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College Leadership

Doug Brigham & Jim Everett, Co-Presidents

The College of Idaho appointed two highly successful business and non-profit leaders to the office of the President to lead the state’s oldest private college into the future. Former President of TitleOne Corporation Doug Brigham and the former CEO of the Treasure Valley YMCA Jim Everett have been selected as the Presidents of The College of Idaho. The appointment was finalized by a unanimous Board of Trustees vote of approval on Friday, Feb. 23.

The selection of Co-Presidents, while unique in higher education, is perfectly suited to the needs of the College at this time. The College’s Presidential Search Committee had identified Brigham and Everett as two top individual candidates among a diverse pool of traditional and non-traditional candidates. When the pair reframed their candidacies as a co-presidential team, the Search Committee was intrigued by this innovative approach and the candidates’ shared vision for the College.

Read more about our top two leaders.

Presidential Snapshots

Education: BA, The College of Idaho ('87); MBA, Boise State University

  • Past Member, College of Idaho Board of Trustees
  • Board of Trustees Chairman, 2015-2017

Past Business Experience:

  • President, TitleOne Corporation
  • Senior Vice President, Operations & Maintenance, Washington Group International



Education: Albion College ('74)

  • Past Member, College of Idaho Board of Trustees
  • Former Head Swim Coach at The College of Idaho

Past Business Experience:

  • CEO, Treasure Valley YMCA



College Leadership

Co-President's Staff

Paul Bennion

Vice President for Student Affairs

  • Advocate Center
  • Campus Ministries
  • Campus Safety
  • Center for Experiential Learning
  • Counseling Center
  • Learning Support & Disability Services
  • Multicultural Affairs
  • Outdoor Program
  • Residential Life
  • Student Health Services
  • Student Involvement

David Douglass

Vice President for Academic Affairs

  • Academic Departments
  • Administrative Assistants
  • Archives
  • Associate Dean
  • Community Learning
  • Faculty
  • Grants
  • Institutional Research
  • Library
  • Museum
  • Physician Assistant Studies
  • Planetarium
  • Registrar

Richard Erne

Vice President for Finance and Administration

  • Business Office
  • College Store
  • Human Resources
  • Information Technology
  • Mail Center
  • Facilities Department
  • Financial Reporting & Accounting
  • Planning & Budgeting
  • Purchasing
  • Risk Management

Brian Bava

Vice President for Enrollment Management

  • Admission
  • Financial Aid

Jack Cafferty

Vice President of College Relations

  • Alumni Relations
  • Annual Fund
  • Advancement Services
  • Boone Fund
  • Academic Grants & Awards
  • Major Gifts
  • Parents Council

Reagan Rossi

Athletic Director

  • Athletics
  • Coaches
  • Intramural Athletics
  • Sports Information

Joe Hughes

Director of Marketing & Communications

  • Media Relations
  • Website
  • Social Media
  • Quest Magazine
  • Advertising
  • Internal Communications

Ineke Severa

Executive Assistant to the Co-Presidents
Board of Trustees coordinator


Current Board Members

Chair, Jeffrey Taylor '82
System Vice President and CFO, St. Luke’s Health System

Jeffrey Taylor is the system vice president and chief financial officer for St. Luke’s Health System in Boise. Taylor began his career with St. Luke’s in 1994 as a director of finance. He previously worked in the Boise offices of Deloitte & Touche and Ernst & Whinney. Taylor graduated with a bachelor’s degree in accounting and finance from The College of Idaho in 1982 and went on to earn his CPA

Vice-Chair, Jill Twedt '01
Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary, Boise Cascade Company

Twedt graduated from The College of Idaho with a bachelor's degree in Political Science from the College in 2001.  She has been with Boise Cascade for 12 years, specializing in employment and corporate legal matters, after spending four years with a Boise law firm specializing in corporate legal matters.  She also sits on the board of the United Way of Treasure Valley.  She is married to fellow alumnus Josh Sears ('99) and the couple has two children, Josie and Norah.

Secretary, Paul Street ’70
Of Counsel, Hawley Troxell

Paul Street has returned to the private practice of law, joining Hawley Troxell in an of-counsel role, along with his former Moffatt Thomas colleagues. Paul’s practice focuses on corporate legal matters and corporate governance. Paul has practiced law for over 45 years, half of which was spent in private practice at Moffatt Thomas. In 1999, he became General Counsel and Corporate Secretary of Building Materials Holding Corporation – a publicly held lumber and building materials distribution company. In 2015, it merged and became BMC Stock Holding, Inc. (Nasdaq BMHC) and Paul became General Counsel and Corporate Secretary of the merged company. BMHC is a leading provider of diversified building products and services in the U.S. residential construction market with over 3 billion in sales; approximately 10,000 employees and 93 distribution locations in 18 states. On June 1, 2017, Paul transitioned from his role as General Counsel and subsequently retired on September 15, 2017.

