Alameda Center.

Harold E. Jones, BBA mgmt & org '88, is chief compliance officer for Phocas Financial Corporation in Alameda, Calif. He was compliance officer for Countrywide Financial and First California Mortgage Co. for the past five-and-a-half years. Jones lives in Windsor, California, with his wife, Kristen, and two young sons.

Evelyn Robinson, EDS ed admin '88, was featured on the cover of Alpha Delta Kappa magazine as recipient of the 2007 International Excellence in Education award. She has more than 40 years' experience in both and public education and is in her 21st year as principal of Lewis and Clark Elementary School in Pocatello.

Helen Keezer, MA Engl '89, was awarded a Fulbright Teacher Exchange grant for 2008-2009 to teach in Pazardzhik, Bulgaria. Keezer teaches English at Century High School in Pocatello and has also taught English at ISU.

Greg Newberry, BBA finance '89, is a commercial lending relationship manager with Home Federal Bank in Nampa. He has more than 16 years' experience in bank management, commercial lending, and credit analysis. Most recently, Newberry was chief financial officer and general manager of White Cloud Communications in Twin Falls.

David A. Scott, BBA mgmt & org '89, is loan officer of the Bank of Idaho in St. Anthony. He worked in financial management and planning and real estate in Las Vegas.


Anza Ketterman, BS ed/bus ed '90/MED curr/instrct emph '92, whose career as an instructor in the College of Technology encompasses 17 years, has retired. She taught in the Office Technology/Business Information program and in the Website design and management program. She was presented the Outstanding Achievement Award from the College of Technology in 2003.

Eric Dayley, AA crim just '91/BUS '96, was named captain of Region Five of the Idaho State Police Department. He began his career with the state police in 1984 and served as lieutenant over both patrol and detectives from 2002 to 2004.

Sue Ringquist, MHE health ed '91, is principal of the Alameda Center in Pocatello, which includes New Horizons High School, Kinport Academy Middle School, Teen Parent Center and Turning Point Elementary School. She has worked for School District No. 25 as a high school and middle school administrator and implemented the Virtues Project, a character education program, at Pocatello High School.

Daniel Markowski, PharmD. '92, was honored by the Idaho State Pharmacy Association as Pharmacist of the Year at its annual tri-state convention. He is a pharmacist at Medicine Man West in Pocatello and is chairperson for the Idaho Panhandle Pharmacy Association.

Debra Larsen, MS psych '93/ Ph.D. clin psych '02, is presidentelect for 2008-2009 for the Idaho Psychological Association. She will serve as president in 2010 and 2011. She has served as academic representative on the IPA board of directors for two years. Larsen is a research assistant professor at the Institute of Rural Health and has worked on statewide and national research for child traumatic stress, youth suicide prevention and family drug court outcomes. She also maintains a private part-time practice in Pocatello.

Trisa Clemons, BBA acct '93/MBA bus admin '95, is a partner at KPMG, a public accounting firm, in Seattle. She has eight years' experience in public accounting and has also worked for Arthur Andersen, LLP, and Microsoft.

Dona Applonie, BS elem ed '94, is principal at Tendoy Elementary School in Pocatello. She has 15 years' experience in both general and special education at elementary and secondary levels.

Don Furu, BS corp train '94, who served over 33 years with the Pocatello Police Department, has retired. His career included time as a patrolman, detective, an undercover officer, hostage negotiator, and in the narcotics division. Furu will continue to teach law enforcement classes around the country in suicide intervention, hostage negotiations and advanced law enforcement dispatch.

Andrea Gower, BS voc teach ed '94, owner of Massage Solutions in Pocatello, recently completed advanced training in myofascial release therapy. She teaches ethics and chair massage at BMH College of Massage in Blackfoot. Gower also provides palliative care for hospice clients under the direction of Hospice Alliance.

Gary Pflueger, M.Ed. ed admin '94, is principal of Friday Harbor Elementary School in Friday Harbor, Washington. He served as principal of Salmon Middle School and St. Anthony Catholic School in Pocatello.

Cory C. Phelps, BBA pol sci/finance '94, is commercial portfolio manager at Zions Bank in Pocatello. He is responsible for underwriting commercial and agriculture loans and assisting commercial loan officers and branch managers in the creditapproval process. Phelps began his career in the banking industry 14 years ago, and was branch manager of the Yellowstone branch of Zions Bank.

