2022 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 2022 we granted $43.6 million toward innovative projects, organizations, and people who embody this vision for Idaho. Our giving reflects an Idaho that offers exemplary learning opportunities and one that enhances our collective sense of community. And most importantly, we believe in making Idaho stronger by investing in the potential of its individuals.

This past year, incredible construction progress was made on the Idaho Outdoor Fieldhouse. The Fieldhouse will be a state-of-the-art facility, sitting on seven acres adjacent to the Boise River in Barber Valley. The Fieldhouse campus will serve as headquarters for Mission43 and the Challenged Athletes Foundation – Idaho and provide comprehensive physical training and wellness support to members of both organizations.

Mission43 continues to grow its network of over 7,500 members statewide and continues to empower military veterans and spouses to become leaders in their civilian lives. In 2022, Mission43 supported and advanced education for over 150 members, leading to new jobs, workforce promotions, and an improved quality of life.

Our commitment to growing school choice in Idaho continues with the leadership of Bluum. Bluum supported the development and opening of three new schools in 2022, bringing our “20-in-10” initiative total to 31 new charter schools throughout Idaho. These schools are proudly serving 14,000 Idaho children.

Joe and Kathryn Albertson loved Idaho and the Boise community where they lived. I think they would be proud of the impact our work continues to make today and for the future of our great state.

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






Giving Strategy

Innovative learning

Idaho as an exemplary model for innovative learning.

Community and Recreation

Idaho as a destination for accessible world-class recreation.

Idaho After The Military

Idaho as the most desirable state for life after the military.


Kids attended one of the 31 high-performing schools created for Idaho students


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


-square-foot state-of-the-art facility on a 7-acre campus for veterans, adaptive athletes, and their families to pursue well-being through recreation and community

2022 Highlights

Coming Soon, The Fieldhouse To Be Forged For Those Who Never Stop

With construction underway for over a year, the Idaho Outdoor Fieldhouse will be completed in 2023. Mission43 members and CAF will continue their great partnership and take advantage of the state-of-the-art facility and campus. A place that is forged for those who never stop! The J.A. and Kathryn Albertson Foundation have 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 and are ready to begin operating out of this world-class facility.

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Challenged Athletes Foundation Making Idaho Recreation Accessible To All

Challenged Athletes Foundation – Idaho (CAF) is building a community that is making dreams a reality for so many. At CAF Idaho, athletes of all abilities have the opportunity to experience the joy of sport. At CAF Idaho's second climbing event, athletes were joined by legendary climber Mark Wellman, the first para athlete to climb El Cap in Yosemite, at the Idaho Mountain Festival for a weekend of climbing at the City of Rocks. They met the physical and mental challenges of indoor and outdoor climbing, and received an introduction to climbing while bonding around campfires — both firsts for many of the athletes.

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Rise Charter Offers An Innovative Education Option For Families In Idaho

Through innovation and collaboration, RISE Charter School is giving their community’s students a choice in education, and a chance to experience a better way to learn. Just outside of Twin Falls, Idaho, lies the quiet, rural town of Kimberly with a pastoral beauty that is of a place from the past. Yet, when it comes to education, Kimberly school leaders are looking toward the future. RISE Charter and other Bluum partner schools offer a robust choice of learning opportunities that help children, families, and educators achieve more and do better.

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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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    Tiffany Trader
    Director of Employee Experience
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    Tiffany is a talented human resources professional with over 15 years of experience. Her goal is to help improve employee experiences and she is a hard-working, warm team player who takes pride in producing excellent results. Tiffany is the Director of Employee Experience for the J.A. and Kathryn Albertson Family Foundation and Alscott. Prior to joining the Foundation, Tiffany served in HR at Boise State University, guiding and supporting over 4,000 employees. She is an Idaho native and lives with her family in Kuna. She enjoys spending time with her five kids and taking advantage of Idaho’s beautiful outdoors!
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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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    Dan Nelson
    Program Officer
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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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    Stacia Albiston
    Communications Officer
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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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    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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    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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    Brad Blair
    Program Coordinator
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    Brad is a dedicated and talented Program Coordinator and is responsible for the planning, organization, and execution of the Engagement and Operation Resilient Path (ORP) programs of Mission43. Brad served in the U.S. Army in the 75th Ranger Regiment as an infantryman, who deployed four times to Iraq and Afghanistan. Prior to joining the Foundation, Brad served as the Director of Marketing for QDM Inc. in Boise. Brad deeply understands the issues for veterans transitioning from military service to civilian life and is a tremendous asset to the J.A. and Kathryn Albertson Family Foundation and Mission43.
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    Julia Fishman
    Project Coordinator & Executive Assistant
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    Julia is a committed leader who is creative, hard-working, and eager to tackle any challenge. She is the Project Coordinator and Executive Assistant for the Foundation, and creates meaningful experiences for the team and external partners. Prior to joining the Foundation, she served as the Director of Operations for the Boise State women’s basketball team. She traveled with the team and was the go-to for all players, responsible for coordinating all travel and logistics, marketing, social media, and community events. Additionally, she put her creative and operational skills together to develop an application that serves sports teams in the area of planning and budgeting. Julia received a BA in Business and a BA in Economics from the University of Puget Sound, and is a Boise native with a love for our community and the great outdoors.
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    Lulu Garcia
    Creator of First Impressions
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    Lulu is a dynamic “multi-tool” and brings her kindness, thoughtfulness, and attention to detail to the Foundation as the Creator of First Impressions. Lulu ensures that guests receive a warm welcome at the J.A. and Kathryn Albertson Family Foundation, and keeps the office stocked and in order. She has a teacher’s heart, and prior to joining the Foundation she was a piano teacher and has taught hundreds of students. Lulu has successfully launched her two children and lives in Kuna. In her free time, she enjoys music, concerts, and spending time with her kids.


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