Girl Scouts of Silver SageGirl Scouts of Silver Sage Board of Directors




Connie Miller, Board Chair
Connie earned a BA in Accounting from Boise State University. She started her career at the Girl Scouts of Silver Sage Council as the accountant for 12 years. Connie later worked for Idaho Corporate Credit Union and Idahy Credit Union where she served as Vice President of Finance for 12 years. She was responsible for financial management and information systems. During that time, Connie received her graduate level certification from Western CUNA Management School with High Honors. In 2008, Connie was promoted to President/CEO of Icon Credit Union. Connie is a past honoree of the 2009 Women of Today and Tomorrow Award and she received the 2010 Idaho Business Review’s Women of the Year Award.


Kelly Wong, 1st Vice-Chair
Kelly is a native Boise resident who earned a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from the University of Idaho and an MBA from Boise State University. She is a Vandal through and through and is now the proud mom of a Vandal! Kelly has been employed by Hewlett-Packard for 21 years, currently in Global Procurement as a Project Manager. She has served on the Girl Scouts of Silver Sage Board of Directors since 2008 and consistently assists the council with improving their computer technology through HP’s Product Donation program. Kelly enjoys volunteering with the Girl Scouts as it gives her the ability to give back to her community.

Martin Liberal, 2nd Vice-Chair
Martin graduated with a BS in Information and Computer Science from the University of California-Irvine, and started his career at Accenture as a business systems consultant. Martin later joined Synoptek, Inc., an Irvine, CA based IT consulting firm and, in late 2010, relocated to Boise to help grow Synoptek's outsourced IT practice. Having been born and raised in Orange County, CA, Martin enjoys the balanced lifestyle change Boise offers.


Laura Lee Berg, Secretary
Laura Lee is the Manager of Bank of the Cascades El Dorado Branch in Meridian. She previously served as Vice President and Human Resources Officer where she was responsible for all aspects of the human resource department, including recruiting, training, staffing, and employee support. Laura Lee chaired the Communications Committee for Bank of the Cascades and is a past board member of the American Institute of Banking and the Citizens Review Committee, Joint School District No.2. She serves in the community through youth activities, the Meridian Chamber of Commerce, United Way, The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Festival of Trees, Paint the Town, and Pine Acres Youth Camp. In 2005, Laura Lee was recognized by the Women’s and Children’s Alliance with the Tribute to Women & Industry Award.


Amy Dempsey, Treasurer
Amy is a native Idahoan who was born and raised in Boise. She has a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with emphasis in accounting from the University of San Francisco. Amy lived in the San Francisco area until 2000 when she returned to Boise and started a new accounting firm with her father in which she is an equity owner. In 2004, Amy began work on her Master of Science in Accountancy-Taxation, which she was awarded in 2008 from BSU.


Amy is a certified public accountant who has the ability to look at the big picture, as well as the skills necessary to dig in and understand the details when needed. She is licensed in the state of Idaho and is a member of the Idaho State Board of Accountancy and American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.


Amy is a past board member of Giraffe Laugh Early Childhood Learning Centers. For the past three years she has been a Troop Leader for her daughter’s Girl Scout Troop and is currently serving as Treasurer for the Service Unit to which her Girl Scout Troop belongs. Amy is also a member of the Finance Committee of Girl Scouts of Silver Sage. She is also a 2011 honoree of Women of Today and Tomorrow. Amy lives in Boise with her husband, Bill, and their two children.





Julie Hart - Shift Public Affairs
Julie is the owner and CEO of Shift Public Affairs in Boise, Idaho and has been working pro bono for the Council on the sales tax exemption issue for Girl Scouts of Silver Sage. She is a founding member and the communications chair of Go Lead Idaho and has also worked for Catholic Charities of Idaho and Soroptimist International. She has worked with many non-profits as an employee or consultant leading boards through strategic planning and communications issues. Julie specializes in strategic planning, campaign management and public relations and is a graduate of Boise State University.


Julie has a passion and vested interest in providing opportunities for young girls. She believes that becoming involved in Girl Scouts of Silver Sage as a board member would be an incredibly rewarding experience. She lives in Boise, Idaho with her husband Will, and their two children. In her spare time, she trains for marathons with her dad and volunteers for the Girl Scouts where her daughter is a Brownie.


Linda House - St. Luke's Health System
Linda was born and raised in Boise and received her Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees from Boise State University. She has dedicated her career to health care in direct patient care and administration. Linda currently serves on the St. Luke’s Employer Relations Advisory Council. Previously, she served on the Select Medical Network Board as an ex officio member. Linda possesses many leadership skills and values, and would like to share and mentor the leaders of tomorrow. She is ethical, accountable, hardworking and innovative. Linda believes the Girl Scout organization is honorable and a successful mentor of young children.


Nick Veldhouse
Nick lives and works in Meridian with his wife of eight years and his three children. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management from BSU and his Master’s in Business Administration from Northwest Nazarene University where he achieved the highest student honor – Most Outstanding Student MBA Award. As a volunteer fundraiser and member of community organizations, he believes his success has come from his belief that making a difference starts with the individual.


