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Mission Statement

The City Club of Idaho Falls exists to sponsor and promote civil dialogue and discourse on all matters of public interest. We strive to do so in a non-partisan and non-sectarian manner, while encouraging broad participation by the community at large.


The Club was founded in 2007 and has features informative and insightful speakers covering a variety of subjects such as Restoring the Presidency of the United States, Globalization and American Economics, Preserving Judicial Independence, and much more.

Board of Directors

Gregory L. Crockett, President 

Gregory is the Managing Partner of Hopkins Roden Crockett Hansen and Hoopes Law Firm. His law practice is general with emphasis on civil and commercial litigation, insurance defense, negligence real estate contracts, business associations and banking. He continues to personally serve a broad array of diverse clients with both general and specific needs for his problem solving skills. Mr. Crockett is a lifetime resident of Idaho Falls with deep roots in the community. He served as the first student body president of Skyline High School and attended the University of Idaho where he earned a degree in Business Administration and Finance in 1971 and a Juris Doctorate in 1974. He is a member of the Idaho State Bar and its Commercial Law and Bankruptcy Sections. He is admitted to practice before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and the Federal District Court for the District of Idaho. He is a recipient of the Idaho State Bar’s Pro Bono Service Award. Mr. Crockett has been active in his community and is a former president of the Greater Idaho Falls Chamber of Commerce, Idaho Falls Rotary Club, Idaho Falls Family YMCA and Friends of KISU, Idaho Public Television, Idaho Falls Downtown Development Corporation, and Grow Idaho Falls, Inc. He currently serves as president of the Idaho Falls Historic Downtown Foundation, Inc. and vice-president of Partnership for Science and Technology. He and his wife, Tricia, are the parents of one son and enjoy golf, cross-country and downhill skiing, white water rafting and Idaho’s great outdoors.

Amy Lientz, Vice President 

Director, Supply Chain, Energy Programs

Idaho National Laboratory

Amy Lientz is an executive with Idaho National Laboratory responsible for supply chain for the growing energy industry. In this role she leads efforts to develop regional strategies to fill future energy workforce needs and lead programs to connect industry to future business opportunities. She also coordinates actions that create sustainable energy-related businesses that cater to both regional and global needs.  She is the Vice Chair for the Idaho Technology Council, on the Advisory Council for the McClure Policy Center, on the taskforce for the US Council on Competitiveness, and is on the board for Idaho Public Television and the City Club of Idaho Falls.  She has much passion with efforts that help raise up and bring opportunity to under-represented populations. As an advisor to her alma-mater at the College of Engineering at University of Idaho, she helps lead efforts to inspire young women into engineering careers and students that live in rural populations. She is also a founding member of the Idaho Women’s Business Council and Defense Alliance and has received several awards from the Department of Defense for being a “Supportive Employer of Veterans”. 

BS Environmental Science, Boise State University MS College of Engineering - Industrial Technology, University of Idaho

Lexie French, Secretary

Lexie retired a year ago, after teaching high school for 30 years at Idaho Falls’ Skyline High School. While teaching, she served as president of the Idaho Council of Teachers of English and was nominated as Idaho English Teacher of the Year. She was also very active in the Idaho Falls and the Idaho Education Associations. She was president of the local association as well as chief negotiator for the union. Lexie was also a representative to the National Education Association assembly three times, once in Louisville and twice in Washington DC. At these meetings she met Corretta Scott King, Christa McAuliffe, and then-candidate Bill Clinton. She also received two grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities to attend summer conferences at Wayne State University in Detroit and the University of Rochester in Rochester, New York, to study fairy tales and myths. Aside from family and work, a great deal of her time has been spent in community activities. She has been president of the Idaho Falls branch of the American Association of University Women and the Bonneville County Junior Achievement Board of Directors. She was on the Idaho Humanities Council for 4 years and was instrumental in creating the Council’s grants for Idaho public school teachers of the humanities. Lexie spent 9 years on the Board of Directors of the Idaho Falls Chamber of Commerce, which was very rewarding. She received from the Chamber both the Service to the Chamber and the Service to the Community awards. Later, she was chair of the Chamber Cultural Committee, and they obtained the funding and commissioned the artist for the Snake River Trapper statue on Memorial Drive. She is also a member of the Rotary Club, and is the co-author of a history of Idaho Falls’ Women titled Second Stories. Her favorite activity now is acting. She is on the board of directors for Idaho Falls’ Actors’ Repertory Theatre of Idaho or ARTI. She has been in several productions over the past seven years, playing among others, a ditsy grandmother, an opinionated analyst, and a charming hooker.

