Forum: Let's Talk Transportation
Wednesday, September 18, 2019, 11:45 am-1:15pm
The Grove Hotel, Ballroom 2nd floor
Dyan Bevins, Kâren Sander, Angie Gribble, Nichoel Baird Spencer


All summer long, the Southwest Idaho chapter of Women in Transportation Seminars, the Urban Land Institute of Idaho, ACHD Commuteride and the Community Planning Association of Southwest Idaho (COMPASS) have been exploring the changing challenges and opportunities in store for the Treasure Valley's transportation future. What are the trends and technologies coming our way? How should we build a city for tomorrow? How do we turn vision into reality? And what will mobility look like in the future?


The series of in-depth conversations ends with a City Club of Boise forum featuring a member of each group who have attended all the discussions through their lenses as business or civic leaders. They will sort through what they have learned, what we can expect, and what both excites and maybe scares them about our valley's future. The panelists will be Dyan Bevins, ACHD Capital Projects Manager; Kâren Sander with HDR engineers; Angie Gribble with the St. Lukes system; and Nichoel Baird Spencer, City of Eagle.


When: Wednesday, Sept. 18th 11:45 am – 1:15 pm

Where: The Grove Hotel, 245 S Capitol Blvd, Boise, ID 83702

Ballroom 2nd floor



$24 City Club Member price

$34 Non-member price

$5 Pre-registration Listen Only price

$10 Day-of Listen Only price

$350 per Table of ten ppl






  • WTS - Dyan Bevins, ACHD Capital Projects Manager
  • ULI – Kâren Sander, HDR Engineering, Inc.
  • Commuteride – Angie Gribble, St. Luke's Health System

  • COMPASS – Nichoel Baird Spencer, City of Eagle


    Panelist Biographies:


    Dyan Bevins

    Capital Projects Supervisor

    Ada County Highway District


    After earning her civil engineering degree from the University of Texas at Austin, she worked in mines in Denver and San Antonio before coming to Idaho for a six-month project in 1998. She met her husband here and decided to stay, entering the transportation engineering world in roles at AECOM, Sunrise Engineering and Parametrix. Bevins joined the Ada County Highway District in 2009 as a project manager, and was promoted in 2014 to capital projects supervisor. Dyan has 22 years experience as an engineer.


    In her time as a project manager, Bevins managed many successful projects, including Whitewater Park Boulevard in Boise and the widening of Ten Mile Road in Meridian. Now, as she supervises a group of project managers and a $40 million annual budget, she focuses more of her energy managing people rather than construction projects.


    Working as a member of a public agency, Bevins always has taxpayers in the back of her mind and aims to be as resourceful as possible with the projects her group oversees.



    Kâren Sander

    Idaho Marketing Manager

    HDR Engineering, Inc


    Born in South Africa and raised mostly in the Johannesburg area, Kâren Sander immigrated to Boise over 30 years ago. She holds a diploma in public relations and communication science from the University of Johannesburg (formerly Witwatersrand Technikon) in South Africa.


    Sander’s work experience in Idaho began with the Snake River Building Contractors Association where she was the Executive Officer. This position got Sander “into the nonprofit world, and got [her] into the world of where people are building cities and making great places.”


    From 2004 - 2015, Sander was the Executive Director for the Downtown Boise Association where she and her team initiated the Traffic Box Wraps, a local art program on the streets. Sander also worked on making “Alive After Five”, “First Thursday” and “Twilight Criterium” iconic features of Boise. She is “very proud of working on the team to revitalize downtown” and grateful “to [have] worked with great developers, urban planners, architects and the people that care about what our place looks like and how it’s growing.” She is now the Idaho Marketing Manager for HDR.


    Sander argues that the two critical issues facing Boise today are public transit and affordable housing. “Those two things side by side are going to make this community —Treasure Valley-wide— a livable city… You don’t want the disparity between ‘have and have not’ to grow more, because when you have a vibrant city, it should be an equitable city. It should be for everybody.”


    Angie Gribble

    System Wellness Manager

    St. Luke's Health System


    Angie is the System Wellness Manager for St. Luke's Health System. In this role, Angie works on employer well-being strategies to improve the health of companies' employees and general community members. Prior to working at St. Luke's, Angie worked at the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare, in the Division of Public Health as the Idaho Physical Activity and Nutrition (IPAN) Manager. While working as the IPAN Program Manager, Angie managed both state and federal funds to lead obesity prevention efforts throughout the state, partnering with local public health districts, the State Department of Education, and various community organizations. She also helped lead the Healthy Eating, Active Living (HEAL) Idaho network. Angie has also worked at the Treasure Valley YMCA in various fitness and wellness positions within both their Downtown and Healthy Living Branches. Angie currently serves on the St. Luke's Treasure Valley Community Board, the YMCA Healthy Living Advisory Board, and the Inspire! Workplace Wellness Steering Committee. Angie has a Bachelor of Science degree in both Mathematics and Exercise Science from the College of Idaho, and a Masters of Health Science with emphasis in Health Services Leadership from Boise State University.



    Nichoel Baird Spencer

    Planner III

    City of Eagle


    Nichoel has nearly 20 years of planning experience in Oregon, Ohio, Washington, and Idaho. She currently serves as a Planner III for the City of Eagle, Idaho where her duties focus on comprehensive planning, demographics, and large project entitlements. Nichoel has worked in Eagle for 12 years but has 17 years of experience in Idaho. Nichoel also runs a small planning consulting firm, where she specializes in community visioning and planning for small communities.


    Nichoel holds a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Political Science from Boise State University, a Masters of City and Regional Planning Degree from The Ohio State University and is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners.


    Each of the panelists will also be attending the series of discussions listed here prior to the City Club Lunch Forum.


      The 2019 Transportation Series will explore our dramatically changing transportation environment. The series includes valuable and insightful events from five local organizations that demonstrate leadership in transportation demand management (TDM) and provide thoughtful transportation planning for the Treasure Valley. You will learn from the Southwest Idaho chapter of Women in Transportation Seminars (WTS), Urban Land Institute (ULI) Idaho, ACHD Commuteride, Community Planning Association of Southwest Idaho (COMPASS), and the City Club of Boise.


    Supporters of the 2019 Transportation Series.


    City Club thanks our Premier Sponsor, Northwest Nazarene University and the NNU School of Business and our Annual sponsor, Idaho Humanities Council. The 2019 Forum Series is sponsored by the contributions made by AARP of Idaho, Bank of Idaho, Echelon Group, Micron, and St. Luke's Health Systems. We are pleased to welcome university students to attend our events thanks to our University partners Boise State University, Northwest Nazarene University, and University of Idaho. Our media partners include Boise State Public Radio, 670 KBOI, Idaho Public Television, Idaho Statesman, and Peppershock Media.


    Chair: Greg Hahn