Encouraging volunteerism and community service.

Serve Idaho, the Governor's Commission on Service and Volunteerism, a division of the Idaho Department of Labor, is proud to present the 2013 Governor's Brightest Star Awards!

Thank you to everyone who took time to nominate their Brightest Stars! We had an incredible group of 2013 nominees, and this year's event was one of our best yet!

The governor and first lady announced the Governor’s Choice Award – Wyakin Warrior Foundation – and the First Lady’s Choice – Meridian Mayor’s Youth Advisory Council as most outstanding volunteers.


All nominees were recognized as stars in their communities. In each category two nominees were highlighted as outstanding volunteers and one Brightest Star Volunteer of the Year award was chosen. This year’s recognized volunteer leaders were:

2013 Winners

 Corporation Jitasa, Boise 
 Small Business Tamarack Sports, Hailey
 Organization Special Needs Recreation, Coeur d'Alene
 School Community School, Sun Valley
 Student Nicholas Yordy, Kuna
 Senior Catherine Owen, Silverton
 Individual Megan Smith, Boise
 Governor's Choice Wyakin Warrior Foundation, Boise
 First Lady's Choice Meridian Mayor's Youth Advisory Council, Meridian

The two additional volunteers highlighted in each category were:

 Mountain States Group, Boise
 Scentsy, Inc., Meridian
 Small Business
 Ponderosa Aero Club, Boise
 Creative Balloons of Idaho, Meridian
 Angel Wings Network, Weiser
 Community Dinner Table, Inc., Blackfoot
 University of Idaho, Moscow
 The Village Charter School, Boise
 St. Joseph's Catholic School, Boise
 Casandra Dalton, Boise
 Taylor Adler, Sun Valley
 Sharon Griffith, Nampa
 Andrea Bershad, Coeur d'Alene
 Rebecca Chavez, Moscow
 Pastor Mark Thornton, Meridian


Downloadable Event Invitation
Downloadable Event Program with Nominee Biographies

 Seven categories. One state.

Countless acts of kindness.

If you have any questions regarding the nomination or selection process, please e-mail Serve Idaho at brighteststars@brighteststars.idaho.gov or call (208) 332-3578 or 1-800-588-3334 (within Idaho).

2013 Governor’s Brightest Star Committee

First Lady Lori Otter
Mike Jensen - Committee Chair, Serve Idaho Commissioner
Lachelle Smith - Serve Idaho, Project Coordinator
Renee Cox - Serve Idaho, Program Manager
Alexis Neufeld - Serve Idaho, Administrative Assistant
Cindy Jesinger - Serve Idaho Commissioner
Shoni Pegram - Office of Governor Otter
Hunter VanBramer - Serve Idaho Commissioner
Patricia Eriksen - Serve Idaho Commissioner
Bill Langer - Serve Idaho Commissioner
Representative Steve Miller - Idaho House of Representatives District 26B 

Jackie Wright - Serve Idaho Commissioner
Janalee Woolf - Committee Member
Maureen O'Toole - Girl Scouts of Silver Wage Council, CEO

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2011 Winners

Corporation Volunteer of the Year
Glanbia Foods, Richfield

Small Business Volunteer of the Year
Idaho Sewing for Sports, Grangeville

Organization Volunteer of the Year
Meals on Wheels Program, Elks Rehab System, Boise

School Volunteer of the Year
Capital High School, Boise

Student Volunteer of the Year
Kelly Collins, Hailey

Individual Volunteer of the Year
Glenn Vaughn, Post Falls

First Lady’s Choice
Mountain View Hospital, Idaho Falls

Governor’s Choice
Monsanto, Soda Springs

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Idaho Department of Labor Corporation for National Service & Community Service Office of the Governor