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 quarterly. 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.

2021-2022 St. Ignatius School Board Members

Matthew T. Adams is a Professional Landscape Architect and Principal with The Land Group, Inc. in Eagle, Idaho. Matthew brings experience with Catholic Schools and K-12 Education as an alumni of St. Nicholas Catholic School in Rupert, a parent of two, a professional landscape architect with a practice focused on K-12 facility development, and a business owner. Matthew holds a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture from Utah State University and has been in professional practice since 2000. Matthew’s professional practice experience includes land planning and development, due diligence research, entitlement, land surveying, site planning, design, and construction administration for a wide range of projects with a focus on K-12 education facilities. As a business owner, Matthew works with 5 business partners to manage an office of 39 employees. Beyond the day to day project management and project oversight, Matthew focusses on client development and most specifically on office culture, new talent acquisition, and employee retention. Matthew’s community involvement and volunteer activities include; member of the City of Meridian Impact Fee Advisory Committee, the founder and president of the Rocky Mountain High School Tennis Booster Club, 17-year volunteer youth basketball & baseball coach, and blood donor.

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.

Antonia Arana Bicandi is pleased and excited to serve on the St. Ignatius School Board. Mrs. Bicandi also served on the SI Building Committee and has worked with the school board of St. Joseph’s Catholic School and served on the school board of St. Mark’s Catholic School. She is a career educator, and loved every year of her 45 year career. She holds degrees in Elementary & Secondary Education, a Master’s Degree in Guidance & Counseling, and a Specialist Degree in School Administration. Mrs. Bicandi was a teacher, a school Counselor, a Vice-Principal, and a Principal in the Boise School District for 35 years.  After retiring, Mrs. Bicandi soon realized that she truly missed working with children and families.  In the fall of 2004, she became the Principal at St. Joseph’s Catholic School. This was a very special position that she loved and remained with for another 10 years.

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.

Joe Kane was born and raised in Indiana.  He graduated from Purdue University.  Joe worked as a Police Officer for both the Purdue University Police Department and the Lafayette Police Department. In 2006 Joe and his family moved to Idaho where he was hired by the Boise Police Department.  Joe is currently a Detective assigned at Frank Church High School. He also a member of BPD’s Crisis Negotiation Team. Joe’s wife Chrissy and their three boys are all active members at Holy Apostles.

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. 

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.

Tim Brady, CFA, serves as Controller for Agri Beef Livestock, LLC where he oversees the composition and approval of the financial statements and assists with the monitoring and execution of the company’s commodity risk management program.  Prior to joining Agri Beef, Tim worked as a portfolio manager where he was responsible for the research and implementation of investment strategies for equity and fixed income portfolios.  Tim earned the right to use the CFA (Chartered Financial Analyst) designation in August of 2014.

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.