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Board Meetings & Minutes

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Board Members

Greater Idaho Falls Transit (GIFT) Board Members 

Lisa Farris | Interim Chair & Treasurer 

Grant Administrator for the City of Idaho Falls 

As the Grant Administrator for the City of Idaho Falls, Lisa Farris has administered and managed the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) through the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for the last 11 years. Lisa has been successful in applying for and receiving over $7 million in CDBG/HUD funds to assist low- and moderate-income individuals with a variety of housing, economic, community, and public service needs. During the COVID 19 Pandemic, Lisa was able to secure $507,657 of CARES Act funds allocated to Entitlement Cities through the CDBG Program.
 

In addition, Lisa manages a Revolving Loan Program to promote and assist with economic improvement and also serves as the ADA Coordinator for the City of Idaho Falls. Lisa has served on the TRPTA Board since May 2, 2019 and has been extensively involved with the administrative and operational tasks involving the closing of TRPTA and the development of future transit services in Idaho Falls.

Prior to her current position, Lisa was a Transportation Planner and Bicycle/Pedestrian Coordinator with Bonneville Metropolitan Planning Organization (BMPO) where she helped improve the existing bicycle and pedestrian network.

Prior to working for the City, Lisa worked for Eastern Idaho Community Action Partners (EICAP) in the Aging Division where she had the opportunity to educate herself on the unmet needs of the community and the challenges faced by service providers.
 

Prior to working at EICAP, Lisa worked for the Idaho National Laboratory as a Benefit Representative, an Environmental Safely and Health Specialist, and an Aviation Safety Specialist.

Lisa’s education includes:

Aviation Safety Certificate (University of Southern California).

BA of Science in Industrial Technology (University of Idaho).

Lisa is also proud to have served in the U.S Navy as a Hospital Corpsman.
 

Lisa believes her background in HR, environmental health and safety, community action, and local government and community planning brings all the elements to the table when administering and managing a variety of grants or serving on a Board or a Commission.

Jim Freeman | Vice-Chair 
Idaho Falls City Councilmember 

Jim Freeman was born and raised in Idaho Falls and grew up in the numbered streets.  As a child growing up his father and grandfather both served on the City Council. This was the impetus that started his interest in civic service. Jim attended Idaho Falls High School and the University of Idaho.  At this time he met his wife Kareen and they have now been married 35 years.
 

Jim and Kareen chose to return to Idaho Falls in the early 1980’s and start a family.   They have raised two wonderful sons, have two lovely daughters-in-law and three adorable and energetic grandsons.  
 

They love living in Idaho Falls and leading an active lifestyle, enjoying the many opportunities that exist here.

Jim was lucky enough to find his true calling when he joined the Idaho Falls Fire Department in 1986. For 26 years he served as a firefighter, paramedic and Captain with the IFFD.  He attended the National Fire Academy and served on the Executive Board of Firefighters Local 1565.  
 

Since retirement in 2012, Jim has been involved in civic service and volunteering in his free time. He recently served on the Mayor’s Citizen Review Committee for Parks and Recreation and has also served on the Golf Advisory Board.
His public service includes volunteering for Blazing a Trail for Literacy, Relay for Life, Idaho Falls Men's Golf Association and as a coach for Idaho Falls Youth Hockey, Little League Baseball and AYSO soccer.

Jim is proud to call Idaho Falls home and is grateful for the opportunity to further serve the citizens of this great community. 

Jim is passionate about public transit and is thrilled to be serving in this capacity. 

 

Hailey Mack | Secretary 

Dean of Students for College of Eastern Idaho (CEI)

Hailey Mack is an active community member who is passionate about giving back. Prior to accepting a position at College of Eastern Idaho, Mack worked for College of Western Idaho, Idaho State University, and has now spent over seven years at College of Eastern Idaho.

She has experience in Human Resources, Student Life, Advising, One Stop, Recruitment, and Student Affairs. Mack attended College of Southern Idaho and transferred to Boise State University where she completed a Bachelor of Business Administration in 2009. In 2018, Mack earned a Master of Science degree from Western Governors University in Management and Leadership. Mack is a recruitment, marketing, implementation, and logistics guru, having led numerous initiatives, projects, and departments at every college she's served.

Arnold Cantu | Board Director 

Clinic Administrator at Community Council of Idaho 

Arnold Cantu has been working for the Community Council of Idaho for 5 years. He is now the Clinic Administrator, and prior to that he worked for the State of Idaho for 23 years as a counselor at the Idaho Division of Vocational Rehabilitation.

 

Arnold attended the University of Alabama for three years and completed his degree in Human Resources and Training Development at Idaho State University. He went on to complete his Masters in Counseling at Western Washington University. He recently completed the Executive Training program in Health Care Administration at the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA).

 

Little known fact: He collects antique sports books.

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