Our mission is to improve student achievement and expand choice among high quality public schools by advancing and supporting Idaho’s charter schools. We support efforts to improve the overall charter school movement both in Idaho and across the nation.
Terry Ryan, CEO
Terry Ryan is CEO of the Idaho Charter School Network and a member of the Rural Opportunities Consortium of Idaho (ROCI) task force. Before moving to Idaho in August of 2013, Terry served as Vice-President for Ohio Programs and Policy at the Thomas B. Fordham Institute for twelve years.Terry began his career in education as a teacher in Poland and worked with the Polish Ministry of Education and the Foundation for Education for Democracy.In the 1990s, he served as research director for the UK-Based 21st Century Learning Initiative. He is a member of the CAEP Commission on Standards and Performance Reporting, and is a member of the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools Policy Advisory Council.Terry has co-authored two books on education. Ohio’s Education Reform Challenges: Lessons from the Frontlines with Chester E. Finn, Jr. and Michael Lafferty of (Palgrave Macmillan, 2010), and The Unfinished Revolution with John Abbott (ASCD Press, 2000).Terry holds a Bachelor’s degree in History from Eastern Illinois University and a Master’s degree in Political Economy from the University of Denver’s Graduate School of International Studies.
Marc Carignan, CFO
Marc Carignan is CFO of the Idaho Charter School Network and a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.Marc has a unique blend of corporate and non-profit experience in finance, accounting, information systems, internal controls and management. His career started in 1993 at Grant Thornton LLP, a CPA firm with a strong non-profit practice focusing on higher education, trade associations and religious organizations. One of Marc’s largest clients was the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. Marc was able to leverage his accounting and information system skills to help the Diocese streamline financial data gathering, reconciliation and reporting for its 330 parishes, 220 elementary schools, 30 high schools and a dozen other Diocesan sub-entities. Marc’s other notable clients where the Cal State Fullerton Foundation, the Cal Poly Pomona Foundation, the Los Angeles County Bar Association and the Orange County Bar Association.From 1998 to 2006, Marc served on the advisory board for Cal State Fullerton’s “Certificate in Financial Planning and Management for Nonprofit Organizations” offered through their extended education department. The advisory board created the program, developed all curriculum, and taught classes targeting non-profit employees and board members. Marc specialized in teaching about non-profit tax, accounting and reporting topics.In 2000, Marc transitioned into the private sector where he spent fourteen years as a hands-on finance, information systems and operations manager. During that time, Marc devoted much of his spare time helping a variety of non-profit organizations with finance and governance as a volunteer board member/treasurer or hands-on program leader, and as an active Boy Scout leader.
Suzanne Metzgar, Director of Member Services
Joining the Idaho Charter School Network in 2013, Suzanne manages its member services. In addition to overseeing programs, communications and operations for the network, she’s responsible for creating member networking opportunities, planning events, developing partnerships and establishing leadership-development and training programs for school leaders. Suzanne has a proven track record managing departments, people and programs in Fortune 100 companies and small businesses. Prior to joining Idaho Charter School Network, she was the business manager at Meshwork Consulting.
Suzanne is an advocate for improving education in Idaho and uses her skills and experience to advance the success of Idaho public charter schools and their students, on and off the job. Suzanne has been a substitute teacher in early childhood education, participated in AdvancED’s Accreditation External Reviews, served on a charter school board of directors for four years, two as chair, and has been an active member of several non-profit boards. Focused on improving the community, she has volunteered with Big Sisters, Literacy Volunteers of America, Rebuilding Together and several parent support organizations.
Amy Russell, Executive & Communications Assistant
Amy is our communications guru and assistant extraordinaire. She oversees the daily activity of the Network’s website and social media accounts, curates education and charter articles from around the country, manages the Network’s monthly newsletter, and helps keep everyone else organized and on time.Amy majored in Marketing and graduated from Drake University in 2012. As an Idaho native, she is excited to start her career by helping to improve and support the educational landscape of her home state.Amy has cultivated a passion for photography, and spends much of her free time with a camera in hand. She also enjoys a great book, do-it-yourself projects, time spent with close friends, and skiing.
Bill Russell – Northwest Nazarene University
Dr. Bill Russell serves as Executive Director for Community Relations and General Counsel for Northwest Nazarene University and as a professor of Business Law and Business Ethics. He has also consulted on management and business practices with K-12 schools across the Pacific Northwest. In 2010, Bill was named the International Award for Teaching Excellence winner by the Accreditation Association for Business Schools and Programs. In receiving the award, he competed as one of nine Regional award winners against professors from India, Paraguay, Indiana, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania and Missouri. Bill is an avid reader and has published one book, Let Fly Thy Arrow, available on Kindle.
Joe Bruno – Building Hope
Joe Bruno oversees and directs all aspects of Building Hope’s operations. He is a certified public accountant with 35 years of accounting, finance, business and management experience, was a partner in two of the “Big 4″ international accounting firms and the CFO of a public company. As president of Building Hope, Joe has expanded the company’s operations from Washington, D.C. to as far south as Florida and as far west as California. His financial acumen and skillfull management at the helm is evidenced in the load portfolio which has never suffered a default from its operations in thirteen states and the District of Columbia. Joe’s executive expertise has also been recognized with election to the board of a public company in addition to many other board positions. He is active with charities, charter schools, and other non-profit organizations.
Marta Reyes-Newberry – Reyes, Newberry, and Associates
Marta is founder and CEO of Reyes-Newberry & Associates, a consulting firm creating sustainable, smart educational learning systems. Marta has been active in the school reform effort for over 20 years. From 2003 through 2007, she was the first state director of the Charter Schools Division for California. Within three years, the Division was recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as a national leader for its work to support, promote and oversee the creation of high-quality charter schools throughout California. Marta was founder and executive director of the first county-sponsored charter school for the El Dorado County Office of Education in California. She also served as a board member and president of the board of the California Network of Charter Schools. Reyes received her Bachelor of Science degree from California State Polytechnic University and received a fellowship to pursue a federally funded Masters in Educational Leadership for Entrepreneurs at Arizona State.