Wyatt Johnson, President, is an experienced civil trial lawyer and engages in a transactional practice involving real estate and related business ventures. Wyatt’s law firm, Angstman Johnson, is well established in Idaho as a firm emphasizing real property, land development, construction, contract and related matters. He regularly practices before city and county planning and zoning authorities as well as various state administrative agencies. Wyatt lectures frequently and has published articles about litigation and real estate related issues. He has served as chairman and vice chairman of the Litigation Section of the Idaho State Bar; is a current member of the Supreme Court’s Advisory Committee on the Idaho Rules of Evidence; is a member of the Board of Directors for the Idaho Trial Lawyers Association; and is a member of the Real Property Section of the Idaho State Bar.
Rob Hopper, Vice President, is a member of the Caldwell City Council and the chairman of the Valley Regional Transit Authority Board of Directors. Rob’s civic interests have included efforts to revitalize Caldwell’s downtown core, improve pedestrian and bicycle transit in the community, and improve the service level Caldwell provides its citizens. As a community leader, Rob serves on many other boards and committees. Rob is employed as CIO of Canyon County, and previously was an information technology consultant at Hewlett-Packard. The Hopper family has a long history in Canyon County. Rob’s great-grandfather was an early mayor of Caldwell and his father served on the Caldwell City Council in the ‘70s.
Michelle Groenevelt, Secretary, is the community development director at the city of McCall. She joined the city of McCall in 2005 as the city planner/GIS and has worked to create a progressive planning environment and continues to strive for innovative planning solutions. She has a BS in environmental studies from the University of Vermont and a Master of Urban and Regional Planning from Virginia Tech. When not in public or committee meetings, Michelle enjoys running, biking, swimming, skiing, and baking sweet treats.
Melissa Galli, Treasurer, is a residential Realtor and co-owner of Galli + Seidl Real Estate at Keller Williams Realty Boise. Melissa received a B.S. in biology/genetics from the University of California, Davis and started her career as a financial consultant for hospitals. In 2006, she moved back to her native Idaho to launch her real estate career. She specializes in marketing properties and developments that take advantage of Boise’s sense of place—the foothills, river, greenbelt and vibrant downtown core. She was on the marketing team for two ISG Grow Smart Award-winning developments: Crescent Rim Condominiums and the Jefferson. Melissa is passionate about promoting smart urban development and is an active member of Urban Land Institute.
Gary Allen, is a land use and environmental attorney and partner at Givens Pursley. Gary is a lead author of the Idaho Land Use Handbook, which is a land use reference book widely used around the state. He currently serves on the steering committee of the Blueprint for Good Growth, Ada County’s first county-wide land use planning effort. Gary is active in local and state-wide community affairs. Among other things, he is the past chair of the board of the ANSER charter school and the co-founder and president of the South Boise Village neighborhood association. Gary is the past chair of the Educational Affairs Committee of the Boise Metro Chamber of Commerce, and served as the Chamber of Commerce’s representative on the Boise School District’s Technology Task Force.
Matt Blandford was born and raised in the city of Nome, a small coastal community in western Alaska. He moved to Boise after earning a BS in civil engineering from the University of Idaho and an MS in structural engineering from West Virginia University. Matt works for Andersen Construction as a project manager. His work experience includes both structural design and construction management of a variety of different projects in the state of Idaho, including the Chobani Yogurt factory in Twin Falls and Kleiner Memorial Park in Meridian. In addition, Matt has worked on infrastructure projects including in-service bridge rehabilitation and wind farm construction aimed at providing sustainable energy alternatives to rural Alaskan communities. Matt is a member of the U.S. Green Building Council and American Society of Civil Engineers, and is a LEED Accredited Professional BD+C. He believes Boise has a rather exclusive opportunity to be a driving force for sustainable development and design of large metropolitan areas.
Ben Casiano is an assistant vice president in US Bank’s Commercial Real Estate Division specializing in real estate development financing. In this role, he works with the Boise area’s largest developers to provide creative financing solutions for development projects. Born and raised in Idaho, Ben received a bachelor’s degree in finance from the University of Oregon and will complete a master’s in real estate from Georgetown University in August, 2018. He has conducted research on the world’s first LEED Platinum certified building and on assessing life cycle costs for high-performance building systems.
Nancy Chaney grew up hearing stories about her dad’s youth in Sandpoint, then moved from California to Boise in 1969. In 1980 she moved to Moscow “for a couple of years,” and has made it her home since. She served on the Moscow City Council, two terms as Moscow’s mayor, and is a past president of the Association of Idaho Cities. In 2015 she was the recipient of the Idaho Smart Growth Charles Hummel Award. Nancy and her husband operate a small business in his specialty of veterinary ophthalmology. She holds degrees in nursing and psychology from Boise State University and a master’s in environmental science from the University of Idaho.
Hethe Clark is a land use and real estate attorney and partner at Spink Butler, LLP. His practice focuses on real estate transactions and guiding development clients through the local government entitlement process. Hethe is an active member of the Idaho State Bar, serving as an at-large council member of the Idaho State Bar Real Property Section and an Editorial Advisory Board member for The Advocate. Hethe is a member of the Urban Land Institute and is a 2012-2014 selection for the Boise Metro Chamber of Commerce Leadership Boise Program. An Idaho native, Hethe is a graduate of Duke University and received his law degree from Washington University School of Law.
Sharon Patterson Grant, LEED AP BD+C and Homes, has been providing green building consulting and education since 2006. As a Certified Sustainable Building Advisor, she has worked with some of the largest property management firms in Idaho to conserve energy and was a coach for the Boise Kilowatt Crackdown competition that involved 47 buildings. She has consulted on over 95 LEED projects. Sharon worked with Boise to develop an energy reduction plan and has now worked with five additional cities. For the past decade, she has worked on advancing energy codes in the region, including being the exclusive contractor for NEEA’s Commercial Code Enhancement initiative. As a published author, Sharon has taught at BSU, presented at conferences across the nation and is a Provider with the Idaho Real Estate Commission. She chaired the USGBC Idaho and is a board member of Northwest Integrity Housing Co. and Idaho Smart Growth. Sharon has degrees in ecological design and business.
Renée Magee, of Idaho Falls, retired recently after many years as the planning director for the city of Idaho Falls and the executive director of its redevelopment agency. Renée was the 2016 recipient of the Idaho Smart Growth Charles Hummel Award. She holds degrees in English, planning and law, and has worked as a planner, city attorney, historic preservation officer, university professor and advocate for the planning profession in Idaho. Renée has served on the boards of Preservation Idaho, American Planning Association Idaho Chapter, Redevelopment Association of Idaho, Idaho State Historic Preservation Office Review Board and Idaho Walk Bike Alliance. She’s an AICP certified planner and a licensed attorney in Idaho.
Sarah Martz has worked for Boise-based LeNir Ltd. since 2003. LeNir Ltd. focuses on real estate development, project management and consulting, including negotiating contracts and managing business relationships. Sarah currently is the project coordinator for the Harris Ranch mixed-use planned development in east Boise. She also serves as the president of the Harris Ranch Wildlife Mitigation Association. Sarah has a degree in business management.
Nathan Murray lives in Twin Falls, where he is the city’s director of economic development as well as executive director for its urban renewal agency. Presently, he is overseeing four separate infrastructure improvement projects in downtown Twin Falls, valued at $20M. He also leads business recruitment and expansion efforts for the city which has received roughly $1.2B in capital improvements since 2012. A Boise native, Nate worked for 15 years in city planning and economic development in Utah. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Latin American studies from Brigham Young University.