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Council Members

Bayer
Director, Government and Public Affairs
Industry, Region 5

Committees:

  • Executive Committee - Chair

B.J. is a retired commercial bank vice president with over 30 years’ experience in management, budgeting, financial analysis and commercial real estate. She currently has her own business contracting with clients for commercial loan underwriting, financial modeling, economic development and drone real estate inspections. Her public service includes previously serving as chair of the board of Gritman Medical Center, president of the Moscow Chamber of Commerce, chair of the Idaho Economic Advisory Council, chair and executive director of Latah Economic Development Council and treasurer of League of Women Voters. BJ is a life-long resident of Latah County and resides in rural Troy.

Principal Analytics
Owner
Industry, Region 2

Committees:

  • Executive Committee
  • Policy Committee - Chair

Shelli Bardsley is the Chief Administrative Officer at Idaho Central Credit Union. In her current position, she oversees the people side of the Credit Union including Human Resources, Member Experience/Branch Performance, Public Relations, Business Development, Marketing, and Training. Idaho Central is one of the fastest growing credit unions in the Nation. For the last 36 years, Shelli has had the privilege of being an integral part of this significant growth serving in several capacities. Shelli's appreciation for perfection and drive for excellence, combined with her competitive nature, motivates and inspires her team.

Shelli holds a Bachelor of Science Degree from Idaho State University, and a Senior Professional in Human Resources designation from the Society for Human Resources. She earned both the Certified Senior Executive (CSE) and the Certified Chief Executive (CCE) designation from the Credit Union Executive Society (CUES) and is a Western CUNA School graduate.  

Shelli is an Idaho native and long-time resident of Pocatello, Idaho. She enjoys spending time with her husband, Jim, and their two sons, playing golf, and sharing her vision to make Idaho Central the best!

Idaho Central Credit Union
Chief Administrative Officer/Executive Vice President
Industry, Region 5

Committees:

  • Outreach Committee

Elli is the Policy and Outreach coordinator for Idaho National Laboratory (INL). Based in Boise, Elli serves as a liaison between INL, state and local government and business leaders. Elli is also no stranger to utilizing her management and organizational skills to successfully coordinate fundraising, campaign and legislative events. While earning her Bachelors in Business Administration at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Elli was a three-time academic All Big 12 golfer. Elli is a native Idahoan and is married to her husband Travis.

Idaho National Laboratory
Policy and Outreach Specialist
Industry, Region 3

Committees:

  • Outreach Committee

Employed by Dawn Enterprises, Inc. for 40 years with a personal and professional mission to provide educational and employment opportunities to people with and without disabilities.

Dawn Enterprises
Executive Director
Workforce, Region 5

Committees:

  • Outreach Committee

Dr Linda Clark is a career educator who spent 43 year career as an Idaho teacher, principal, central office administrator and superintendent.  She served as superintendent of the West Ada School District (Meridian) from 2004 – 2015.  Dr. Clark has a B.A. from Boise State University, an M.Ed. from the University of Idaho, and an Ed.D from the University of San Francisco.  She has served on numerous boards, and advisory committees, including the Boise and Meridian Chambers of Commerce; Northwest Evaluation Association (NWEA); the Discovery Center of Idaho; and on the Idaho K-12 and Higher Ed Task Forces.  She currently serves on the board of the Family Medical Residency of Idaho (FMRI), and as a member of the Governor’s Workforce Council.  Dr. Clark was a charter member of Digital Promise’s League of Innovative Schools, and in 2015, was one of 100 superintendents invited to the White House to recognize innovation in technology and recognized by Education Week as one of its Leaders to Learn From.  She was appointed to the State Board of Education in 2015 and is currently serving as its president

Idaho State Board of Education
Educational Professional
Government, Region 3

Brian Cox joined Tamarack Aerospace in 2015 as Chief Operating Officer and was made President in 2018. He has a Bachelor's in Accounting and Information Systems from University of Idaho and his MBA from University of Washington. He has served as both President and CFO for medium and large companies within the forest product industry. Brian also has experience working in operations management, strategic planning, risk management, financial accounting, and has been a State of Idaho CPA since 1997. 

