Administration Members

North Star Administrative Team

Melissa Andersen

Secondary Administrator
mandersen@northstarcharter.org

Ms. Andersen is happy to begin her fifth year at North Star. She has more than twenty years’ experience in administration, supervision and teaching at the elementary, middle, and high school levels. Her education includes a B.S. in Secondary Education, a Spanish Major and Political Science Minor (1991), a Master’s in Education Administration (1996), and a Specialist in Education Administration (2001) from the University of Idaho, Moscow Idaho.

Mrs. Andersen is a Boise, Idaho native, married to Gordon and has two children—Colin (20) and Maya (13). Maya attends North Star in the eighth grade. Colin is a junior at Lander University in South Carolina where he plays soccer. The family enjoys spending time in the mountains surrounding Cascade and McCall, watching soccer games, and attending swim meets.

Will Bogdanoff

Middle School Vice Principal
wbogdanoff@northstarcharter.org

Mr. Bogdanoff (Mr. B) is excited to be part of the the North Star family and looking forward to supporting students, faculty, and the community as the Middle School Vice Principal. He has spent the last eight years in education as a Physical Education Teacher, Outdoor Program and Enrichment Director, and Deputy Executive Director at Sage International School in Boise. His multitude of experiences have lead him to find his passion in administration and he values building relationships with the the school community as a whole. Prior to his work in education, he spend four years as a coordinator with the Youth Development Branch of the Downtown YMCA and five years as a wildland firefighter serving as a sawyer and squad boss.

Will was born in Napa Valley, California but spent the first 9 years of his life on his family's cattle ranch in Wells, Nevada. His family then moved to Murphys, California in the Sierra Nevadas where he took advantage of everything outdoors that living in the mountains had to offer. He graduated from Eastern Oregon University, where he played baseball and earned a degree in Physical Education/ Minor in Health in 2002. Following this he pursued a career in wildland firefighting before marrying his wife Tammy of 12 years in Boise. He continued his education, receiving a second B.S. in kinesiology with certification at Boise State University in 2008. In 2017, Will earned a Masters of Educational Leadership. He has two boys, Dylan and Keaton, and continues to enjoy getting away into the mountains of Idaho with his family.

Shay Davis

Elementary Administrator
sdavis@northstarcharter.org

Growing up in Richland, Washington, Shay Davis embraced anything active that involved friends or family. Her penchant for an active lifestyle soon led to Boise State University recruiting her for track out of high school. Although her earliest aspirations and desires in college were those of becoming a nurse, she awoke one night her junior year with an epiphany that she wanted to help be the change by becoming a teacher.

This educational clarity was welcome in Shay’s life, but because it happened so late in her college career, her schedule became much heavier and time consuming. Striving toward her goals with determination and vigor, Shay graduated from BSU in December 2000, the very same university where she would receive her Master’s degree in Educational Leadership 12 years later.

Those 12 amazing years were spent teaching in the classroom, five of which were here at North Star. During those critical years as a classroom teacher, Shay received valuable experience and tremendous growth which would significantly help her as an administrator later in life. Now the K-5 principal at North Star since 2014, Shay uses her ‘boots on the ground’ experience to help the students and teachers at North Star enjoy as much success as possible. Working alongside a diligent and wonderful staff, and supported by students and parents that are immersed in growth mindset, Shay continues to encourage students, parents, and teachers to use and understand the power of their voice. Shay understands and models the importance of a safe and open educational environment where brainstorming solutions and daily conversations directly impact academic and real world learning.

Shay is married to Jeff Davis, a high school teacher and coach, and is the proud mother of three amazing children: Peighton, Josie, and Kolt.


Melissa Lozoya

Teacher & Student Coordinator
mlozoya@northstarcharter.org

Melissa Lozoya was born and raised in a small town in Northern California surrounded by a tight knit family. After completing her Bachelor of Arts at California State University, Chico, she took a year to travel and perform community service around the world with a global program called UP WITH PEOPLE. Having both the textbook education and the real world international experiences to go along with it uniquely prepared Melissa to work with young students both in and out of a classroom. Before jumping right into her own classroom though, Melissa used her skills at the University level working in the field of student affairs. It was during that time that she earned her first Master’s Degree in Higher Education. After a few years in the field, she realized that the work schedule was not conducive to having time to raise a family. So, Melissa found her way back to elementary education and the classroom. She taught in both a Kinder and 4th grade general education setting before going back to school for a second credential and another Master’s Degree, both in Special Education. For 8 years, Melissa worked as an education specialist serving students with special needs in grades Kinder – 8th. When not in the classroom working with children, Melissa taught night classes at the Teachers College of San Joaquin where she was able to use her experience and knowledge helping new educators work towards completion of their teaching credential for the state of CA. By far her most favorite aspect of this chosen profession called education is the lasting relationships built with students and families. Receiving graduation announcements for high school, college, wedding invitations, birth announcements, etc are truly her greatest joy!

