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Distinguished Alumni Awards Honor Seven on Oct. 19

By: Kathleen Tuck   Published 11:47 am / October 3, 2012

The Boise State Alumni Association will honor seven outstanding individuals at the Presidential Alumni Recognition gala. The annual event is at 6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 19, in the Stueckle Sky Center Double R Ranch Room. The awards recognize exemplary loyalty, passion and vision.

Tickets are $60 for Alumni Association members and $70 for non-members and must be purchased in advance by calling the Alumni Association at 426-1698. A portion of the proceeds will support Alumni Legacy Scholarships.

ALUMNI SERVICE AWARD

Recipients of this award are honored for their extraordinary dedication and commitment, demonstrated through volunteer service to the Alumni Association or the university.

Pat and Bobbie Allaire

After high school, Pat Allaire spent four years in the U.S. Air Force. He worked and traveled around the United States before earning a bachelor’s degree in construction management from Boise State in 1994. After years building high-purity facilities for computer chip makers, he started his own small business and eventually retired in 2006. Currently living near Portland, Ore., with his wife Bobbie, he fills his time with various volunteer work, birding, astronomy and cooking.

Bobbie Allaire earned a master of science in instructional and performance technology from Boise State in 1993. After working for the University of New Mexico setting up an in-state distance learning program, she worked with two Fortune 100 companies: Johnson Controls and General Electric. Today she works with a K-12 educational nonprofit, which serves more than five million students in the U.S. and internationally. She is active in the Rainy City Broncos Alumni Chapter in Portland.

Eric Uhlenhoff

Eric Uhlenhoff earned his bachelor’s degree in accounting from Boise State in 1986 and after college began a 13-year career at Micron Technology. At Micron, he worked his way from accounting to sales, took on a three-year assignment overseas as European sales manager, and became the founder of Crucial Technology in 1996.

After Micron, Uhlenhoff worked as chief operating officer for an Internet start-up company before joining Samsung Semiconductor, and later worked with Qimonda. Today Eric he is director of sales for the Americas and Europe for Western Digital’s solid-state business unit in Irvine, Calif. He and his wife Cynthia both hail from Boise but have lived in southern California (San Clemente) for nearly 12 years. They proudly serve  Boise State as regional contacts and hosted the very first Boise State send-off barbecue five years ago, which they hope will be an enduring tradition for Bronco Nation for years to come.

DISTINGUISHED ALUMNI AWARDS

These awards recognize alumni whose exemplary professional and/or personal contributions result in national or international visibility both for themselves and the university.

Mark Dunham

Mark Dunham graduated from Boise State in 1984 with a bachelor of arts in communication. From 1985-2003 he served as CEO of the Idaho Association of Realtors. He has a solid background in many civic, political and volunteer activities. Notable achievements include his election in 2008 to the board of trustees for the College of Western Idaho, his appointment by the Idaho State Board of Education as a member of the Presidential Screening Committee from 2002-2003, and his 2006 appointment as chairman of the board of the Idaho Partners for Homebuyer Education. Throughout his professional career, Dunham also has served as a director of government relations for Boise State University, vice president for the Idaho Association of Commerce and Industry, and executive director for the Idaho Associated General Contractors.

Rob Perez

Rob Perez is the founding president and CEO of Western Capital Bank. In 1979, he joined Idaho First National Bank as a management trainee, beginning a more than 30-year career encompassing a variety of lending and credit management roles. After 13 years with the bank’s Corporate Banking division, the last seven of which were spent as group manager, Perez was tapped to launch the bank’s commercial real estate division. By that time the bank had changed its name to West One Bank and had been sold to U.S. Bank. From 1996 until 2001, he served as senior vice president and Intermountain Division manager for US Bank, overseeing offices in Boise, Spokane, Reno, Las Vegas and Salt Lake City as well as a loan portfolio in excess of $1 billion.

Perez is active in the greater Boise business community, holding prior or current leadership roles with the Boise Metro Chamber of Commerce, Arid Club, City Club of Boise, Idaho Nonprofit Center, Idaho Association of Commerce and Industry, Urban Land Institute, Boise State University Foundation, Boise State University College of Business and Economics Advisory Council, Capital City Kiwanis, Idaho Community Reinvestment Corporation, and the Greater Boise Auditorium District.

Maryann Reese

Maryann L. Reese serves as the president and chief executive officer of St. Elizabeth’s Hospital in Belleville, Ill., the second largest ministry within the Midwest-based Hospital Sisters Health System network. Reese previously served as the chief operating officer at St. Vincent’s Regional Medical Center in Billings, Mont., the chief operating officer at Mercy Medical Center in Nampa, Idaho, and as the chief nursing/chief operating officer of Brigham City Community Hospital in Utah. Prior to her senior roles in management, she also worked as a registered nurse at St. Luke’s Regional Medical Center in Boise, and at Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center in Idaho Falls.

Reese has a history of leading organizations to achieve top quality awards, including the prestigious “Top-100 Hospital Award,” the “Blue Cross/Blue Shield Top Hospital Award,” and numerous Best Healthcare awards across healthcare organizations. She is a fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives and currently is working toward completion of her doctorate in health administration from Central Michigan University.

Mark Urness

Mark Urness came to Boise State University in 1983 to play football and finish his business degree.  He was drafted by the Canadian Football League’s Saskatchewan Roughriders and  spent five years in the CFL, where he was fortunate enough to be part of the 1989 Grey Cup team. He is the founder and current CEO of Mountain State Cellular Inc. (Mybullfrog.com), one of the largest Verizon Wireless dealerships in the West. Urness was honored by the Idaho Business Review as an Accomplished under 40 recipient, serves on the Bronco Athletic Association board and actively supports many groups and organizations in the community.