Brian is married to Katie and has 3 daughters. He enjoys mountain biking, running, reading, spending quality time with his family, and serving the community. In his spare time he also serves on the Board of Directors for Potlatch Federal Credit Union and the Finance Committee for Sandpoint Waldorf School. 

Tamarack Aerospace Group
President
Industry, Region 1

Committees:

  • Grant Review Committee

Idaho Division of Vocational Rehabilitation
Administrator
Government, Region 3

Committees:

  • One-Stop Committee - Chair

A former HR Director, CHRO and COO Audrey has operated a management development consultancy business for over 35 years. She presents topics over a wide spectrum of leadership roles and responsibilities and enjoys the challenge of working with teams in crisis and dispute resolution. 

Audrey has served on Eastern Idaho Technical College’s board of directors (now the College of Eastern Idaho), and as adjunct faculty for Boise State University and the College of Eastern Idaho’s leadership development programs. 

Audrey serves on the Council’s Apprentice Committee and is a strong advocate of vocational training having worked with work-based awards in the UK. Audrey believes that technical qualifications designed with a specific job sector focus, delivering the underpinning knowledge, and practical skills and abilities an individual needs to obtain employment, or demonstrate the level of current competency can be of huge benefit to organizations in the development of their strategic workforce. The fact that training is on the job means less time away from the organization and, if so desired, many technical awards can be used to access other levels of qualifications. 

Management Consultant
Industry, Region 5

Committees:

  • Apprenticeship Committee

Dave Hannah started his career in the United States Air Force where he served as aircraft mechanic on the F-15 and T-33 aircraft. After serving four years he was honorably discharged and obtained his airframe and power plant license and was hired by Northwest Airlines in Minneapolis Minnesota as an A&P mechanic. Dave worked for Northwest Airlines for 13 years and working his way up to Operations Manager overseeing the engine overhaul facilities. He held the positions of aircraft mechanic, parts and material inspector, foreman, manager and operations manager.

In 2002 Dave was recruited to Southern California to work for B/E Aerospace as operations manager for a large OEM machine shop that manufactured parts for Boeing, Lockheed Martin, Bombardier and Learjet. After 4 years Dave decided to start his own machine shop and relocated to Boise Idaho where he started G Zero CNC Machining in 2007. Since then he has grown the shop from two machines to eleven and recently obtained both AS9100 and ISO 9001 certificates. G Zero currently serves the aerospace medical and semiconductor industry.

G-Zero
President
Industry, Region 3

Committees:

  • Apprenticeship Committee
  • Outreach Committee

Idaho Out-of-School Network
Director
Workforce, Region 3

Committees:

  • Outreach Committee

Angela received her doctorate in curriculum and instruction from Boise State University, an M.S. focusing on microbiology, a B.S. in biology and chemistry, and a teaching certificate in science. She spent 14 years in high school and college STEM classrooms inspiring students to participate in science competitions and community service events.

She transitioned to the State Department of Education where she served as Assessment and Accountability Director. In August 2015, Governor Otter appointed her the Executive Director for his newly formed Idaho STEM Action Center where she oversees a variety of STEM opportunities, ensuring Idaho’s long-term economic prosperity.

STEM Action Center
Director
Governor's Rep, Region 3

Committees:

  • Outreach Committee

Steinar Hjelle is talent management vice president at Micron Technology. He is responsible for the company’s global talent management strategies. Mr. Hjelle joined Micron in 2014 as director of talent development and was appointed to his current position in 2017.

Prior to Micron, Mr Hjelle served as vice president of talent management and chief learning officer at Seattle-based Group Health Cooperative. His previous positions include senior leadership roles in talent development, executive development, leadership development and new employee orientation for Raytheon Defense and Aerospace, Phoenix Life, IBM and General Electric, as well as technology and operations leader for The Hartford. Mr. Hjelle also served as a major and commanding officer in the Royal Norwegian Air Force where he was responsible for all training and development programs.

Mr. Hjelle earned his bachelor’s degree in mathematics and statistics from the Norwegian Air Force Academy and his master’s degree in business administration from BI Norwegian Business School. He was appointed to the Idaho Workforce Development Council and served on the Governor’s Workforce Development Task Force.  

