2021 Year in Giving Review

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Director’s Perspective

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Roger Quarles

Executive Director

At the heart of our work is a desire to accelerate opportunities in Idaho – to cultivate and support partnerships that allow Idahoans to thrive and feel connected in their communities. To that end, our goal continues to be to make Idaho an exemplary model for innovative learning, a world-class destination for accessible recreation, and the most desirable state for life after the military.

In 2021, we granted $27.5 million to projects and partners whose work exemplifies this vision.

We proudly completed a much-needed refresh of Kathryn Albertson Park, 30 years after it was initially gifted to the Boise community. I encourage you to visit the park and see the beautiful improvements.

With the help of partners like Bluum, we accelerated learning opportunities in Idaho by opening four new public charter schools and made free all-day kindergarten a reality for Idaho families at 17 schools statewide. And Teach for America now boasts a network of over 175 alumni and corps members and has been a positive influence in the lives of over 28,000 students in rural Idaho schools.

Mission43 has built a network of over 6,000 members statewide and continues to empower military veterans and their spouses to become leaders in their civilian lives. To date, over 50 veterans and spouses have completed the Mission43 Leaders Fellowship.

Looking to the future, we broke ground on the Idaho Outdoor Fieldhouse, a state-of-the-art facility along the Boise River Greenbelt that will support our veteran and adaptive athlete communities. Opening in 2023, the Fieldhouse campus will serve as headquarters for Mission43 and Challenged Athletes Foundation, and provide comprehensive physical training and wellness support to those organization’s members and their families.

Joe and Kathryn Albertson loved Idaho and the Boise community where they lived, and I think they’d be proud of the impact our work continues to make today and in the future.

Roger Quarles

Executive Director

Our Vision

Accelerating oportunities in Idaho


Investing time, energy, and resources into: Limitless Learning, Stronger Communities, and Innovative Leaders.

Our Values

Family Engagement







Kids accessed an all-day Kindergarten class at no cost to their families


Veterans and their spouses took advantage of employment, education, and engagement opportunities through Mission43


Athletes received proper adaptive equipment and coaching from the Challenged Athletes Foundation

2021 Highlights

Idaho Outdoor Fieldhouse to be Forged For Those Who Never Stop

The J.A. and Kathryn Albertson Family Foundation has set out to make Idaho a destination for world-class recreation and the most desirable state for life after the military. The challenges of an adaptive athlete often parallel those of a transitioning military veteran, and together these two organizations have formed an incredible partnership. Mission43 members and CAF will be able to continue this great partnership and take advantage of the future state-of-the-art facility and campus, the Idaho Outdoor Fieldhouse. A place that is forged for those who never stop!

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Elevate Academy Shows Whats Possible in Idaho

When Elevate Academy opened its doors in 2019, it was the first of its kind in Idaho. A school created and designed exclusively for at-risk students that were not finding success in a traditional education setting. Elevate Academy uniquely aligns industry work with core academic subjects so that students will find purpose behind everything that is learned in the classroom, and career success after high school. Elevate will expand into four other Idaho communities and continue to improve the lives of hundreds of Idaho students. This BLUUM school is an exemplary model for innovative learning and their future is bright!

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Kathryn Albertson Park Looking Toward The Future

Throughout their lifetime, Joe and Kathryn Albertson provided countless gifts to people and communities in Idaho. One of their most notable gifts was the land and development of the breathtaking 41-acre Kathryn Albertson Park, which they gifted to the City of Boise in 1989. Thirty years later, the J.A. and Kathryn Albertson Family Foundation has continued this legacy of giving back to Idaho. To revitalize the park and reclaim Joe and Kathryn’s original vision, the park underwent significant updates, including improvements to landscaping and the front entrance, the installation of new boardwalks and overlooks, with new signage and restrooms. It was an incredible opportunity for the Foundation to bring new life to this special park, and to honor the legacy Joe and Kathryn.

