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Board of Directors
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 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.
Treasurer, 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.
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.
Board Director, Mary Bower
Mary lived and worked in Salmon where she became friends with Joe and Fran Tonsmeire (River Discovery founders). She was a guide on the Salmon River for many years. She knows and enjoys the magic of the river and has passion for the healing that survivors find on outdoor and river adventures. 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.
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 Marketing and Sales Manager for the Caldwell Night Rodeo. She is Southern Idaho's Retreat Leader/Participant Coordinator 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 (River Discovery founders). 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 that Joe and Fran began.
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 Supervisor of EKG Services at St. Luke's Health System. He has worked previously in Oncology, the Emergency Department, Home Health and Physical Therapy clinic administration. Travis thoroughly enjoys the Idaho outdoors year round. His commitment and support for those who are affected by cancer is what connected him with the organization. Travis leads River Discovery in building strong community and business relationships. He enjoys being in the outdoors (especially skiing), traveling and spending time with his wife, Kaitlyn.
Board Director, Tracy Marler
Tracy joined the River Discovery board in 2016. He knows first hand 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 brings excitement to the organization and is committed to the participants that River Discovery serves.
Board Director, Heather Whitson
Heather joined the River Discovery Board in 2018. Born and raised in Salmon, Idaho, Heather has been around the river since birth and believes in the healing power of the water in all aspects of health. After graduating from Salmon High School, she attended Boise State University graduating with a Bachelor’s of Science in Health Promotion and a Bachelor’s of Science in Health Sciences. After attending Idaho State University, she received her Master’s in Physician Assistant Studies with a focus on rural health care. After practicing in Boise for a few years, Heather, her husband Mike (also a Salmon native), and their children moved back to Salmon to be near family and to help make a difference in their hometown. Heather currently works as a multi-specialty physician assistant for Steele Memorial Medical Center. Being a survivor herself, Heather understands the value of support through the cancer journey. In her spare time, she enjoys rafting, hiking, camping, traveling, skiing, running, pretty much anything that involves the outdoors as long as she can spend it with her husband, children, and her dog Wren (Chesapeake Bay Retriever).
Board Advisor, Amy Tonsmeire
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 and 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.