Paul graduated from The College of Idaho with a BA degree in 1970.  He graduated from the University of Washington School of Law with a JD degree in 1973.

Mary Abercrombie
Retired, Private Investor

Mary Abercrombie is a third-generation Idahoan, born and raised in Twin Falls. After attending colleges in California and Utah, and spending some time in Mexico, Mary returned to Boise where she met her late husband, Lee Abercrombie, who worked for Morrison Knudson and also served as a trustee of the College until he passed away in 1984. Mary has a strong background in the arts, having an extensive history of supporting and being involved with the Boise Philharmonic, including her current role as the president of the Boise Philharmonic Foundation. Mary is a current trustee of the Stevenson School in Pebble Beach, CA, and is a current trustee of the National Symphony Orchestra, the artistic affiliate of the Kennedy Center in Washington DC. She has also served as board president of the Treasure Valley YMCA, trustee of the Boise Art Museum, the Idaho Humane Society, Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center Foundation, Boise State Athletic Association, and she currently serves as a board member of the Idaho Community Foundation. Her impressive community commitments have led to numerous public recognition awards for her several years of community service.

Laura Arjona
Director of Group Markets, Blue Cross of Idaho

Laura moved back to her home state of Idaho in 2017 to join BCI. She was previously an Engagement Manager at Deloitte Consulting in San Francisco, CA, where she served large health plan and provider clients, including working on the ACA implementation and the health plan shift to the retail market. In a cross-industry role, she helped stand up a new program that grew Deloitte’s marketing services and enhanced Deloitte’s brand permission with marketing executives.  She has a mechanical engineering degree from Rice University as well as a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from Harvard.  Laura and her husband, Alex Frey, attempt to manage the chaos created by their 2-year-old boy, Oscar, and 4-year-old girl, Carla. They enjoy being out in beautiful Idaho outdoors, visiting Stanley and McCall in the summer, and hitting the slopes in the winter.

Hon. Candy Dale '79
United States Magistrate Judge

A native of Boise, Judge Dale obtained a Bachelor of Science degree, with honors and as a Gipson Scholar, from The College of Idaho in 1979. While in law school, she served as Editor-in-Chief of the Idaho Law Review.  Before her appointment to the federal bench in 2008, she was a trial lawyer for over 25 years in Idaho and a member of numerous professional and community organizations. Judge Dale received an honorary doctorate of humane letters from the College in 2017 when she delivered the keynote address at Commencement.

Pam DeCoste '82
Retired, former vice president of Philips Healthcare

A 1982 magna cum laude graduate from the College, Pam recently retired after a strong career with Philips Healthcare. She has a proven track record of managing global financial organizations driving growth and profitability, implementing financial discipline, and structuring risk management frameworks. She has a strong history of creating growth, managing multi-billion-dollar business groups and markets, and leading the Internal Audit and Fraud investigation function for global Philips out of the Netherlands.

Coby Dennis
Superintendent, Boise School District

Dennis grew up in the Boise valley before pursuing a career in education that included being named superintendent of the Boise School District in 2019. Prior to his promotion, he had worked in various capacities within the school district since 1991, successfully leading a number of efforts to improve instruction, overall academic achievement, and school facilities in the District. He has a demonstrated aptitude for creating solutions. He helped support and coordinate the District's implementation of Community Schools, Common Core State Standards to support learning in the classroom, Strategic Planning, Budgeting, Legislation & Rule Making Advocacy, District Outreach (external and internal communication), Facility Improvements, and Policy Development.

Mike Elliott ’69
Electrical Engineer and Consultant

Mike Elliott, a 1969 graduate of the College, is an accomplished electrical engineer and consultant. Throughout his career, Elliott has led engineering units in providing power generation and transmission services as a consultant. He also has served on large projects throughout the world as a senior project manager and quality assurance specialist. His expertise includes design, economic analysis, equipment selection, and system protection, coordination, mapping, stability, and design.

Brandon Fitzpatrick
Chief Operating Officer, DB Fitzpatrick

Brandon is chief executive officer at DB Fitzpatrick, overseeing the daily operations of the firm.  Brandon holds a BA from Brown University, a master’s in international relations from UC San Diego, and a master’s in economics from the University of Miami.  He has taught courses in economics at the University of Miami, statistics at Boise State University, and finance at Pacific University. 

