Class of 2017
Leadership Coeur d’Alene 2017 A program of the Coeur d’Alene Chamber of Commerce
Statement and Purpose To identify citizens of the area who have demonstrated the potential for leadership; to provide information which will develop knowledge and understanding of our community, its complexities and its potential; to create an opportunity for participants to meet and exchange ideas with current community/ area leaders; to motivate participants to pursue leadership roles in the community; and to provide participants an opportunity to network and discuss issues in an informal and learning environment.
Program of Work •
To recruit, select and graduate a quality class of future leaders.
Focus on differentiating Leadership Coeur d’Alene from all competitive Leadership programs in the region.
Focus on ensuring that Leadership Coeur d’Alene is THE premiere Leadership program in the State of Idaho.
Involve the community’s youth into the program to not only help shape and retain our future leaders but to learn from them as well.
Schedule retreat for Leadership Committee and perform S.W.O.T. analysis in order to develop a strategy for the next decade.
Redesign Mission and Vision Statement – focusing on increasing value of the program to Chamber members and the Community.
Determine what is uniquely marketable and improve awareness of the program through exposure in the media.
Actively engage past Leadership Graduates in keeping them involved with Chamber events, activities and programs.
Increase financial position of the Toni Sayler Leadership Scholarship fund.
2017 Leadership Coeur d’Alene Committee Members
Ann Thomas - Chair Leadership Coeur d’Alene
Dustin Ainsworth Jaime Arnold Laura L. Aschenbrener John Baldeck Benjamin Drake Katie Hunt Vicki Isakson Charlie Linder Alivia Metts Mike Nelson Pam Pratt Brad Rasor Heidi Rogers Craig Sumey Ann Thomas Britt Towery Mike Ward Anna Wilson Brenda Brookholtz
Kootenai Title Pacific Source Health Plans Witherspoon Kelley, Attorneys & Counselors KMS Financial Services Pita Pit USA Numerica Credit Union Idaho Department of Labor Kootenai Health Emsi Coeur d’Alene School District Coeur d’Alene School District bankcda Northwest Council for Computer Education First Presbyterian Church Mountain West Bank Kootenai Health Mike Ward, Coldwell Banker Schneidmiller Realty Coeur d’Alene School District Pita Pit USA
2017 Class Sessions
uring their year in Leadership Coeur d’Alene, class members attended a variety of lectures, demonstrations, tours and activities that allowed them to gain a better understanding of our community. The class met one day per month, with each day focused on a different community theme. They discussed a variety of issues with community leaders, participated in team building exercises and were introduced to businesses and organizations in Coeur d’Alene that have been key factors in our area’s history, development and daily life. Members from the Leadership Class of 2016 were in charge of planning each session, taking into consideration their personal experiences in the program. This task allows former classmates to put their skills to work and demonstrate their growth in leadership. At the end of each day, the class conducted a “Best of the Best” discussion, where they looked at the pros and cons throughout the day and provided suggestions for the future. The comments from each day were collected and used at the Class Retreat to help plan the 2018 Leadership program. The following provide a summary of each day through Leadership 2017. The Leadership Committee thanks all of the community members who have supported the Leadership program throughout the years and have made this experience possible for hundreds of future leaders.
Ice Breaker March 9, 2017 Session Planners: Katie Brereton[Chair] Kelsey Moen Therese Goodwin Ryan Lewis Ryan Bones Chris Martin Peter Howard
Lake City Law Group Idaho Chamber Select Idaho Central Credit Union STRATA Beyond Bones Chiropractic North Idaho College PayneWest Insurance
Wade Jacklin Tiffany Morrett Shane Greenfield Kent Green Bridget Carter Troy Braga
Century 21 Butler & Assoc. Heritage Health Coldwell Banker Schneidmiller Realty Washington Trust Bank Merrill Lynch
Steve Wilson Chamber President/CEO Ann Thomas Leadership Board Chair Toni Sayler Toni Sayler Scholarship Don Callister Coeur d’Alene High School Leadership Instructor Mayor Steve Widmyer City of Coeur d’Alene
To meet classmates and learn about Leadership CDA.
Meeting for the first time, Leadership Class of 2017 shook hands with one another and enjoyed hors d’oeuvres and wine for the Icebreaker session at Coeur d’Alene Chamber of Commerce. After an intense round of “getting to know you Bingo” the class of 2016 introduced themselves and explained each role they held, favorite moments of the previous year and their thoughts on the program. We finished the day with a clever game to help everyone remember names and picked nicknames that will haunt us the next two years. Everyone left excited and eager to start this great adventure.
Setting the Stage March 23, 2017 Session Planners: Katie Brereton[Chair] Kelsey Moen Therese Goodwin Ryan Lewis Ryan Bones Chris Martin Peter Howard
Robert Singletary Norm Gissel Sandy Emerson Marcee Hartzell
Lake City Law Group Idaho Chamber Select Idaho Central Credit Union STRATA Beyond Bones Chiropractic North Idaho College PayneWest Insurance
Wade Jacklin Tiffany Morrett Shane Greenfield Kent Green Bridget Carter Troy S. Braga
Century 21 Butler & Assoc. Heritage Health Coldwell Banker Schneidmiller Realty Washington Trust Bank Merrill Lynch
Museum of North Idaho Attorney Emerson Valuation CDA 2030
To acquaint the class with the history and heritage of Coeur d’Alene.
Hang on tight; we aren’t slowing down for anyone! Today was an action-packed, fun-filled adventure with something for everyone. Robert Singletary, Historian and Marketing Director for the Museum of North Idaho, began the day with his presentation “Our Rich History,” outlining the highlights of Coeur d’Alene’s history since 1830. Mr. Singletary literally ‘wrote the book’ on the history of Coeur d’Alene, a French derivative loosely translating to “people with hearts as sharp as an awl.” Coeur d’Alene has been shaped by a multitude of factors, including the local native tribes, European settlers, transcontinental railroad pioneers, the American Civil War, folks with Gold Fever (followed by Silver Fever), the booming lumber industry in 1898, and too many fires to count.
The tour ended at the Fort Grounds Chapel, the birthplace of “undressing the Christmas tree,” a Christmas tradition that brought smiles to many Coeur d’Alene children. All aboard! The bus to the Museum of North Idaho leaves with or without you at 10:10am sharp. QUEUE PICTURE (worth a thousand words): that’s what it would take to recap all the historical treasures on display at the museum. The first visit for most, but will not be the last. Dubstep back on the bus for a guided tour (three guesses who the tour guide was) of downtown Coeur d’Alene and Sanders Beach, which brought “Our Rich History” to life. Pause for a brief lunch break at the Greenbriar Inn, owned and operated by Kris and Bob McIIvenna. The structure was built in 1908 and remained a boarding house for 20 years. Kris and Bob purchased the Inn in 1984 and, after removing tasteful exterior paint, opened in 1985 as a Bed and Breakfast, something unheard of in Coeur d’Alene at that time. Fun-tivities continued after a delicious lunch, including nominating officer positions and a personality quiz, where we all learned that the “red personality” was best (just kidding). Next, Sandy Emerson and Norm Gissel shared their perspectives of Coeur d’Alene from the 60’s to present. Key discussion points included hydroplane boat races, political tension, the Aryan Nations (Norm – “Nazis are on my short list”), rise and fall of the mining and timber industries, rural development, and academic advances. How do we influence Coeur d’Alene? Start simple, learn by doing, learn by listening, respect viewpoints, travel, enjoy what you do, and lead by example. Marcee Harzell shared the “Vision 2030” plan: 180 action items inspired by collective ideas of the Coeur d’Alene community.
Health Care Day April 27, 2017
Session Planners: Tiffany Morrett [Chair] Troy Braga Don Maryon Dr. Katie Martin Dr. Ryan Bones
Heritage Health Merrill Lynch Community 1st Bank Avondale Dental Beyond Bones Chiropractic
Dr. Becca Siemers Kootenai Health Family Jeremy Evans Kootenai Health Mike Baker Heritage Health Una Alderman North Idaho Advanced Care Rick Rasmussen Northwest Specialty Hospital Lisa Bunker Kootenai Health Lynn Thompson Department of Health & Welfare Kim Anderson Kootenai Health Derek Miller Kootenai Health Whitney M. Fehringer Kootenai Health
Jason Crouse Senator Mary Souza Dr. Ryan Bones Dr. Kory Wilson Dr. Joseph Abate TJ Bryne Dr. Regina Prindle Sarah McCracken Cindy Reed
Kootenai Health District 4, Coeur d’Alene Beyond Bones Chiropractic Avondale Dental Heritage Health Heritage Health Heritage Health Hospice of North Idaho Hospice of North Idaho
To educate the leadership class about the available health care resources and to make a personal commitment to health and wellness.
