Becky Nelson, senior vice president and human resources director for First Federal Savings Bank, is a member of St. Luke’s Magic Valley/Jerome Community Board.
Becky holds senior certified professional (SCP) and senior professional in human resources (SPHR) certifications. In addition, she serves on the Idaho State Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) Council as treasurer.
Becky joined St. Luke’s Magic Valley Health Foundation Board in 2003. She then became a member of St. Luke’s East Region Board before transitioning to the Community Board. She has been a member of St. Luke’s East Region Finance Committee for several years.
She considers it an honor and a privilege to serve on St. Luke’s boards and committees. “Working in HR, I have a passion to help people,” she says. “So the work we do on the Community Board is very near and dear to me.
In her free time, Becky loves spending time with her three children and four grandchildren. She also enjoys reading, golfing, and cooking.
Tom Ashenbrener is owner of the wine, beer, and cooking supply store Rudy's: A Cook's Paradise, and a member of St. Luke's Health System Community Board for Magic Valley and Jerome.
After college, Tom worked with his father at Price Hardware, eventually taking the store over in 2002 and renaming it Rudy's to concentrate on his passion for cooking. He is the recipient of the Twin Falls Area Chamber of Commerce Curtis T. Eaton Award for small business person of the year.
Tom also currently serves as board chair for First Federal Foundation. He has served as chairman of the board for First Federal Savings Bank, St. Luke's Magic Valley, the College of Southern Idaho Foundation, and was president of the Rotary Club.
Melody Bowyer is executive director of the South Central Public Health District and a member of the Community Board for St. Luke's Magic Valley and Jerome.
Melody has collaborated to improve Idaho public health and emergency preparedness with many federal, state, and local governmental agencies, nonprofit organizations, and businesses. Her innovative practices in environmental health earned her the prestigious Model Practice Award from the National Association of County and City Health Officials in 2013.
Melody earned bachelor's degrees in both chemical engineering and materials science and engineering from the University of California, Berkeley. She earned an MBA from the University of Houston. She is also a registered environmental health specialist and a certified public manager.
Melody has lived in the Magic Valley since 2000. She enjoys Idaho's many outdoor activities with her children, including hiking, skiing, rafting, and paddle boarding.
Julie Ellis, PT, SCS, CSCS is owner of the Center for Physical Rehabilitation clinic and a member of St. Luke's Community Board for Magic Valley and Jerome.
Active with the Chamber of Commerce for 30 years, Julie is a former president of the Idaho Physical Therapy Association, and is the current Idaho legislative contact for the American Physical Therapy Association. In that role, she makes annual trips to Capitol Hill to advocate for health care.
Julie is also an instructor in the College of Southern Idaho's physical therapy assistant program. She teaches yoga and Pilates, and is a certified health coach.
Julie is passionate about impacting her community by educating corporations and educational institutions to empower their employees and members to change behaviors to create healthier lifestyles. She is married with two adult children, and enjoys running, hiking, yoga, and socializing in her community.
Janet Olmstead, an educator for 30 years, is a member of St. Luke’s Magic Valley/Jerome Community Board.
Janet retired from the Twin Falls School District as director of support services. Over her long career, she dedicated herself to children as a teacher of Spanish, English, English as a second language (ESL), and special education. She is a member and past president of the Council for Exceptional Children.
Janet earned her bachelor’s degree in Spanish from the University of Colorado and her master’s degree in special education from Idaho State University.
“I have always had an interest in the medical field, as my mother worked for three psychiatrists and a general surgeon,” Janet says. “I believe in the saying that volunteering is the rent one pays for the privilege of living in a community.”
Janet has two married sons and four grandchildren. She enjoys tennis, golf, skiing, travel, and flying with her husband, Dan.
Julia Oxarango-Ingram, director of Southern Idaho Rural Development, is a member of St. Luke’s Magic Valley/Jerome Community Board.
Through her economic development work, Julia serves 18 rural communities and four counties in South Central Idaho. She is passionate about historic preservation, bringing the “heartbeat” back to rural downtowns, and highlighting rural tourism in her region. She studied business administration at Boise State University and has earned professional community economic development (PCED) certification and community, family and victim/offender mediation certification.
Julia joined the St. Luke’s board because she wanted to communicate needs, challenges, and opportunities surrounding community health in the communities she serves. She says she has learned much about opportunities for communities to better collaborate with St. Luke’s to advance health.
