Board of Directors



 Jackie Collins 


Idaho Arts Charter School

Vice President

Jason Bransford 


Idaho Distance Education Academy


Bill Russell

Northwest Nazarene University

Northwest Nazarene University


Joe Bruno

Building Hope

Building Hope

Don Keller

Sage International School

Sage International School

Blossom Johnston

J. A & Kathryn Albertson Foundation

J. A. & Kathryn Albertson Foundation


Alan Millar

Forrest Bird Charter School

Forrest Bird Charter School


 Don Keller - Sage International School   Don brings over 22 years of teaching and administrative experience to Sage International School of Boise. He has experience working as a school administrator and teacher in the elementary, middle, and high school levels. When he is not in the classroom, Don enjoys mountain sports, reading, traveling, and spending time with his family.
 Jackie Collins – Idaho Arts Charter School    Jackie has spent over 30 years as a professional educator and currently serves and is the founding principal of Idaho Arts Charter School. She strives to go the extra mile in everything that she does, which shows in the continued success of the Idaho Arts Charter School. IACS has received numerous awards and grants over the past 9 years. She also serves on the Arts Schools Network Board which is a national organization of “arts” schools. Jackie and her staff are always willing to help other charter schools with start up or financial questions.  In her free time, Jackie enjoys skiing and traveling, but most of all spending time with her two grandchildren.
 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.
Jason Bransford – Idaho Distance Education Academy   Jason began his career teaching in the classroom in Houston, Texas. After moving to Pocatello, he taught online for the Idaho Distance Education Academy and quickly became the statewide program director. Under Jason’s leadership I-DEA has strived to achieve academic excellence and has received a 5 star rating for multiple years. Jason believes that charter schools should be centers of innovation, and that they can motivate system-wide improvements in education. With his free time Jason enjoys playing sports, hunting, church activities, and playing with his children.
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.
Alan Millar – Forrest Bird Charter School   Alan Millar began his career as an outdoor leadership instructor for Outward Bound. He now uses the leadership and management skills learned there every day as principal for Forrest M. Bird Charter School in Sandpoint. Alan is an ardent supporter of school choice and has helped implement many innovative educational ideas at Forrest Bird. He hopes to work with conventional schools to share these innovations to better help all students in Idaho. When Alan is not at school he enjoys riding his bike, whether on local roads and trails or in southern France.