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Jon Barrett - Executive Director for IRP

Jon grew up in Colville, Washington.  His career in community and economic development began soon after graduating from Washington State University with a degree in Landscape Architecture.  He has worked on staff and in a consulting capacity with numerous rural Idaho and Washington communities. From 1997-2006 he was the co-executive director of a statewide nonprofit organization.  He started his own consulting business in 2007 to provide services to government agencies, tribes, and nonprofit organizations.

Jon is a graduate of Leadership Idaho Agriculture and has also completed advanced training in mediation, fundraising and other topics.  He has expertise in project management, group facilitation and multi-interest collaboration, organizational development and strategic planning, community design, policy development, and grantwriting.  In 2004 the Idaho Planning Association recognized Jon as Idaho Planner of the Year. 

Jon enjoys Idaho’s rural communities, mountains, trails, and trout streams.

Vickie Winkel- Administrative Assistant

Vickie is a true “Idaho Spud,” having lived in the Treasure Valley her entire life.  She began her professional career in the communications industry with Mountain Bell in Payette, followed by 34 years of service with US West and Qwest in numerous positions in Boise. After retirement from the telephone company, Vickie joined the Idaho Rural Partnership (IRP) in 2004 and has worked with six executive directors. Through an agreement between IRP and one of its previous hosts, the Idaho Department of Labor, she served four sessions at the Idaho State Legislature as the House Agriculture Secretary. 

Her current position supports the IRP Executive Director and the Board of Directors in the areas of office administration, records and communication. Vickie also provides essential logistical support for the Idaho Community Review process: tracking and assembling materials for the home and visiting teams; overseeing community survey printing, distribution and collection; and extracting maximum value from every direct and in-kind contribution to IRP.

Vickie enjoys crocheting and can be seen at several valley bazaars selling her creations. The Winkel’s 13 year old Border Collie, Zorra, generously shares her home with Vickie and her husband of 45 years, Charles.