We’re happy to introduce you to these awesome individuals who help bring Baldapalooza to the community year after year!
Lonni Leavitt-Barker is one of the founders of Baldapalooza. Her son, Kean is the inspiration for our efforts. He was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia at age 2 and finished treatment at age 6 (he had 1,157 days of Chemotherapy and more ups and downs with his health than Disney Imagineers could ever put into a theme park).
Watching her son go through so much suffering was agonizing. However, Lonni will be the first to tell you how grateful she is for all the good they got out of something so brutal. From meeting and making friends with compassionate nurses, smart doctors and other brave families to having her family overwhelmed with love and service—cancer has changed her and her family forever.
Lonni and her husband also have three girls. She is currently a free-lance writer, editor and media consultant. In her “previous life” Lonni was an Emmy award-winning television Investigative news reporter whose career took her from Las Vegas to Raleigh/Durham; Phoenix to CBS in Los Angeles. Lonni currently serves as the President of Baldapalooza.
Our Board Members
Bill Dittrich has lived in Boise since 2003. Born and raised in Anchorage, Alaska, he then lived in Seattle for several years while earning his undergraduate and medical degrees from the University of Washington. He now works as a physician at St. Luke’s Hospital.
He and his wife, Mary, have three wonderfully crazy children, Josh, Matt, and Maggie, who do their best to keep him on his toes. He learned about Baldapalooza after his son, Matt, was diagnosed with medulloblastoma at age 9, a brain tumor affecting mostly children. Now age 12, Matt is doing great, and teaches Bill every day about what’s really important in life. And how to use his iPhone.
Darby is a Wealth Management Advisor with Northwestern Mutual , where he specializes in personal and business planning. He grew up in Idaho before leaving the state to attend school and later work before he moved back to the Treasure Valley a little over 8 years ago.
In his prior experience, Darby worked as an institutional equity salesman for 6 years with Credit Suisse in New York and 6 years with Prudential Securities in Los Angeles and San Francisco. He has over 20 years of combined work experience in the financial services industry. Darby has his undergraduate degree from Boise State University and his graduate degree from the University of Southern California.
He is married to Amy and has three children, Nicholas, Natalie, and Gavin. He currently resides in Eagle and has been active in the community through his church activities, through coaching his kids in various sports and through the BSU alumni association.
Darby currently is a member of NAIFA and was recently awarded the Money Makers award as a financial professional with the Idaho Business Review. He has a great passion for helping kids and through he and Amy’s recent involvement in the Baldapalooza event in 2015, has chosen to be even more involved.
His interest in Baldapalooza has also been driven by his experience with cancer as both his mother and father recently were diagnosed and eventually survived cancer. This experience has helped him to recognize the difficulties that families deal with when cancer is involved. As a result, his efforts with this organization are done in an attempt to help make life easier for those children diagnosed with cancer and their family members that live through this with them.
Jon D. Hill
JOn D. Hill
Jon D. Hill is a private client attorney with extensive experience advising individual clients and high net worth families on all matters related to the building, preservation, and transition of wealth in a tax efficient manner through the use of basic and advanced estate and income tax planning techniques. In addition, Mr. Hill advises closely-held business entities and small business owners on business matters including formation, tax issues, business restructuring, and succession planning. When necessary, Mr. Hill assists in guiding the estates of clients through probate, and represents clients and their estates in tax controversy matters involving federal and state tax authorities. Mr. Hill currently represents clients who reside in Idaho, California and Utah, and also acts as a tax and estate-planning consultant to clients in other states.
In 2011, Mr. Hill established his own law practice, Hill Law PLLC. Prior to establishing his own firm, Mr. Hill worked for over five years as a senior associate attorney in the family wealth group of a national law firm based in San Francisco, California, and for one year as an of counsel attorney at a tax and estate planning boutique firm in Boise, Idaho.
In 2009, Mr. Hill taught as an adjunct professor in the graduate tax law program at Golden Gate University Law School in San Francisco, California. Prior to entering private practice, Mr. Hill served for two years as Attorney Advisor to the Honorable Stephen J. Swift of the United States Tax Court in Washington, D.C.