Mike Garcia
Owner, Corporate Office Installations

Mike Garcia, a native Idahoan, is the owner of Corporate Office Installations, which provides office furniture installation, office design, furniture moving, cabling, and reupholstery. Michael coupled his 20 years of experience with hard work and determination to grow COI into the largest furniture installation business in Idaho.

Kevin Hulsey ’88
Founder and CEO of United Healthcare Partners

Kevin Hulsey graduated from The College of Idaho in 1988 and recently founded United Healthcare Partners. Hulsey also founded Rehab Authority in 1999 and guided the company’s expansion to 38 different clinics in multiple states. He has created other business partnerships along the way, including a billing & collecting company, a practice management company, a staffing agency, and multiple holding companies.  Among numerous honors, Hulsey was named Physical Therapist of the Year by the Idaho Physical Therapy Association and received the American Physical Therapy Association’s Emerging Leader Award. Since 2001, he also has served as a rehabilitation consultant for The College of Idaho’s athletics program.

Mas Kuwana ’03
Tax Operations, Amazon

Mas Kuwana graduated from The College of Idaho in 2003 with majors in accounting, politics and economics. He obtained his JD from the University of Idaho in 2006 and, despite his deep love for Idaho, accepted an opportunity to move to New York City to join Deloitte's tax practice. Mas spent time as the Head of Tax Operations for JP Morgan Chase's Corporate and Investment Bank. In 2016, Mas moved to Amazon, where he also works in Tax Operations. Kuwana, originally from White Bird, Idaho, maintains his strong Idaho roots and loyalty to the College.

William Mason ’84 
Project Executive/Treasurer, Taylor International Corp.

William Mason is a Project Executive and Treasurer for Taylor International Corp., a Las Vegas-based construction firm that specializes in construction and consulting services for hotel and gaming related facilities. Mason majored in business management and psychology at the College and also earned an MBA from the University of Miami, Florida. Mason began working for Taylor International in 1988 and took over full control of the company alongside his brother, James Mason, in 1997. Mason lives in Las Vegas with his wife and children. He is a longtime supporter of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and Temple Beth Sholom.

Don Melendez
Western Idaho Regional Banking President, Wells Fargo

Don has over three decades of banking experience and has been with Wells Fargo since 1997. He is responsible for 50 branches and 450 team members who serve the Idaho Region, which includes North and Western Idaho, Spokane (WA), and Ontario (OR). He also has an established history of community work. He is a member of the University of Idaho Latino Advisory Council and trustee for the Idaho Business for Education Board. He is also a member of the Boise Metro Chamber of Commerce Advisory Board.

James P. Mertz
Vice-Chairman, Symms Fruit Ranch

Oversees the family farming operation founded in 1914 by his wife's (Kathy) grandfather, now in the 5th generation of family participation. Growers, packers, sellers, and shippers of fresh fruits and vegetables, plus general farming operations.   Jim's career began in education before shifting to Symms Fruit Ranch in 1971.  He has been actively involved in the local agricultural community since arriving, including serving the Idaho Horticulture Association, the Idaho Apple Commission, the Idaho Cherry Commission, and the United Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Association, among others. Jim earned his bachelor of arts degree from Beloit College in Beloit, WI, in 1961, and his master's degree from Columbia University in 1965.

Alan Moore ’74
President and Co-owner, Meridian Plumbing

Alan Moore is a 1974 College of Idaho graduate who went on to earn his MBA and CPA license. He has enjoyed a long and successful career in the Treasure Valley, starting several small businesses and serving as president and general manager of the Bogus Basin Recreational Association. He currently is president and co-owner of Meridian Plumbing. Moore has served on the College's National Alumni Board as well as the Business Advisory Council. He’s also been an adjunct faculty member at the College and is actively involved in community service, focusing on Idaho outdoors and youth recreation organizations. Alan has been married to his wife, Julie, for 38 years; the couple has two children and two grandchildren.

Rick Ogle ’66
Retired Businessman

Rick Ogle studied history while attending the College in 1966 and, after a four-year stint in the U.S. Navy, went on to earn an accounting degree and an MBA from Boise State University. After an 18-year career at Ore-Ida Foods, Ogle became the owner and president of Boise-based Office Environment Company, which he ran until he sold the company and retired in 2009. Ogle currently provides management and investing advice to small businesses. Rick has been active on various committees associated with the College for more than 20 years.

