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Board of Directors

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President, Alicia Rosales, LCSW, OSW-C

Alicia is an oncology certified licensed clinical social worker who has been working with oncology patients since 2000.  She is the survivorship program navigator for St. Luke's Mountain States Tumor Institute and is responsible for developing and implementing survivorship care for cancer patients in our community. Alicia is passionate about supporting cancer survivors and their families and looks forward to partnering with national and local community groups to bring quality cancer survivorship care to the region.  When she is not working she enjoys spending time with her husband and two daughters.

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Secretary, Ben Murray, RN, MSN

A native of New York, Ben has a Master's degree in nursing from the University of North Carolina and has worked in and managed a variety of intensive care units for more than 30 years. He also served as the Director of Nursing at Saint Alphonsus for seven years during his sixteen years in Boise. As a nurse, he has long been passionate about patient centered care and hopes to continue that commitment with cancer survivors and their families.

Ben's wife and other family members have struggled with cancer diagnoses through the years and he looks forward to leveraging the learning from those experiences in helping develop the program opportunities offered by River Discovery. He also brings previous board experience with agencies involved with medically fragile infants and child, as well as with housing and employment opportunities for adults with developmental disabilities.

In his spare time, Ben particularly enjoys biking, hiking, camping and kayaking.

Treasurer, Steven Speidel, CPA

Steve is a certified public accountant who has spent the last four years in public accounting in audit and consulting work. Prior to becoming a CPA, he spent several nomadic years in event construction, building stages for music and sporting events.  Steve's little family recently moved to Boise from Louisville, KY, and they are loving it!  Steve currently spends his free time on new hobbies: skiing, mountain biking, and old (new to them) home repair.

Board Director, Mary Bower

Mary lived and worked in Salmon where she became friends with Joe and Fran Tonsmeire. She was a guide on the Salmon River. She knows and enjoys the magic of the river and has passion for the healing that our survivors find. She is a retired business owner, owned and operated a guest ranch, a retail store and a coffee kiosk. She loves hiking ,rodeos and traveling with her husband to visit her kids and grandkids. She lives on Sunnyslope near Marsing Idaho.

Board Director, Shelby Darland, RN, MSN, CPHQ

Shelby was born in Boise, Idaho. She graduated from Capital High School. She holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing from Linfield College-Good Samaritan School of Nursing in Portland, Oregon and a Master’s of Science in Forensic Nursing from Fitchburg State College in Fitchburg, Massachusetts. Shelby has over 15 years of nursing experience, including clinical care, travel nursing, legal nurse consulting, and administration. In November 2010, Shelby returned home to Idaho to work as a performance improvement coordinator at St. Luke’s Mountain States Tumor Institute (MSTI). She was very passionate about improving quality of care for oncology patients. In November 2015, she assumed a new role at MSTI as a Nurse Informatics Specialist. Shelby enjoys many outdoor activities (hiking, biking, camping, rafting, snow shoeing, hot springs, and recently stand-up paddling boarding thanks to River Discovery). She resides with her grandmother, a breast cancer survivor, and her 2 dogs Chloe (golden retriever) and Mollie (English springer spaniel). Shelby joined the River Discovery board in May of 2015 as she values the healing powers of nature and the outdoors.

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Alumni & Program Director, Nicole Cassity

Nicole is a breast cancer survivor who, in 2010, was able to experience the healing and life changing moments of River Discovery's 6 day river adventure. She has been a passionate volunteer for River Discovery and other cancer organizations since. She feels giving back to organizations that gave her support and healing through her own journey gives her cancer diagnosis purpose and it's been her life's passion since. Nicole is the bookkeeper and personal assistant to the nation's largest outdoor adventure group, Sisters On The Fly. She is southern Idaho's retreat leader for Casting for Recovery and when she is not working or volunteering, she is enjoying time with her two children and husband likely doing something fun in the outdoors.

Board Director, Larry Chinn

Larry is a retired River Guide and small business owner from Darby, Montana with over 45 years of experience rowing boats, guiding, building boats and adventuring on wild rivers. The highlight of these years was his time spent guiding for Joe and Fran Tonsmeire. Joe’s spirit of adventure and passion for sharing his love of wild places was a powerful influence. At 45 years old Larry decided to get serious and put his woodworking skills to use. He founded and operated the Pine Door Company until his retirement in 2008. Larry has volunteered as a guide for the River Discovery Adult program since the beginning. It’s a way for him to help carry on the legacy Joe and Fran began.

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Board Director, Travis Johnston

Travis is a Boise native and a graduate of Boise State University where he obtained his undergraduate degree in Health Policy and Leadership. Currently he is the Regional Supervisor of EKG at St. Luke's Health System. He previously was employed with St. Luke's Mountain States Tumor Institute as a clinical EMR assistant. Travis thoroughly enjoys the Idaho outdoors year round. His commitment and support for those who are affected by cancer is what connected him with our organization. Travis looks forward to helping River Discovery build strong community and business relationships. He enjoys being in the outdoors (especially skiing), traveling and spending time with his fiancé, Kaitlyn, and will be getting married fall of 2017. 

Board Director, Tracy Marler

Tracy joined the River Discovery board in 2016. He knows firsthand the power and benefit of outdoor adventures and the impact it has on survivors. His wife Tori is a past guest and dedicated volunteer of River Discovery. Tracy is a well respected medical device representative and has built relationships with many of the healthcare facilities in Idaho by delivering quality patient experiences. Tracy is excited to be a part of River Discovery and is committed to the participants.

Board Director, Sam McClellin

Sam joined the River Discovery Board in 2017.  Sam is from Marsing, Idaho.  She graduated from Boise State University with a Bachelors in Elementary Education and has a passion for helping children.  She currently stays home taking care of her two sons and supporting her husband, Shea, who plays in the NFL.  Five years in the NFL has brought them through many ups and downs. One thing they count on every off season is the peace they feel when they spend time outdoors.  They both strongly believe in the healing power of nature. Sam is looking forward to helping others find healing and happiness in life through River Discovery's adventures in the outdoors! 

Board Advisor, Amy Tonsmeire


Staff Members

Program Coordinator, Betsy Carver

Betsy Carver joined the River Discovery team as Program Coordinator in March 2017.  Betsy grew up in Laramie, Wyoming, went to school at the University of Idaho and spent time in Missouri, Alaska and Portland, Oregon before settling down in West Los Angeles for 16 years. Her family's move to Boise in 2014 was motivated by a desire to bring her children back to a community surrounded by nature and to nurture their relationship with grandparents who all live in Idaho. Betsy is looking forward to building relationships with the River Discovery community, supporters and participants.