Board of Directors

Merrill Beyeler, Board Member   Merrill a graduate of Boise State, along with his wife Sharal, have enjoyed the unique opportunity to work, play, and raise their family on their ranch located at the Headwaters of the Lemhi River, where Salmon travel 900 miles inland and reach elevations in excess of 6000 feet to spawn. This, the last act in their life cycle, is for the next generation. Merrill believes we, as Idahoan's, have been entrusted with a gift, Idaho's Great Outdoors, and we have an obligation to make sure it remains for the next generation.  Merrill believes Idaho's great outdoors as an economic driver cannot be over estimated. It is the heart and soul of who we are. It defines us as a people. It is our heritage. Their passion, as a family, is to be good stewards of the land. In 2013 Beyeler Ranches LLC received the Bureau of Land Management's National Rangeland Stewardship Award, and the Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission's annual award for Significant Contribution in Support of Pacific Coast Marine Fisheries Resources. In 2015 Merrill, on behalf of their ranch, received the Governor's award for Excellence in Agriculture for Environmental Stewardship.  Merrill is a founding member of the Central Idaho Rangeland Network, Chairman of the Board for the Lemhi Regional Land Trust, and an Advisory Board member for the University of Idaho's Rangeland Center, and Rock Creek Project. Merrill spent twenty-one years teaching and coaching in rural Idaho.

Merrill Beyeler, Board Member

Merrill a graduate of Boise State, along with his wife Sharal, have enjoyed the unique opportunity to work, play, and raise their family on their ranch located at the Headwaters of the Lemhi River, where Salmon travel 900 miles inland and reach elevations in excess of 6000 feet to spawn. This, the last act in their life cycle, is for the next generation. Merrill believes we, as Idahoan's, have been entrusted with a gift, Idaho's Great Outdoors, and we have an obligation to make sure it remains for the next generation.

Merrill believes Idaho's great outdoors as an economic driver cannot be over estimated. It is the heart and soul of who we are. It defines us as a people. It is our heritage. Their passion, as a family, is to be good stewards of the land. In 2013 Beyeler Ranches LLC received the Bureau of Land Management's National Rangeland Stewardship Award, and the Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission's annual award for Significant Contribution in Support of Pacific Coast Marine Fisheries Resources. In 2015 Merrill, on behalf of their ranch, received the Governor's award for Excellence in Agriculture for Environmental Stewardship.

Merrill is a founding member of the Central Idaho Rangeland Network, Chairman of the Board for the Lemhi Regional Land Trust, and an Advisory Board member for the University of Idaho's Rangeland Center, and Rock Creek Project. Merrill spent twenty-one years teaching and coaching in rural Idaho.

Laurel Sayer, Board Member   Laurel is a conservationist. With that comes a fierce dedication and belief in the power of bringing all stakeholders to the table to tackle difficult issues and find solutions. It also includes recognition that business and the environment must work together. As President and Chief Executive Officer of Midas Gold Idaho, Laurel’s passion for the environment and her commitment to collaboration pairs with the company’s commitment to environmental restoration and sustainable mining.  Most recently, Laurel worked as the Executive Director of the Idaho Coalition of Land Trusts and served two years on Midas Gold Corporation’s Board of Directors. She also spent more than two decades working on policy matters with Idaho members of the U.S. Congress, Congressman Mike Simpson and Senator Mike Crapo, with an emphasis on natural resource matters.  Like many in Idaho, Laurel enjoys the outdoors, especially camping in the Boulder White Clouds, mountain biking with her husband or floating one of Idaho’s many rivers.

Laurel Sayer, Board Member

Laurel is a conservationist. With that comes a fierce dedication and belief in the power of bringing all stakeholders to the table to tackle difficult issues and find solutions. It also includes recognition that business and the environment must work together. As President and Chief Executive Officer of Midas Gold Idaho, Laurel’s passion for the environment and her commitment to collaboration pairs with the company’s commitment to environmental restoration and sustainable mining.