Julia is the mother of two grown children who live in Boise and Anchorage. She actively participates in her Basque heritage through dance and festival coordination.
Edna Pierson is a member of St. Luke’s Magic Valley/Jerome Community Board and a member and past president of St. Luke’s Magic Valley Health Foundation Board.
Edna joined St. Benedicts Hospital Foundation in Jerome in 1976 and served as board president four times. She served as state president of the Idaho Hospital Association Auxiliary Board, serving on the board for three years in the 1980s. She has supported the Alzheimer’s Association by hosting an all-day fundraiser annually called “The Longest Day.”
“I became a board member at St. Luke’s to support the hospital to ensure community access to the best health care possible,” Edna says.
In her free time, Edna operates two bridge clubs and attends as many tournaments as possible. She also enjoys playing golf, and has played at the Jerome Country Club since 1974. She also likes picture puzzles, saying “my husband and I have a puzzle going most of the time.”
John Shine, community leader and former mayor of the City of Jerome, is a member of St. Luke’s Magic Valley/Jerome Community Board.
John worked for IBM in a variety of roles, is the former owner of CompuNet, and is the former chair of the Jerome Urban Renewal Agency. He is committee chair of Boy Scout Troop/Pack/Crew 139, Snake River Council: Management, Training, and Leadership, and active in the operation of the Jerome Food Pantry.
John has lived a lifetime of service to others in many capacities, and says he plans to continue until he’s no longer able. Public service has become a personal commitment and central focus since retirement has allowed him the time.
Through life experience, he became very interested in the delivery and cost of health care. He testified at public hearings, as a citizen, for the merger of St. Luke’s and the former Magic Valley Regional Medical Center. As mayor of Jerome, he worked with the publicity campaign to ensure a positive community response to the integration of St. Luke’s and the former St. Benedicts Hospital.
John saw an opportunity to be of further use to St. Luke’s, accepting a position on the East Region Planning Committee. Subsequently, he was asked to join the Community Board.
“Board membership is an important element of my public service commitment and therefore my life’s work,” John says. “I believe I add value to St. Luke’s, and membership certainly adds value to my life.”
John is married and has six children and 11 grandchildren. He enjoys RV and foreign travel, working with youth and adult leaders through the Boy Scouts, and working with and mentoring those suffering from addictions.
Dave Snelson, financial advisor, is a member of St. Luke’s Magic Valley/Jerome Community Board and St. Luke’s Magic Valley Health Foundation Board.
Dave has worked in financial services and insurance for more than 20 years and has been a business owner and entrepreneur for over 38 years. He is an accredited investment fiduciary (AIF), certified in long-term care (CLTC), and a member of the local chapter of the Estate Planning Council.
He is a past Chamber board member and chair, is a past member and chair of the Twin Falls Traffic Safety Commission, and is active in economic development in the community.
Dave joined the Community Board after his oldest son experienced a spinal injury at age 34. Dave and his family spent several weeks in Boise, while he son was in the hospital, intensive care, and rehabilitation. “It’s so very important for family support to be there when someone is sick or hurt,” Dave says. “My passion is to have services in our community so no one has to travel to be with family when they need them most.”
Scott Standley, community leader and certified insurance counselor (CIC), is a member of St. Luke’s Magic Valley/Jerome Community Board.
Scott has been an insurance agent focusing on employee benefits for more than 16 years. Before that he was in involved in his family’s construction company, Standley Trenching. He has served on the City of Twin Falls Planning and Zoning Commission, Magic Valley Builders Association Board, YMCA of Twin Falls Board, Blue Lakes Country Club Board, Building Advisory Board, Idaho State Department of Insurance Continuing Education Board, and the Southern Idaho Association of Health Underwriters Board. He earned his bachelor’s degree in business administration from Idaho State University.
“St. Luke’s is one of our community’s biggest and best assets, and I wanted to be a part of the future of both St. Luke’s and the Twin Falls community,” Scott says about joining the Community Board. The board has also given him an opportunity to learn how insurance products work from all points of view. He says his customers have many questions about health care and he can now give them better advice.
Scott and his wife, Sandi, have been married for 40 years. They have two children and two grandchildren. He says his hobbies are “golf, tennis, whitewater rafting, and gardening, none of which I’m any good at.”