After being honored with the prestigious Ellis Island Medal of Honor in the spring of 2011, Chairman of the Board, Dr. Fahim Rahim co-founded the Idaho’s Hometown Hero Medal with his brother, Dr. Naeem Rahim. The Rahim brothers also co-founded the Idaho Kidney Institute; JRM Foundation for Humanity; and Nephro Consultants, LLC. Fahim and Naeem are both actively involved in their communities both locally in Idaho and nationally, of course, when they are not skiing in their favorite place in the whole world, Sun Valley, Idaho.
After being honored with the prestigious Ellis Island Medal of Honor in the spring of 2011, Dr. Naeem Rahim co-founded the Idaho’s Hometown Hero Medal with his brother, Dr. Fahim Rahim. The Rahim brothers also co-founded the Idaho Kidney Institute; JRM Foundation for Humanity; and Nephro Consultants, LLC. Fahim and Naeem are both actively involved in their communities both locally in Idaho and nationally, of course, when they are not skiing in their favorite place in the whole world, Sun Valley, Idaho.
Beenish Mannan is a proud mom of three lovely children, a founding member of JRM Foundation, and is a current student of Political Science at Idaho State University with focus on economic policy and women’s issues. She is a strong advocate of women’s rights and empowerment and girls’ education locally and around the world. Beena enjoys traveling and spending as much time as possible with her family.
Mike Sanders is the co-owner and creative director of MSVM group; a full service, marketing, advertising and public relations firm. He is also the recipient of American Advertising’s highest honor the “Lifetime Achievement Award.”
Dr. Haderlie and Drs. Rahim together run the Idaho Kidney Institute. Dr. Haderlie is an Idaho native who recently moved back the the area to take advantage of his friendship with the Rahims, and all that Idaho has to offer. He and his wife Charity are very active in supporting worthy causes to improve the lives of those in our community and beyond.
Amna Rahim is currently serving as a committee member for Idaho’s HomeTown Hero Medal. She has been a board member as a vice chair and treasurer at The Academy Charter school, for over 3 years. She is a mother of three children and married to a well-respected physician in our community. She is currently a student at Idaho State University studying Biology. She is enthusiastic about being on the committee and works hard to make our community a better place.
Berkeley Willmore has been a resident of Idaho for over forty years. He was born in Rexburg Idaho in 1959, graduated from Madison High School and attended Ricks College. He now resides in Pocatello with his wife, Lisa Willmore, and together they have six sons.
Berkeley presently works as a Media Specialist for NPG of Idaho; a media company that owns KIFI Local News 8, OIFI-CW, NIFI-TELEMUNDO and QIFI Local News 8 Now. He has been in the Media and marketing business for over twenty-four years. Berkeley and his wife also own the Bridge Wine Bar and Restaurant in Pocatello. He enjoys the outdoors, playing golf, and being with his family and two grandchildren. He serves on the board of directors for CW Hog and the organizing committee for Idaho’s Hometown Hero.
Originally from Iowa, Sharon moved to Pocatello in 1979 when her husband returned to run the family business, Park Price Motor Co. While in Pocatello, she was active in Zonta International and served on the boards of United Way, the Pocatello Arts Council, and the Pocatello Regional Medical Center.
Sharon and Park moved to Idaho Falls in 2004 when he became CEO of Bank of Idaho. In Idaho Falls, she serves on the boards of the Idaho Falls Symphony and the Idaho Falls Arts Council. Sharon is a 1986 graduate of Idaho State University with a BA in American Studies. She currently serves as chair of the Dean’s Advisory Board for the College of Arts and Letters at ISU. She and her husband have two children, both of whom live in Boise.
Ian H. Fennell is the editor of the Idaho State Journal. He has been a journalist for over 20 years, starting his career in suburban Philadelphia as a reporter before working as an editor in central New Jersey, northeast Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, South Dakota and now Idaho.
Fennell learned journalism at Bucks County Community College near Philadelphia and Trenton State College in Trenton, N.J. He has resided in Pocatello for the last 10 years.
