The IGEM Council is a twelve-member council appointed by the Governor as prescribed in Idaho Code section 67-4726.

Membership of the Council includes:

  • Four (4) representatives from the private sector;
  • One (1) representative from the State Board of Education;
  • One (1) representative from Idaho National Laboratory or the Center for Advanced Energy Studies;
  • One (1) representative each from Boise State University, Idaho State University, and the University of Idaho;
  • One (1) representative from the Idaho State Senate;
  • One (1) representative from the Idaho House of Representatives; and the
  • Director for the Idaho Department of Commerce.

This 12 member Council thoroughly vets IGEM grant proposals to mitigate risk and maximize the return on investment for this publicly funded grant program. The IGEM Council’s fiscal stewardship and strategic direction advances IGEM’s overall intended goal of economic prosperity through investments in technological advancements and innovation.

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    Dr. David Hill
    IGEM Council Chairman, State Board of Education Board member, retired Deputy Director for Science and Technology at the Idaho National Laboratory

    Dr. David J. Hill is a technology and management consultant in Boise, Idaho. An internationally acknowledged expert on nuclear technology and policy issues, Dr. Hill has extensive experience in the area of international nuclear cooperation, working with the countries of both Western Europe and the former Soviet Union. From 2005 to 2012 Dr. Hill was deputy laboratory director for Science & Technology at the Department of Energy’s Idaho National Laboratory, responsible for the science and technology strategy for the lab and for about 1B dollars of R&D programs pertaining to nuclear energy, national and homeland security, and clean energy. In the State of Idaho, Dr. Hill was appointed to the IGEM council in 2012, where he is now the chair, and the State Board of Education in 2014. He holds a bachelor’s degree in mathematics and a doctorate in mathematical physics from Imperial College, London University, and an MBA from the University of Chicago.

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    Senator Kelly Anthon
    Education, Judiciary & Rules Committees

    Kelly Arthur Anthon is a seventh generation Idaho native raised on a family farm in Declo, Idaho.

    Senator Anthon, a licensed Idaho attorney, attended the University of Idaho’s College of Law where he was elected the College’s student body president and named the College of Law’s 2002 ‘Bistline Scholar’ by the Idaho Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.

    Until 2012, Mr. Anthon, practiced law at the Rupert law firm of ‘Robinson, Anthon & Tribe’ where as a partner he focused on municipal law, debt restructuring, and large business reorganization. Mr. Anthon previously served as the appointed City Attorney for the cities of Burley, Rupert, Acequia, and Minidoka, Idaho. At the time of his first appointment, he was the youngest appointed city attorney in the State of Idaho. Mr. Anthon stepped away from his law firm to take the position of City Administrator in Rupert, Idaho. Under Mr. Anthon’s leadership, the City of Rupert has experienced a historic period of economic growth including new business attraction, residential growth, and an expanding annexed boundary. Fluent in Japanese, Kelly also works as an event coordinator and consultant for Japanese companies.

    In 2013, the Idaho Business Review and the Times News named Mr. Anthon one of Idaho’s 40 most accomplished and influential professionals under the age of 40. He currently serves as a board member with the Southern Idaho Economic Development Organization (“SIEDO”), as the chair of the South Central Idaho Chapter of the J. Reuben Clark Law Society, as a board member of the Mini-Cassia Economic Development Association, and as a board member of the Region IV Development Corporation. Mr. Anthon has served as an executive board member of the Idaho Municipal Attorney Association. He has also worked closely with hospitals in both Minidoka and Cassia Counties; he has served two terms as President of the Minidoka Healthcare Foundation and currently holds a seat on the governing board of the Intermountain Healthcare’s Cassia Regional Medical Center. He is a member of his local Rotary club and previously volunteered with the Idaho Department of the American Legion to operate the Gem Boys State program.

