Meet our Governing Board
The Idaho AEYC Governing Board serves to support, promote and facilitate the goals and objectives of Idaho AEYC. Members serve 2-year terms beginning July 1 of the year elected and extend to June 30 of the final year of the term.
LeAnn graduated from Brigham Young University with a BS in Recreation Administration, and achieved a Community Development Certification from Northwest Community Development Institute. She was also named an Idaho Business Review Women of the Year in 2009 and was recently involved with the Idaho Third Grade Reading Task Force and Governor’s Education Reform Task Force.
LeAnn is a long-time Boise resident who enjoys hiking, golfing and skiing.
Past President (Boise)
Genie Sue worked for the Department of Health and Welfare since 1997 up until her recent retirement. She has been a Program Manager for regional operations in Southeastern Idaho responsible for delivery of Food Stamp, cash assistance, child care, Medicaid and services to the Adult, Aged, Blind and Disabled from 1997 through 2003. In 2003, she moved to Boise to manage the Idaho Child Care Program, Temporary Assistance for Families in Idaho (TAFI) Program, and the Community Action Agency's programs which include Weatherization, Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program, Temporary Food Assistance Program and Idaho State Telephone Assistance Program. Currently, she manages the Idaho Child Care Program and the Community Action Agency Programs.
Prior to that, she had 15 years of experience working in the private non-profit sector, working for the Southeastern Idaho Community Action Agency as the Deputy Director, the Director of the YWCA of Pocatello, and Director of a child care resource and referral agency known as All 'Bout Children Services in Pocatello.
She is a potter in her spare time and produces utilitarian ware such as plates, cups, bowls, and casseroles.
Danielle Jorgensen is Assistant General Manager for YMC, Inc. in Meridian, ID. Previously, she worked for Oppenheimer Cos., in multiple positions spanning nine years with the most recent, Assistant Controller. Other positions were Oppenheimer Development Corp.'s Financial and Property Manager.
Danielle has excelled in financials, customer service and being a team player. She has a contagious attitude and a willingness to learn and strive to do her best at any project or task she is performing. Danielle earned two Bachelors of Business Administration, one in International Business and one in Human Resource Management with minors in Economics and Business Spanish from Boise State University. She is a member of the Leadership Boise Alumni Association and was in the graduating class of 2017.
Danielle has a daughter, Brielle, two dogs and enjoys family, friends, flower gardening and reading.
Boise Representative (Boise)
Cammra Wakagawa is the Area Director for New Horizon Academy and has worked for the company for 15 years starting out as a teacher and moving up to management and administration.
Cammra’s passion is children and how to bring joy and knowledge into their lives. While working at New Horizon Academy, she has been blessed to be able to advocate on children’s behalf. Cammra has visited our leaders in Washington D.C. with IAEYC and is a member of Treasure Valley Education Partnership.
Cammra has successfully lead each of the four New Horizon Academy locations through the NAEYC Accreditation process as well as achieving star ratings with IdahoSTARS QRIS. New Horizon strives to do what is best for children and is proud that 100% of its eligible programs are NAEYC accredited.
Cammra and her husband, Kevin, have four children. She graduated with her degree in Early Childhood Education from Ashworth College and has over 120 training hours with IdahoSTARS since 2008.
Coeur d'Alene Representative (Post Falls)
Nampa/Caldwell Representative (Emmett)
Phyllis Vernon has been employed at Western Idaho Community Action Partnership Head Start in Payette since 1999. At WICAP, she is currently serving as the School Readiness Specialist and has served as a Home Base Specialist, Home Base Coordinator, Children Service Field Advisor, Child/Family Advocate and Teacher 1.
Phyllis has an Associate of Science in Elementary Education from Volunteer State Community College; and an Early Childhood Endorsement from Treasure Valley Community College, as well as completing Social Services Competency Based Training from WICAP Head Start. In 2011, she achieved Certificates of Completion in the Program for Infant/Toddler Care. Phyllis received her Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Walden University in 2010 and is currently working on her Master’s Degree.
Phyllis is currently serving as the AIM Early Idaho – President-Elect and is a Lifetime Girl Scout/Trainer for the Girl Scouts of Silver Sage. She enjoys camping, reading and spending time with her three dogs.
Pocatello Representative (Pocatello)
Corey is the owner/director of The Lighthouse Preschool and Childcare Center, LLC in Pocatello. She has been working in the childcare profession for over 25 years and is committed to the goal of providing high-quality care to all children. Corey has an Associate’s degree in Marketing and Management and in Child Development from Idaho State University. She is currently working on her Director’s Credential from Aim4Excellence. Corey is a volunteer for CASA, the Pocatello Childcare Advisory Board and is a Donate Life committee member.