Liza Leonard, Treasurer

Liza has been with Ball Ventures since 2008, first as the Sales & Leasing Representative and since 2011, Marketing Manager for the company. Liza is responsible for marketing strategies and implementation for the many projects and developments in which Ball Ventures is involved. Liza works closely with the business owners, brokers and the community on the Snake River Landing project, overseeing a full season of events, new tenant openings and other tasks that help businesses and community groups achieve their goals. She actively markets the real estate development division of the company, with a portfolio of over 100 projects across the country. Liza’s community involvement includes serving on the boards of the Idaho Falls Arts Council, the United Way of Bonneville County, Mountain View Charity and the Idaho Falls Downtown Rotary Club. Prior to joining Ball Ventures, Liza worked largely in the hospitality industry including heavy involvement in her family’s fly fishing lodge located in Driggs. Liza has a Bachelor of Business Administration/Marketing emphasis from Idaho State University. Liza and her husband, Robert, have lived in Idaho Falls since 2008. They have a son and a daughter. As a family, the Leonard’s enjoy camping, fishing and travel.

Jerry Scheid

Jerry has had a life-long involvement in farming and ranching. He has owned and managed a sheep operation between Jerome, Idaho and Monida, Montana for a number of years. Scheid has also owned and operated a ranch west of Idaho Falls where he lambed ewes, ran a brood cow and yearling herd and farmed dry land wheat and barley. From 1987 to 2006 he was a 50% partner in I. & S. Farms. He and his partner, Ralph Isom, farmed about 10,000 irrigated acres and ran a 550 head cow-calf herd. He retired from I. & S. Farms in 2006 but still owns and operates a 2,500 acre summer ranch in the Centennial Valley of Montana. He also manages a 600 head cow herd for Ralph Isom. Scheid is a former director of the Bonneville County Cattlemen’s Association, a former chairman of Idaho Falls and Bonneville County Planning and Zoning Commissions, a founding member CHC Foundation, a former member of the Community Hospital Board, a former president of Idaho Falls Consolidated Hospitals, Inc., and a former chair of Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center board. Scheid is currently a member of the board of trustees of the Nature Conservancy of Idaho, the president of the Centennial Valley Association, and the president of Friends of the Red Rock National Wildlife Refuge, and Centennial Valley.

David Adler 

David is the James A. McClure Professor and Director of the James A. and Louise McClure Center for Public Policy Research at the University of Idaho, where he teaches constitutional law in the College of Law. A recipient of writing, teaching and civic awards, Adler has lectured nationally and internationally on the Constitution and the American Presidency, including lectures at some 30 colleges and universities. The author of more than 100 scholarly articles, Adler has published in the leading journals of his field. His books include: The Constitution and the Termination of Treaties; The Constitution and the Conduct of American Foreign Policy; a two-volume work, American Constitutional Law; The Presidency and the Law: The Clinton Legacy; and forthcoming titles, Presidential Power and the Constitution; Presidential Power in Foreign Affairs: United States v. Curtiss-Wright, and The Steel Seizure Case: The President and the Constitution. Adler’s work has been cited by both Republicans and Democrats in all three branches of the federal government, including his commentaries on impeachment and the war power. His lectures have aired on C-Span, and he has done interviews with dozens of reporters, including those with the New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, the Los Angeles Times, Washington Times, National Review, NBC, NPR, and the BBC.