    In 2014, Mr. Anthon worked on behalf of the City of Rupert with SIEDO and the Idaho Department of Commerce to successfully recruit the Frulact Group – a fruit processing company based in Portugal. The company plans on building a factory in Rupert, Idaho in the coming years; the project represents the first foreign direct investment of its kind in Idaho’s history.

    In 2015, Mr. Anthon was appointed by Governor C.L. “Butch” Otter to fill a vacancy in the Idaho State Senate where he now serves on the Senate Judiciary & Rules and Education Committees. Senator Anthon was also appointed to represent the Idaho State Senate as a member of the Idaho Global Entrepreneurial Mission.

    Mr. Anthon is married to Joelle (Rogers) Anthon from Rupert. Together the couple has five children.

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    Representative Luke Malek
    Vice Chair-Judiciary, Rules & Administration; Appropriations; Environment, Energy & Technology

    Bio: coming soon

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    Megan Ronk
    Director, Idaho Department of Commerce

    In January 2016, Megan Ronk was appointed by Governor C.L. “Butch” Otter as Director of the Idaho Department of Commerce. Megan has played a leadership role on the Idaho Commerce team since January 2012, most recently serving as the agency’s Chief Operating Officer.

    Prior to serving at Idaho Commerce, Megan launched and served as Executive Director of the Idaho Meth Project, led international projects for Blue Cross of Idaho, and was a Policy Advisor to former Idaho Governor Dirk Kempthorne, specializing in economic development and criminal justice issues.

    Megan holds a B.A. in Business Administration from the College of Idaho and an MBA from the Thunderbird School of Global Management. She is an adjunct faculty member at the College of Western Idaho, was named one of the Idaho Business Review’s “Women of the Year” in 2015, and was one of the newspaper’s “Accomplished Under 40” award recipients in 2008. Megan’s highest priority and greatest accomplishment is her family including husband Jayson and two young sons, Simon and Harrison.

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    Dr. Noël Bakhtian
    Director for the Center for Advanced Energy Studies (CAES)

    Dr. Noël Bakhtian is the Director of the Center for Advanced Energy Studies, a research consortium between Idaho National Laboratory, Boise State University, Idaho State University, University of Idaho, and University of Wyoming.

    Dr. Bakhtian most recently served as a Senior Policy Adviser for environment and energy in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP). Prior to OSTP, she served as the inaugural Energy-Water Nexus lead at the DOE Office of International Affairs, worked as technical lead on numerous innovative grant programs for DOE’s Wind and Water Power Technologies Office, consulted on energy R&D and investment for DARPA, and served as an energy and environment Fellow in the U.S. Senate.

    Dr. Bakhtian earned her engineering doctorate at Stanford University’s Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics; holds masters degrees from Stanford University and the University of Cambridge, where she was a Churchill Scholar; and completed her bachelors degree in mechanical engineering and physics at Duke University.

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    Dr. Janet Nelson
    Vice President for Research and Economic Development, University of Idaho

    Janet Nelson is the Vice President for Research and Economic Development at the University of Idaho. Serving as the principal point of contact for the university in all research-related matters, Nelson represents the regional, national, and international research interests of the institution to major research funding agencies and foundations, to regional and national research consortia, to national laboratories, to federal and state agencies, and to the private sector. Nelson works closely with faculty to catalyze, encourage and support research and scholarly activities. Nelson has sought to focus the university’s research enterprise on established and emerging areas that have impact for Idaho and beyond, to connect students to research and scholarship, and to communicate the value of university research and economic development activities.

    Nelson has a doctorate in chemistry from the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, California, and over 30 years of experience in scientific research, scientific review and research portfolio administration, complex and multi-disciplinary program/project management, business development science policy implementation and academic administration. Before joining the University of Idaho, she most recently served as associate vice chancellor for research development at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

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    Dr. Mark Rudin
    Vice President for Research and Economic Development, Boise State University

    Dr. Mark J. Rudin joined Boise State University as Vice President for Research and Economic Development in January 2007, during a pivotal time in the university’s development as an emerging Metropolitan Research University of Distinction. His background as a university administrator, as a professor with an externally funded research program, and as a technical specialist working for public agencies has helped shape his perspective on the importance of research and creative activity to the excellence of a university.

