Rebecca Casper
Rebecca Casper

Elected Office
Rebecca Casper was elected Mayor of Idaho Falls in a city-wide election in November 2013. She ran on a platform of solving City problems, growing the local economy, and enhancing community assets.

Business and Education
Mayor Casper served as an adjunct professor at both BYU-Idaho and Eastern Idaho Technical College.  She has primarily taught foundational courses on American government and state and local governance. Rebecca earned her BA in 1985 and MA in 1987 in Political Science from BYU-Provo and her Ph.D. from UC-Berkeley in 1998. Prior to earning her degrees, she worked as a research associate at the Brookings Institution in Washington D.C.

She owns the small political and professional consulting business, Omnia Strategies. In this capacity, she has managed issue and candidate campaigns, conducted issue research, cultivated relationships for clients, and advocated for issues at the local and state level, including improved water policy and economic development.

Current Public Service
Mayor Casper sits on the Idaho Falls City Club Board of Directors. She serves as an ex officio board member of the Greater Idaho Falls Chamber of Commerce where she served for several years in leadership on its Legislative Committee. She also sits on the Boards of Directors for the Partnership for Science and Technology, the Regional Development Alliance, the Downtown Development Corporation, and the Bonneville Metropolitan Planning Organization, among others.  She is a co-founder and first director of the Mayor’s Scholarship Fund and now sits on its Board of Directors.  Mayor Casper serves as a member of the Idaho’s LINE2.0 Commission. She is a District 6 Director on the Association of Idaho Cities (AIC) Board and serves on several the AIC Legislative committees.

Rebecca has four children ranging in age from 24 to 15.  Two are attending university and two attend District 91schools in IF.

  Councilman Tom Hally

Thomas Hally
Council President
Liaison: Human Resources
Co-Liaison: Parks & Recreation, Idaho Falls Power

Council member Hally was born and raised in Idaho.  His wife and four children moved to Idaho Falls in 1979.  He has managed the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation for the State Board of Education since 1978 in Region Six.  His four children were all graduates of Idaho Falls High School.  His late wife Deanne was watercolorist who was well known throughout the region.  He is a Rotarian and serves on boards that support opportunities for persons with disabilities. 

He attended Gonzaga University and Idaho State University and received his Master of Arts in Education from Idaho State University in 1971.  He is a graduate of The Academy for Executive Leadership from the University of Oklahoma in 1993.  He has served on the Governor's Commission for Substance Abuse for four years.

 Ed Marohn  

Ed Marohn
Council Member

Liaison: Municipal Services

Co-Liaison: Idaho Falls Fire Department, Idaho Falls Police Department

After 30 years in the tire industry with Global Fortune 500 companies, Michelin Tire Corporation, and then Continental Tire of North America/AG, headquartered in Charlotte, North Carolina, where he served as Director of Sales in North America and VP in Canada, he retired to eastern Idaho with his wife, Cathie, to write full time, ski near the Tetons, and continue worldwide travel.

Ed is the Vice Chair of the Board of Directors for the Idaho Humanities Council. He is also on the Board of the Idaho Falls City Club, and is a member of the Idaho Writers Guild, and the Idaho Writers League. He served in the US Army as an officer for ten years. As a Captain he had one full year of combat in the Vietnam War with the 101st Airborne Division and was awarded three Bronze Star Medals, one Air Medal, two Army Commendation Medals, and numerous other awards. In academia he was Assistant Professor of Military History at the University of Nevada.

He grew up in Boise and attended the University of Idaho, Moscow, earning his BA in Political Science in 1968. He earned his MA in Counseling and Guidance from the University of Nevada-Reno, in 1975. He achieved Dutch Language Professional Proficiency, from the Foreign Service Institute, State Department, Washington, DC, 1975, and was assigned to NATO in The Netherlands. Ed also attended the Executive Marketing Course at the Darden School of Business, University of Virginia.

