The Hagerman Valley Foundation is very pleased to have these professionals available as a significant resource for the operations of the Foundation.
Graduating from the University of Idaho in 1962 with a BS in Business, Mike served as Police Judge in Moscow Idaho and also the Justice of the Peace during law school. After law school in 1965, Mike was employed by Hepworth and Nungester in Buhl Idaho. From 1966 to 1968, Mike was Twin Falls county prosecuting attorney, then became a partner with Hepworth, Nungester & Felton, a leading personal injury and wrongful death law firm. ln 1988, Mike started his own firm and was joined by Mike, Jr in 1993. His practice has included personal injury, wrongful death, domestic relations and currently most aspects of estate planning, probate, trusts and guardianship/conservatorships.
With a background in accounting, Armand is CEO of Melni Connectors and owner-operator of Magic Irrigators, Inc. He is a former experienced Audit Manager at Arthur Andersen & Co.
As a native of Twin Falls, Melissa graduated from the University of Idaho with a degree in Resource Recreation and Tourism. She has worked in marketing, event management and sales, with the body of her work being with sporting good giant, Cabela’s. Melissa brings expertise and a commitment to expanding the tourism market. “Southern Idaho is brimming with potential and an ideal platform for recreation and tourism,” she says.
Southern Idaho Rural Development was formed in 2010 to help rural communities with business expansion, relocations, and new business development. The Director, Julia Oxarango-Ingram, is responsible for working with several rural communities in Camas, Twin Falls, Gooding and Lincoln counties to establish economic development opportunities. The goal of this organization is to draw new businesses, expand local businesses, and help create jobs. Most of our rural communities don’t have the means to hire their own economic development person, so Ms. Ingram will utilize her skills as well as working with members of these communities, business and local government to help each of these small towns grow business and add jobs in their communities.