Who We Are

We are a group of parents, teachers, staff and community members who are passionate about public education as a means to enhance our children’s potential for a healthy and meaningful life. We are Blaine County citizens who wholeheartedly support our schools and teachers. BCEF began in 1992 under the leadership of Len Harlig, Trina McNeal, Ritu Shivdasani, Jim Lewis and Mike Chatterton, who started the BCEF to raise funds for the creation of Founders Field for school sports. Since that time, BCEF has expanded its mission. Now, we hope that by engaging our community and raising resources, and by aligning our programs with the Blaine County School District’s goals, we make a difference in our children’s futures.

The BCEF promotes:

Blaine County Education Foundation Staff & Board Members

Deborah Van Law

Executive Director

Deborah Van Law is a long time resident of the Wood River Valley with 20 years of teaching experience in Blaine County Schools. She attended Boise State University and graduated with a BA in Bilingual Education and an MA in Education, Curriculum and Instruction. Deborah is passionate about providing opportunities for all Blaine County students to ensure they thrive and become productive members of our community. She currently serves on the board at The Hunger Coalition and loves being outdoors with her husband and two sons.

Karen Bliss

Secretary | Retired Teacher

Karen Bliss has lived in Blaine County since 1989; both sons returned to the valley to raise families. A retired dual immersion teacher, she actively supports cultural diversity in the community.

Alicia Hollis

Chair | Teacher

Alicia Hollis moved to the Wood River Valley in 2006 and worked as an elementary school teacher in Blaine County for over 15 years, primarily as a bilingual classroom teacher and reading specialist. Since 2016, she has focused her passion for public education and student success in her work with BCEF. Alicia loves to ski and hike in the Wood River Valley and to travel with her husband and two children, spending time in Australia and Montana.

Alexis Lindberg

Board Member

As a resident and professional of the Wood River Valley for ten years, Alexis is very excited to be joining the board of the Blaine County Education Foundation as their Treasurer. She and her husband enjoy spending time with friends, traveling and spending time with their beautiful basset hound Bonnie. Summers are their favorite and you’ll usually find them on the golf course!

Mark Sauvageau

Board Member | Principal

Mark Sauvageau has been a BCSD teacher and administrator for 22 years. He and his wife, a first grade teacher, have three girls who love being part of the Wood River Valley.

Hilary Sinnamon

Board Member

Hilary has two children who attend Blaine County schools and she whole heartedly supports public education. She has served on numerous other boards in the valley including Girls on the Run and the Snake River Alliance. Hilary enjoys time in the backcountry with her friends and family, whether it is skiing, running or floating rivers.

Megan Stevenson

Board Member

Megan is a lifelong resident of Blaine County and was a student of Blaine County School District from kindergarten all the way through high school. She is passionate about giving back to the community that has given her so much.  Megan has worked and volunteered for many non-profit organizations in our community including Blaine County Recreation District, Friends of the Sawtooth Avalanche Center, Idaho Conservation League, Wood River Land Trust and Blaine County Education Foundation. Her most treasured moments are spent in the mountains with family and friends.  Megan lives in Hailey with her husband, twins and dog.

Victor Watson

Board Member

Victor values the unique strengths and differences of every individual. He is a former special education teacher dedicated to fostering inclusive and welcoming learning environments. As a business leader in the Wood River Valley, he continues to champion equity and inclusion via internet connectivity programs in order to level the playing field for all K-12 students in our community. Victor loves spending time with his wife of over 30 years, 4 sons and grandchildren. He enjoys skiing, hiking, and yoga.

Sandy Scott

Board Member

Sandy Scott enjoys life as a retired teacher and is proud to have spent over 40 years in the classroom. After her years at Hemingway Elementary, she spends time traveling, hiking, golfing, reading, and volunteering for various groups in the community. Sandy has served on the BCEF board of directors since her retirement in 2017. Her passion for education is reflected in her service on the Scholarship Committee for BCEF.

Jane Lopez

Board Member

My name is Jane Lopez and I grew up in the Wood River Valley. I moved here when I was 13 years old and attended Blaine County schools. I have 4 wonderful children. One attends BSU and 3 are currently BCSD students. I previously worked for BCSD for 19 years. Throughout the years, I was able to build relationships with families, students within our Latino community. I currently work at the Hunger Coalition where I continue to support our community by helping families in need. I am very excited to be part of the BCEF because it will allow me to continue my work in a different capacity and allow me to see our Latino students succeed and strive.

In my free time I enjoy watching my kids play their favorite sports and traveling. I especially enjoy going to Redfish Lake in the summer.

Jessica Maynard

Board Member

Jessica Maynard was born, raised and completed her professional education in the Tourism and Hospitality industry in Peru. She arrived in the Wood River Valley in the summer of 2006, and has been living in this wonderful valley ever since. She is very passionate about our community and loves to give back by volunteering with non-profit organizations as much as possible. As a mother of an 11-year-old daughter who is a Blaine County student, she is an ardent supporter of public education and the Blaine County School District. Jessica loves spending family time with her husband and daughter as well as enjoying the outdoors camping, hiking, running, and skiing.

Jessica is honored to join the BCEF board and looks forward to supporting the organization while learning from her fellow board members.