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Patricia Kempthorne has dedicated her work life and her life’s work to inspiring family-consciousness at home, in the workplace, and in communities. She was able to shine a spotlight on these issues while serving as Idaho’s first lady from 1999 to 2006. In 2005, she founded the Twiga Foundation, Inc. Twiga became the exclusive licensor of BLOCK Fest™ offering hands-on block play experiences to families of young children to promote parent engagement and early learning opportunities for success in school and beyond.


A leading advocate for families, and children, Kempthorne serves as the Chair of the Parents as Teachers National Center Board of Directors, St. Luke’s Children’s Advisory Board, and the Idaho Food Bank Capital Campaign--A Fresh Approach. She received an honorary doctorate degree in Administrative Policy from the University of Idaho in 2014. In 2016 she was honored as a National Mother of Achievement by the American Mothers, Inc. Kempthorne and her husband, Dirk, have two grown children and five grandchildren.

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