Advisory Committee

collaborating to continually improve the Alzar School experience.

TONY PORI TUTORING STUDENTS
NATE OSTIS, SWIFTWATER RESCUE INSTRUCTOR
LAUREN AT OUR IDAHO CAMPUS
NICOLE PRESENTING TO PEERS
GISELE PANSZE, EDUCATIONAL CONSULTANT
MEG, PEAK IN PATAGONIA
JOHN SHEA, LIFELONG EDUCATOR
DENNIS COLEMAN, PARENT OF ALUMNA

Ken Anderson – Salt Lake City, UT

Retired high school principal from Boise School District, frequent rafter and biker, and former member of Alzar School Board of Directors.

Sharon Anderson – Salt Lake City, UT

Retired educator from Boise School District, frequent 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 Alzar School Board of Directors.

Ryan Bierle – Austin, TX

Physician Assistant, member of the Texas State Guard, former paramedic, trained in Advanced Wilderness Life Support and Swiftwater Rescue; reviews school medical treatment plans.

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 Alzar School alumna.

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.

Nicole Glesinger – Deerfield, 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 alumna.

Geoff Harrison – Wellington, NZ

PhD candidate at Victoria University studying Agile learning and development within entrepreneurial startup teams 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 member of New York Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Children, MBA, parent of alumna.

Sam Langston – Boise, ID

Long-time river guide, president at Langston and Associates, board member for Bogus Basin Ski Education Foundation, parent of alumnus.

Kelly McLeod – Boise, ID

Math teacher at ANSER Charter School, former educator at the Discovery Center, former Peace Corps volunteer, parent of alumna; assists with Idaho events.

Glenn Michael – Boise, ID

Parent representative, involved with many Boise startups and nonprofits, background in finance and accounting.

Nate Ostis – McCall, ID

Founder and owner of Wilderness Rescue International, lead instructor and author for NOLS/WMI/Swiftwater Rescue, former teacher for a 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 Math Advantage (tutoring service) in Boise, avid runner and climber, former member of Alzar School Board of Directors.

Dodson Schenck – Greensboro, NC

Managing Director and Partner of CBRE, NOLS graduate, board member for Greensboro Sports Council economic development group, parent of alumna.

John Shea – Portsmouth, NH

Retired independent school head, co-founder of High Tech High, bicycle enthusiast, parent of alumna.

Carter Stepanovsky – Boulder, CO

Product developer for Franklin Resource Group, former 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.