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Board Members

Gary Smith

Regence Blueshield of Idaho
Executive Committee - Board Chair

Gary is the director of government and community affairs for Regence BlueShield of Idaho. He formerly served as an elected councilmember for the City of Boise and as director of the Idaho Department of Insurance. Gary earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Linfield College in Oregon.

Hart Gilchrist

Intermountain Gas Co.
Executive Committee - Corporate Treasurer

Hart is Vice-president of operations for Intermountain Gas. He has been with Intermountain Gas for 18 years, served in various operational capacities. He earned his undergraduate degree from University of Idaho and an MBA from Boise State University.

Ericka Rupp

Idaho Health and Welfare
Executive Committee - Corporate Secretary

Ericka is a program manager at Idaho Health and Welfare. She also has worked at Catholic Charities of Idaho in Boise and Community Action Partnership in Lewiston. At the University of Idaho, she earned a bachelor's degree and a master's degree in family and consumer sciences.

Corey Surber

Trinity Health
Executive Committee - Immediate Past Chair

Corey is the state advocacy director for Trinity Health. She also is an adjunct professor in the College of Health Science at Boise State University. She serves on various local committees and was appointed by Gov. Butch Otter to the Idaho Suicide Prevention Council. Corey earned a bachelor's degree from The College of Idaho and a master’s degree from Boise State University.

Josh Bishop

Pharmacist
Executive Committee

Josh is a pharmacist and community advocate. He previously served as the Idaho Regional Vice President and a part of the Executive Management Group for PacificSource Health Plans. He has over a decade of health plan experience in the areas of pharmacy, medical management and Medicaid program administration. He holds a Bachelor of Science and Doctorate of Pharmacy from Oregon State University and Oregon Health & Science University.

Diana Lachiondo

Ada County, Idaho

Diana Lachiondo is the current Commissioner at Ada County in Idaho. She was previously the director of community partnerships for the City of Boise. She also spent more than a decade working in the nonprofit sector in Seattle, Denver and her hometown of Boise. She has a bachelor’s degree in international studies and a certificate in nonprofit leadership from the University of Washington.

Sue Richardson

J.R. Simplot Company

Sue is SVP Global Solutions at the J. R. Simplot Company. Richardson joined Simplot in 2008 as director of communications. Before joining Simplot, she served in a variety of leadership positions related to strategy, marketing and communications at Hewlett-Packard in Boise.

Wes Jost

Zions Bank

Wes is the senior vice president and regional director of Zions Bank’s Idaho Real Estate Banking Group. Wes has more than 16 years of experience in real estate and commercial banking. Wes is active in the community as treasurer and executive board member of the Urban Land Institute-Idaho Chapter and as a board member of the Downtown Boise Association. Wes and his wife, Joanna, live in Boise with their two daughters.

Debra Leithauser

Idaho Power

Debra is the Director of Corporate Communications for Idaho Power. Before that, she was the president and publisher of the Idaho Statesman, overseeing all news, advertising, production and financial matters for the largest newspaper in the state. For almost a decade, Debra was a senior editor at The Washington Post, where she was a section head for a variety of print and digital channels. Leithauser graduated from the University of Florida with honors, earning a bachelor’s degree in journalism. She was named a distinguished alumna in journalism in 2013. Leithauser and her husband, Tom, have two sons, Luke and Zack.

Sheriff Stephen Bartlett

Ada County

Bartlett has been a part of the Ada County Sheriff’s Office since 2003 and took over as sheriff in 2015. Bartlett and his wife Amanda live in Meridian. They have two children, David and Annika.

Jill Twedt

Boise Cascade

Twedt is Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary at Boise Cascade. She is also active in the community as Board President of Boise Valley Habitat for Humanity. She graduated from the College of Idaho and University of Idaho College of Law. Twedt and her husband, Josh Sears, live in Eagle with their two daughters and two golden retrievers.

Kelli Badesheim

Valley Regional Transit

Kelli is the executive director of Valley Regional Transit, the regional public transportation authority for Ada and Canyon counties in Idaho.  Kelli began her transit career with Boise Urban Stages in 1994 and became the director of Valley Regional Transit in 2000. A Boise native, Kelli holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a master’s degree in public administration from Boise State University.

Brook Bond

Parsons Behle & Latimer

Brook is the managing shareholder of Parsons Behle & Latimer’s Boise office.  His legal practice focuses on business, insurance, environmental and commercial litigation. Throughout nearly 30 years of his practice, Brook has handled massive cases involving multiple parties, millions of documents, and complex legal and scientific issues involving disputes over billions of dollars.  He received a Bachelor of Science degree with a major in Genetics from the University of California – Davis and a Juris Doctorate from the University of San Diego.
 

John Colgrove

Albertsons

John works as the President of the Albertsons Intermountain Division and is responsible for 83 stores covering a span of 7 states. John assumed this role with 38 years of experience in the grocery business. For many of those years, he served in the Intermountain Division in different roles such as Director, Grocery Sales; VP, Grocery Sales and most recently, VP, Marketing & Merchandising. Previously, John spent time in Denver as the VP, Marketing & Merchandising for that division before returning to Boise to become President of the Intermountain Division. John and his wife Gwen reside in Eagle with their two children and two dogs.

Beth Toal

St. Luke's Health System

Beth works as the Vice President, Communications and Marketing for Idaho-based St. Luke’s Health System. Through her work, Toal serves the organization’s nine hospitals – including the state’s only children’s hospital, multiple regional cancer centers and outpatient clinics.
Toal joined St. Luke’s in 1999 and has held progressive positions during her time with the organization. In her current role, she oversees the health system’s strategic communications, marketing, public relations, digital platforms, media relations and community engagement programs, internal communications, issues management and crisis response activities. Prior to joining St. Luke’s, Toal worked for Healthwise, Incorporated, a health information publishing company based in Boise, Idaho. Before entering the health care industry, Toal worked in sports marketing.

Rebecca Poynter

Idaho Statesman

Rebecca Poynter was named publisher of the Idaho Statesman in April 2018.

Poynter was most recently president of Gannett Mid-Michigan and led the Lansing State Journal, with additional oversight for Port Huron Times Herald, Battle Creek Enquirer, Livingston Daily Press & Argus and the Observer & Eccentric. 
Prior to her tenure at Mid-Michigan, Poynter was the senior vice president sales and marketing for Michigan.com in Detroit. She also held various sales and management positions for Detroit Newspapers, USA Today, and the Army Times.

Poynter earned a journalism degree at the University of Kentucky and is a committed community leader. She served on the Board of Directors for LEAP, Focus: HOPE board of directors, Michigan Press Association and Greater Lansing United Way.