Mark S. Young

Mark is a native of Rigby, Idaho, and earned a bachelor’s degree in political science and economics from Idaho State University. Mark has been in the securities industry since 1985. He began his career as a registered representative for Piper Jaffray & Hopwood and was appointed branch manager of Investment Management and Research, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Raymond James Financial, Inc., on August 1, 1994. Currently he is a branch manager and registered principal with Raymond James Financial Services (an independent broker/dealer) at 450 B Street in Idaho Falls. Mark is also actively involved in the community and state. Currently he serves in the following capacities: Past President, The City Club of Idaho Falls; Member, Idaho Department of Commerce Economic Advisory Council; Active member/Past President, Idaho Falls Rotary; Member, Idaho State Bar Association Professional Conduct Board; Member, Idaho Falls Chamber of Commerce. Additionally, Mark has played a vital role in the development of the Idaho State University / University of Idaho Higher Education Center (University Place) in Idaho Falls. He has two sons, both veterans who served in Iraq in recent times: Steven is a general contractor in Boise, Idaho and Adam is involved in security at the Idaho National Laboratory.

Karole Honas

Karole was born and raised in Gooding, Idaho. This makes her one of the few “born and bred” Idahoans in local television. Sometimes she thinks this gives her a bit of an edge since she knows and understands Idaho issues, and she cares so much about the state’s future and people. Karole attended the University of Idaho and obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications. After graduation, Karole married Ken Honas from Blackfoot. This is what brought her to Eastern Idaho. Karole started her career here in eastern Idaho. Karole held many positions including Assignment Editor, Assistant News Director, and she even handled the sports anchoring duties for several months. Karole stayed home for several years when she had her children. She has three boys, Kristopher, Kreighton and Karson. She returned to television news when KIFI called and asked her to fill in for an anchor on maternity leave. Karole never left, and she continues to anchor the news on KIFI. Join Karole weeknights on Local News 8 at 5, Local News 8 at 6 and Local News 8 at 10. KIFI Local News 8 eastern Idaho’s most watched local news station.

Ann Howell

Ann is the Director for Enrollment Services for Idaho State University in Idaho Falls at University Place. She is a long time resident of the area moving here in the early 50’s when her father was transferred to Idaho Falls with the Atomic Energy Commission. Ann received her undergraduate degree from Utah State University with a B.S. in History and a Secondary Teaching Certificate. She moved home to teach Sophomore English at Skyline High School in 1971. A family owned and operated business, Kelly Canyon Ski Area, took Ann away from the education field for a number of years but she returned to Idaho State University in the late 80’s to earn a Master of Counseling Degree. In 1991, Ann returned to her alma mater, Idaho Falls High School, as a guidance counselor. In 1997, she had to opportunity to serve as interim director for ISU’s programs in Idaho Falls at the Center for Higher Education, a position which later become permanent. The position has not only been challenging but has also afforded Ann the chance to share in the exciting growth of programs and students at the Center. Ann is a member of the Idaho Falls Rotary Club. She is president of the John and Olive Adams Scholarship Foundation which awards $20,0000 in renewable scholarships each year to students who will be attending colleges in Idaho and majoring in physical or social sciences. Ann is also chair for the Education Committee of the Idaho Falls Chamber. She will be the fund raising chair for the Idaho Falls Symphony for the 2008-2009 season. Ann has three children and four grandchildren; she and her husband Richard enjoy restoring their old home, golfing, skiing, gardening, and recreating with family in their spare time.