Micron Technology
Vice President, Global Talent Management
Industry, Region 3

Western States Equipment
Vice President, Human Resources and Safety
Industry, Region 3

Committees:

  • Executive Committee
  • Grant Review Committee - Chair

Dwight Johnson has served as the State Administrator of Career and Technical Education (CTE) for the State of Idaho since 2014. As State Administrator he oversees a $76 million budget that funds CTE programs at high schools and postsecondary institutions throughout the state. Mr. Johnson served for 20 years as a senior administrator at the Idaho Departments of Labor and Commerce where he oversaw workforce policy development, community development grants, research and analysis, public communications, and legislative relations. He also served as the Interim Executive Director of the Idaho State Board of Education for 18 months from 2006 to 2007. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science from Brigham Young University, a Master of Arts in Public Administration from Boise State University, and is a candidate for a Ph.D. in Organizational Learning & Leadership from the University of Idaho.

Dwight grew up in Idaho Falls and is a fourth generation Idahoan. He and his wife, Michelle, have 4 children.

Idaho Career & Technical Education
Administrator
Government, Region 3

Committees:

  • One-Stop Committee

Tom Kealey is the Director of Idaho Commerce, leading economic development efforts for the Gem State and fostering ways of assisting communities, citizens, businesses and visitors. Director Kealey received his M.B.A. from Harvard Business School and B.A. from the University of Washington. He has held numerous senior business roles in Fortune 500 companies and is a long-time Idaho business owner and investor. Director Kealey was appointed by Governor Brad Little in January 2019.

Idaho Department of Commerce
Director
Government, Region 3

Committees:

  • Grant Review Committee

Kelly Kolb is currently the Human Resources Director at the Lewiston, Idaho location of Vista Outdoor.  The Lewiston site has well over 1000 employees and is a sporting goods manufacturer.  Kelly has been with the company for over 20 years and has held various roles in Operations and Human Resources.  He started his career in Operations as a manufacturing supervisor and was eventually a plant manager in Operations before transitioning to Human Resources.  Kelly still holds his Certification in Production and Inventory Management (CPIM).  He has undergraduate degrees in Human Resources and Production Operations Management from the University of Idaho as well a Masters in Arts from Gonzaga University in Organizational Leadership.  Kelly and his wife Courtney have two boys, Austin and Carson.  Courtney is an Elementary School Principal in Lewiston. 

Vista Outdoor
Director, Human Resources
Industry, Region 2

Committees:

  • Policy Committee
  • Apprenticeship Committee

Kate Lenz is Vice President of Human Resources at Kount. Lenz joined Keynetics in 2005. She previously had HR responsibility for Keynetics and ClickBank. Kate attended Brigham Young University and maintains Professional, Human Resources (PHR) certification. Lenz is responsible for all recruiting, retention programs and employee benefit vendor selection and management for Kount. She has 15+ years of human resources experience in the Pacific Northwest. Prior to joining Keynetics, Lenz was a Human Resources Manager with Plexus, an electronic manufacturing services provider where she worked for eight years overseeing all local recruitment and staffing needs for a team of 500+ employees.

Kount
Vice President, Human Resources
Industry, Region 3

Committees:

  • Outreach Committee

Joe Maloney is the President of the Idaho AFL-CIO, before he became president he served as an Executive Board member representing the Magic Valley area. Joe has been has been a member of IBEW 449 since 2009. Joe made a promise to his grandfather many years ago promising to join a union so, after he received his Journeyman License through the College of Southern Idaho he joined IBEW 449. Joe enthusiastically participated in his union and his Central Labor Council from day one. From 2012-2017 Joe dedicated his career to his local and became and full time organizer for them. Joe has served as a Executive Board Member for the Filer Parks and Recreation and has also been a Comet Instructor for his local.

Joe has been married to his wife Callie for 18 years, they have twin sons, Kynan and Kayle who are 13.

Idaho State AFL-CIO
President
Workforce, Region 3

Committees:

  • Grant Review Committee

Jeff McCray is the Plant Manager at the McCain Foods, Burley Idaho facility, a position he has held since 2008. McCain Foods with over 55 facilities worldwide and over 20,000 employees is one of the largest food service and retail manufacturers of frozen potato products in the world. Mr. McCray has an extensive background in the agricultural, dairy processing, and food manufacturing industries. His expertise is in developing safety programs, quality assurance systems, plant operations (including capital management, P & L), and lean manufacturing programs. Prior to McCain Foods Mr. McCray was with ConAgra Foods from 1992 to 2008 with many different roles including a three year assignment in the Netherlands as a Corporate Quality Engineer. Mr. McCray started his career in 1987 as a crew lead installing equipment in the dairy and juice industries. Mr. McCray holds a Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry from the University of Washington.

