Wendy served as a member of the Bonneville School Board of Trustees from 2002 to 2013, including seven years as Treasurer. Public schools account for almost 50% of the Idaho state budget and Wendy invested significant effort into understanding the complex school funding system in order to be a responsible steward of taxpayer dollars. That knowledge is assisting her today in her duties as Co-Chair of a Legislative Interim Committee charged with overhauling the state's funding formula for public schools. Previous to her board service, she spent many years as a school volunteer and tutor.
Wendy served as President of the Idaho School Boards Association (ISBA). In 2004, as chair of the ISBA Board Leadership Development Committee, she worked to establish a research-based training program for Idaho school board members to help them be more effective in their work for children. In 2006, Idaho was recognized for its training program by the National School Boards Association and Wendy was invited to present at their national leadership conference.
She serves as a Commissioner for Idaho on the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education and Education Commission of the States. She also serves on the Board of Directors of Education Northwest in Portland, Oregon and on the University of Idaho McClure Center for Public Policy Research.
Wendy is Chair of the Council of State Governments West Education and Workforce Development Committee. She has served on the Governor’s Task Force for Improving Education and is a member of the National Conference of State Legislatures Education Committee and International Education Study Group.
Wendy is a strong advocate of a parent’s right to choose the education options that work best for their children, from charter and online options to private and home school settings.
Supporter of the Arts
Wendy has served on the Idaho Falls Symphony Advisory Board and on the American Guild of Organists Eastern Idaho Chapter Board. She has organized and presented programs about the pipe organ at Trinity Methodist Church to students. As a parent volunteer, working with public and private schools, Wendy was responsible for starting FAME (Fine Arts Mini Experience) in the Bonneville School District.
Wendy and her husband, Briggs, have been married 31 years and are the parents of five children and grandparents of one. They own a small business in Ammon, Idaho, where Briggs is a physical therapist. They are active members of their church and involved in service to school and community organizations.
More about Wendy
Bonneville School Board Member – 11 years
Governor's Task Force for Improving Education
Commissioner - Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE)
President, Idaho School Boards Association 2006-07
Member, American Guild of Organists
Idaho Falls Symphony Advisory Board, 2003-2007