We started bright and early at 7am on The Kootenai Health campus with a blood draw and health analysis to cap off our Kootenai Health Biometric Assessment. Thank goodness for the bacon and eggs for breakfast! “It doesn’t get more relevant than local healthcare, and that’s what today is all about,” said Troy Braga of Merrill Lynch, one of the day’s organizers. Dr. Becca Siemers, Faculty and Attending Physician for KH Family Residency Program was first up, presenting the facts about Idaho’s primary care retention stats, which are abysmal. Many new doctors are leaving the Inland NW for other more lucrative locales. However, with the introduction of the WWAMI network, primary care physician retention went up to 75% within the network. Dr. Siemers shared that Idaho is 49th per capita for MD’s and hopes that the WWMAI network can change those numbers. Next up was Jeremy Evans, Executive VP of Operations at KH. With more than 3000 employees and the 3rd largest hospital in Idaho (with the busiest ER in the state) and a 450 million budget--Jeremy’s got his work cut out for him. “We need to operate selfsufficiently, and we’ve chosen not to ask for community taxes since 1995,” he says. Mike Baker, CEO for Heritage Health—formerly Dirne Community Health—wants us to remember that “what we do is primary care and we feel we have something to offer everyone, not just the uninsured and poor.” Mike has seen a lot of growth with Heritage and has overseen
the introduction of new programs to address diabetes, obesity, and depression in the community. Next, North Idaho Advanced Care Hospital’s Heidi Frazier decoded some commonly used lingo when talking about specialty hospitals, clinics, community-based and nonprofit services. For example, LATCH stands for Long Term Acute Care Hospital—exactly what North Idaho Advanced Care Hospital is and what the differences are between their facilities and traditional hospitals like KH. Rick Rasmussen, CEO of Northwest Specialty Hospital was up next and infused a comedy into his presentation, fortifying us for the long day ahead with his “Rick-isms.” Born and raised in CDA, Rick presented his take on healthcare in the area and the need for places like NW Specialty Hospital. “Competition makes us all better,” he shared. Lisa Bunker, Chemical Dependency Manager for KH, was up next and shared some downright disturbing statistics. “District 1 has the highest suicide rate in the state of Idaho.” The Chemical Dependency Program of KH is a 16-bed unit providing patient rehab services for those suffering from alcohol and drug dependency. Opioid addiction is on the rise all over the US and right here in North Idaho. While this issue is certainly a medical one, Lisa also sees it as a cultural problem. “The whole world lives in pain, why do Americans think they shouldn’t have to?” During lunch, Whitney Fehringer and Jason Crouse of Kootenai Health delivered the biometric assessment results and discussed the findings. We passed! Children’s Mental Health was next on the docket, and nobody knows it better than Lynn Thompson, of Idaho Health and Welfare. Lynn chairs the Children’s Mental Health Program for Region 1 and discussed the difference between state facilities and private programs. Lynn has seen great results with the “Love and Limits: curriculum specifically within the criminal justice environment. “We’ve seen a 78% success rate with this parenting model for out of control kids.”
Next, it was time for our tour of the KH campus-which is undergoing a $57 million expansion in several key areas. Kim Anderson, Director of Marketing and Communications and Derek Miller, Facility Planning and Property Management Director was our knowledgeable guides to areas not even open yet. The new ER will decrease wait time and increase effective traffic flow while the phase 2 surgery expansion got the most oohs and awes with its multi-million dollar OR. State Senator Mary Souza stopped by to answer questions ranging from the proposed healthcare changes in DC to Idaho’s private DO school opening in Meridian. Senator Souza was a critical care RN and Nursing Instructor for ten years and knows first-hand the doctor shortage the Inland NW has and is in favor of the private medical schools popping up all over the West. Leadership Alum and Chiropractor Dr. Ryan Bones spoke about how his practice is a bit different from the rest. “I’m more a doctor of the nervous system than of the spine,” he shared. When he is not caring for patients at his practice, Dr. Bones (which is his real name BTW) travels nationally to speaking engagements on chiropractic and entrepreneurship, including two TEDx talks. Dr. Kory Wilson of Avondale Dental was up next to talk about the rapidly changing field of dentistry, not only in CDA but across the country. Technology is making procedures easier and less painful—something dentists and patients can get behind. Dr. Wilson also touched on the impact that large corporate dental outfits (think Willamette Dental) are having on solo practices, especially in small cities like CDA-which has seen a 20% decrease in these types of offices in the last ten years. Dr. Joseph Abate, Chief Medical Officer of Heritage Health, likened the current healthcare model to “not knowing you have to put oil in your car.” Dr. Abate shared that 50 years ago less than 1% of the US had diabetes, while today that number is about 10%. Dr. Abate has maintained his “mind-body-spirit” philosophy in his practice over the last three decades and helped the KROC Center launch its KROC Rx Program. “Health care providers must provide pathways to health,” he insisted. Additionally, those pathways must be easy for people to access, with a lot of support and encouragement for the patient to truly make a life change. Next, we were treated to a tour of the Heritage Health Mobile Clinic—Homeless Outreach by TJ Byrne and the School-based Mobile Clinic by Dr. Regina Prindle. These vital services speak to the heart of what Dr. Abate spoke of—getting services to people in a way they can access. The Homeless Outreach program, headed by TJ Bryne FA-C, offers a variety of medical and mental Health services free of charge. In addition, the school-based mobile clinic parks outside of select schools, allows students to access resources they might not otherwise have the ability to. We then traveled to Hospice of North Idaho location in Hayden ID to round out the day. Cindy Reed and Sarah McCracken gave us tours of the facilities and allowed us to see what a hospice stay entails, not only for the patients but the family as well.
Media Day May 25, 2017
Session Planners: Shane Greenfield[Chair] Trina Caudle Peter Howard Laszlo Suto Courtney Beach
Nils Rosdahl Mike Patrick John Baechler Patty Shea Debbie Simock Chief Chris Way Captain Dave Hagar Rene Reyes Casey Lund
Coldwell Banker Schneidmiller Realty CDA School District #271 PayneWest Insurance Inland Northwest Bank Big Dog RV
North Idaho College, Coeur d’Alene Press Coeur d’Alene Press Hanna & Associates Avista Avista Kootenai County EMS Coeur d’Alene Police Department Parker Auto Group Good Morning Northwest
To better understand how an effective leader must communicate efficiently and strategically with the media.
We kicked off the day right on time with a presentation by Nils Rosdahl, columnist for the CDA Press, retired NIC Journalism Instructor and all around kooky guy. Nils explained journalism isn’t just reporting and writing, but also involves editing, photography, page design, and broadcasting. Interestingly enough, he explained that the non-verbal we use in communication is 8090% of what makes a good story, and account for most first impressions. Mike Patrick, an editor for the CDA Press, followed Nils with his presentation on the role press plays in the community. Mike explained how the relationship between the media and the public has changed in the last year. Mike also shared stories of working with the paper’s owner Duane Hagadone and disagreeing with him from time to time. In his opinion, local and city papers should focus on local news rather than international news; for your international news, read the New York Times or USA Today. “my wife has me hooked on the Christian Science Monitor,” Mike admitted. Next, we followed Mike to 2nd Street and took a walking tour of the CDA Press building and production facility. The process of creating newspapers included writing, designing, printing, bundling, and a whole room full of moving equipment, computers, and hardworking people. Not a place to wear anything white! We then headed back to Sherman to hear from John Baechler, VP and Creative Director for Hanna & Associates. John spoke to us about the communicating authentically in a distrustful world. He also showed us some examples of this in his work—the North Quest Casino spots had everyone nodding in agreement and laughing out loud.
We stopped for a brief lunch sponsored by Pita Pit and continued with Patty Shea and Debbie Simock of AVISTA. Debbie, the Senior Communications Manager, spoke of how communication with customers and the public changed dramatically between the Ice Storm of 1996 and the Wind Storm of 2015. “Social media opened up a whole new world of communication with our customers and changed our relationship with traditional media outlets. We reached 1.5 million with social media posts during the Wind Storm.” Patty reiterated that even though the channels of how we receive information is changing some things don’t. “Relationships are HUGE,” she said, “And you better know your message points!”
“It’s all about taking ownership of the Parker Culture and Community; it’s what makes Parker a great place to work.” Casey Lund of Good Morning Northwest on KXLY was called out on a breaking news story and could not join us; however, his colleague Katie Currie was able to fill in last minute. She dished some behind the scenes info on how they decide which stories air to who produces it. We had fun asking her all sorts of questions from the weirdest public interactions to fun pranks they played on each other in the news room. All in all a great way to wrap up the day!
Next up was Chief of Kootenai County EMS Chris Way who shared his insights on how to work with the media in times of crisis. “Develop a definition of transparency for your organization and then stick to it.” He also talked about how strategic messaging includes keeping it simple, mean what you say and say what you mean, and always try to reaffirm your core values. We then broke into smaller groups and had 5 minutes to create a communication plan for mock crisis situations (that were eerily familiar) and then share with the group. Captain Dave Hagar with the CDA PD then talked about the impact social media has on our community and especially how it can hinder and help in solving crimes. Be smart, and use common sense when online was his advice. “If it seems too good to be true, it probably is,” he said of the commonly used click-bate. Rene Reyes, the Director of Culture/Training and Development for Parker Auto Group, spoke next on the impact of “cause marketing” on local businesses. Rene highlighted the programs that Parker does in the community from in-kind to financial donations to perfect attendance bike giveaways to volunteer experiences.
