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he presentation of “accolades” is featured at every regular meeting of the Blaine County School District board of trustees. The accolades, in written form, are read aloud, typically by the district superintendent, to recognize the achievements, dedication or excellence of district staff or even outsiders who have contributed to the success of the district and its students. Many of the accolades are written to teachers, and certain themes emerge in those testimonials that reveal the traits that make a teacher successful. Dedication and commitment are consistent themes, as is the willingness to go beyond the mere job responsibilities to help students succeed. Another attribute that stands out is the trait of caring on the part of a teacher—genuinely caring about a student’s success in school and a student’s well-being and happiness overall. Some accolades even acknowledge how a teacher changed a student’s life. One of the most recent accolades, presented at the March 11 school board meeting, was written to Carey Public School Principal John Peck about high school math teacher Elizabeth Young. “Ms. Young opens her classroom to the kids not only with the door, but with the invitation and encouragement to come in and learn,” wrote Carey resident Shawna Parke. “She has spent countless hours with my daughter, her classmates, my other four children previously, along with I don’t even know how many other hundreds of students that have been a part of her classes. “She spends the extra time needed—way more than what is required hourly—as a teacher,” Parke wrote. “She never makes her

students feel that they are incapable of ‘getting it,’ but does everything she can to instill confidence in their abilities. She never makes them feel like they are a burden for taking up too much of her time or that she has better places to be.” Young has been a math teacher for 30 years, which she describes on the Carey School website as 3x+10=100. Parke wrote that she hopes that Young stays at Carey school at least another three years so that her daughter can continue to learn from her.

“The girl didn’t know how to thank the teacher, for the teacher had changed her life, helped discover the girl’s true self and she was utterly thankful.” Emma Madsen Teacher

“Much thanks, you have a wonderful and amazing teacher in your midst,” Parke concluded. The trait of genuinely caring about students is also reflected in a Nov. 12, 2013, accolade written by interim Superintendent John Blackman regarding Woodside Elementary School art teacher Joni Cashman, who was recently named

Idaho Elementary Art Teacher of the Year by the Idaho Art Education Association. “Joni is the consummate professional who always puts the whole of herself into any and all endeavors she undertakes,” Blackman wrote. “She is a person who consistently challenges herself through the acquisition of knowledge and new experiences, which she so passionately imparts to all of her students. “I have never seen her make a decision that was not student centered,” Blackman continued. “She has always jumped in and gone beyond the call of duty for the kids and her colleagues. It is safe to say that Joni Cashman ranks amongst the very best educators I have had the privilege to know and work with over the 30 years I have spent in education.”

Heroes Sometimes teachers are described as heroes, such as in an accolade written by Hailey residents Stephanie and Joe Flora and presented to the school board on May 14, 2013. The Floras describe the teachers and staff at Woodside Elementary School as “amazing heroes to all the kids,” specifically mentioning the dedication of firstgrade teacher Amy Sauvageau and fourth-grade teacher Katherine Oliver. The Floras note how much better their sons are doing in school since the family moved from Twin Falls to the Wood River Valley. “Carson got an amazing teacher, Mrs. Sauvageau, for kindergarten and now for first grade,” the Floras wrote. “He just adores her, as do we. She does a great job teaching the little ones while having fun and making wonderful memories along the way.” See TEACHERS, next page


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The Floras wrote in the accolade that their son AJ was struggling in school until he was placed in Oliver’s class, when AJ did a “180” in his studies. “He really loves the way Mrs. Oliver teaches and cares,” the Floras wrote. “He retains the information that she puts out and wants to learn more. He comes home and does his homework without being told 20 times. His grades have improved dramatically and Mrs. Oliver says he participates in class.” Sometimes in schools, the act of being a teacher can be applied to staff members who aren’t officially teachers. Such is the case with Bellevue Elementary School special-education paraprofessionals Debbie London and Chandra Barney. The two of them are praised in an Oct. 8, 2013, accolade written by district Curriculum Director Angie Martinez, who previously served as Bellevue principal. “Debbie and Chandra welcome students to a focused learning environment that encourages the achievement of goals,” Martinez wrote, “They mentor those students and compel them to be their best academically and socially by living the seven habits as learned through the Leader in Me [program]. They truly invest themselves in helping these students learn and grow.” Martinez further points out that London and Barney are successful in teaching because they “care” about the success and well-being of the students.

