Eva Craner was born and raised in Buhl, Idaho and attended Boston University where she studied communications and public policy, with an emphasis on education policy inspired by her parents who both work in public education. Eva returned to Buhl in 2012 to marry Trent Craner, also of Buhl. She began working for the Twin Falls School District in 2014 and pursued a master’s degree from Purdue University shortly thereafter. Eva is 2nd vice president of The Optimist Club of Twin Falls, Idaho, Inc., serves on the Blue Lakes Rotary Board and Twin Falls Education Foundation Board, and is an ambassador for the Twin Falls Area Chamber of Commerce.
Eva is an avid outdoorsman and when she isn’t promoting public education you can likely find her on her paddle board, hunting, or riding her bike with Trent and their two dachshunds (yes, the dogs go on the paddle boards and wear life jackets).
Danae Klimes was born and raised in Wendell Idaho. Danae has been a member of the Optimist Club since 2002 and has held a nearly all of the offices within the Club. Danae is currently the Co-Chair person of the Coats 4 Kids project where the club delivers between 600-800 coats to area children annually.
Danae has worked in the Banking Industry for over 20 years in the Magic Valley and is currently a Commercial & Ag Loan Officer for DL Evans Bank.
Danae and her husband of over 20 years, Kelly have 2 teenage sons, Riley & Nolan.
Danae spends most of her free time chasing after teenagers to various sporting events or working with her family on the family farm, volunteering at her son’s school in Kimberly or serving on a number of different Boards including the RISE Charter School, Kimberly Booster Club and the Twin Falls Optimist Club.
Dawn L. Soto is the Executive Director of the St. Luke’s Magic Valley Health Foundation. She is a recovering Banker of 25 years.
MBA in Business:
Gonzaga University (Go ZAGS!)
MA in Nonprofit Development and Philanthropy:
Univ. of Northern Iowa (Graduationed May 2019)
BA in Business
Idaho State University, Pocatello Idaho
Dawn’s been married for 20 years with 3 kids: ages 28, 15, and 8.
Favorite Hobby: Kicking it with family and friends on “The Old Lady”, our 1999 Pontoon boat.
Life goal: to be a professional golfer (or maybe just learn to play better).