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mitch murgoitio, president

As President, Mitch is responsible for the administration of Oinkari business affairs, booking performances, arranging travel, and maintaining community relations.  He conducts board meetings, serves as official representative and first point of contact for Oinkari, and is one of the group's two N.A.B.O. delegates. This is his fourteenth year in the group, and he recently began playing the txistu to accompany our dance repertoire. Outside of Oinkaris, Mitch is a Captain on the Embraer 175 for a regional airline and is a professional development leader in the pilot union. He enjoys sharing aviation with his family and friends as a flight instructor and mentoring the next generation of airline pilots. On the ground, he also chips in on the family farm.

Favorite Dance:  Kaxarranka

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Isana Urquidi, Vice-President

Isana has been in the Oinkaris for ten years and this will be her second year on the board. She is very excited to take on the role of VP which includes managing all of the financial aspects of the group. She helps to fundraise, coordinate travel details when the group goes on trips to perform at festivals, and also represents the group as one of the N.A.B.O. delegates. Isana is a nurse and plays the accordion with Txantxangorriak, a Basque music group in Boise. She loves all of the social activities that the group does together and can't wait to see what this year brings. 

Favorite Dance: Uztai Haundi

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Mikel Sangroniz, Secretary

Mikel was born and raised in Boise, went to school at Cal Poly, and is currently working as an engineer at Keller Associates in Meridian, ID. This is his ninth year in the Oinkaris and has been dancing even longer. As the secretary of the group, some of his responsibilities include keeping track of group attendance, recording minutes during board meetings, and ensuring that all group documents remain up to date. He is excited to welcome in new Oinkaris this year and keep the tradition of dance alive within the community.

Favorite Dance: Zortziko

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Amaya Monasterio, Women's Dance Director

Oinkari Dance Directors work together to plan and organize practices and performances. Amaya and Ben teach steps and dances, paying close attention to historical and traditional accuracy. Amaya also instructs the group’s women to teach and perform our all-female dances. In addition, she ensures the accuracy of women’s costuming. This is Amaya's 10th year in Oinkaris and second time as Dance Director.  She has also previously served on the board as Sargeant-at-arms.  Outside of Oinkaris,  Amaya works as a registered nurse and enjoys being with her family.

Favorite dance: Lapurdiko Makil


Ben Monasterio, Men's Dance Director

As Men’s Dance Director, Ben is responsible for teaching steps and dances.  He is in charge of upholding the historical accuracy of all Oinkari dances.  Along with the Women’s Dance Director, Ben is in charge of planning practices, leading drills and organizing dancers for every performance.  Ben is also responsible for fitting and acquiring men’s costumes.  He has been in Oinkaris for thirteen years, and has previously served as Sergeant-at-arms and Secretary.  Outside of Oinkari, Ben works as a diesel technician at Heritage Auto Repair and enjoys spending time with his family. 

Favorite Dance: Belauntxingoa


Jill Kaltenecker, Public Relations

As Public Relations Chair, Jill maintains the Oinkari website, all social media accounts, creates promotional material, and is the first contact for communication between Oinkaris and the public, including our Alumni.  This is Jill’s tenth year in the group and is excited to have a position on the board. Outside of Oinkaris, Jill recently graduated from Gonzaga University and works as a registered nurse. She is looking forward to the year ahead and welcoming all the new members.

Favorite Dance: Jota Barri


Josie Wray, Social Liason

This is Josie's eighth year in the group and first year on the board. As social liaison, she plans parties and events to help integrate new kids into the group and keep old kids excited! Josie graduated from Carroll College and is working at Eastgate Pet Clinic. She hopes to go to veterinary school next fall. Josie also plays triki with Txantxan Gorriak.

Favorite dance: Laupurdiko Makil



Kirk Mendive, Social Liason

As a social liason, Kirk is in charge of planning events for the group, such as holiday parties and activities during trips, in an effort to bring the group closer and create stronger and longer lasting bonds. Kirk is starting his fourth year in the group. He served in the Air Force for six years, and is now in his fourth year as a Mechanical Engineering Student at Boise State University. When he graduates, he hopes to spend a year in the Basque Country studying Euskara, with the goal of being fluent.

Favorite Dance: Arku Dantza


Alex wray, Sargeant-at-Arms

As Sergeant at Arms, Alex is responsible for maintenance and coordination of the groups equipment.  His duties include ensuring all equipment is in working condition, properly stored, and transported to all performances efficiently, as well as coordinating with Dance Directors on new equipment needs as we expand our repertoire.   Alex also enjoys playing pandero (tambourine) in the Oinkari Musicians.  Outside of Oinkari Alex serves as the forwards and set piece coach for Capital High School Rugby in the spring and coaches the offensive line for the Freshman team in the Capital Football program in the fall.  Alex graduated from the University of Notre Dame and is currently employed as an Insurance Reporting Manager in the client services department at Clearwater Analytics. 

Favorite Dance: Lesaka