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Life changer Wood River Middle School language arts teacher Ginger Rierden has had more than one accolade Woodside Elementary School fourthwritten about her. The most grade teacher Katherine Oliver was recent, presented to the described as an “amazing hero” in an accolade school board on Feb. 11, written by Hailey residents Stephanie and Joe was written by sixth-grade Flora. teacher Emma Madsen, who described how Rierden “changed her life” by helping her discover her true self through writing. Madsen describes in the accolade that she lacked confidence in her abilities, particularly at writing, but that Rierden helped her find her voice and discover “an important piece of herself.” Much of the accolade is written by Madsen describing herself in third voice. “The girl didn’t know how to thank the teacher, for the teacher had changed her life, helped discover the girl’s true self and she was utterly thankful,” Madsen wrote. “So here I am writing this story, and I hope this was a good enough thank you; because I know that no matter what I won’t be able to thank you enough.”

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Nina Jonas is Woman of the Year Busi ness co-ow ner bec a me f irst fem a le K etchu m m ayor By ERIC AVISSAR— Express Staff Writer


etchum Mayor Nina Jonas has been voted by readers of the Idaho Mountain Express as the Wood River Valley’s Woman of the Year. The other two finalists were Willa McLaughlin, a service-unit director for the Girl Scouts, and Debra Hall, a real estate broker. “It’s a surprise to win,” Jonas said. “I’m kind of shocked, but I’m humbled and it’s an honor.” Jonas, 41, served one term on the Ketchum City Council before easily defeating incumbent Mayor Randy Hall by an 851-429 margin in city elections last November. Since her win, Jonas said she is happy with the job she’s done thus far, and is more conscious of her actions on a day-to-day basis. “When it comes down to the fact that I’m the first female mayor

of Ketchum, I consider myself somewhat of a role model,” Jonas said. “When people introduce me to their kids, then it strikes me as, ‘Oh yeah, I guess I’m the mayor.’ What I do speaks to the community, so I’m very conscious of my behavior and my actions.” As the mayor, Jonas said she is trying to implement changes to better serve the local community. “I want to change the culture in City Hall to create a more strategic-type of thinking,” Jonas said. “I want to see that projects and ideas that come to City Hall don’t just get acted on individually, but are acted on in [tandem] with what else we’re doing so it’s efficient and effective.” Jonas said she appreciates that so many citizens want to help with the city’s issues, ranging from

energy efficiency to creating a healthy year-round economy, and emphasized the importance of her interactions with other people. “This is a people job,” Jonas said. “We do have city assets that we manage but it’s really about the interactions and serving the public. I want to create a very serviceoriented City Hall. I feel we are headed in that direction, and I feel good about it.” Jonas, who grew up in Ketchum, graduated from Smith College in Massachusetts with degrees in art history and economic development. She also spent a year at the London College of Economics. Before pursuing her collegiate education, Jonas spent a year in various African countries including Kenya, Zimbabwe, Rwanda, See JONAS, next page

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Tanzania, South Africa and Libya. Jonas called the experience “the most informative undertaking I’ve ever had.â€? “I think I was young enough that the experience got to me,â€? Jonas said. “The experience wasn’t analytical so much as it was absorbed. I got to see how the rest of the world lives, how they are able to laugh and still have joy even though their days are centered on getting water.â€? Jonas is co-owner of Rickshaw restaurant in Ketchum with her husband Andreas Heaphy. With her experience as a small-business owner, Jonas said her work at the Asian-cuisine establishment has done more to prepare her for a career in politics than her time in school. “Rickshaw prepared me more for politics than my education because I’m dealing with people all the time, and it’s immediate problem-solving,â€? she said. “If you don’t solve a problem right away, then it explodes. It’s toughened me up, too, as I can’t take things personally and just try to solve the problem.â€? She also said that her experiences as a small-business owner have ďŹ guratively made her develop skin as thick as a rhino’s—she doesn’t let issues bother her unless she feels like she could have done a better job. With Jonas handling the business side of Rickshaw, her husband works as the head chef, with both bringing skills to the business that complement one-another. Heaphy graduated from the Portland Culinary Institute in Portland, Ore., and used to work as a chef at China Pepper restaurant for Hall, who was a restaurant owner before he became mayor. Rickshaw has been in business since 2005, and Jonas plans on having a 10th anniversary celebration in 2015. When the restaurant was ďŹ rst opened, it was intended more to make experimental food for packaging before Jonas said it “blew up into a restaurant.â€? “It’s worked out really well for us,â€? Jonas said. “He’s a food artist. He loves food, and he can’t get enough of it. Because we don’t do each other’s jobs, there’s not much nitpicking. It’s helpful to work together so I can see him.â€? Jonas said the restaurant had a more successful month of January than anticipated, and is happy with the business.

