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‘Deep roots of love’; MMS staff, students memorialize dedicated teacher

‘Deep roots of love’; MMS staff, students memorialize dedicated teacher

From the Las Vegas Optic For nearly three decades, Patricia Pace could be found teaching in classrooms across New Mexico, including Memorial Middle School in Las Vegas. Pace passed away suddenly late last month, but her students and coworkers have made sure her memory will live on for years to come. Those who cherished their…

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‘Thank you, Las Vegas’: Samaritan House executive director moves on

‘Thank you, Las Vegas’: Samaritan House executive director moves on

From the Las Vegas Optic George Lyon will soon depart Samaritan House, where he’s been the executive director since 2016, but he’s not leaving San Miguel County. Lyon originally moved to the Las Vegas area for a faculty job in the political science department at New Mexico Highlands University. After two years at NMHU, Lyon…

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Garrett Lofto, 2020 CEO of Influence

Garrett Lofto, 2020 CEO of Influence

From the Idaho Business Review Garrett Lofto has been working for the J.R. Simplot Company for more than 28 years. In fact, it’s the only company he’s ever worked for. His lengthy, and ongoing, career with the private family-owned company began in his native Canada in 1992, and he and his family relocated from Manitoba…

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Odette Bolano, 2020 CEO of Influence

Odette Bolano, 2020 CEO of Influence

From the Idaho Business Review From an early age, Odette Bolano knew she wanted to enter health care administration. After graduating from Texas Christian University with a nursing degree, she went on to pursue a master’s degree in health care administration from the University of Houston. She’s worked as a critical care nurse and as…

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Karen Baker, 2020 CEO of Influence

Karen Baker, 2020 CEO of Influence

From the Idaho Business Review Karen Baker attributes her career successes to other great leaders willing to share knowledge with her. “From the very beginning, I think it came down to mentors,” Baker says. “I’ve been fortunate to always have a great leader around me that really wanted to share their wisdom.” Baker’s career began…

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Mark Maxfield, 2020 CEO of Influence

Mark Maxfield, 2020 CEO of Influence

From the Idaho Business Review The Cottages Assisted Living and Memory Care began on a piece of land that once belonged to Mark Maxfield’s grandparents. They had called the land home for 50 years, and raised their children there. “In December of 2001, we opened the very first building in Emmett,” Maxfield said. “They always…

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Muffy Davis, 2020 Women of the Year

Muffy Davis, 2020 Women of the Year

From the Idaho Business Review Rep. Muffy Davis won her seat in the Idaho House of Representatives in November 2018, capturing more than 56% of votes to become one of just 14 Democrats serving in the 70-member Idaho House of Representatives. “I’m thrilled to be here,” Davis said, “but it’s very hard work.” Davis knows…

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Jessica Rolph, 2020 Women of the Year

Jessica Rolph, 2020 Women of the Year

From the Idaho Business Review A love of entrepreneurship and social responsibility led Jessica Rolph to co-found her first company, organic baby food maker Happy Family. Success did not come instantly though. “We launched with frozen baby food in 2006, and it completely failed,” she said through a laugh. “But we hung in there ……

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Leahann Romero, 2020 Women of the Year

Leahann Romero, 2020 Women of the Year

From the Idaho Business Review Although many people likely view reporting to a probation officer as a punishment, Ada County Juvenile Court Probation Supervisor Leahann Romero said her goal is to instead make those visits about rehabilitation. It’s an approach that has shown success. By helping juveniles in the criminal court system set and meet…

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