STEM AC Strategic Plan
Next Board Meeting:
December 5, 2017
1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
State Capitol Building – (Room WW-55)
or via livestream below at:
Meeting Agenda coming soon
Board Meeting ARCHIVES:
August 15, 2017
May 1, 2017 – Special Meeting
March 21, 2017
January 10, 2017
2015-2016 Board Meeting ArchiveS:
You may access Board Agendas, Minutes, and Presentations by clicking the link below:
Board Meeting Archives
You may access audio archives of Board Meetings at:
Dr. David J. Hill – Chairman
Dr. David J. Hill is a technology and management consultant in Boise, Idaho. An internationally acknowledged expert on nuclear technology and policy issues, Dr. Hill has extensive experience in the area of international nuclear cooperation, working with the countries of both Western Europe and the former Soviet Union. From 2005 to 2012 Dr. Hill was deputy laboratory director for Science & Technology at the Department of Energy’s Idaho National Laboratory, responsible for the science and technology strategy for the lab and for about 1B dollars of R&D programs pertaining to nuclear energy, national and homeland security, and clean energy. In the State of Idaho, Dr. Hill was appointed to the IGEM council in 2012, where he is now the chair, and the State Board of Education in 2014. He holds a bachelor’s degree in mathematics and a doctorate in mathematical physics from Imperial College, London University, and an MBA from the University of Chicago.
Dee Mooney – Vice Chair
As Executive Director of the Micron Foundation since 2006, Dee Mooney drives the Micron Foundation’s programs aimed at advancing science and technology education and enhancing the quality of life in Micron’s manufacturing site communities. Dee collaborates with internal and external partners to develop, maintain, and improve programs as well as develop strong partnerships with community and educational organizations. The Foundation provides more than $5 million in grants annually around the world.
Prior to Micron, Mooney worked for Albertsons Inc., serving as its director of charitable contributions and community relations. In this role, she also served as vice president of Albertsons Stores Charitable Foundation and president of Albertsons Assist Foundation. Mooney spent more than eight years with Albertsons, where she held a variety of other positions, including investor relations manager, special projects manager to the CEO, and integration analyst. Prior to Albertsons, she worked for Andersen Consulting as a change management consultant. Mooney holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Iowa State University and a master’s degree in industrial psychology from University of New Haven.
Mooney serves or has served on the following non-profit boards and committees: Power Engineers Foundation Board, Treasure Valley Educational Partnership, Women and Children’s Alliance, The Leonardo – Center for Arts and Science, Special Olympics World Winter Games 2009, St. Luke’s Health Foundation Board, and St. Luke’s Children’s Hospital Advisory Board. She enjoys spending time with her two young daughters and her husband.
Dr. Lorna Finman
Dr. Lorna Finman is Chief Executive Officer for LCF Enterprises, a high-tech engineering and manufacturing firm in Post Falls. She also serves as President of STEMbusUSA.org, a high tech non-profit which works to inspire students to pursue careers in STEM fields. Dr. Finman received Bachelor’s degrees in Physics and Math before graduating from Stanford University with a Master’s and PhD in Physics. She has one patent to her credit; an award from the military for saving our troops through the development of jamming devices that disable roadside bombs; and an award from the Air Force for Research and Development of our nation’s strategic defenses. Dr. Finman is the 2015 recipient of the Idaho Innovator of the Year Award presented by the Idaho Technology Council. In her career, she was program manager for the Sunshield corporation on communication satellites for Raytheon and technical director of Raytheon’s multi-million-dollar Research and Development Program. She is also one of the founders of the North Idaho STEM Charter Academy, which opened in 2012 for grades K-12.
Von Hansen is currently President/CEO of AlertSense, Inc., an Idaho-based software company. AlertSense has become a leader in providing cloud-based alerting and critical communication solutions across the country. Previously, Von spent 38 years at HP, where he was Vice President and General Manager in the Imaging and Printing Group. Von is known as an innovator in product development, bringing to life some of HP’s most successful products and businesses. Von is currently the Chairman of the Idaho Technology Council and has been actively involved in helping to grow technology companies across Idaho. In 2012, he was appointed by Governor Otter to the IGEM council with a focus to create technology jobs by accelerating technology transfers from Idaho universities to the private sector. Von holds a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from Utah State University and a Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering (with emphasis in Computer Science) from Stanford University.
