Amy Evans, President
Amy Evans has been an active volunteer in the City of Coeur d’Alene for over a decade. She takes pride in her role in launching the Sorensen Magnet School of the Arts and Humanities. Amy has served on the City of Coeur d’Alene’s Planning and Zoning Commission since 2008; in addition, she was part of the opening team and staff at the Kroc Center. She recently took a key community position as the development officer for Idaho Youth Ranch. Amy has been a ten-year Ironman captain volunteer and enjoys competing in marathons and Ironman triathlons. She is married to her husband, Doug, whom she met while attending Idaho State University. Amy and Doug have two children: Max, who is a freshman at Lake City High School, and Lucy, who attends Sorensen Magnet School. They all enjoy an active lifestyle including running, skiing, biking, and silly family time.
Jason Wing, Vice President
Jason Wing is a business attorney in the Coeur d'Alene office of the firm of Witherspoon Kelley. Jason obtained his law degree from the University of Idaho, a bachelor’s of business administration in finance from The George Washington University, and an associate degree from North Idaho College. Jason lives in Coeur d'Alene with his wife Marci, who enthusiastically teaches at both Sorensen and Ramsey Magnet Elementary Schools. Jason is a product of the public school system and a first generation graduate degree recipient. Having experienced first-hand the opportunities provided by quality public schools and the competitive environment that awaits college students whether attending a community college or private university, Jason is passionate about pursuing substantive improvements in our public education system to develop students’ lifelong learning skills and better prepare them for the rigors of higher learning. Moreover, Jason believes that quality public schools are a significant driver of long-term economic prosperity and our greatest incubator of opportunity for every child and thus sees an urgent need to strengthen our public schools so that no child is under-prepared to meet the challenges of an increasingly competitive world.
Chris Meyer, Secretary
Chris Meyer is an asset manager and developer with Parkwood Business Properties, where he oversees the management, development, and rehabilitation of over 500,000sf of Class A office, industrial, and retail space. Previously Chris worked as a development manager for Legacy Partners Residential in Seattle, where he developed the $75M Legacy at Pratt Park urban mixed-use luxury apartment project with 248 units and 6,500sf of street level retail. Chris has an undergraduate degree in environmental studies from the University of Pennsylvania, an MBA from the Foster School of Business at the University of Washington, and a master’s degree in urban planning from the School of Architecture and Urban Planning at the University of Washington. He and his wife Sara are both North Idaho natives and are excited to be back in the area to raise their son Jameson in Coeur d’Alene. Chris serves as the secretary and webmaster for the Hayden Lake Watershed Association and is on the North Idaho advisory board of the Urban Land Institute. Chris is passionate about ensuring that our public education system encourages students to pursue higher education opportunities of all types, including vocational-technical, 2-year, and 4-year degree programs.
Lisa Overby, Treasurer
Lisa Overby was born and raised in North Idaho. She graduated from the University of Idaho with a Bachelor of Science in Sociology. Upon returning to Coeur d'Alene, Lisa and her husband Mike owned and operated CDA Galleries from 1996–2006. She is a mother of two in the public school system and enjoys running, hiking, biking, and skiing in her free time.
Nancy Shaffer Hart, Events
Nancy Hart was born, raised, and educated in North Idaho. She earned a bachelor’s degree in advertising from the University of Idaho in 1994. Following graduation, she relocated to Silicon Valley where she worked in the high-tech industry managing tradeshows. Later, she co-managed a nonprofit family foundation web site while working closely with grant recipients. After returning home to North Idaho, Nancy worked at the Coeur d'Alene Chamber of Commerce coordinating tradeshows and working with local businesses on tourist-related activities. For the past eight years, Nancy has dedicated herself full-time to raising her two daughters. She has actively participated in their education at Hayden Meadows Elementary, volunteering regularly at the school and serving as a member of the PTA. Recently she took on the co-responsibility of organizing Hayden Meadows’ participation in the statewide Invent Idaho program. Nancy and her husband, Jason, have been married for 15 years. Her family loves the recreation opportunities North Idaho has to offer: camping and boating in the summer and skiing in the winter. Nancy passionately believes a solid public school system is the foundation of a successful community. She is thrilled to be a part of CEP's commitment to ensuring excellence in Coeur d'Alene's public schools.
Katie Kladar, Volunteer Coordinator
Katie Kladar was raised in Colorado, where she attended public education K-12. She received a Bachelor of Science in Health Education from Appalachian State University, a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of North Carolina, and a Masters in Nursing from Westminster College in Salt Lake City. She worked as a family nurse practitioner and taught critical care nursing to undergraduate students at Westminster College. Her husband, Phil, is a native of the St. Louis area and completed general surgery residency at the University of Utah, where he and Katie met during her time working as an ICU nurse. They have lived in Hayden for 10 years and have five children: one at Coeur d’Alene High School, one at Canfield Middle School, two at Hayden Meadows, and one in preschool. They are proud to say that they will be part of the Hayden Meadows family for 16 consecutive years. Katie has a strong passion for excellent public education. She wholeheartedly believes that a great public education system is the reflection of a solid community and a catalyst for a vibrant local economy. Her biggest concern is the low priority given to preparing our students for college and beyond. There are many high-level jobs available in the medical and engineering fields that are being filled with foreign professionals because America is unable to meet the demand of highly educated workers. Katie believes that a professional career not only allows a person the needed income to pay off student loans, but affords an individual the financial stability to give back to his or her community by providing contributions to community projects. Philanthropy is very important to the Kladar family, and they firmly believe that “giving back” is one of life’s greatest rewards.