Melissa is overjoyed to be starting her 2nd year as part of the North Star team. She will continue in both of her roles. By morning, as the coordinator of teacher & student success and in the afternoon as the PM kinder teacher. Melissa brings energy, enthusiasm, her love of Idaho, coffee, music, bingo, her hubby, and two little kiddos along with her to the North Star family. Her daughter will begin 3rd grade this year and her son will begin in kinder this coming fall.

When not at North Star, Melissa can be found spending time with her family enjoying the outdoors, watching the kids sporting events, or embroidering and sewing up in her craft room. If you see Mrs. Lozoya walking around campus or in town, feel free to stop and introduce yourself…she believes that’s part of building a true community!

Finance

George Coburn

Dir.-Finance & Human Resources
gcoburn@northstarcharter.org

Mr. Coburn was born and raised in Massachusetts, graduated from Bentley University, a CPA, practiced with PricewaterhouseCoopers in the Boston area. Mr. Coburn and his wife moved to the Treasure Valley in 2006 to be closer to family and grandchildren. He has been a part of the North Star community since 2010.

His career has included experience in both the public and private sector, included all facets of finance, accounting and treasury experience. He has served several professional services firms as Chief Financial Officer, operations, human resources, technology and facilities. Further he has been involved in adult education for more than twenty years and is excited bringing his professional experience to K-12 education that has a focus on business and economics. In addition, he has spent more than ten years consulting to organizations going through significant change.

Mr. Coburn has been very active over his career in non-profit volunteer work, youth organizations, professional associations and capital campaigns. Currently, he serves as an Elder at First Presbyterian Church - Boise and Chairs the Mission Committee – reaching out to needs around the corner and around the world.


Joanna O'Donnell

Director of Development
jodonnell@northstarcharter.org

Mrs. O’Donnell was raised in Boise, Idaho. She attended Westmont College, in Santa Barbara, California and received her degree in Business and Economics. After college, she returned to Boise to work in sales and marketing for a software company. In 2001, she moved to Boston, Massachusetts to fulfill her dream of living on the east coast. During her time in Boston, Mrs. O’Donnell helped to create partnerships between the private sector and Boston Public Schools, worked in corporate relations for a large insurance company, and as the Director of Development for a private school in the heart of downtown Boston. She counts herself lucky not only to have witnessed the “Reverse of the Curse” of the Boston Redsox (still cheering), but that she met and married her husband, Dan during her ten years in Beantown.

In 2011, Mrs. O’Donnell and her husband decided to move back to Boise to be near family. Mrs. O’Donnell worked for Mission Aviation Fellowship in Nampa, Idaho as the Manager of the Major/Middle Market and Capital Campaigns prior to joining North Star as the Director of Development in May, 2015. Mrs. O’Donnell and her husband live with their 2 year old son, Jack in Eagle.


Amy Weber

Finance
aweber@northstarcharter.org

Mrs. Weber hails from Cherry Hill, New Jersey where she lived her whole life. She moved to Eagle, ID with her family in July 2015. She attended Saint Joseph’s University in Philadelphia, PA where she obtained her Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing. She continued her education at Seton Hall University in South Orange, NJ and graduated with her Master’s in Human Resource, Training and Development. She has worked in the Human Resources, Recruiting and the Finance fields in the private sector enjoying the interaction with people in many different organizations. She spent time working in a school substituting while her children were young, while there she realized how much she enjoyed working in a school setting.

Mrs. Weber has three children a son, Chase age 14, a daughter, Lily age 12 and her youngest son, Cole, age 7 who attends North Star Charter School. Her husband, Tom is retired law enforcement. The family also has a Black Labrador Retriever named ‘Jasper’. Their family is enjoying the more relaxed lifestyle out west as well as all of the amazing people and outdoor activities Idaho has to offer. Mrs. Weber has completed her first year with North Star Charter School and is looking forward to continuing to work in the Finance department. She thoroughly enjoys working with all of the wonderful and welcoming faculty at North Star.

