White Pine Charter School’s mission statement is “Success for Every Student”. Your school board works alongside your administration to ensure that each student at White Pine has the tools and means to be successful. As a stakeholder, YOU have the opportunity to vote for members of your school board. (A stakeholder is parent, guardian or employee of White Pine Charter School.)
These are your 2018-2019 School Board Candidates. Please read each candidate’s biography and join us at White Pine to meet the candidates on Tuesday, April 30th 2019 from 5:30 to 6:30 PM.
Amber Beck previously served as a Director on the White Pine Charter School Board from 2015-2018 and as Vice Chair for the 2017-18 school year. She is a Realtor with Century 21 High Desert, a small business owner/partner with her husband and Mother to 3 children.
She has advocated for many local, State and Federal issues and is dedicated to help ensure that people’s rights are protected. She is an advocate for blind small business owners and actively participates in State Agency and Legislative activities.
In her past WPCS Board Service, Amber played an integral role in the successful kitchen expansion, lead the school safety committee to integrate security cameras and locking doors and additionally participated with full support of expanding the WPCS students continued education opportunities through High School. If chosen again to serve on the Board, Amber will bring her knowledge and experience of WPCS and continue to work with fellow board members in facilitating the schools mission statement of: Success for Every Student!
My name is David Gerritsen. I am married with four children, three of which attend White Pine, and my oldest is a Sophomore in High School. My wife and I also care for two ladies who have developmental disabilities. I am a native of the San Francisco Bay Area and moved to Idaho Falls in 2002. I currently teach 7th grade Social Studies at Eagle Rock Middle School.
I am a huge supporter of charter schools and have worked on the start-up team for two local Charters. I was a first-year teacher at a local Charter School, and worked there for 3 years teaching 1st-6th grades. After “graduating” elementary I continued my love of charter schools in California, teaching and performing administrative duties at a new charter high school serving an urban, low-income population. I love the flexibility that charter schools offer and the difference they make in students’ lives.
I have served on various school committees such as the PFA, school strategic planning, hiring, and chaired a high school certification committee. I am thrilled that White Pine is expanding and I hope to use my knowledge and experience to help the students, parents, and faculty.
Tony has chaired White Pine Charter School’s board of directors since July 2017. He has overseen the school’s expansion into high school, created an advisory board of top community leaders, created marketing campaigns, and supervised the school’s strong record of academic success. With four children attending White Pine Charter School, Tony is passionate about ensuring the school achieves its mission of “success for every student” every single day. Before joining White Pine’s board in July 2016, he was a board member and founder at American Heritage Charter School in Idaho Falls.
Tony serves as Melaleuca’s vice president of public relations, where he builds key relationships and enhances the company’s reputation. He leads Melaleuca’s media relations, community outreach, and philanthropic activities. He also supports the company’s public affairs, social media, and online marketing initiatives. As a representative for Melaleuca, Tony serves on the board of directors for the Idaho Technology Council (ITC), American Red Cross, Greater Idaho Falls Chamber of Commerce, Idaho Falls Symphony, and Regional Economic Development for Eastern Idaho (REDI).
Prior to working at Melaleuca, Tony worked for The Summit Group in Salt Lake City. He led advertising, public affairs, public relations, and social media campaigns for some of the ad agency’s largest accounts. A few of his clients were Wal-Mart, Subway, Cricket Wireless, the University of Utah, and Salt Lake Regional Medical Center. Previously, he worked at The Dalton Agency, helping McDonalds, Wal-Mart, the City of Jacksonville, and the NFL’s Jacksonville Jaguars. He began his career in New York City at Ogilvy PR Worldwide, working with ADP, Deloitte & Touche, Puerto Rico Tourism, GlaxoSmithKline, and Bayer.
Tony graduated cum laude from Brigham Young University with a bachelor’s degree in Communications.
For the last 20 years, technology has been my passion and calling. I have a wide range of professional experience while working with Idaho’s K-12 school districts, IBM, Idahoan Foods, Google, Idaho National Laboratory, the Department of Homeland Security and Melaleuca. My current role as Melaleuca’s cybersecurity manager has me protecting the infrastructure of a $2 billion company from hackers all over the globe.
