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Mission, Vision, & Standards

Mission
Provide leadership and services to local school boards for the benefit of students and for the advocacy of public education.

Vision
Trustee leadership for excellence in Idaho public education.

The Standards of the Idaho School Boards Association

ISBA Board Trainers


Krissy LaMont, Leadership Development Director
Prior to joining ISBA, Krissy served as the Board Clerk and Administrative Assistant for the Salmon School District where she provided daily administrative support for the Superintendent, three Building Administrators, and five school board Members. She managed complex calendar activity including coordination of appointments and extensive rescheduling. While Krissy encouraged and arranged all board training, the school board received the Boardmanship Award.

Krissy is a single mother of two beautifully intelligent children. She grew up in Salmon, Idaho. She loves spending time with her family and volunteering for various causes. Krissy brings her positive attitude and perspective to ISBA! She feels privileged to be a part of the ISBA Team.




David Brinkman, Leadership Development Specialist
The Idaho School Boards Association is excited to announce the expansion of our Leadership Development Department. Krissy LaMont will be taking on an expanded role in providing oversight to the trainers and motivating the leadership training throughout the state. In addition to the expansion of her role and duties she has added a new member to the Leadership Development Department. As you know, Krissy brings a high level of energy and excitement to ISBA, and we see her new staff member doing the same. David Brinkman joins the team as the Leadership Development Specialist. He will be working directly with districts/charters to provide trainings and respond to their needs and questions.

Please join us in welcoming David Brinkman to the team. David joins us after having spent time in both public and private school settings. He serves in leadership roles for Boundary County School District #101 having served as a board member, vice chair and chair. David has served on committees at the state level as well looking at testing and educator reviews. He is an enthusiastic supporter of public education. His passion and drive for helping does not end with just board meetings and trainings. David also volunteers in his community as a radio announcer for high school sports, coach for his kids’ sports teams, MCs for charity events, is a guest reader in his local elementary schools and more. He is a proud member of the Bonners Ferry Rotary Club and enjoys serving his community. When he has free time you will find David spending time with his family, hiking, biking, kayaking, working out or making absurdly silly dad jokes. He is a proud father of a daughter and a son (and a stuffed owl) who attend public school in Boundary County. David is dedicated supporter of the Bonners Ferry Badgers, North Idaho Cardinals and the University of Idaho Vandals.

The expanded Leadership Development Program will provide an opportunity for all districts and charters to receive training for their board members. We are committed to providing you the resources for the best trained boards possible. We can customize trainings to meet your district’s/charter’s needs and, with trainers located throughout the state of Idaho, we are able to be at your district/charter when you need us. Please contact us to find out about our expanded services and how we can help your district/charter best utilize its training opportunity. Contact Krissy or David today to find out how they can help your district/charter.




Allison Westfall, ISBA Board Trainer
Allison Westfall has more than 15 years of administrative, communication, and media relations experience in K-12 education in Idaho. She currently serves as the Communication Director in the Nampa School District, the state’s third largest school district serving more than 15,000 students. Prior to joining the district, she worked as the Public Information Officer for Superintendent of Public Instruction Dr. Marilyn Howard. She holds a master’s degree in public administration and a bachelor’s degree in journalism.




Bryan Matsuoka, ISBA Board Trainer
Bryan has been a member of the Twin Falls School District 411 Board of Trustees since 1998. Over those terms of service he considers it to have been a privilege to serve as Chairperson and Vice-Chairperson. Bryan’s educational credentials include a B.A. in Education from Boise State University and a Master’s Degree in Education Administration from the University of Idaho. In 2013 he received his Principal Certification from the University of Idaho as well as he continues his Idaho Teacher Certification for K-8.

He has worked full-time with the College of Southern Idaho at the Idaho Small Business Development Center (Idaho SBDC) since 1996 as a Senior Business Consultant/ CSI Business Incubator Manager; 2006 was his first year as the Idaho SBDC Regional Director. Prior to joining the Small Business Development Center, Bryan was General Manager/ Shareholder/ Secretary Treasurer of a Software firm that worked with Hewlett Packard. Prior to being in business, he enjoyed a teaching career in public education. Jerome and Twin Falls School Districts provided him with six years of teaching opportunities in 4th and 6th grade.

Other learning opportunities includes his service as Regional Director of Idaho Council on Economic Education, Chairman of Historic Old Towne Economic Development, Chairman of the United States Judo Federation’s (USJF) National Teacher’s Institute, USJF Endowment Committee, Junior/ Youth Development Committee, Athlete Scholar Scholarship Committee, Director of the College of Southern Idaho’s Judo Curriculum, Advisory Board Member for: CSI Early Childhood Education, Advanced Regional Technical Education Coalition (ARTEC), CSI Business and Entrepreneurship Departments.




