Lita Burns has been a resident of Coeur d’Alene since 2001. She moved to Idaho from her home state of Wyoming to accept the Director of Health Professions and Nursing position at North Idaho College, she currently serves as the Vice President for Instruction at NIC. Lita earned her Bachelor of Science degree in nursing from the University of Wyoming, a Master of Science degree in nursing from the University of Colorado, and a PhD in Leadership Studies from Gonzaga University.
Anneliese Miller is a principal architect at Miller Stauffer Architects, PA, Coeur d’Alene. The North Idaho based firm is known for their high-profile projects that have influenced the growth and development of Coeur d’Alene, as well as, their dedication to and involvement in the local community. Ms. Miller joined Miller Stauffer after earning a bachelor’s degree in architecture from the University of Idaho. She is the past president of the Coeur d’Alene Downtown Association, a graduate of Leadership Coeur d’Alene, a member of the American Society of Interior Designers, National Council of Architectural Review Boards, National Council for Interior Design Qualification, and is a mentor for regional high school students. Also a Coeur d’Alene native, her family led the way in defining the area’s aviation history. Her personal time is occupied with family, friends and English bulldogs Bentley and Bubba.
Buck serves as the chief administrator and spokesperson for the University of Idaho in northern Idaho. He is responsible for programs at the University of Idaho Coeur d’Alene, UI Sandpoint, and the UI Research Park business incubator facility in Post Falls. His efforts for the University in northern Idaho are focused on creating awareness and enrollment for academic programs and on community and economic development.
He grew up in southern Idaho and graduated from the College of Idaho before receiving his PhD degree in molecular neurobiology from the Cornell University Graduate School of Medical Sciences in New York City. He has research expertise in cancer, metabolic diseases, and neurobiology. In addition to managing academic research, he started and led a startup biotech company in Austria for 5 years. His experience includes technology development and project management in biomedical engineering, nanotechnology, biofuels, and personalized medicine.
Yvette Dunlap recently retired from a 40+ year career in the field of education, both secondary and post-secondary. Her most recent position was with the Community Colleges of Spokane where she was the Business and Continuing Education Coordinator. She and her husband moved to CDA in 2012 where her husband is now the President of North Idaho College. She earned her B.A. in Social Work from Eastern Washington Univ. Yvette joined the Board of HREI in 2012.
Jo Ann Harvey is a native of Idaho and a member of the Nez Perce Tribe. Ms. Harvey earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Education from Eastern Washington University and a Master of Arts degree in Organizational Leadership from Gonzaga University. She has since attended various universities to further study diversity, human and civil rights, and issues of American Indians/Alaska Natives. Ms. Harvey has been employed by the Coeur d’Alene Public School District since 1986 as a Physical Education/Health Specialist.
She is the immediate past president of the Kootenai County Task Force on Human Relations and a board of director member of the Coeur d’Alene Education Association, State Board of Education Professional Development Committee, National Education Association, and the Idaho Education Association, where she received the Minority Service Award. She has also served as a board of director member of the Museum of North Idaho, and has participated in the American Indian/Alaska Native Caucus and served as the Select Attendee to Education International in Porto Alegre, Brazil.
David McCaw is currently an English teacher at Coeur d’Alene High School. His employment experience includes ten years in telecommunications where he worked in resource management, twelve years teaching international students at NIC, SCC and in Japan, and two years teaching in Plummer, Idaho where he taught English, creative writing and Native literature. After spending nine years at Kaisei High School in Nagasaki, Japan, he returned to his hometown of Coeur d’Alene in 1999 with his wife and three children. David received a B.A. in philosophy and theology from Notre Dame in 1989 and an M. A. in organizational leadership from Gonzaga in 2008. While in school, he studied Middle Eastern politics at the Tantur Ecumenical Institute in Jerusalem and has enjoyed travel in South America, Asia, Europe, and the Middle East.
Ken Thompson begins his fifth year as the head coach of the Cardinal men’s soccer team. Thompson is a product of Coeur d’Alene and is a former collegiate player. He played for Seattle Pacific University in 1994 and 1995. In 1996 and 1997, he played for Gonzaga University. During the off-season in college, he played in the Premier Development League, the highest level of amateur soccer in the United States. Thompson earned a bachelor’s degree from Gonzaga University in 1999. In 2004, he earned a law degree from American University and now teaches in the Political Science Department at NIC. Prior to becoming NIC’s head coach, Thompson served as the assistant coach from 2006 to 2009. From 2009 to 2011, he ran the Sting Soccer Club before having the opportunity to coach at NIC.
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