Mr. McCray believes in servant leadership.  He serves on the Idaho Workforce Development council as an Executive Board member, the Idaho Association of Commerce and Industry as an Executive Board member and treasurer, serves as the treasurer for his church, and is an active member of the Burley Rotary club.

McCain Foods
Manager
Industry, Region 4

Committees:

  • Executive Committee

Mr. Moffett is the President and CEO of POWER Engineers, a global engineering and consulting services
firm specializing in the delivery of integrated solutions for the energy, food and beverage, environmental
and federal markets. Founded in 1976, POWER Engineers is an employee-owned company with over
2,400 employees and 40+ offices in the U.S. and abroad.

Bret earned his B.S. in Computer Science from New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology, his
MBA from Boise State University, and is a graduate of the Stanford University Graduate School of
Business Executive Program.

He joined POWER in 2000 as a software engineer and project manager and applied his expertise to a
wide range of projects across multiple POWER divisions. With a strong background in information
technology and finance, Bret was asked to lead POWER’s back-office operations (Finance, Human
Resources, Information Technology, Legal, Corporate Governance, and Marketing/Communications) in
2006. In that role, Bret has successfully helped POWER grow significantly through organic growth and
15 acquisitions. He was appointed Chief Executive Officer in May 2016.

Power Engineers
CEO and President
Industry, Region 3

Basic American Foods
Human Resources Manager
Industry, Region 6

Committees:

  • One-Stop Committee

Jani Revier is a fifth generation Idahoan, born and raised on a ranch in Three Creek, Idaho.

On January 7, 2019, Governor Brad Little appointed Jani Revier to serve as Director of the Idaho Department of Labor. Today she leads a team of more than 472 employees who strive to make a difference in the lives of job seekers, employers, government officials and Idaho citizens. Revier began her career in public service as a legislative assistant to then-Sen. Larry Craig. She was legislative director, then deputy chief of staff, during then-Congressman C.L. “Butch” Otter’s years in Congress from 2001 through 2006. From 2007 – 2013, she served as special projects manager for Congressman Mike Simpson. Before her role at the Department of Labor, Revier was the administrator of the Division of Financial Management for six years under Governor Otter.

Revier earned a bachelor’s degree in agricultural economics from Oklahoma State University. Her post-graduate work was in agricultural and resource economics at Oregon State University. She is married to John Revier, director of state and regional government affairs for Idaho National Laboratory. The Reviers have 12-year old twins and reside in Meridian, Idaho.

Idaho Department of Labor
Director
Government, Region 3

Committees:

  • Grant Review Committee

Angelique Rood joined Idaho Power Company’s human resources team in 2006. She spent nine years in the HR department holding the positions of HR Professional, HR Leader and Employment Manager. In 2015, Angelique moved to the operations side of the business and became the Regional Operations Manager over Idaho Power’s Southern region. In this role, she was responsible for daily operations of the regional electric distribution system to include all distribution line, metering, and customer movement/collection work activities. In 2017,  Angelique accepted the role of Regional Manager for the Company’s Canyon West Region where she provides oversight of customer and distribution operations including distribution design, field services, construction, emergency restoration, customer and community relations, and business development.

Angelique is actively involved as an Industry partner on many statewide and regional initiatives. She currently serves on Idaho’s Workforce Development Council and is the Chair of the Council’s Apprenticeship committee. In her free time Angelique enjoys her four children and farming with her husband, Chris.

Idaho Power
Regional Manager
Workforce/Industry, Region 3

Committees:

  • Apprenticeship Committee - Chair

Todd Schwarz was born and raised on a farm in southern Idaho and attended small, rural Valley High School where he graduated first in his class. After a short and unsuccessful experience at a state university, he returned home and attended the College of Southern Idaho where he completed an associate’s degree in drafting. Following several years of industry experience, he returned to CSI in 1988 to teach that program, continued his education, and began to advance through various promotions to Instructional Dean in 2007. During this time he completed baccalaureate and graduate degrees in education and leadership from the University of Idaho and Boise State University.

