Transition Committee Members
For a list of Transition Staff members, please click here.
It was with great forethought that we composed this team of leaders from around the state to help assist with my transition to Governor. My committee and I are dedicated to finding the right candidates to fill each agency position. Those hired will aid in our commitment to create the best possible atmosphere to keep Idaho’s kids here and allow those who have left to return.
-- Brad Little
|Committee Member (click for bio)||Location||Occupation|
|Dobbs, Wiley||Twin Falls||Former Twin Falls School District Superintendent|
|Gilbert, Bill||Boise||Co-Founder and Managing Director, The Caprock Group, Inc.|
|Grindstaff, Cally||Fairfield||Retired VP CR/OD, Clear Springs Foods|
|Harris, Tom||Meridian||President, Western States CAT|
|Hetherington, Debbie||Boise||Retired Owner and Partner, Premier Insurance|
|Kealey, Joy||Boise||Vice President, Silver Creek Holding Company; Co-Owner, Chicago Connection|
|Koehler, Pete||Caldwell||Retired Chief Deputy, State Department of Education|
|Lovell, Tom||Boise||President, Professional Firefighters of Idaho|
|Miller, Edward||Boise||Partner, Givens Pursley|
|Risch, Vicki||Boise||Former First Lady of Idaho|
|Ronk, Megan||Boise||Director of Business Innovation & Development, Idaho Power;
Former Director of Idaho Department of Commerce
|Settles, Kevin||Boise||Owner, BarDenay|
|Siddoway, Cindy||Mud Lake||Rancher; Republican National Committeewoman|
|Stoeser, Tom||Coeur d'Alene||CEO Riverbend Commerce Park|
|Wonderlich, Brian||Boise||Chairman of Transition Committee; Partner, Holland & Hart|
|Ysursa, Ben||Boise||Former Idaho Secretary of State|
A Twin Falls native, Dr. Wiley Dobbs has been at the forefront of education in Idaho for over 35 years. Wiley was a social studies and English teacher at Bear Lake High School, O’Leary Junior High and Twin Falls High School. While a teacher, he coached wrestling, judo, volleyball, baseball and track. Wiley is the former principal at Magic Valley Alternative High School (1990-92) and O’Leary Junior High School in Twin Falls (1992-2000). In 1999, he received the Idaho Secondary Principal of the Year Award. In July of 2003, Wiley was hired to be the Twin Falls School District #411 Superintendent of Schools. The TFSD #411 is one of the fastest growing and most progressive school districts in the State of Idaho. In 2013, Dr. Dobbs was awarded the Idaho Superintendent of the Year Award by the Idaho Association of School Administrators. Wiley retired in 2017 after 34 years of service. He currently works as a mentor to new principals and teachers.
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Bill is a Co-Founder and Managing Director of The Caprock Group, Inc. Caprock is a multi-family office investment firm with offices in San Jose, Seattle, Newport Beach, Park City, and Boise. He is responsible for leading Caprock’s family office business. Bill is Chairman of the Board of Directors of the St. Luke’s Health Foundation and serves on the St. Luke’s Health System Finance and Investment Committee. He serves on the Idaho Global Entrepreneurial Mission (IGEM) Council and is Chairman of the Investment Committee. Bill is also a director of VisitPay (iVinci Health, LLC) and Pets Best Insurance Services, LLC. He is a former Chairman of the Board and Emeritus Director of the University of Idaho Foundation.
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Cally grew up on a farm in Southern Idaho, which was a family operation. The experience provided the basis for instilling positive values and understanding the importance of strong team members. Education provided her with the opportunity to remain in Idaho working in an employee ownership environment at Clear Springs Foods, a vertically integrated company that provides healthy foods to consumers while being actively involved in promoting and supporting Community. During her time at Clear Springs, Cally had the opportunity to recruit executives and employees to Idaho. In addition to her experience at Clear Springs, Cally has served as a member of the IACI board of directors and executive committee, as a member of the Business Plus board of directors, and she currently serve on the St. Luke’s Health System governance committee.