Office Staff

Jenifer Gibron

Elementary Secretary/Registrar
jdavis@northstarcharter.org

Jenifer was born and raised in Idaho where she grew up on a small organic produce farm, the oldest child, with four brothers. She graduated from Bishop Kelly High School in Boise. After high school she attended both Boise State University and Idaho State University working towards her degree in business administration.

She has two sons Landon and Elijah who are 10 and 12 years old. Outside of school, she enjoys staying busy being a football mom and spending time with her large family in the great Idaho outdoors camping, fishing, skydiving and finding adventures wherever they go!

Jenifer is a very outgoing and fun-loving people person who loves working at North Star and looks forward to getting to know the North Star families and their children!


Ruth Ann Fahl

Secondary Secretary/ Registrar
rfahl@northstarcharter.org

Mrs. Fahl was born in Memphis, Tennessee and then later relocated to Fullerton California where she was raised. She is a graduate of Fullerton Union High School, then attended Cypress and Fullerton College studying Business and Court Reporting. Along with completing courses and receiving her Insurance Agents License, she continued working in that field for 9 years.

Mrs. Fahl was married in 1988 to a long time school friend and blessed to have a wonderful son in 1989, following with a beautiful daughter in 1991. She enjoyed staying home watching the growth of her children until they reached school age. Mrs. Fahl began her field in education at a Christian School in 1995 where her children attended for 9 years then moved to the school district for 10 years.

Mrs. Fahl and her family relocated to the wonderful state of Idaho in 2013 and she is honored to begin her journey with North Star Charter School. Outside of school, Mrs. Fahl enjoys being with her family on their ranch in Mountain Home.


Delana Young

Attendance Secretary
dyoung@northstarcharter.org

Dee was born in Illinois, but raised in Montana and Utah. Upon high school graduation, she attended college to study art. She is also a licensed aesthetician and cosmetologist, having owned spas and been a national trainer of skin care and cosmetics. She has been the General Manager of a cosmetics company, Manager of Marketing and Office Manager. Dee has taught classes for women all over the country and is a strong advocate for woman's beauty and wellness.

Dee has three sons, one daughter, and eight grandchildren. She enjoys time with family, and finds joy in seeing her children nurture their children. She still loves her art, along with crafts, cooking, reading, and the beauty of nature.

After three years at North Star Dee is delighted to work with its dedicated and professional staff, and finds the feeling of family to be uplifting.

Safe School Officer

Tom Weber

Safe School Officer
tweber@northstarcharter.org

Tom Weber was born in Buffalo, NY to a military/law enforcement family. After spending several years moving around the country, his family settled in Cherry Hill, NJ, a suburb of Philadelphia, PA. Mr. Weber graduated from Camden Catholic High School then joined the Marine Corps. Mr. Weber was stationed at Camp Pendleton, Ca. and is a veteran of Operation Desert Storm.

After returning to New Jersey, Mr. Weber was hired by the Cherry Hill Police Department (NJ) in 1994 and worked as a uniformed patrol officer assigned to the Operations Division for eight years. There he was responsible for responding to calls for emergency services which included first aid, arrests, street-level investigations, robberies, thefts, traffic accidents, traffic enforcement, dispute resolution and crime prevention.

Mr. Weber was promoted to Detective in 2002 and was assigned to the Investigative Division where he was assigned to juvenile crimes, burglaries, major crimes, narcotics, missing persons and the Special Investigations Unit.

In 2004 Mr. Weber was promoted to Sergeant and returned to the Operations Divisions where he worked several different shifts tasked with supervising daily operations and the police officers assigned to the shift, as well as responding to calls for emergency services.

Mr. Weber served on the department’s SWAT team from 1999-2013, responding to critical incidents involving barricaded subjects, hostage situations, executing high-risk search warrants, dignitary protection, rapid deployment, and school lockdowns. During his SWAT career Mr. Weber received extensive training in school lockdown and rapid deployment tactics, as well as instructing these tactics to police recruits, police officers and school administrators and teachers within the Cherry Hill School District.

Mr. Weber retired in 2015 after 21 years of service. Shortly after retirement Mr. Weber and his family moved to Eagle, Idaho, seeking a change in lifestyle. Mr. Weber is married to Amy Weber, who also works at North Star. Together they have three wonderful children: Chase, Lily and Cole.

Mr. Weber is a graduate of Rutgers University; Camden NJ, with a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice and Seton Hall University; South Orange NJ, with a graduate degree in Human Resources Training and Development. Mr. Weber also graduated from the New Jersey State Association Chiefs of Police Command and Leadership Academy.

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