In 2012 the State Board of Education appointed Dr. Schwarz as the State Administrator of the Idaho Division of Professional-Technical Education where he oversaw all technical secondary and postsecondary education in Idaho, including workforce training and Adult Basic Education. Following the selection of Dr. Jeff Fox as CSI President, Todd was asked to return to CSI in January 2014 as the Executive Vice President and Chief Academic Officer. Since his return, he has continued to provide influence and leadership in southern Idaho and across the state, including the Idaho Workforce Development Council, Executive Committee of the Region IV Development Association Board, and Idaho Technology Council Board of Trustees.

College of Southern Idaho
Executive Vice President
Government, Region 4

Committee:

  • Policy Committee

Clearwater County
County Commissioner
Government, Region 2

Committees:

  • Policy Committee

Heather Sprague is highly regarded in the Human Resources field.  She has been serving as CHRO and Regional Vice President of Human Resources with the Saint Alphonsus Health System in Boise, Idaho since August 2014 and has added Saint Agnes Medical Center, Fresno, California since March of 2018. Heather has been in the Trinity Health System for eight years. She transferred from Grand Rapids, Michigan where she worked for the West Michigan Region of Trinity Health in the Mercy Health System for the other 7 years of time with Trinity. Prior to that, Heather worked in other industries including the Consulting Industry and Construction Management and Engineering fields.  Heather has over 24 years of Human Resources experience.

Heather serves on the following Trinity Health Advisory teams: HR Executive Council, HR Council, Just Culture, Total Rewards Advisory Group, Culture, Change and Engagement Advisory Board, Colleague Safety & Engagement Team, Clinical Integration Tiger Teams and Colleague Population Health and Physician Engagement.

Heather obtained her Bachelor's degree in Business Administration with a Major in Management and Double Minors in General Business and Economics. She also earned her Master's Degree in Human Resources and Organizational Development from Western Michigan University. Heather is certified as a Professional in HR, Just Culture Facilitator, Culture Change and Engagement Facilitator and a Change Management Practitioner. 

Saint Alphonsus
Regional Vice President of HR/CHRO
Industry, Region 3

Committees:

  • One-Stop Committee

Michelle has a B.A. in International Relations – Environmental Studies, a B.A. in Latin languages, and a minor in Business from the University of Oregon. She holds a Certificat d’Etudes from the Universite de Poitiers, France and a Legislative Energy Horizon Institute certificate from the University of Idaho.

Michelle represents District 26 in the Idaho State Senate which encompasses Blaine, Camas, Gooding and Lincoln Counties. She is the Minority Leader in the Idaho Senate and was the Minority Caucus Chair before.  She serves on the State Affairs and Resources & Environment committees.  She is appointed to several interim committees focusing on natural resources, fisheries, water issues, workforce development, campaign finance and ethics in politics. Michelle worked in developing countries and for a hunting/fishing lodge in Alaska before moving to Idaho, then in aviation. Michelle worked several years both in Idaho and abroad for aid and philanthropic organizations implementing community-based solutions on projects such as clean water, grazing, sanitation, and famine relief.

Living in the Wood River Valley, Michelle enjoys being surrounded by beautiful places to fish, hunt, bike, horseback ride, ski, camp, and romp with her Golden Retriever, Teagan. She deeply values Idaho’s unparalleled quality of life.

Idaho State Legislature
Senator
Legislature, Region 4

Committees:

  • Grant Review Committee

Raised on a farm near Weiser; graduate of The College of Idaho, B.A. in business administration; graduate, Combined Arms Services and Services Staff School and U.S. Army Command and General Staff College; co-own Syme Real Estate in Caldwell with wife Patti; raise sheep and hay on 40-acre farm near Wilder; U.S. Army and Army Reserve for 32 years, served two tours in Iraq, retiring as Colonel; chairman of board, Caldwell Chamber of Commerce (2016); past board member, Idaho Veterans Garden and Vets for Success; past president and treasurer, God & Country Festival; military awards: Legion of Merit, Bronze Star, and Joint Services Commendation Medal; spouse: Patti, 40 years; four children; four grandchildren.