Mr. Hill received his law degree from the J. Reuben Clark Law School at Brigham Young University in 2001 and his Master of Laws in Taxation degree from New York University in 2002.
Mr. Hill is licensed to practice law in Idaho, California and Utah; and is also admitted to practice before the United States Tax Court.
Mr. Hill and his wife, Shawna, live in Eagle, Idaho with their six children.
Steve Keen is the SVP of Finance, CFO & Treasurer of IDACORP, Inc. and Idaho Power Company. Previously he was President of IDACORP Financial Services, a subsidiary focused primarily on tax-advantaged investments that provided affordable housing and preserved historic buildings across the U.S. Steve has been with his company for over 30 years, graduated from Idaho State University and is a CPA, licensed in the State of Idaho.
Steve is also the current Chairman of the Board of Commissioners of the Idaho Housing and Finance Association and a member of the board of directors of the Idaho Tax Foundation. Steve is married to Barb and has four kids, Isabella, Abby, Gabby and Riley.
Steve’s interest in serving on the Baldapalooza Board stems from recognizing the struggles of children who suffer from major health challenges. He has witnessed the impacts on the children, their families and those who love them. Steve’s youngest children are triplets and they were born prematurely. They faced their own life threatening health battles spending a month in NICU and basically starting life with difficulties.
Steve has since supported all of his children as they later became active in raising money for worthy causes. Their endeavor began as they used their musical talents to help raise money when a friend of his oldest daughter, Isabella, was diagnosed with cancer.
Since then, their band (called The Runaway Hamsters) has been supporting charitable efforts locally and nationally. The Runaway Hamsters have assisted such causes as the Miracle Network Hospitals, St. Luke’s Children’s Hospital (Boise), the Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles, the Idaho Diabetes Youth Program, the Idaho Foodbank and a stop-bullying campaign. They were also honored to have been the opening act for the 2015 Baldapalooza concert. Having faced their own challenges, Steve and his family want to help others in whatever struggles they face.
Jim Martin is a shareholder with Moffatt Thomas Barrett Rock & Fields, Chtd. where he focuses on commercial and insurance litigation in the federal and state courts. He has practiced with that law firm for nearly 25 years. He has his undergraduate degree from Boise State University and his law degree from the University of Idaho. (Go Broncos!)
Jim is married to Julie and has three kids, Katie, Connor and Myla. Jim has always felt it is important to give back and has volunteered his time by being active in the community and in his profession. He has served on several boards and committees over the years.
He is currently president of the Boise Centennial Rotary Club, a club in which he is a Charter Member. He has been awarded the CASA Volunteer Attorney of the Year by the Family Advocate Program and has received other recognitions for his service. Jim’s interest in serving on the Baldapalooza Board is personal given that his son, Connor, at the age of 15 was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. As a result, Jim and his family got to see first-hand exactly what it’s like for the families whose children are given this incredible challenge.
Connor is in remission now and doing great, so it was a great time for Jim and his family to get involved in an organization that focuses on helping families when life throws them a difficult curve ball.
With over 25 years of experience in private banking, small business banking and commercial lending in the Treasure Valley, Joey provides sound advice about a variety of financial services to new and existing clients. She helps her clients meet their financial goals by putting together customized loan packages and solutions that are tailored to fit their needs. Joey also maintains a strong commitment and involvement with community organizations throughout the Treasure Valley.
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Joey and her husband Ken have been married for 22years and have 5 children and 2 grandkids. She enjoys gardening, travel and walking on the green belt with her buddy Wilson.
Angela Stephenson is the Executive Director of Baldapalooza. She brings extensive experience as an event organizer to our charity. Angie has run everything from a 3-day historical reenactment for 500 people to a scholarship pageant for young women.
Angie is very involved in the Boy Scouts of America program as a district commissioner, and enjoys helping to produce different events at church and for the local high school. She is also involved in the Idaho Special Olympic program and the local annual Down Syndrome Buddy Walk.
Angie has a reputation for taking things to a higher level, being a great communicator and being highly organized. In fact, those who know her insist she could run a small country in her sleep.
Angie and her husband Glen, live in Star and are the parents of two boys and two girls.