Advisory Committee

Meet Alzar School's dedicated advisory committee.

Ken Anderson – Salt Lake City, UT
Retired high school principal from Boise School District, frequent rafter rafter and biker, formerly served on Alzar School's Board of Directors.

Sharon Anderson – Salt Lake City, UT
Retired educator from Boise School District, frequent rafter rafter and biker, assists with curriculum development and staff training.

Katie Basham - Ann Arbor, MI
Post-doctoral candidate at the University of Michigan (Oncology), catarafter, and former member of the Alzar School Board of Directors.

Ryan Bierle – Austin, TX
Physicians Assistant, member of the Texas State Guard, former paramedic, trained in Advance Wilderness Life Support and Swiftwater Rescue, reviews school medical treatment plans.

Emily & Gabe Border – Boise, ID
Marketing consultants, climbers, and motivated supporters of the Alzar School

Dr. Sam Chewning – Cornelius, NC
Medical Advisor, orthopedic surgeon, lifetime outdoorsman, pilot, sailor, cave rescue and wilderness medicine instructor, reviews school medical treatment plans.

Dennis Coleman - Charleston, SC
Managing Director-Investments for Wells Fargo Advisors, avid fisherman, parent of alumni

Lauren Cox - Charleston, SC
Alumna of Fall 2016 semester, alumni representative for 2017-2018

Ryan Cozens – Denver, CO
Retail store owner in Colorado, formerly an educator in Ecuador and Mexico

Patricia Funderburg - Charlotte, NC
Independent fundraising professional, Board of Freedom School Partners, parent of alumni

Alex Funderburg - Charlotte, NC
Managing Director at Bank of America Leasing & Capital, Board of Presbyterian Medical Center, parent of alumni

Nicole Glesinger - Deefield, WI
Alumna of Spring 2017 semester, alumni representative for 2017-2018

Jim Griffith - McCall, ID
Reading specialist at Donnelly Elementary School, active educator and community member, parent of alumni

Geoff Harrison – Wellington, NZ
PhD candidate at Victoria University in New Zealand, Former Associate Director for Education and Marketing at the Campus Rec Center for Boise State University, active member of the Association of Outdoor Recreation and Education, former river guide and ranger, reviews programming and curriculum for Alzar School

Elizabeth Hester – Charleston, SC
Alumna of the Alzar School (Rivers of Chile 2010), certified public accountant, assists with organizing Camp Cup

Jeff Hills – Boise, ID
Science teacher at Meridian High School, former online teacher for the Idaho Digital Learning Academy, avid skier and mountain biker, reviews academic curriculum and assists with Boise projects

Holly Kelly - New York, NY
Board of New York Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Children, MBA, parent of alumni

Sam Langston - Boise, ID
Long time river guide, President at Langston and Associates, Board of Directors for Bogus Basin Ski Education Foundation, parent of alumni

Kelly McLeod – Boise, ID
Parent representative, math teacher at ANSER Charter School, former educator at the Discovery Center, former Peace Corps volunteer, assists with Idaho events

Glenn Michael – Boise, ID
Parent representative, involved with many Boise start-ups and nonprofits, background in finance and accounting

Nate Ostis – McCall, ID
Owner of Wilderness Rescue International, lead instructor and teacher for NOLS/WMI, former teacher for traveling high school, reviews school risk management protocols.

Gisele Pansze – Durango, CO
Parent representative, experience with international education for Dartmouth, educational consultant who assists high school students with college placement

Tony Pori – Boise, ID
Founder of the Math Advantage (tutoring service), avid runner and climber, former member of the Alzar School Board of Directors

Dodson Schenck - Greensboro, NC
Managing Director and Partner of CBRE, NOLS graduate, Board of Directors for Greensboro Sports Council economic development group, parent of alumni

John Shea - Portsmouth, NH
Retired independent school head, co-founder of High Tech High, bicycle enthusiast, parent of alumni

Carter Smith – Boulder, CO
Product developer for Franklin Resource Group, formerly Outreach and Partnership Coordinator for the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics, assists with school’s environmental stewardship program.

Meg Smith - Charlotte, NC
Alumna of Spring 2017 semester, alumni representative for 2017-2018

Gary Thompson - McCall, ID
Leadership Coordinator at the McCall Outdoor Science School, NOLS instructor, Middle Fork of Salmon raft guide, reviews the school's risk management program and leadership curriculum, as well as assists with Valley County projects.

Dana Van Der Geissen - Boise, ID
Therapist and school psychologist, avid outdoorswoman

Britta Wiesner D'Anna – Atlanta, GA
Brand manager at Fitzgerald and Company, former camp counselor and kayak instructor, advises the school in financial decisions.

Brent Wilson – Boise, ID
Legal Advisor, attorney at Evans & Keene LLP, volunteer backcountry ski patrol, advisor to several outdoor organizations.