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Over $ 100 million Given


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    J.B. "Joe" Scott
    Founding Chairman, Director
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    The J.A. and Kathryn Albertson Family Foundation was established in 1966 by Joe and Kathryn Albertson, and is still very much a family foundation driven by legacy. Joe and Kathryn's grandson, J.B. "Joe" Scott, has served as the Chairman of the Foundation Board and Alscott, Inc. for more than 20 years. Joe stands firmly behind meaningful giving to create further opportunities for Idahoans and Idaho communities across the state. He enjoys mountain biking, skiing, hunting, and fishing; and more than anything spending time with his children and grandchildren.
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    Jamie Jo Scott
    Board Chair
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    Over the course of Jamie’s career, she has been a leader in local and statewide philanthropy in Idaho. She served as the Foundation’s community grants coordinator and as a member and treasurer on the board of directors for more than 10 years before acting as executive director from 2008-2014. She has been active in the non-profit community as a board member and board committee chair of the Bogus Basin Recreational Association, and past board member of the Bishop Kelly Foundation, the Boise Art Museum, and the Special Olympics World Winter Games. Most recently, Jamie was selected for the Spring 2018 cohort of the two-year Pahara-Aspen Education Fellowship. These 24 leaders join a network of diverse and talented leaders who are reimagining America’s public schools. Jamie is a Boise native and mother of two sons. She brings her personal, professional, and educational experience, her entrepreneurial spirit, and a passion for a better Idaho to her leadership role as President of the Foundation.
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    Brian Scott
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    A 4th-generation member of the Albertson family and a Boise High graduate, Brian has deep Idaho roots and cares immensely about the community in which he lives and works. After spending 11 years in North Carolina, Brian moved back to Boise in 2017 and began overseeing real estate operations for Alscott and Whitetail. He is experienced in working with dynamic teams in a highly competitive environment, and he brings that same tenacious philosophy to his work with the Foundation, where he serves on the board of directors. Brian also serves as a board member for the Idaho Youth Ranch.
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    Brian Naeve
    Chief Investment Officer
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    Brian began his finance career 25 years ago at Dean Witter, and since then his experience and leadership has spanned managing investments and lending for a local bank start-up to nearly 10 years with the local arm of Amresco working in commercial finance. Brian joined Alscott, Inc. in 2006 to bring his expertise in underwriting, asset and investment management, industry analysis, and capital markets support to the J.A. and Kathryn Albertson Family Foundation as Chief Investment Officer. He also serves as Vice President and Board member of the Foundation, President of Alscott, Inc., and sits on multiple local operating business boards. Brian grew up in Boise, and is a husband and dad with two amazing kids in the Boise school system. He is an avid outdoorsman who loves hunting, fly fishing, biking, golf, tennis, and skiing.
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    Brady Panatopoulos
    Chief Executive Officer
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    Brady is what you picture when you think of a hardworking, successful Idahoan. He spent 28 years building a career in Deloitte’s Boise office, ultimately becoming lead tax partner before retiring in 2012. Soon after, Brady started a new career as the CEO of the J.A. & Kathryn Albertson Family Foundation, as well as the Chief Financial Officer of Alscott, Inc. Brady serves on the Advisory Boards for both the School of Accountancy and the College of Business and Economics at Boise State University, allowing him the opportunity to give back to the university that served him nearly 30 years ago. Brady spends his free time fishing, hunting, and spending time with his wife, two boys (both Boise State grads), and soon-to-be four grandchildren.
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    Roger Quarles
    Executive Director
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    Having served as an Idaho teacher, principal, superintendent, and ultimately chief deputy state superintendent, Roger has a deep understanding of the challenges and opportunities facing rural education, and appreciates the fierce independence of Idaho and Idahoans alike. Prior to joining the Foundation as Executive Director in 2013, Roger was co-director of the Idaho Leads project at Boise State University’s Center for School Improvement and Policy Studies, and served as an Assistant Professor in the Executive Educational Leadership Program. Roger remains active in the business community through his service on a variety of boards, including Chairman of the Teach For America Regional Board. He is an avid outdoorsman and tennis player.
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    Jacqueline Rush
    Director of Employee Experience
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    Jacqueline joined the Foundation in 2017 as the Director of Employee Programs and Experience. Over the course of her 25-year career in human resources, Jacqueline held various HR leadership roles in a global technology company and for the most recent ten years provided HR consulting services to businesses in multiple industries. In her work, her goal is to help improve employee and organizational success through people programs, and she sits on the Idaho State Council of SHRM Board as Certification Director. After time ‘living large’ out of state, her desire to return to her roots in Idaho brought her family back to Boise. Jacqueline actively supports her three boys through various sporting, scouting, and youth committees, and is currently serving as VP of the Parent Teacher Student Organization of Meridian Technical Charter High School.
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    Sean Harris
    IT Director
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    Sean has 20 plus years of experience in the field of information technology in both the public and corporate sectors. He has been responsible for and managed many IT initiatives which include the incorporation of virtualization technology, network design and deployment, and cloud-based service catalog solutions for state agencies to Fortune 500 companies. Prior to joining the Foundation as IT Director in 2018, Sean worked at Dell EMC as an IT Project Manager and at Southwest District Health as an IT Database Analyst. Sean enjoys camping, fishing, skiing, golf, and especially participating in any sports his kids are doing at that time.
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    Jodi LaBrie
    Tax Director
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    Jodi joined the Foundation in 2019 as Tax Director, bringing with her 23 years of experience as a CPA. Jodi supports the Foundation in all things taxes and accounting, and spent 13 years working for national public accounting firms before becoming a consultant and then employee for the Foundation. Her educational background includes a Masters of Accountancy from Washington State University and a B.A. in Accounting and Business Management from Whitworth University. An Idaho native, Jodi loves entertaining, going to concerts and sporting events, traveling, listening to audiobooks, and playing games with her husband and two teenage sons.
