Encouraging volunteerism and community service.

2015 Serve Idaho Conference

Hosted by:
Serve Idaho - Governor's Commission on Service & Volunteerism in partnership with Idaho Department of Labor and State Farm

Key Speakers:

  Asim Mishra
Chief of Staff at the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS)

Asim Mishra serves as a senior adviser to the CEO, provides a leadership role to senior staff and guidance on broad policy issues and key Administration and agency relationships. Asim came to Washington, D.C. to serve in the Obama Administration as Deputy Chief of Staff at CNCS in April 2010.

Ben Quintana
Council member for the City of Boise, Organizational Development Program Manager for St. Luke’s  Health System

Ben has served in the nonprofit sector as a dedicated volunteer, community leader and public servant. He currently serves as an elected official on the Boise City Council and as an Organizational Development Program Manager for St. Luke's Health System.

Patrick Gray & Justin Skeesuck

Friends, Justin Skeesuck & Patrick Gray, walked "The Way of St. James" or The Camino, a 500-mile epic  journey across the vast terrain of northern Spain. However, Justin was in a wheelchair.

Tom Willmorth

Tom Willmorth is an Idaho-based lecturer and orator on service and volunteerism. For the past 20 years, Tom has traveled the state promoting new and innovative strategies to work very hard… for very, very little financial reward.

Local audiences may recognize Tom as a long-time actor/writer with the Idaho Shakespeare Festival, Boise Contemporary Theater and half the comedy team called the Fool Squad.

Conference Objectives:

  • Learn best practices, strategies and new ways of doing business from the state's best thinkers and practitioners of service and volunteering.
  • Connect with peers, experts and leaders from the business, government and nonprofit sectors.
  • Be inspired by dynamic speakers and stimulating forums, workshops and panel discussions and keynote speakers.
  • Make an impact by participating in service projects and engaging with local community.

During the two-day conference attendees may choose to attend a presentation from different sessions, led by experts in their fields:

  • Corporate Volunteering - Panel discussion with Kimbery Allan – Hewlett Packard, Molly Lenty – Wells Fargo, Bryan Wewers – Idaho Power, Gary Smith - Regence BlueShield of Idaho
  • Crowdsourcing Community Change - Presented by Richard Johnson
  • Civic Engagement - Presented by Emily Walton
  • Got Impact - Presented by Monica Revoczi
  • Idaho @ Play - Coordination meeting with Serve Idaho
  • Ignite Change - Presentation by Shanna Endow
  • "Kids Today": Towards a Workplace Peace between the Generations - Presented by Nancy Buffington
  • Mirror, Mirror on the Wall, Why Reflect at All - Presented by Mike Stefancic
  • Life after AmeriCorps - Presented by Charlette Kremer
  • Engaging in Youth - Neva Geisler & One Stone Youth Panel
  • Engaging Older Adults as Volunteers - Panel discussion with Miranda Hoefert - Southeastern Idaho Community Action Agency RSVP, Helen Mayberry - Senior Companion Program of North Idaho, Lori Murdock - Foster Grandparent Program of Eastern Idaho & Bob Small - RSVP of North Idaho
  • Volunteer Training - Panel discussion with representatives from Family Advocates, Neighborhood Housing Services, the Idaho Humane Society and Mountain States Group/Idaho Suicide Hotline
  • Resume Writing - Presented by April Durrant
  • Get off the Island - Presented by Southwest Idaho Directors of Volunteer Services (SWIDOVS)
  • Avoiding Burnout - Presented by Penelope Hansen
  • Tapping Higher Education Resources to Expand Nonprofit Capacity - Presented by Gundars Kaupins & Caile Spear
  • Toolkits for Facilitating Group Volunteer Projects - Presented by Kara Brascia
  • Community Solutions Summit - Presented by the following speakers: April Durrant - Corporation for National and Community Serve, Lachelle Smith, Corporation for National and Community Service, Roger Sherman - Idaho Children's Trust Fund,  Kent Griffitts - VISTA Alumnus & retired CNCS Idaho State Director with group discussion facilitated by: Julie Armstrong - Idaho Commission for Libraries

Celebration Dinner is an additional $25 cost and may be purchased during registration.


Riverside Hotel will be hosting our conference this year and reduced room rates are available for attendees.

2900 W. Chinden Blvd.
Garden City, Idaho 83714.

Making Reservations:

Individuals or groups seeking reservations at the Riverside Hotel may call 208-343-1871 and ask for the group "Serve Idaho."  Reservations must be made by Feb. 10, 2015, to assure the per-diem rate of $83 Single Occupancy and $98 Double Occupancy.

Service Projects

On Tuesday, Feb. 24 - 25, 2015, conference attendees will have the opportunity to participate in a variety of service projects throughout Boise. For those individuals interested in participating in service projects.  Please make your service project selection upon check-in on the first day (01/24/2015) of the conference to guarantee your spot. Please note that projects fill quickly, so arrive early to select your project.

This year's service projects include:

  • Bring boxed and canned food items to donate to the food drive.
  • Bring travel sized toiletries, books to donate.
  • Dress Warmly to participate in Greenbelt cleanup near the Riverside Hotel on Feb. 25, 2015
  • Plan to participate in making handmade cards for the Ronald McDonald House.
  • Plan to assemble developmental Pre-Kindergarten literacy packets for mothers.

Exhibitor Application

Want to have access to an audience of over 100 national service members, nonprofit leaders, educators, volunteer managers and community members? Consider hosting an exhibit table at the Serve Idaho Conference.

Selection Process and Payment Policy: Booth space is limited and available on a first come, first served basis. Application and payment in full is due by Feb. 6, 2015, and is nonrefundable. 
Exhibitor Application Form


Presenting Sponsor

Partnership Sponsors

--Corporation for National & Community Service

--Idaho Department of Labor


Agenda at a Glance

Tuesday, February 24

 7:30 - 8:30  Registration
8:30 - 9:30 Opening with Asim Mishra 
9:45 - 11:15 Session 1
11:30 - 1:00 Lunch 
1:15 - 2:45 Session 2
3:00 - 4:30 Session 3
4:30 - 5:30 Networking
5:30 - 7:00 Celebration of Service Dinner

Keynote Speaker: Ben Quintana

Join us at our Celebration of Service Dinner

Wednesday, February 25

8:00-9:30 Session 4
9:45-11:15 Session 5
11:30-1:00 Lunch with Patrick Gray & Justin Skeesuck
1:15-2:45 Session 6
3:00-4:00 Closing


2015 Presenting Sponsor

State Farm

2015 Event Sponsors:

2015 Exhibitors:

Idaho Department of Labor Corporation for National Service & Community Service Office of the Governor