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Doug Brigham & Jim Everett, Co-Presidents

The College of Idaho appointed two highly successful business and non-profit leaders to the office of 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 individual 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

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. He is serving his first term on the C of I Board of Trustees.

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

Twedt is in her first term as a Trustee at The College of Idaho after graduating with a bachelor's in Political Science from the College in 2001.  She has been with Boise Cascade for ten years, specializing in employment and corporate legal matters, after spending four years with a Boise law firm specializing in employment law.  She is the current president of Boise Valley Habitat for Humanity and 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
Chief Administrative Officer & General Counsel, Building Materials Holding Corporate/BMC

Paul Street, a 1970 graduate of the College, is the Chief Administrative Officer and General Counsel of Building Materials Holding Corporate/BMC, a leading building materials and construction services provider located in 10 states. From 1974 to 1999, Mr. Street was a member of the Moffatt Thomas law firm.  He also is a member of the Idaho State Bar and the American Bar Association. He is serving his first term on the C of I Board of Trustees.

Mary Abercrombie
Retired, Community Advocate

Mary Abercrombie is entering her first term as a Trustee at The College of Idaho, though her late husband, Lee, served as a Trustee of the school until his passing in 1984.  She 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.  Among the other groups she has served — Treasure Valley YMCA, the Boise Art Museum, the Idaho Humane Society, the St. Alphonsus Regional Medical Center Foundation and more.  Her community involvement has led to public recognition from St. Alphonsus (Distinguished Citizen Award) and the Boise Metro Chamber of Commerce (Community Service Award).

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 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 the beautiful Idaho outdoors, visiting Stanley and McCall in the summer and hitting the slopes in the winter. She is serving her first term on the Board of Trustees at the College.

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. This is her first term on the College's Board of Trustees.

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. This is his first term on the College's Board of Trustees.

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. He is serving his first term on the Board of Trustees.

Brandon Fitzpatrick
Chief Operating Officer, DB Fitzpatrick

Brandon is chief operating 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.  He is serving his first term on the College's Board of Trustees.

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. He is serving his first term on the College's Board of Trustees.

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. Hulsey is serving his second term on the Board of Trustees at the College.

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. He is serving his first term on the Board of Trustees.

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. He is serving his first term on the Board of Trustees at The College of Idaho.

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. This is his first term as a Trustee at The College of Idaho.

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.  This is his second stint on the College's Board of Trustees, having previously served from 2006 to 2014.

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 the 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. He is serving his first term on the Board of Trustees.

Rick Ogle ’66
Retired Businessman

Rick Ogle graduated with a history degree from 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. He is serving his fourth term on the Board of Trustees and has been active on various committees associated with the College for more than 20 years.

Doug Oppenheimer
President, Oppenheimer Companies

A first-term member of the College's Board of Trustees, 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 Advistory 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

Rabe is the new Executive Director of Jesse Tree, the leading homeless prevention nonprofit in Ada and Canyon Counties. Jesse Tree prevents households at risk of eviction from falling into homelessness by providing them with financial assistance, case management, legal support, and a network of community resources and services. She is a proud alumnus of The College of Idaho and holds a J.D. from William & Mary Law School. She is licensed to practice law in the state of California. In her spare time, she teaches yoga and enjoys the outdoors. This is her first term on the College's Board of Trustees.

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. Roberge is serving his fourth term on the College's Board of Trustees.

Kyle Sales '03
Local Business Leader

Kyle Sales ('03) is in his first term on the Board of Trustees for The College of Idaho.  After serving as a CPA and Director of Finance for several years, he returned to the Treasure Valley and has invested most of his time and efforts into a start-up called Outdoor Toy Share.  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 while maintaining a connection to the College through attending events, mentoring students and advising.

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 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 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
Partner, Wenkebach LLP

Mary Smith is in her first term as a member of the Board of Trustees at The College of Idaho and is married to College of Idaho alumnus Dr James W. Smith, M.D.  She is a former president of the Ada County and Idaho State Medical Society Alliances and also chaired the Idaho March of Dime's 50th Anniversary.  She also chaired the College of Idaho Spring Symposium, which featured America's first Secretary of Energy, James Schlesinger.  She currently sits on the Investment Committee as a member of the Board of the Morrison Center for the Performing Arts and also traveled to Rwanda in 2015 to volunteer at a medical clinic with African New Life Ministries.

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. She is serving her first term on the Board of Trustees for the College.

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 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 PhD 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
Former President and CEO, Boise Inc.

Alexander Toeldte served as president and chief executive officer of Boise Inc. from 2008 to 2013. Toeldte joined Boise Cascade Holdings LLC in 2005 as president of the company's packaging and newsprint segment and soon became its executive vice president, paper and packaging and newsprint segments. Prior to moving to Boise, Toeldte was chair of Algonac Limited, a private management and consulting firm based in Auckland, New Zealand. He also has held executive positions with Fonterra Enterprises (New Zealand), Fletcher Challenge Limited Group (New Zealand) and McKinsey Company (Canada, Belgium and Sweden). He currently is chairman of the board of directors for the American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA). Toeldte studied economics at the Albert-Ludwigs-Universität in Germany and later received an MBA from McGill University in Montreal, Canada. He is serving his first term on the C of I Board of Trustees.

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 actively 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. She is serving her second term on the C of I Board of Trustees.

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. This is Rick's first term as a Trustee at the College.

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. She currently is serving her first term on the Board of Trustees for The College of Idaho.

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, including the founding of the Sandpiper Restaurant, working for Boise Cascade and creating and developing several beautiful residential communities. 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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