Most recently, Laurel worked as the Executive Director of the Idaho Coalition of Land Trusts and served two years on Midas Gold Corporation’s Board of Directors. She also spent more than two decades working on policy matters with Idaho members of the U.S. Congress, Congressman Mike Simpson and Senator Mike Crapo, with an emphasis on natural resource matters.

Like many in Idaho, Laurel enjoys the outdoors, especially camping in the Boulder White Clouds, mountain biking with her husband or floating one of Idaho’s many rivers.

Molly Priest, Board Member    Molly Priest is an entrepreneur and has owned MESA, a marketing and management company, with her husband, for seventeen years. Molly serves on several local boards and committees, is a habitual volunteer, and a lover of nature. Molly was raised in Boise, leaving to attend the Fashion Institute of Technology in NYC and to work in the NY fashion industry, only to return with her young family to raise her two boys surrounded by all the outdoor opportunities Idaho provides. Molly and her family love to ski, hike, trail run, swim, float rivers, boat, fly fish and gather with friends for outdoor adventures. Having chosen to return to her home state, Molly and her husband base their business in Boise to be participants in, and advocates for, all that Idaho’s outdoors offer and the ease of lifestyle afforded in this great community.

Molly Priest, Board Member

Molly Priest is an entrepreneur and has owned MESA, a marketing and management company, with her husband, for seventeen years. Molly serves on several local boards and committees, is a habitual volunteer, and a lover of nature. Molly was raised in Boise, leaving to attend the Fashion Institute of Technology in NYC and to work in the NY fashion industry, only to return with her young family to raise her two boys surrounded by all the outdoor opportunities Idaho provides. Molly and her family love to ski, hike, trail run, swim, float rivers, boat, fly fish and gather with friends for outdoor adventures. Having chosen to return to her home state, Molly and her husband base their business in Boise to be participants in, and advocates for, all that Idaho’s outdoors offer and the ease of lifestyle afforded in this great community.

Ilana Rubel, Board Member    Ilana Rubel serves as the Assistant Minority Leader of the Idaho House of Representatives, where she has represented southeast Boise since 2014. She is a graduate of Georgetown University and Harvard Law School and is a partner in the Silicon Valley-based law firm of Fenwick & West, choosing to work remotely. In addition to serving on the Board of Idaho Business for the Outdoors, Ms. Rubel is a member of the Advisory Board of the Honors College of Boise State University, is a member of the Governor’s Task Force on Higher Education, and is Secretary of the Board of the Bogus Basin Homeowners’ Association. Ilana moved with her family to the beautiful state of Idaho 18 years ago where she loves seeing pristine, beautiful lands that they can explore together, stretching in all directions as far as the eye can see.

Ilana Rubel, Board Member

Ilana Rubel serves as the Assistant Minority Leader of the Idaho House of Representatives, where she has represented southeast Boise since 2014. She is a graduate of Georgetown University and Harvard Law School and is a partner in the Silicon Valley-based law firm of Fenwick & West, choosing to work remotely. In addition to serving on the Board of Idaho Business for the Outdoors, Ms. Rubel is a member of the Advisory Board of the Honors College of Boise State University, is a member of the Governor’s Task Force on Higher Education, and is Secretary of the Board of the Bogus Basin Homeowners’ Association. Ilana moved with her family to the beautiful state of Idaho 18 years ago where she loves seeing pristine, beautiful lands that they can explore together, stretching in all directions as far as the eye can see.

Rhiana Menen, Board Member   Rhiana S. Menen, MD is a clinical and academic surgeon with experience and training in general and laparoscopic surgery, and has particular interest in cancer care, women's health, and cancer prevention. She completed a residency in general surgery, and a fellowship in Breast Surgical Oncology at the MD Anderson Cancer Center. Rhiana is also interested in international and medically underserved populations, and has done medical outreach trips to India, Mexico and Kenya. She moved to Boise in 2016 to work for St. Luke’s, inspired by the open space and natural beauty of Idaho.

