Lloyd Knight, a longtime veterinarian and community leader, is a member of St. Luke’s Elmore Community Board. Lloyd was born in Ontario, Oregon and attended school in New Plymouth and Richland, Oregon. He earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Oregon then went on to graduate from the Washington State University in veterinary medicine.
He was a practicing veterinarian in Mountain Home and the surrounding area for many years and served in a variety of roles with state and national veterinary medical associations, including nearly 12 years with a group health and life insurance trust.
Lloyd served on the Elmore Medical Center Board of Trustees from 1982-2006. He contracted with the Board of Trustees as the community process director from 2007-2013 and served as liaison between the Board and the community, focusing primarily on integration-associated efforts. Lloyd and his wife, Orla, live in Hammett. “We enjoy visiting our two sons and daughter and their families,” Lloyd says, “especially at get-togethers at Redfish Lake or near Trail Creek.”
Rick Horner, retired business owner, is a member of St. Luke’s Magic Valley Health Foundation Board of Directors.
Rick’s long career includes working as a herdsman for Carnation Farms, sales representative with Carnation Genetics, and owner and manager of a water conditioning franchise. He holds a bachelor’s degree in animal science.
Rick joined the Health Foundation Board to give back to the community during his retirement. He is also spending his retirement years by enjoying outdoor activities and sporting events, most often with his growing family: his wife Rene, six children, 17 grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren.
David Hruza, financial advisory and insurance professional, is a member of St. Luke’s Magic Valley Health Foundation Board of Directors.
David has owned Hruza Insurance Agency since 2001, working with clients in financial planning and mitigating risk with insurance products. He is a past president of the Mini-Cassia Chamber of Commerce and an elder at Mini-Cassia Community Christian Church. He is active in Pomerelle ski patrol and the Kiwanis.
David believes in helping people, and has found that St. Luke’s and the Health Foundation Board share this belief.
He says farming and family are his background and passion, as well as his six children and his church. He also loves the outdoors, camping, fishing, hunting, four-wheeling, skiing, golf, sports, and travel.
Sallee Middlekauff, vice president of automotive dealerships with Middlekauff Auto Group, is a member of St. Luke’s Magic Valley Health Foundation Board of Directors.
Sallee has been a member of the Health Foundation Board for more than 15 years. She is also a board member of the Junior League of Salt Lake City and the University of Utah Foods and Nutrition Advisory Board. She earned her bachelor’s degree in journalism and communications from Oregon State University. (Go Beavers!)
“It’s important for everyone, in all walks of life and professions, to be of service,” she says. “Our hospital and good health care are important to everyone, and our community thrives because of it.”
Sallee loves spending time with family and enjoys travel, outdoor activities, and the family cabin in McCall.
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.”
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.”
John Wright, dairy owner and community leader, is a member of St. Luke’s Magic Valley Health Foundation Board of Directors.
John has been a dairy owner for more than 40 years and served as president of Milk Producers of Idaho. He served on the Wendell School Board 12 years and is a member of the Wendell Chamber of Commerce. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Boise State University.
John joined the Health Foundation Board because he needed a way to focus on doing something for someone else. “Health care is a big issue with so many challenges,” he says. “Maybe there is something I can do to help meet those challenges.”
John and his wife, Cecelia, have been married for 43 years. They have five children and five grandchildren. He enjoys fishing (“I like to watch paint dry,” he says.)