NOTE: Click on the board member’s name to get biographic information.
|Margaret Henbest MS, CPNP||Vice President|
|Dr. Danielle Davies||Secretary|
|Ann D. Morse||Member|
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.
Margaret Henbest, M.S., PNP (Boise, ID) Vice President
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.
Dr. Danielle Davies (Boise, ID) Secretary
Dr. Danielle Davies is a family medicine physician and faculty member at the Family Medicine Residency of Idaho- Nampa Program, a Federally Qualified Health Center and Residency Program serving vulnerable populations in the Treasure Valley. Danielle graduated from Villanova University outside Philadelphia, PA with a B.S. in Biology and a B.A. in Honors studies. She attended medical school at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School at Rutgers University in New Jersey, her home state. Danielle moved to Idaho for residency training in family medicine that included rural rotations in Shoshone, Cottonwood and McCall. Upon graduation she joined the faculty at FMRI. Danielle has served on the Operations Committee and has coordinated the Morbidity and Mortality conference. She is also the curricular lead for the women’s health rotation. With the ultimate goal of bringing more primary care physicians to Idaho, Danielle has joined the newly opened Nampa Program which will bring another residency program to Canyon County. Danielle gained first-hand knowledge of our global community through volunteer efforts in home-building in border towns of Mexico, a medical clinic for Nicaraguan refugees living in Costa Rica, education efforts in El Salvador, tent clinics for Tibetan refugees in Spiti Valley, India and she achieved proficiency in medical Spanish through an intensive language course in Peru.
John Curtis (Boise, ID) Treasurer
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. John recently completed a one year LDS mission in Nashville Tennessee.
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.
Gina Finley (Boise, ID) Member
Gina Finley is currently a business strategy project manager at HP, Inc., where she is part of the HP Multi-cultural Impact Network, serves as a mentor in the HP Women’s Impact Network, and an ally to the HP LGBTQ PRIDE Business Impact Network. Gina brings 15 years of valuable experience spanning program development, business analysis, planning, competitive intelligence and strategy, marketing, entrepreneurship, and career coaching. Her experience includes various industries including high-tech (HP, Inc.), financial services (Wells Fargo Bank), non-profit (Global Talent), and small business ownership.
Gina earned her MBA from the University of Montana. Her bachelor’s degree is in Marketing from Montana State University-Billings where she was actively involved in American Indian Business Leaders (AIBL) and awarded National Student Leader of the Year.
She is originally from the Flathead Indian Reservation in Western Montana and a member of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Indian Tribes. Because of her Native roots, she has a first-hand understanding of the challenges of navigating and ‘walking’ in two different cultures simultaneously – Indigenous culture of collectivism, cooperation and reciprocity and the mainstream dominate U.S. culture of individualism and competition. She has been successful with maintaining her own Native American identity while understanding mainstream U.S. business environments to bring different perspectives together to achieve success, be strategic in negotiations, and help others reach their own potential.
Gina is a firm advocate for diversity, inclusion and equity. She believes that no matter your skin color, nationality, ethnicity, cultural background, language, religion, sexual orientation, disability, or socio-economic status, every single human has tremendous talent, skills, and capabilities that are valuable to communities, organizations and employers. For this reason, from 2015-2018, Gina also helped lead the start-up, development and operations of Global Talent Idaho, a program of Jannus, that supports highly skilled immigrants and refugees through their journeys of career reclamation in the U.S.
Susan Downs-Karkos (Denver, CO) Member
Susan Downs-Karkos is Manager of Immigrant Integration at The Beacon Fund, a Denver-based social impact organization focused on positive social change. She drives and hones the organization’s national and regional immigrant integration strategy and brings forward emerging opportunities for exploration and investment. Prior to this role, Susan was the Senior Director of External Affairs at Welcoming America, a national network of local governments and nonprofits working to promote inclusive, economically vibrant communities. During her eight-year tenure, Susan developed partnerships, toolkits and trainings to address new and emerging needs in the field related to immigrant inclusion and bridge building with the long-term, receiving community.
Prior to Welcoming America, Susan served as Director of Integration Strategies at Spring Institute for Intercultural Learning, where she managed programs for foreign trained health professionals and health literacy for immigrants. 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 to engage 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 (GCIR) and was involved in the creation of. GCIR’s immigrant integration Toolkit in 2006. She has written and spoken widely about the importance of immigrant integration and strategies for promoting it. She holds a B.A. in psychology from Bates College.
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 (2016 Outstanding Evaluation Award), and the National Conference of State Legislatures (2012 Excellence in Research Methods).
Rakesh contributes to the fields of evaluation and public administration through service on (1) the Editorial Advisory Board of the American Journal of Evaluation, (2) the Editorial Board of State and Local Government Review, (3) the Board of the Center for Accountability and Performance, and (4) the Advisory Board of the Rucks Group, a research and evaluation firm based in Dayton, Ohio.
In the past, he served on the American Evaluation Association’s board of directors, the editorial advisory board of New Directions for Evaluation, and the US Comptroller General’s Advisory Council on Government Auditing Standards.
He has a Master of Public Administration degree from the University of Kansas and is a recipient of the Council of State Governments’ Henry Toll Fellowship.
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.
Fernando Veloz (Boise, ID) Member
Fernando has been in the health industry for over 20 years. He is the Chief Financial Officer at M S Administrative Services, Inc., a Meridian company that provides third party administrative services, and specializes in employee benefits. Fernando was one of the founding board members of the Idaho Health Insurance Exchange, currently known as Your Health Idaho, having testified to the Idaho state legislature on behalf of bringing the exchange into the state of Idaho. Fernando, along with other well-known board members, helped guide Your Health Idaho to become one of the few true insurance Marketplaces where Idahoans could shop for insurance. Your Health Idaho successfully provides coverage for up to 90,000 members and continues to serve as a portal for health insurance shopping. Fernando presided on the Finance Committee and Chaired the Marketplace Committee while serving on the Your Health Idaho, Exchange Board. In addition, Fernando also served as the chairman of the Employers Health Coalition of Idaho (EHCI,) a non-profit entity that works to keep those responsible for employer sponsored health plans informed of legislation, regulations and other external factors impacting their roles in providing employer sponsored health benefits. While serving on the board of EHCI, his vision is to grow the membership and educate member organizations to become the “go-to” entity for all employer health related matters, utilizing all available resources the valley has to offer.
He is a licensed Certified Public Accountant in Idaho, with the Chartered Global Management Accountant and Personal Financial Specialist designations (American Institute of CPA’s) and a member of the Idaho Society of Certified Public Accountants, and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. In addition, he is a Certified Business Manager with financial acumen. He has an extensive cost accounting background with emphasis on profitability. His work with small businesses, have helped them navigate their strategic plans and become successful and profitable while managing their costs.
Fernando loves to spend time with his family and is an avid golfer that prefers Idaho’s summers, although in the winter months, he still loves to be outside also serving on the board of the Professional Ski Instructors of America – Northern Intermountain Division. His role is a Program Director for the Boise Adaptive Snowsport Education, adaptive ski and snowboard school, and volunteer ski instructor helping to teach adults and children with disabilities to ski. He served as a Special Olympics coach and continues to dwell on what his professional and personal strengths can offer to others and help them to succeed.
He is passionate about what he does and it shows in his enthusiasm and level of service to the community.