St. Ignatius Catholic School is a parochial school within the Diocese of Boise. The Bishop of Boise oversees these schools, with assistance from the Superintendent of Catholic Schools, and relies on the church pastor and principal for managing daily operations. St. Ignatius School Board has been established as an advisory board with limited jurisdiction as outlined by its Canonical Statutes.
Role of St. Ignatius School Board
- Set and oversee policy
- Set and oversee school budget
- Set yearly goals for the Principal (mutually agreed upon)
- Selection, supervision, and evaluation of the Principal
- Keep pastor apprised of Board work
How school board is selected/term?
The Pastor shall appoint all members. Nominations for vacant Board positions may be given to the Pastor by the Nominating Committee of the Board, Holy Apostles Pastoral Council, other committees of the parish, or individual parish members.
Term of office for members of the Board shall be three (3) years, renewable once at the Pastor’s discretion.
School Board Meetings
School Board meetings are generally held monthly. Meetings are open; however prior notice must be given to attend any meeting so proper accommodation may be made for seating.
Those who wish to speak/present at a School Board meeting must complete a Proposal Form and contact the Principal to be added to the agenda. Proposed discussion items that are not added to the agenda through this formal process will not be presented during a School Board meeting.
2023/24 Meeting Schedule:
Oct 2- 6:30pm-8:00pm
Nov 6- 6:30pm-8:00pm
Dec 4- 6:30pm-8:00pm
Feb 5- 6:30pm-8:00pm
March 4- 6:30pm-8:00pm
May 6- 6:30pm-8:00pm
2023-2024 St. Ignatius School Board Members
Stan Welsh is a Boise native and graduated in the first class at Bishop Kelly High School. Mr. Welsh graduated from Gonzaga University and, after service in the US Air Force, graduated from the University of Idaho Law school. Mr. Welsh has been practicing law in the Boise community for many years. Mr. Welsh has been married to Mrs. Gina Welsh for over 50 years.
Dan Basalone brings 48 years of work experience in education as teacher, principal, and District administrator to the Board. In addition, he has served as a professor of educational administration at various universities specializing in school law and school finance. Most importantly, as the father of five, all university graduates, and the grandfather of ten, five of whom have already either completed or are attending college, Mr. Basalone knows the need for schools to educate the whole child and prepare them for a productive life which in this day and age means gaining a post-secondary education.
Marlene Dodd is a retired educator with over 30 years of classroom experience. She has taught early childhood special education, preschool, kindergarten, first, second and third grade classes. She holds degrees in Elementary and Special Education. She has Master’s Degrees in Special Education and Early Childhood Special Education. She has over 25 years of experience teaching Religious Education classes. Mrs. Dodd was raised in Idaho and she and her family have been active members at Holy Apostles, since it became a parish. She served on the St. Ignatius Building Committee and is on the SI Foundation Board. She serves on the Holy Apostles Pastoral Council and is a current member and past president of the HA Council of Catholic Women. She loves being an active member at Holy Apostles and being part of the St. Ignatius community. She is excited to serve on the SI School Board and contribute in any way she can.
Kepa Zubizarreta is a Boise native who graduated from Eagle High School and Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, WA with degrees in Philosophy and Political Studies. He later pursued a doctorate in Thomistic Philosophy at St. Louis University before changing career paths and joining the Boise Police Department where he has been an officer for the past 16 years. Kepa is currently assigned to the Training Division and the Special Operations Unit, having spent time as a Neighborhood Contact Officer, Intel Led Policing Officer, and Narcotics Detective. Kepa and his wife Amy have been married for 16 years and have two boys at St. Ignatius in the third and 6th grade who have been at the school since it’s opening. Kepa looks forward to bringing his experience and background to the board to help make St. Ignatius the safest and most successful Catholic school in the valley!
Britani Hill has practiced as a Trauma/Acute Care surgeon at Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center for the past seven years. Originally from Montana, Dr. Hill received her undergraduate degree in psychology from Georgetown University followed by her Doctor of Medicine (MD) degree at the University of Washington School of Medicine through the WWAMI program. Dr. Hill completed her general surgery residency at the University of Utah and then pursued a Trauma/Surgical Critical Care fellowship through Emory University at Grady Health System. Dr. Hill is currently the secretary/treasurer of the medical staff at SARMC, as well as the Chair of the transfusion committee. She also serves as a chairman of the medical group’s leadership council. She is an active member of the American College of Surgeons, serving as the Idaho state chapter secretary and the state chair for the Committee on Trauma.
Dr. Hill is married to Blake and they have three young children who attend St. Ignatius. The Hill family is so grateful to be part of the St. Ignatius and Holy Apostles community. She enjoys reading, travel, skiing and paddleboarding.
Melea Ulery was raised in Texas and graduated from Franciscan University in Steubenville, Ohio with degrees in Theology, Catechetics and Communications. After graduation, she taught Theology and Campus Ministry at a Catholic high school in Southern California for 10 years. During her summer breaks, Melea would travel North America leading retreats and speaking for the Steubenville Youth Conferences where tens of thousands of high schoolers would experience a life-changing encounter with Jesus Christ every summer. After moving to Boise with her husband and 2 young children in 2014, she began working for a Catholic Technology company as a Curriculum Specialist and Project Manager. Melea has developed and launched several apps and websites that bring together the convenience of technology with the beauty of our Catholic faith. Melea and her family are active members of Holy Apostles and her children have been at the school since it opened. She loves being a part of the St. Ignatius community and looks forward to serving the School Board in whatever way she can.
Dan Maloney is a Boise native who attended Sacred Heart School and Bishop Kelly High School. He is a graduate of Boise State University and has a masters degree from Boise State in Curriculum and Instruction. Dan was a fifth and sixth grade teacher in the West Ada School District for 10 years. In 1983, he was selected to be the principal at St. Mark’s Catholic School where he served for 30 years until his retirement. Dan is married to Cathy Maloney. Their three children were fortunate to receive a Catholic education at the elementary and secondary level. He is a strong believer in Catholic Schools and the unique opportunity they offer in assisting families in the spiritual, intellectual, and physical formation of their children. Dan looks foward to assisting the St. Ignatius School community through his service on the School Board.