Stark squeezing all she can from opportunities in East Idaho

The first thing you notice is her iron grip, which is not uncommon for people that grew up in the country working cattle and livestock. Her ability to crush all the bones in your hand that quickly, though, it is a bit surprising.

It is not the last surprise from Megan Stark, the new communication pro in District 6 (she also serves District 5).

She grew up in northern California, raising and showing livestock and horses, went to Delta Junior College for Agricultural Business/Animal Science in Stockton, California, and moved to Idaho in 2009. Stark is married and has a 4-year-old son. Not surprisingly, she and her husband raise horses.

"I love riding, roping, hunting and anything outdoors," she explained.

Stark, who has a background in graphic design, web design, social media and marketing, started her ITD career March 27, 2018.

"I built a few websites and social media pages for our horse-training businesses a number of years ago and began marketing on my own. Marketing and website design is something I fell into and enjoy."

When she applied for the ITD job, Stark said she had hit a lull in her career.

"I wasn't being challenged enough. I sought out ITD as a new and interesting challenge. I wanted a fun and exciting place to work. ITD is doing some pretty amazing things and I wanted to be a part of it and actually make a difference!"

Now that she's got about six weeks under her belt, Stark said she has made a few observations:

"I love ITD, the atmosphere, the folks I work with and the challenges we face on a daily basis. Everyone is so helpful and supportive. I truly never knew how much ITD does behind the scenes — it's very fascinating!

Stark is already anticipating her biggest challenges and opportunities in the coming year.

"Juggling two districts and trying to support them both equally has its challenges, but it has been amazing and both districts are so wonderful to work with. We are doing some pretty amazing things. I have quite the learning curve ahead of me. It's a learning curve, but a great one, and I couldn't be more proud to be a part of it all!"

Published 06-22-18