Rhiana Menen, Board Member

Rhiana S. Menen, MD is a clinical and academic surgeon with experience and training in general and laparoscopic surgery, and has particular interest in cancer care, women's health, and cancer prevention. She completed a residency in general surgery, and a fellowship in Breast Surgical Oncology at the MD Anderson Cancer Center. Rhiana is also interested in international and medically underserved populations, and has done medical outreach trips to India, Mexico and Kenya. She moved to Boise in 2016 to work for St. Luke’s, inspired by the open space and natural beauty of Idaho.

Lori Outen Shandro, Board Member

Lori moved to Idaho in January of 2000 after growing up, attending university and starting her career in the bigger cities along the West coast. She moved here for what she recognized as a better quality of life.

Lori worked as a tax CPA with Deloitte for 5 years before starting her health insurance agency, The Shandro Group, in 2001. In 2011, in addition to running her agency, she was one of the founders of the Treefort Music Fest. The goal of Treefort was to bring more emerging artist to Boise so people didn't have to travel to see them. She still serves as co-founder and producer.

Lori and her family love access to Idaho's outdoors - from the lakes and rivers in the summer, to the ski resorts in the winter.

 
Alyson Foster, Board Member   A partner at Idaho law firm Andersen Schwartzman Woodard Brailsford (ASWB), Alyson Foster represents businesses and individuals in litigation, arbitration, mediation, advice and counseling. She has counseled her clients and obtained relief for them in many areas: contracts, business disputes, fiduciary issues, trade secrets, insurance recovery, employment counseling, and employment disputes. Alyson also advises on employment policies, business contracts, and litigation risk management. She is a graduate of University of California, Berkeley and University of Michigan Law School. Before moving to Idaho, Alyson worked at litigation boutiques in Washington, D.C. and Salt Lake City, Utah. She also served as a law clerk for the Honorable Sidney R. Thomas of the U.S. Court of Appeals of the Ninth Circuit.  Alyson is passionate about the outdoors and even married a park ranger to demonstrate her commitment. They are happiest outside.

Alyson Foster, Board Member

A partner at Idaho law firm Andersen Schwartzman Woodard Brailsford (ASWB), Alyson Foster represents businesses and individuals in litigation, arbitration, mediation, advice and counseling. She has counseled her clients and obtained relief for them in many areas: contracts, business disputes, fiduciary issues, trade secrets, insurance recovery, employment counseling, and employment disputes. Alyson also advises on employment policies, business contracts, and litigation risk management. She is a graduate of University of California, Berkeley and University of Michigan Law School. Before moving to Idaho, Alyson worked at litigation boutiques in Washington, D.C. and Salt Lake City, Utah. She also served as a law clerk for the Honorable Sidney R. Thomas of the U.S. Court of Appeals of the Ninth Circuit.

Alyson is passionate about the outdoors and even married a park ranger to demonstrate her commitment. They are happiest outside.

Don Schwabe, Board Member  Don has over 25 years of experience in the wood products industry, focused primarily in the engineered wood segment. After earning a bachelor’s degree in forest products and a master’s degree in management, Don joined Boise based Trus Joist Corporation in 1994. He stayed with the business after the acquisition by Weyerhaeuser Company in 2000. During that time, he served in several management roles, including Director of Sales and Marketing accountable for $750m in sales. In 2014, Don transitioned to RedBuilt, LLC where he has served as VP Sales, COO, and currently as President. Throughout his career Don has focused on building strong teams by establishing trust, setting clear goals, and leading by example. Don’s favorite outdoor interests are hiking and fly fishing.  An interesting fact about Don: in 2010 Don donated part of his liver to his wife, Heather, who was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer. Today, Heather is cancer free and active in the Boise community.

Don Schwabe, Board Member

Don has over 25 years of experience in the wood products industry, focused primarily in the engineered wood segment. After earning a bachelor’s degree in forest products and a master’s degree in management, Don joined Boise based Trus Joist Corporation in 1994. He stayed with the business after the acquisition by Weyerhaeuser Company in 2000. During that time, he served in several management roles, including Director of Sales and Marketing accountable for $750m in sales. In 2014, Don transitioned to RedBuilt, LLC where he has served as VP Sales, COO, and currently as President. Throughout his career Don has focused on building strong teams by establishing trust, setting clear goals, and leading by example. Don’s favorite outdoor interests are hiking and fly fishing.