Evironment Day May 25, 2017
Session Planners: Derek Miller[Chair] Aaron Emmert Kent Green Dr. Katie Martin Dusty Obermayer Ryan Lewis
Steve Petroni Mike Henley Alan Harper Mac Mikkelsen Darla Kuhman Cathy Mayer Cason Watkins Barb Moore
Kootenai Health Idaho Independent Bank Washington Trust Bank Avondale Dental Center T-O Engineers STRATA
Hecla Silver Valley Inc. Idaho Forest Group Idaho Forest Group Avista Coeur d’Alene Glass Recycling Kootenai County Solid Waste Idaho Department of Fish & Game Idaho Department of Fish & Game
Val Wade Ed Moreen Rebecca Stevens Jamie Brunner Laura Laumatia Mike Galante Mike Anderson
Panhandle Health District U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Coeur d’Alene Tribe Idaho DEQ* Coeur d’Alene Tribe North Kootenai Water & Sewer District CDA Wastewater Treatment Facility
*DEQ, Department of Environmental Quality
To develop knowledge and understanding of the issues facing our national, state and local land, water and other natural resource practices impacting the balance between commerce, growth, sustainability and quality of life.
The Chilco Mill was our starting point for Environment Day, a bit of a drive but the mill tour was well worth it! Awesome breakfast burritos, hot coffee and a presentation by Hecla Mining’s Mike Clary started us off on the right foot. Mike shared some stats and amazing photos from Hecla’s 125-year history, revealing that the cost to build an elevator from the current 4900 ft. level to the needed depth of 8800 ft at the Lucky Friday Mine was a cool $215 million! Mike also discussed other mining sites in development for Hecla and how for these types of commodities to keep up with demand, automation and improved technology will be the only way forward. Mike Henley, Plant Manager for Idaho Forest Group, followed with his presentation on the timber industry in North Idaho. Mike explained the three T’s of the industry, “Timber, Talent, and Technology.” The Chilco Mill is one of only 14 in the US to have CT scan imaging of each log that enters the site. This technology allows for the most effective use of the entire log and can spot inconsistencies and faults in the wood that the human eye would not be able to see. Next, we followed Mike and Alan Harper, Resource Manager of Northern Operations on a tour of the technologically advanced mill which produces up to 280 million board feet of lumber per year. The process of creating several different wood products in the 248-acre facility, located just north of Coeur d’Alene,
includes an enormous crane with dual action movement (operated by one of the facility’s few female employees), a dizzying array of machines that de-bark, saw, slice and cut thousands of logs along what seems like miles of conveyor belts. What a sight to behold! We then headed to Q’emilin Park in Post Falls for our Avista Dam Tour. Leroy Johnson met us in two groups and showed us the “top secret” control room along with some parts of the facility that were built in 1906. I guess the old saying applies here, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” After a quick lunch at Falls Park, we drove back to Coeur d’Alene for a tour of the facilities at the waste water treatment plant. Darla Kuhman—the former Mayor of Athol—talked about the grass roots effort in Coeur d’Alene to recycle glass. What started out with a few people bringing their glass to be recycled has now turned into a membership style program which the entire community could learn from. Cathy Meyer, the Director of the Kootenai County Solid Waste Dept. was up next and shared that 90,000 more people accessed the transfer station on Prairie than the previous year. The Dept. brings in about 11 million in annual revenue and is always looking at pros and cons of how to best deal with solid waste. Carson Watkins of the ID Dept. of Fish and Game couldn’t be with us today, so Barb Moore, Regional Wildlife Biologist, was able to spend more time discussing the Elk Survival Monitoring program with us and shared some facts and figures that to some are a point of contention. In 2016, revenue from elk tags in Idaho reached $100,000! The Dept.’s findings included that Panhandle elk don’t migrate outside of the Inland Northwest as some previously thought and the calf survival rate from 2016 was at 78% while in 2017 it was only 49%. The most hotly contested information coming from the Dept. is who or what is the elk’s main predator? Wolves? Mountain lions? Hunters? Research is showing that wolves mainly prey on old or sick adult elk, while mountain lions take the majority of calves and hunters— well hunter success rate is only about 12-15%, so you do the math.
Superfund history and the on-going restoration was the theme for the next panel of speakers. Val Wade, an Environmental Health Specialist with Panhandle Health District gave us a quick overview, specifically how the Bunker Hill smelter wreaked havoc on the Silver Valley’s environment and citizens. “99% of Silver Valley children in the 1970’s had an elevated lead blood level more than 40—where the average should be less than 5.” Ed Moreen, Project Manager for the EPA, discussed the four biggest offenders found in the Basin: lead, zinc, calcium, and arsenic. Ed admitted that the process is ongoing and incredibly time consuming, “We ain’t cheap and boy we work slow.” Rebecca Stevens, Program Manager and Restoration Coordinator with the CDA Tribe was up next discussing the concerns around natural resources. Rebecca explained what the Restoration Partnership is in relation to the clean up of the Coeur d’Alene Basin and the Tribe’s involvement in the process. A tour of the facilities at the Waste Water Treatment Plant was next and the “screening room” was memorable. Might we suggest nose plugs for next year? We capped the day with a panel discussing lake management and the aquifer. Jamie Brunner with the ID Dept. of Environmental Quality explained what a food web is and how a “healthy food web is contingent upon balance.” Laura Laumatia, the Lake Management Coordinator for the CDA Tribe, has a long history of working with the Tribe and the U of I Extension Program to educate the community on environmental issues. “There are 21 species of fish in Lake Coeur d’Alene, and only 7 of those are native.” Mike Galante, District Manager of North Kootenai Water and Sewer and spoke about the importance of maintaining the integrity of the aquifer. “600,000 people get their drinking water from the Rathdrum Prairie Aquifer.”
Arts & Recreation Day July 27, 2017
Peter Howard[Chair] PayneWest Insurance Brian Longwell Ginno Construction JC Agen Young Construction Group
David White Todd Dunfield Susan Nipp Stacy Barney Ali Shute Jennifer Drake Steve Sibulsky
Idaho Parks & Recreation North Idaho Centennial Trail Mudgy & Millie The Salvation Army Kroc Center Arts & Culture Alliance Coeur d’Alene Arts Commission Coeur d’Alene Symphony
Derek Miller Shane Greenfield Kent Green
Kootenai Health Coldwell Banker Schneidmiller Realty Washington Trust Bank
Bliss Lanier Jadd Davis Emily Boyd Buddy Le Randall Butt Jordan Carter
Christian Youth Theater Coeur d’Alene Summer Theatre Coeur d’Alene Downtown Association Coeur d’Alene Galleries Idaho Parks & Recreation Silverwood Theme Park
To learn about and experience some outdoor recreational opportunities, visual, & performing arts in the Coeur d’Alene area.
As a leader, it is important to expand and develop your own opportunities to create, imagine & explore yourself through arts and recreation. Arts & Recreation day is about developing a balance in work and play that will lead to a refreshed approach to problem-solving, innovation and creating a well-rounded life.
We kicked off the day bright and early at the KROC Center with breakfast and a panel on Idaho’s outdoor recreation panel. ID Parks & Recreation North Regional Manager David White discussed the many parks and recreation areas in the Panhandle and had some fun trivia complete with prizes. Todd Dunfield was up next, the new Executive Director discussed the Centennial Trail’s history. Todd shared just how valuable the trail is to the communities and how it ties them together. He asked us to “keep a mental note of all the great art along the trail,” as it is one of many ways the trail is truly part of the community.
Susan Nipp was up next, who is uniquely qualified to present on the local arts and children’s literature. As the co-creator of Wee Sing, a line of educational books, videos, songs, toys and apps for children, she went on to author the beloved local favorite Mudgy and Millie. After a little encouragement, Susan led us on a rousing singalong, which left us refreshed and ready for the day. Stacy Barney of the KROC Center discussed Joan Kroc’s vision for community centers that actually serve their communities and gave us an eye-opening tour of the facility later in the day. The role of the arts in the community panel brought us Ali Shute of the Arts & Cultural Alliance and Jennifer Drake of the CDA Arts Commission. The central theme of their discussion is the role that art can play in the discourse of a community and how it can create connections where none were thought to exist.
The local performing arts panel included Bliss Lanier of CYT and Tyler Krieg of CDA Summer Theatre. Bliss shared updates about the program and how it truly is a gift to create a love of performing in the youth of our community. She also admitted that it takes an army of “volun-tolds” to complete this lofty mission. Tyler’s enthusiasm for the CDA Summer Theater’s upcoming shows was evident in his presentation. We then hopped on the bus headed for Independence Point where CDA Downtown Association’s Event Coordinator Emily Boyd met us and discussed the role of the association in promoting arts-related events. A short walk away was Buddy Le and the Coeur d ‘Alene Gallery. Buddy had some great stories about some of the historical pieces in the gallery, and we had a few minutes to explore the gallery that is celebrating its 30th anniversary. We ate a delicious lunch on the way up to Farragut State Park, where we met Randall Butt who led us on a quick tour of the museum, which used to serve as the brig! He then showed us what disc golf was, which some of us needed no introduction to. Top prize went to our illustrious President Marvelous Marvin for his ace shooting! Next, it was off to Silverwood for a quick presentation by Media Manager Jordan Carter and where we split into a few groups to have a little fun in the park.
