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Board Members

Meet the Ones Who are Making It Happen

Ron Warnecke

Board Member

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Professional Background

I have lived in Idaho Falls since 1995 with my wife Susan, our daughter MaryAnn, and our son Joe.  We are Idaho natives, growing up in Coeur d’Alene Idaho.  I graduated from Gonzaga University in 1986 – GO ZAGS!!!  My background is engineering, business and computer science.  I am a certified Project Management Professional.  I have been active in the Idaho Falls community serving on boards and volunteering. I have served for several years on the Board and as President of the Shamrock Park Homeowner Association.  I have also served on the Board of Directors for The Bank of Idaho, the Cowan Homeowner Association in Island Park, Idaho, the Art of Golf Committee for the Art Museum of Idaho, and as an advisor to Champ’s Heart, a non-profit organization benefitting disabled veterans and children with disabilities.  I have had more than 35 years of leadership/management experience in consulting to the government and commercial nuclear industry, government aerospace, and the private business sector in Idaho Falls.  I have held leadership positions in a number of diverse organizations ranging from large Fortune 500 companies to small start-up businesses.  I have experience planning and executing large capital projects ranging from $500 million to $16 billion dollars.  I have extensive experience in the contracting process, both government and commercial sectors.

I believe that this auditorium project is truly an asset for our community, and would like to lend my experience to the project.  I look forward to the opportunity to serve our community by bringing my lessons learned, experience, planning, project management, and problem solving abilities to this project.

Rob Spear

Executive Director/Secretary/Treasurer

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Professional Background

Spear comes to the Auditorium District after leaving his prior position as the Director of Athletics at the University of Idaho. Spear earned his doctorate degree from the University of Idaho, MBA from the University of Montana and undergraduate degree in business from the College of Great Falls (now the University of Providence).

Spear is a proven administrator whose experience cuts across both the private and public sectors. With over 30 years of experience, Spear has made a difference in every organization he has been associated with. He is a proven fundraiser who was responsible for several multi-million-dollar gifts to the University of Idaho; managed over $50M construction projects ranging from athletic facilities to bio engineering buildings; and he has a history of developing and establishing positive relationships with community, state, federal and corporate organizations. Spear and his wife, Sandy, have always immersed themselves into community activities.

Terri Gazdik

Board Chair

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Professional Background

She is a partner with Cooper Norman accounting firm. Her areas of specialty include tax and financial planning for construction and family businesses, auditing and business valuations. Construction accounting and taxation is a niche that Terri has been developing in Cooper Norman for the past 20 years. Terri is a graduate of Idaho State University, and is married to Paul Gazdik. She has two teenage girls that keep her involved in everything from mountain and rock climbing to skiing and camping.

She is a member of AICPA, Idaho State Society, NACVA, AGC – Associated General Contractors and Chairman of Finance Committee, past President of the YMCA, Board Member of the Idaho Falls Redevelopment Agency and Chair of Cooper Norman Audit and Accounting Practice. Her term will be completed in May 2019.

Bob Nitschke

Vice Board Chair

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Professional Background

Long time resident of Idaho Falls. He spent 31 years at the Idaho National Laboratory in various scientific and management capacities, including quality assurance, fission product transport, waste management, environmental restoration, chemical and radiological risk assessment, probabilistic safety analysis and cyber security. Previously he worked at Carolina Power and Light as a licensing engineer, and at Brunswick Steam Electric Plant as a station nuclear engineer. He holds degrees in physics and nuclear engineering from Georgia Tech.

In retirement, Bob is an active volunteer at the Idaho Falls Zoo, the Idaho Falls Community Food Basket, the Museum of Idaho and the Idaho Master Naturalist Program.

Steve Vucovich

Board Member

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Professional Background

Vucovich has been the Co-Founder and Managing Partner at Apple Athletic Club in Idaho Falls for the past 33 years and currently owns and operates Planet Fitness in Idaho Falls as well. He was born and raised in Ohio, but has been an active community member in the Idaho Falls area for over 43 years.

“I am extremely excited in being appointed to serve on the board of the Idaho Falls Auditorium District. As a long-time resident of Idaho Falls, my wife Kathy and I have longed to have additional entertainment opportunities different than what can be offered through our current venues as well as have Idaho Falls be a destination for regional/national conventions,” said Vucovich. “In addition to the obvious benefits of such a facility, I’m also very motivated by the fact that this facility will bring much added value to Idaho Falls in ancillary revenue to all the local businesses. This is a very positive and exciting venture and I am fully dedicated to seeing this project become operational. “

Mike Carpenter

Board Member

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Professional Background

Carpenter has been active in the Idaho Falls community and has been a member of the Idaho Falls Auditorium District Business Advisory Committee.  Carpenter recently retired from the INL where he managed the development of technology applied to Cold War site cleanup, water sampling technology and the National Water Security Test Bed at the INL.

Carpenter and his wife Kim have resided in Idaho Falls for over thirty years.  Mike and Kim have two married daughters who reside in Idaho Falls and Nashville Tennessee and three grandkids.