NOTE: Click on the board member’s name to get biographic information.
|Ann D. Morse||Vice President|
|Margaret Henbest MS, CPNP||Secretary|
|Kermit W. Scarborough||Treasurer|
|Louise Haney R.N., N. P.||Member Emeritus|
Molly O’Leary (Boise, ID) President
Molly O’Leary is Managing Member of the law office of BizCounselor@Law, PLLC, a practice focused on counseling small and medium-sized business owners and telecommunications clients. Molly graduated from Idaho State University with a B.A. in Journalism and received her J.D. from University of Idaho. Molly has been active in the Idaho State Bar since joining the profession and served as chair of the Young Lawyers Section from 1997-1998, along with serving on the editorial advisory board for the Idaho State Bar journal, The Advocate, from 1995 to 2001. She has been an active member of the Business & Corporate Law Section since 1997, and served as chair of the Governing Council from 2004-2005, in addition to serving as treasurer for the Section for 2009 and 2010. She was elected by her colleagues in the Fourth Judicial District to serve as a commissioner on the Idaho State Bar Board of Commissioners from July 2010 – July 2013. Molly served as president of the Bar in the latter part of her term as a commissioner. Molly has also been active in her community having served on the board of directors for Boise’s North End Neighborhood Association from 2003-2009, during which time she co-founded a forum bringing together Boise’s core neighborhood associations to share ideas and concerns on a monthly basis. She has served on the City of Boise’s Design Review Committee for substandard lots, as well as the Code Enforcement Advisory Committee. Molly served on the Advisory Council for the Boise Metro Chamber’s Small Business Success Center from 2004-2009. In 2003, she was honored as Business Woman of the Year by the Boise and Southeast Idaho Chapter of the National Association of Women Business Owners, and was honored in 2009 as one of the Idaho Business Review’s Women of the Year. In addition to serving on the board of Jannus, Molly currently serves on the statewide Advisory Council for the Idaho Small Business Development Center and is past President of the Western States Bar Conference for 2016.
Ann D. Morse (Washington, DC) Vice President
Ann Morse is a recognized expert in U.S. immigrant policy and immigrant integration. Ann launched her career in the Washington, D.C. office of the National Conference of State Legislatures in 1987. She is Program Director for NCSL’s Immigrant Policy Project and staffs the NCSL Executive Committee Task Force on Immigration and the States. These initiatives provide state lawmakers with research on federal immigration policy, state and local innovative programs, and state legislation related to immigrants. Ann also staffs the NCSL Hunger Partnership, an NCSL Foundation for State Legislatures’ initiative to raise the visibility of hunger in America and identify effective public-private partnerships to improve the availability and accessibility of food for hungry families. Ann is a graduate of The George WashingtonUniversity, receiving a Master of Arts in Science, Technology, and Public Policy, and a Bachelor of Arts in East Asian Studies, with a concentration in Chinese. Ann was awarded the Ian Axford (New Zealand) Fellowship in Public Policy in 2007 and conducted comparative research on immigration and integration policies in New Zealand and the United States.
Margaret Henbest, M.S., PNP (Boise, ID) Secretary
Margaret has been involved both professionally and as an elected official in advocating for the health care needs of Idahoans for almost two decades. A former professor of nursing at BSU, Margaret was first elected to the Idaho House of Representatives in 1996, and for 12 years worked to address the needs of the uninsured and the underinsured as well as efforts to improve the safety, quality and affordability of the health care citizens receives. In 2009, Margaret became the Executive Director of the Idaho Alliance of Leaders in Nursing (IALN) and the Nurse Leaders of Idaho, a professional nursing leadership membership organization. Margaret retired as a pediatric nurse practitioner at St Lukes Regional Health System CARES unit, after 22 years of service. Under her leadership in 2011, IALN and the Idaho Hospital Association became co-leads of the Idaho Nursing Action Coalition which joins 25 other states in the Future of Nursing, Campaign for Action an initiative of the RWJF and AARP. The goal of the Campaign is to improve nursing’s ability to respond to the challenges of a transformed health care delivery system.
Kermit W. Scarborough (Boise, ID) Treasurer
Mr. Scarborough retired as the Senior Vice President for the U.S. Bank. He worked for U.S. Bank for 40 years, and was the Market President of the Caldwell, Idaho Market. Over the years he worked in areas of consumer lending, commercial lending, and retail banking and training. He has held positions as Branch Manager, District Manager, Regional Manager, and President of the First National Bank or Oregon, a subsidiary of U.S. Bank. Kermit has been active within his professional field, and served as Chairman of the Idaho Bankers Association from 2003-2004. Throughout the years, Kermit has been actively involved in community organizations which included: Treasurer and Board Member of the Idaho Foodbank for six years; Chairman and Board Member of the Canby Utility Board, and President of the Canby Oregon Rotary Club from 1991-1992
Michelle Britton (Coeur d’Alene, ID) Member
Michelle Britton spent 33 years in public service as a service provider, administrator, and community partner for the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare. In 1989, she became the lead administrator for all Health and Welfare Services in the five northern counties of Idaho as the Regional Director responsible for human resources, budget, contracts, and community partnerships. While in that position, she served as Board President of a volunteer health clinic to establish the first federally qualified community health center in Coeur d Alene. In 2006 she accepted a position in Boise as the Department’s Administrator of Family and Community Services responsible for the Infant and Toddler Program, Child Protective Services, Adoption and Foster Care, as well as services to adults with developmental disabilities, and the Idaho State School and Hospital (ISSH). During that time she helped lead the reduction in census at ISSH; established crisis services for people with developmental disabilities; assisted with revision of services to children with disabilities under the medicaid program; and improved performance for timeliness of adoption for children in alternate care. She worked with a variety of federal funding streams, match rates, and performance management systems.