Economic Day August 24, 2017 Session Planners: Maren Maier[Chair] Brian Longwell Aaron Emmert
Speakers: Terry Cooper Emily Boyd Sam Taylor Tony Berns Charlie Nipp John Beutler Pat Eberlin Scott Krajack John Young Dan Pearse
Idaho Trust Bank Ginno Construction Idaho Independent Bank
Chad Krahn Wade Jacklin
D.A. Davidson Century 21 Beutler & Associates
Downtown Association Downtown Association City of Coeur d’Alene Ignite Parkwood Business Properties Century 21 Beutler & Associates Kiemle & Hagood Company Viking Homes Young Construction Group Numerica Credit Union
Gavin Mobraten Matt Richter Julie Ehlers Sam Wolkenhauer John Mitchell Thomas Tedder Matt Gerber JD Claridge Robb Bloem
Mountain West Bank Platinum Home Mortgage Montana & Idaho CDC Idaho Department of Labor M & H Economic Consultants Tedder Industries Rohinni xCraft, Inc. Stancraft
To gain a better understanding of the key components of our area’s economic well-being by focusing on specific industries and businesses that have a valuable growth impact on our local economy and are active in promoting economic growth.
We had a packed schedule today and started right off at 7:30 at the Human Rights Education Institute with a presentation on the state of tourism in Kootenai County by a last-minute substitute, Downtown Association Executive Director Terry Cooper. Sam Taylor, Deputy City Administrator, spoke of the state of the city in a humorous and educational presentation on—of all things—parking! All kidding aside, Sam shared some interesting facts about how the city’s demographics are composed “nearly all new residents in Kootenai County area are retirees.” Next, Ignite CDA Executive Director Tony Berns explained how the organization could fund building projects through tax increment financing. One of the most interesting facets of a community development organization is that the organization itself has a shelf life and is in fact meant to disperse after a certain term.
The state of real estate panel included Charlie Nipp from Parkwood Properties, John Beutler of Century 21 and Pat Eberlin of Kiemle & Hagwood. What a treat to hear from these three, especially because they’re technically in competition but obviously have a great working relationship and genuinely like each other. Charlie spoke on the growth that is happening, especially in the commercial sector, singling out the Den saying “there are things going on there that we just don’t understand.” The Builder Development Panel included other adversaries in the construction world who actually appreciate the competition: John Young of Young Construction Group and Scott Krajack of Viking Homes. John reflected on the development of Kootenai County saying “community development follows residential growth, but Kootenai County has seen some unique growth challenges.” After a quick snack break, we dove into the state of financing and heard from local and regional funding sources Dan Pearse of Numerica, Gavin Mobraten of Mountain West Bank, Matt Richter of Platinum Home Mortgage and Julie Ehlers of MT & ID CDC. The good thing is that the funding sources in our region are diverse and seem to work relatively well together, “alternative funding sources are up and coming,” Dan shared. “Access to more credit and reduced paperwork are making residential loans easier to get,” Matt remarked. Sam Wolkenhauer, Regional Economist for the ID Dept. of Labor is a self-confessed “Nixon enthusiast” but even at a young age has his finger on the pulse of the economy right here in Idaho in the 21st century. He asked us to temper our expectations on growth rates and shared that “Idaho rural communities have not recovered from the recession.” John Mitchell of M & H Economic Consultants spoke of how we are in “unprecedented territory, but that we’re in this together.”
Then we were off to Buck Knives in Post Falls for a tour of the facility and two more panels. The President of CDA Area EDC—aka Jobs Plus Gynii Gilliam spoke of the shift in attention for the organization. “We are really about business attraction yes, but also retention and expansion. We need to recirculate the wealth that is created by economic and business development.” Nick Smoot, Founder of Innovative Collective, spoke on the future of jobs commenting that robotics and artificial intelligence are future proof industries. “Going from horses to cars was scary, people always tend to be concerned about new technology.” Up next was the panel to discuss the state of business in Kootenai County with local business leaders CJ BuckBuck Knives, Thomas Tedder-Tedder Industries, Matt Gerber-Rohini, JD Claridge-xCraft and Robb BloemStancraft. The over-riding them of this panel was that while this area has its challenges, business is good! Robb Bloem remarked that to be successful in business you must have a passion for it, “I went out and got a couple of college degrees but still ended up back in Coeur d’Alene, carving wood in a warehouse.”
Law & Public Safety Day September 28, 2017 Session Planners:
Kathleen Tillman[Chair] Coldwell Banker Schneidmiller Realty Therese Goodwin Idaho Central Credit Union Melissa Tosi City of Coeur d’Alene
Travis Chaney Former Undersheriff Chief Lee White Coeur d’Alene Police Department Sheriff Ben Wolfinger Kootenai County Sheriff’s Office John Kemf Idaho State Police Department James “Jim” Lechner FBI Special Agent Travis Fanciullo Spokane County Air Force One Kootenai County Sheriff’s Office Dan Knight Spokane County Air Force One Sergeant Mark Todd Coeur d’Alene Police Department Jeff Canfield Coeur d’Alene Battalion Cheif
Kelsey Moen Chad Krahn Katie Brereton
Benefits Exchange Northwest D.A. Davidson & Co Lake City Law
Justin Bangs Coeur d’Alene Police Department Shelly Allen 911 Communications Kootenai County Sheriff’s Office Sandy VonBehren Kootenai County Emergency Services Robert B. Burton Senior Judge State of Idaho Magistrate Court Kootenai County Lieutenant Stu Miller Kootenai County Joint Agency SWAT Kim Edmonson Kootenai County Sheriff’s Office Lee Richardson Kootenai County Sheriff’s Office
To highlight the work performed by public safety leaders in protecting and serving citizens in our community; to explore current and future challenges in public safety and the criminal justice system.
We started the day at the Coeur d’Alene Police Department bright and early with breakfast and coffee— what no doughnuts!? All jokes aside, we were in for a jam-packed day all about public safety and how the different entities work together to keep our community safe. Travis Chaney, retired Undersheriff for Kootenai County started us off with an eye-opening presentation highlighting what it means to be a leader. Leading others with integrity starts with you, but reminded us that “arrogance is the derailment to leadership.” Many in the room felt he was talking directly to them when he likened his leadership style to that of good parenting. The best way to predict your future is to create it; he shared quoting Abraham Lincoln.
Next, we had a panel of law enforcement—but not just any three wise men: Chief Lee White of CDA PD, Kootenai County Sheriff Ben Wolfinger and ISP Captain John Kempf discussed local issues we all face. Chief White expressed interest in partnering with more community agencies in prevention work, “the best defense is a good offense.” Sheriff Wolfinger discussed the jail expansion, partly necessary because 30% of Kootenai County inmates are not from Kootenai County, while Captain Kempf shared the difficulties his department faces with retaining officers. It wasn’t all doom and gloom. However, the Sheriff did share his favorite joke, “Why did God create police officers? Because fire fighters need heroes too!” Next up was special agent Jim Lechner (cue the X-Files theme music) who is one of roughly 13,000 agents currently employed by the FBI. Specializing in bank robberies, terrorism and crimes against children, he is happy to call the Inland Northwest home. He probably could’ve shared a lot more—but it was above our security clearance. Maybe we can work on that for next year’s Leadership class? Spokane County Air One was up next, and Deputies Travis and Dan did not disappoint with cool aerial footage and captivating search and rescue stories. They cover about 66,000 square miles with just two helicopters and a team of volunteer pilots—very impressive! Lt. Stu Miller with the Kootenai County Joint Agency SWAT shared some of the additional training SWAT members must complete as well as some of the tasks assigned to the group. “There’s not a huge need for what we call ‘dignitary protection detail’ but they are called out about 15 times a year for various assignment and their skills are assessed twice a month.” When someone asked what makes a good SWAT team member Lt. Miller joked—a lot of Axe body spray.
Sgt. Mark Todd with the N. Idaho Violent Crimes Task Force focused on the looming opioid crisis that is has crippled many parts of the country and is just now hitting the inland northwest. He passed around visual samples of the most commonly abused and dangerous drugs so that as community members (and parents) we could be knowledgeable on the subject. “Don’t walk around with an elevated sense of paranoia, but start those conversations with your family today,” he urged. Then we were off to lunch at the Coeur d’Alene Police, and Fire Training Facility a short walk away. We split into two groups: first having lunch prepared and served by the volunteers of Kootenai County Search and Rescue and then off to the SWAT demonstration. That homemade spaghetti, salad and garlic bread was delicious but no match for the SWAT’s big guns. Plenty of Leadership Prime members got decked out in gear and climbed into the “bear-cat” for some once in a lifetime pics. So cool! Next, we joined back together for the fire suppression demo and a nail-biting K-9 demo. I can’t believe they found a volunteer to wear that suit and be taken down by the K-9 cop—Halo was a true professional. After climbing in and out of various fire trucks and police vehicles, kicking a few more tires and asking lots of questions, we walked back to the CDA PD training room. Up next was an Emergency management and Communications presentation by Shelly Allen, 911 Communications Supervisor and Sandy Von Behren Manager of the Office of Emergency Management. Shelly said that 911 has received more than 100,000 calls YTD and Sandy shared that in our community the biggest threats are weather-related and hazardous materials. Honorable Judge Robert Burton discussed the role that judges play in public safety. He explained the difference between a magistrate and a district judge and shared what he could on high profile cases throughout his many years on the bench in Kootenai County. Our last stop was the Kootenai County Public Safety Building—the jail—where we received a tour of the facilities and were shown the overcrowded “pods” and the “yard.” Boy am I glad I’ve never seen the inside of this place before! We finished with a brief Q and A in the court room of the facility where we also completed our best of the best—a really tough one for this day—and off to Business After Hours.
