Two new at First Interstate
BOISE — First Interstate, a community bank with $14 billion in assets and more than 150 locations, has named Kelly Noles regional credit analyst manager, according to a press release.
Noles has 17 years of banking experience — 15 with First Interstate. Her primary focus has been commercial lending, including as a credit analyst, loan officer, and most recently, assistant commercial relationship manager. In her new role, Noles will supervise and mentor a group of credit analysts.
Noles earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration, finance from Eastern Washington University. She has served as a board member and treasurer for Habitat for Humanity, a United Way loan executive, and risk management association board member.
Noles will be based in First Interstate’s downtown Boise location at 401 W. Front St.
GARDEN CITY — Lee LaPrath has joined First Interstate as manager of the Garden City branch, it said in a press release.
LaPrath has 19 years of banking and lending experience, including consumer, mortgage, small business, Small Business Administration and commercial lending with an emphasis on retail bank branch management and team leadership.
LaPrath has a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Lewis-Clark State College and graduated from the Oregon Bankers Association’s Advanced Branch Manager School in 2012.
An active member of the community, LaPrath has been involved as a member, board member, and ambassador for several organizations — including the Eagle Chamber of Commerce, Eagle Rotary, Caldwell Chamber of Commerce, Middleton Chamber of Commerce, Lions Club, and Middleton Booster Club. He is looking forward to partnering with great organizations in Garden City.
ICF welcomes Cara Walker as chief strategy and engagement officer
BOISE — The Idaho Community Foundation welcomes Cara Walker as its new chief strategy and engagement officer, said a press release.
Walker comes to ICF from Boise State University where she has held several positions, most recently as executive director of development annual giving and interim senior director of donor relations.
In addition to her six years at BSU, Walker also worked as the community and government relations manager for Albertsons/SUPERVALU and as a development administrator for the Idaho State Historical Society.
She has undergraduate degrees in English and political science from BSU.
New executive officer at BCA
BOISE — W.V. “Bill” Rauer is the new executive officer for the Building Contractors Association of Southwestern Idaho.
A native of Idaho, he has lived in the Boise area throughout his 34-year professional career. Rauer’s experience spans businesses of all sizes from self-employed/self-proprietor to the Fortune 25. Rauer holds a bachelor of architecture degree from the University of Idaho, and a master of business administration degree from Boise State University.
In his role as executive officer he provides support for the association’s members while leading its day-to-day operations.
Blue Cross of Idaho Foundation for Health adds attorney to the board
BOISE — Luke Malek, an attorney who has served in the Idaho Legislature, was named to the Blue Cross of Idaho Foundation for Health board of directors.
Malek is the owner of law firm Smith + Malek, which he cofounded in 2015. The firm has offices in Coeur d’Alene, Sandpoint and Boise. He represented the Fourth Legislative district in the state legislature for six years. He previously worked for Heritage Health, the office of the Governor, the Post Falls Urban Renewal Agency and was a deputy prosecutor for Kootenai County.
Malek, a graduate of the College of Idaho and University of Idaho Law School, is a member of the Idaho Bar.