    As head of the Division of Research and Economic Development, Dr. Rudin oversees the Office of Sponsored Programs, the Office of Research Compliance, the Office of University and Industry Ventures and other administrative and technical offices. He is part of Boise State’s senior leadership team, and is a member of the Administrative Council. Among his priorities are to lead strategic efforts to diversify Boise State’s research portfolio, to better define areas of research strength, and to build partnerships in the public and private sector.

    Dr. Rudin’s academic background is in the field of Health Physics. All of his degrees are from Purdue University, including a Ph.D. in Medicinal Chemistry, Concentration in Health Physics (1989); a master of science in Health Physics (1985); and a bachelor of science in Health Science (1983).

    Before coming to Boise State, Dr. Rudin served in the administration at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, most recently as the Interim Vice President for Research and Graduate Studies. He also held positions as UNLV’s Senior Associate Vice President for Research Services, Associate Vice President for Research Services, and as department chair in the Department of Health Physics. Dr. Rudin’s early career included positions with the U.S. Department of Energy, the Idaho National Engineering Laboratory, and Idaho State University.

    Dr. Rudin’s management philosophy is one of collaboration, accessibility and responsiveness. He welcomes inquiries from the university community, organizations and businesses in the private and public sector, and from the public. Dr. Rudin can be reached by contacting the Division of Research and economic development.

    Mark Rudin and his wife Libby live in Boise. They are the parents of three young children.

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    Dr. Neels Van der Schyf
    Vice President for Research, Idaho State University

    Neels Van der Schyf earned his BPharm, MSc, DSc (PhD), and DTE degrees from North-West University (NWU) in South Africa, and as a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Medicinal Chemistry, University of Connecticut and the National Magnet Lab at MIT, Cambridge, MA. Prior to joining ISU, Van der Schyf was Associate Dean for Research & Graduate Studies, Founding Chair and Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences in the College of Pharmacy, and Professor of Neurobiology in the College of Medicine at Northeast Ohio Medical University (NEOMED). At NEOMED he played a pivotal role in the establishment of the College of Pharmacy and was the primary author/architect in creating NEOMED’s graduate program in Integrated Pharmaceutical Medicine (IPM) and in the creation of the College of Graduate Studies, housed in NEOMED’s new $42 million Research and Graduate Education (RGE) Building.

    As of September 2015, he has published 118 peer-reviewed research and review articles, 205 abstracts and presentations – many of these as invited keynote speaker; 10 book chapters, several reports to industry, and numerous journal editorials. He holds 14 patents. He is or has been either editor-in-chief, or member of the editorial advisory boards for 12 international research journals and an invited guest editor for one. Van der Schyf served as visiting professor in Australia, Belgium, the USA, and South Africa.

    In addition to serving on several NIH Study Sections and many other national and international research granting agencies (including the UK, Portugal, South Africa and the Russian Federation), he is a member of Phi Beta Delta and Sigma Xi, and has received several “Teacher of the Year” and “Most Cited Paper” awards, the APSSA Upjohn Achievement Award and South Africa’s highest honor in drug discovery research, the FARMOVS Prize for Pharmacology and Drug Development. Van der Schyf is also the recipient of the 2010 Olson/Blair Award for Administrative Excellence. He has been the major advisor for more than 20 graduate students since 1985 (11 PhDs, remainder MS degrees) and served on the graduate committees of more than 30 additional graduate students.

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    Rick Stott
    CEO, Superior Farms; Former Executive Vice President of Business Development of Agri Beef Co.

    Rick is the President and CEO of Superior Farms and joined the company in May, 2013. He also previously and continues to serve as a member of the Board of Directors for the company.