Government & Transportation Day October 26, 2017 Session Planners: JC Agen[Chair] Bridget Carter Shane Greenfield
Young Construction Group Washington Trust Bank Coldwell Banker Schneidmiller Realty
Jim Hammond City of Coeur d’Alene Ron Jacobson City of Post Falls Steve Griffitts City of Hayden Chris Fillios Kootenai County Luke Malek State of Idaho Representative Dist. 4 Katie Brodie Governor Butch Otter Karen Roetter US Senator Mike Crapo Military Academy Liaison Sid Smith US Senator Jim Risch Judy Morbeck Senator Raul Labrador
Dusty Obermeyer Laszlo Suto
Tyrel Stevenson Nancy Strickland Jerry Wilson Glenn Miles Kimberly Hobson Steve Kjergaard Scott Marikis Reed Chase
T-O Engineers Inland Northwest Bank
Coeur d’Alene Tribe Mason & Strickland, LLP Idaho Transportation Department Kootenai Metropolitan Planning Organization
Kootenai County Public Transit Coeur d’Alene Airport Empire Airlines Empire Aerospace
To acquaint the Leadership Class with aspects of local, state, and federal government as well as transportation topics/issues. The Coeur d’Alene Library was our first setting today where we heard from CDA City Administrator Jim Hammond, Ron Jacobson, Mayor of Post Falls and Steve Griffitts, the Mayor of Hayden. Longtime leader Hammond dished out his flavor of advice, “Think for yourself, that’s real leadership.” And Jacobson shared that he likes to “hire good people, empower them to do their jobs well and get out of the way.” Griffitts shone a light on his experience of leading during a controversy, “the vision and mission will always change when the culture does.” Next up to discuss county government was Chris Filios, Kootenai County Commissioner. Chris did a great job of explaining just what the heck a county commissioner does—who knew? He also highlighted what would become the overarching theme of the day—the growth in Kootenai County, which currently is holding steady at 2.5% annually!
After a quick coffee break, we had a two-person panel to discuss state government; Luke Malek ID State Representative and Katie Brodie, Governor Otter Representative. Malek spoke of his reasoning behind running for office, his legislative focus when in Boise— healthcare and transportation—and shared that “politics is not a spectator sport, get involved!” Long time area resident Brodie spoke of how she landed her “patronage job” and what keeps her getting up and going to work every morning. Next up was the Federal Government panel with representatives from Senator Risch and State Senator Labrador. Our very own Leadership Prime Sid Smith and Labrador Rep Judy Morbeck explained what a typical day looks like for them working for a senator and together. “Poor Sid has to drive around North Idaho with a couple of old ladies,” Judy laughed. Sid enlightened us with why the filibuster is even used saying “it’s a feature, not a bug.”
The CDA Airport was our next stop where Director Steve Kjergaard gave us a quick overview of the airport’s history and current uses. Did you know that the CDA Airport boasts 120 miles of single-lane paved road, provides nearly 1000 jobs to the area and has a $129 million economic impact in Kootenai County? WOW! Next, we boarded a bus for a driving tour of the airport grounds, even stopping on the runway for a once in a life-time photo op. We then met up with Empire Airlines Scott Marikis and Reed Chase for a fun presentation (and swag giveaway) before heading off for a tour of the aerospace division and workshop. Can’t say that many of us have seen a plane “stripped down to the studs” so to speak and we probably never will again. These guys are obviously passionate about what they do and love where they work. Then back to the airport office for our Best of the Best.
Tyrel Stevenson, Legislative Director for the CDA Tribe was up next to discuss tribal interests in local, state and federal government. Stevenson was adamant that the Tribe sees itself “as a community partner, not an island,” which is evident by their extensive involvement in the region. Because this area is the ancestral homeland of the CDA Tribe, “continuity is important,” he shared “something we’re very proud of.” Next up was arguably the highlight of the day, when Nancy Strickland, established attorney led our mock city council hearing. Most of the cast of characters knew their role, but we’re guessing one “Primer” received some hefty fines for his repeated use of the word “whore.” A good time was had by all as evident by eh raucous laughter that filled the CDA Library Community Room. After lunch, we drove to the Idaho Transportation Dept. on Prairie to start the transportation part of our day. Glenn Miles Exec. Director for Kootenai Metro Planning Organization shared that Idaho’s total state budget for transportation is just $440 million, while the average cost for just 1 highway interchange project is $25 million. Hmmm…and we wonder why the lines on the roads are rarely painted! Kimberley Hobson and Jody Bieze with the County Public Transit Office were up next discussing the “controversial” transit center proposed at Riverstone. This joint venture between Kootenai County, the CDA Tribe, and Kootenai Health will greatly expand muchneeded services to the area which is experiencing exponential growth.
Education Day November 16, 2017 Session Planners: Trina Caudle[Chair] Chris Martin[Chair] Kathleen Tillman
Coeur d’ Alene School District North Idaho College Coldwell Banker Schneidmiller Realty
Mike S. Nelson, PhD Coeur d’Alene School District Casey Morrisroe Coeur d ‘Alene School District Shelby Randklev Coeur d’Alene School District Teacher of the Year Rick MacLennan, Ed.D North Idaho College Rocky Owens Lewis-Clark State College, Cd’A Charles Buck, PhD University of Idaho Don Soltman Idaho Board of Education Jimmy McAndrew COEUR Group, Mountain West Bank Colby Mattila KTEC
Maren Maier Ryan Lewis Troy Braga
Doug Anderson Dan Nicklay Scott Thomson Julie Yetter Steve Roth Amy Voeller Carrie Miller Christy Doyle Ryan Davis Jeff Bengston
Northwest Bank STRATA Merrill Lynch-Private Client Group
North Idaho College Coeur d’Alene Charter Academy North Idaho STEM Charter School Christian Center School EXCEL Foundation CEP PTO/PTA Regional Representative North Idaho College Boys & Girls Club of Kootenai County Lakes Magnet Middle School
To acquaint the Leadership Class with aspects of K-12 and higher education opportunities and issues. Our introduction to education in Kootenai County started bright and early at the new KTEC Campus on Lancaster Rd in Rathdrum. Dr. Mike Nelson. Director of Curriculum and Assessment for CDA School District 271 started us off with an eye-catching power point on all that is going on in the District. He also cleared up a long-standing question that many had, “the state of Idaho does not fund education facilities” so that why we have all those levies and bonds every other year. Casey Morrisroe, CDA School District Trustee, discussed what the Trustee’s duties are in regards to bond (think buildings) and levies (think learning). CDA School District teacher of the year was Fernan’s Shelby Randklev who shared her perspective on what teacher and schools need the most.
We then received a tour of the campus from the students themselves. We saw the automotive and diesel maintenances programs, the carpentry and nursing programs and of course the computer repair program. Wow—these kids are truly being prepared for great jobs! Next stop was NIC’s Career and Technical Education campus—conveniently right next door to KTEC where our very own Kassie Silvas served as Dean and gave us a behind the scenes look at all this new campus has to offer. We were all simply amazed at the world-class education that is being offered to this community. Time for a drive back into CdA to NIC’s Hedlund building for a panel on school choice. Dan Nicklay-Principal of CDA Charter, Scott Thompson—Principal of NI STEM Charter, Julie Yetter—Principal of CAD Christian Center School and Amanda Sinclair—Homeschool Representative provided us with a wealth of information about non-public schools in our area. The over-riding concept was that “your education doesn’t make you better than anyone, it just gives you more choices.” Lunch was up next at NIC’s restaurant, Emery’s and it was fantastic. The NIOC President Rick MacLennan joined us as well, and his students and staff stood out. The chicken was perfectly done, the service was excellent, and we even got dessert! We were then joined by President MacLennan, Rocky Owens—Director of LCSC, Charles Buck—CEO of the University of Idaho and Don Soltman— a member of the ID State Board of Education. President MacLennan challenged us to look at education a little differently and to “talk to our students, many of them have some pretty compelling stories.” Dr. Buck shared some of the new innovative programming coming out of U of I’s CDA Center, like the badging program using Apple’s SWIFT coding, the “DIG’NIT” program which touts the importance of Information Technology as a growth catalyst for small, rural communities. Soltman shared that “67% of future jobs in Idaho will require a degree higher than a high school diploma.”