“I think people really identify with Andreas’ passion for food,â€? she said. “He has always been attracted to Asian food, since there are a lot of bright avors. There’s a lot of prep work in Asian food but when it comes to cooking it’s right down to the moment.â€? Looking back, Jonas is amazed at how quickly the last decade has passed. “These 10 years feel like they’ve own by,â€? Jonas said. “One thing I worry about is being too busy having two jobs. Maximizing your day like that makes time y by. I don’t want to look back 20 years from now and say, ‘What just happened?’ which is how I feel about the past ďŹ ve years.â€? Jonas met Heaphy while they lived together as housemates in Ketchum, and later moved to San Diego together. The two have been married for six years after being in a relationship for six years before tying the knot. Jonas said she and her husband do some activities on their own and some together. While Heaphy enjoys mountain biking and ďŹ shing largely on his own, Jonas enjoys hiking with her dog Arby, a red and white border collie. Ttogether, they enjoy skiing and scuba diving while on vacation. With an extremely busy schedule, Jonas said there are a few things she wishes she could do if she had more free time. “I would like to do more yoga and learn a language,â€? she said. “My mom is Danish, so I want to use my Rosetta Stone program to learn Danish. You have to do it every day though to reap the full beneďŹ ts. I think it’s easier to make time for something big like a vacation than for something smaller much more continuously.â€? As for her future political career, Jonas said she is unsure of how long she would like to serve as Ketchum’s mayor, but hopes to leave the city in great shape long after she’s ďŹ nished serving. “I would like to leave a really strong staff that has a strategy and a way to move efďŹ ciently and remains apolitical to work with a new elected body,â€? she said. “I’d like to get more economic initiatives in place like broadband Internet and a hotel. Also, I want us to do some sustainable initiatives in water and energy. We’re in position to be an example community for others because everyone wants to help.â€?


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Divas of the nonprofit world Meet 4 women w ho ru n ch a r i ta ble org a ni z ations i n the Wood Ri v er Va lle y By TONY EVANS— Express Staff Writer


he giving spirit of the Wood River Valley is evident in the number of nonprofit organizations whose work benefits people, animals and the land around us. Many of the organizations are directed by women. Below, meet four of the valley’s women who work diligently to make a difference in the world.

Jeanne Liston Feeding the Hungry

Jeanne Liston sorts through food at the Hunger Coalition headquarters.

Back in 2003, then-valley resident Tom Iselin brought to light the disturbing fact that even in upscale Blaine County many families could not afford the food they needed to thrive. Kansas City native Jeanne Liston was at the first meeting of the Blaine County Hunger Coalition, which was formed to gather groceries and donations to fill food boxes for a collection of county agencies charged with feeding the hungry. Today, Liston serves as executive director of the organization, overseeing a team of 150 volunteers dedicated to making sure that no one in the county goes a single day without proper nutrition. “This is a fulfilling job because I am making a difference in peoples’ lives,” Liston said. “We are all here for the right reasons.” Liston studied French and art history at Benedictine College before working and traveling in Europe, Africa and Asia. While motorcycling through the Lybian desert, she encountered a group of people that would change her life and set her on a career that would involve social justice. The motorcycle broke down near an oasis, and before she and her partner hitch-hiked back to the city,

she got to know the locals. “These were people who had so little, yet they wanted to give you everything they had,” she said. “When I returned to the United States, I struggled to understand why we had people homeless and hungry on our city streets.” Back in Kansas, Liston heard a lecture by Father Joe Langford about his time working with Mother Teresa to help the needy in the slums of India. The talk inspired Liston to join Langford’s Human Development Foundation, working in Bangkok, Thailand, to support street kids and AIDS patients. “It was incredibly challenging, but also very rewarding work,” Liston said, while taking a short break from running the Hunger Coalition at newly expanded offices in Bellevue. She became a board member in 2005, and the first paid staff member in 2007, just in time for an explosion in the community’s need for food donations. “By October of 2008, there were lines of people around our building. They were hungry and scared,” Liston said. She and her board spearheaded fundraising efforts and hired staff, eventually establishing the food lockers, mobile food bank vans and the communitymanaged Hope Garden that the Hunger Coalition is known for today. Hunger coalition services are entirely confidential and not affiliated with the government. Last year the Hunger Coalition used about $680,000 in private and public donations to serve 2,303 individual clients in need. But Liston said her work is far from over. See NONPROFITS, next page