An interesting fact about Don: in 2010 Don donated part of his liver to his wife, Heather, who was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer. Today, Heather is cancer free and active in the Boise community.

Joanna Madden, Board Member   Joanna Madden has a background in leading entrepreneurial organizations and projects from concept to realization. A 13-year veteran of the outdoor products industry, her career spans strategic marketing, branding, product development and management and global sourcing. Her consulting agency, Mad Leap, LLC provided support to start-up enterprises in business planning, efficient growth solutions and customer relationship management. She is a resource for non-profits, tribal entities and strategic planning for local governments in her current role at Agnew Beck Consulting. A native to the Pacific Northwest, Joanna has lived with her family in Idaho for over 18 years, where she enjoys skiing, trail running, mountain biking, paddle-boarding and camping.

Joanna Madden, Board Member

Joanna Madden has a background in leading entrepreneurial organizations and projects from concept to realization. A 13-year veteran of the outdoor products industry, her career spans strategic marketing, branding, product development and management and global sourcing. Her consulting agency, Mad Leap, LLC provided support to start-up enterprises in business planning, efficient growth solutions and customer relationship management. She is a resource for non-profits, tribal entities and strategic planning for local governments in her current role at Agnew Beck Consulting. A native to the Pacific Northwest, Joanna has lived with her family in Idaho for over 18 years, where she enjoys skiing, trail running, mountain biking, paddle-boarding and camping.

Karen Miller, Board Member  Karen S. Miller, MD earned her bachelor's degree in English from Goshen College and her master's degree in English from Wright State University. She taught high school and college English before embarking on a career in medicine. She completed her internal medicine internship and residency at Loma Linda University Medical Center. Dr. Miller served as chief medical resident at Jerry L. Pettis VA Medical Center in Loma Linda, and performed her pulmonary-critical care fellowship at the University of New Mexico.  Dr. Miller’s father’s family hails from Twin Falls, Idaho. Feeling the need to connect to her roots and share Idaho’s outdoor spaces and limitless recreational opportunities with her family, Dr. Miller moved her family to Boise in 2008.

Karen Miller, Board Member

Karen S. Miller, MD earned her bachelor's degree in English from Goshen College and her master's degree in English from Wright State University. She taught high school and college English before embarking on a career in medicine. She completed her internal medicine internship and residency at Loma Linda University Medical Center. Dr. Miller served as chief medical resident at Jerry L. Pettis VA Medical Center in Loma Linda, and performed her pulmonary-critical care fellowship at the University of New Mexico.

Dr. Miller’s father’s family hails from Twin Falls, Idaho. Feeling the need to connect to her roots and share Idaho’s outdoor spaces and limitless recreational opportunities with her family, Dr. Miller moved her family to Boise in 2008.

Hollis Brookover, Board Member  Hollis Brookover is a 3rd generation Boisean. She grew up on the Bench and graduated from Borah High School. Throughout her childhood, she spent many a day skiing at Bogus, climbing Camel's Back and exploring the lakes and rivers of Idaho. In her early years, Hollis worked in the family business, Brookover's retail stores for women's apparel. She left Boise to attend Smith College where she received a BA in Government.  For the next 23 years, Hollis worked in public affairs, campaign management and non-profit development. Her career opportunities took her to Dallas, Washington DC, Los Angeles and Hong Kong. She returned to Boise with her husband Milt and son Samuel in 2002. They purchased Mariposa Labs, a private label soap and lotion manufacturing firm. Shortly afterward, Hollis started a branded bath and body business called Morningside LLC that quickly achieved broad distribution across the US and in Canada  Like her parents before her, Hollis is an entrepreneur. And, like them she believes in investing her time, talent and resources to make Idaho thrive. Recognizing the need for the public to understand the impact of state policy on our children's success, Hollis founded Idaho Voices for Children (IVC) in 2005 - a statewide advocacy organization for child health, education and economic security. She continued to advocate for good educational policy at the Statehouse as the Vice President of Idaho Business for Education. Currently, she serves on the boards of the Idaho Shakespeare Festival where she is Vice President of Board Operations and serves on the Executive Committee and The Cabin. She is on the program committee of the City Club of Boise and is a founder and member of Idaho Women in Action.

