Board of Directors



Blossom Johnston

J. A & Kathryn Albertson Foundation

J. A. & Kathryn Albertson Foundation



Joe Bruno

Building Hope

Building Hope


Bill Russell

Northwest Nazarene University

Northwest Nazarene University

Marta Reyes-Newberry

Reyes, Newberry, and Associates

Toby Prehn

Cold Chain, LLC.



Blossom Johnston – J.A. and Kathryn Albertson Foundation    Blossom graduated from the Kamehameha Schools and Boise State University and has worked in many sectors including government, health care, business, and education. In her current role with the J.A. and Kathryn Albertson Foundation, Blossom provides oversight for the foundation’s charter school efforts including their new approach to supporting schools of choice. In their truest form, she views charter schools, and other schools of choice, to be ways to personalize education and to help all students thrive and love learning. When not working, Blossom invests in relationships with her husband, family and friends, as well as serving with faith-based and community organizations.

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 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 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. 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 quite active with charities, charter schools, and other non-profit organizations.