Michelle Lucas, ISBA Board Trainer
Michelle L. Lucas has over sixteen years of experience as an Executive Secretary to the Superintendent, Clerk of the Board, and an administrative assistant. For the last eleven years, Michelle has worked for the eighth largest district in Idaho, Twin Falls School District. Prior to working for the Twin Falls School District, Michelle was an administrative assistant for West Bonner County School District. Other experience includes passing the Series 6 Securities License Examination and working as a mortgage loan auditor and quality control supervisor, a loan processor, an apartment manager, and travel agent.

Michelle was born and raised in the small town of Priest River, Idaho. After living in Memphis, Tennessee; Santa Ana, California; and Spokane, Washington for a number of years, Michelle returned to her home state of Idaho and settled in Twin Falls, along with her husband and four children. Michelle enjoys playing tennis and participating in arts and crafts projects, including stained glass, painting, and woodworking. She also enjoys working side-by-side with her self-employed husband at John’s U-Pull U-Save Auto Parts and being a grandmother of three.

Michelle’s current job duties include operating as a liaison to the Superintendent and Board of Trustees; scheduling Board of Trustees and Superintendent appointments and meetings; responding to district policy and procedure inquiries; disseminating critical information to schools regarding district policies, requirements, and procedures; maintaining and organizing district permanent records, including tort claims, judgments, agreements, public notices, election documents, contracts, and leases; preparing, distributing, and posting board meeting agendas, board packets, and other materials for school board meetings; receiving, processing, and maintaining public records requests; and organizing the district calendar review committee meetings.




Tim Rosandick, ISBA Board Trainer
Timothy (Tim) Rosandick is a 33 year veteran of K-12 public education in Idaho; 28 of those years serving in administrative roles including superintendencies in rural and urban school districts.

Mr. Rosandick holds a Bachelor of Elementary Education from the College of Idaho, a Master of Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Oregon, and an Education Specialist of Education Administration from the University of Idaho. Tim currently serves as Dean of Treasure Valley Community College’s Caldwell Center, and is the Executive Director of the Idaho School District Coucil.




Lynn Towne, ISBA Board Trainer
Lynn Towne has been with the Coeur d’Alene School District for 28 years. She was the acting clerk for 12 years prior to being named Clerk of the Board in 2006. Over the years, she served as administrative assistant to the Assistant Superintendent, Superintendent and the Director of Curriculum and Assessment. She was the President of the Idaho Association of Educational Office Professionals in 1999-2000. Prior to working at Coeur d’Alene School District, she was a bank teller, loan processor and operations supervisor at various financial institutions.

Lynn is a native Idahoan, born and raised in Wallace. She has a son and 3 grandchildren in the area. She enjoys gardening, DIY home projects and travel.

She enjoys her position as Clerk, Records Custodian and resident district historian. She recently discovered some School Board records dating back to the late 1800’s and plans to display these at the Administration Center. Unique and interesting situations in her role as Clerk in recent years sparked her interest in sharing knowledge with her colleagues. Leading workshops for clerks (especially new clerks) during ISBA Annual Conventions for the past 4 years has been especially rewarding.




Debra Buttrey, ISBA Board Trainer
Debra grew up in Louisiana in a small southern town called Grosse Tete; which is a village in Iberville Parish. Her community is rich in history and French Acadiana culture. The high school she graduated from, Shady Grove High School, was a former plantation home. Debra enrolled in Louisiana Tech University and studied Accounting; which led her to her field of work today. She moved to Idaho in 1993 to be closer to her family and was hired by the former Bonner County School District to work in the accounting department. In 1999 the district split into two districts and Debra moved over to her community in Priest River to work for the West Bonner County School District as their Business Manager. Debra is a wife to a wonderful husband and also the mother of two teenage boys. Their family is active in school sports and all the outdoor activities that North Idaho offers.




Dr. Heather Williams, ISBA Board Trainer
Dr. Heather Williams is a clinical professor of Educational Leadership at Boise State University. She teaches courses for superintendent certification, as well as courses for aspiring principals. Williams also works as a mentor superintendent for the Idaho Leads project, a professional development team from Boise State University.

Williams has spent over twenty years in Idaho public education serving as a teacher, coach, building administrator, district administrator, professor in teacher education, and as a district superintendent. Dr. Williams served multiple years as the Legislative chair of the Idaho Association of School Administrators and served as a regional officer for the Idaho School Superintendents Association.

Williams holds a bachelor of science degree in secondary education from Idaho State University; a master’s degree in educational leadership from University of Idaho; and a doctorate in education from the University of Idaho.

She has earned several awards during her career, including Idaho Secondary Science Teacher of the Year, American Association of School Administrators Women in School Leadership award, and 40 Most Accomplished Idahoans Under 40.




