Making Good: Idaho job changes, recognition and other achievements

Posted By Staff Writer on July 30, 2013

  30 July 2013

Making Good: Idaho job changes, recognition and other achievements


Derek Risso, Ellen Berggren, Jackson Reed, Kathy Peter and Corrie Hugaboom have been named officers of the Idaho Section of the American Water Resources Association for 2013-14. Risso is president, Berggren president-elect, Reed vice president and program chairman, Hugaboom past president, and Peter secretary/treasurer. Risso is a senior associate of ecosystem sciences and has 17 years of experience in watershed management, wildlife ecology, stream ecology, riparian and plant ecology, restoration ecology and environmental education. He has managed and designed species habitat and use assessments for prospective hydroelectric projects in the Pacific Northwest. Risso is manager of the Ecosystem Sciences Foundation, and his experience includes work on programs in Kenya, the United Arab Emirates and Mexico. Berggren is team leader for the Boise Outreach Office of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' Walla Walla District. She has 20 years' experience working on Idaho water resources issues and studies. She has been employed in the private sector, as a study manager for planning studies and Endangered Species Act consultations for the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation and as a preparer of comprehensive state water plans for the Idaho Water Resource Board. Reed is an analyst at WestWater Research. He has written articles for the association journal, Impact, and was one of the first Young Professional members of the board. Reed directed a short documentary highlighting water issues in Western Cape, South Africa. Hugaboom is a civil engineer and environmental planner with 14 years of experience in water resources, environmental permitting and documentation, and hazardous materials. As a project engineer in the HDR office in Boise for eight years, her responsibilities have included water reuse and land application projects, participation in stream restoration projects, development of Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plans and Spill Prevention Control and Countermeasure Plans, coordination of programmatic hazardous materials issues, and field work including site assessments and water, plant tissue and soil vapor sampling. Peter is a volunteer who retired from the U.S. Geological Survey after more than 30 years as a hydrologist in Idaho and other states. Natalya Kojevnikova, of WestWater Research, is the Young Professional member of the board. The association seeks to advance water resources management, research and education. Members are water professionals with diverse backgrounds who help solve water-resource problems.


David E. Smith has been named associate vice president for campus planning and facilities at Boise State University after a national search. Smith is a facilities and operations management executive with 24 years of experience directing facility maintenance, building construction and renovation, and space management and master planning programs. Smith will manage the university's Campus Planning and Facilities division, which is responsible for the maintenance and operations of all buildings on Boise State's campus, as well as planning, design and construction for new buildings and remodeling projects. He will work with campus partners and departments, senior administrators, city and state agencies, design professionals, contractors and the public. Smith's most recent experience includes more than 15 years in facilities management as director of facilities operations at Georgia College and State University, and as associate vice president of facilities management at the Medical College of Georgia. He earned a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology and a master's of business administration degree from Augusta State University. He was awarded the Distinguished Service Award in 2010 from the University System of Georgia, which represents 31 public institutions of higher learning. Terry Bowyer, a biological sciences professor at Idaho State University, has been elected to an honorary membership with the Wildlife Society. Honorary memberships are intended to recognize continuous outstanding service to any area or areas of concern to the society. Any practicing or retired wildlife professional who is a member of The Wildlife Society and has made continuing contributions to the wildlife profession during a long period is eligible for nomination. The Wildlife Society has awarded one to four honorary memberships annually since 1938. Bowyer has 30 years of experience and has studied the ecology, behavior, conservation and management of large mammals across North America. He has amassed 193 publications, most in peer-reviewed journals. He also has been involved in more than 400 presentations at professional meetings. He has won four Outstanding Publication Awards from the Wildlife Society. His bachelor's and master's degrees are from Humboldt State University, and his doctorate is from the University of Michigan. He has held professorial positions at Unity College in Maine and the University of Alaska, Fairbanks. At Idaho State, he is a professor of ecology. He has been at Idaho State for the last nine years. The Wildlife Society works to ensure that wildlife and habitats are conserved through management actions that consider scientific information. Brenda Pettinger has been promoted to assistant vice president for academic affairs at the College of Western Idaho. Pettinger has served as dean of academic affairs at CWI since 2010. Her new responsibilities include oversight of academic programs, including online learning and dual credit as well as the Center for Teaching and Learning. She has 17 years of higher education instruction and leadership experience in Idaho. Pettinger came to CWI in August 2008 as its first faculty chairwoman and was instrumental in shaping the development of academic transfer programs at the college. She has been engaged in the college's regional accreditation process through the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities and will continue leading the academic division in accreditation efforts related to curriculum and program design. She serves on the Idaho State Board of Education task forces on general education reform and transforming remediation. Pettinger is a fifth-generation Idahoan. She earned her associate degree in liberal arts at the College of Southern Idaho, her bachelor's degree in English at Boise State University and her master of arts degree in English at the University of Idaho. She is pursuing a doctorate in education from the U of I.


