TOM KILLINGSWORTH, President
Tom Killingsworth has worked in finance and engineering for many years. Tom and his wife, Teresa, have served on a number of non-profit boards in the community over the past 20 years. Tom and Teresa are frequent alpine skiers and travelers and they both love to read. Now that they’re empty nesters, their three dogs have successfully trained the humans in the household. He is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin with a B.S. in Chemical Engineering. He subsequently completed the US Navy program in Nuclear Engineering and served as a Submarine Officer.
STEVE FRINSKO, Vice President
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.
PEGGY RUNCORN, Treasurer
A Boise State University graduate, Peggy Runcorn is a partner at Eide Bailly, where she specializes in individual, corporate, and partnership tax, along with general accounting and tax consultation. In addition to The Cabin, she has served on the boards of the City Club of Boise and Boise Angel Fund. In her spare time, Peggy heads for the mountains, where she enjoys skiing and kayaking with her family.
EMILY LAVELLE, Secretary
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.
MARSHALL GARRETT, Ex-Officio
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.
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.
Hollis Brookover is a 3rd generation Boisean. Throughout her childhood, she spent many a day reading at the Carnegie Library, skiing at Bogus, climbing Camel’s Back and exploring the lakes and rivers of Idaho. In her early years, Hollis worked in the family business, Brookover’s retail stores for women’s apparel. She left Boise to attend Smith College where she received a BA in Government. For the next 23 years, Hollis worked in public affairs, campaign management and non-profit development. Her career opportunities took her to Dallas, Washington DC, Los Angeles and Hong Kong. She returned to Boise with her husband Milt and son Samuel in 2002. They purchased Mariposa Labs, a private label soap and lotion manufacturing firm. Shortly afterward, Hollis started a branded bath and body business called Morningside LLC that quickly achieved broad distribution across the US and in Canada. Hollis founded Idaho Voices for Children (IVC) in 2005 and continued to advocate for good educational policy at the Statehouse as the Vice President of Idaho Business for Education. Currently, she serves on the boards of the Idaho Shakespeare Festival and Idaho Business for the Outdoors. She is on the program committee of the City Club of Boise and is a founder and leader of Idaho Women in Action.
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.
SARAH E. GRIFFIN
Sarah E Griffin is originally from Utah but has called Boise home since 2002. She is the head of Human Resources for Idaho Power Company and worked previously in HR positions at Delta Dental of Idaho and Boise Cascade. She has a B.A. in English from the University of Utah and an MBA from Boise State University. She is also on the board of the Wassmuth Human Rights Center and actively engaged with the Women and Children’s Alliance, along with several other community organizations. She is a passionate reader and loves running on the greenbelt and foothill trails around Boise with her two dogs. The loves of her life are her husband and two daughters, who are a constant source of joy and entertainment.
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.
Jamie Hausman was born and raised in the Chicagoland area, and after graduating from the Missouri School of Journalism, she became a freelance writer. In addition to writing for print and digital magazines, she launched two farmers markets in Atlanta, Georgia. She moved to Boise in January of 2017 with her golden retriever, Hooch, and her boyfriend, Owen, seeking new adventures. She enjoys cooking, hiking and spending time at the Boise Farmers Market.
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.
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.
Bill Manny joined Idaho Public Television in 2018 as a producer for its Idaho Experience documentary series. Bill is a veteran editor, reporter and columnist for newspapers in Oregon, Idaho and Washington, D.C. He grew up in eastern Oregon and has a journalism degree from the University of Oregon. Bill serves on the Idaho Humanities Council; the advisory board of the American Association for the Advancement of Science’s SciLine journalism service; and is the former president of Boise City Club. He’s a bicyclist, hiker and backpacker and the 124th person to summit all nine of Idaho’s 12,000-foot peaks.
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.
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.
An Idaho native, Allen Traylor is an Instructor of Business and Social Entrepreneurship at the College of Idaho. He is also the founder and owner of multiple local companies, including UpCycle fitness studio in Boise’s BoDo district.
Previously, Allen provided strategic and operational leadership for business development to Total Child Health, Inc. as the Chief Operations Officer. Allen also worked at The Office of the National Coordinator providing strategic policy planning for the EHR Incentive Program and outreach and coordination in support of federal grantees. He has consulted various healthcare projects including India’s first emergency response system, supporting local health commissioners, as a patient advocate along with consulting for various small companies. He started his career in healthcare at Healthwise where he helped clients integrate patient educational material and resources into EHRs, PHR, and web portals. Allen received his M.P.H. and M.B.A. from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and the Carey Business School.
Mikel is a Boise valley native and an associate broker with O2 Real Estate Group in Boise. Prior to becoming a realtor, she worked for the Boise Metro Chamber as VP of Marketing and Membership. Active in the Boise non-profit community, Mikel currently serves on the boards of the Boise Art Museum and Idaho Women’s Charitable Foundation, and formerly served as President of the boards of the City Club of Boise, Boise City Arts Commission, Beaux Arts Societe’ and Junior League of Boise. She received a BS from the U of I, an MBA from BSU and holds her Real Estate Broker License. Her passions include working in her garden and walking with husband John, a retired attorney, and her yellow Lab, Theo by the Boise River.