Truth208 Board Members
First Lady Lori Otter
Lori Jean Otter became Idaho’s First Lady when her husband, C.L. “Butch” Otter, became Governor on January 1st 2007. Lori Otter was born in Pensacola, Florida, where she grew up in a Naval Military family as the youngest of four children and the only girl. When her father retired in the 70s, her family moved to Twin Falls, Idaho, taking over a family farm. Mrs. Otter fell in love with Idaho, and became active in 4-H and FFA, taking horse, sheep and pig projects to the Twin Falls County Fair.
After graduation from Kimberly High School, First Lady Otter attended school at College of Southern Idaho, in Twin Falls, Idaho earning an A.A. in English Literature. She finished her B.S. at Boise State University, in Education, Physical Education, with minors in Health and English.
First Lady Lori Otter began her teaching career in Wellton, Arizona teaching 9th grade Health, English and Social Studies. She also coached Basketball, Volleyball and Softball during her year in Arizona. First Lady Lori Otter returned back to Idaho in 1995 when she accepted a teaching and coaching position in the Meridian School District where she taught Health and Physical Education. She coached Basketball and Volleyball at the middle school and high school level for 12 years. Seeking new challenges, Mrs. Otter pursued and completed her Masters degree in 2004 at Northwest Nazarene University in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis in Educational Leadership. She spent two years in the Meridian School District, working in administration at the elementary level.
Mrs. Otter is on the Foundation Board at St. Alphonsus Regional Medical Center, the Treasure Valley Reading Foundation, Idaho Governor’s Cup, and is the Summer Reading Ambassador for the Idaho Association of Libraries. With her husband Governor Otter, she is on the Idaho Meth Project Advisory Council and has worked to promote and launch the Idaho Meth Project, a prevention campaign designed to reduce the first time use of Methamphetamine by youth in Idaho. First Lady Lori Otter has collaborated with Boise State University to design and write a Children’s book, “Ida Tours the Capitol” designed to educate 4th graders about Idaho History. Using her teaching background, Mrs. Otter has created a gift for the children of Idaho that is also an up to date educational resource for students and teachers. First Lady Otter was recently appointed to the Governor’s Spouses Leadership to Keep Children Alcohol Free, and continues to advocate about underage drinking issues in her state.
First Lady Lori Otter has completed three marathons and remains committed to health and physical fitness. She is an avid horseback rider and rodeo fan, raising and training horses on their ranch in Star, Idaho. First Lady Lori Otter has five stepchildren, as well as four grandchildren, and all of whom she will continue to spoil relentlessly in her free time.
Darrell Calton is a thirty-two-year veteran of the radio broadcast industry and serves as CEO and General Manager for Boise’s Impact Radio Group. Having worked in various size radio markets in Utah and Nevada, Calton was transferred to Boise, Idaho from Reno, Nevada in March of 2007 to work for Citadel Broadcasting of Boise. Calton took over the operations of the independently owned Impact Radio Group in August of 2008 to supervise seven radio stations. In 2002 Calton was inducted as a member of the Nevada Broadcasters Hall of Fame and in 2009 was named Radio Ink Magazine’s Manager of the Year for his work in the Boise radio market. Darrell Calton and his wife, Mona, are strident supporters of the Idaho Meth Project, fueled by their son’s methamphetamine addiction that began in 2001. Calton and his wife have three sons and reside in Meridian.
Debbie Field was appointed to the Idaho House of Representatives in 1995 and was elected to serve the people of Boise’s District 18 (southeast Boise) for twelve years. She served on the State Affairs and Revenue and Taxation Committee and served as Chair of the House Judiciary and Rules Committee, where she worked to help secure a consistent funding stream for drug and mental health courts. Debbie served 10 years as a Board Member for the Idaho Department of Juvenile Corrections. In January 2007, Governor Otter named her Administrator of the Idaho Office of Drug Policy. Debbie’s work with the Office of Drug Policy took her all over the great state of Idaho to meet with folks and listen to their stories of addiction.
In her former capacity, Debbie served as Chair of the Interagency Committee on Substance Abuse, Prevention and Treatment. The purpose of the interagency committee was to focus on statewide efforts to address substance abuse by assessing statewide needs, developing a statewide plan, and coordinating and directing efforts of all state entities that use public funds for efforts to address substance abuse. Debbie and her husband, Mike, have three grown children and five grandchildren.
Mr. Adamson is one of the founders of multiple healthcare companies. He has an operating, finance, and venture capital background. Mr. Adamson has been a successful investor in more than 40 healthcare ventures. Moreover, he was the founder of a venture capital fund and served as a board member and /or officer to many of the ventures. These ventures have been focused on Healthcare Services: Ambulatory Surgical Centers, medical office buildings, Surgical Hospitals, Community Hospitals, Transitional Care Facilities, Imaging Centers and Urgent Care.
He believes strongly in giving back to his community through charitable efforts. His major focus is investing in youth.
Alix rejoined the Idaho Meth Project as Program Manager in January 2014. Alix was an intern in 2012 while on summer break from the University of Idaho. She is now a college graduate with degrees in Family Life, Food and Nutrition, and Psychology. Alix oversees our community outreach, the Teen Advisory Council, and the seven District Coordinators throughout the state.
Director of Education and Development
Cyn began her efforts with the Idaho Meth Project as the Treasure Valley’s Volunteer Chair in 2008. She has been a staff member since January 2011. Cyn is passionate about educating Idaho’s teens about the dangers of prescription drug abuse. When she’s not ‘on the road’ visiting schools, Cyn calls Boise her home. She is the mother of two daughters, Whitney and Karuna.