Doug Oppenheimer
President, Oppenheimer Companies

Doug Oppenheimer has a long and successful history in the Treasure Valley above and beyond his company, Oppenheimer Companies, Inc, that is involved in food sales, manufacturing and marketing as well as being involved in commercial real estate.  Currently, Oppenheimer is the Director of the Idaho Community Foundation, President of the Boy Scouts of America (Ore-Ida Council), Treasurer for Alturas Institute, Director for the Idaho Shakespeare Festival's Advisory Board, Director of Idaho Business for Education, Director of the Idaho Film Foundation, and more.  He is also a published author, having penned the book, "Sun Valley: A Biography," the first book written on the history of Sun Valley, Idaho.

Alison Rabe '10
Executive Director, Jesse Tree

Ali moved back to Idaho in 2019 to take on the role of Executive Director at Jesse Tree, a nonprofit preventing eviction and homelessness for low-income families in the Treasure Valley. Prior to joining Jesse Tree Ali was a Staff Attorney at HomeBase, headquartered in San Francisco, where she supported local governments and service providers in their efforts to end homelessness. In 2012 Ali received the Boren Fellowship, through which she supported indigenous communities in rural Cambodia fighting to keep their land. She continued the same work in Sierra Leone. Ali also spent some years working for U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services as an adjudicator, processing refugees from all over the world. Ali is a proud Yote and holds a J.D. from William & Mary Law School.

Dr. Richard Roberge
Chairman, Idaho Board of Health and Welfare

Dr. Richard Roberge has distinguished himself as one of the Treasure Valley’s top medical professionals during a career that extends half a century. After his residency at Latter-Day Saints Hospital in Salt Lake City and his initial practice in a three-person OB-GYN partnership in Klamath Falls, Ore., Roberge opened his practice in Caldwell in 1969. His leadership within the medical profession includes his work as a member of the Idaho Board of Health and Welfare, which he has chaired since 2007, and service as chair of the Southwest District Health Department Board of Directors. Roberge also has been a civic leader, serving as a member of the Caldwell School Board and as president of the Caldwell Rotary Club.

Kyle Sales '03
Local Business Leader

After serving as a CPA in public accounting and later corporate finance in private equity, Kyle is currently the director of finance for a Seattle-based technology company. He returned to the Treasure Valley where he also spends time working with early-stage businesses and real estate projects. He was previously honored by The College of Idaho as its Young Alumni of the Year and also served as a member of the National Alumni Board.  

Jennifer Sampson '97
Community Patron

Jennifer (Vroman) Sampson, a native Idahoan, graduated from The College of Idaho in 1997 with a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration. She served as Student Body President during her senior year. Upon graduation, she began a career at Albertsons, Inc. During her twelve years with the company, she experienced three mergers in three different cities, became a certified Six Sigma Black Belt, and enjoyed the opportunity to meet and work with thousands of dedicated associates.  Jen spent the majority of her career in Public Affairs, Communications, and Community Outreach.  In 2015, Jen and her family relocated back to Boise after seven years in Dallas/Fort Worth and six years on the East Coast. With that move came the opportunity to shift careers, and currently, she operates a small house renovation business. She is the Secretary of the Boise Public Schools Foundation Board, a member of the Idaho Womens Charitable Foundation, and sits on The College of Idaho Scholarship Gala committee. Jen, her husband Shane, daughter Kate, and their very mischievous puppy Maggie Mae live in East Boise.

Mary Smith
Retired, Community Advocate

Mary Smith graduated from the University of California at Berkeley with honors (cum laude) with a degree in Economics and History. She managed market research on development projects in southern California, Utah and Hawaii for companies Walker & Lee, Prudential Insurance, and the Immobiliare. Mary is past president of the Idaho and Ada County Medical Alliances. She currently serves as treasurer of the Morrison Center for the Performing Arts Board. Mary is married to College of Idaho alumnus James W. Smith, M.D.  

Shawna M. Swanson ’89
Associate General Counsel and Corporate Senior Vice President, The Walt Disney Company

Shawna Swanson is the Associate General Counsel for Litigation and Employment as well as a Corporate Senior Vice President for The Walt Disney Company in Burbank, Calif. She is the chief employment counsel for the company, providing strategic and tactical advice in all areas of employment law. Swanson was a Gipson Scholar at the College, where she earned her bachelor’s degree in three years and was a Rhodes Scholarship Finalist. She went on to earn her law degree from Harvard University. Swanson serves as Board Chair of Futuro Prep Charter Elementary School and is a member of the State Bar of California and all California federal district courts.

