MEET THE CURRENT LEADERSHIP CLASS
Alyssa Moreno, Cascade Chamber of Commerce & Southern Valley Co. Rec. District
Beth Kochevar, University of Idaho’s McCall Outdoor Science School (MOSS)
B.A. Geology, Colorado College
M.S. Natural Resources (Environmental Education Certificate) University of Idaho
Beth is currently the K12 Programs Coordinator for the University of Idaho’s McCall Outdoor Science School (MOSS). She is a former MOSS Graduate Student, field instructor, and AmeriCorps member. Beth has worked as an Environmental Science Educator at NatureBridge in Olympic National Park, a Hydrology Technician for the US Forest Service and US Geological Survey, and has ten years of experience as an Outdoor Education Facilitator throughout the West and abroad. She grew up in Denver, CO and feels at home in the rural Rocky Mountain West.
Donna Murphy, Southern Valley Co. Rec. District
Donna was born and raised in Jerome, Idaho on a ranch. She attended The College of Idaho where her major was music with a focus on Classical Voice. She has performed in many places around the Northwest and won awards and scholarships. She moved back to the Magic Valley where she raised her family and took Real Estate courses to become a Licensed Idaho Real Estate Broker. In 1998 she moved her family to Cascade, Idaho where her heart always called her to. During this time she worked in the Boise Cascade Mill Office until it closed, doing data entry and payroll. After the mill closure, Donna started up Mountain Magic Nursery and More on Main Street in Cascade, a small greenhouse and gift shop. Since 2015 Donna has been employed first at Fit Express, which moved into the new Cascade Aquatic & Recreation Center in 2016 ,where she now is the Front Desk Manager and Director of Guest Services.
Dustin Ames, Jug Mountain Ranch
Dustin was born and raised in Newberg, Oregon. He began his career in the golf industry during high school at Riverwood Golf Course, where his passion for golf began. After graduation, he was employed as Superintendent at Tualatin Island Greens. After several years, he decided to pursue a career in golf management so moved inside the golf shop as an Assistant Golf Professional. Dustin and his young family moved to Idaho in 2006, where he was employed as an Assistant Golf Professional at Crane Creek Country Club in Boise. He completed the PGA Golf Management Program during his time at Crane Creek and achieved his Class A PGA Member status in 2012.
Dustin joined the team at Jug Mountain Ranch in 2012 as their PGA Head Golf Professional. He enjoys the unique experience and variety of recreational activities Jug has to offer the community and its visitors. When not at Jug, Dustin can be found spending time with his family.
Hayley Couture, Midas Gold
Hayley was born and raised in Moscow, Idaho. Hayley attended Walla Walla Community College where she played collegiate soccer where she received her Associates in Arts degree and attended the University of Idaho where she received here B.S. in Geology and B.S.Ed. in Secondary Education Earth Science & Natural Sciences. Hayley has a background working in banking, teaching and mining. Hayley has always had great involvement in volunteering and youth outreach ranging from in class to after school groups. Hayley is the Community Education Liaison for Midas Gold where she works in community relations and education outreach to the local schools. Hayley provides resources and time in helping to develop a deeper understanding of the importance of our environment and the critical role that mining and minerals play in today’s society. She is passionate about youth and her community, and is always looking for new opportunities to help and be involved. Hayley loves embracing her Idaho roots and spending time in the great outdoors with her pup, friends and family.
Jill Morris Chapman, McCall Fire Department/St. Luke’s McCall
Jill was raised in Jackson Hole, Wyoming where she was instilled with a love of the mountains and outdoor activities. She attended college in Montana and entered into the field of emergency medicine which has become a life-long passion as well as a career. She has been a care provider on ground ambulances, flight services and in the emergency room setting. After living in Montana and California, she returned to the mountains 5 years ago, making McCall her home. Here she continues to work in emergency medicine and spends time hiking and boating in the summer and backcountry snowmobiling in the winter.