Mikki Nuckols, BA elem ed '95/MED literacy emph '06, a teacher at Rocky Mountain Middle School in Idaho Falls, was among 75 outstanding teachers for grades K-12 and received a Miliken Educator Awards Program. The Miliken Educator Awards, first presented in 1987, is the largest teacher-recognition program in the U.S.

David Young, PharmD. '95, is associate professor and coordinator of student affairs at the University of Utah College of Pharmacy. He was appointed by Governor Jon M. Huntsman to the Utah Board of Pharmacy in 2007.

Julee Leavitt, ME occ train mgt '96, of Idaho Falls, earned a doctorate in philosophy from the University of Idaho. She is an engineer at the Idaho National Laboratory overseeing the behavior-based safety program for the 4,000 employees and subcontractors of the INL. Leavitt is also an affiliate faculty member for the University of Idaho, and instructs operations, construction and project management.

Ryan Ward, BBA mktg '96, is senior vice president and real-estate loan manager for Citizens Community Bank in Pocatello. He also serves on the loan committees for both senior officers and board of directors. Ward graduated from the Pacific Coast Banking School in Seattle, Wash., in 2005.

Michelle Decker, BBA finance '97, of Scottsdale, Ariz., was promoted to partner for Stoker Ostler Wealth Advisors. She joined the company as an investment analyst in 1997 and has served as portfolio manager since 2004. Decker also received an MBA from Arizona State University.

Shawna Engen, BS biology '98, is finance manager for Pocatello Neighborhood Housing Services. Previously, she worked for DDC, LLC, a local design, development and construction company.

Robert McMinn, BS zoology '98, is branch manager at the Yellowstone branch of Zions Bank in Pocatello. He began his banking career 10 years ago and was commercial loan officer at Zions Bank.

Josh Mercaldo, BA mass comm, '98, is a branch manager with Drake Cooper, an integrated marketing firm in Boise. He works primarily on the agency's tourism, commerce and recreation accounts. Mercaldo co-owned Gold Link Media in Eagle.

Garra Allen, BA French/Spanish '99/ DPT phys ther '05, is a doctor of physical therapy at Guardian Home Care in Pocatello and has completed wound certification training. She has responsibility for assessing individuals' therapy needs and now includes wound assessment, prevention and skin care.

Annie Kiesau, BS zoology '99, graduated from the Department of Anesthesiology at the University of Arizona School of Medicine and is now assistant professor of clinical anesthesiology. She received her doctor of medicine degree from the University of Washington School of Medicine in 2004.


Michael P. Brennan, AA crim justice '00, has retired from the Pocatello Police Department. Of his 28-year career with the force, he worked 21 years in the detective force. Brennan is now employed as a salesman at Courtesy Ford in Pocatello.

Ryon Butterfield, BA soc '00, MCoun health couns '03, and his cycling partner won the Open 80+ division in the Seventh Annual Trans-Rockies Challenge in British Columbia in August. Butterfield and his teammate defeated 67 other teams in their division; the category required the team members' combined ages to be at least 80. He is a mental-health counselor and project coordinator at Square One Youth Project in Pocatello.

Stephen W. Holm, '00, has established an oral and maxillofacial surgery practice in Pocatello. He graduated with a doctor of dental medicine degree from the University of Kentucky and completed a fouryear residency program in oral and maxillofacial surgery.

Tim McLaughlin, BBA mgmt & org '00, is senior vice president and business-banking sales leader for the South Puget Sound District of KeyBank. He has more than 20 years' banking experience, and served as area retail leader for KeyBank's East Pierce County team. He graduated from the Consumer Bankers Association's Graduate School of Real Bank Management at the University of Virginia in 2006.

Bryan Johnson, '01, captain in the U.S. Air Force, is currently serving a general-surgery fellowship at Wilford Hall Medical Center, Lackland Air Force Base, in San Antonio. He is assigned to the 59th Surgical Specialties Squadron and served as a physician assistant with the U.S. Army in Afghanistan.

Ryan Hadlock, BS speech comm '02, is president of the Greater Pocatello Lodging Association. He has worked in the hospitality industry for nine years and is currently general manager of the Red Lion hotel in Pocatello.