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Tom is currently president of Western States Equipment Company a Caterpillar Dealer covering five states in the northwest. He plans to retire at the end of this year after 45 years of service. Tom is also on the Board of Directors for the The Terteling Company Inc. located in Boise and Agri-Service LLC in Twin Falls. Tom has experience with and understands the work being done by our blue collar population in the State of Idaho, spending much of his career helping to develop their skills and competencies. He also has experience in developing and executing complex business strategies for business and NGOs.
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Debbie Hetherington was born and raised in Emmett, Idaho. After attending the UI and ultimately graduating from Boise State University, she moved to Twin Falls in 1985 and went to work for Premier Insurance, creating one of the largest Employee Benefits agencies in the state. In 2000 she became an owner/partner of that statewide agency and retired in 2010. Over the years Debbie has been involved in community service as a Board member of the Walker Center, the President of the Magic Valley Regional Medical Center Foundation Board, and the Past President of the University of Idaho Vandal Scholarship National Board. She currently is a member of the University of Idaho Foundation Board. Debbie and her husband, Jack, moved to Boise in 2010 to be closer to their two adult children and five grandchildren.
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Joy Kealey is Vice President of Silver Creek Holding Company, and Managing Member of Chicago Connection, LLC, and CC Investment Properties, LLC, all based in Boise, Idaho. After beginning her career in audit and tax departments of two large public accounting firms, Joy held senior financial positions in public and private corporations. In 1997, she and her husband purchased Chicago Connection restaurants, where she continues to play an active role in the management of the Company.
Joy has volunteered her time with many community organizations. She chaired the Boise State University Foundation Board of Directors and the Idaho Shakespeare Festival Board of Trustees, and was formerly on boards of St. Luke’s Regional Medical Center-West Region, St. Luke’s Foundation, and Boise Public Schools Foundation. While a member of the Boise Metro Chamber of Commerce board, she was a member of the Executive Committee. After participating in the Chamber’s Leadership Boise program, she was elected President of Leadership Boise in 2002-2003. Joy has been an instructor for Junior Achievement, and spoken to numerous high school students about entrepreneurship and ethics in business.
Joy and her husband Tom have three adult sons and a daughter-in-law, all of whom have their roots in Boise.
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Pete Koehler was born and raised in Parma, Idaho and attended the University of Idaho on a ROTC scholarship graduating in 1975. After graduating, he spent the next twenty-one years in the Army, serving as a tank officer with considerable time spent in Europe and the Persian Gulf, ultimately retiring in 1996 as a Lieutenant Colonel. Koehler returned to Idaho and now lives in Caldwell with his wife and daughter and has worked in education after completing the Troops-to-Teachers program. Pete has served as a classroom teacher, elementary principal, high school principal, deputy superintendent, and superintendent for the Nampa School District. After his time at the Nampa School District, he was asked to serve as the chief deputy superintendent for the State Department of Education, and served there from 2014 until June of 2018.
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Tom is currently the President of the Professional Fire Fighters of Idaho, elected to that position in 2014 and is responsible for representing the more than 1,200 members in Idaho. Prior to being elected as President, he served as the Professional Fire Fighters of Idaho Secretary/Treasurer from 2008 until 2014. Tom served as Boise Firefighters Local #149 President from 2002 to 2008 and Secretary/Treasurer from 1996 to 2002.
He has faithfully served the citizens of Boise for the last 28 years holding the ranks of Firefighter, Driver, Captain and currently Battalion Chief for the last 5 years. During his tenure on the Boise Fire Department, Tom was selected by his peers as the Firefighter of the year in 1995 for his community involvement and was honored to carry the Olympic Torch in 1996. Tom has previously served on interview boards for entry level firefighters for the Fire Department. Tom is currently the liaison for the Aircraft Rescue Fire Fighting team, responsible for staffing, training and budget recommendations between the City and the Airport.
Tom has been very active in the Legislative and Political aspect of Public Safety for the past 25 years, being involved in races for City Councils, County Commissioners, Fire Commissioners, State Wide Legislative and Congressional Races. He has also been involved for the past 10 years in the PFFI’s signature “Fire Ops 101” program that allows law makers to spend an entire day performing firefighter emergency tasks to better understand the demands and risks firefighters face every day.
Tom and his wife Brenda, have three adult children, one granddaughter and are excited for their second grandchild due to arrive in January.
Tom has accepted this appointment with great excitement and humility to work in collaboration with the transition committee to build an exceptional foundation for the Governor-Elect to forge ahead.