Nick has contributed efforts to the BSU Alumni Association, the 2009 Special Olympics World Winter Games, the Idaho Humane Society, the United Way, Paint the Town, and several other organizations. He took the lead role in the creating of a marketing plan geared specifically toward local foundations and trusts to raise $17 million for the 2009 Special Olympics World Winter Games. Nick realized Girl Scouts is much more than cookies when he and his family were invited to attend last year’s Board Retreat at Camp Alice Pittenger. He learned that Girl Scouts of Silver Sage is an organization made up of passionate individuals who truly believe in the mission.

Sonna Lynn Fernandez- Idaho Transportation Department
Sonna Lynn serves as the Division of Highways Planning Coordinator for the Idaho Transportation Department. She developed the department’s Long-Range Transportation Plan called Idaho on the Move which was completed in December 2010. Sonna Lynn is responsible for statewide highway planning and performance, corridor planning, functional classification, and working with each of the department’s six District Planners. Currently she is working with the Northwest Community Development Institute to become a Certified Professional Community and Economic Developer (PCED).


Sonna Lynn was appointed by the Governor as a Commissioner to the Idaho Women’s Commission, dedicated to improving the lives of women and their children in Idaho and served in that capacity from 2006 until the Commission was defunded in 2009. As Commissioner, she edited and added chapters to the Idaho Laws, a Guide for Women and Families book that was published annually. She participated in several conferences and continues to speak to groups on women and children issues. She is a member of the Nampa Board Chapter of Modern Woodmen of America, where she works with her Chapter Representative to improve the quality of life for families and communities by social, charitable, and volunteer activities, including Join Hands Day and Make a Difference Day. Sonna Lynn has been a dedicated Girl Scout Leader in Nampa for nearly five years. She encourages her troop to participate in community service activities and has led her troop in gaining their Silver Award.

Thomas Gay-Turnkey Strategic Relations
Tom is the founder and chairman of Turnkey Strategic Relations, a nationwide training and coaching company. He also leads the Boise franchise for The Alternative Board ( and serves on a number of boards for privately held entrepreneurial firms and service organizations. Tom is a frequent speaker and teacher on topics such as strategic planning, social entrepreneurship, and relationship marketing at business groups, community service groups, universities, and churches across the USA. Tom and his wife, Patti, traveled to South Africa where they started a new model non-profit ministry organization, Monte Christo Ministries. Tom was honored with the coveted INC 500 Award for the fastest growing privately held firms in the USA and was honored in an Individual Investor Magazine cover story (May 1999) as one of the 5 Best Undiscovered CEOs in America.


Doug Pill-Merchants Moving and Storage
Doug is the Director of HR Solutions for Merchants Moving and Storage. He is a passionate businessman with experience in operational, business development, and financial analysis and his expertise includes his proven ability to mentor individuals and lead teams to peak performance, while building multiple organizations. Doug is actively engaged in the business community through the Boise Metro Chamber of Commerce, Human Resources Association of the Treasure Valley, and Boise Valley Economic Partnership. Doug enjoys giving back to the community and also serves as a volunteer for the Boise Centennial Rotary Club.


David Leach-Micron Technology

David has spent the last 19 years as a business leader building services, products, teams, processes, and systems for Micron Technology and related companies. In his current position as Director of Enterprise Information Management, David is responsible for aligning Micron's worldwide business on high quality data and information, in order to better serve customers, team members, and investors. David holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Boise State University and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Southern California.


Lori Smith-Idaho Power
Lori is Vice President and Chief Risk Officer for Idaho Power Company. She is responsible for Audit, Compliance, Security and Risk Management along with her subsidiary responsibilities. Lori previously served as Vice President of Corporate Planning and as Vice President of Finance. She serves on the Ida-West Energy board, IDACORP Financial board, and is currently a member of the Advisory Board of the West Y-City Branch Advisory Committee and a member of the Treasure Valley Family YMCA Finance Committee. Lori holds a BS in business administration from Boise State University and received her CFA certification from the Association of Investment Management and Research in 1999.

Leatha Thayer-Wells Fargo
Leatha has been employed by Wells Fargo for 21 years in the Business Banking Loan Operations Group and currently is a Loan Administration Manager. Leatha serves on the administrative council for her church involving meeting facilitation, budgeting, hiring staff and working with various groups. She plays keyboard in the church band, “Wings of Faith”. Leatha was a Girl Scout from Brownie to Senior. As Leatha shared, “Because I was a Girl Scout, I realize the skills I gathered from the interactions I had within the organization has helped me in other endeavors. I would like to support the organization to inspire young girls to achieve their dreams and desires. The sky is the limit in what they can learn and the opportunities they have in Girl Scouts allows them to experience this success.”

Raleigh Ann Vachek-Wells Fargo Advisors
Raleigh holds a BA degree in Business Management from University of Northern Colorado and has over 10 years experience in the investment consulting industry. She holds the CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER ™ credential and is a member of Boise Estate Planning Council, Financial Planning Association, and the Southwest Idaho Planned Giving Council.





Sara B., Girl Board Member

Tori K., Girl Board Member





Doug Pill-Committee Chair
Thomas Gay
Theresa McLeod
Colleen Ramsey
Anne B. Wilde



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