Idaho State Legislature
Representative
Legislature, Region 3

Committees:

  • Policy Committee

Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories, Inc.
Director, Government Affairs
Industry, Region 2

Passionate about the city in which he has lived for more than 50 years, Mayor Steve Widmyer has a deep love for Coeur d'Alene, raising a family here and operating several successful businesses.  Steve has great appreciation for the men and women who serve the city with an unwavering commitment to excellence, both as elected officials and staff professionals. Steve brings a strong business background to the Council - a combination of financial prowess gained from his years as controller for The Coeur d'Alene Resort, and his ownership and management of a diverse portfolio of commercial and rental properties throughout the city.  He also has a strong understanding for the role of small business in our city. Steve earned a Bachelor's Degree in Finance and MBA from the University of Idaho. An active member of the community, Steve currently serves on the Jobs Plus Board of Directors.  He is a past trustee of the North Idaho College Board of Directors and Past President of both United Way of Kootenai County and North Idaho College Booster Club.

The Widmyers have raised four children in Coeur d'Alene.  Oldest son Ben graduated from Wofford College and works for Caldwell Banker Schneidmiller Realty, while son Matt graduated from Arizona State University and is currently attending Law School at the University of Washington.  Twin daughters Kaity and Kasey are attending Wofford College. 

City of Coeur d'Alene
Mayor
Government, Region 1

Committees:

  • Grant Review Committee

Ken was raised in a union family. His father and grandfather were union workers for the Firestone Tire and Rubber Company and members of the United Rubber Workers International Union. Ken began his first union job in 1973 and remained a union member throughout his career. He continue to be an active member during his 37-year career at The Amalgamated Sugar Company holding positions within the union. He remained involved serving as Financial Secretary.

Ken served as a board member on the Idaho State AFL-CIO Executive Board for four years before being elected AFL-CIO vice president. He is currently a member of the Idaho Workforce Development Council having the opportunity to serve all working families in Idaho.

Idaho State AFL-CIO
Member
Workforce, Region 4

Committees:

  • Grant Review Committee

Lori Wolff is the Deputy Director for the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare and oversees the Division of Welfare responsible for SNAP, Medicaid eligibility, TANF, Child Care Assistance, Community Programs and Child Support as well as the Division of Family and Community Services which administers the Child Welfare Program, Developmental Disability Programs, Navigation, and 2-1-1 Careline. In her 15 years at IDHW she has led nationally recognized innovation and implementation of customer centric service delivery and technology, with a focus on transforming government programs to be more cost effective and family centered. Lori champions responsible government, hearing the customers' voice, solving problems, and building Program Integration at the state and national level.

Idaho Department of Health and Welfare
Deputy Director, Health, Welfare, & Family Services
Government, Region 3

Committees:

  • Policy Committee

Travis Woolsey graduated from Pocatello High School in 1992. After high school he joined the United State Marine Corp Reserve and was honorably discharged in 1998. While in the United States Marine Corp, Travis became an Apprentice Iron Worker in 1997 and went on to graduate to Journeyman Iron Worker in 1998. 

Travis is currently the President and Training Coordinator for the Iron Workers Local Union 732.

Iron Workers Local 732
President
Workforce, Region 5

Committees:

  • Apprenticeship Committee

Veterans Representative
Workforce, Region 3

John Young is President and owner of Young Construction Group of Idaho, Inc., a Coeur d’Alene area based regional general contractor, construction manager and design build contractor. John’s involvement in the construction industry spans more than 35 years providing the opportunity to participate in more than $300,000,000 of projects including manufacturing, industrial, healthcare, institutional and site development projects. Licensed as an Idaho State Public Works Construction Manager since 2001, John has consulted for a wide variety of public works and private sector projects. John is actively involved in his community serving on the North Idaho College Foundation, Hayden Urban Renewal Agency, Rotary Club of Coeur d’Alene and many others.

John is married to his wife Connie and together they have four children. In their spare time, they try to spend as much time at the lake when the sun is out and as much time on the mountain when there’s snow.

Young Construction
President
Industry, Region 1

Committees:

  • Executive Committee
  • Outreach Committee - Chair
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