Shannon McBride, ISBA Board Trainer
A graduate of Jerome High School, Shannon Clark McBride began her career in communication training at Weber State University, Ogden, Utah, where she was responsible for developing and marketing continuing professional education programs for business and industry located in Weber County. After spending several years with an international communication firm specializing in writing commercial proposals for aerospace and defense industry, she started her own business, CCI, which focuses on helping companies and nonprofits communicate more effectively. Her expertise spans many markets: business proposal preparation, training large corporations in effective technical writing and communication skills, and developing grant writing standards and procedures for colleges and universities.

For the past 20 years, Shannon Clark McBride has provided training and consulting in major phases of the grant-seeking process, from developing a strategy to match the needs of the grant giver and grant seeker to writing and editing the final grant proposal. Shannon’s understanding of the grant-seeking world is based on proven experience both in writing large grant proposals for municipalities, colleges and universities, and nonprofit organizations and providing hands-on training for grant seekers to give them the required skills and added confidence to pursue grants in the federal and private sectors.

In 1999, CCI was named one of the top women-owned businesses in Northern Utah. Shannon was instrumental in the creation of APMP, the Association of Proposal Management Professionals, which now has associated chapters throughout the world. She served as president of the Utah Chapter of ASTD (American Society for Training and Development) and as a consultant for LERN (Learning Resources Network). Shannon is the author of several books on communication, including “Selling Training to Business and Industry,” and “Writing Proposals for Contract Training,” which focus on helping professionals in community or continuing education market their education and training programs to the community at large, and “Writing Grants for the Greater Good,” a guidebook to grant seeking for smaller nonprofit and educational organizations.




Jackie Hopper, ISBA Board Trainer
Jackie moved to Idaho in 1980 to attend the College of Idaho. Shortly thereafter, she met the love of my life and has enjoyed a wild and crazy life with him ever since! Rob is the CIO for Canyon County and also serves on the Caldwell City Council. They have been married for 33 years and share a passion for travel, camping, reading, and wine. Together they have three phenomenal children. Their oldest son is 22 and working full time and their youngest son is 17 and a junior in high school. In between the two boys is their daughter who is 19 and a freshman at Linfield College. Jackie and Rob also have three dogs, two cats, and one rat who really remind them who is in charge!

Jackie’s undergraduate degree is in Business Management and she has a MBA from the University of Phoenix. While at U of P Jackie was awarded the Outstanding Student Leadership Award in 2010. In 2011 she was awarded the Women of the Year Award from The Idaho Business Review. She is also a member of Delta Mu Delta, a business honor society, which works to mentor students in all levels of education. When presented with the opportunity to meld her passion for public education excellence and her love for teaching adults, she jumped at the opportunity. Jackie has spoken to crowds of five thousand, done workshops for hundreds of people all over the country, on a myriad of subjects, but none of these opportunities are as fulfilling to her as talking to school boards about how to do the job of educational oversight for our children to the best of our ability.

Jackie’s credo is there are no do-overs in education. We get one chance to be the difference in a child’s life. Jackie cannot tell you how excited she is to be able to help our entire state reach educational excellence.



Dr. Mary Ann Ranells, ISBA Board Trainer
Dr. Mary Ann Ranells, a trainer and researcher, works in the areas of strategic planning, leadership training, standards-based education, curriculum alignment, assessment practices, data-driven decision making, intervention strategies, and supervision of learning. Dr. Ranells recently retired as the Superintendent of the Lakeland Joint School District #272, in Rathdrum, Idaho. Prior to this assignment, she was an elementary principal in Wallace, Idaho, Deputy Superintendent for the Idaho State Department of Education, and curriculum director for the Twin Falls School District. Dr. Ranells has published numerous articles and has served on state and regional committees.




Susan Scherz, ISBA Board Trainer
Susan Scherz has spent most of her adult life as an educator in the Mountain West: Idaho, Arizona, Wyoming, and Nevada as well as a short time period in Alaska.

She is an active member of the National Rural Education Association and has spent most of her career working with schools and educators in rural locations.

Susan began her teaching career in Arizona teaching high school English, English as a Second Language, and reading as well as working with the children of migrant farm workers, especially with youth at risk of dropping out of school. Since then, as a county education administrator, principal, and superintendent she has worked in almost all aspects of education including, curriculum, instruction, assessment, and operations. In addition to working with public schools, she has also worked with a charter school, an alternative school, jail education programs and has participated in facilities lawsuit efforts (Arizona).

Having also taught in higher education programs in Idaho, Arizona, and Wyoming, Susan’s research work has included superintendent and board relationships in rural schools as well as cultural and language issues impacting parental involvement in K-12 education.

Susan and her husband moved from Arizona to Idaho eight years ago. They currently reside in Pocatello where her husband, Mike, is self-employed. They enjoy upgrading older homes, traveling and exploring the outdoors in the Mountain West and the Southwest. In addition, Susan reads extensively, enjoys quality movies, enjoys activities that explore language(s) and culture.