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    Sam Fleetwood
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    A certified public accountant by profession, Sam brings a focus for organization, responsibility, and transparency. Prior to joining the Foundation and Alscott, Inc. as Controller in 2017, Sam was a managing director with Deloitte & Touche LLP, where he held various roles throughout the country. Although a transplant with his family to the area in 2012, Sam is a proud Idahoan. He is passionate about youth soccer as a coach for the Indie Chicas FC and Idaho Juniors FC organizations, where his daughter and son play, respectively.
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    Hillary Betz
    Program Officer
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    Hillary brings a variety of experience from nearly 25 years in the non-profit sector. Hillary joined the Foundation in 2019 as a Program Officer, and she specializes in organizational best practices and program sustainability. In 2011, she earned her master’s degree in Philanthropic Studies from Indiana University and over the course of her career has held various leadership roles serving our community at the Idaho Humane Society, The Salvation Army, and St. Luke’s Health Foundation. Hillary also works as an adjunct professor at Boise State in the School of Public Service. In her work, her goal is to help find solutions and create new opportunities to build better communities. Hillary was raised in Boise, is married with a blended family of four kids, loves to read, and spends time enjoying the outdoors.
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    Bryan Madden
    Program Officer
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    Bryan’s experience growing up in a military family and his leadership as an Army officer has given him a unique insight into developing Mission43, the Foundation’s statewide initiative to help veterans and military spouses transition after the service. Prior to joining the Foundation as Programs Officer in 2015, he held operations and management positions in Army aviation units, including nine deployments across Afghanistan, Iraq, and Africa as a Special Operations helicopter pilot. His military background, which included over 25 moves around the country, also helped him develop a strong sense for what makes a community a great place to live and play. That contributed to Bryan’s and his wife’s decision to relocate to Idaho in 2010, where they take full advantage of raising their three children around everything this state has to offer.
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    Alison Garrow
    Program Coordinator
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    Alison brings a breadth of experience to the Foundation in her role as Program Coordinator, where she will build the new Education Pillar and work to create meaningful educational opportunities for Mission43 members. With experience in the Air Force, coupled with her professional background in nonprofit management, corporate training and policy development, and education advising, Alison is poised to make a lasting impact in her role with Mission43. She believes that members of the military community are ideal community leaders, and that quality education is both accessible and available to help them reach their full potential. Alison is an expert resource, leader, and advocate for Idaho military families in pursuit of continuing education. In her spare time, you can find her enjoying the great Idaho outdoors with her “fluff children” and husband.
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    Dan Nelson
    Program Coordinator
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    A former U.S. Army Green Beret, Purple Heart recipient, and former captain of the UCLA football team, Dan brings incredible energy, leadership, and compassion to his role as Program Coordinator. Dan will lead the Engagement Pillar within Mission43, working to provide veterans and their spouses opportunities to lead, connect, be well, and find purpose. Dan is passionate about empowering transitioning military veterans and helping them lead a more meaningful civilian life. He is a proud husband and father of two boys, an adventure seeker, and considers himself a curious, lifelong learner.
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    Melissa Merritt
    Grants Coordinator
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    Melissa has spent a lifetime acquiring experience in program and administration related areas. In her varied career, she has held positions as a corporate travel agent, corporate travel administrator, presentation coordinator, database administrator, and executive assistant. After relocating to Boise, Melissa’s career evolved to include long-held positions at both Micron Technology and Deloitte and Touche LLP. As Grants Coordinator for the Foundation, Melissa is responsible for ensuring quality of the grantmaking process and tracking progress toward the Foundation’s mission. As a lifelong learner, she eagerly pursues career development through continuing education and is passionate about encouraging others to seek opportunity and strive towards excellence. Melissa enjoys time with her family, music, circuit training, yoga, hiking, biking, stand-up paddle boarding, and skiing.
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    Stacia Albiston
    Communications Specialist
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    Stacia brings her thoughtfulness, attention to detail, and strong communication skills to the J.A. & Kathryn Albertson Family Foundation. Stacia grew up in Boise and is a proud University of Idaho alumna. She has a background in marketing and design, and she has held positions that have required executing marketing initiatives for new business and building effective client relationships. While living in Chicago, IL, Stacia worked at a commercial real estate firm and specialized in marketing and communications, coordination, and design. Stacia will be assisting with the strategic direction and management of all awareness and planning initiatives for the Foundation. Stacia and her husband boomeranged back to Idaho to raise their two boys, spend time with family, and enjoy the outdoors.
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    Devon Williams
    Executive Assistant/Project Coordinator
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    Devon has a strong background in customer service, technology, and social media. Prior to joining the Foundation as Creator of First Impressions in 2017, she worked as a logistics coordinator in the maritime industry. Her time there taught her how to interact with different kinds of people with all different backgrounds. Devon graduated from Boise State University in spring 2015 and majored in Communications with an emphasis in Media Studies and a minor in American Sign Language. She is an avid sushi eater, organizing guru, she always makes sure everyone is having a good time, and will do so with a smile on her face!
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    Carlie Goodwin
    Creator of First Impressions
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    A recent graduate of Meridian High School, Carlie joins the Foundation as the Creator of First Impressions. She’s the first person you see when you walk through the door and will ensure your visit to the Foundation is a positive one. Carlie has always loved helping others so she feels right at home in her role supporting communities in her home state. A native Idahoan, Carlie loves to dance, snowboard, work out, travel, and skydive.


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