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

 

PRICING:

$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

 

REGISTRATION LINK

 


PANELISTS:

 

  • 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

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    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 https://letstalktransportation.com/ 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
     
    Come hear from renowned swimmer and water quality advocate, Christopher Swain. This summer, Idaho Business for the Outdoors presents Boise River: Source to Snake, an educational water journey created to bring communities together to support fishable, swimmable and drinkable waters in Idaho. Swain loves water and has swum over 3,000 miles in more than two dozen polluted waterways, in support of clean water and universal human rights. He is the first person in history to complete the entire 1,243 miles of the Columbia River from British Columbia to the Pacific Ocean and has promised to support the entire Columbia River water basin whenever he can. He has survived great white shark habitat, attacks by blood-sucking Lamprey Eels, raw sewage discharges, oils spills and water contaminated with PCBs, heavy metals and weapons-grade nuclear waste. Swain will swim the Boise River from its source, high in the Sawtooth mountains, all the way to its confluence with the Snake River in Parma. At the time of this lunch, Swain will be about halfway through his swim.

     

    “I was the kid, at the end of the day, who never wanted to get out of the water,” says Christopher Swain. When the long-distance swimmer takes on the 150 miles of the Boise River this summer, students will track his journey — and see firsthand what’s in the water.

    -Article source: CHALLENGING A RIVER — AND HARNESSING ITS POWER TO TEACH, Kevin Richert 05/06/2019, idahoednews.org

     

    Join City Club of Boise Wednesday, August 28th, 2019 for a lunch forum with clean water activist Christopher Swain.

     

    This speaker is brought to you by the organizational efforts of Idaho Business for the Outdoors.

     

     

    Forum Details:

     

    When: Wednesday, August 28th 11:45 am – 1:15 pm

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

    Ballroom 2nd floor

     

    PRICING:

    $20 City Club Member price

    $27 Non-member price

    $5 Pre-registration Listen Only price

    $10 Day-of Listen Only price

    $350 per Table of ten ppl

     

     

    Registration Link

     

    Registration deadline - Sun. August 25th, 2019.
    Christopher's blog post for National Geographic focuses on the nastiest pollutant he has encountered on swims: raw sewage. You can read it here: http://voices.nationalgeographic.com/2016/10/12/its-time-to-stop-pumping-our-poop-directly-into-the-ocean/

     

    There is much to see regarding Christopher's many waterway swims on his website: http://www.swimwithswain.org/

     

    Idaho Statesman Article: https://www.idahostatesman.com/news/local/education/article230089124.html

     

     


    Biography:

    As part of his mission to protect threatened waterways, Christopher Swain was the first person in history to swim the entire lengths of the Columbia, Charles, Hudson, Mohawk, Mystic, and East Rivers, as well as Lake Champlain, the Gowanus Canal, Newtown Creek, Long Island Sound, Narragansett Bay, and large sections of the Atlantic coast of the United States.

     

    During his swims, Swain has survived collisions with boats, 12-foot waves, lightning storms, class IV+ rapids, waterfalls, logjams, toxic blue-green algae, blood-sucking Lamprey Eels, oil slicks, raw sewage spills, Great White Shark habitat, and water laced with arsenic, cyanide, dioxin, radioactive waste, PCBs and neuro-toxic pesticides.

     

    The purpose of Christopher's swims is to put threatened waterways squarely in the public eye, and to support protection, restoration, and education efforts.

     

    In March 2003, Swain received an International Earth Day Award from the Earth Society at United Nations Headquarters in New York City.

     

    Later that year, he received an e-chievement Award on National Public Radio’s e-town.

     

    In 2004, he was elected to the Men's Journal Adventure Hall of Fame, and was featured as Person of the Week on ABC World News Tonight with Peter Jennings.

     

    In 2005, at the invitation of United Nations staff, Swain designed, produced, and emceed a launch event for the United Nations Decade of Action Water For Life 2005-2015, at U.N. Headquarters in New York City. The event, called BLESSING OF THE WATERS, brought together representatives from every major religion, and indigenous peoples from around the globe, to offer their prayers and blessings for the world's waters.

     

    In 2006, Swain became the youngest of twenty-one conservationists profiled in Rachel White Scheuring's book, Shapers of the Great Debate on Conservation: A Biographical Dictionary.

     

    In 2007, Swain received the Harry E. Schlenz Public Education Medal from the Water Environment Federation, and was featured in the International Swimming Hall Of Fame book, Swimmers: Courage & Triumph.

     

    Over the last two decades, Swain has worked with over 80,000 North American schoolchildren, and stories about his environmental efforts have reached a worldwide media audience of more than four billion people.

     

    As much as Swain enjoys his dips in cold, contaminated water, he is happiest when playing with his two daughters.

     



    A special thanks to our Forum Sponsor: Midas Gold

     

    Thank you to Idaho Business for the Outdoors, a non-partisan business member based organization supporting Idaho’s public lands, public waters and outdoors, for bringing Christopher Swain to swim the Boise River: Source to Snake.

     


    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: Katherine Himes
    Underwriters: Midas Gold
     
    City Club of Boise and the Idaho Environmental Forum are partnering on a water series. The series includes lectures and forums, as well as salons and field tours. Included below is the Idaho Environmental Forum Conference scheduled in addition to City Club’s August 28th Forum and Sept 16th Member Tour in this water series.

     


    Idaho Environmental Forum (IEF) in celebrating their 30th Year Anniversary at this year's annual Boise River Conference. Exactly 30 years ago to the date, IEF held it's first forum with Governor Cecil Andrus as the featured speaker. The rest is history!

     

      Wednesday, August 21, 2019

  • 1:30 - 2:00 pm Registration
  • 2:00 - 4:30 pm Presentation
  • 4:45 - 6:00 pm River Float, Boise River
  • 6:00 pm 30th Anniversary Celebration and BBQ, Ann Morrison
  •   Location:

    Barber Park Event Center

    4049 S Eckert Rd

    Boise, ID

     

     Price:

    Please see the Idaho Environmental Forum
    registration page for pricing details.

     

    Registration Deadline - Monday, August 19th at 12:00 pm.

    REGISTER at IEF HERE

     

    Below is a preliminary schedule for the event - more details on topics and speakers will be forthcoming.

    • 1:30 pm - Registration
    • 2:00 pm - Opening Remarks by Mayor Bieter (invited)
    • 2:15 - 2:50 pm - Exit Interview with Ron Abramovich: Reflections from the Snow Man
    • 2:50 - 3:30 pm - Barber Dam Hydroelectric Project Relicensing: A look back and what's coming
    • 3:30 – 3:50 pm - Break
    • 3:50 - 4:30 pm - Barber Pool Has Gone to the Birds: Our feathered friends along the Boise River and Barber Pool management
    • 4:45 pm - River Float
    • 6:00 pm - 30th Anniversary Celebration and BBQ at Ann Morrison Park, Old Timer's Shelter
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    Chair: Mike Murray and Brandy Wilson