Our Board of Directors

  • Sherri Ybarra, Chairman

    Represents the Board as Superintendent of Public Instruction

    Sherri Ybarra was elected and took office on January 5, and has served as Idaho’s Superintendent of Public Instruction since 2015. She was awarded “Outstanding Educator” twice in her career, and has experience with receiving numerous, progressive grant

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  • Allison Gonzalez

    Represents the Board as a Parent

    Allison Gonzalez serves the board as a parent of a Deaf or Hard of Hearing Child. Allison's oldest daughter is a deaf high school student who attends the residential program on ISDB's campus. Allison and her daughter began receiving services

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  • Steven Stubbs

    Represents the Board as ...

    Steven G Stubbs grew up in the east, attending both the Deaf School and the public school. He continued his education at Gallaudet University and completed his degree in computer science with an emphasis in mathematics at the University of Maryland – College

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  • Dr. Bill Russell

    Represents the Board as

    Dr. Bill Russell serves as Executive Director for Community Relations and General Counsel for Northwest Nazarene University. Formerly, he served as the Associate Dean of the School of Business and an Assistant to the President of the University at NNU; he has

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  • Cathi Pierson

    Represents the Board as Private Idaho Citizen

    Cathi Pierson has worked as an Audiologist with various Ear, Nose and Throat Physicians in Florida, Alaska and Idaho. She was also the Audiologist at the Idaho School for the Deaf and the Blind as well as owner and

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  • Mike Gibson

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  • Ramona Lee

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    Ramona Lee is the director of Federal Programs and Special Education for the Weiser School District. During her 20 years as an Idaho educator, she has worked as a special education teacher, a secondary math teacher, an alternative school coordinator, and a

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  • Kathleen Crowley

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    Kathleen Crowley has been the principal of Ponderosa Elementary School in the West Ada School District for the past twelve years. Ponderosa has the magnet program that serves students who are deaf or hard of hearing who reside in the west area

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Dr. Bill Russell
Represents the Board as

Dr. Bill Russell serves as Executive Director for Community Relations and General Counsel for Northwest Nazarene University. Formerly, he served as the Associate Dean of the School of Business and an Assistant to the President of the University at NNU; he has also held a position as Professor of Business Law and Business Ethics and has taught in the graduate and undergraduate programs at the School of Business. In past years, he served as Director of the NNU MBA program and was responsible for creation of innovative new MBA programs.

In 2010, Dr. Russell was named the International Award for Teaching Excellence winner for 2010 by the Accreditation Association for Business Schools and Programs. ACBSP includes membership of 650 colleges and universities from 40 countries ranging from Argentina to Mongolia and Kazakhstan, and of course, the United States. In receiving the award, he competed as one of nine Regional award winners against professors from India, Paraguay, Indiana, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania and Missouri. Prior to winning the International Award, Dr. Russell was awarded the 2010 Teaching Excellence Award for Region 7 (Western United States and Canada).

Dr. Russell received a BA from the University of Kansas, a J.D. from the University of Denver, and an MBA from Regis University. He has earned 29 graduate credit hours (working towards a Graduate Certificate in Christian Studies) at Asbury Theological Seminary and expects to complete that program in 2014.

He practiced law in the Boise Valley for 16 years, and then joined Pintlar Corporation (formerly The Bunker Hill Mining Company) and Gulf Resources Chemical Corporation as General Counsel and Vice President. Dr. Russell left Gulf in 1993 and after two years in a consulting practice at KPMG Peat Marwick founded an international consulting company with clients worldwide. That company assisted Fortune 500 and international companies with specialized complex business disputes including insurance claim matters, primarily relating to current claims on insurance policies issued in the 1940s through the 1980s. In 2002, he left his company to join NNU.

Today, Dr. Russell sits as a member the Board of Directors of the City Club of Boise, the Board of Directors of Northwest Real Estate Capital Corporation, the Idaho Charter School Network, and the St. Luke’s Canyon County Advisory Board. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Idaho Council on Economic Education. He is a member of the Advisory Committee for the Concordia University School of Law. He was elected to Board of Directors of the North Star Public Charter School, and is a member of the Idaho Business for Education. He has been a Deciding Official for the JR Simplot Company human resource department, and is an adjunct faculty member at the Kazak-American Free University in Ustkamenogorsk, Kazakhstan.

In the past, Dr. Russell has served on The Board of Directors (and Executive Committee) of the Boise Metro Chamber of Commerce, The Board of Directors of Co-Serve International, the Board of Directors of the Crusader Athletic Association, the Board of Directors of Valley Shepherd Church of the Nazarene, the Idaho Fallen Firefighter’s Foundation, the University of Kansas Forensic Alumni Association, and the Board of Directors of the Frank Church Institute at Boise State University.

Dr. Russell has facilitated strategic planning for the Idaho School for the Deaf and Blind and the Nampa Christian School. He has advised ten K-12 schools in Oregon, Washington and Idaho on sustainability and strategic issues under a three-year grant from the Murdock Foundation. He is a trained accreditation reviewer for the Accreditation Council of Business Schools and Programs. He has published and spoken widely on issues relating to management and Higher Business Education. He has consulted with major corporations and international organizations on strategic planning, risk management, governance, and other business matters.

Dr. Russell holds a District minister’s license from the Intermountain District of the Church of the Nazarene and has completed a course of study for diaconal ordination in the Church (expected in May). He has been married to Nancy for 32 years and has two grown children, Kate and Lynn living in Boise and Seattle respectively. Nancy and Bill also have one grandchild, David.