Ronald R. Thomas
Principal, Reinstitute
President Emeritus, University of Puget Sound

Ron is a nationally recognized leader in higher education, serving most recently as the thirteenth president of the University of Puget Sound from 2003-2016. His career includes faculty and administrative roles at the University of Chicago, Harvard University, and Trinity College (CT), where he served as the English department chair, chief of staff, college vice president, and acting president. Ron has served on the boards of directors of the American Council on Education, the Annapolis Group, the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (NAICU), the Chronicle of Higher Education and New York Times Higher Education Cabinet, the Independent Colleges of Washington, and the President's Council for NCAA Division III. He earned a BA magna cum laude from Wheaton College (IL) and an MA and Ph.D. in English and American literature from Brandeis University. Since 2017, Ron has been a principal at Reinstitute, a division of Human Capital Research Corporation focusing on higher-education organizational strategy, change management, and sustainability. 

Alexander Toeldte
Chairman, Clearwater Paper Corporation

Alexander Toeldte chairs the boards of the Clearwater Paper Corporation and Jitasa Group. He served as chief executive officer of Boise Inc. from 2008 to 2013, after leading Boise Cascade’s packaging and paper businesses since 2005. Prior to moving to Boise, he held executive positions with Fonterra Enterprises (New Zealand), Fletcher Challenge Limited Group (New Zealand), and McKinsey Company (Canada, Belgium, and Sweden). He chairs the Board of TEDx Boise and is a trustee of the Idaho Shakespeare Festival. Toeldte studied economics at the Albert-Ludwigs-Universität in Germany and later received an MBA from McGill University in Montreal, Canada.

Laura (Roberts) Turner '79
Retired, Boeing Company Defense & Space Systems

Laura (Roberts) Turner graduated from The College of Idaho in 1979 with degrees in Business Management and Psychology. She spent the next 27 years in the Aerospace business, working primarily on the Space Shuttle and Space Station programs for the Boeing Company and retired in 2011 after the last Space Shuttle flight. She has been active in Boys Team Charity, a volunteer organization that provides community service opportunities for 7th-12th grade boys and their families. She is married to Dr. Russell Turner and has two sons.

Dr. Rick Williams '74
Scientific, technical, and research consultant

Williams is a fisheries ecologist and Research Associate in the Department of Biology at The College of Idaho. His research and consulting activities focus on the conservation of native steelhead, redband, and cutthroat trout in western North America. Williams graduated in 1974 with majors in Zoology and English Literature. Rick is a third-generation College of Idaho graduate, preceded by his parents, Dick and Rita Williams (1950) and grandparents, Ledru and Alta Williams (1918). Dick served on the National Alumni Board (1958-61; President 1961), while grandfather Ledru joined the College of Idaho’s Education Department faculty in 1945. Ledru was also the acting President of the College from 1948 to 1950.

Marcia Wing '76
Former Senior Vice President, Moreton & Company

Marcia Wing graduated summa cum laude from The College of Idaho with a bachelor’s degree in English literature and American studies in 1976. She went on to earn an MBA from Boise State University in 1983 and enjoyed a successful career in the insurance business for more than 30 years. Marcia recently retired as the Senior Vice President for the Boise office of Moreton & Company, a regional insurance brokerage firm.

Emeritus Board Members

Louie Attebery '50
Professor Emeritus of English, The College of Idaho

Retired professor Louie Attebery has deep ties to western Idaho and the College. Born in Monroe Creek, Idaho, Attebery graduated from Weiser High and served in the Navy before coming to the College, where he graduated cum laude and married alumna Barbara Olson. He went on to receive a master's degree from the University of Montana and a Ph.D. from the University of Denver. Attebery returned to the College as an English professor in 1961 and stayed until his retirement in 1999. A lover of literature, folklore, and history, Attebery has published six books and countless articles. In 2010, Attebery was inducted into the Idaho Hall of Fame and also received The College of Idaho President's Medallion, the College's most distinguished honor of achievement. Attebery was named a trustee emeritus in 2011.

Jack K. Lemley
President and CEO of Lemley International

Jack Lemley is a Trustee Emeritus for The College of Idaho. Lemley is the President and CEO of Lemley International, a Boise-based management-consulting firm established to serve public and private clients worldwide in the engineering and construction industries. Lemley has served as Chairman, President and CEO of several companies and won multiple awards during his distinguished business career. Lemley, a 1960 graduate of the University of Idaho, was presented with an honorary doctor of science degree by The College of Idaho in 2006, served two terms on the College's Board of Trustees and was named a Trustee Emeritus in 2009.

Peter O'Neill
President and Owner of O'Neill Enterprises

Peter O'Neill is a Trustee Emeritus for The College of Idaho. He is President and owner of O'Neill Enterprises LLC, a Boise-based land development company. O'Neill is a graduate of Dartmouth College and received his MBA from Stanford University Business School. O'Neill has directed many successful business ventures in and around Idaho. O'Neill served on the College's Board of Trustees from 1993 to 2009 and was named a Trustee Emeritus in 2010.

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