Lisa May, Membership
Lisa May was raised in Spokane, where she received an outstanding public education. She continued her studies at the University of Washington, receiving a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. Lisa moved to Dallas to complete a trauma and critical care nursing fellowship and to develop her bilingual nursing skills. There, she met her husband Mike. Their shared passion for travel took them to Australia for two years before they settled in Coeur d’Alene in 2006. Since then, Lisa has worked at Kootenai Outpatient Surgery and has been a member of the Kroc Center donor relations committee and the School Bond Steering Committee. Now that her three children have entered school, she has committed herself to supporting public education in Coeur d’Alene.
Chris Pfeiffer, Marketing
Chris Pfeiffer was raised in Coeur d'Alene and attended grades 1-12 in the Coeur d'Alene public schools. After graduating from Coeur d’Alene High School in 1988, he earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Idaho, then went to work in corporate marketing, communications, and design in Portland, Oregon. In 2007, Chris returned to Coeur d'Alene, taking the web designer position at North Idaho College. He is an active member of the University of Idaho College of Art and Architecture Advisory Council and a Watch D.O.G.S. volunteer. His two daughters attend public school in Coeur d'Alene and his wife, Erin, is currently earning her teaching certificate in elementary education through the University of Idaho-Coeur d'Alene campus.
Wanda Quinn, Advocacy
Wanda Quinn received her Bachelor of Science from the University of Washington, her Masters in Education from the University of Idaho, and her Juris Doctorate from Gonzaga Law School. She currently serves on the Idaho State Charter Commission. Wanda’s involvement with K-12 education includes: twelve years on the Coeur d’Alene School District Board of Trustees, past president of the Idaho School Board Association, co-founder of the EXCEL Foundation, and former trainer for a multi-state school board research project. Her community involvement includes serving on the boards of the Coeur d’Alene Chamber of Commerce and Coeur d’Alene Rotary and as a member of the Idaho Community Foundation Northern Panel and Panhandle Leadership Committee. She currently serves as program development specialist for University of Idaho-Coeur d’Alene.
Rebecca Gershenson Smith, Strategic Planning and Administration
Rebecca Gershenson Smith, PhD, teaches English at Gonzaga University and has extensive experience in nonprofit development. Originally from Wyoming, she has also lived in Maryland, Michigan, Texas, and Rhode Island during her adult life. While living in Baltimore, Rebecca was an active community volunteer, leading many local committees, founding the nonprofit Downtown Baltimore Family Alliance, and co-founding the Patterson Park Public Charter School. Rebecca holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from Brown University and a doctorate in English Language and Literature from the University of Michigan. Her key skills are fundraising, writing and research, strategic planning, and program development. Rebecca feels that public education plays a vital role in building and maintaining a strong community and wants to ensure that outstanding schools are available for her three children and the other students of Coeur d’Alene.
Nancy Stevenson, School Outreach
Nancy Stevenson has taught in public elementary schools for more than thirty years. After graduating from Oregon State University, Nancy began her teaching career in a one-room school in Central Oregon, followed by teaching in Arizona, and for the past twenty-four years has been employed by the Coeur d’Alene School District in Idaho. Aside from teaching a variety of grades, she also has co-coordinated the gifted education program in Tucson, has taught advanced learners in the Coeur d’Alene School District, and is a trained International Baccalaureate Coordinator. Currently, Nancy teaches fifth grade at Dalton Elementary School. She and her husband, Mike, are the proud parents of two daughters that were educated in Coeur d’Alene public schools, are graduates of the University of Idaho, and are gainfully employed in their careers. Teaching has been a lifetime passion for Nancy as she finds joy in watching children learn. The Coeur d’Alene Education Partnership gives Nancy the opportunity to actively support excellence in education.
Paula Marano, Education Advisor
Although originally from Ohio, Paula Marano and her husband of 42 years, Gene, have lived in Coeur d'Alene since 1976. They raised three children and now have bragging rights on five granddaughters. She received her Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from the University of Idaho with honors and taught third grade for 14 years in the Coeur d’Alene School District. She was honored as Coeur d’Alene Elementary Educator of the Year in 2006 and has advocated on behalf of children over the years, holding numerous leadership responsibilities on school committees and professional associations. Paula was also actively involved as a parent in her children’s educational experiences during their formative years, having administered, promoted, coordinated, and supported programs and activities that encouraged the academic, social, spiritual, and physical development of youth.
As a community volunteer, Paula has been active in school, political, social, and church activities to bring awareness, movement, momentum, and better understanding for the people in our community. She presently works with a Financial Literacy group to educate youngsters on responsible budgeting, serves on the Chamber of Commerce education committee, sits on Coeur d'Alene School District's Long Range Planning Committee, as well as serves on the St. Pius Church Parish Council. Most recently, she served for two weeks teaching and nurturing children in an orphanage in Hue, Vietnam.
Michael Ward, Board Development
Michael Ward earned his BSBA degree in business administration (marketing) from The University of Colorado in 1985. His wife of 26 years, Leighanna, graduated from The University of Colorado as well and earned a BSBA degree in business administration (finance and accounting) and has lived in Coeur d’Alene since the spring of 1995. Michael's three children are all products of the Coeur d’Alene public education system: two graduates and one senior, all from Lake City High School. Michael is actively engaged in various local professional, service, and educational organizations such as the Coeur d’Alene Chamber of Commerce, where he has served as Chair of the Leadership Program, past president of EXCEL Foundation, past president of the Coeur d’Alene Library Foundation, current board member of Sunrise Rotary, and past secretary of Lake City Community Church. Michael is a professional real estate agent for Coldwell Banker Schneidmiller Realty in Coeur d’Alene and holds an SFR designation. Prior to CBSR, Michael worked for Merrill Lynch as a financial advisor, Regence Blueshield of Idaho as a large group account executive for the five northern counties of Idaho, and Waste Management, Inc. as a business and process improvement project manager for the eight western United States regions.
Diane Zipperer, Education Advisor