Board of Directors
Jared Allen - Chairman
Jared Allen, a lifetime resident of Idaho Falls, has been a member of the board since the origination of Alturas. Jared is a graduate of Skyline High School (1988), Brigham Young University (BA, 1995), and The University of Idaho College of Law (JD, 1998). He has practiced law in Idaho Falls since 1998 both in private practice and as in-house counsel for an international packaging manufacturer/distributor. He and his wife, Amy, have five children. Jared and Amy have been actively involved in the community volunteering at local schools, coaching youth soccer, working with the Boy Scouts of America, and through various other community service organizations.
Candise Gilbert - President
Candise loves children and values exceptional education. She attended Snow College and Utah State University, graduating with a degree in Elementary Education. Her university studies were interspersed with volunteer educational opportunities which took her to Russia, China, and Australia. Candise spent some time in the classroom before making home and children the focus of her energies. She has been involved in the process of Alturas since its inception and is thrilled with the educational opportunities it provides her children and others in the community. Candise splits her time between motherhood, church service, school involvement, adoption education, and teaching piano lessons. She loves to make cookies, make dinner, and make things happen.
Collin Hunter - Treasurer
Collin is one of the founders of Alturas and is currently the mortgage manager for New Penn Financial. He has been in the mortgage industry since 2006. He worked at Idaho Central Credit Union for seven of those years and worked with them to help secure the financing for the O. E. Bell building. He owns three real estate holding companies that hold both long term and vacation rentals. He also owns a capital company that he runs in his spare time. He graduated from BYU-Idaho in 2003 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management. Collin met his lovely wife, Kristel, while working at Jacob Lake near the Grand Canyon in between college semesters. They have been happily married since 2002 and have four daughters and two sons ranging in ages from 2-14. Their youngest son was born the day Alturas got approved by the State to become a charter.
Christine Ogden - Secretary
Christine was born in Pocatello, Idaho and has lived in Idaho Falls for most of her life. She graduated from Bonneville High School and attended Idaho State University before having the unique experience to work as the administrative assistant for the President and CEO of Melaleuca. Christine and her husband, Tyler, have three children, all of whom attend Alturas. Since having their first child, she has been a stay at home parent, which has allowed her the opportunity to volunteer in many capacities at her children’s schools over the years. After hearing about this school in its infancy stage, she was more than happy to help in any way she could and has served on the board since 2015. Christine enjoys spending time with her family on the lake and in the mountains, and will never turn down a good organizing project.
Callie Hatch - Member
Callie was born and raised in southeastern Idaho. She received a bachelor’s degree in Accounting from Brigham Young University and, while raising her family, lived in Washington and California before returning to Idaho. She and her husband, Dan, have five children who have all graduated from Idaho Falls high schools. Callie has been involved in education for the last 18 years as a volunteer literacy tutor at Sunnyside and Dora Erickson Elementary Schools and, most recently, at Alturas. In addition to working with children, she enjoys reading, camping, hiking, and spending time with her grandchildren.
Jaime Mayo - Member
Jaime Mayo was born and raised in Idaho Falls and is happy to be back. She received her bachelor’s degree in Microbiology from Idaho State University and her Ph.D. in Molecular Biology from Brigham Young University. She spent two years teaching in a college classroom while her husband Tyler was in medical school but, in order to be home with their children, has since switched to teaching online for Brigham Young University-Idaho. She currently teaches Genetics and Molecular Biology. Jaime believes that all children have the right to be challenged and to become passionate about learning. Jaime, Tyler and their four children enjoy living on a hobby farm, and she jokes that she is a collector of hobbies and enjoys everything from cooking, canning, and kayaking to tennis, taekwondo and taking cello lessons.
Lee Stimpson - Member
Lee Stimpson is passionate about education. He was born and raised in Rexburg, Idaho by educators. Both of his parents taught elementary for Madison School District. Lee graduated from BYU-Idaho in Recreation Leadership and then went on to earn two master's degrees from Utah State University in Human Resources and Managing Information Systems. Lee and his wife, Danielle, have two children who will be starting at Alturas soon. Lee is in the Institutional Research department and the Accreditation Liaison Officer at the College of Eastern Idaho. He is currently working on his Doctor of Education Ed.D. in Educational Leadership at Idaho State University.
Jinger Watkins - Member
Jinger Watkins was born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana and graduated with honors from the University of Utah in Early Childhood Development. Upon graduation, her first job was for the Hanover, New Hampshire School District as an instructor for the Title One Program. It was here where she was able to take what she learned in college and apply proven hands-on instruction in an aggressive learning environment. She and her husband, Damond, have four children. Jinger has given thousands of hours to assist teachers in their instruction to not only her children but children of all ages and at various levels of ability. Her unique talent coupled with years of committed service will prove to be a tremendous asset to Alturas Charter School.
Kevan Weaver - Member
Kevan recently returned to Idaho Falls after spending the last decade working for a startup company in Seattle, WA. Previous to his stint in Seattle, he worked for the Idaho National Laboratory from 1998 to 2007. He graduated from American Falls High School (Idaho), received a BS in Physics from Brigham Young University, and a Ph.D. in Nuclear Engineering from the University of Utah. He and his wife Shari are the proud parents of six children, with one grandchild on the way. Kevan is an affiliate faculty member at Idaho State University and the Univerity of Idaho, and an adjunct professor at the University of Utah. His passion for science, technology, engineering and math stems (pun intended) from the hot summer days he spent as a youth shoveling out his father's grain bind here in southeast Idaho.