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Ed Miller is a native of the Pahsimeroi Valley in central Idaho. He attended high school in Salmon, Idaho graduating in 1970. After high school he attended the College of Idaho graduating in 1974 and thereafter the University of Idaho School of Law graduating in 1977. Ed started his legal career clerking for the Honorable Idaho Supreme Court Justice Charles R. Donaldson followed by clerkships in the U.S. District Court for Idaho with the Honorable U.S. District Court Judge Marion J. Callister and the Honorable Fred M. Taylor. After his clerkships, Ed joined his law firm, Givens McDevitt Pursley & Webb in 1979 (currently Givens Pursley). Ed’s law practice has focused on real estate and business transactions and his clients have included entrepreneurs as well as small and large businesses and corporations.
He has served as co-managing partner of his law firm for the last several years. He is a member of the American College of Real Estate Lawyers and is named in Best Lawyers in America, Mountain States Super Lawyers, Chambers USA Leading Lawyers for Business, and Martindale Hubbell Highest Ranking AV.
Ed is married to Teri Stein. They live in Boise, Idaho and have three adult children and two grandsons.
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Vicki Risch is a small business owner, political strategist and Republican Party volunteer. She coordinates her husband’s campaigns for public office and assisted with the coordination of the campaigns of U.S. Senators Jim McClure and Steve Symms, President George H. Bush, and others. Additionally, Vicki has organized and taught campaign schools throughout the state of Idaho. She served on Risch administration transition teams for Governor in 2006 and U.S. Senate in 2008.
As First Lady of Idaho she had lead roles in forming and staffing the office’s new department of constituent services, the initiative to eliminate the Idaho nursing shortage and assisted the newly appointed Drug Czar to reduce drug traffic and use throughout the Gem State. She worked to enhance the state’s commitment to healthy Idaho families and children; she worked on Idaho’s Keep Children Safe Online campaign, Mothers Against Meth, Healthy Families Nampa and the Idaho Heart Association.
She has been a longtime community volunteer and program manager working for the Bishop Kelly Foundation, FUNDSY, the Foundation for Idaho History and currently is serving on the Ford’s Theater Board of Trustees. Most recently, she was an advisor and Treasurer for the Brad Little for Idaho campaign for Governor.
She has been married to Senator Jim Risch for 50 years and has three sons, three daughters-in-law and nine grandchildren. In her free time she enjoys traveling with her grandchildren and teaching them history of all the places they visit.
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Megan Ronk is the Director of Business Innovation & Development for Idaho Power. Until December 2017, Ronk served Governor C.L. "Butch" Otter as the Director of the Idaho Department of Commerce. Ronk has held a number of key roles in the public and private sector including Executive Director of the Idaho Meth Project, Strategic Projects Manager for Blue Cross of Idaho, and policy advisor to Governor Dirk Kempthorne. She also serves as an adjunct faculty member for the College of Western Idaho.
Ronk holds a B.A. in Business Administration from the College of Idaho and an MBA from the Thunderbird School of Global Management. She is actively involved in a number of community and non-profit organizations, including serving on the Idaho Human Rights Commission.
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Kevin Settles owns and operates the Bardenay restaurants & distilleries with locations in Boise, Eagle and Coeur d’Alene, ID. Kevin is a member of the National Restaurant Associations Board of Directors, Past President of the Idaho Lodging and Restaurant Associations Board of Directors, the President of the Bogus Basin Recreational Association Board of Directors, a Commissioner for the Idaho Human Rights Commission and Treasurer for the Idaho Health Insurance Exchange.
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Cindy Siddoway owns and operates Siddoway Sheep Company Inc., a multi-generational historic family sheep ranch in Eastern Idaho. She also owns and manages, Juniper Mountain LLC, an elk and bison hunting preserve.
Cindy is a past director for the Idaho Woolgrowers Association, past president of the American Sheep Industry Association, past chairman of the USDA Farm Service Agency State Committee and past member of the Board of Trustees for West Jefferson School District 253. She currently serves as the chairman of the Sheep Heritage Foundation, member of the American Sheep Industry Legislative Council, board member and treasurer of Mountain Plains Agricultural Services and secretary for Animal Damage Control District #5.