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SALUTING THE WOMEN WHO LEAD THE CITY OF KETCHUM We are proud to recognize Ketchum’s first woman mayor and the women who head more than half the city departments. Women lead the departments responsible for recreational programs for your children, the safety of your drinking water, new hotels and development, the city’s finances and much more. We appreciate their contributions toward making Ketchum a better place for all of us.

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“There were a record number of tion and proud of our community,” people waiting in line in Bellevue Dixon said. “We are connecting last month, about 67 families,” she people with animals and changing said. Liston said the increase could lives.” Dixon, a native of Toronto, be due to recent cuts to the federal Food Stamp program, and the was completing her veterinarian decision in December to not extend studies many years ago at the Sun Valley Animal Center when her unemployment benefits. “Some people don’t come to us father died, leaving her mother because they think other need help despondent. “She really didn’t have a reason more than they do.” Said Liston. to get out of bed “We know that we anymore,” said are not meeting Dixon, who found the need that is out an animal shelter dog there.” to keep her company. Liston has served “All of a sudden my on the Idaho Food mother was up and Bank board of direcdoing things and tors, and now serves seeing friends. It on the board of the was quite a healing Idaho Hunger Relief process.” Task Force. These JoAnne Dixon Dixon worked posts have made her Animal Shelter of the in a private veteriespecially thankful Wood River Valley nary practice for 10 for the generosity of years, often with Wood River Valley residents in facing the problem of pampered pets, before taking on the responsibility of running the hunger in our community. “This community is incredibly Wood River Valley shelter in 2006. generous. While other food banks She was pregnant with twins at the in Idaho were cutting back on time and thought the new position hours and resources, this commu- tending to homeless animals would nity was increasingly responsive to provide a less demanding schedule. “I had no idea what I was its needs,” she said. getting into,” said Dixon, who now spays and neuters for free about Caring for animals 400 animals each year, conducts and people surgeries, oversees animal trainVeterinarian JoAnne Dixon ings and assessments, and provides serves as executive director and adoption counseling for potential medical director of the “no kill” pet owners. Animal Shelter of the Wood River The Animal Shelter of the Wood Valley near Hailey, which adopts River Valley became in 1997 the out about 400 pets each year to first one in Idaho to not euthanize grateful owners. homeless animals, later offering After a firefighter helped save free spay and neutering clinics to the shelter from a massive wildfire get animal populations in control, that swept through Croy Canyon while pursuing an aggressive adoplast summer, he returned to adopt tion program. a Labrador puppy. Dixon and her staff and team of When a pit bull and her litter of volunteers de-worm, vaccinate and puppies were “dumped” in Gimlet, implant microchip location devices south of Ketchum, the shelter took in all the cats and dogs brought to them in and adopted them out. See NONPROFITS, Page S8 “I am proud of our organiza-


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the shelter. They also prepare them for a new life. “We are basically animal social workers,” she said. “Every pet has a history, but we don’t always know what it is. We have to ask the question, ‘What are the barriers to adoption?’” She said if a dog is shy, they might put treats in a can hung from the gate when they walk by, in order to draw the dog into closer contact with people. If the animal barks too much, it may be trained to keep quieter. Dogs that are “ball crazy” often make excellent service dogs. “It’s all about learning to market one’s self better,” Dixon said. “But if a new owner does not work out we have an adoption guarantee. I call it the Nordstrom return policy.” Dixon networks with animal shelters around the country, providing dogs to a juvenile detention center for young people to practice responsibility and compassion, and to would-be pet owners who browse the online Pet Finder site to find the right breed and temperament. “A great Pyrenees pup left town on a private jet to California. Another woman found a labradoodle for a friend in town, after the dog got lost on a hike and they found one another,” Dixon said. “Dogs don’t care if they live in a fancy house, as long as they are with you and their basic needs are met.” Now that the Animal Shelter of the Wood River Valley has become known as a successful no-kill shelter, Dixon said she and her staff are able to take dogs and cats from other areas where they would likely be euthanized, and then adopt them out to new owners. She said the shelter’s $1 million annual budget is “almost entirely” paid by private contributions. “Nonprofits don’t invent themselves,” Dixon said. “We fill a need that the private sector does not fill. You cannot have a compassionate community, and a shelter that kills animals.”