Ali Khan, Co-Founder and Chief Technology Officer of IM Your Doc, has been involved in medical technology for more than 6 years. He studied business communication from Brunel University, London and Robotics Engineering from Liverpool John Moores, United Kingdom. He came to United States in 2008 to complete Electrical Engineering with minors in computer science and mathematics at Idaho State University. He is keen admirer of Victorian and French architecture. Ali is an avid reader and enjoys cooking, skiing and travelling in his spare time.
Charity Haderlie is the proud mother of four wonderful children. She facilitates the Idaho Falls community fundraising efforts that have benefited our region through our Idaho Home Town Hero organization. Charity has served as Co-Chair of Philanthropy for the Vanderbilt Housestaff Alliance and has also worked in various capacities in both women’s and children’s groups in each community she has lived.
A graduate of Idaho State University, Nida has a bachelors in Business Administration. Currently she is operating her accounting practice in the state of New Jersey, Mannan Associates LLP, providing taxation and finance services to small and mid-size partnerships and corporations all over the nation. She is also a registered tax return preparer with the IRS, and serves individuals, corporations, and partnerships in all 50 states for their tax preparation needs.
Farhana Hibbert is the regional director for Senator Mike Crapo. She lives in Pocatello with her husband Monte and their four children, Caleb, Sarah, Priscilla and Joy.She served as the publisher of IDAHO Unido, the only certified minority-owned, woman-owned newspaper publication in the state, for 16 years. Hibbert was the winner of the $100,000 U.S. West New Ventures Seed Money Competition in 1997 and the 2003 Hispanic Media Awards.Hibbert was the outstanding student of the year for the Biological Sciences Dept. at graduation with her bachelor’s degree in Biology in 1993 at Idaho State University. She earned a master’s degree in organizational communication in 2006 from Idaho State University.She has held leadership roles at the national, state, regional and local level. Hibbert was appointed by Governor Dirk Kempthorne to serve as a board member of the Idaho Rural Partnership Board, the Idaho Women’s Commission and the Eastern Idaho State Park Site Selection Committee. She served as a member of the Dept. of Health and Human Services Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Citizen’s Advisory Committee on Public Health Service Activities, and Research Dept. of Energy Sites: Idaho National Engineering and Environmental Laboratory Health Effects Subcommittee.Hibbert was appointed by Mayor Roger Chase to the Human Relations Advisory Committee, and she currently serves as chair. She was recognized with the Human and Civil Rights Award and the Ron Timpson Award for her dedication in ensuring human rights for all.She served as former superintendent of the North Bannock County Fair, assistant secretary to the NAACP Pocatello chapter and president of the College Neighborhood Association. She is a past board member and president of Mujeres Unidas de Idaho and former treasurer of Image de Idaho del Sudeste.Hibbert was awarded with the Daughters of the American Revolution Women in American History Award in 2004, and received the National Americanism Medal. She received the Molly Pitcher Award for Community Service to the Field Artillery in 1996.Her present goals are to represent herself, her family, her neighborhood, the City of Pocatello, Bannock County, the State of Idaho and the United States of America to the best of her ability. Her long-term goals include daily celebrating her marriage, raising her four beautiful children to adulthood and receiving a doctorate degree. Farhana’s hobbies include singing with the Camerata Choir, photography, painting and gardening.
Brenda Stanley is the Director of Public Relations and Marketing for Portneuf Medical Center. She is a former television news anchor and investigative reporter for the NBC affiliate in Eastern Idaho. She has been recognized for her writing by the Scripps Howard Foundation, the Hearst Journalism Awards, The Idaho Press Club and the Society for Professional Journalists. Brenda is the author of four books that have been sold to publishers. Three are novels and one is a cookbook. Brenda is an adjunct professor at Idaho State University in the Mass Communication department. She is a graduate of Dixie College in St. George, Utah and was valedictorian of her class at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City. She is the mother of 5 grown children, including two sets of twins (born 20 months apart- yes, 4 kids under the age of 2). And she is now a grandma. Brenda and her husband Dave, a veterinarian, live on a small ranch near the Snake River with their horses, sheep, chickens, and dogs.