Rebecca Noah Casper

Rebecca was elected Mayor of Idaho Falls in a city-wide election in November 2013. She ran on a platform of solving City problems, growing the local economy, and enhancing community assets. Mayor Casper earned her BA in 1985 and MA in 1987 in Political Science from BYU-Provo and her Ph.D. from UC-Berkeley in 1998. Prior to her election, She has served as an adjunct professor at both BYU-Idaho and Eastern Idaho Technical College where she taught foundational courses on American government. Mayor Casper serves on the Board for community organizations such as the Idaho Falls City Club, the Greater Idaho Falls Chamber of Commerce, the District 91 Education Foundation, the Partnership for Science and Technology, the Regional Development Alliance, the Downtown Development Corporation, and the Bonneville Metropolitan Planning Organization and others. She is a co-founder and first director of the Mayor’s Scholarship Fund. Following an appointment by the Governor, she also serves as a member of the Idaho’s LINE2.0 Commission. Rebecca has four children. Two are attending university and two attend District 91 schools in IF.

Park Price

Park is Chairman of the Board of Directors of Bank of Idaho, an independent community bank. He also serves as a director of the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco – Salt Lake Branch, the Chair of REDI, a regional economic development organization for Eastern Idaho, Chair of the Board of Trustees of Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center, and a director of Delta Dental Plan of Idaho. Previously, Mr. Price served as a director of West One Bank, Idaho / U.S. Bank, Idaho, a director of the Federal Home Loan Bank of Seattle and as a member of the Advisory Council of the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco. Prior to joining Bank of Idaho, he was the owner and President of Park Price Motor Company in Pocatello, Idaho from 1979 to 2003. Mr. Price served on the boards of numerous business and civic organizations, including Chair of the Idaho Association of Commerce and Industry and Chair of the Idaho Community Foundation. Mr. Price currently serves as Eastern Regional Chair of Idaho Business for Education and as a board member of the City Club of Idaho Falls. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in economics from Dartmouth College.

Dana Kirkham

Dana is the CEO for the Regional Economic Development for Eastern Idaho (REDI). Established in April 2015, REDI is a public/private partnership established to help diversify and strengthen the economies of the fourteen counties of Eastern Idaho by retaining and attracting business to the region. As CEO of REDI, Ms. Kirkham will work closely with community partners to promote economic development through expansion of existing business and by implementing a focused consistent marketing program to attract new businesses to the region. Prior to joining REDI, Ms. Kirkham served as the Mayor of the City of Ammon. She served two terms on the Ammon City council, six of those years as the Council President. She serves on the Regional Development Alliance and as Board Chair of the Idaho Innovation Center. She is a member of the Energy Communities Alliance (ECA), the International Economic Development Council (IEDC), the Idaho Economic Development Association (IEDA), and the Industrial Asset Management Council (IAMC).

Past Directors

Ed Marohn, Past Board Member

After 30 years in the tire industry with Michelin Tire Corporation and Continental Tire of North America/AG, headquartered in Charlotte, North Carolina, where he served as a Director of Sales in North America and VP in Canada, he retired to eastern Idaho with his wife, Cathie, to write full time, ski near the Tetons, and continue worldwide travel. Ed Marohn is on the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors for the Idaho Humanities Council, a member of the Idaho Writers Guild, and the Idaho Writers League. He served in the US Army as an Airborne/Ranger Captain in Vietnam with the 101st Airborne Division and was awarded three Bronze Stars and one Air Medal. In academia he was Assistant Professor of Military History at the University of Nevada. He grew up in Boise and attended the University of Idaho earning his BA in Political Science in 1968. He earned his MA in Counseling and Guidance from the University of Nevada-Reno, in 1975. He has two sons: the older one is a Captain-Select, US Coast Guard, based in Boston, and the younger one is a VP of a financial company based in Savannah. He has been published as follows: Local Columnist for the Post Register Newspaper, Idaho Falls, Idaho. Creative non-fiction story “Almost American”, Idaho Magazine, July 2011. Short story, “Retirement”, Hardboiled Mystery Magazine, February 2012. E-Book novel, The Phoenix Legacy, publisher: FeedBrewer, Inc. “Brainwashing: Man Over Mind”, ARMY Magazine, Vol. 23, No. 8, August 1973.