When I was 15 years old, my high school in Jerome was granted computers by the Albertsons Foundation in an experiment to see if technology could enhance the learning experience. I often reflect upon the value of developing technical skills and think how different my life would be if not for that STEM-focused experiment.
I am proud to be a part of White Pine’s strong record of academic success, its proud heritage as a leading charter school and its expansion into a STEM-focused high school. This has been an opportunity to give back and lend my expertise. White Pine STEM Academy will become a tremendous resource for the entire community, for local industry, for the students at White Pine Charter School, and for my own family.
As Melaleuca’s cybersecurity manager, I protects the company’s infrastructure from hackers all over the globe. I served as a White Pine board member last year, working to create the White Pine STEM Academy and build powerful relationships for the school with technology leaders in the community. I provided input on purchasing new STEM equipment and am now evaluating high school curriculum within the computer science and cybersecurity arenas. On the board, I provide real-world insight about what companies need in the workforce and how White Pine STEM Academy can prepare students for the jobs of tomorrow. I am currently working on construction plans for our new high school facility. I believe my background and connections in technology, computer science, cybersecurity and more will continue to be helpful to the White Pine cause. I want to continue being a part of it!
The reason I want to be a part of the board is a way to show my gratitude for how the school has impacted my children. I have seen firsthand what a difference it has made in their character, and I would like the opportunity to create more opportunities for the next class of students.
Our family moved from the Washington DC area two and a half years ago. My daughter attends Idaho Falls High School, and my two boys are at White Pine. Our family loves to ski, go on bike rides, and travel together. My husband and I were so happy to be able to raise my family in this great community where I grew up. My parents have lived here since 1975, their whole married life. They have owned several successful businesses, and taught me the importance of leaving a positive impact in the communities where we live and serve. This philosophy of service has helped shape me into the person and business owner that I am today.
Part of us moving to Idaho was so I could open a State Farm office. One important part of my mission is to be a leading resource for insurance and financial services for my community. I am very passionate about helping and serving people in their hard times. This passion was noticed by NAIFA, an insurance and financial services organization, and they have asked me to represent the state of Idaho as their Grassroots Chair. Through my work and many committee experiences, I have developed strong leadership, communications, budget, negotiations, innovative thinking, creative, and analytical skills. My ability to listen to concerns, manage conflict, and use forward-thinking has been a huge asset to organizations I have represented and served.
It would truly be my honor to be selected as a member of this board. Please know I would bring my dedication and my positive attitude into this role to create more opportunities for the next class of students.
Having grown up in Oklahoma, I came to Idaho while in the Navy the fall of 1989. Stationed at one of the nuclear power training units at the site, I quickly knew that Idaho was exactly where I wanted to live. After departing the Navy, I came back to Idaho to attend Idaho State University original studying electrical engineering. My first job while going to school was operating and working on accelerators in the physics particle beam-lab and turned me on to physics. I was fascinated learning more about the nuclear side of things and switched degrees and received by Bachelor’s degree in Applied Physics.
Doing research while attending school, introduced me to some of the scientists working for the INL, and the rest is history. I have been working for contractors to the Department of Energy since 1998. I ended up back in school along the way and received my Master’s degree in Nuclear Engineering from the University of Idaho in 2011. I am currently employed as a Senior Scientist in Waste Management at the INL for Fluor Idaho.
My wife and I have three children, the first of which started at White Pine the fall of 2015. We love everything about White Pine and now all of kids attend the school, the youngest currently in kindergarten. As a parent of special needs children, I knew the best way to advocate for their interests were to get involved. I have been on the school board now for three years, doing just that and more. As we plan a STEM focus high school, I look at my life and can say this is exactly what I would have wanted for me growing up. Everything I do is STEM related, from the work I perform to the daily hobbies I pursue related to science, engineering and computer programming.
Here are your opportunities to vote at the school:
Tuesday, April 30th 6:00 – 6:30 PM
Wednesday, May 1st 6:30 – 7:30 PM
Friday, May 3rd 3:00 – 3:40 PM