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.
Portfolio Program Manager
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.
Finance Program Manager
Prior to joining the PCSC staff in 2021, Erik Olson spent over 5 years providing legislative support, budgetary projections, and grant management support for several state agencies. He holds an M.P.A. in Environmental and Natural Resource Administration and a Graduate Certificate in Non-Profit Management from Boise State University, and Bachelor of Science in Political Science from Idaho State University. Erik also volunteers with several Boise-area non-profits that focus on bicycle safety, infrastructure, and maintenance. Outside of work, he enjoys spending time with his family, tinkering on his bikes, wading around his favorite trout waters, and just about any activity amongst Idaho’s incredible landscapes.
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.