Our Board

Whitney Karpavich –President 

Whitney was born and raised in Boise and she returned to her hometown in 2012 after living in Boston, San Francisco and Washington, D.C.  She has 12+ years of legal marketing and business development experience and she currently works for the law firm Gjording Fouser PLLC.  Whitney enjoys traveling, running local races, downhill skiing at Bogus Basin, and has recently taken up mountain biking. She joined the BUGS board in 2015.

Deb Holleran – Vice President 

Deb is a 30 year resident of the Treasure Valley & has been active in the non-profit sector during that time. Deb has been a volunteer on several non-profit committees & boards during the past 30 years, and she has served on the BUGS board since 2006 where she brings her life-long interest in children, health and education to the table.

Katie Mooney – Secretary
Katie began her career as a graphic designer/website developer and marketeer which led her to a partnership in a small design firm that was soon acquired by a website hosting provider. Since that time she has rapidly succeeded in various roles in both the design and technology space, maximizing value in business growth and development along with marketing initiatives and sales integration. Katie has a passion for educating children and the community about nutrition and sustainable food resources and she joined the BUGS board in 2015.

Meredith Newton – Treasurer
Meredith is currently a Director of Business Development at CompuNet, Inc. in Meridian and enjoys doing her best to keep up with the technology industry every day. Meredith and her husband, Ben, are both Boise natives and returned to the area in 2007. They are raising three future gardeners: Cru, Cameron and Cal. She has served on the BUGS board since 2014 and appreciates the mission to bring healthy food education to kids in the Treasure Valley.

Lindsay Biedel – Board Member

Lindsay is an Oregon native who has lived all over the Northwest and she settled in Boise 3 ½ years ago feeling like she and her husband finally found the right community in which to raise their two daughters. She graduated from the University of Montana and has been in non-profit fundraising for almost 13 years. Lindsay enjoys traveling, skiing, camping and eating as much interesting food as she can get her hands on. She also recently survived her first year as a backyard gardener in Idaho and has enjoyed the learning process. Lindsay feels strongly that all kids should have access to hands-on outdoor education so they grow up appreciating our natural resources. She joined the BUGS board in 2017.

Colbi Feldhusen – Board Member 

Colbi returned home to her Idaho roots in 2014 after living in Portland, San Francisco and San Diego. During her time in California, Colbi developed a career in Public Relations and Digital Marketing. Upon returning home to Boise, Colbi put her passion for health and organic local food to work by starting Boise Juice Company, Idaho’s first cold-pressed juice bar. She sold Boise Juice Co. in October 2016 and has recently accepted an offer from Kount Inc. to join their team as a Marketing Program Manager. Colbi has a love for Pilates, hiking in the Boise foothills with her dog, and skiing. She joined the BUGS board in 2017. 

John Larson – Board Member 

John moved to Boise in 1999 from Colorado after he graduated from Fort Lewis College with a degree in accounting. While he considers accounting to be the ‘bees knees’ he also realizes that other things are important as well. One of the things John thinks is important is sustainable community agriculture. It is in this light that John believes BUGS is helping to educate our youth on not only what locally grown food is, but how to grow that food.  John joined the BUGS board in 2013.

Kathryn Comba Metcalfe – Board Member

Kathryn lives in New Jersey and is the Chief Communications Officer at Aetna, Inc.  She grew up in Boise and has long ties to BUGS and 2995 N Five Mile Rd, its current headquarters.  That’s at Comba Park, originally home of the Comba’s family business A Small World, an innovative childcare center.  Kathryn forged the partnership with Boise Parks & Recreation and BUGS, serving as the driving force behind BUGS’ permanent home for its team and programs.  While Kathryn hardly has a green thumb, she is a philanthropist at heart and is passionate about education and kids.  Kathryn joined the BUGS board in 2017.

Acacia VanEps – Board Member

Acacia was born and raised in Boise, Idaho and returned to Boise in 2010 after graduating from New York University. She currently works in the international department for Happy Family Brands, an organic baby food company. Acacia truly enjoys to travel, read, hike, road bike, and work on her photography. She also loves to spend time with her husband, David, and their Newfoundland, Falcor. Acacia joined the BUGS board in 2017 and is excited to educate the community on sustainability and the importance of organic and locally grown food.

Grace Witsil – Board Member 

Grace is a corporate attorney at Holland & Hart LLP, where she represents clients of all sizes in general business matters and a broad range of commercial transactions. A recent transplant to Boise as of 2016, Grace has quickly fallen in love with its outdoorsy, friendly environment.  In her free time, Grace explores with her rescue mutt, hikes and paints.  She always welcomes conversations about sustainable, plant-based community agriculture and diets.  Grace has a B.A. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a J.D. from the University of Texas School of Law. She joined the BUGS board in 2017.

Molly Seaman – Board Member