Hollis Brookover, Board Member

Hollis Brookover is a 3rd generation Boisean. She grew up on the Bench and graduated from Borah High School. Throughout her childhood, she spent many a day skiing at Bogus, climbing Camel's Back and exploring the lakes and rivers of Idaho. In her early years, Hollis worked in the family business, Brookover's retail stores for women's apparel. She left Boise to attend Smith College where she received a BA in Government.

For the next 23 years, Hollis worked in public affairs, campaign management and non-profit development. Her career opportunities took her to Dallas, Washington DC, Los Angeles and Hong Kong. She returned to Boise with her husband Milt and son Samuel in 2002. They purchased Mariposa Labs, a private label soap and lotion manufacturing firm. Shortly afterward, Hollis started a branded bath and body business called Morningside LLC that quickly achieved broad distribution across the US and in Canada

Like her parents before her, Hollis is an entrepreneur. And, like them she believes in investing her time, talent and resources to make Idaho thrive. Recognizing the need for the public to understand the impact of state policy on our children's success, Hollis founded Idaho Voices for Children (IVC) in 2005 - a statewide advocacy organization for child health, education and economic security. She continued to advocate for good educational policy at the Statehouse as the Vice President of Idaho Business for Education. Currently, she serves on the boards of the Idaho Shakespeare Festival where she is Vice President of Board Operations and serves on the Executive Committee and The Cabin. She is on the program committee of the City Club of Boise and is a founder and member of Idaho Women in Action.

John Stevens, Board Member  John Stevens has been in commercial sales and leasing since 1997, starting in San Francisco with Trammell Crow Company. John is a partner at Thornton Oliver Keller Commercial Real Estate in Boise and was instrumental in the formation of the firm’s Investment Services Group. He provides his clients with sales & lease transaction management and financial analysis related to commercial real estate transactions. He graduated from the University of California, Berkeley with a BA Degree in Geography with a focus on Economic Geography & a BS Degree in Conservation and Resource Studies. John is active in many non-profits, including positions on the Executive & Loan Committees of Capital Matrix (SBA 504 lending), as an Investment Sales Co-Chair of the Retail Brokers Network, and on the Boise Metro Chamber of Commerce Financial Advisory Services Board. He is a former Chair of the Board for Foothills School of Arts & Sciences in Boise. John resides in Boise, Idaho with his wife and two children where they enjoy hiking, skiing, snowboarding,, mountain biking and morel mushroom hunting as frequently as possible.

John Stevens, Board Member

John Stevens has been in commercial sales and leasing since 1997, starting in San Francisco with Trammell Crow Company. John is a partner at Thornton Oliver Keller Commercial Real Estate in Boise and was instrumental in the formation of the firm’s Investment Services Group. He provides his clients with sales & lease transaction management and financial analysis related to commercial real estate transactions. He graduated from the University of California, Berkeley with a BA Degree in Geography with a focus on Economic Geography & a BS Degree in Conservation and Resource Studies. John is active in many non-profits, including positions on the Executive & Loan Committees of Capital Matrix (SBA 504 lending), as an Investment Sales Co-Chair of the Retail Brokers Network, and on the Boise Metro Chamber of Commerce Financial Advisory Services Board. He is a former Chair of the Board for Foothills School of Arts & Sciences in Boise. John resides in Boise, Idaho with his wife and two children where they enjoy hiking, skiing, snowboarding,, mountain biking and morel mushroom hunting as frequently as possible.

Eric Ritter, Board Member    As Co-General Counsel, Eric Ritter, a native Idahoan, manages the day-to-day operations of Scentsy's legal department with a focus on maintaining compliance with laws and regulations. Eric graduated magna cum laude from Brigham Young University in 2005 before moving across the country to attend Harvard Law School, where he served as president of the Environmental Law Society, worked on the Harvard Environmental Law Journal and founded the Harvard Law Ski Club (yes, it's a real thing!). He graduated in 2009 and moved back home to Idaho.