In addition to her agricultural interest, Cindy has served on multiple Republican campaign committees, and currently serves as Jefferson County Terreton Precinct Committeeperson, is a member of the Idaho Federation of Republican Woman and serves as Idaho’s National Committeewoman for the Republican National Committee.
She is married to, soon to be retired, State Senator Jeff Siddoway and has three children; Billie Jean, Jodie and J.C., and four amazing grandchildren; Wayne, Emma, Clark and Mitchell.
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Tom Stoeser has been the President and CEO of Jacklin Land and Investments since 2001. Tom is also the managing member of Bighorn Ventures, LLC, an angel investment firm. Bighorn has made angel investments in 18 companies since its formation in 2001. He is also actively involved in Bighorn’s second fund which started in 2017. He currently serves on four of these companies’ boards. From 1997 to 2000, Tom was the Senior Vice President of Acquisitions and Finance for the Turf and Horticulture division of J.R. Simplot Company. During that time the division grew six-fold primarily through acquisitions. For 13 years prior to the 1997 acquisition of Jacklin Seed Company by Simplot, Tom was the Chief Financial Officer for Jacklin Seed Company.
Tom is a Certified Public Accountant (licensed in both Washington and Idaho) and a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. He is also a Certified Valuation Analyst. Tom is a member of the National Association of Certified Valuation Analysts. Tom graduated from Gonzaga University in 1977 with a degree in Business Administration.
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Brian Wonderlich - Chairman
Brian Wonderlich was born in Twin Falls and raised on his family’s farm and horse ranch near Star. After graduating from the University of Idaho, he worked in the United States Senate for about a year, worked as communications director for the Idaho State Senate Majority Caucus, and ran Governor-elect Brad Little’s primary campaign for Idaho State Senate in 2004. He then returned to school and graduated from the University of Idaho College of Law with honors and was elected Editor-in-Chief of the Idaho Law Review.
Following law school, Brian worked as a law clerk for the Hon. Stephen S. Trott on the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, then as a Deputy Attorney General for the State of Idaho in the Civil Litigation Division where he gained significant knowledge and understanding of the structure of Idaho’s state government. There, he practiced in a variety of areas including contracts, tort, constitutional, and administrative law. In 2010, he joined the Boise office of the law firm Holland & Hart LLP and was elected to the firm’s partnership in 2015. In his law practice, he helps clients resolve contract, real estate, and business disputes, as well matters involving government agencies.
In addition to his legal practice, Brian is active in public and community service. He was appointed to the Civil Justice Reform Task Force by the Chief Justice of the Idaho Supreme Court in 2017, he is a member of the Idaho State Bar Character and Fitness committee, and has served on the Board of Directors of the Boys and Girls Club of Ada County since 2011.
Brian and his wife Megan have two children, a five-year old son and two-year old daughter, who will attend Idaho’s public schools and, their parents hope, will live, work, thrive and raise their own families in Idaho.
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Ben Ysursa was born in Boise, Idaho in 1949. A graduate of Gonzaga University and St. Louis University College of Law, Ben was elected Idaho’s 26th Secretary of State in 2002. Ysursa was re-elected in 2006 and 2010 and retired from elective office 2015. Ben started his professional career serving first as Deputy Secretary of State from 1974 to 1976 and then as Chief Deputy from 1976-2002.
Ysursa worked for more than 40 years in the office of secretary of state and acquired a reputation for fair, non-partisan administration of elections, campaign finance disclosure, and lobbying and corporation registration. Ysursa also Served on the State Land Board, Executive Board Member of the National Association of Secretary of States, board member for various state and city committees and as a volunteer for youth athletic organizations. Ben currently serves as a board member on the State Deferred Compensation Committee and Idahoans for Openness in Government.
Ben was the recipient of the “Boyd Martin Award” presented by the Association of Idaho Cities, the 1992 Recipient for Outstanding Administrator for the Idaho Republican Party and the Edward and Dottie Stimpson Award for Civic Engagement from the City Club of Boise for his commitment to openness and transparency in government. Ben is a member of the Basque Center and St. John’s Parish.
He and his wife Penny have three children, Shawn Del, Matthew and Andrew and two grandchildren Benjamin and Thomas.
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