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facing women and children,” she the county, including pain management services, bereavement support said. As vice president of the Samuel and emotional support for families Goldwyn Foundation, she helped and caregivers—in short, anything to rebuild the Hollywood Library that would allow families to provide after a fire, founded a model for dying loved ones at home. “This is what most people daycare center in Los Angeles, and supported after-school programs want,” said Nystrom. “The caring for under-privileged kids. She also presence of family members is served as president of the Beverley extremely comforting to a person who is dying. We work to give Hills Board of Education. “My parents grew up during families the confidence to be that the Depression, so for me it was caring presence.” Nystrom said 92 percent of the a privilege to have an education,” said Goldwyn, who also volunteers people who die in the Wood River with charitable organizations in Valley avail themselves of hospice services, compared with 47 percent the Wood River Valley. The organization Goldwyn was eventually invited nationally. to join the American board of the serves, on average, 42 people each United Nations Population Fund day. One of her clients just needed (UNFPA), an organization geared toward providing maternal health someone to feed their horses. care, family planning and educa- Another wants to play cribbage. “We have one client who wanted tional services at points across the globe. Thus began her many years to learn to play ‘Amazing Grace’ on of involvement in global women’s the ukulele, and then have a recording of her performance played rights issues. “The U.N. is not just a group at her funeral service,” Nystrom of leaders making resolutions that said. “So we had to look around to are then vetoed,” Goldwyn said. find someone who could teach the “There are fantastic people on the ukulele.” Nystrom worked as an emerground doing many wonderful gency-room and things.” intensive-care nurse In 2001, she was before taking time introduced to United off from her profesNations Secretary sion to raise a family. General Kofi Annan, She has also worked who asked her to on the national produce a documenboard of the Girl tary film about the Scouts of America. plight of internaAbout 35 years ago, tional refugees. She she answered a newssoon took on the role paper advertisement of promoting the calling for a volunUNFPA’s mission teer coordinator through film. position at a hospice “After all, it is the in the San Franfamily business,” she cisco Bay Area. Thus said. began her second The Family of Peggy Goldwyn career, which would Woman Film FestiUNFPA supporter land her in a graduval has brought ate school teaching 36 feature-length films to Sun Valley dealing with position in end-of-life care, and a the status of women throughout few years later at the reins of the the world. Speakers are brought Hospice & Palliative Care of the each year by the United Nations Wood River Valley. Last year, Nystrom received to participate. They have included Liberian women who organized a $50,000 Sojourns Award from to overthrow a dictator, Iraqi girls Cambia Health for her exemplary who play basketball, and an Amer- service to the Wood River Valley. The money will be used to support ican teacher and astronaut. No awards are given at the festi- the many services that Nystrom val, but a great deal of network- oversees in the valley, including ing and education takes place. This the Legacy Project, which brings year, the Family of Woman Film junior high school students into the Festival collaborated with Boise homes of hospice patients to interState University, bringing its speak- view elders in order to write the ers and films to a broader audience. stories they would like to pass on The festival’s films are now screen- to future generations. “They love to tell their stories ing elsewhere in the country, in communities that share Goldwyn’s and the kids love writing about them,” said Nystrom. passion for women’s rights. Each year for 25 years, Nystrom “Education is the key,” said Goldwyn. “When women and has organized a Hospice Memorial girls become educated, they often Tree lighting ceremony during the delay marriage, have less children holidays to honor and remember and earn money to support their loved ones. “We now have about 500 families.” names,” Nystrom said. Nystrom said since she came to Tending to the dying the valley she has seen the commu“Death is the last taboo in nity come together to engage in America,” said Carolyn Nystrom, end-of-life-care issues. executive director of the Hospice & “This is a grassroots, commuPalliative Care of the Wood River nity-based hospice. It is a commuValley in Ketchum. “But talking nity caring for people, instead of about it can make it less scary. I a government agency,” Nystrom have seen how fragile life can be, said. “Our good work couldn’t so I try to live fully each day, to not happen everywhere. We are very put things off until tomorrow.” fortunate for the partnerships and Nystrom and 85 volunteers and collaborative efforts of everyone. three paid staff members provide “I love my work. The hardest free end-of-life support for anyone in thing will be my move to retire.”