Idaho native, Courtney Fisher, returned to Pocatello from Los Angeles, California ten years ago to open FishTale Creative, a boutique creative marketing and branding agency deeply invested in the art of storytelling to help fulfill business and organizational marketing objectives.
FishTale Creative serves a diverse population of businesses from coast to coast and the mountain ranges in-between. Courtney has worked with the committee to lead Idaho’s Hometown Hero branding and website development initiatives. Her favorite place in Idaho is the South Fork of the Snake Riber, near Swan Valley, where she spends nearly every summer weekend with her husband and two young daughters.
Award-winning florist L.D. Wolfley has owned and operated Flowers by LD for twenty-five years, serving communities from Pocatello to Jackson Hole to Sun Valley, and everywhere in between. He has been named “Best Florist” by the Idaho State Journal’s Readers Choice Awards for nineteen consecutive years. The father of two is deeply invested in giving back to his community as a board member on committees such as Idaho’s Hometown Hero Medal. As Dr. Fahim Rahim noted in his speech at the first annual IHHM ceremony, “everything L.D. touches turns to gold,” and his artistry is easily recognizable at the many annual charitable events for which he donates his signature floral and design services.
Lori Piccolo Stinson is an award-winning metal smith with a line of contemporary art jewelry and an art educator. Lori is the artist behind the hand-crafted the medal for Idaho’s Hometown Hero, which also served as the inspiration for the organization’s logo. She is the 2006 Idaho Commission on the Arts Fellow and currently teaches the art program at Highland High School. She lives and plays in Pocatello, Idaho with her husband, Mike Stinson, and their two daughters.
Mary Keating is a national award winning feature writer and columnist. Her articles frequently appear in the Family Living Magazine, the Idaho State Journal, The BluePrint, Inside Pocatello Magazine, Health & Medical Guide, ISJ Medical Guide and can also be found in numerous publication, both in print and online.
Dane Simmons is a talented executive with a broad array of practical experiences in sales, marketing, contracts and negotiations. Simmons has lead, mentored, and motivated individuals in various business industries and collegiate athletics, with a common goal to increase productivity. Simmons says, “My bottom line is to create a team of winners, the numbers always follow winners. Regardless if one keeps score by wins and losses or black and red ink, winners find a way to win.”
Simmons first gained experience in the corporate world with Praxair Healthcare Services (PX), a subsidiary of a fortune 500 company. As Territory Sales Manager, Simmons revived a troubled territory on the verge of closure, and turned a profit within a year. Moving forward, Simmons was recognized among the corporate elite as a problem solver and was subsequently involved in corporate sales and marketing strategies.
In 2011, Apria Healthcare, a Blackstone Group (BX) company, acquired Praxair Healthcare Services. Simmons made an immediate impact on their sales efforts, and assumed many of the national/regional duties once granted to him by his former employer. However, his entrepreneurial spirits lead him to incorporated Simmons Surgical, in December 2011.
Simmons is passionate about building companies from the ground up through sales, and has done so over the past few years with multiple companies. Under Simmons’s leadership, Simmons Surgical went from $0 in sales to become a regional leader, which broke seven figures within the first two years. Currently, Simmons Surgical represents over 30,000 products in Idaho, Montana, and Wyoming.
Brandi Lewis, Director of Branding and Media Graphics
Brandi Lewis is an ISU Mass Communications graduate with over ten years of marketing experience in her back pocket. Her graphic design work has been featured in magazines with nationwide distribution and at multiple industry conferences.
She is a passionate advocate for many important issues affecting women and children, especially victims of human trafficking. One conversation at a time she raises awareness for the 27 million people entrapped, hoping others will step alongside her to fight for their freedom.
Born and raised in Idaho, she is more likely to be found on a mountaintop in hiking shoes than in front of the television. She has a deep love for Idaho and the beautiful wilderness outside our front door.