Dr. Mark Peters
Dr. Peters is the director of Idaho National Laboratory and president of Battelle Energy Alliance LLC (BEA). His credentials and experience include leadership and management of large institutions with substantial efforts focused on technology research and development. Prior to joining BEA, Peters served as the associate laboratory director for Energy and Global Security at Argonne National Laboratory. Peters serves as a senior advisor to the Department of Energy on nuclear energy technologies, research and development programs, and nuclear waste policy.
As a recognized expert in nuclear fuel cycle technologies and nuclear waste management, Peters is called upon frequently to provide expert testimony to Congress and to advise in formulation of policies for nuclear fuel cycles, nonproliferation and nuclear waste disposal. He serves on the ANS Public Policy Committee and also served on the Executive Committee of the ANS Fuel Cycle and Waste Management Division.
In 2015, he was honored as a Fellow of the American Nuclear Society for outstanding accomplishments in the area of nuclear science and technology. In his earlier career, Peters had the opportunity to work in science and research positions at both Los Alamos National Lab and the California Institute of Technology. Peters received his doctorate in geophysical sciences from the University of Chicago and his bachelor’s in geology from Auburn University. He has also received extensive management and leadership education and training, including completion of the Strategic Laboratory Leadership Program at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.
In January 2016, Megan Ronk was appointed by Governor C.L. “Butch” Otter to lead the Idaho Department of Commerce and further the mission of driving Idaho’s economic growth. Megan has played a leadership role on the Idaho Commerce team since January 2012, most recently serving as the agency’s Chief Operating Officer
Prior to serving at Idaho Commerce, Megan held a variety of leadership roles in the private, public and non-profit sectors. She launched and served as Executive Director of the Idaho Meth Project, led international projects for Blue Cross of Idaho, and was a Policy Advisor to former Idaho Governor Dirk Kempthorne, specializing in economic development and criminal justice issues.
Megan holds a B.A. in Business Administration from the College of Idaho and an MBA from the Thunderbird School of Global Management. She is an adjunct faculty member at the College of Western Idaho and is actively involved in a number of non-profit organizations. She was named one of the Idaho Business Review’s “Women of the Year” in 2015, and was one of the newspaper’s “Accomplished Under 40” award recipients in 2008. However, Megan’s highest priority and greatest accomplishment is her family including husband Jayson and two young sons, Simon and Harrison.
Tim McMurtrey attended the University of Idaho and in the spring of 1978 transferred to and graduated from Boise State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education. McMurtrey taught sixth grade for three years in Twin Falls, Idaho, and then returned to his hometown of Mountain Home and taught sixth, fourth and third grades in the Mountain Home School District. While teaching, McMurtrey attended the University of Idaho to obtain a Master of Education Degree in Educational Administration.
In 1987, McMurtrey started his administrative career as principal of East Elementary in the Mountain Home School District and then went on to become principal of Stephensen Middle School for five years, then principal of Tom W. Hacker Middle School.
McMurtrey received his Education Specialist Degree from the University of Idaho and moved to the Mountain Home School District Office where he served as Curriculum Director, Assistant Superintendent, and during his last ten years served the district as Superintendent of Schools.
Along with involvement in public education, McMurtrey has been heavily involved in community organizations. Past and present involvement includes membership in the Mountain Home Lions Club (President, Vice President, and Secretary), Mountain Home Jaycees (Charter President), Our Lady of Good Counsel Parish Council, Mountain Home Library Board (Chairman), Elmore County Impact Steering Committee, Mountain Home Elks, Mountain Home Vandal Boosters (President), Military Affairs Committee (Board Member 2004-2007), and a CYO Youth Instructor.
In 2015, McMurtrey took the position of Chief Performance Officer/Strategic Planner with the Idaho State Department of Education and currently serves as Deputy Superintendent of Operations for Superintendent Sherri Ybarra.