C. Timothy Hopkins, Emeritus 

Tim Hopkins, 85, of Idaho Falls, passed away on April 23, 2021 of heart complications. Tim was born March 30, 1936, in Idaho Falls, to Zoe and Talcott Hopkins, and was the younger brother of Tad and Henry. He was a founder and the senior partner of the Hopkins Roden Crockett Hansen & Hoopes Law Firm. Tim graduated from Stanford University in 1960, and received his law degree in 1963 from the George Washington University Law School, with honors. He was a member of the Order of the Coif. During law school he served as associate editor of the George Washington Law Review. He was a member of the Idaho State Bar and the State Bar of California, and was admitted to practice before those state courts, as well as federal trial courts, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and the United States Supreme Court. He was a member of the Idaho State Bar Commission from 1988-1991, and served as president of the Idaho State Bar in 1990-1991. He was also a member of the American Bar Association, where he served as Idaho State Bar Delegate to the House of Delegates from 1992 through 1997; and where he currently serves as Idaho State Delegate. He was a member of the board of directors of the Idaho Law Foundation from 1983 to 1988 and was a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation and Idaho State Chair. Mr. Hopkins was also active in his community and was a former president of the United Way of Idaho Falls and Bonneville County, Inc., Idaho Falls Rotary Club and the Greater Idaho Falls Chamber of Commerce. He served as chairman of the board of directors of the Eastern Idaho Economic Development Council, Inc., and was chair of the board of directors of the Nature Conservancy of Idaho and a member of the Idaho State University Foundation board. He and his wife, Anne, are the parents of three children. His practice emphasized civil trial and appellate practice, corporate, commercial, real property and public interest law. Mr. Hopkins’ avocational interests had much to do with his love for Idaho and the outdoors. He was a horseman, bird hunter and fly-fisherman and enjoyed both downhill and cross-country skiing.

Ann Marie Peters, Past Board Member 

Ann Maria received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Behavioral Sciences from the University of Chicago and her Masters in Business Administration from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Business. She is currently the Director of Strategic Partnerships for the College of Eastern Idaho (CEI). She is passionate about the power of education to eradicate poverty and the important role CEI plays in this region. Ann Marie was honored as the 2019 Eastern Idaho Woman of Influence in Education, and is proud to have been a 2019 Idaho Business Review Woman of the Year Honoree. Ann Marie is also the co-founder of Interview Savvy training and career skills firm. She created and implemented the business strategy and programs resulting in positive net profit within one year of initiation. In addition, she has more than 18 years of Banking and Financial Services experience in multi-faceted business areas worldwide. Ann Marie’s experience includes strategic planning, behavioral coaching development and facilitation, consulting, project management, sales training development and facilitation, and script development. Her reputation as a start-up and turnaround expert resulted in her being the featured employee for HSBC in Working Mother Magazine’s Top 100 Companies. Ann Marie and her husband have three children. Her greatest pride and joy is her family.