Matthew Kaiserman, St. Luke’s McCall
Matt Kaiserman has been the director of operations at St. Luke’s McCall since joining the community in January 2017. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in political science and a master’s degree of business administration from Boise State University where he also earned a football scholarship to play for the Broncos. Following a career ending concussion in a post-season bowl game Matt spent time at Gallatin Public Affairs as part of a small team instrumental in passing Idaho’s youth concussion legislation. It was this work that led Matt to a career in healthcare in hopes of giving back to the communities that provided him so much support throughout his playing career. Upon joining St. Luke’s Matt developed and coordinated a community-wide education and outreach program for the St. Luke’s Concussion Clinic, followed by an administrative fellowship where he was mentored by healthcare executives and worked on a variety of projects throughout the health system. He most recently served as physician services director of operations, managing the operations of 10 specialty clinics across eight urban and rural communities, including all provider clinics serving the McCall region.
Shannon Fairchild, Intersection BBQ
Stay tuned for bio!
Sharon Bixler, Birch Glen Motel
Sharon was born and raised in Boise, Idaho. Following graduation from Meridian High School in 1979, Sharon went to work at Mercy Medical Center Emergency Department and Northwest Paramedics. After her time at Mercy, Sharon went to work at a medical clinic for Saint Alphonsus as an interim director and also served as an indigent service lead. After 20 years in the medical service industry, Sharon left and now manages the Birch Glen Lodge and Motel in Cascade.
Sharon is passionate about her community and enjoys being involved by serving on the Cascade Chamber of Commerce board and numerous committees.
Shay Tyler, City of McCall
I was born on a military base in Oceanside, California but I grew up in central Idaho with the majority of my childhood in Riggins and surrounding towns where my dad was a logger for many years. After graduating from Salmon River High School, I moved to Boise to study accounting and business.
I spent the next 12 years working for the Good Samaritan Society and as the Business Manager for a HUD assisted apartments and assisted living facility, before taking the position of Executive Director for the Idaho Assisted Living Association (IDALA). Life has a way of taking you down a different path, and thus I left IDALA to have a baby and be a stay at home mom. During the next couple of years, I supplemented our income as an accounting consultant managing accounts and training staff before I entered into a partnership as part owner and General Manager of Interior Sources. This was a completely different field from the healthcare industry but I found it very rewarding and discovered I have a very strong creative side. The job took me all over, from Mexico, to Maui, to Ireland, and beyond. Life has many unexpected twists and turns, and due to these experiences, my heart has always longed to be in the mountains where I grew up and in 2012, begun a new chapter with my son and I moving to Cascade.
Currently, I am the Deputy Clerk for the City of McCall where I work closely with the City Clerk in the preparation and recording of Council meetings, overseeing the business licensing, record retention, and many other miscellaneous duties. Being in the center of everything that goes on in City business, I have become very interested in the issues of the community and like the idea of being a part of a think tank of finding solutions with Leadership Academy. I also like growth and see this an opportunity to expand myself to become a better citizen for the area I call my home.
When I’m not at my job, I love spending time with family, driving around trying to capture the rich tapestry of the sky and mountains with a camera, swimming with my kid in the Payette Lake and the Salmon River, and singing with my cousins and dreaming of being a lead singer in their band. I will often break out singing anytime there is music on…and sometimes without!
Sue Edmunson, McCall Area Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Bureau
Sue was born and raised in Adams County and has recently returned ‘home’. She currently works as the Coordinator for the McCall Area Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Bureau. In the past she has owned and operated stove and spa shops and construction and land development companies. She has taught business, marketing, and technology at college and at high schools. Sue has developed employment programs for youth and coached and consulted new and emerging businesses. When she is not busy at the Chamber or with her kids and grand kids, Sue is a Business Support Coach and helps business owners and startups organize and grow.
Tara Knudsen, May Security
I was born in Lewiston, ID 1981. Idaho native and lived here all my life. I grew up in Boise, went to Boise High (Class of 99). I actually went to quite a few schools. We never moved…They just kept building them! I have been in Valley County for almost 5 years, originally moving to Cascade in 2013, then moving to McCall in 2016.
My work history is quite vast, as I certainly attended the school of life. I have many years in the service industry, as well as all types of customer service and sales. I managed the Cascade Store as well for my first summer in this beautiful county. Now I am embarking on a career with May Security, working for my family in the office.
In my spare time, I love to listen to music, watch movies, socialize, and work out. I also work in my spare time as a Scentsy consultant. I have seen over 500 bands live. I have been going to concerts since I was 11, and I travel out of state at least once a year to knock bands off of the bucket list.
I am very excited for this new chapter and experience I will gain with the Leadership Academy of The West Central Mountains.