Meridian Man & Women of the Year

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December 21, 2016
Date:                           December 21, 2016
To:                               Area News Media
From:                           Meridian Chamber of Commerce
Re:                               Man & Woman of the Year
            The Meridian Chamber of Commerce presented several awards at their annual Installation & Awards Banquet, held on November 10th. Mayor Tammy de Weerd presented the Chamber’s annual Meridian Man and Woman of the Year Awards. These awards are given annually to one man and one woman, who have made a difference in Meridian through their contributions of time and talent to a wide segment of the community.
Meridian’s Woman of the Year for 2016 is Dr. Linda Clark, a career educator who spent 44 years as an Idaho educator, and more than 11 years as the Superintendent of Schools in West Ada School District. During her tenure as superintendent, the district grew by more than 9,000 students; completed construction of 11 new schools (with 2 more that opened last fall and an additional middle school and a major remodel currently under construction). 16 academic magnet schools/programs were begun during her administration and the district expanded many others. Dr. Clark has been widely recognized for her innovative leadership and was the first recipient of the Concordia University Leadership in Action Award (2013), recipient of the 2014 Education Excellence in Leadership Award from the Education Research and Development Institute (ERDI), and was recognized by EdWeek as one of 16 national Leaders to Learn From in 2015.
Prior to assuming the superintendency, Dr. Clark was the Director of Student Achievement in Meridian, a position that she held in various forms for ten years. During her tenure, Dr. Clark supervised the district's revision of its PK-12 curriculum, and the establishment of a comprehensive assessment system. While in this position, she was recognized at the national level for her work in expanding professional-technical education and given the 2005 Stars of Education Award as the Distinguished Service Educator by the State Directors of Professional-Technical Education.  Her work in Professional-Technical education was further recognized in 2009 when she received the Distinguished Service Award from the Idaho Division of Professional-Technical Education.
Dr. Clark has demonstrated a strong commitment to expanding digital instructional technology to create 21•1 Century learning environments, and has been recognized for her efforts by the Idaho Education Technology Association (IETA) which presented her with the 2011 state award for Outstanding Support for Technology by an Administrator. She was further recognized regionally as the 2011 Outstanding Technology Leader of the Year by the Northwest Council for Computer Education (NCCE). Dr. Clark was a charter member of Digital Promise's League of Innovative Schools, and was one of 100 school superintendents invited to the White House in recognition of district digital transition efforts. Her work has been highlighted in Education Week Online and T.H. E Journal. Articles by Dr. Clark have been printed in T.H.E. Journal; Educational Leadership; and The School Administrator .
Dr. Clark was appointed to the State Board of Education in 2016 and is currently serving as its Vice President.
Meridian’s Man of the Year is Clint Shiflet, Treasure Valley Commercial Loan Officer with Idaho Central Credit Union. From suits and ties to sports uniforms to outdoors attire, he epitomizes the well-rounded life enthusiast.
A self-proclaimed master of corny jokes, Clint has lived in the Treasure Valley for most of his life. After his time in Utah for college, he returned to the valley and continued his career in the industry he is still a leader in today. It is likely that one of his most memorable moments was his role in a commercial with a bow tie and a lampshade.
Clint Shiflet has been a resident of Meridian since 1992. He has worked in Meridian for 15 years, and is well known throughout the business, service, and residential communities. The positions he has held at his places of work have offered him the support and freedom to fulfill his passions for helping business owners be successful and for ensuring that the Meridian community continues to be a great place to live, work, and raise a family.
Clint Shiflet served six years on the Meridian Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, including two years as the Chairman. He coined a term half a dozen years ago that, even though it ruffled the feathers of our neighbors to the east, fits our city perfectly.
In his 25+ years in the financial services industry, Clint has served both his customers and his community well. Within Meridian, he has been a member of and held leadership roles in the Meridian Kiwanis Club and the Meridian Chamber of Commerce. He is an active volunteer and supporter of the West Ada School District and the Mayors Book Club.
During the weekdays, you will find him meeting with business banking clients to help them with their lending needs. On the weeknights, you may find him with his Boy Scout Troop. On many evenings and weekends, look for him on the softball field as a coach to his youngest daughter’s team. And any time the weather and his time permits, you will find him tying flies or fly-fishing in the nearest river.
Clint is blessed with a 30-year marriage to his wife, Jennifer. He is the proud dad to Mallory, Kaitlin, and Emma, father-in-law to Guy, and Grandpa to Eliot, Quinn and Matteo.
Clint Shiflet defines the phrase he created that “The Energy is in Meridian.
Media Only Contact Information: For more information, please call Anne Little Roberts, Meridian Chamber of Commerce, at 888-2817.