SOLE’s Board of Directors serves as the catalyst to develop the vision and action to do the work we do! Since inception, generous volunteers, who understand the importance of getting youth outdoors to explore and learn, have joined our board to help us further this essential mission. With a wide range of community and corporate experience, SOLE’s Board of Directors serves as the foundation for present and future organizational success!
TBA | Interim Board Chair
Alisha Thompson | Board Secretary
Alisha grew up in North Idaho and enjoys the outdoors as she hunts, hikes and camps in the beautiful mountains surrounding Sandpoint. Alisha fell in love with non-profits as she served as a Community Relations Specialist for a local credit union. Through that experience, she grew to understand the importance of community support for nonprofits. She loves sharing the vision and mission of SOLE with the community. With two daughters of her own she desires for them to explore and learn about the outdoors. So she believes wholeheartedly in what SOLE stands for and has to offer the youth in our community.
Sunil Tanuku | Board Treasurer
Sunil Tanuku is an accomplished Strategic Technology Executive and Advisor working with large global Fortune 100 enterprise organizations driving business transformation through automation, value delivery and change management. Internationally renowned technology thought leader in Digital Transformation, Customer Experience, Data & Information Systems, Mobility and Cloud solutions. Differentiates and catapults in transformative ways using technology as a strategic lever. Leader of integration of unique business requirements and technology solutions to drive business tactical and strategy roadmap that raise an organization’s market value. Successfully led cross-functional offshore/onshore project teams to deliver enterprise software solutions.
Managed multiple key work streams of multi-million-dollar international portfolios for Fortune 50 clients catering to healthcare, insurance, Pharmacy Benefits Management (PBM), real estate franchising, property & travel, e-commerce, financial services, and high-tech domains. Ability to combine strong business acumen, extensive technical experience and effective communication skills at all levels to partner with the business on aligning people, process and technology with corporate goals to deliver cost effective solutions. Brings a global mindset with extensive experience of working internationally and building integrated, high performing global teams.
Forbes Technology Council Member, Board of Director Member to help non-profits lean to scale, Peer Reviewer for major Journals and Trade magazines, Judge for several global award events and Author for major publications.
Dennison Webb, MA | Executive Director
See bio here!
Board Members & Committee Chairs
Joy Jansen, PhD | Board Member | Fund Development Committee Chair | Education Advisor
Dr. Jansen comes to SOLE with an extensive background in working with adolescents and adults with neuropsychological dysfunctions. As SOLE’s Education Advisor, Dr. Jansen provides professional consultation regarding program development, facilitation, and assessment to ensure that SOLE meets the individualized education needs of each participant. In addition to actual program consultation and development this also includes providing Special Education professional development opportunities for our team to ensure that we continue to provide our participants with exceptional programming opportunities supported by evidence-based best practices and methodologies. Dr. Jansen continues to be instrumental in the development and execution of our licensed adventure therapy program – Journey Experience SM program, and our Experiential Learning Center – SOLE Academy SM. In both instances Dr. Jansen has helped to develop curriculum and supporting programming which addresses and develops executive functioning and other life skills in our participants.
Dr. Jansen obtained her PhD in Education with a cognate in neuropsychological deficiencies from the University of Idaho and holds a M.Ed. in Special Education with an emphasis in learning disabilities and transition from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. In addition to volunteering her time at SOLE, Dr. Jansen serves at the Director of Special Education for Lake Pend Oreille School District and serves on several boards and committees, including Kaniksu Health Services. Prior to these positions, Dr. Jansen created and directed a Learning Center for two therapeutic boarding schools – Boulder Creek and Northwest Academy. There she cooridnated and facilitated Special Services for the students and provided professional development opportunities for their faculty and staff. Dr. Jansen also previously served as the Director of Special Education for the Paradigm Charter High School in Salt Lake City, Utah. There she developed, managed and coordinated Special Education and transition services for students; was the primary contact for parents and outside professionals relating to the academic, emotional and behavioral needs of students receiving special education services; provided training and consultation to school staff, teachers and parents; assisted students in creating, as well as, implementing structured strategies to promote and attain both academic and personal success. In addition, Dr. Jansen was appointed as Charter School Representative for the Utah State Special Education Advisory Panel.
Dr. Jansen began her professional career as a Special Educator in the North Carolina public school system. Following this tenure she was employed as an educational researcher for the Center of Prevention of School Violence. Dr. Jansen has also worked on the post-secondary level. She held the position of learning specialist in the office of Learning Disability Services at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and University of Idaho continuing to serve those in need. Dr. Jansen also served as a Special Education Instructor at the University of Idaho where she instructed pre-service teachers on various Special Education issues.
Understanding the importance of collaboration across fields, Dr. Jansen spent two years under the mentorship and guidance of Dr. Sam Goldstein conducting neuropsychological assessments and providing counsel for individuals of all ages. Through this experience she was able to provide guidance to both academic professionals and parents in understanding a child’s academic and behavioral struggles, as well as, create and implement individualized plans which met the need of each student.
To support her professional development, Dr. Jansen has spoken at local, state, and national conferences, as well as, has published works on various educational topics including ADHD and learning disabilities. Currently, Dr. Jansen is the managing editor for the Encyclopedia of Child Behavior and Development to be published in 2012.
During her time off Dr. Jansen can be found enjoying the backcountry of North Idaho or traveling to a novel setting with her immediate and extended family.
Kaleb Hueftle | Board Member | Volunteer & Outreach Committee Chair
Born and raised in rural Nebraska, Kaleb was introduced and fell in love with an active outdoor lifestyle at an early age. Upon graduating college at the University of Nebraska with a degree in Business Administration, Kaleb moved to Whitefish Montana where he worked in corporate retail and skied over 50 days a year. While in Montana, Kaleb started volunteering with Head Start and DREAM Adaptive. During his time volunteering, Kaleb realized how many local kids had never had the opportunity to explore, learn, and play in their own backyard. After relocating to Sandpoint for his wife’s new teaching job, Kaleb began to look for a way to make an impact on the youth in the area and that is when he joined SOLE. Nowadays when Kaleb isn’t working at Schweitzer Mountain Resort as Activities Manager, he is either skiing or running. He recently finished 8th in a 42km trail race and has lofty goals of finishing his first 100 mile race next summer.