John D. Hansen, Emeritus

Former state Sen. John Hansen, R-Idaho Falls, died Sunday evening after suffering a heart attack at age 83. Hansen was an attorney who served as a state senator for six terms (12 years) before retiring in 1998. He has been described as a “steelheader,” after a fish that is known for swimming upstream for his penchant for bucking the political currents. “He was such a thoughtful, caring individual, and it showed whether it was in his legal work or when he was serving in the Legislature, or just with neighbors and friends,” Hansen’s wife Michele Hansen said. “He cared about people.” Together, Michele and John have six children and six grandchildren. Michele Hansen described her husband as kind with a great sense of humor as well as a great outdoorsman. She said her husband— and his whole family— loved politics so much that family members would time how long it took for the conversation at family gatherings to turn to politics. “(Politics) was a love and concern of all the family, and it wasn’t the partisan type we have today,” Michele Hansen said. She said her husband has a reputation for being willing to put partisan politics aside to reach mutually beneficial solutions. “He was a very collaborative individual with the community and his campaigns,” said Idaho Senate Majority Leader Bart Davis, R-Idaho Falls, who was preceded by Hansen. “He reached across a broad political spectrum to include some very remarkable thought leaders.” Marty Trillhaase, a journalist who covered the Idaho State Legislature in the late ’80s and early ’90s for the Lewiston Tribune and later as the editorial page editor for the Post Register, said Hansen worked with Democratic lawmakers and governors while putting himself at odds with fellow Republicans. “John Hansen was part of vanishing breed of Republican legislators: a pragmatist who somehow forgot that being pro-education and pro-environment were not core values within his political party,” Trillhaase said. Hansen graduated from the University of Idaho in 1959 with degrees in agricultural economics and law. He also attended one year of undergraduate school at American University in Beirut, Lebanon. He practiced with law firms in both Boise and Idaho Falls before founding a law partnership with his brother, Orval Hansen, of which he eventually became senior partner after his brother was elected to the United States House of Representatives. Throughout his career with the senate, he served as chairman of the Human Resources Committee, a member of the Resource and Environment Committee, Idaho commissioner and vice chairman of the Education Commission of the States and a member and chairman of the Six State Pacific Fisheries Legislative Task Force. Hansen was a member of the Association of Trial Lawyers of America, the Idaho Trial Lawyers Association, the Idaho State Bar Association and the Seventh Judicial District Bar Association. Hansen was given the Distinguished Lawyer Award by the Idaho State Bar in 2010. Davis said that as a fellow lawyer, he admired Hansen in many ways and looked up to him. Hansen had a long history of community service in a variety of service organizations including rotary and in the founding of the Idaho Falls City Club, Michele said. “John was always interested in the input of others,” Davis said. “He respected the opinions of others. But, at the end of the day, he trusted that with their input and with his own ability to analyze, that he should trust his own judgment, and he did; and Idaho’s the better for it.”

Fred Hoopes, Emeritus

Dan Fredrick Hoopes, 75, of Idaho Falls, passed away July 12, 2016, at Hospice of Eastern Idaho Home. Fred was born Oct. 3, 1940, in Rexburg, Idaho, to Dan Bickmore Hoopes and Verna Bertha Grimmett Hoopes. He graduated from Idaho Falls High School. On Oct. 11, 1969, he married Sidney Combs in Fayetteville, Arkansas. They have two daughters, Rachel and Sarah. After graduating from law school at Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Fred was admitted to practice law in 1973. He attended undergraduate school at Brigham Young University and American University in Washington, D.C. while employed by the late Senator Frank F. Church. He joined the law firm of Hopkins Roden Crockett Hansen & Hoopes in January 1982. He was an adjunct professor and visiting lecturer at the University of Idaho, College of Law in Moscow, Idaho. Fred was a recipient of the Thurgood Marshall Liberty Award from the American Civil Liberties Union of Idaho for the successful defense of a death row inmate. He was a Fellow in the American College of Trial Lawyers. Fred was given the Distinguished Lawyer Award by the Idaho State Bar in 2014. He was a president of the Idaho State Bar and a president of the Idaho Trial Lawyers Association. Fred was a member of the Board of Governors for the Association of Trial Lawyers of America and a member of the Board of Directors for the Idaho Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. He served on the Idaho Supreme Court Advisory Committee on Evidence. He was a fellow of the American Bar Foundation. Fred was also active in public and community affairs. He enjoyed reading and politics. He was a proud Idahoan who loved the outdoors. He was an angler and a wrangler, he was an avid fly fisherman, a fly tier and owned quarter horses and mules. His two grandchildren were the joy of his life.

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