Our panel for community support of education had some pretty big hitters in the local philanthropy scene. Bobby Myers—President of the COEUR Group (a local collection of businessman donating time and resources to the community), Dr. Kory Wilson—President of the EXCEL Foundation, Amy Voeller—President of CDA Education Partnership (CEP) and Carrie Black-Miller—PTA/PTO Representative. These dedicated professionals (in addition to their day jobs) work tirelessly to unite the community around educational issues, advocate for best practices and organize benefits, galas and bake sales to get the money needed to fill in funding gaps. Next, we had the opportunity to stretch our legs and walk across campus to the NIC Health Professions Building to have a chat and a tour with Dean Christy Doyle. We were mesmerized by the nursing program’s dummy patients, complete with pulse points, bodily fluids and the ability to birth an infant! What?! Looking through a microscope at blood cells and talking to the physical therapy program founders capped off our tour of this beautiful building that prepares students for one of the fastest growing careers in the world today. Our next location was the Coeur d’Alene Boys and Girls Club, a brand new facility only open for a little over a year. Executive Director Ryan Davis and his team gave us a quick overview of how this facility came to life and the impact it has on our community. After a tour, it was evident that the kids have access to a variety of stimulating experiences in a safe environment, with the majority coming from middle-class families with working parents. We then headed next door to Kales Middle School for a quick tour and meet and greet with a couple of teachers. We ended in the library for a chat with Principal Jeff Bengston who has spent the last 17 years as an administrator in the District 271. This guy knows his stuff, and the proof is in the success of his students. We finished up our Best of the Best and called it a day.
Quality of Life Day December 14, 2017 Session Planners: Bridget Carter[Chair] Maren Maier[Chair] Katie Brereton Courtney Beach
Washington Trust Bank Northwest Bank Lake City Law Group Coeur d ‘Alene School District
Don Maryon Chris Martin Therese Goodwin
Craig Sumey First Presbyterian Church Cindy Wood Family Promise Chauntelle Lieske Safe Passage Violence Prevention Center CDAide Nonprofit Rachel Grady Love Inc. of Kootenai County Ann Hammer Union Gospel Mission
Nicol Barnes Frances Huffman Jeff Conroy, MA KJ Torgerson Mark Wilson
Community 1st Bank North Idaho College Idaho Central Credit Union
Community Action Partnership TESH, Inc. St. Vincent de Paul CASA The Children’s Village
Increase awareness of human services, the needs in our community and the organizations and volunteer opportunities that exist to help meet those needs. Our last official session of the year had us all feeling a little melancholy, but starting the day off at 1st Presbyterian Church with Pastor Craig Sumey revived our spirits. Pastor Sumey, along with Mark Tucker and Kerri Stark of the United Way shared the research on our area’s ALICE (Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed) population and the numbers were astounding. Nearly 40% of Kootenai County families are living at or below the poverty line, and Kootenai County has 8.8% unemployment rate, compared with the statewide average of 5.5%. Marvin Sears and Heather Keen read emotional testimonies from ALICE families to our group to give us a tangible view and scope of this issue.
Next up was Cindy Wood Executive Director of Family Promise, a faith-based organization helping to ease the burden of homelessness on area families. Cindy’s organization has a unique twist to “shelter” where parishioners open their homes to these families. Very inspiring. The new Executive Director of Safe Passage Violence Prevention Center (AKA The Women’s Center) Chauntelle Lieske took the podium next to share insights on the prevalence of domestic and sexual violence in Kootenai County. The scope and breadth of this organization—that has been around for 40 years—is commendable and unfortunately still so needed. CDAide Board Members then discussed why they founded a network to support service industry workers in our region. These are often people with low incomes, without insurance, often facing health issues, and lack the resources needed to rise above the poverty level. Many local business owners are involved in Fire, Fine Brewed, Tito’s and Unchained Tap House. We even got these cool tip envelopes to make someone’s day with a little extra cash for the holidays—what a great idea! Rachel Grady, Executive Director of Love INC of Kootenai County, wrapped up the panel with an explanation of just what this brand new organization is. Love INC equips local church organizations to identify those in need by seeing everyone’s God-given potential and allowing mutual participation to lift people out of poverty into transformation through religious teachings. Being officially just two days old, Rachel’s passion and dedication to this cause were astounding. Next, we boarded our bus to Union Gospel Mission for a tour. We broke into two groups with Ann HammerCommunity Engagement Coordinator and Dawn DerenVolunteer for a tour of this amazing facility. We were blown away at the facilities, programming and dedication of staff and volunteers—it really does take a village.
It was back on the bus for our next stop—St. Vincent de Paul to meet with Heather Eddy-H.E.L.P. Center Manager. Heather was a wealth of information and did an excellent job filling in for Executive Director Jeff Conroy. We received a tour of the Center and split into groups to separately view the men’s and women’s shelters, Trinity Group Homes and finally ending at Father Bills Kitchen. The amount of services St Vinny’s is providing this community is astounding and also pretty eye-opening. We next sat down for a panel discussion on Child Advocacy in Kootenai County with Children’s Village CEO Mark Wilson, C.A.S.A. Executive Director KJ Torgerson, and CDA Backpack Program Director Sherri Bullock. Mark shared some exciting news that Children’s Village is starting up a counseling center for any child that is or has experienced abuse. KJ talked about the need for more volunteer advocates; while they currently have 90 the need is near double that! Sherri echoed the sentiment, sharing that her program is 100% volunteer and she writes grants in addition to working with 2nd Harvest to collect the much needed healthy food that goes into the backpacks each week. WOW! Our last stop of the day was The Village at Orchard Ridge, which some may remember as CDA Homes founded in 1921. Today the mission of Orchard Ridge is three fold; they provide low-income independent housing for seniors, a full service assisted living facility and a secured memory care center. Director Ann Johnson shared that there are 235 seniors depending on these services and the need is only growing. “The silver tsunami is coming,” she said, and Amy Boni, Development Director, shared that 1 in 8 seniors will be affected by Alzheimer’s. While some received a tour of the facility, others wrapped Christmas presents for the children we “adopted” through St Vinny’s. Cookies and cocoa only increased our holiday cheer as we toasted to the Best of the Best.
Our next stop was the Community Action Partnership Food Bank where Manager Nicol Barnes showed us that she has a passion for people and customer service. “We won’t turn anyone away,” she commented, adding that getting to know the people that come in makes a huge difference. Our next stop was just down the street at TESH. Inc. where Frances Huffman blew us away with her compassion and determination to the people with special needs utilizing TESH’s services. We also toured the facility and met some participants while they were working on a couple of special projects. The highlight of the day, however, was getting to join them all for lunch. What a neat opportunity to talk one-on-one with staff and some of the smart and funny people at TESH.
December 14, 2017 Session Planners: Bridget Carter Katie Brereton Courtney Beach Don Marion
Washington Trust Bank Lake City Law Group Coeur d ‘Alene School District Community 1st Bank
Chris Martin Maren Maier Therese Goodwin
Craig Sumey First Presbyterian Church Cindy Wood Family Promise Chauntelle Lieske Safe Passage Violence Prevention Center CDAide Nonprofit Rachel Grady Love Inc. of Kootenai County Ann Hammer Union Gospel Mission
Nicol Barnes Frances Huffman Jeff Conroy, MA KJ Torgerson Mark Wilson
North Idaho College Northwest Bank Idaho Central Credit Union
Community Action Partnership TESH, Inc. St. Vincent de Paul CASA The Children’s Village
Increase awareness of human services, the needs in our community and the organizations and volunteer opportunities that exist to help meet those needs. Our last official session of the year had us all feeling a little melancholy, but starting the day off at 1st Presbyterian Church with Pastor Craig Sumey revived our spirits. Pastor Sumey, along with Mark Tucker and Kerri Stark of the United Way shared the research on our area’s ALICE (Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed) population and the numbers were astounding. Nearly 40% of Kootenai County families are living at or below the poverty line, and Kootenai County has 8.8% unemployment rate, compared with the statewide average of 5.5%. Marvin Sears and Heather Keen read emotional testimonies from ALICE families to our group to give us a tangible view and scope of this issue. Next up was Cindy Wood Executive Director of Family Promise, a faith-based organization helping to ease the burden of homelessness on area families. Cindy’s organization has a unique twist to “shelter” where parishioners open their homes to these families. Very inspiring.
The new Executive Director of Safe Passage Violence Prevention Center (AKA The Women’s Center) Chauntelle Lieske took the podium next to share insights on the prevalence of domestic and sexual violence in Kootenai County. The scope and breadth of this organization—that has been around for 40 years—is commendable and unfortunately still so needed. CDAide Board Members then discussed why they founded a network to support service industry workers in our region. These are often people with low incomes, without insurance, often facing health issues, and lack the resources needed to rise above the poverty level. Many local business owners are involved in Fire, Fine Brewed, Tito’s and Unchained Tap House. We even got these cool tip envelopes to make someone’s day with a little extra cash for the holidays—what a great idea! Rachel Grady, Executive Director of Love INC of Kootenai County, wrapped up the panel with an explanation of just what this brand new organization is. Love INC equips local church organizations to identify those in need by seeing everyone’s God-given potential and allowing mutual participation to lift people out of poverty into transformation through religious teachings. Being
officially just two days old, Rachel’s passion and dedication to this cause were astounding. Next, we boarded our bus to Union Gospel Mission for a tour. We broke into two groups with Ann HammerCommunity Engagement Coordinator and Dawn DerenVolunteer for a tour of this amazing facility. We were blown away at the facilities, programming and dedication of staff and volunteers—it really does take a village. Our next stop was the Community Action Partnership Food Bank were Manager Nicol Barnes showed us that she has a passion for people and customer service. “We won’t tune anyone away,” she commented, adding that getting to know the people that come in makes a huge difference. Our next stop was just down the street at TESH. Inc. where Frances Huffman blew us away with her compassion and determination to the people with special needs utilizing TESH’s services. We also toured the facility and met some participants while they were working on a couple of special projects. The highlight of the day, however, was getting to join them all for lunch. What a neat opportunity to talk oneon-one with staff and some of the smart and funny people at TESH. It was back on the bus for our next stop—St. Vincent de Paul to meet with Heather Eddy-H.E.L.P. Center Manager. Heather was a wealth of information and did an excellent job filling in for Executive Director Jeff Conroy. We received a tour of the Center and split into groups to separately view the men’s and women’s shelters, Trinity Group Homes and finally ending at Father Bills Kitchen. The amount of services St Vinny’s is providing this community is astounding and also pretty eye-opening.