“The U.N. is not just a group of leaders making resolutions that are then vetoed.”


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fter working for 18 years in the Wood River life-and-death issues. In orthopedics, she said, the Valley, Dr. Charlotte Alexander says she’s outcomes are usually good. “You’re not dealing with things that can’t be fixed,” glad she became a hand surgeon rather than pursuing a career in her other field of interest—music. she said. “Orthopedists like to fix things.” Alexander said she became interested in hand Aside from having a more financially secure profession, Alexander said she feels she has been able to surgery because she was fascinated by the intricacy of serve her patients, especially women, with an abil- the anatomy. “You have to not be in a hurry,” she said. “You ity to communicate that is often lacking in her male have to like tedious work. But I’m just fascinated by counterparts. Of the eight general and orthopedic surgeons listed that sort of thing.” However, she said, the longer she has practiced, the in the Wood River Valley Yellow Pages, Alexander is the only woman. Nationwide, that ratio is even more less she turns to surgery as a solution. “As you get more experienced in outcomes, you lopsided. Though women make up about one-third of the population of doctors in the United States, they start to realize that you’re not going to be able to make some things better with the things that comprise only about 4.3 percent of you learned in your residency,” she certified orthopedic surgeons, accordsaid. “You learn that certain kinds of ing to the American Academy of patients do better with conservative Orthopaedic Surgeons. management.” That number appears to be on the Alexander also said that she makes rise—according to the academy, in it a point to discuss with her patients 2010, 14 percent of orthopedic resiall of the potential causes of their dents were women, up from 8 percent problems. in 2000. “Your hand is your connection to Various people studying the subject life and to your experiences. I feel that have attributed the slow emergence of I spend more time dealing with the women in the field to an inaccurate perception that the specialty requires Dr. Charlotte Alexander whole patient than do most orthopedic surgeons.” strength and to a scarcity of female role She said she thinks her approach is models. “While the need for physical strength may have beneficial to both male and female patients, but that her played a role decades ago, advances in modern-day willingness to talk is most appreciated by the women. “That’s what women do!” she said. medical equipment have shifted the primary requisites Alexander shares her office with her husband, Dr. from brute strength to manual dexterity, mechanical ability and an aptitude in three-dimensional visualiza- Herb Alexander, an orthopedist who specializes in tion,” wrote Dr. Mary O’Conner, chair of the Depart- sports medicine and fractures. The two met while they were both in residency at ment of Orthopaedic Surgery at the Mayo Clinic, in a the Oakland Naval Hospital, he as a senior resident, blog for The Huffington Post in August 2012. When Alexander, 61, began her residency, the she in her first year. She said their close relationship numbers were even worse. She said that during her allows them to consult with one another frequently medical school interviews, she was asked whether she and to refer patients. “It’s great most of the time,” she said, though she planned to get married and to have children. However, she said, she didn’t see herself as a pioneer adds with a laugh, “There are times when we could be called the Bickersons!” for women’s rights. Alexander hasn’t abandoned her interest in music. “It was odd being a woman in orthopedics,” she said, “but I just didn’t put that into the equation—I She still sings regularly with the Caritas Chorale, and said she prefers it as a hobby. just liked what I was doing.” “I don’t think I would have enjoyed music so much She said she chose her field partly because she was turned off by the big egos of many general and cardio- if I had to do it to make a living,” she said. That’s probably a good thing for Wood River Valley thoracic surgeons whom she encountered. During her time in medical school and her residency, she said, the residents as well, who have an attentive and adept local specialist to turn to when their manual connection to “orthopods” just seemed like more normal people. She said she also prefers not having to deal with life isn’t what it used to be.

“Your hand is your connection to life and to your experiences.”


