Idaho Public Charter School Commission Director
Prior to joining the IPCSC staff in 2017, Jenn Thompson spent 10 years “boots on the ground” in charter schools, as a teacher, a principal, and a board member. She spent another 4 years working with schools across the country on policy development, governance support, and new school start-up. Ms. Thompson holds an MA in Literary Studies, an M.Ed. in Education Administration, and is certificated in Idaho as a Pre-K-12 Administrator and a Secondary Teacher. She is passionate about the role governance and leadership play in providing quality charter school options in Idaho. Outside of the office, she enjoys gardening, hiking, and supporting her boys in their many musical ventures.
Prior to joining the PCSC staff in 2020, Jared Dawson spent over 10 years working for the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare, where he spent the majority of his time developing and implementing process documentation for statewide staff for Benefits and Child Support programs. He holds an M.A. in Communication, and spent one year upon graduating as a faculty member at Lewis-Clark State College. When not at work, he enjoys spending time with his family, playing music and going on outdoor adventures.
Portfolio Program Manager
Prior to joining PCSC in 2020, “Mel” spent the last almost 5 years with the Idaho National Guard Child & Youth Program. Her time was spent supporting and advocating for Idaho’s military connected youth and military families. Some of her background includes youth support services & programming, accreditation, information technology, non-profit, advocacy and is a Marine Corps Veteran. She holds a BA in Social & Behavioral Science, with an AA in Human Services Management, supported by various certifications significant to her professional background. When she is not at work, she is spending time with her family, sports and outdoor recreation.
Administrative Assistant II
Dianne Hobbs spent the last 11 years of her career with the University of Idaho Extension, working closely with the 4-H and Youth Development Office. She brings significant support staff experience, a friendly voice, and enthusiasm for her new role. When she’s not at work, Dianne enjoys camping, traveling, and spending time in the mountains. She has recently returned from an extended trip to Indiana where she explored the state with friends and family.