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Meet our Governing Board

Our school is led by a group of volunteers who are passionate about learning and experienced in the strategies that we promote.

Brad Hess, Board Member, Audit Committee Member

1Brad is a local Certified Financial Planner and works with clients primarily on retirement planning and strategies. He earned a Bachelor’s Degree from Utah State University in 1999, and a Master’s Degree from Utah State University in 2002. He began work in the financial services industry in 1999 and opened a solo financial planning practice in January, 2011.


Brad has broad experience in business, entrepreneurship, and operations. He is also committed to serving in capacities that can help make make a difference in the day to day lives of others. He has served on many charitable boards and has helped streamline processes, solve challenges, and promote efficiencies to promote goal achievement.


Brad is committed to helping achieve the mission and goals of CCID! He believes that education can be both challenging and engaging when children have the opportunity to creatively learn, adapt and collaborate.

Contact Brad at [email protected]



Brittan Barker, Board Member, Evaluation Committee Chair, Board Membership Committee Member

1Brittan is an involved, long-time CCID parent and an Assistant Professor in the Department of Communicative Disorders and Deaf Education at Utah State University. She earned her Ph.D. in Hearing Science in 2006 and her M.S. in Cognitive Development in 1999, both from the University of Iowa. She has over 20 years of experience working with children (both with and without hearing loss) and their parents. Brittan is a disability rights advocate who is passionate about ensuring that every child has a right to an appropriate, individualized education. CCID shares this philosophy and is one of the reasons she and her family feel at home here. Brittan also loves spending time outside in the Utah mountains or being curled up on a comfy couch with a good book.

Contact Brittan at [email protected]



Marion Bishop, Board Member

Marion BishopMarion is a Emergency Medicine physician (MD, University of Utah). Prior to going to medical school she taught College English for eleven years and earned a PhD in English from New York University. She is a loves science but is also passionate about language and literature—and is particularly interested in the way studying science and the humanities can illuminate and broaden each other. Marion frequently writes about the practice of medicine, with her writing appearing in local and national publications. She is proud to call the Intermountain West her home.


Contact Marion at [email protected]




Laura Kohler, Board Chair,  Audit Committee Chair

1Laura Kohler grew up in Idaho Falls, Idaho, in a family of scientists and history buffs. She attended her local public school and was identified as a gifted student at the age of eight. Laura’s education throughout elementary and secondary school was a blend of mainstream public school, homeschooling, and gifted and honors programs. She came to Cache Valley to study at Utah State University, fell in love with the area, and never left. She is the mother of two students at CCID, and has been involved with the school on a volunteer level since its opening. She has helped spearhead the efforts to organize a library and is currently serving as the PTO president. In her spare time, Laura enjoys research, gardening, kayaking, and reading.

Contact Laura at [email protected]



Kacy Lundstrom, Board Member

1Kacy is a parent and supporter of CCID. She is also an Academic Librarian at Utah State University. She has a background in education and spends a lot of her time working with students to help them think critically about information. Her work confirms her belief that people learn more when they care about the things they are learning about.

Kacy also loves Logan deeply and when she’s not working she’s enjoying her family and kayaking, eating good food, or watching superhero movies. Reading has been transformative in her life and she can’t say enough good things about Anne of Green Gables or A Separate Peace.

Contact Kacy at [email protected]


Colby Tofel-Grehl, Board Treasurer, Audit Committee Member, Evaluation Committee Member.

Colby Tofel-Grehl Colby Tofel-Grehl, PhD is an associate professor of STEM education in the School of Teacher Education and Leadership at Utah State University. Her research focuses on finding ways to engage technology within core content STEM classrooms to create more equitable learning opportunities and supports for youth STEM identity development. Her research has appeared in The Physics Teacher, Journal of Educational Research, and Journal of Science Education and Technology. In 2020 she was honored with the early career Science Teacher Educator of the Year award from the Association for Science Teacher Education. She is currently principal investigator of 4 National Science Foundation grants including Project ESTITCH, and recent recipient of the NSF's Innovative Use of Technology and Learning Experiences in the Service of Broadening Participation Exemplar.

Contact Colby at [email protected]