His wife Cathie, nee Gruel, is from Idaho Falls. They have two sons: the older one is a Captain, US Coast Guard, based in Boston, and the younger one is a CEO of a financial company based in Charlotte. They also have three granddaughters, one a recent graduate from Florida State University.

Ed has been published as follows:

*Local Columnist for the Post Register Newspaper, Idaho Falls, Idaho.

*Creative non-fiction storyAlmost American”, Idaho Magazine, July 2011.

*Short story, “Retirement”, Hardboiled Mystery Magazine, February 2012.

*“Brainwashing: Man Over Mind”, ARMY Magazine, Vol. 23, No. 8, August 1973.

*“Brainwashing: Man Over Mind”, ARMY Magazine, Vol. 23, No. 8, August 1973.

Barbara Dee Ehardt
Barbara Dee Ehardt
Council Member
Liaison: Legal Services
Co-Liaison: Public Works, Idaho Falls Regional Airport

Barbara Dee Ehardt was born and raised in Idaho Falls, graduating from Idaho Falls High School.  She then attended North Idaho Junior College and Idaho State University on a basketball scholarship.  This “love of the game” enabled her to embark on a 15-year college-coaching career that provided many rich and unique experiences.  Her coaching career included stops at four outstanding Universities, three as an assistant coach, including:  University of California, Santa Barbara; Brigham Young University (Provo); Washington State University; and finally Cal State Fullerton, where she served as the Head Women’s Basketball Coach. 

Serving in the capacity of a “Division I Women’s Basketball Coach” opened doors and created many opportunities to lead, teach, empower and encourage youth through the forum of sports.  While at UC Santa Barbara, she created the Gaucho Women’s Basketball ‘Community Outreach’ program designed to use basketball as a tool to teach the youth in the community “life lessons” ranging from the importance of staying in school to ‘saying NO to drugs.’  Twenty four years later this Community Outreach program is still going strong and has been a model for other collegiate teams in all sports who are looking to add more growth opportunities for their student athletes. 

Barbara made the decision to return to Idaho Falls because of her love of the people here, their values and a love of this city and state.  Since Barbara’s return, she has been employed at Apple Athletic Club as a manager over Youth Programming.  She is also a small business owner where she runs a highly successful travel basketball program as well as conducts her own “Hoops Camps & Clinics.”     

She currently serves as a board member for the Education Foundation for School District 91 and has served as a school board member for Monticello Montessori School.  Politically Barbara has served as a past President of the Bonneville County Republican Women; a precinct officer; and has worked on countless campaigns in the various places where she has lived. 

Barbara has also been a highly sought after motivational speaker in many arena’s but primarily with the youth.   These speaking engagements have ranged from State Jr. Miss Pageants to the NCAA Final Four “YES” clinics as well as patriotic flag retiring’s.  She has also been an EFY (Especially for Youth) speaker.

Barbara is single and has never married nor had children.  However, between her 14 nieces and nephews and the many kids that Barbara has coached, she feels that she has been blessed with countless children!  In her spare time, Barbara loves to play tennis, bike, jet ski and root for her favorite sports teams. She feels very blessed and honored to serve you, the great people of this city, as one of your council members.

David Smith

David M. Smith
Council Member
Liaison: Idaho Falls Power
Co-Liaison: Municipal Services, Community Development Services
David Smith owns Smith and Company CPAs PLLC, an Idaho Falls Forensic Accounting firm. Forensic Accounting is the art and science of applying financial techniques to matters of law. David is a Certified Public Accountant licensed in Idaho, Wyoming, and Hawaii.  

David is also a Certified Fraud Examiner, Certified in Financial Forensics, a Master Analyst in Financial Forensics, a Certified Valuation Analyst, is Accredited in Business Valuations and in Business Appraisal Review.  David is also a Chartered Global Management Accountant and a member of the Financial Consulting Group, the largest association of independently owned accounting, business valuation and financial services firms in North America. David earned his Bachelor of Arts in Accounting from Carroll College.

