Kootenai Health Foundation is pleased to announce the addition of Sue Thilo and Darin Hayes as board members. Thilo and Hayes began serving three-year terms on May 10 and June 14.
Sue Thilo began her career in the communications industry and retired in 2009 as business manager for Tom Thilo, M.D., general surgeon. Shortly after moving to Coeur d’Alene, Thilo began her work with the Foundation in 1989 as the Founding Director of the Festival of Trees. She was instrumental in creating the highly successful fundraiser that has become a rich holiday tradition in the Coeur d’Alene community.
A well-known community leader and avid volunteer, Thilo has been involved at the regional and state levels for decades. She was elected to the Board of Trustees for North Idaho College in 1994 and served for several years before accepting an appointment to the Idaho State Board of Education in 2004, completing her term in 2009, as well as currently serving as the Chair of the Idaho Community Foundation. At the local level, Thilo has served on the boards of several non-profit organizations including EXCEL Foundation, Idaho Youth Ranch, United Way of Kootenai County, Coeur d’Alene Chamber of Commerce, TESH and the Rotary Club of Coeur d’Alene. She currently serves on the boards of North Idaho College Foundation and the Coeur d’Alene Rotary Endowment Foundation.
Thilo was instrumental in Coeur d’Alene winning a $65 million grant from the Salvation Army to build the Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Center and continues to serve on the Salvation Army Advisory Board. She received a bachelor’s degree in Sociology and Education from Iowa State University and has been a resident of Coeur d’Alene and Hayden since 1985.
Darin Hayes has been with D.A. Davidson for 12 years and is a Financial Advisor, Portfolio Manager and Co-Branch Manager of the Coeur d’Alene and Sandpoint branches. He has been an important part of the Foundation for many years, serving as a member of the Finance Committee.
Hayes is deeply committed to the community and has served in many leadership roles including Chairman of the Board for the Coeur d’Alene Chamber of Commerce, Chairman of the Board for LAM Christian Academy, board member for the EXCEL Foundation, Chair of the Coeur d’Alene Chamber Public Policy Committee and is currently the Chair of the Coeur d’Alene Chamber Executive Roundtable. He received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Idaho and has been a resident of Coeur d’Alene for 20 years.
Thilo and Hayes join current board members Peter Wagstaff, Georgianne Jessen, Steve Griffitts, Chris Meyer, Mike Chapman, Russ Porter, Eve Knudtsen, Chad Murray, Becky McIntire Boifeuillet, Randy Oaks and Sara Pierce.