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Ketchum clinic may represent medicine’s future ‘Mid-le v el’ pr acti tioners a r e r epl aci ng gener a l pr actitioners By GREG MOORE— Express Staff Writer


s “mid-level” medical practitioners, Nanette Ford—a physician assistant—and Kristen Allen—a nurse practitioner—say they are able to provide physician-quality care to most patients at less cost. And since they’re not part of a corporation, no administrator is telling them how much time they can spend with each patient. The two women are partners in a medical clinic in Ketchum. Ford, 58, has worked in the Wood River Valley for 26 years, and won the Best Medical Provider award five years in a row in the Sun Valley Guide’s Best of the Valley. Allen, 51, joined the enterprise two months ago after having worked as a registered nurse in California for 24 years. She recently upgraded her status to nurse practitioner by completing a two-year-long master’s program. Though they arrived at their credentials through different routes, both have about the same legal capabilities to practice medicine. In Idaho, they can diagnose patients, treat them and write drug prescriptions. They said that with medical-school costs skyrocketing, graduates can no longer afford to be general practitioners, and are forced by financial circumstances to become specialists. In many areas, the void is being filled by physician assistants and nurse practitioners. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of physician assis-

tants is projected to grow 38 percent in the next 10 years, much faster than the average for all occupations. “The lines have really blurred,” Ford said. “We do about 80 percent of what a physician would do.” The clinic’s emphasis on wellness rather than sickness is reflected by a décor with a somewhat Eastern and Buddhist theme that promotes relaxation. “My goal when I started this business was to have it as nonmedical-looking as possible,” Ford said. Ford and Allen said they offer “integrative” and “personalized” medicine. They describe the “integrative” part as involving mind, body and spirit—a bridge between Western and Eastern medicine, with some herbal remedies and advice on lifestyle changes. Those changes, Ford said, can require a lot of education and counseling. They say that many of their patients are wary of the potential side effects from prescription drugs, and in their office, herbal remedies are often offered as an initial tactic when appropriate. Ford said they are usually safer and can often achieve the same results—but only when they’re pharmaceutical-grade supplements with standardized ingredients. She said some companies only sell herbal medicines of that quality through medical offices.

Raising Financially Literate Children By Mary S¿ngi, Zions Bank Relationship Manager The perennial lemonade stand — a favorite childhood pastime and a hallmark of a hot summer day —is just one way enterprising children can work to earn a few extra dollars. Whether they are selling lemonade in Dixie cups, doing odd jobs around the house or working at a retail store, children and teens can learn important Ƥnancial lessons now that will last a lifetime. The task of teaching kids to be Ƥnancially literate, and preparing them to someday be Ƥnancially independent, is one of the greatest challenges we face as parents. But for reasons not entirely clear, many parents Ƥnd money-related topics diƥcult to broach, admitting they are more comfortable talking about bullying, drugs and relationships than family Ƥnances or investing, according to the T. Rowe Price “Parents, Kids and Money” survey. Some adults may feel that because they fall short in their own grasp of Ƥnances they are ill-qualiƤed to impart Ƥnancial lessons to their children. But the truth is, if we can teach children and teens to distinguish between needs and wants, and how to budget and save, they will know more than many adults. If we get it wrong, however, our children are likely to join the millions of Americans who rack up massive credit card debt and get stung each month by stiơ interest payments. Since the recession, 8͕ percent of teens say they are motivated to learn more about managing their money, according to a Junior Achievement/Allstate Foundation poll. Likewise, children ages eight to ͕4 are eager to receive Ƥnancial education, particularly regarding saving and how to make money. Each spring, bankers get the chance to step out of the oƥce and into the classroom as part of the American Bankers Association’s annual National Teach Children to Save Day. Engaging with gradeschool students on money-related topics, we are always struck by how receptive they are to relatively advanced concepts such as interest and budgeting. These children are keen to tackle Ƥnancial topics, and it is up to us as parents, grandparents, mentors and educators to not only teach them, but to model healthy attitudes about money and responsible Ƥnancial behavior. Kids like to learn about money because they see the things their parents do with it. They can be very impressionable, and often pattern money habits from examples seen at home. The prospect of be-

Nanette Ford, right, and Kristen Allen are partners in a Ketchum medical clinic that strives to provide personalized health care. Express photo by Roland Lane

