Meet the Board

Andrew Mentzer – Executive Director

Andrew-MentzerAndrew is an Idaho native with a diverse personal and professional background.  As the Executive Director for the Valley County Economic Development Council, Andrew works closely with stakeholders across the region to build systems for economic success. Previously, Andrew founded Boise’s first international traveler’s hostel, and managed the Idaho Global Entrepreneurial Mission (IGEM) for the Idaho Department of Commerce. He has also worked as an Account Manager for Stoltz Marketing Group and was most recently the Statewide Operations Manager for the Idaho STAR Motorcycle Safety Program.

Andrew is well-versed in economic development, strategic planning, marketing, operations, journalism and public policy. He holds a BS in Political Science, Masters Certification in Community & Regional Planning, and Master of Public Administration—all from Boise State University.

In his spare time, Andrew mentors K-12 students through Junior Achievement, moonlights for the Boise Weekly, and, explores Idaho’s wild places with his fiancé, Genny.

Sherry Maupin – President

Sherry Maupin, Vice President- Idaho First Bank Branch Manager, has been with Idaho First Bank since 2008. She has a banking background with First Interstate Bank and currently is the McCall Branch Manager for Idaho First Bank.

She also has an extensive background in Real Estate through being a real estate professional in the Treasure Valley for over 10 years as well as being a developer of both commercial and residential subdivisions.

Mrs. Maupin also served 2 terms on the Middleton School Board and was a Canyon County Planning and Zoning Commissioner.

Sherry lives in McCall with her husband Fred.



Gene Tyler – Treasurer

Gene Tyler is a retired U.S. Army combat veteran having served over 35 years.  He has extensive combat, operational deployment and planning experiences; with two tours of duty supporting U.S. initiatives in the Republic of Vietnam, support to the Bosnian peace efforts, and an operational and command deployment to Kuwait for OPERATION DESERT THUNDER.  Gene has extensive staff and command experience both overseas and on the Office of Secretary of Defense (OSD) staff.  In his last military assignment, Gene served on the OSD staff as the Director of the Defense-wide Information Assurance Program (DIAP) office –Department of Defense Cyber Security. Upon retiring from the military he served as the Director, Information Assurance Technology Analysis Center one of DoD’s nine Information Analysis Centers where he led and managed a $3.5 billion cyber security business for Booz Allen Hamilton and the Department of Defense.  He holds multiple graduate degrees and is a distinguished graduate of the national level Senior Service College – the Industrial College of the Armed Forces (ICAF).  Gene is married to a former career Army officer (Cecilia (Oatney) Tyler), who is a lifelong resident of Valley County.  Their daughter is a serving Air Defense Artillery Lieutenant Colonel stationed at Red Stone Arsenal, Alabama – continuing a record of service to our Nation that extends to the 1890s.  Since formally retiring, Gene has been active in business, community, church, and political service, holding numerous positions.  Gene has been awarded numerous military and civilian awards but is honored to be an inductee of the U.S. Army Officer Candidate School Hall of Fame.

Cynda Herrick – Secretary

Cynda was born and raised in Cascade, graduating from Cascade High School in 1980. She has a degree in Accounting from Boise State University and Computer Programming from Spokane Technical Institute. She has worked in the Planning & Zoning office since April 1996, and is currently the Valley County Planning and Zoning Administrator and Floodplain Coordinator, with active memberships in the American Institute of Certified Planners and as a Certified Floodplain Manager. Cynda has served on other councils, boards, and legislative committees throughout the years and is currently a member of the Cascade Community Church.

Bill Willey

Bill is a Valley Count Commissioner. Raised on a family ranch in the Lakefork area, he was class of 1966 at McCall-Donnelly High School.  While working summers for Ikola Loggin, he attained a B.A. from the College of Idaho in 1971. Bill is a cow rancher and retired teacher/coach with 33 years experience (20 at MDHS). He has served 6 years on the Valley County Fair Boar and 6 years on the Valley County Planning and Zoning Commission (2 as chairman). He is currently a member of the Market Animal Sale Committee for the Valley County Fair and the Supervisor for the Valley County Soil and Water Conservation District.

Thom Sowers

Thom is a McCall City Council member.

Donald Bailey

Donald served on the McCall Planning & Zoning Commission and served as the Chairman. Don led the drafting of the new Zoning and Subdivision Ordinances adopted in 2006. He served as a member of the Valley-Adams Planning Partnership (VAPP) organization, National Ski Patrol, and belongs to the Alph Tau Omega social fraternity. Don was a member of the City Council of McCall, served as the mayor for a two-year term and and in 2012 for a final two-year term.  He is now a member of the Midas Gold Board.

Eric Borchers

eric_borchers Eric and his wife Jane have owned a home in McCall since 1998. They built the place originally to be a weekend getaway, and transitioned as full time residents in March of 2014.  Eric worked for Hewlett Packard for 25 years, moving from Arizona to Boise. At HP he was the North American Business Development Manager. He was also the US Channel Sales Manager.  Eric has a passion for connecting people with ideas and looks forward to sharing his business experience with the Valley County Economic Development Council to improve the economy of the region. Eric holds a BA degree in History from Vanderbilt University and an MBA in management from Pepperdine.  He has been married for 32 years and has two adult daughters.

Blake Watson

blake-watsonBlake was born in Fresno, California and lived in Oregon and Washington prior to settling in Boise in 1979. He attended Washington State University and Boise State University and holds a degree in Accounting. Blake is married, with two children and currently lives in Eagle, Idaho. He began his career with Idaho Power in 1983 and currently works as a Community Relations Representative, responsible for managing local governmental relations, fostering corporate citizenship activities and supporting economic development in Ada, Elmore, Valley and Adams Counties. Blake is a Rotarian and current board member of the Mountain Home Chamber of Commerce Military Affairs Committee and the SW Idaho Rural Development Organization. Previously, Blake volunteered for United Way of Idaho, Idaho Business Week, Idaho Public Television, and is a graduate of Leadership Boise and Mountain Home Air Force Base Honorary Commander Program. Blake has also served as a board member of the Eagle Chamber of Commerce, Building Contractors Association of SW Idaho and the Idaho Building Operator’s Association.


Lin Davis

Lin grew up in suburban Chicago, attending public schools.  He attended Northwestern University and the Wharton School on scholarships and fellowships.  He graduated from Northwestern with a B.S. in engineering, having participated in the Co-op program at Argonne National Laboratory for 5 years.  His degree from Wharton is an MBA in marketing.  Lin spent 40 years in marketing and advertising in New York City.  His positions included Manager of New Product Research at Lever Brothers Co., and EVP, Director of Research, Board Member at McCaffrey and McCall, an advertising firm.  He held management positions at other ad firms and companies, and he continues to run a small marketing consulting company.  He also participated in industry associations, including American Marketing Assn., Advertising Research Association, Marketing Research Council, the Proprietary Association and took leadership positions at some of them.  He retired and moved to New Meadows in 2010, where he has a small ranch and a number of critters.  In Idaho, he has served on the S.A.V.V.E.S. board, the board of Circle C Ranches, the Meadows Valley Community Foundation board and the Steering Team of the Payette Forest Coalition.

Linnea Hall

Julie Crosby