Panhandle Alliance for Education Board of Directors & Staff

The Panhandle Alliance for Education Board of Directors is comprised of community leaders with a passion for public education. An active and enthusiastic team, the board embraces a culture of excellence and integrity at all levels. Their varied talents and diverse backgrounds are representative of our constituency. A working board, the members place a high priority on financial stewardship and serving the needs of our students.

(In top photo) Front row from left: Chris Blanford, Stefanie Nostdahl, Marcia Wilson, Pierce Smith, Susan Jordan, Dick Cvitanich, Toby McLaughlin, Shawn Keough. Second row from left: Kelly Prior, Matt Gillis, Geraldine Lewis, Patty Staglund, Kendon Perry, Allison Gilmore, Julie Reister-Keaton, Wendy Dunn, Mary Weber-Quinn. Back row from left: Shawn Woodward, Caleb Bowman, Read Tuddenham, Matt Mire, Tom Puckett, Amy Longanecker.  Missing from photo: Tom Albertson, Christian Groenke, Erin Roos, Joe Williams.

Board Members

Shawn Keough - In November 2018, Shawn Keough retired from the Idaho State Senate after serving 22 years as the Idaho State Senator for Legislative District One which includes Bonner and Boundary Counties in northern Idaho. First elected in 1996, Senator Keough served eleven two-year terms. Shawn is the longest serving female State Senator in Idaho’s history and

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Chris Blanford - Chris grew up in Bonners Ferry, ID where he graduated from Bonners Ferry High School in 1999.  After high school Chris attended the University of Idaho where he received a B.S. Degree in Marketing. Post-graduation from college Chris moved to Sandpoint where he worked at Coldwater Creek for four years before moving to Seattle to

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Geraldine Lewis - Born in 1967 in Bahrain, Geraldine lived overseas with her family until 1977, most of that time in Sumatra, Indonesia. The family then settled in Denver, Colorado for her middle and high school years. Geraldine attended Gonzaga University where she received a Bachelor’s in Electrical Engineering in 1989 and met her future husband, Jim. Geraldine

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Julie Keaton Julie Reister-Keaton - Julie Reister-Keaton is a retired educator whose career spanned 39 years, 36 of which were dedicated to the students of Lake Pend Oreille School District. Julie earned a BA in Special Education at Central Washington University and an MA in Elementary Education at the University of Idaho. She taught grades kindergarten through high school and

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Erin Roos - Erin Roos was raised in Sandpoint and has greatly benefited from her public education and the strong community support. After attending LPOSD schools K-12 and graduating from SHS in 1993, she accepted a full ride athletic scholarship to the University of Michigan. Erin graduated from UM in 1998 with a BS in Exercise Science. She

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Toby McLaughlin - Toby McLaughlin, attorney at law, has been practicing law for more than 14 years, first in Spokane, Washington, at the firm of Witherspoon Kelly, then, beginning in 2006, as a founding member of his own firm, Berg, McLaughlin & Nelson, Chtd.  Toby heads the litigation practice of his firm, with an emphasis on real estate

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Christian Groenke - Christian Groenke has a long tradition of providing leadership for diverse entrepreneurial ventures. After a brief employment in his family’s business at Deutsche Interhotel GmbH and TRIGON Immobilien Holding GmbH, Groenke started his own company as a franchisee of Burger King restaurants in Germany. As the business grew, he diversified his investments and became a

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Stefanie Nostdahl - Stefanie Nostdahl has been the co-owner of Pend Oreille Insurance since 2009, but has been in the insurance industry since she was 15 years old. She obtained her knowledge of the industry by working in her father’s insurance agency in Aspen, Colorado where she was born and raised until moving to Sandpoint in 1998 with

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Dick Cvitanich - Dick is a former Panhandle Alliance for Education Board Member who served while Superintendent of the Lake Pend Oreille School District. He recently retired from his post as Superintendent of Olympia Washington School District and returned to Sandpoint with his wife Diane. Dick spent 42 years supporting K-12 public education, including serving as cheerleader for

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Matt Mire Matt Mire - Matt Mire is a Sandpoint native, graduated from Sandpoint High in 2001, and married his high school sweetheart Jenny in 2004. He is a graduate of Eastern Washington University with a degree in Business Administration and a major in General Management and Finance. Matt worked with Mountain West Bank for 10 years, and now serves

