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Tammy de Weerd, 2020 Woman of the Year

Mayor (Retired) City of Meridian   Like many influential women in Idaho, Tammy de Weerd first got involved in politics because she wanted to make her city better for her own children. She would go on to trailblaze a legacy ...

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Danielle Horras, 2020 Women of the Year

Director, Strategic Initiatives University of Idaho   Danielle Horras has built her career around strategy and how it can help leaders achieve their goals. Her work has spanned higher education, public education, the world of business and beyond, and the ...

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Elaine Clegg, 2020 Women of the Year

Council President and Project Coordinator Boise City Council and Idaho Smart Growth   16-year veteran of the Boise City Council, Elaine Clegg has earned a reputation for being smart, hardworking and passionate about making cities and town great places to ...

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Rebecca Casper, 2020 Women of the Year

Mayor City of Idaho Falls   Rebecca Casper always thought of herself as someone who would work behind the scenes in politics, doing research, supporting and advising. But within one five-day period in 2013, she was approached three different times ...

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Skip Oppenheimer, 2019 Icon

Skip Oppenheimer Skip Oppenheimer is known throughout Idaho for his commitment to building thriving downtowns and his generosity with time, money and talents. He has lived most of his adult life in the public eye and has earned respect far ...

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Patrick Rice, 2019 Icon

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Patrick Rice The first taste Patrick Rice had of the service industry came when he was just 15, in the form of freshly backed biscuits and garden fresh produce from the kitchen of his grandmother’s cousin in Novia Scotia. Rice ...

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Downtown Boise: Housing projects bring challenges, opportunities

“I was born and raised here and for a vast majority of that time, there was dirt all over downtown Boise,” explains Nick Schlekeway, CEO of the Amherst Madison real estate firm. “There were dirt parking lots — eight, nine, ...

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Q & A with Jeremy Field, regional administrator of the SBA

Jeremy Field is a Boise native who leads the economic development, small business initiatives and program operations for the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Region X Office — also known as the SBA Pacific Northwest Region — comprised of Alaska, ...

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Kathy Griesmyer, 2019 Accomplished Under 40

Kathy Griesmyer 30 •Policy Director • ACLU of Idaho • Boise When Kathy Griesmyer went to college, her first class for her international studies major was about globalization. She learned about human rights abuses and the problems caused by colonialism. ...

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Rhiana Menen, 2019 Accomplished Under 40

Rhiana Menen 37 • General and breast cancer surgeon • St. Luke’s Hospital • Boise Rhiana Menen draws energy from being involved in big projects and solving problems, and it shows. Her penchant for active engagement in good causes shows ...

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