NIC Foundation announces this year's board members

The North Idaho College Foundation Board of Directors recently announced its board members for the 2006-2007 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.
Michelle Schini Mitchell recently began her first term on the board. Mitchell was born and raised in Coeur d’Alene. She holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Arizona. She joined Magnuson, McHugh and Co., P.A. in 1995 and currently serves as the director of the auditing and accounting department at the firm.
Mark Fisher just started his first term on the board. After nearly completing a pre-med track, Fisher diverted to the field of insurance and finance in 1985. Shortly after moving to northern Idaho in 1992, Fisher and his business partner Dan Crawford started Advanced Benefits Management, which serves the needs of local employers by offering group insurance planning and expertise. Advanced Benefits Management is one of the Inland Northwest’s largest group producers, serving more than 250 employer clients.
Claudia Miewald is also new to the board. She holds bachelor’s degrees in both nursing and psychology as well as a master’s degree in psychiatric and mental health nursing from the University of Pittsburgh in 1989. She has worked at Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center as clinical manager of the adolescent and young adult service. After moving to Coeur d’Alene in 1990, she taught in the registered nursing program at NIC for 10 years and is currently the director of North Idaho Behavioral Health.
The following board members are renewing their three-year terms on the NIC Foundation Board.
James Eisses is retired from the forest products industry. He served as owner and president of E C Inc. Consulting Services from 1995 to 2004. Prior to that, Eisses served as executive vice president, vice president of operations and general manager of engineered products for Louisiana Pacific Corp.
Parker Woodall is retired as the president of the North Idaho Region of Washington Trust Bank, a company he served for 20 years. He holds a bachelor’s degree, master’s degree and doctorate in education from the University of Idaho and he graduated from the University of Washington’s Pacific Coast Bank School.
Rick Maxey is currently the chairman of the board for Magnuson, McHugh and Co., P.A. He has worked for the firm for more than 30 years and plans to retire next year. He is a graduate of San Diego State University and is past president of the Idaho Society of CPAs.
After serving in the United States Air Force, Ben Rolphe attended the College of the Pacific and the University of Santa Clara, earning a degree in business and law. He has served as chairman of Rolphe Industries, Inc. since 1971 and is currently the chairman of HomeSeekers Publications, Inc., a position he’s held for more than 30 years.
Bill Tarnasky has owned an obstetrics and gynecology practice in Coeur d’Alene for more than 30 years. He earned degrees from Jamestown College, Gonzaga University and the University of North Dakota as well as his Ph.D. from the University of Kansas.
John Goedde earned a bachelor’s degree from Washington State University and completed Travelers Insurance Co. Home Office Agents School in 1980. He has been with Panhandle Insurance Agency since 1983. He has been a member of the Idaho State Senate since 2000 and currently chairs the Senate Education Committee.

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

Posted: Monday, Sept. 25, 2006

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