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December 16, 2016

WOMEN’S AND CHILDREN’S ALLIANCE ANNOUNCES NEW BOARD MEMBERS

Boise, ID – The Women’s and Children’s Alliance (WCA) is pleased to announce the election of four new members to its board of directors, as well as recognizing its newly elected officers.

Joining the board are Dr. Don Coberly, Elizabeth Gough, Ned Pontious and Dave Self. “We are delighted to welcome our newest board members and look forward to the addition of their talent, expertise and energy as we work to foster a community where individuals thrive in safe, healthy relationships,” said Bea Black, Executive Director.

Coberly, DonCoberly has worked for the Boise School District since 1984 and has been superintendent since 2010. Coberly has been a teacher at the elementary level in several districts, was language arts supervisor for the Boise District from 1984-1994, and became the District’s curriculum coordinator in 1994. He has bachelor’s degrees in history and elementary education from the University of Idaho, a master’s degree in reading from Boise State University, and a Ph. D. in education from the University of Idaho.

Gough, ElizabethGough is a student success counselor at Casper College. She received her associate degree in early childhood education from College of Western Idaho and her bachelor’s degree in psychology and master’s of social work degree from Boise State University. Gough is a survivor of domestic abuse and a former client of the WCA. She believes that she would not be where she is today without the help and support that she received from the WCA. Gough joins the board with the unique dual perspective of former client and mental health professional.

Pontious, NedPontious is president of Norco, Inc., the largest privately owned welding, safety and homecare medical producer and distributor based in Boise, Idaho. He has been in the industrial gas manufacturing and distribution business for 30 years. Pontious has a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from Arizona State University and a M.B.A. from University of Phoenix. He has served as chairman of the Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center Foundation and Treasure Valley YMCA board of directors.

Self, DaveSelf is the chief administrative officer of St. Luke’s Health Partners. He is on the board of the Boise Valley Economic Partnership and the Treasure Valley Family YMCA. Self was an original member of the State of Idaho Health Insurance Exchange board of directors, is a past president of the Idaho Association of Health Plans and has served on many health care industry committees. Self pursued a business administration degree at Lewis Clark State College and earned the industry designation of Registered Health Underwriter (RHU) from Northeastern University.

The board of directors meets monthly and the four new board members will serve three-year terms. Officers elected for the 2016-2017 term include: Bill Bodnar – President; Debbie Wachtell – President Elect; Jan Bennetts – Vice President; Stephanie Westermeier – Secretary; Jodi Whittaker – Treasurer and Darrel Anderson – Past President.

About the WCA
The Women’s & Children’s Alliance provides safety, healing and freedom from domestic abuse and sexual assault. The WCA operates secure shelters and provides professional counseling, legal advocacy, crisis services and case management to survivors of domestic and sexual abuse. For more information, visit www.wcaboise.org.

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