Gokul Thapa, Director of Charity Treks, Nepal, Bhutan, and Tibet
Gokul Thapa, originally from Bhaktapur (Kathmandu Valley), has eight years experience in Tours, Treks and Expedition as well as team management. From a law and management educational background, he later diverted to a tourism and hospitality education. He has received his Tour Guide license and Liaison Officer training from the Nepal government, and has completed additional climbing and mountaineering courses from private institutions.
Gokul has climbed Mt. Everest as an expedition leader on his own leadership. He has also climbed other small, popular peaks and popular trekking routes. He is actively working to develop the tourism business in Nepal.
Gokul is also involved with several organizations related to tourism and mountaineering in Nepal. He is voluntarily serving at HAMWWA as Secretary (www.hamwwa.org.np), is a Life Member of TURGAN, and a Member of NMA, ESA. Gokul has visited several countries and participated in many tourism fairs, seminars and workshops.
Sarah Hibbert attends Brigham Young University-Idaho, and is studying Communications with an emphasis in Public Relations with a minor in Visual Media/Photography. She was awarded the Idaho’s Hometown Hero Medal in 2014 for her various service and contributions within her community, including facilitating a Shoes for Love National Shoe drive and collecting over 4,500 pounds of shoes for orphaned children in Burkina Faso, Africa, and other third-world countries.
Sarah serves as a member of the Idaho 4-H Mobile Technology Team and served as a member of the Pocatello/Chubbuck Mayors Youth Advisory Council. Sarah worked as a graphic artist and page layout designer for the English/Spanish bilingual newspaper IDAHO Unido from 2009 to 2011. As she continues in her studies, she is looking forward to having more confidence in how to use the various design programs and incorporate design techniques into her work as she gains experience using them. Leadership and service have been a way of life for Sarah and she always aims to grow and progress in her education and career goals.
Mr. Sridhar’s background encompasses one year experience on relief and rehabilitation projects targeted to tsunami-affected poor people of Sri Lanka, and more than fifteen years of experience in development management (rural) in Nepal. Mr. Sridhar managed community based rehabilitation for differently-abled children in Rural Nepal, while working with “Save the children UK,” And in Action Aid International in Nepal for more than 10 years.
He has served as the following capacities:
Executive Director, Madan Bhandari Memorial Academy Nepal, Jan 2011 to March 2013,
Development Advisor and Executive Member, National Senior Citizen Organization Network Nepal
Jan 2007 to Dec 2010
Area Programme Manager, HelpAge International (09/12/05 to 08/12/06) in Batticaloa and Ampara districts, Sri Lanka. Managed overall programs, staff, and finances for areas in armed conflict situations and multicultural environments.
Innovation Fund Manager, ngo/cbo Participatory learning and Advisory Project (NPLAP a DFID funded project): Jan 2003 to date, in central office Kathmandu, Nepal where he focused in developing funding tools, planning, monitoring, and supporting NGOs/CBOs, capacity enhancement of 83 NGOs/CBOs using POCAP tools focusing to the governance issue.
Programme Manager (August 2001 to Dec 2002) Western Region, SCF-UK Pokhara.
Successfully managed overall program, staff, and finance for the western region.
NGO Coordinator (Dec 1997 to July 2001)
NSCFP/ A Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation, Jawalakhel, Lalitpur;
Programme Manager (Jan1995 to Dec 1997)
ActionAid Nepal, DA 3 Sindhul. Successfully managed overall program, staff, and finances in armed conflict situation of the district.
Thipsavanh Sibounma Murray, Director International Relations & Hike4Humanity Coordinator
Thipsavanh Sibounma Murray, a graduate of International Relations and History at Idaho State University, has always been passionate about human rights and international affairs, with her thesis and focus on human trafficking.
Thipsavanh hopes to someday travel the world with her son, helping refugees (as she was one herself) and working with an NGO while educating those about human rights.
Thipsavanh plans to get her Masters of Public Administration and Non-Profit Management Degree within the next few years.