Our Board of Directors

NOTE: Click on the board member’s name to get biographic information.

Board MemberPosition
Ben R. Daitz, M.D.President
Laura WilsonVice President
Margaret Henbest, M.S., PNPPast President
Christine SalmiSecretary
Kermit W. ScarboroughTreasurer
Michelle BrittonMember
John CurtisMember
Ann D. MorseMember
Molly O'LearyMember
B. Anselme SadikiMember
Louise Haney R.N., N. P.Member Emeritus

 

benBen R. Daitz, M.D. (Albuquerque, NM ) President Dr. Daitz is Professor of Family Medicine at the University of New Mexico, School of Medicine. He has been involved in organizing and facilitating rural health projects for over 25 years. His clinical interest is caring for patients with chronic pain. Dr. Daitz is also a documentary filmmaker whose work has been aired and distributed nationally and internationally. Daitz’s film work has been honored by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, the American Film Festival, Emmy nominations and other awards. He is a regular contributing writer to the science section of the New York Times. His novel, Delivery, was published in 2004.

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Laura B. Wilson, Ph.D. (Boise, ID) Vice President Ms Wilson is Chairperson and Professor in the Department of Health Services Administration, Director of the Center on Aging, and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs within the School of Public Health at the University of Maryland College Park.  Previously, she has served as the Chair of the Department of Public and Community Health, Associate Dean for External Affairs, and Associate Dean for Research and Development at the College of Health and Human Performance, University of Maryland College Park.  Prior to her appointments at the University of Maryland, Dr. Wilson was Professor and Chair of the Department of Gerontology and Geriatrics Services at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Dallas, and held the Wolens Centennial Endowed Chair in Gerontology at the University of Texas at Austin. Her research interests focus on the linkages between formal and informal health care. She is currently principal investigator/national project director of Legacy Corps: Veterans and Military Families.

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                                                          Margaret Henbest, M.S., PNP (Boise, ID) Past President henbestMargaret 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 receive. 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 continues to work part-time as a pediatric nurse practitioner at St Lukes Regional Health System, CARES unit. 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.

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christineChristine Salmi (Boise, ID) Secretary Christine Salmi, senior counsel at Perkins Coie’s Boise office and member of the firm’s Appellate practice, focuses her practice on general commercial litigation, appellate litigation, employment law and construction law. Christine has represented clients in complex real estate and construction litigation matters, employment disputes involving wage claims and claims of wrongful termination, first amendment cases involving claims of defamation, and general collection matters some of which required representation in related bankruptcy matters. Some of Christine’s victories outside of the firm have been: Idaho Business Review’s 2013 Women of the Year award, “America’s Leading Lawyers for Business” 2008 in the Chambers USA, and currently serving on the Board of Directors for DisAbility Rights Idaho. Christine joined the firm in 2001 after clerking four years for the Idaho Supreme Court and the U.S. District Court for the District of Idaho, where she acquired intimate knowledge concerning the practices and procedures of Idaho’s state appellate and federal courts. She has written numerous employment articles addressing recent changes in Idaho’s employment law and devotes a fair amount of time representing pro bono clients in child protection cases.

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Kermit W. Scarborough (Boise, ID) Treasurerkermit Mr. Scarborough recently 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 of 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.

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michelleMichelle 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.

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Curtis photoJohn 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.

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Ann D. Morse (Washington, DC) Member 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 Washington University, 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.

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Molly O’Leary (Boise, ID) Member molly2 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 the 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, and currently serves on the statewide Advisory Council for the Idaho Small Business Development Center. 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.  Molly currently serves on the Salons & Tours Committee of the City Club of Boise and is President-Elect of the Western States Bar Conference for 2016.

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DSC_3874B. Anselme Sadiki (Boise, ID) Member B. Anselme Sadiki is a compassionate development advocate dedicated to empowering vulnerable communities. Anselme has over 10 years of experience managing programs in the US and abroad with the United Nations Development Program, most recently spending the last 3 years as Deputy Resident Representative in Mauritania, Cape Verde and Gabon. He graduated from Idaho State University with a Bachelor of Social Work and earned his Masters of International Affairs at Columbia University in 2003. A survivor of a student massacre in Congo and a refugee for four years, Anselme knows the meaning of resilience and perseverance first hand. What he loves about his work is the opportunity to use his experiences and skills to help those who have no one to advocate for them in order to bring about positive change. Anselme and his family decided to return to Idaho, coming “home” to a community where he was nurtured and welcomed upon his initial arrival. He looks forward to giving back to a community that has given him so much.

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louiseLouise 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.

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