Administration Members

North Star Administrative Team

Melissa Andersen

Secondary Administrator
mandersen@northstarcharter.org

Ms. Andersen is happy to begin her fourth year at North Star. She comes to North Star from Compass Public Charter School in Meridian where she taught since 2008, teaching fourth, sixth and eighth grades. She also developed and implemented language and math curricula at Compass and has extensive training in Idaho Core Standard, and MTI.

Mrs. Andersen 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 (19) and Maya (12). Maya attends North Star in the seventh grade. Colin is a sophomore in college in Iowa where he also 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.


Sheri Drain

Academic Administrator
sdrain@northstarcharter.org

Mrs. Drain was born in Union City, TN and moved to Arizona at 11months old. Sheri grew up loving school, while excelling in many sports such as volleyball, swimming, and track throughout her school years. Wanting a small town feeling she decided to attend Northern Arizona University where she went on to earn her Bachelors of Science degrees in Elementary Education and Special Education with an emphasis in Learning Disabilities.

It is in Northern Arizona where she fell in love with the outdoors. Her first teaching position in Arizona was with learning disabled children from kindergarten to 8th grade. Wanting to be at one school all day long she took a 4th grade position at a highly gifted school where she taught 4th grade for 3 years and then looped her students up to 5th grade. It is then she realized that she loved individualizing her students’ instruction so much that decided to return to special education, where she taught for the next 3 years until her daughter Melanie was born. In 2002, Mrs. Drain’s husband’s work moved them to Idaho, where they settled in Eagle and awaited the birth of their second child. After their son Steven was born Mrs. Drain was fortunate enough to stay home for the next 3 years enjoying all the amazing developments of her children while volunteering at her daughters Montessori school, and taking on the position of co-President of the PTO. With her children beginning school, Mrs. Drain decided to go back to teaching Special Education part-time for the Meridian School District, where she has been involved in writing grants for a school wide positive disciple program and school wide intervention teams, and she developed a K-2 IRI intervention program. Mrs. Drain then joined the North Star team in 2009 as their Special Education Teacher and in 2011 moved to 2nd grade to be her son Steven’s teacher.

Since teaching at North Star she has acquired her Masters Degree in Educational Leadership through BSU. When not teaching or attending school herself Mrs. Drain enjoys skiing, bike riding, reading, hiking, and just enjoying the four seasons that Idaho has to offer with her family.


Paige Olivetti-Schmasow

Administrative Intern
polivetti@northstarcharter.org

Paige Olivetti claims herself a native of California and Nevada and moved to Boise in 2005 to run track on a full scholarship for Boise State University, where she specialized in the 400m. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education, with an emphasis in literacy, in 2010. She is currently continuing her education and working on a Master's Degree in Educational Leadership set for graduation in Spring 2017.

After graduation, Paige taught sixth grade and middle school English at North Star Charter and The Village Charter in Boise, Idaho. She is currently taking a break from the classroom to go back to school and is a Pure Barre (fitness technique) teacher in both Boise and Eagle.

Outside of going to school and doing all things Pure Barre, Paige enjoys running, cycling classes, reading anything Stephen King, and spending time with her husband, dogs, and chickens. She also has an identical twin sister, so don't be confused if you see two of her around town!

Finance

George Coburn

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

Mr. Coburn was born and raised in Massachusetts, graduated from Bentley University as a CPA and practiced with PricewaterhouseCoopers in the Boston area. Mr. Coburn and his wife moved to the Treasure Valley six years ago to be closer to family and grandchildren and to enjoy our rich outdoor environment and many golf courses.

His career has included experience in both the public and private sector, including 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 to be 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 Davis

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

Jon Hegge

Safe School Officer
jhegge@northstarcharter.org

Biography to come

Facilities

Dan Morgan

Facilities
dmorgan@northstarcharter.org

Dan considers himself an Idaho native having grown up in the Caldwell area since arriving from California in 1976. He enjoys the simple life that the Treasure Valley provides, plenty of fresh air and sunshine with the chance to enjoy four seasons and the outdoor activities those bring.

An avid carpenter, Dan learned early at his grandfather’s side the art of building and carpentry, and from his father he learned a love for mechanical things with motors. All of this combined to make a love for rebuilding, repairing and maintaining just about anything.

Dan has been married for thirty years to the love of his life Diane; together they have three grown daughters and a grandson that is the light of his life. Having moved all around the country for the last twenty years he is glad to be back home in Idaho close to his children and extended family.


Robert Thompson

Facilities
rthompson@northstarcharter.org

Robert was born in Burley, Idaho in 1961 to two good parents who raised him in a happy, well-structured home. Robert attended grade school in Oxnard and Camarillo, CA where his father was working as a plumber. He was in CA until the age of 14 when his father and mother purchased a 35 acre ranch in Yost, Utah. Robert spent the remainder of his childhood and teenage years feeding an assortment of farm animals, mowing and bailing hay, and working for the neighboring farms to earn a little extra money for school and outside activities.

In 1980 Robert became a reserve deputy for the Cassia County Sheriff’s Office (where his father had begun working two years previous as a Cassia County Deputy) where he received numerous training certificates for Criminal Law, Baton training, Accident investigation, Arrest procedures, Pursuit Driving and DUI among many others. In 1981 Robert Went to Nova Scotia Canada on an LDS mission where he taught people about The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints for 18 months. Upon returning in 1983 he began making preparations to enter law enforcement as a career, and on March 3rd, 1984 joined the Burley City Police Department where he attended the Idaho Police Academy in Boise, Idaho and worked for BPD for two years.

Robert Joined the Marines in 1986, completed fourteen weeks of intense physical and mental training before being shipped to 29 Palms, Ca Marine Corps Base where he joined the 5th Battalion, 11th Marines,27th Marine Amphibious Brigade. Now L/cpl Thompson he flourished in the Marine setting, spending three weeks of every month in the 29 Palms desert learning combat drills and the use of artillery. Due to a medical problem with his feet that existed since birth, Robert received an Honorable Discharge from the Marines and came home to Idaho, Burley area. Robert joined the Ada County Sheriff’s Office, moving to Boise. During the course of his employment he received 2200 hours of LE training, expanding his knowledge and abilities to serve our fair community. Robert Joined the Ada County SWAT team in 1990, performing many high risk entries and arrests of felony suspects. Robert also rode the dirt bike for the sheriff’s office patrolling the deserts and mountainous areas of Ada County for two years.

In 1997 Robert left the sheriff’s office looking for a different path to travel on, hoping for a chance to use the other skills he had to build, repair and make just about anything. Robert worked at three different schools before finding a great fit here at North Star Charter School. Robert truly enjoys working at North Star with Doug helping the teachers with problems that arise, changes that need to be made or helping a child who needs a stepping stool, whatever the case may be.