Our Board

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John Larson – Board President

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.

DebDeb 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 is currently the President of the Board where she brings her life-long interest in children, health and education to the table.


1da44edKatie 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 joined the BUGS board with a passion for educating children and the community about nutrition and sustainable food resources.


Meredith Newton – Treasurer
Meredith Newton was born and raised in Boise and feels lucky to have been able to return to the area in 2007 after being away for college and career development in Tucson, Raleigh, and Seattle. Meredith is an Account Manager for Cisco Systems, Inc. She enjoys spending time outdoors with her husband, Ben, jogging along the Boise river, walking in the foothills, golfing local courses, and trekking on nordic ski trails. Meredith appreciates the focus of education for the community, young and old, that BUGS brings to the Boise area.

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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 and is proud to be working with a non-profit that educates our community’s children about the importance of organic gardening and nutrition.

AJ Oahu 2-2012 (2)Anne Jestadt – Board Member

Anne has lived in Boise nearly all her life with her immediate family. Her daughter Samantha was a long time BUGS student, and Anne and the family are committed to local food and community-supported agriculture which supports sustainable, organic practices. She has worked at HP for nearly 20 years, and currently acquires photography, including her own photos, for marketing. Anne and her family are passionate birders who enjoy gardening and other efforts that help promote natural habitats.

GregGreg Martinez – Board Member

Greg is a 30-year resident of Boise and has worked at Boise State University in the College of Education since 1990. He is the director of two TRiO programs (Student Success Program and the McNair Scholars Program); both are educational opportunity programs for low-income and first-generation college students. He enjoys the outdoors, reading, singing and playing music on a guitar. Greg holds a BA degree in Geosciences and an MA in Education. He has been on the BUGS board since 2010.

NateNate Peterson – Board Member

Nate is a fifth generation Idahoan who lives with his family in Northwest Boise.  He graduated from Boise State University with a degree in Economics, and graduated from the Gonzaga University School of Law.  Nate enjoys practicing law, coaching basketball, and getting outdoors.  He is a returned U.S. Peace Corps volunteer having completed his service in the former-Soviet Republic of Georgia.


Molly Seaman – Board Member


Colbi Feldhusen – Board Member