    Superior Farms, founded in 1964 with headquarters in Davis, California, is celebrating its 50th year in business as North America’s largest processor and marketer of lamb. The company is the recognized leader in the retail and foodservice markets it serves, providing products and services to customers throughout the United States, Canada, and more than 10 countries. The company has approximately 500 employee-owners at its nationwide network of facilities and offices.

    Prior to joining Superior Farms, Rick was the Executive Vice President of Business Development of Agri Beef Co. headquartered in Boise, Idaho. During his 20 years at Agri Beef, the company grew from $150 million to over a $1 billion in sales and he served in a variety of roles. His responsibilities included deploying new opportunities, acquisitions, information technology, marketing, and regulatory and public policy of the company.

    Rick is a fifth generation rancher. He graduated with a Bachelors and Master’s degree in accounting from Brigham Young University. Currently he is serving on numerous civic and industry boards.

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    William Gilbert, Jr.
    Co-Founder and Managing Director, The CAPROCK Group, Inc.

    Bill is a Co-Founder and Managing Director of The CAPROCK Group, Inc., a multi-family office investment firm with offices in San Jose, Seattle, Newport Beach, Park City, and Boise. He is Chairman of the Board of Directors of the St. Luke’s Health Foundation. Bill is also a director of iVinci Health, LLC and Pets Best Insurance Services, LLC. He is a former Chairman of the Board and Emeritus Director of the University of Idaho Foundation. Bill graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of Idaho, with a B.S. in Finance.

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    Von Hansen
    Vice President and General Manager, Future Technologies, LaserJet and Enterprise Solutions (LES), Hewlett-Packard Company

    Von Hansen is Vice President and General Manager of the Future Technologies Organization in the LaserJet and Enterprise Solutions Group. Von is responsible for driving future technology strategy and product development to create new business opportunities in imaging and printing.

    Von has held key executive positions within HP including Vice President & General Manager of the Value Enterprise Products and of the Business InkJet Products & Technology, Vice President of Multi-function Products, and Director of Engineering for LaserJet Products.

    Von joined HP in1976 as an R&D engineer in the Boise Printer Division, and was the project manager of HP’s first LaserJet printer introduced in 1984.

    Von is Vice President of the Idaho Technology Council Executive Committee. Von also serves on the Idaho Association of Commerce and Industry Board of Directors, Utah State University and Boise State University College of Engineering Advisory Boards, and Boise Metro Chamber of Commerce Advisory Board. Von is serving on the Idaho Global Entrepreneurial Mission Council (IGEM), appointed by Idaho Governor C.L. “Butch” Otter.

    Von holds a Master’s degree in electrical engineering from Stanford University, and received his Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering from Utah State University.

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    Mike Wilson
    Corporate Financial Management Consultant / Start-Up Mentor and Investor

    Mike Wilson serves as a consultant and advisor to small privately owned companies. He was a founding board member and treasurer of the University of Idaho Laboratory of Applied Science & Research, a non-profit entity that enables universities and the private sector to facilitate technology transfer and research driven economic development.

    Previously he served as Executive Director of Connect Northwest, a Spokane based non-profit organization that supports entrepreneurs and early stage companies by providing access to coaching, mentoring and capital. Connect Northwest managed the activities of the Delta Angel Group, a Spokane based angel investor group.

    His background has been in corporate and financial management primarily in privately held businesses and includes experience in both startups and turnarounds. Some recent experiences include Interim Executive Director of the University of Idaho Foundation where he managed a turnaround involving troubled assets and CFO of Vivato, a Spokane and San Francisco based startup.

    Prior to that he spent 12 years at Advanced Input Systems in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho where he participated in the turnaround, leveraged buyout and eventual sale to Esterline Technologies in Bellevue. He began his career with Price Waterhouse in Seattle after graduating from the University of Idaho with a degree in accounting.

    He currently is a member of and is a past chairman of the Idaho Health Facilities Authority and previously served on the University of Idaho College of Business and Economics Advisory Board, University of Washington Tech Transfer Launch Pad Advisory Board and the University of Idaho Alumni Association including one year as president.

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