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.


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.


Katie Francis

Student & Teacher Coordinator
kfrancis@northstarcharter.org

Ms. Francis grew up in Northern California and that will always be considered her home. She completed middle school in Idaho Falls, Idaho, and then made her way to San Diego, California. She completed high school in San Diego, and then went on to attend San Diego State University for her Bachelor’s Degree.

Her bachelor’s degree is in Recreation Administration and she has always loved working with children, especially working in camps and coaching. She completed her Master’s Degree in Teaching at Warner Pacific College in Portland, Oregon and is currently attending Boise State University for a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership. This will be her third year at North Star and is looking forward to her new role as Athletic Director, as well as Coordinator of Teacher and Student Success. She is looking forward to the new opportunities that this will afford her to affect change within the North Star community.

Outside of school, Ms. Francis loves to read, but also LOVES sports. She is a huge football fan (Quack, Quack) and basketball fan. She has coached and played basketball and is very passionate about the game. Ms. Francis has one child, Jackson, who will be turning two at the beginning of the school year. She is one of North Star's biggest fans. GO HUSKIES!!!!

Finance

Marcia Jedry

Business Manager
mjedry@northstarcharter.org

Marcia recently joined the North Star team in February 2017. She was born and raised in Exton, Pennsylvania, venture to North Carolina for her first two years of college at UNCG and then to the University of Delaware to finish her Bachelor's degree. Because Marcia's husband has roots in Idaho (his mom is a native of Blackfoot, ID) they knew the western lifestyle was the right fit for them and moved to Boise the summer after graduation 20 years ago and have loved every minute of it!

Marcia has a wealth of knowledge in business management, finance and marketing. She has experience starting up, growing and running a successful business with her husband and business partner. She also knows the importance of customer relationships and networking with people of all professions as this was her passion in the last three positions she held.

Marcia graduated from the University of Delaware with a degree in Business Administration and a concentration in Finance. In June 2014 Marcia earned the Certified Association Executive (CAE) credential, the highest professional credential in the association industry. Marcia has held positions as Executive Director, Director of Finance & Marketing as well as Vice President and Treasurer. She loves to work with people, to be challenged, have the opportunity to think outside the box and to problem solve all while wearing a big smile on her face!

Marcia was one of the founding members and served on the Board of Directors of the Intermountain Jet Boat Association (IJBA). Marcia also served as the Treasurer of the Western Whitewater Association (WWA) for two years during her four years of Board tenure there. Marcia served a two year term as the Executive Director for the National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors Idaho (NAIFA Idaho) and is currently serving on the Treasure Valley YMCA Strategy and Community Planning Committee.

Marcia resides in Star, Idaho with her husband and son. They enjoy everything Idaho has to offer including camping, hiking, fishing, hunting and boating.


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.

Mason Kreamer

Administrative Assistant
mkreamer@northstarcharter.org

Mason was born and raised in Boise, Idaho. He graduated from Borah High School then attended Boise State University where he graduated with a Bachelor’s of Science degree. He is currently attending Northwest Nazarene University to gain his Masters of Education degree. This is his 2nd year at North Star and loves the outstanding staff and students that make up this community.

He has been married to his high school sweetheart for 9 years and has two dogs; a beagle named Molly and a border collie mix named Eevee (named after my favorite Pokémon), and they all love to travel both near and far. His hobbies outside of school are spending time with friends and family, reading sci-fi and comic books, movies, video games, cooking and baking.

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.