Sun Valley Representative (Ketchum)
Nichole Moos has been a preschool/kindergarten teacher since 2005. She currently works as a Preschool Teacher in the Early Childhood Center at Community School in Ketchum. In 2009, she earned her M.A. in Early Childhood Education from West Virginia University and in 2005, a B.A. in Early Childhood Studies from Boise State University. She holds the following certifications: National Board Certified Early Childhood Generalist, Idaho Blended Early Childhood Certificate and Illinois Master Teaching Certificate in Early Childhood Teaching.
In addition to being a NAEYC member, she is a member of the North American Reggio Emilia Alliance.
Twin Falls Representative (Twin Falls)
Ellen has 35 years of experience working with young children in various educational settings. She is a former board member for AIM Early Idaho. Ellen is an Associate Professor in the Early Childhood Education Program at the College of Southern Idaho and has her M.Ed. in Early Childhood Studies with an Infant Mental Health endorsement.
Emerging Leader Representative (Moscow)
Avery is the newly-appointed Emerging Leader Representative to our Board. She is majoring in child development and has studied observation methods and developing curriculum for young children at the University of Idaho. Avery will graduate in December 2018. She is a member and event director at Kappa Alpha Theta and has been engaged with the Boys and Girls Club in Garden City since 2015.
Cristina Daccarett is a Senior Continuous Improvement Coach at St. Luke’s Health System and has been employed at St. Luke’s since 2013. She has a Master of Health Services Administration from the University of Michigan and a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering from Purdue University. She is a member of the Little Luke’s Parent Advisory Council.
Margaret has been directly involved with Idaho AEYC since 2010 having served as a Mentor/Coach, Mentor/Coach Coordinator and Idaho STARS Project Director. She currently serves as a Member-at-Large and Professional Development Leadership Chair on the Idaho AEYC Board.
Margaret received a B.A.S in Child Care and Development from Boise State University. She has served as an ex officio member on the Idaho Child Care Provider Advisory Board, and is a past member of the Idaho Early Childhood Coordinating Council and College of Western Idaho’s Early Childhood Education Technical Advisory Committee.
Margaret Ganyo has been the CEO of the United Way of Southeastern Idaho for the past 14 years. Prior to that she served on the leadership team of Pocatello Neighborhood Housing Services, now NeighborWorks Pocatello. There, Margaret helped secure Community Development Financial Institution status for PNHS to provide investment capital to neighborhoods in Pocatello.
Before moving to Pocatello, Margaret served as the Director of Pro Bono Services for Utah Legal Services. She is a licensed attorney in Utah, Washington and California and practiced law for six years.
Margaret and her husband Mike Denning have two sons and two granddaughters and they love calling Pocatello/Chubbuck their home.
Bessie Katsilometes is a retired Associate Vice President/Dean from the Meridian Health Center at Idaho State University where she worked for thirty years in various capacities. She earned a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degree in Humanities with a Concentration in Transformative Studies from the California Institute of Integral Studies. In 1990, Bessie earned her Master in Public Administration from Idaho State University and in 1973, she received her Bachelor of Arts Degree/Social Work from Idaho State University. Throughout her life, Bessie has served on various committees and boards and was recently appointed to the Governor’s Higher Education Task Force.
Shawna Potter is an HR Professional in Development & Performance Improvement at Idaho Power Company where she has worked since 2015. She received her Bachelor of Arts, majoring in Psychology and with a minor in Spanish, from the University of Puget Sound in 2010. Shawna is currently pursuing her Master of Business Administration at Boise State University and has a Professional in HR Certificate.
Ex Officio Members
Ex Officio (Boise)
Beth Oppenheimer has served as the Executive Director of the Idaho Association for the Education of Young Children (Idaho AEYC) since 2010. She has spent many years advocating for the needs of our children and families and is committed to advancing opportunities for all Idaho families. As a working mother of two children, she understands the challenges facing working families and their abilities to support their children’s early care and learning. Previously, Beth served as the Associate Director for the Student Union Building at Boise State University. She has also worked at the University of Idaho, and has worked on education, policy, and development issues for the Junior Achievement of the National Capital Area and the Institute for Women’s Policy Research in Washington, DC.
Beth is very involved in her community and serves on several boards and committees which include the Treasure Valley YMCA, United Way Vision Council and is the newest member to the Boise School District Board of Trustees.
Beth and her husband, Jonathan reside in Boise and have two young daughters, Maddie and Annabelle.
Ex Officio (Boise)
Bill is the Executive Director of the Idaho Head Start Association. He’s been in this position for four years. The IHSA provides member services and advocacy for Idaho’s 13 Head Start and Early Head Start programs which serve over 5,000 low income Idaho children from birth to five. Previously, Bill worked as the Executive Director of the Idaho Primary Care Association, serving Idaho’s community and migrant health centers; and as the Executive Director of the Lake Roosevelt Community Health Center for the Colville Confederated Tribes. He’s also been a grant writer, a health planner and a consultant in various capacities.