Eric Ritter, Board Member

As Co-General Counsel, Eric Ritter, a native Idahoan, manages the day-to-day operations of Scentsy's legal department with a focus on maintaining compliance with laws and regulations. Eric graduated magna cum laude from Brigham Young University in 2005 before moving across the country to attend Harvard Law School, where he served as president of the Environmental Law Society, worked on the Harvard Environmental Law Journal and founded the Harvard Law Ski Club (yes, it's a real thing!). He graduated in 2009 and moved back home to Idaho.

Eric Bjorkman, Board Member  Eric is an attorney with Albertsons Companies and a 40+ year resident of Idaho. He has an undergraduate degree from Dartmouth College and a law degree from the University of Idaho College of Law. Eric has served with a number of non-profits in the community, and is a former Board Chair of Big Brothers Big Sisters. Eric loves the abundance and accessibility of Idaho’s outdoors. It’s the reason he makes Idaho home. Eric can regularly be found running and riding the trails around Boise. He and his wife Kristin have two daughters. They all enjoy travel, skiing, golf, and camping.

Eric Bjorkman, Board Member

Eric is an attorney with Albertsons Companies and a 40+ year resident of Idaho. He has an undergraduate degree from Dartmouth College and a law degree from the University of Idaho College of Law. Eric has served with a number of non-profits in the community, and is a former Board Chair of Big Brothers Big Sisters. Eric loves the abundance and accessibility of Idaho’s outdoors. It’s the reason he makes Idaho home. Eric can regularly be found running and riding the trails around Boise. He and his wife Kristin have two daughters. They all enjoy travel, skiing, golf, and camping.

 

Staff

Heather Parkinson Dermott, Executive Director   Idaho native, Heather Parkinson Dermott, is a published author, entrepreneur, and the Executive Director for Idaho Business for the Outdoors. She received her MFA in film production from the University of Southern California where she worked on a number of award winning short films and documentaries that screened internationally. She and her husband, returned to Idaho to raise their small children close to family and with better access to the outdoors. She co-founded and was CEO of Willoop LLC, a Boise based mobile and web platform supporting the creation and storage of advance directives: living wills and durable power of attorney. She is also the published author of a historical fiction novel,  Across Open Ground , set in the Wood River Valley of Idaho during WWI.  In her role as Executive Director of Idaho Business for the Outdoors, Heather is honored to bring business leaders together to create a nonpartisan, pro-outdoors business community that can help preserve Idaho’s lands and waters. She is thrilled to be raising her family in Idaho where they enjoy hiking, fly fishing, and biking.

Heather Parkinson Dermott, Executive Director

Idaho native, Heather Parkinson Dermott, is a published author, entrepreneur, and the Executive Director for Idaho Business for the Outdoors. She received her MFA in film production from the University of Southern California where she worked on a number of award winning short films and documentaries that screened internationally. She and her husband, returned to Idaho to raise their small children close to family and with better access to the outdoors. She co-founded and was CEO of Willoop LLC, a Boise based mobile and web platform supporting the creation and storage of advance directives: living wills and durable power of attorney. She is also the published author of a historical fiction novel, Across Open Ground, set in the Wood River Valley of Idaho during WWI.

In her role as Executive Director of Idaho Business for the Outdoors, Heather is honored to bring business leaders together to create a nonpartisan, pro-outdoors business community that can help preserve Idaho’s lands and waters. She is thrilled to be raising her family in Idaho where they enjoy hiking, fly fishing, and biking.

