NIC Foundation announces new board members

The North Idaho College Foundation Board of Directors recently announced several new members who have joined the board during the 2005-2006 academic year.

The all-volunteer board of directors oversees the NIC Foundation, the college's private fundraising division. The multimillion dollar foundation provides supplemental support to enhance the mission of the college and support NIC students, employees and programs.

The board members will serve three-year terms.

Kimber Gates holds a bachelor's degree in French literature from Whitman College and a master's degree in business administration from Washington State University. She also attended Gonzaga University and spent a year in Besancon, France in the Study Abroad program. After returning to Coeur d'Alene, Gates became an accountant with Magnuson McHugh. Gates is co-owner and general manager of Coeur d'Alene Cellars and the wine bar Barrel Room No. 6 in downtown Coeur d'Alene. She is also a member of the Coeur d'Alene Rotary Club.

After graduating high school in Montana, Tim Komberec moved to Seattle to work as an experimental machinist for Boeing. He served three years in the U.S. Army before attending Seattle Community College pursuing an aviation career. Komberec has been involved in the aviation industry since 1971 holding senior management positions with several airlines and logging more than 13,000 hours as an airline pilot, check airman and instructor. He is an airline transport pilot with type ratings in several aircrafts and is president and CEO of Empire Airlines. Komberec serves on the Regional Airline Association Board of Directors, the Kootenai County Airport Advisory Board and the Coeur d'Alene Chamber of Commerce Executive Board.

David Pelz holds a bachelor's degree in finance from California State University, Los Angeles. After 12 years as a banker, Pelz joined New York Life 29 years ago. He is a chartered life underwriter and a chartered financial consultant specializing in estate and retirement planning. He has served on the planned giving committees for both the NIC Foundation and the Kootenai Medical Center Foundation and is a member of the Coeur d'Alene Rotary Club.

David Wold earned a doctorate in medicine from the University of Washington. He has worked as an ophthalmologist for the North Idaho Eye Institute for 33 years. He has also served on the Coeur d'Alene School Board and the Coeur d'Alene Parks and Recreation Commission and is a member of the Coeur d'Alene Kiwanis and Rotary clubs.

For More Information
NIC Foundation Executive Director Rayelle Anderson, (208) 769-5978

Posted: Monday, Oct. 3, 2005

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