John Curtis (Boise, ID) Member
John Curtis, Senior Vice President and Managing Director at Fahlgren, supports clients in the Rocky Mountain region and manages the firm’s newest office in Boise. John has nearly 30 years’ experience in branding, marketing, creative services, communications, executive visibility, social media and public relations with global companies like HP, Philips Lighting, and American Express. He is highly regarded for his ability to align sound strategy with out-of-the-box thinking to exceed desired results. John defined and led the 2011 Halt the Hunger community fundraising campaign for the Idaho Foodbank, which generated 1.9 million meals for the Foodbank in 30 days. He guides the agency’s work for Simplot that includes public relations, branding, positioning and messaging, media planning and buying, and social media engagement. Prior to joining Fahlgren Mortine, John directed all branding, marketing, public relations and social media for Scentsy, a $500M direct-selling company based in Meridian, Idaho. John previously worked for New York City-based Ketchum Public Relations.
Susan Downs-Karkos (Denver, CO) Member
Susan Downs-Karkos is the Director of Strategic Partnerships at Welcoming America, where she oversees technical assistance and capacity building for local governments, nonprofits, refugee resettlement organizations, and local collaboratives working to promote welcoming and inclusive communities for immigrants and receiving communities.
She works closely with other international, national and regional experts that are actively strengthening the immigrant integration field and helps guide technical assistance under the White House’s Building Welcoming Communities Campaign.
Prior to her work with Welcoming America, Downs-Karkos served as Director of Integration Strategies at the Spring Institute for Intercultural Learning, where she managed programs for foreign trained health professionals and health literacy. She also served for more than a decade at The Colorado Trust, where as a senior program officer, she designed and managed the Supporting Immigrant and Refugee Families Initiative, an $18 million effort that strengthened immigrant-serving organizations and engaged immigrants and members of receiving communities in local immigrant integration efforts. She is a former national board co-chair of Grantmakers Concerned with Immigrants and Refugees.
Jim Jones (Boise, ID) Member
Jim Jones grew up on his family’s farm in Eden. He graduated from the University of Oregon in 1964 with a BA degree in Political Science. He attended Northwestern University School of Law in Chicago, receiving his JD degree in 1967. Jim served as an artillery officer in the U.S. Army, including a 13-month tour in Vietnam. He was honorably discharged as a captain in August, 1969. In addition to a number of combat decorations, Jim received an Army Commendation Medal for his civic action work with an orphanage run by the Cao Dai Church in Tay Ninh Province, Vietnam. Jim served as legislative assistant to former U.S. Senator Len B. Jordan for three years, commencing in 1970. He practiced law in Jerome from 1973 until he was elected as Idaho Attorney General in 1982. Jim served two elected terms as Attorney General. During his tenure as Attorney General, he argued three cases before the United States Supreme Court. He practiced law in Boise from 1991 until being elected to the Idaho Supreme Court in 2004. He was re-elected in 2010. Jim was elected to serve as Chief Justice in July 2015 and he served in that capacity until his retirement at the end of 2016. Jim received the Torch of Liberty Award from the Anti-Defamation League in 1987 and the Idaho Water Statesman of 1990 Award from the Idaho Water Users Association. Jim has served as Chairman of the Idaho Pro Bono Commission since its inception in 2008. He received Concordia Law School’s Leader in the Law Award in 2017. The Idaho Legislature adopted House Concurrent Resolution 28 in its 2017 session, recognizing Jim’s public service to the State and Nation.
Rakesh Mohan (Boise, ID) Member
Rakesh Mohan is the director of the Office of Performance Evaluations, a nonpartisan agency of the Idaho Legislature. He came to Idaho in 2002 by way of legislative work in Washington, Kansas, and Louisiana. His goal as director is to promote confidence and accountability in state government.
Under Rakesh’s direction, the office has become a leader in independent evaluation and has received prestigious awards from the American Society for Public Administration (2016 Donald and Alice Stone Outstanding Practitioner), the American Evaluation Association (2011 Alva and Gunnar Myrdal Government Evaluation Award) and the National Conference of State Legislatures (2010 and 2012 Excellence in Research Methods).
Rakesh contributes to the field of evaluation through service on committees and boards. He is a member of the evaluation advisory committee for VOICES for Healthy Kids, a joint initiative of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the American Heart Association. He is also a member of the editorial advisory board of the American Journal of Evaluation.
