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:

  • Academic Rigor
  • Teacher Excellence
  • Teacher Innovation
  • Equitable Education Opportunities
  • Healthy Student Environment
  • Sustainable Student Environment
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Blaine County Education Foundation Staff & Board Members

Kristy Heitzman – Executive Director

Email: kristy@supportbcef.org
Phone: (208) 578-5449

Bio

Kristy Heitzman has lived in the Wood River Valley for 16 years. She is an advocate of children with decades of experience working in nonprofits. She has 3 children enrolled in the BCSD.

Steve Guthrie – Chair

Parent

Bio

Steve Guthrie has lived in Blaine County for 38 years and is a parent of two WRHS graduates. He is Director of Security at the airport and has served on the BCSD Board of Trustees.

Steve Guthrie Blaine County Education Foundation

Alicia Hollis – Vice Chair

Teacher

Bio

Alicia Hollis has been an elementary school teacher for 12 years, most spent in a bilingual classroom. She is a reading specialist at Hemingway STEAM and has two little boys.

Alicia Hollis | Blaine County Education Foundation

Marsha Azorsky – Secretary

Retired Teacher

Bio

Marsha Azorsky has lived in Hailey full time since 1993. She is a retired teacher and has taught school in Pittsburgh, Meridian, Alaska and Blaine County.

Marsha Azorsky | Blaine County Education Foundation

Alyssa Tolles – Treasurer

Community Member

Bio

Aly Tolles moved to the Valley in 2016 and loves the nonprofit community. As the Finance Director for Higher Ground, she is passionate about giving everyone the opportunities to meet their goals.

Lisa Patterson

Parent / Business Owner

Bio

Lisa Patterson is a local business owner. She has lived in the valley for several years and has 3 children.

Debbie Brickley

Parent

Bio

Debbie Brickley has two children in the BCSD. She works in global public health, and feels strongly about the importance of high-quality and equitable education in our community.

Debbie Brickle Blaine County Education Foundation

Lyman Drake

Community Member

Bio

Lyman Drake is a long-time resident of the Valley and has served on the Board for many years.

Lyman Drake | Blaine County Education Foundation

Jennifer Card

Parent

Bio

Jennifer Card is a passionate supporter of education and an equine veterinarian who has lived in the valley with her family since 1997.

Jennifer Card Blaine County Education Foundation

Mitch Hollins

Community Member

Bio

Mitch Hollins is a retired attorney and business executive who believes that every child should have the opportunity to reach his or her potential, regardless of background or financial circumstances.

Mitch Hollins | Blaine County Education Foundation

Mark Sauvageau

Principal

Bio

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.

Mark Savaugeau | Blaine County Education Foundation

Leslie Silva

Community Member

Bio

Leslie Silva has served as a volunteer in the school district and for many local non-profits since 2009. She is an advocate for students in the WRV and believes in equity in education for their success.

Leslie Silvia Blaine County Education Foundation

Karen Bliss

Retired Teacher

Bio

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.