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The SOMB is a part-time, volunteer board that is comprised of 10 voting members and one exofficio member. The voting members are appointed by Idaho’s Governor and confirmed by the Idaho Senate. The board’s chairman and vice-chair are selected by member vote during odd numbered years.

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Michael Johnston, PhD, Chairman

Is a licensed psychologist with a clinical practice in Boise. He has expertise in adult sexual offender assessment and treatment.
Dr. Johnston's somb term expires 01/2025.
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Jeffrey Betts, Member

Is a licensed clinical professional counselor and licensed marriage and family therapist in Boise. He has expertise in juvenile sexual offender assessment and treatment, with over 20 years of clinical experience with that population.
Mr. Betts's somb term expires 01/2025.

Paula Garay, Member

Fills the SOMB's clinical cultural diversity position. She is a licensed marriage and family therapist who works primarily with juveniles who have committee sexual offenses. In addition to experience in adult sexual offender treatment, she has education and experience working with culturally diverse populations.
Ms. Garay's somb term expires 01/2023.

Moira Lynch, Member

Represents the Idaho Department of Correction. She is the district probation and parole manager for District 4, whose office is in Boise. She began her career with the IDOC in 1997.
Ms. Lynch's somb term expires 01/2024.
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Sheriff Matthew Thomas, Member

Represents the Sheriffs Association and serves as the county sheriff for Washington County.
Sheriff Thomas's somb term expires 01/2025.

Melissa Hultberg, Member

Represents the Idaho Department of Juvenile Corrections and is based in Boise. She is a clinical supervisor who oversees case management and reintegration services to juveniles, many of who are juvenile sexual offenders. She previously provided case management services to juvenile sexual offenders and managed a sexual offender specific caseload for 7 years as a Juvenile Services Coordinator.
Ms. Hultberg's somb term expires 01/2024.
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Ryan Porter, Member

Is the Behavioral Health and Quality Assurance Manager for the Idaho Supreme Court. Is the past board chair and yearly quest lecturer for the Idaho Conference of Alcohol and Drug Dependence.
Mr. Porter's somb term expires 05/2022.
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Brian Marx, Vice Chairman

Is the SOMB's defense attorney member. He has been a member of the Ada County Public Defender’s Office since 2007 and is a current member of the felony trial division.
Mr. Marx's somb term expires 01/2023.
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John S. Dinger, Member

John Dinger is a member of the Ada County Prosecuting Attorney's Office where he supervises the Sex Crimes and Child Abuse unit.
Mr. Dinger's somb term expires 01/2024.
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Public Member

Vacant- The position of Publish Member is currently vacant and will be filled at a later date.
Member's somb term expires 01/2023.

PCSOT Polygraph Examiner

Vacant - The position of PCSOT Polygraph Examiner is currently vacant and will be filled shortly.
Examiner's somb term expires 01/2024.