Created by the legislature in 2004, the IPCSC is comprised of seven commissioners. Commissioners are appointed by the Governor (3 members), Senate Pro Tempore (2 members) or Speaker of the House (2 members). They serve four-year terms, and officers are elected every two years in the spring. The IPCSC is staffed by the Office of the State Board of Education. As Idaho’s largest authorizer of public charter schools, the IPCSC endeavors to implement best practices for the evaluation of new charter petitions, oversight of operating schools, and consideration of charter renewals.
PCSC Chairman 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.
Chairman Reed is the president and co-owner of Reed’s Dairy in Idaho Falls, 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 and nine grandchildren.
Sherrilynn Bair graduated from Idaho State University and received her Masters Degree in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Phoenix. Commissioner Bair’s involvement with education includes working as a literacy specialist, online teacher, community library director, and curriculum director. Commissioner Bair and her husband, Mark Bair, are lifelong residents of Idaho. They have five children and seventeen grandchildren.
Commissioner Bair is committed to making sure all Idaho children have educational opportunities that meet their individual and family needs.
After graduating from Boston College’s School of Management, Brian Scigliano has spent the last twenty-five years in the financial services field. He relocated his practice and his family to the Treasure Valley in 1998. As the child of two dedicated educators, a father of seven, and grandfather of five, he has long been a vocal supporter of educational choices for families.
Commissioner Scigliano currently serves on the board of the Children’s Home Society of Idaho and is president of the Idaho Human Rights Commission. He lives in Boise with his wife and daughter.
Kitty Kunz worked for Congressman Mike Simpson for seven years and finished her congressional work serving for Congressmen Bill Sali and Raul Labrador. She was appointed to the Idaho Women’s Commission by Governor Kempthorne and later became the Director of the Idaho Women’s Commission under Governor Risch, a role in which she served until 2009. Commissioner Kunz’s involvement with education began when her children attended school. She worked for seven years in School District #25 in Pocatello and joined a group of citizens in Pocatello to form The Academy at Roosevelt Center, now known as Connor Academy. Commissioner Kunz later served as an advisor to the petitioning group that formed The Village Charter School.
Now retired, Commissioner Kunz resides in Boise with her husband of 43 years, Kent. They have five children and sixteen grandchildren.
Nils Peterson retired from Washington State University in 2011 after a career designing technology-based learning systems and assessing student learning outcomes. As Assistant Director of the University’s Center for Teaching Learning and Technology, he played a key role in the university’s 2009 accreditation cycle. With his passion for learner-centered school models, he served as board chair during the founding and 2009 opening of Palouse Prairie Charter School.
Commissioner Peterson now serves as Executive Director of the Moscow Affordable Housing Trust, a non-profit whose mission is to create affordable home ownership opportunities within the city of Moscow.
Wanda Quinn received her Bachelor of Science from the University of Washington; her Master in Education from University of Idaho; and her Juris Doctorate from Gonzaga Law School. Commissioner Quinn’s involvement with K-12 education includes twelve years on the Coeur d’Alene School District Board of Trustees. She is a past president of the Idaho School Boards Association and co-founder of the EXCEL Foundation. She has served on the boards of the Coeur d’Alene Chamber of Commerce and Coeur d’Alene Rotary Club. She currently serves as Program Development Specialist for the University of Idaho in Coeur d’Alene.
Julie Van Orden was elected to the Idaho Legislature House of Representatives in 2012. She served three terms on the House Education Committee, most recently as chair, and three terms on the House Agriculture Affairs Committee. She served for ten years on the Snake River School Board of Trustees.
Commissioner Van Orden has also served her community through participation in the Pocatello-Blackfoot Chapter of the Japanese American Citizen League, 4-H, Soroptimist International, Blackfoot mayors’ committees, and her church and PTA. She is presently a member of the Idaho Youth Ranch Board of Directors and commissioner on the Education Commission on the States and Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education. She also serves on the National Conference of State Legislatures Education Committee, focusing on the State Policy and Research for Early Education Working Group.
Commissioner Van Orden and her husband live on their family farm in Bingham County and have four children and three grandchildren.