David Hill, retired deputy director of the Idaho National Laboratory, has been appointed chairman of the Idaho Global Entrepreneurial Mission Council by Gov. Butch Otter. Doug Sayer, CEO of Premier Technology in Idaho Falls and former IGEM chairman, will remain on the council. As the INL's deputy director, Hill was responsible for science and technology strategy and managed nearly $1 billion in research and development programs involving nuclear energy, national security and clean energy. He also oversaw technology transfer. An expert on nuclear reactor and fuel cycle issues, Hill has experience in international nuclear cooperation. He is a member of the State Board of Education's Higher Education Research Council and serves on the board of the Center for Advanced Energy Studies. He has a bachelor's degree in mathematics and a doctorate in mathematical physics from Imperial College, London University, and an MBA from the University of Chicago. The IGEM Council is intended to foster innovation. The council oversees the IGEM Grant Fund, which includes $950,000 appropriated by the Legislature to leverage private-industry guidance and Idaho's research universities to commercialize technologies.

Arts, culture

The Idaho Statesman has received the Boise 150 Enterprise award, Boise Mayor Dave Bieter has announced the 2013 Mayor's Awards for Excellence in Art and History. Presented every two years, the awards honor people, organizations and businesses that have contributed to Boise's artistic and cultural community. “Boise's livability depends on its rich arts and cultural enterprises. This type of environment doesn't just happen — it takes tremendous talent and efforts by dedicated individuals and groups to create the many amenities our city enjoys,” Bieter said. “These awards are an opportunity to thank some of our community's contributors and to recognize their accomplishments.” This year, Bieter added three Boise 150 awards based on the sesquicentennial themes of community, enterprise and environment. The Idaho Statesman received a Boise 150 honor in the enterprise category for reporter Anna Webb's series on 150 Boise icons and the newspaper's series on historic neighborhoods, called Boise's Building Blocks. Other Boise 150 awards were made to Phil Kushlan in the community category and Don Belts and Eric Jensen in the Environment category.

Other 2013 recipients:

Artistic excellence: Boise Contemporary Theater and Kerry Mossman. Excellence in art education: Boise Rock School and Rick Jenkins. Support of the arts: Laura Moore Cunningham Foundation and Susan Smith. Emerging organization: Treefort Music Fest. Business support for the arts: U.S. Bank. Excellence in history: Friends of Jesus Urquides. History education: Kurt Zwolfer. Lifetime achievement: Esther Simplot and Pug Ostling.


Boise gallery owners Barbara and Robert Kaylor were honored when R. Grey Gallery was named a Top 50 Designer Retailer at the JCK Las Vegas Show, one of the largest jewelry shows in the world. The award honors galleries that have strong relationships with jewelry designers. R. Grey Gallery specializes in handcrafted artwork from more than 100 artists across the nation. The gallery has been in business in Downtown for 27 years.