Allen said conditions treatable with herbal remedies include high cholesterol, immunesystem deficiency, joint problems and menopause, among other things. But the women don’t shy away from prescribing traditional drugs when they’re needed. Sometimes that’s after other attempts don’t work, and sometimes when it’s obvious that they’re needed immediately—a bacterial infection, for example. “I’m not anti-drug company,” Ford said. “They’ve saved millions of lives. But I want to offer choices.” Ford said the choices she offers patients have not resulted in a single malpractice suit over her 26 years of practice. “I know my limits, I know my boundaries, I know what’s safe,” she said. The “personalized” part of their practice, they said, involves taking enough time to analyze all of the potential mind-body-

spirit connections. “What’s happened with the big corporations is that they’ve lost the personalized medicine,” Ford said. “None of the headto-toe, the spiritual part of being a patient, and that’s what we’re able to do here. I think what people are looking for is to be listened to. We’ll spend the time listening to what’s going on.” That approach seems particularly appreciated by women, who make up about 65 percent of the clinic’s patients. But Allen said the integrative approach is effective with “male menopause” issues such as fatigue, and for athletes who want to improve their performance. Ford said it’s common for women to be so pleased with the treatment they received from Ford that they refer their husbands to her. The clinic also treats children over 4. “We’re a family practice,” Ford said. “We get multiple generations of families.”

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ing able to save their money for a special item or event can help them learn the importance of setting Ƥnancial goals and understanding willpower. The Ƥnancial future of our nation will soon be in the hands of our children. They will not only be managing their own Ƥnances, but taking the reins as community and business leaders. We need to do everything we can to prepare children and teens for the Ƥnancial challenges and temptations ahead. And it’s never too early to start. Following are a few examples of potential teaching moments to help you get started: At the bank. When you go to the bank, bring your children with you and show them how transactions work. Ask the branch manager to explain how the bank operates, the importance of saving, and how money generates interest. On payday. Discuss how your income is budgeted to pay for housing, food and clothing, and how a portion is saved for future expenses such as college tuition and retirement. At the grocery store. Help your children understand what various items cost. Give them a budget and a shopping list and see how they do. Explain the beneƤts of comparison shopping, coupons and store brands. At the dinner table. Ask your child or grandchild where various foods come from. The likely response is “the store.” Then ask where the money to pay for these items comes from. On family outings. Involve kids in the Ƥnancial side of planning for a family outing or vacation. Consider setting aside a Ƥxed amount for things like snacks, concessions or souvenirs and letting children and teens help decide how to spend the allotted funds. Paying bills. Let children take part in paying the monthly bills. Explain the many ways that bills can be paid: over the phone, by check, electronic check or online check draft. Discuss how each method of bill pay takes money out of your account. Be sure to cover late penalties, emphasizing the importance of paying bills on time. Using credit cards. Explain that credit cards are a loan and need to be repaid. Show them how each month a credit card statement comes in the mail with a bill. Go over the features of diơerent types of cards, such as ATM, debit and credit.

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Wednesday, March 19, 2014 WOMEN ON THE STREET

Who has been the most influential woman in your life (other than your mother)? Express photos by Willy Cook

“Maxine Uhrig. She was the kindest woman I have ever met. She loved her family and friends more than anything.” Jennifer Uhrig Sun Valley Co. director of recreation

“Kaitlyn Farrington, because she was brought up in God’s country, Bellevue, Idaho, on a working ranch. She has all the local kids fi red up knowing that they can do anything they want and the sky is the limit. She is the inspiration of any small town.”

“Hands down it would have to be my Hamilton College Virginia Wolf Seminar professor that taught me the beauty of being an independent, free-thinking woman. Nowadays, it’s Nina Jonas … for taking the Ketchum mayor job.” Keri Desler Ketchum wine representative

“Patty Kirk’s mom. She told us where babies came from in the sixth grade.” Suz Locke Bellevue mom

Cindy Theobald Lefty’s employee

“My 98-year-old grandmother, ‘Nanny.’ I asked her when she was going to give up her driver’s license and she replied, ‘It doesn’t expire ’til I’m 100.’”

“My high school English teacher, because she taught me how to think more deeply.” Tracy Lee Cell phone tower developer Board Ranch

Lola Crist Board Ranch mom

“Two come to mind. My thirdgrade teacher Marie Wick, who was at the forefront of the woman’s lib movement, who taught us to be strong and independent women. Secondly, Larsen Peterson, my son’s godmother, who convinced me to move here from Seattle.” Andi Meucci Higher Ground ski instructor

“My sisters, ’cause they are rippin’ skiers! Emilie duPont Board Ranch gal

“My advisor Kate Greenspan at Skidmore College was the fi rst person who recommended that I write fiction by candlelight. We would drink martinis, smoke, then read and write. I have written some of my best fiction by candlelight.” Kathleen Longe Ketchum writer

“Señora Verela, because I’m a Dual Immersion student and she is my Spanish teacher.” Ellis Burke Mallett Ketchum student

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