Members of the public charter school commission are appointed by Idaho’s governor and confirmed by the senate. Three of the seven members are current or former school board members; three are current or former public charter school board members; and the seventh is a member of the public at large. Commissioners serve four-year terms.
Alan Reed, Chairman
Term Expires: 2014
Alan Reed served on the Idaho Falls District 91 School Board from 1994 through 2003. For seven of those years, he served as chairman. He attended Ricks College and University of Idaho at University Place in Idaho Falls.
Reed is the president and co-owner of Reed's Dairy in Idaho Falls, which is a milking, bottling and sales company that manufactures ice cream and cheese. Reed has shipped his specialty dairy products nationwide and to Japan. He was born and raised in Idaho Falls and married his high school sweetheart, Holly. They have four children, all educated in District 91.
Gayle O’Donahue, Vice Chair
Term Expires: 2016
Since graduating from Eastern Washington University with a degree in organizational and mass communications, Gayle O’Donahue has spent more than 20 years in corporate communications and education public relations. Her career has included such positions as communications director for the College of Idaho and communications and marketing director for Northwest Nazarene University. O’Donahue is a founder and one of the original board members of Victory Charter School.
For the past several years, O’Donahue has balanced time between her family and community relations positions at Liberty Charter School and Victory Charter School while continuing work at NNU. She is proud that Idaho families now have a wide range of educational opportunities including traditional public schools, private schools, home schooling, and public charter schools.
Term Expires: 2014
Nick Hallett was one of the founders of ARTEC Regional Professional Technical Charter School and served as its director/principal for three years. He earned a Masters degree from University of Oregon and doctorate from University of Idaho. His experience includes public school teaching, university teaching and administration, and traditional school administration as principal and superintendent. As an enthusiastic advocate of school choice he has promoted traditional, charter, home, and private schools.
Dr. Hallett is currently teaching education administration classes for University of Idaho, serving in Twin Falls and Pocatello districts as capacity builder in school improvement projects, and consulting as a grant writer and school reform resource. He lives in Rupert, Idaho where he spends a great deal of time in outdoor pursuits including fishing, hunting, gardening, and snowboarding with the Pomerelle ski patrol.
Term Expires: 2016
After graduating from Boston Colleges School of Management, Brian Scigliano has spent the last twenty-five years in financial services. He relocated his practice and his family to the Treasure Valley in 1998. Being the child of two dedicated educators, a father of seven, and grandfather of five, he has been a vocal supporter of educational choices for families.
Mr. Scigliano currently serves on the board of the Children’s Home Society of Idaho, and the Idaho Human Rights Commission. He lives in Boise with his wife and daughter.
Term Expires: 2015
Wanda Quinn received her Bachelors of Science from University of Washington, Masters In Education from University of Idaho and Juris Doctorate from Gonzaga Law School. Wanda’s involvement with K-12 education includes; 12 years on the Coeur d’Alene School District Board of Trustees, Past President of the Idaho School Board Association and Co-Founder of EXCEL Foundation. Her community involvement includes serving on the boards of the Coeur d’Alene Chamber of Commerce and Coeur d’Alene Rotary; member of the Idaho Community Foundation Panhandle Leadership Committee. She currently serves as Program Development Specialist for University of Idaho Coeur d’ Alene.
Esther Van Wart
Term Expires: 2015
Esther Van Wart is a widow and mother of eight children and grandmother of fifteen. She values the importance of a family and appreciates the many opportunities she has had to ensure the safety and education of children. She was born on an Air Force base in Alabama and has traveled the world before graduating from Ramey Air Force Base High School on Ramey Air Force Base in Puerto Rico. She attended the Air Force Base Inter American University and majored in psychology. She has served on the Pocatello community Governing Board as secretary, vice chair and then as the chair, facilitating the loan to acquire a new building. She helped form the Family Advisory council and worked on the accountability team for the charter school’s charter renewal. Esther has also served in many capacities in traditional public schools giving her a wide range of experience. She has also served on the School District 25 school board. Her career has included manager of United Way’s Success By 6 initiative which promoted the early learning of children and the program manager for a large corporation. She has dedicated her life to serving the community through causes such as Relay for Life, All on the Same Page, early childhood learning programs, food drives, the promotion of meeting the needs of families and the Head Start Policy council. Esther Van Wart has served on many women’s organizations and has been a public speaker and peer counselor for abused women. She continues to contribute her time in furthering the cause of children and families.