Board of Directors
Associate Professor of Geochemistry, Department of Geography and Geological Sciences, University of Idaho
Leslie has served on the MCS Board of Directors since 2011 and as its chair since 2012. Her daughter Rose attended MCS from kindergarten through 8th grade and is now a student at Moscow High School. Leslie has also represented charter schools on the Idaho School Boards Association Executive Board. Idaho was the first state in the country to allow charter schools full representation in its school boards association! If you’ve seen Leslie around town, she was probably being walked by her dogs Bear and Jax.
Why I chose to be a board member?
"My daughter Rose was having such a great experience as a student at MCS, and I was looking for a way to give back to the school and its hard-working staff. The school was facing some significant challenges at that time due to state funding cuts and it has been rewarding to help set it back on a secure footing. Since then we have added two grades and recently opened our newly constructed middle school building. We have a great team of staff and board members and it is an honor to work with them."
Vice Board Chair
North Latah County Highway District
John has a long history of working with public education. He served on the Board of Trustees with the Troy School District for twelve years and served on the Board of Directors of the Idaho School Boards Association for eight years, serving as the President of the ISBA during his last year as a board member. John brings a passion for education and a desire to offer students the best educational opportunities possible. In his spare time, John enjoys hunting, camping and riding his four wheeler.
Why I choose to be a board member?
"I am excited to be a member of the Board of Directors for MCS because we strive to set a quality, well rounded educational foundation for our students. I believe that one of the greatest services that one can offer to others is to ensure that today’s students are prepared for tomorrow’s world. MCS offers that with a nurturing classroom environment and a staff that is dedicated to excellence. I am honored to be a part of such a great team. I look forward to the great things that the future holds in store for MCS and our students."
The University of Idaho brought Jade to Moscow, but the atmosphere and people compelled her to stay. As a mother of five, she loves living in an inclusive community where her children reap the benefits of big educational opportunities in a small town. Professionally she manages the family medicine residency program at Pullman Regional Hospital for WSU's Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine. Jade joined the Moscow Charter School Board in 2015. She became treasurer in 2017.
"Because of my work schedule I’m rarely able to volunteer in the classroom. But serving on the Board is something I can do to try to give back to the school that has done so much for my children and my family. It’s been so rewarding to see firsthand how the culture of putting the students’ needs first truly permeates every level of the organization."
Director of Facilities, University of Idaho
My family and I moved to Moscow two years ago as I accepted a position at the University of Idaho as the Executive Director of Recreation and Wellbeing. Marie and I knew that Moscow Charter School would be a place where our children Ellie (8th grade) and Wyatt (3rd grade) were sure to thrive.