Dick Jordan, Project and Education Director   Dick Jordan is a lifelong biologist, outdoor educator/enthusiast, and river rat. In 2015, he retired from Timberline High after 35 years teaching biology, chemistry and environmental science. Dick introduced both regular and AP Environmental Science into the Boise School District and was selected by the China Environmental Global Alliance to teach environmental science to master teachers in Beijing, China. He has won many awards; including the Presidential Award for Excellence in Math & Science Teaching, the Governor’s Award for Innovative Teaching in STEM, Siemens Advanced Placement Award, NABT’s Outstanding Biology Teacher Award, and Defenders of Wildlife’s Environmental Hero Award. Dick has written over two dozen grants to fund his many innovative projects; including TREE (an ecology/outdoor club network), Outside Day, LifeOutdoors, Campfire Connection, and a district-wide sustainability program. He has taken students on countless field trips during his career; including multi-day whitewater rafting trips on the Salmon, Snake & Payette Rivers and 15 student groups to Belize and Ecuador. Needless to say, he is totally committed to getting kids outdoors and excited about nature & related careers. Dick loves whitewater rafting (having guided for over 40 years), mountain biking, fishing, hiking and helping his wife, Julie, make their small urban farm and mountain cabin more self-sufficient.

Dick Jordan, Project and Education Director

Dick Jordan is a lifelong biologist, outdoor educator/enthusiast, and river rat. In 2015, he retired from Timberline High after 35 years teaching biology, chemistry and environmental science. Dick introduced both regular and AP Environmental Science into the Boise School District and was selected by the China Environmental Global Alliance to teach environmental science to master teachers in Beijing, China. He has won many awards; including the Presidential Award for Excellence in Math & Science Teaching, the Governor’s Award for Innovative Teaching in STEM, Siemens Advanced Placement Award, NABT’s Outstanding Biology Teacher Award, and Defenders of Wildlife’s Environmental Hero Award. Dick has written over two dozen grants to fund his many innovative projects; including TREE (an ecology/outdoor club network), Outside Day, LifeOutdoors, Campfire Connection, and a district-wide sustainability program. He has taken students on countless field trips during his career; including multi-day whitewater rafting trips on the Salmon, Snake & Payette Rivers and 15 student groups to Belize and Ecuador. Needless to say, he is totally committed to getting kids outdoors and excited about nature & related careers. Dick loves whitewater rafting (having guided for over 40 years), mountain biking, fishing, hiking and helping his wife, Julie, make their small urban farm and mountain cabin more self-sufficient.


Marissa Warren, Economics Intern   Marissa relocated from Sacramento, California to Boise in 2015 to pursue an Economics B.A. with an environmental emphasis and minors in sustainability and political science from Boise State University.  During her time at Boise State, Marissa worked as a research technician under Dr. Lee Parton (P.h.D.), a natural resource economist, conducting research on water quality in North Carolina. She also worked with a team to develop the 2019 Sustainability Report for the College of Business and Education, College of Health Sciences, and School of Public Service. Currently, Marissa works as an energy policy analyst for the Idaho Governor's Office of Energy and Mineral Resources. She allocates the rest of her time to Idaho Business for the Outdoors as an economic intern.  A note from Marissa: "When I first began studying in Idaho I quickly recognized the immense value and opportunities surrounding our public lands in recreation, business, education and health. Idaho Business for the Outdoors is the first group proactively acknowledging this value and working towards collaboration in realizing the full potential of Idaho's Outdoors. The discussions sparked by Idaho Business for the Outdoors are the sort of communications that will lead us to a successful future. I am proud to be apart of such an organization."

Marissa Warren, Economics Intern

Marissa relocated from Sacramento, California to Boise in 2015 to pursue an Economics B.A. with an environmental emphasis and minors in sustainability and political science from Boise State University.

During her time at Boise State, Marissa worked as a research technician under Dr. Lee Parton (P.h.D.), a natural resource economist, conducting research on water quality in North Carolina. She also worked with a team to develop the 2019 Sustainability Report for the College of Business and Education, College of Health Sciences, and School of Public Service. Currently, Marissa works as an energy policy analyst for the Idaho Governor's Office of Energy and Mineral Resources. She allocates the rest of her time to Idaho Business for the Outdoors as an economic intern.

A note from Marissa: "When I first began studying in Idaho I quickly recognized the immense value and opportunities surrounding our public lands in recreation, business, education and health. Idaho Business for the Outdoors is the first group proactively acknowledging this value and working towards collaboration in realizing the full potential of Idaho's Outdoors. The discussions sparked by Idaho Business for the Outdoors are the sort of communications that will lead us to a successful future. I am proud to be apart of such an organization."