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Cenarrusa Foundation Board of Advisors

Photo - Board members during the awards dinner at Leku Ona restaurant (from left to right) - Miren Eiguren, Dr. Gloria Totoricagüena, Freda Cenarrusa, Roy Eiguren, Pete Cenarrusa, Miren Artiach, Patty Miller and Jill Aldape.

Pete and Freda Cenarrusa
Pete and Freda Cenarrusa have been part of the political landscape of Idaho for over 50 years. Their partnership started in 1947 and shortly thereafter Pete started his political career. The Cenarrusas are a sheep-raising family and they often enjoy returning to the ranch at Carey. Tragedy struck in September 1997 when their son Joe, a well-known Boise restauranteur and a pilot also, died in an airplane accident. Visit the Pete Cenarrusa's complete biography by clicking here

Roy and Miren Eiguren
Roy is a Boise business executive, lawyer and lobbyist. He is President of Eiguren Public Law & Policy PLLC and of the Idaho Public Facilities Leasing Company. Roy serves on the Board of Directors of Avista Corporation, a major Pacific Northwest electric and gas utility, and of Idaho Independent Bank, one of Idaho's largest state chartered banks. Miren is an educator. They both are active members of Boise's Basque community, with Roy serving as President of the American Basque Foundation and Miren as a member of the Bietzotek Basque Choir. Roy's father was Joe Eiguren, an author of four books on Basque history and language.

Miren Artiach
Miren is active in all aspects of Basque life while serving as the Deputy Secretary of State and a co-owner of Boise's Leku Ona Basque restaurant. She has been the business manager for the Oinkari Basque Dancers and a member of virtually every Basque organization in Boise. She participates in conferences and has two sons, Aitor and Andoni, with husband Jose Mari, who she married in 1974.

Jill Aldape
Jill is a past President of the Oinkari Basque Dancers and is the Events & Development Director for the Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center Foundation in Boise, Idaho, where she coordinates projects like the Festival of Trees. Jill graduated from the University of Idaho and has been active in Basque and public affairs throughout her college and professional careers.

Dr. Gloria Totoricagüena
Gloria is an academic, researcher, and author of five books and numerous articles, former Director of the Center for Basque Studies at University of Nevada, Reno, and former Director of the Basque Global Initiatives project in Euskadi. She is known as a world’s leader in comparative ethnic diaspora studies and research. She has returned to Boise as a consultant in international research in transnational politics and economics, ethnic identity maintenance and Basque culture programs.

Patty Miller
Patty attended Boise schools and graduated from the University of Idaho with degrees in Spanish and Political Science. Her first work included teaching a year in Bogotá, Colombia, five years with Medicare, and three years assisting junior high students in rural communities. Since that time, Patty worked as a board member for the Basque Museum and Cultural Center from 1985 and became Executive Director in 1993.

Projects that Patty has collaborated on includes: Basque Music of Boise, Basque Block Street Redesign, LAIAK public art sculptures, granite sidewalk pieces, the Basque mural, Inner Strength Portraits of Basque Immigrant Women with oral history interviews, Lasting Legacy signs on the Basque Block and the restoration of the historic Cyrus Jacobs Uberuaga House.


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