Class of 2017 Lindsay Allen
Century 21 Beutler & Associates The biggest takeaway for Lindsay from Leadership CDA was the interconnectedness of all the entities in our community and the tireless efforts of visionaries and volunteers who make it all possible. Leadership ensures all the participants become well rounded in the knowledge of what is going on in and around our city. The individuals who went through this program with her were grade A folks. They had tons of fun, made many friends and memories, and will have this connection to each other forever. They made this experience so awesome! Lindsay is a local director with the Coeur d’Alene Association of Realtors Board of Directors, and is involved in Coeur d’Alene Association of Realtors Marketing committee, Kootenai County Young Professionals, Leadership Coeur d’Alene Class of 2017 PRIME! Lindsay was awarded Century 21 Beutler & Associates Team Leadership award and Kootenai County Young Professionals “Top 30 under 40” recipient. Lindsay enjoys any type of outdoor activity (hiking, camping, boating, fishing, skiing, biking, reading, exercising, socializing with friends, exploring new places and traveling. Lindsay has two wiener dogs named Bizzy (13) and Slinky (2).
Julie Amador University of Idaho CDA Julie Amador Ph.D., is an Associate Professor of Mathematics Education at the University of Idaho. As a part of Leadership Coeur d’Alene, Julie enjoyed relationship building with fellow classmates and learning about various industries and individuals. Julie serves as a Board Member for the Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) and is a member with Lady d’Alene’s Women’s Volunteer Group, Kootenai County Republican Women Federated, Coeur d’Alene Rotary Club, Coeur d’Alene School District Secondary Mathematics Committee, Editor for Mathematics Teaching in the Middle School Journal, and on the Conference Program Committee for Association of Mathematics Teacher Educators. This year she was the recipient of Kootenai County Young Professionals Top 30 Under 40 award and the Marilyn and Kenneth Hallett Faculty Fellowship Award at the University of Idaho. Julie enjoys running and traveling and is married to husband Paul Amador, State of Idaho House of Representatives, District 4, and together they have a son, Peter Amador, who is 4 months old.
Brad Blodnick Thrivent Financial Brad Blodnick is a Financial Associate at Thrivent Financial. Brad’s favorite part of Leadership was interacting with the community leaders, developing new connections and friends, and learning more about the area and the businesses that make the area thrive. Brad is a Board Member for Village at Orchard Ridge and the Hayden Chamber of Commerce Board. Brad enjoys hiking, fishing, camping, anything outdoors and hanging out with friends and family. Brad is married to wife Karli and together they have a son Ryan and daughter Lydia.
David V. Bobbitt Community 1st Bank David V. Bobbitt is a Banker at Community 1st Bank. David’s favorite thing he learned was how many awesome individuals make up our great community and how much of their time and resources they give making CDA an awesome place to live and work. David’s favorite memory was Quality of Life day and touring the food bank and Tesh, listening to Frances and her staff and all that they do. David attended all the planning meetings for the very successful class fund raiser and had 100% attendance! David enjoys big game hunting, downhill skiing, and spending time on the lake. David is married to wife Caiti and they have a dog Remy.
Idaho Central Credit Union
Johanna Brown is the Compliance Director at Kootenai Health. Johanna really enjoyed touring Chilco sawmill and seeing how one huge log goes through the process. Leadership Cd’A was a great way to learn some of the inner workings of the community. Johanna’s favorite part was getting to know her classmates and helping with the class charity golf scramble. Johanna volunteered for the Chamber of Commerce membership drive and she enjoys snowshoeing, running and cooking. Johanna is married to husband Nate, and has a 16yo stepson Jayden and (almost) 3yo daughter Izzy.
Doug Elliott Kootenai Electric Cooperative Doug Elliott is the General Manager/CEO at Kootenai Electric Cooperative. For Doug, selecting one favorite thing about Leadership would be a fool’s game. Learning more about the interconnected business community that exists within the greater Coeur d’Alene area and the high caliber leaders that make this possible was one of his most valuable takeaways. This was paralleled with the many great friends and relationships that Doug made over the past year. Doug is a member of the Coeur d’Alene Chamber of Commerce Executive Roundtable. He enjoys running, biking, trail riding and currently tile setting! Doug is married to wife Cindy and together they have children Holly, David, Brittney and their pooch Marlowe affectionately nicknamed ‘meathead’.
Emily Haas is the Branch Manager for Idaho Central Credit Union. Emily loved learning about the non-profits and the good work they do in the community and hearing from the law enforcement was by far the most informative for her. Emily is a Board Member for CLIMB Idaho and enjoys hiking, snowshoeing, crocheting, cheering for Boise State!, and cuddling with her four dogs. Emily is married to husband Kasey Laffon and has dogs Kermit, Mandela, Otto and Giggs.
Sara Hartman Elias Research Associates LLC
Sara Hartman is the Lead Contract Coordinator with Elias Research Associates, LLC. Sara enjoyed learning about the history of Coeur d’Alene with Robert Singletary, and says it was a great way to start the Leadership Program and a great workout to keep up with him! Sara is a member with Kootenai County Young Professionals, Evergreen East Mountain Bike Alliance and the North Idaho Centennial Trail Foundation. Sara was awarded 1st Place in the Silverroxx Bike Racing Series in 2017 and was awarded the P.E.O. Continuing Education Grant. Sara has been with her other half, Sean, for 4 years. Sara enjoys mountain biking, skiing, Spartan Races, anything outdoors, and trying to convince Sean to let her get a pet!
Class of 2017 Terri Johnson
Coeur d’Alene Tribe
Terri Johnson is the Vice President at Tesh. Terri’s favorite part of Leadership CDA was getting to know some of the terrific people in her Leadership class as well as some of the folks from previous leadership classes that spent a lot of time with her class. She loved the laughter and the camaraderie. Terri felt so many people volunteered their time to put together such a wonderful program from the people who set the sessions up to the presenters; that was quite a gift! She loved getting to go behind the scenes at different businesses she had never been to before. It really opened her eyes to how many terrific businesses and people that there are in our community. Terri serves on the Project Search Advisory Board, the Social Services Advisory Board for CityLink and received a Certificate of Recognition from the Cd’A School District this year. Terri loves to sing and do flower arranging, garden and cook. Terri is married to her precious husband Dave of nearly thirty years.
Michelle Johnson J-U-B Engineers, Inc. Michelle Johnson is a Project Manager at J-U-B Engineers. Michelle really enjoyed the variety things the class explored and the fact that each month she learned something completely new. One of her favorite days was Education Day and exploring all of the really amazing opportunities available in this community. Michelle is a Board member with Idaho Drug Free Youth and Inland Empire Subsection of AWAA. Michelle enjoys skiing, hiking, and knitting. Michelle is married to husband Ryan and has a step-son Josh and daughters Kennedy and Reese.
Heather Keen is the Strategic Development Director at Marimn Health (formerly Benewah Medical Center), owned by the Coeur d’Alene Tribe. She previously worked as the Coeur d’Alene Tribe’s Public Relations Director for 6 years. Heather’s favorite part of Leadership Coeur d’Alene was getting to know and work with her awesome class members. She thought the best day overall was the Quality of Life Day and getting to see the quality and quantity of support services our community pulls together to provide for those in need and hearing the success stories each of these organizations have to share. Heather serves as an Advisory Board member for the Ray & Joan Kroc Salvation Army Kroc Center. She also serves as a Board member for the North Idaho Centennial Trail Foundation and is a member of the Public Relations Society of America and the Kootenai County Young Professionals. In 2017, Heather summited Mount Athabasca and Mount Adams prior to graduating from the Spokane Mountaineers’ Mountain School. Heather enjoys being outside - hiking, mountain biking, rock climbing, running, snowboarding, you name it! She also enjoys reading, writing, and traveling as much as possible. Heather is married to husband Jason Keen who is a Lieutenant with the Spokane Fire Department.
Dan McCracken TerraGraphics Dan McCracken is the Kellogg Remediation Program Manager with Idaho Department of Environmental Quality. Dan’s best experience through Leadership Coeur d’Alene was developing relationships with so many great members of the community! Dan is a Kiwanis volunteer and received the Kiwanis International Walter Zeller Fellowship. He is also a City of Coeur d’Alene Parks and Recreation Volunteer Coach. Dan enjoys camping, skiing, fly fishing, and restoring old stuff with his wife Sarah. Their current projects include a 1957 Camp Trailer, a 1958 Fiberglass Boat, and a 1959 Ford Pickup. Dan and Sarah have been married 12 years and together they have two children: Alyse (8) and Eli (6), a 13year old Jack Russell terrier, and 1-year old tabby cat.