In the past, he has served on the US Comptroller General’s Advisory Council on Government Auditing Standards, the American Evaluation Association’s board of directors, the executive committee of the National Legislative Program Evaluation Society, and the editorial advisory board of New Directions for Evaluation. He also coedited two volumes of New Directions for Evaluation in 2002 and 2006 (“Promoting the Use of Government Evaluations in Policymaking” and “Responding to Sponsors and Stakeholders in Complex Evaluation Environments”).
Rakesh is passionate about improving the lives of people in his community. He volunteers locally as a member of the board of directors of Learning Lab, a Boise nonprofit organization dedicated to strengthening the community through literacy. He has a master of public administration from the University of Kansas and is a recipient of the Council of State Governments’ Henry Toll Fellowship.
Priscilla Salant (Boise, ID) Member
Priscilla Salant recently retired from the University of Idaho, where she directed the James A. and Louise McClure Center for Public Policy Research (2014 – 2016) and Office of Community Partnerships (2011 – 2013). For the last 25 years, she has built connections between universities and their statewide constituents, with a focus on public policy, community development, and demography. Her work is guided by a core belief that by engaging with diverse stakeholders, higher education produces more useful research and students have better learning outcomes. Priscilla has a B.S. in economics from the University of California—Berkeley and an M.S. in agricultural economics from the University of Arizona. Her books include How to Conduct Your Own Survey (with Don Dillman, published by John Wiley and Sons); Guide to Rural Data (with Anita Waller, published by Island Press); and Small Towns, Big Picture (published by the Aspen Institute). Since its inception, she has overseen and contributed to Idaho at a Glance, a series of policy briefs on critical issues in Idaho, including five recent editions on Idaho’s growing Hispanic population. Her most recent publication is “Community Impacts of Idaho’s Dairy Workforce,” a case study of foreign-born workers in Idaho’s Magic Valley. Priscilla has been honored as an Idaho Business Review Women honoree in 2015 and a Women’s & Children’s Alliance Tribute to Women in Industry honoree in 2014.
Catherine Talkington (Twin Falls, ID) Member
Catherine Talkington is a 40+ year educator. Her expertise and experience are focused on at-risk and ELL students. As an alternative high school English teacher, Catherine’s role was creating increased language proficiency & high school graduation rates to students who faced life challenges interfering with their successes. She created curriculum aligned for state accountability, was successful in obtaining grants for literacy programs, supervised university student teachers, mentored new-to-profession teachers. She served on state literacy educational boards. Working with the Albertson Foundation she was part of an experimental project encouraging high school at-risk students’ participation in college/workforce training. As such she developed partnering opportunities with community resources. With ELL adult and high school students, instruction was focused on helping newly arrived refugees with English acquisition, acculturation practices, community opportunities & resources. At a new high school, she assisted in initiating the ELL co-teaching language acquisition instructional model, created a family literacy program, instilled ELL standards and best practices instruction and created an ELL after school program.
As a community activist, Catherine is currently serving as advisory for the College of Southern Idaho Early Childhood Learning; Twin Falls School District Budget; Office on Aging CSI strategic plan development; After School STEAM camp. She is a member of a women’s educational advocacy group focused on helping women complete their education. Catherine was a recent legislative candidate listening to over 16,000 Twin Falls people at their doors. She was Ramey Air Force Base Historical Association’s secretary & reunions organizer; Congressional Award advisor; Mental Health Crisis Hotline phone volunteer and she helped initiate CSI’s refugee community gardening project. Catherine was a Twin Falls Public Library trustee, fulfilling executive board leadership positions. She and her family hosted foreign exchange students, developing lifetime relationships. She helps with yearly community canyon & roadside clean-up. Catherine was a Girl Scout leader for years and herself obtained the order of TorchBearer in Camp Fire (equivalent to Boy Scouts Eagle Scout). Catherine has an MA in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages, specializing in building community relationships; also an MS in Education, specializing in community literacy; and BA in English education.
Louise Haney, R.N., N.P. (Boise, ID) Member Emeritus
Ms. Haney has been an active member of the nursing profession in Idaho where she has held numerous offices in the Idaho Nurses’ Association and has been involved in the Association of Operating Room Nurses and the Idaho Mental Health Association. She was Nursing Service Assistant Director in charge of operating room and out-patient services for St. Luke’s Regional Medical Center in Boise. She directed the operating services at the VA Medical Center in Boise and served as a national and international nurse consultant for several organizations–most notably the Joint Commission of Hospital Accreditation. Her service dates back to 1965 when Idaho Governor Robert Smylie appointed her as the sole woman on a panel to represent Idaho’s health service needs at the regional level. Those early efforts led to the creation of the organizations that became Jannus. Among the highlights of her service, Louise listed working with a small tribe in Montana to provide them with a sewer system, getting the first physician for the town of Burns, Oregon, and launching the Early Head Start program. Louise was appointed as Member Emeritus in 2015 after serving 40 years as Board Secretary for Jannus.