Jared Gebauer, Class 32, has accepted the position of general manager of the Wyoming operations of Allied Seed LLC. Jared and his family have relocated to Worland, WY. Previous to this move, Jared worked for Allied Seed in the Idaho operations.
Congratulations to Lovina (Roselle) Englund, Class 36, who recently received the Outstanding Young Range Professional Award from the Society of Range Management. Lovina is on staff at the University of Idaho.
Brenda Waters, Class 20, is on the move again! Brenda will be moving to Murfreesboro, TN, on May 1 and will be Superintendent of Stones River National Battlefield and National Cemetery.
Dale Dixon, Class 21, has a new position with BBB. Dale will shed all of his CEO duties and will focus on what he finds most fulfilling: products, service, and people - and how to make them better. Dale’s new title is Chief Innovation Officer, and he is part of a six-person executive team. He will remain in Boise and will work to grow a sales and marketing team (adding 10-15 people this year). The recent merger of BBBs in the West resulted in moving Operations and Administration to DuPont, Washington. The new BBB covers one million square miles, including Alaska, Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, and western Wyoming.
Mary Hasenoehrl, Class 17, and Doug Gross are proud grandparents to Zoee Jane Hasenoehrl, born at 3:11 on 3/11 in Lewiston, ID, to Jake (Mary’s oldest son) and Chelcee. Zoee weighed 5 lbs., 6 oz., and was 20 inches long. If you try to get past Mary with her phone pictures of Zoee, you will need to be fast! Mary is a very proud grandma!
Sympathy is extended to JD Simplot, Class 10, in the passing of his sister, Debbie Simplot McDonald, who lost her battle with cancer on March 12.
A number of LIA graduates are running for re-election in the Idaho legislature: Senator Dan Johnson, Class 14; Senator Jim Patrick, Class 15; Rep. Clark Kauffman, Class 13; Rep. Marc Gibbs, Class 4; Rep. Steve Miller, Class 29; and Rep. Caroline Troy, Class 15.
Speaking of legislators, retiring State Representative Gayle Batt, Class 18, was presented the Wayne Meyer Statesman Award at Class 36 graduation. This award was named in memory of Wayne Meyer, Class 27, a former state legislator and husband of LIA trustee, Karleen Meyer.
LIA Trustee Jim Lowe, Class 31, has joined the group for the 2016 Washington, D.C., Experience, April 10-15. We still have room for a few more. Contact us today if you are interested.
Nearly 1,700 postcards went out to potential applicants for the LIA program! Thanks to many alumni who nominated neighbors, friends, family members, and work associates. The selection process is becoming increasingly difficult with more and more deserving applicants to choose from - but what a great challenge!
Please encourage anyone interested in being part of Class 37 to complete their application and mail it to our office as soon as possible. Applications are due August 1.
Congratulations to Alex Reed, Class 35, and his wife, Leah, who were recently elected as District 3 Young Farmers & Ranchers chairmen for the Idaho Farm Bureau. District 3 includes the counties of Blaine, Camas, Gooding, Lincoln, Jerome, Twin Falls, Cassia, and Minidoka.
Wedding bells rang for Daniel Stenbakken, Class 34, and his bride, Mirenda, on February 13. Daniel works for CHS Primeland in the area of Agronomy Sales.
Crystal Wilson, Class 36, will provide leadership to the Idaho Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics as the President-elect. Crystal works for the Idaho Dairy Council. Congratulations, Crystal!
At the 2016 LIA Annual Meeting, we said goodbye to a number of trustees who were retiring from the board: Matt Gellings, Class 19; Debra Ausman, Class 19; Don Dixon, Class 15; Pat Purdy, Class 30; Nathan Riggers, Class 12; and Pattie Jo Courtney, Class 29. We also welcomed new trustees: Rosana Rieth, Class 36; Randall Jayo, Class 35; and Aric Frostenson, Class 35.
WE WENT OVER THE TOP with the 2016 Auction, receiving more than $103,600! Thanks to the auction committee, Class 36, alumni, and friends who helped to make the Auction such a success.
Class 36 set a new standard for an auction class prize with their lawn package, which included a riding lawnmower. It was well displayed, along with many other products provided by Class 36. The committee sold a total of 150 tickets for $50 each. The winner of the class prize was one of our own alumni – Heather Tiel-Nelson, Class 24. Congratulations!!!
It was announced at the Auction that Blair Wilson, Class 11, had been named to the Founder’s Club. Blair serves as Idaho President of Northwest Farm Credit Services, based in Nampa. Blair has been with Farm Credit since 1979 in a variety of leadership roles. Family and friends joined Blair at the Founder’s table for the celebration event.
Friend of LIA Awards: Awards were presented at the 2016 Graduation to the following:
USDI – BLM – Idaho: For continued candidates for the LIA program
R & G Potato: Financial support of the Foundation, Scott Stanger, CEO, Class 22.
Bobbi-Jo Meuleman: Governor’s Office, Scheduler
Kendra Dustin, Class 32: LIA Fund Development Director
Lifetime LIA Memberships: Receiving recognition as new Lifetime members were the following:
Charlie Bryan, Class 10 Kasey Garrett, Class 28 Terry Hollifield, Class 2
Doug Scoville, Class 6 Kristen Thompson, Class 10 Blake Johnson, Class 34
The Washington, D.C., Experience is just around the corner, April 10-15!
The following have already signed up:
Gina Davis, Class 26
Rosana Rieth, Class 36
Lori Satterwhite, Class 36
Lucas Spratling, Class 36
Jeremey Varley, Class 35
Kyle Wangemann, Class 36
Please contact Rick at firstname.lastname@example.org ASAP if you are considering participation. There is still room for a few more alumni. Scholarship funds are available after the initial $500 deposit.
We have a great tour planned!