Brandon Bloxham, BS zoology '03, earned his Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree from the University of New England College of Ostepathic Medicine in June. He is continuing training in the emergency medicine residency program at Oklahoma State University Medical Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Alex Armour, BS biology '04, graduated with his Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree from Midwestern University Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine. Upon completion of a residency in internal medicine at Lutheran General in Chicago, he plans to pursue a specialty in cardiology.

Tyler Bair, BS psych '04, is an attorney with the U.S. Department of Justice. He graduated from the University of Idaho College of Law and was editor-in-chief of the Idaho Law Review.

Kendall Bennion, BS zoology '04, graduated with a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree from Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences in Kansas City, Missouri. He is now enrolled in a postdoctoral residency in internal medicine at Grandview Hospital in Dayton, Ohio.

Jamie Fairchild, BS biology '04, received her Doctor of Dental Medicine degree from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. She was awarded the Dean's Award for academic and clinical excellence. Fairchild is enrolled in a pediatric dental residency program at Primary Children's Medical Center in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Travis Nielsen, BS zoology '04, graduated with a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree from Midwestern University in Glendale, Arizona. He is completing his residency at ISU Family Medicine.

Valaine Palmer, BS zoology '04, received her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from Kansas State University in Manhattan, Kansas. She was a member of the Phi Zeta Honors Society of Veterinary Medicine and is in practice in West Haven, Utah.

Huma Rizvi, BS comp sci '04, is a software design engineer for Microsoft in Fargo, North Dakota. She worked for Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Fargo.

Sherry Deiter, BS health ed '05, is health and education manager for Head Start of School District No. 25. She was awarded a $5,000 oral hygiene grant through the Ronald McDonald House; the Head Start program will use the funding to implement the "Head Start to a Healthy Smile" program. She will use funds to buy oral hygiene products and finance dental care for children of low-income households.

Amy Hartman, cert nail tech '05/cert cosmet '08, is a cosmetologist with At Your Fingertips in Pocatello. She has been employed as a nail technologist the past three years.

Mandee Tysor, adv cert prac nurs '05, is a practical nurse with Family First Health Centers South in Pocatello. She has worked at Portneuf Medical Center for the past 10 years. Mandee is currently enrolled in the registered nursing program.

Thor Conley, BBA finance '06, is a mortgage loan originator at the Yellowstone branch of Bank of Idaho in Pocatello. He has 10 years' experience in real estate and loan mortgage processing, underwriting and funding.

Heidi Holloway, BBA finance '06, is manager of the Yellowstone branch of Ireland Bank. She served as the new account representative and assistant manager for two years.

Janice I. Nelson, M.Ed ed admin emph '06, is principal of Tyhee Elementary School. She has 18 years' professional-education experience, including work with various student populations and instructional interventions.

Georgia Meacham, M.P.H. pub health '07, was named Idaho Realtor of the Year for 2008 by the Idaho Association of Realtors. She is an agent with Century 21 Advantage in Idaho Falls and represents Blake Jones Construction. Meacham also was elected as a state representative to the National Association of Realtors board of directors.

Chace Mickelson, BS micro '07, appeared on an episode of The Price is Right and won more than $45,000 in cash and prizes. The show was filmed on June 25 and aired July 9.

Tal Sampson, BFA art '07, was commissioned by the City of Pocatello to paint a portrait of Chief Pocatello. "In the Shadow of a Giant," was used as the chief's image as posthumous grand marshal of the 45th Annual Shoshone-Bannock Indian Festival Parade. Sampson is working on three additional paintings featuring Chief Pocatello. The owner of Tal's Plumbing, he was selected as the Outstanding Student Achievement recipient in Fine Arts and Humanities for the College of Arts and Sciences in 2007.

Rebecca Treasure, BBA acct '07, is an assistant comptroller officer for Ireland Bank in Malad. She is responsible for managing the bank's funds, securities portfolio, wire transfers, general ledger entries, reconciliations, board reports and federal reports.

Ryan Gilmore, '08, is director of marketing and promotions of Eastern Illinois University. His responsibilities include corporate sales, marketing and promotion efforts of the 21-sport intercollegiate program. Most recently, Gilmore worked as marketing/game management assistant at ISU.

Ashley Peterson, BBA mktg '08/BBA mgmt '08, is a management trainee at the Poleline branch of Ireland Bank in Pocatello. She works in all aspects of the banking industry from operations to lending.

Lisa Rodriguez, cert nail tech '08, is a nail technician and co-owner of At Your Fingertips in Pocatello.