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Kendon Perry Kendon Perry - Kendon has been an agent/financial advisor with Farm Bureau Insurance and Financial Services since 2001. Previous to this business, he owned a small business in Hayden Lake starting in 1987. He and his wife Judy have two children Aubrie and Kyle, both graduates of Sandpoint High School. Kendon’s community involvement includes Sandpoint Rotary (board member

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Kelly Prior - Kelly Prior joined Litehouse in 2002 as Controller, was appointed to CFO in 2005 and added Executive Vice President to his responsibilities in 2010.  In 2019, he stepped into the role as President of the company. Kelly graduated from Eastern Washington University with a degree in Business Administration and immediately obtained his license as a

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Matt Gillis - Matt was born in South Lake Tahoe and has always lived a stone’s throw from a ski resort, which is what eventually brought him and his family to the area. Sandpoint became home in the late 90s where he attended 8th grade on through High School, graduating in 2002. Matt attended Eastern Washington University where

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Allison Gilmore - Having lived in Bonner County since 1969, Allison has seen many changes in our community and in our schools. She completed her secondary education at Sandpoint High School and then earned several degrees from the University of Idaho. She has taught Adult Basic Education, ESL and GED classes for North Idaho College, as well as

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Pierce Smith Pierce Smith - Pierce was born in Pasadena, California and grew up in the area. He is a graduate of the University of Southern California. Professionally he has a background in accounting and finance, working at Hughes Aircraft Company for 28 years in several different locations in California and Arizona at various divisions and the corporate offices, developing

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Tom Puckett - A fourth generation native, Tom Puckett was born in 1974 at Bonner General Hospital in Sandpoint, Idaho. Tom completed his secondary education through the traditional school system and graduated from Sandpoint High School in 1993. The following year, Puckett joined the U.S. Navy for a 3-year term on board the USS Carl Vinson (CVN-70). After

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Read Tuddenham - Read was raised outside Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and came to Sandpoint after a career in the U.S. Navy and GE. He received a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Cornell University in 1972 and entered the Navy nuclear program. His last of 3 ship tours was chief engineer in USS CALIFORNIA (CGN36), a nuclear powered cruiser. During

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Patty Schwartz Patty Staglund - Patty Staglund grew up in Iowa and received her BA in Marketing and Finance from Wartburg College in Waverly, Iowa. After college, she was a marketing director in the insurance and computer software industries. Patty and her family moved to Sandpoint in 1994. She is involved in the Sandpoint community and the schools in the

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Mary Weber-Quinn Mary Weber-Quinn - After growing up in Minneapolis, Mary graduated from St John’s University / College of St Benedict with a BA in Natural Science and Education.  She went to work for the National Park Service as a Naturalist in Oregon and Alaska while working winters in land use planning. After a few years, she completed her Masters

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Wendy Dunn - Wendy Dunn is the mother of four children, all of whom attended school in the Lake Pend Oreille School District. Since moving to Sandpoint in 1993, Wendy has spent many hours volunteering with local youth, including coaching swimming, t-ball, soccer, basketball and volleyball. In addition to serving on the board of directors of the Panhandle

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Susan Jordan - Susan joined Quest in 2007, working in the finance department. She now serves as the company’s CFO and Senior Vice President of Administration and is part of Quest’s senior leadership team. Susan oversees Finance, Accounting, Information Technology, Human Resources, Supply Chain, Corporate Initiatives and the Legal department. Susan has over 30 years of business experience,

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Caleb Bowman - Caleb Bowman was born and raised in Sandpoint and is a financial advisor with Edward Jones Investments. A proud product of the Lake Pend Oreille School District, Caleb graduated from Sandpoint High School in 1998 where he was a multi-sport athlete and member of the 1997 State Champion Football Team. He earned a football scholarship

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Staff

Meet Amy Longanecker: Director of Resource Development and Events - Amy graduated from WTAMU with a degree in Sports and Exercise Science. She enjoyed serving as Executive Co-Director of The Downtown Athletic Club in Amarillo, Texas for many years before moving to Denver, Colorado. As a certified personal trainer, she began her own business in the mile-high city and worked with a diverse range of

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Marcia Wilson, Executive Director - Marcia Wilson brings over 20 years of business leadership to the Panhandle Alliance for Education. She has served as the executive director since 2005, following an extensive career in international product management in the software industry. Results-driven, Marcia is a proven leader of people and projects with award-winning outcomes. As executive director, Marcia champions the

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