MARSHALL GARRETT, President
Marshall Garrett is a former educator and family counselor born and raised in the Oklahoma panhandle. He received his B.S. in Communication from the University of Oklahoma and his M. Ed. in Psychology from Central State University in Edmond, Oklahoma. He has owned and operated a number of small businesses, has worked in the fields of health care and insurance, and remains active in the oil and gas industry as well as managing a family partnership. He and his wife Leslie moved to Idaho over 20 years ago and are both very active in the community. He enjoys friends, food, & wine and is an avid flyfisherman & skier.
TOM KILLINGSWORTH, Vice President
DEBBIE JOHNSON, Treasurer
Debbie Johnson retired from a business career in 2010 and has since served on the boards of the Idaho Women’s Charitable Foundation and The Cabin in the capacity of Treasurer for both organizations. She has an undergraduate degree in Economics and a Master of Business Administration Degree. Her professional career included Director of Policy & Planning, Energy Services with Idaho Power Company and President, co-owner of Clima-Tech Corporation. She is a second-generation Idahoan and is pleased that both of her daughters and grandchildren live in the Treasure Valley. In addition to spending time with family, Debbie enjoys rafting, hiking, and exploring Idaho’s backcountry, as well as quiet reading time at her Garden Valley cabin.
ELIZABETH GUTTING, Secretary
Elizabeth Gutting joined the Cabin’s board in fall 2017. She recently moved to Boise from Washington, D.C., and is now the program coordinator of the Boise State University MFA in Creative Writing. She served as the program director of the PEN/Faulkner Foundation from 2014-2017. Elizabeth received her MFA in fiction writing from George Mason University and her BA from Kenyon College. Originally from St. Louis, she has lived on both coasts and now loves living in the mountains and high desert of Boise. She is working on a novel.
Kacy Berliner has been on the Cabin board since 2012. She has chaired The Cabin Onstage Gala four times, and also serves on the board development committee. Kacy is a Boise native, and her four kids are now attending the same schools she did. When she isn’t volunteering at their schools, she loves to hike, cook and read.
Karen Benning and her husband moved to Boise from Anchorage, Alaska in late 2014. A former CPA with a degree in accounting and marketing, Karen switched gears more than fifteen years ago and now works as a consultant to tribal, government and nonprofit entities, primarily in planning and grant writing. She earned her MFA in creative writing from the University of Alaska Anchorage and writes literary nonfiction, with occasional forays into fiction and poetry. She and her husband love the biking, hiking and other outdoor recreation in Boise and other areas of Idaho.
Nick Cofod is Head of School at Foothills School of Arts and Sciences. Previously he was Assistant Head of School and Upper School Director at the Town School in San Francisco. Before embarking on a career in school leadership he was a Latin teacher in middle school and a visiting assistant professor of classics at the college level. His professional interests include leadership development, project-based learning, teacher collaboration, and service learning. He holds a PhD in Classics from Stanford University and a BA from Reed College. Nick is an avid mountain biker and enjoys hiking and camping with his family.
Malia Collins has been on the Cabin board since October of 2015. In her tenure she has served as the chair of the programming committee. For years Malia taught in the Cabin’s WITS and summer writing camp programs and is currently an Assistant Professor of English and Creative Writing at the College of Western Idaho. She loves to read and write fiction and creative nonfiction, hike, and swim in the ocean.
Steve Frinsko is a transactional attorney for Hawley Troxell’s business and real estate law departments. Steve was named one of the Idaho Business Review’s 2015 Leaders in Law. His practice focuses on all aspects of business and real estate law, including mergers and acquisitions, corporate compliance, entity formation and governance, commercial transactions, antitrust compliance, and insurance. He is a member of the Idaho Technology Council, the CORE, and the Idaho State Bar’s Business & Corporate Law and Real Property Law Sections. Steve has a B.A. in Geography from Dartmouth College, and earned his J.D., summa cum laude, from the University of Idaho College of Law.
Born and raised in Idaho, Raquel Guglielmetti is a Senior Commercial Lender for Mountain West Bank. She holds an MBA from Boise State University where she also served as an adjunct professor at the College of Business & Economics. Raquel has extensive and varied experience working with nonprofits in the arts, affordable housing, and social services. In her spare time, Raquel enjoys theater, music, and time with her family.
Emily Lavelle is a writer, editor, literary publicist, and literary consultant. She moved to Boise in June 2017 from New York City, where she worked in book publishing as a publicist and editor at Random House and PublicAffairs. In her spare time, when she’s not working on her novel-in-progress, Emily teaches indoor cycling, barre, and other fitness classes at various studios around Boise. She is magnetized to the outdoors and is often in the foothills or at the peephole of her telescope.
Lauren Lavelle is a writer and freelance book publicist. She works with award-winning and bestselling authors as well as top book publishers, including Penguin Random House, Simon & Schuster, and Hachette Books, among many others. She holds a BA in Creative Writing from Saint Mary’s College in South Bend, IN. After living in New York City for ten years, in 2017 she relocated to Boise with her family. She is at work on a novel, which she is co-writing with twin sister and fellow board member Emily Lavelle.
Kent Mommsen CCIM, PhD (Florida State University 1970) is a commercial real estate broker with Cushman & Wakefield Pacific specializing in single tenant net lease investments in all fifty states. He moved to Salt Lake City to professor at the University of Utah for fifteen years before transitioning into real estate. He enjoys reading novels, classics, biographies, and short fiction, along with relaxing daily walks along the greenbelt help to coax out the “stories in his head” which transform to 100-word pieces. Kent aims to make a significant impact on the development of that Boise treasure we call The Cabin.
Marcelle Morris is a paralegal at Hawley Troxell, where she provides support in real estate transactions. She is a graduate of both University of Oregon and Lesley University, as well as a veteran of the Naval Reserve. In addition to her experience working for community organizations across the valley, Marcelle is an avid reader and writer whose book of short stories is available on Amazon.
Will Northrop is an independent consultant at What-if-Concepts specializing in strategic planning. He lives in Boise with his wife and two teenagers. He enjoys historical nonfiction, graphic novels, and authors asking big questions. Will has a background in youth education and is passionate about the Cabin’s outreach to Idaho students. He serves on the Board Development Committee.