Mike McFarland Kootenai County Sheriff’s Department
Michael McFarland is a Lieutenant with the Kootenai County Sheriff’s Office. Michael thoroughly enjoyed learning about all the different businesses and opportunities that the community has to offer. This was especially surprising due to the fact that Michael is a multi-generation native to Coeur d’Alene and has never heard of some of these. Michael is a Coordinator with the program Holidays & Heroes and enjoys family, hunting, fly fishing and camping. Michael is married to wife Shawna and has two kids and two grandkids.
Jamie Miller North Idaho Insurance Jamie Miller is the Vice President at Alliance Insurance. Jamie enjoyed the whole Leadership experience. Leadership Coeur d’Alene has helped enhance and challenge his leadership skills. It has also given Jamie a deeper understanding and appreciation of the assets and challenges of the community. Jamie has developed long-lasting business and personal relationships through Leadership. Jamie is a Little League Baseball & Coeur d’Alene Park and Recreation coach and enjoys fishing, hunting, and coaching Kids Sports. Jamie is married to wife Kari Miller and has daughters Jazmine Miller, and Siena Miller and son Rylan Miller.
Kristine Miller Safe Passage Kristine Miller is the Director of Development for Safe Passage Violence Prevention Center. “Being a part of this Leadership class was a once in a lifetime experience!” Meeting other community minded people has put Kristine on the path to personal and professional success. Not only has she made lasting friendships, she now has a better understanding of how we all play a role in truly serving this amazing community. Kristine served as the Leadership Class Secretary and is a member of Rotary, Kootenai County Young Professionals and has been a board member of the Sorensen PTO since 2013. Kristine enjoys camping, fishing, golf, wine tasting and travel. Kristine is married to Eric and they are blessed with a 10 year old daughter Sienna, chocolate lab Penny and kitties Sophie and Scout.
James Perkinson Edward Jones James Perkinson is a Financial Services Advisor with State Farm. James loved the Leadership tours the class was part of and learning the things that the general public does not have access to. James is President of Kootenai County Young Professionals and was instrumental in reviving the program “40 Under 30”.
Peter Riggs Pita Pit USA Peter Riggs is the President & CEO of Pita Pit USA. Through Leadership Peter enjoyed seeing behind the scenes of so many businesses helping to make Coeur d’Alene what it is. Peter serves on the Coeur d’Alene Chamber Board, Downtown Association Board, and Idaho Restaurant & Lodging Association Board, and the National Restaurant Association Fast Casual Industry Council of Directors. Peter is married to wife Tyree and together they have sons Axel (6) and Hugo (3).
Demoree Sanders LaRiviere Demi Sanders is the Director of Building Relationships at LaRiviere. In addition to the obvious enhancement of her life in Coeur d’Alene as a result of truly knowing the depth and breadth of the community, she has to say that her best experience was working on the golf tournament fund raiser. Actually, the best experience was working with the dedicated and unselfish members of the committee as she learned from them to be both focused and kind while working toward a goal for the common good. Demi is involved in Women In Networking, Post Falls Chamber, Coeur d’Alene Chamber, Marketing Associates of Spokane, Post Falls Senior Center, Family Day in the Park, and Veterans’ Assistance Services. Demi’s community liaisons are Seltice Way Project, Riverfront Park Ice Ribbon,, Riverfront Park Howard Street Activity Bridge, Kootenai County Jail Expansion, Post Falls Senior Center, Coeur d’Alene School District Borah Elementary. Demi enjoys travel, outdoor recreation, family! Demi is married to husband Ronnie and has two very special companions, Lily and Danner!!
Class of 2017 Justin Schorzman
Hagadone Hospitality Co.
Winderemere Coeur d’Alene
Justin Schorzman is the Director of Beverage the Coeur d’Alene Resort. Through Leadership Justin enjoyed learning everything that our wonderful community consists of, the people, leaders, businesses and organizations are amazing and he is proud to say he lives here! Justin was the 2017 Leadership Class Vice President, member of the Coeur Group, and volunteers for the Boys & Girls Club and the Children’s Village. Justin enjoys wake boarding, hiking, piano, and motorcycle riding. Justin is married to wife Shara and they have son Kaiden.
Marvin Sears PayneWest Insurance Marvin Sears is an Insurance Agent at PayneWest Insurance and served as the 2017 Leadership Class President. Marvin’s Leadership experience was amazing! His favorite experience was getting to know the 26 other spectacular individuals in the class. Marvin enjoys spending time in the community as the Course Director for INW SIDS “Run for the Angels”, as a PayneWest Gives Volunteer, as a Men In Business Member, and a KCYP Member, along with other charitable endeavors. Marvin also enjoys going to concerts and stand-up comedy, working with non-profits, traveling with his wife, networking with other people, and simply hanging out with his beautiful family. He also loves competition and playing any sports and/or games. Marvin is married to wife Erin of 7 years and has 3 year old son Greyson and 2 year old daughter Elle.
Nick Shriner is a Realtor at Windermere Coeur d’Alene Realty. Through Leadership Nick learned the amount of opportunity for community involvement, it is staggering! Nick is involved with CAR Marketing Committee and is a participant in The Children’s Village Day and an active Chamber of Commerce member. Nick was awarded the Top 25 in Sales for Windermere Realty and enjoys fly fishing, hiking, and spending time with friends. Nick has become recently engaged and has family in Wyoming.
Kassie Silvas North Idaho College Kassie Silvas is the Dean for Career, Technical and Workforce Education at North Idaho College. Kassie’s favorite experience in Leadership was The Quality of Life Day. Kassie proudly witnessed the amazing generosity, empathy, and endearment our community has for the wellbeing of others. Kassie is a Board Member with EXCEL Foundation and is finishing her Doctorate in Higher Education Leadership from ISU, she is currently engaged in writing her dissertation in Competency Based Education. Kassie was involved in the opening of NIC’s Parker Technical Education Center, NIC’s Recognition by Homeland Security and Department of Defense as a Center of Academic Excellence for Cyber Security. Kassie enjoys hobbies, golf, boating, fishing, outdoors, and supporting her daughter to basketball tournaments & games. Kassie is married to Daniel Silvas, who is a commercial electrician/ electrical contractor and husband for 30 years. Kassie has sons Kanan D Silvas, MD who graduated from LCHS, WSU, and UW School of Medicine and is currently living in Pittsburgh PA with his wife Samantha and practices emergency and internal medicine, Michael J Silvas, MD who graduated from LCHS, WSU, and UW School of Medicine and is currently living in Portland OR and practices Internal critical care medicine, David L Silvas who graduated from LCHS and NIC’s Aerospace Technology program and works in the construction field, he currently lives in Spokane. Kassie’s daughter is Marykate Silvas –and is in the 8th grade and attends Lakes Magnet Middle School and dreams of playing college level basketball.
Northwest Tile & Floors
Kimberly Sitton is a Realtor with Lakeshore Realty. Leadership Coeur d’Alene provided Kimberly with many invaluable experiences. Having recently moved here from Texas, Leadership Cd’A gave Kimberly the opportunity to meet many people in the community that helped her assimilate into Coeur d’Alene. Kimberly learned a lot about the history of the area, the local businesses, and became more familiar with the anticipated growth that will impact the local economy. Best of all, she learned about many non-profit groups in the area that will allow her to better serve the community she now calls home. Kimberly is an active Chamber of Commerce member, Leadership CdA 2017 and was involved in the Leadership CDA Fundraising. Kimberly obtained her real estate license in Idaho and was elected 2018 Treasurer. She enjoys cooking, fishing, quilting and knitting. Kimberly is married to husband Chip for 28 years and has three grown children and 6 wonderful grandchildren living in Texas and New Mexico.
Sidney Smith Senator James Risch Sidney Smith is the North Idaho Regional Director for U.S. Senator James E. Risch. Sid’s favorite things learned were Travis Chaney’s insights on leadership during Law & Public Safety Day. Sid’s best experience was getting to speak at Government Day, partly because being a class member helped him better understand what participants are interested in hearing about, and it was fun. Sid is a member of the Coeur d’Alene Chamber Public Policy Committee, Kootenai County Republican Central Committee, and Kootenai County Young Professionals. Sid enjoys running, skiing, hiking, and spending time at the lake with his family. Sid is married to wife Stacy and together they have two sons ages 9 and 5.
Jill Swobada is the President of Northwest Tile and Floors. Jill enjoyed getting a better understanding of the variety & breadth of services and organizations that are in our community, and meeting the leaders that have framed the face of the community and how it evolved. Jill is a member with NIBCA and an active Coeur d’Alene Chamber Member. Jill enjoys healthy living, dancing, skiing, good cooking and running. Jill is getting married this year to Joel Olson! Jill has a son Andrew 21, daughter Bailey 17 and two stepdaughters McKenzie 14 and Sophia 11.
Flame & Cork Wood Fire Pizza, Vino and Brews Nick Young is the Chef/Manager at Flame & Cork Wood Fired Pizza, Vinos, and Brews. Nick’s favorite thing in Leadership Class of 2017 was getting to experience all the great opportunities our little town has to offer and to spend it with such a wonderful group of people. Nick enjoys snowboarding, hiking, cooking, and biking. Nick’s family is Brenda Young, Hailey Young, John Young, Christian Young, Maryssa Lovoi, Connie Young.
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