Governor Appoints New Education Task Force "Our Kids, Idaho's Future"

The Governor’s Education Task Force: “Our Kids, Idaho’s Future"

Governor Brad Little appointed a 26-member task force which recently held its first meeting. After an address from a state economist and Governor Little, the task force entered into an organizational discussion about future meetings, subcommittees and its mission. The task force consists of education stakeholders from around the state -- with both familiar and new faces. You can read more about the task force here.

Governor Little’s “Our Kids, Idaho’s Future” Task Force members include:

Task Force Members

Teachers, School Administrators, and Education Stakeholders

  • Debbie Critchfield, President, Idaho State Board of Education — Co-Chair

  • Sherri Ybarra, Superintendent of Public Instruction

  • Marc Beitia, American Falls High School teacher and 2019 Idaho Teacher of the Year

  • Kari Overall, President, Idaho Education Association

  • Jennifer Parkins, Board Chair, Genesee Joint School District and Idaho School Boards Association (ISBA) President

  • Jody Hendrickx, Trustee, St. Maries School District and ISBA Vice President

  • Erin McCandless, Idaho State PTA President

  • Mary Ann Ranells, Superintendent, West Ada School District

  • Luke Schroeder, Superintendent, Kimberly School District

  • Cheryl Charlton, Superintendent, Idaho Digital Learning Academy

  • Pete Koehler, retired Chief Deputy Superintendent and former Nampa High School Principal and Superintendent

  • Terry Ryan, CEO, Bluum, Boise

Business Leaders

  • Bill Gilbert, Co-Founder and Managing Director, Caprock, Boise — Co-Chair

  • Kurt Liebich, CEO, RedBuilt, Boise

  • Matt Van Vleet, Government Affairs Director, Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories, Lewiston

  • Katherine Hart, Associate General Counsel, Melaleuca, Idaho Falls

  • Juan Alvarez, Deputy Director for Management and Operations, INL, Idaho Falls

  • Shawn Keough, Executive Director, Associated Logging Contractors, Coeur d’Alene


  • Senator Chuck Winder, Majority Leader, Idaho Senate

  • Senator Dean Mortimer, Idaho Senate Education Committee

  • Senator Janie Ward-Engelking, Idaho Senate Education Committee and Joint Finance-Appropriations Committee

  • Representative Mat Erpelding, Minority Leader, Idaho House of Representatives

  • Representative Jason Monks, Assistant Majority Leader, Idaho House of Representatives

  • Representative Lance Clow, Idaho House Education Committee

  • Representative Gary Marshall, Idaho House Education Committee

  • Representative Wendy Horman, Joint Finance-Appropriations Committee