David has served with various community organizations and Boards of Directors for the Idaho Falls Exchange Club, United Way of Idaho Falls and Bonneville County, Idaho Falls Family YMCA, Bonneville-Idaho Falls Crimestoppers, Inc., Idaho Falls Ski Racing Facility, Inc., Idaho Falls Ski Club, Junior Achievement, Eastern Idaho Economic Development Corporation, and the Yellowstone District Exchange Club. David also served on the 2014 Citizens Review Committee for the City of Idaho Falls Municipal Services Department.

David is a recipient of the E.F. McDermott Award for Dedicated Service to the Human Needs in our Community from the United Way of Idaho Falls and Bonneville County, the 2000 Outstanding Member Award from the National Association of Certified Valuation Analysts, the 2009 Outstanding Service Award from the Financial Consulting Group, 2008 and 2009 Instructor of Distinction Awards from the National Association of Certified Valuation Analysts, and has been selected as a Certified in Financial Forensics Champion by the American Institute of CPAs.

David M. Smith is an Idaho Falls native.  He and his wife Karen have raised five children that all attended public schools in Idaho Falls. Karen recently retired from the City of Idaho Falls after 21 years.
Councilwoman Michelle Ziel-Dingman

Michelle Ziel-Dingman

Council Member

Liaison: Community Development Services and Idaho Falls Police Department

Co-Liaison: Public Works

Michelle’s professional background has been in marketing with a dash of non-profit administration. She attended the University of Idaho and graduated with a degree in Advertising with an emphasis in Marketing. She honed these skills as the director of marketing for organizations including Snake River Landing and Grand Teton Mall. In 2011, she left the corporate world to fundraise for an area that she is passionate about - higher education. Michelle spent nearly three years as the Executive Director of the EITC Foundation (EITCF) and enjoyed helping students succeed.

Michelle left EITCF to serve as the CEO of a small graphic design and marketing firm in Idaho Falls. Her team - led by her husband who is a professional graphic artist - treats their clients (primarily small businesses and non-profits) as family. They love what they do and who they serve. Recently, their business received Small Business of the Year from the Greater Idaho Falls Chamber of Commerce.

Michelle’s husband, Dayne Dingman and she share four children who are the light of their lives. They look forward to summers in Idaho Falls when they participate in the IF Parks & Rec Co-ed Softball League before they enter basketball season and coach their daughter's 4th grade recreation team. They are all avid cyclists, so don't be surprised when you see Michelle’s bike parked at City Hall. She is also a musician who enjoys singing and playing guitar.

Michelle’s leadership style is collaborative, straight-forward, results-driven and respectful.

Councilman John Radford

John Radford

Council Member

Liaison: Idaho Falls Regional Airport & Parks & Recreation

Co-Liaison: Idaho Falls Fire Department

John Radford was born and raised on the West Side of Idaho Falls. John attended Ethel Boyes grade school and Eagle Rock Junior High and then Graduated from Rigby High School.  John attended Brigham Young University and then served a mission for his church in Michigan.  John returned to Brigham Young University and then transferred to Idaho State University and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Political Science.   John also holds an MBA that he earned after attending Idaho State University and Washington State University.  John’s Family is made up of his wonderful wife of 21 years, Melanie (a Ballet Teacher), a terrific daughter, Ella (an aspiring author and book designer).  John lives next to Tautphaus Park here in Idaho Falls, were he has spent many hours with his family. 

John has many accomplishments in his work life: a Masters of Business Administration, a career of 20 years as a General Manager for a Fortune 500 Company (Barnes and Noble Booksellers), Literary Person of the Year, Vice-Chair Mid-Columbia Library Board, a DOE internship, All-Conference Basketball Player, High School Basketball Coach and Official. He has had the joy of reading, selling, sharing, and learning from customers while selling books for the past 20 years.  This experience has allowed John a rare opportunity to learn from an amazing cross section of our community.  It is his ability to learn and listen that has inspired his journey into civic service.