Truth208 Advisory Council
Ben Wolfinger has been with the Kootenai County Sheriff’s Office since April 1, 1983. Ben worked in the Jail, Patrol and Detectives while he worked his way through the ranks, making Captain in April of 1995. Ben was appointed to Major in 2009 and commanded the Support Services
Bureau. Ben was elected to be the Kootenai County Sheriff in 2012 and began his first term on January 14, 2013 after the retirement of Sheriff, Rocky Watson.
Ben has and continues to be an active volunteer in the community, is a former Coeur d’Alene City Councilman and Past Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Coeur d’Alene Area Chamber of Commerce. Ben is a graduate of the 1994 Leadership Coeur d’Alene class. Ben has received a variety of community honors including the Ed Abbott Community Volunteer of the Year award in 2001 and the 2005 Distinguished Citizen of the Year.
Hailing from Long Island, New York, Gail and her family moved to Boise, Idaho from Fort Lauderdale, Florida in 1987.
Gail became licensed as a REALTOR® in February of 1992. Gail was honored by the Ada County Association of REALTORS® as the 1998 REALTOR® of the Year and served as President of the association in 1999. Since 1996, Gail has served nationally as a member of the Women’s Council of REALTORS®. She is a national speaker, and from 1998-2006 was an instructor at WCR’s award winning Leadership Academy. Gail was elected to the National Leadership Team in 2003 serving as Financial Secretary, Recording Secretary, President Elect, and was the 2006 National President of the Women’s Council of REALTORS®.
At the state level, Gail served as the 2007 President of the Idaho Association of REALTORS®. She has chaired the Public Policy and Professional Development Committees. A major RPAC donor and President’s Circle member, she served as a National RPAC Trustee in 2007. She is the FPC (Federal Political Coordinator) for Congressman Mike Simpson, and she currently serves on the Executive Committee of the National Association of REALTORS®.
In 2001, Gail was a TWIN (Tribute to Woman in Industry) Award recipient. In March of 2008, Gail was honored by Boise State University as a recipient of the “Women Making History” Award. Her latest challenge had been a run for the Idaho State Legislature as a representative in her
Happily married to Ron for 39 years, they have three wonderful grown children and three “perfect grandchildren.” Baxter, their black Labrador puppy keeps both Gail and Ron “up to speed.” In her spare time, Gail loves to cook, entertain, garden and read.
A consistent Top Producer, she is listing and selling Real Estate as the Team Leader of The GAIL HARTNETT Team at Keller Williams Realty Boise.
Heidi Otto has worked in the health care industry since 1998 in various capacities and currently serves as the Regional Sales Director for TASC in Idaho. Heidi has been an active volunteer and has served in numerous capacities to facilitate substance abuse education with youth. Heidi has worked with PAYADA, Meridian School District and Idaho Youth Court.
Heidi is a native Idahoan and has spent time in both North Idaho and the Treasure Valley. She graduated from Boise State University with a B.S. in Psychology and M.S in Health Science. Heidi and her husband, Heath, have 2 children and reside in Meridian Idaho.
Lauri Heward is the principal of Cassia Jr/Sr High School in Burley. Her career in education also includes experience as a classroom teacher and counselor with a drug and alcohol endorsement. She is an active member of the Mini Cassia Drug Court team.
Nick Roundtree is the founder of the successful brokerage Nick Roundtree Real Estate, and COO of the booming flower boutique, Flowers at Will. Born and raised in the Treasure Valley, Nick left the area briefly as a career in finance and project management took him to Seattle. But home was calling and he returned to Boise to pursue his real estate passion, quickly becoming a Boise Bench Real Estate Expert. For nearly a decade in real estate, Nick has repeatedly been recognized as one of Ada County’s Top Producing Realtors. When Nick’s not out matching clients up with their perfect homes, he’s busy volunteering as a mentor for MPowerment Boise, fundraising for Ballet Idaho or serving as Founding Member of the Small Business Group for Vistage International.
Nick feels passionately about the necessity of Truth208, as he personally struggled with and overcame addition in the past. Nick hopes his story proves that addiction does not define you.
Sarah Woodley is President of Business Psychology Associates (BPA), a Boise, Idaho company that offers health care solutions that help people improve their lives. BPA assists individuals and organizations by providing and managing high quality and effective behavioral health care, and currently services over 533,000 members across the country. Woodley joined BPA in 1996 and has worked in quality assurance, finance, contract services and clinical office management functions for the organization. Prior to joining BPA, she was responsible for the development, testing and staff training for decision support systems of an international retailer. Woodley received a bachelor’s degree from Santa Clara (California) University in Spanish and Anthropology and studied at Universidad de Costa Rica, San Jose, Costa Rica.
Shawna Adams is a Professional Banking Officer for Bank of the Cascades. She works with organizations of all sizes and complexity in Treasury and Cash Management services. Shawna works with businesses, nonprofits, professional firms and government entities. As an active and dedicated member of the Treasure Valley community and a native to Idaho, Shawna is a volunteer mentor for the Mentoring Network, graduated from Leadership Nampa in 2014, is a 2014 TWIN (Tribute to Women & Industry) honoree, and was a 2014 Loaned Executive for United Way. In her spare time she plays roller derby for Beet City Bombers in Nampa, Id, and was acting league president for the 2014 season.