Board of Directors

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 Chair

Brad 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.

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Brittan Barker, Board Member

Brittan 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.

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Erinn James, Board Member

Erinn has been highly involved with CCID as a parent volunteer, chaperone, and substitute teacher. She has three children at CCID and is excited to continue to serve all our students and to further help our school excel. Erinn’s interest in STEM subjects started when she was very young. As a child, she enjoyed spending time with her father tinkering around or helping him on industrial work projects. In 6th grade, she was selected for an accelerated program for gifted math students. And in high school, she had the opportunity to participate in Engineering State at USU. These wonderful early learning experiences inspired her to pursue higher education and a career in the field engineering.

Erinn graduated from Utah State University with a Bachelor’s in Mechanical Engineering in 2001 and a Master’s in Technical Writing in 2007. As an engineer she has worked for ATK, Boeing, and Autometer Products. Her husband Robert is also an engineer and owns Hycomp, a local engineering and manufacturing business with a worldwide clientele; and she often helps out and consults with him about business matters.

She loves to travel and go on adventures with her family, work in her garden, snow ski in the winter, and swim in the summer. Her favorite authors are Edward Abbey and Mo Willems.

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Laura Kohler, Board Treasurer

Laura 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.

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Kacy Lundstrom, Board Member

Kacy 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.

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Melissa Shunn-Mitchell, Board Member

In her years as an educator, Melissa has developed a passion for using innovative and integrated instruction. She believes students should learn the skills that will help them become successful adults such as: collaboration, critical thinking, teamwork, perseverance, taking risks, and learning from mistakes. Students and teachers should be encouraged to try new things and have a safe environment to take risks. Learning takes place in many different environments. When Melissa helped design the school she made sure there were numerous collaborative spaces including a Food Lab because many things can be learned with food, measuring and science! She believes learning should be challenging and fun.

In her free time Melissa likes to bake, hike and read. A few of her favorite books are Spectacular Things Happen Along the Way by Brian D. Schultz, The Artemis Fowl series by Eoin Colfer, Christopher Paolini’s series about Eragon and The Graveyard Book and The Legend of Captain Crow’s Teeth by Neil Gaiman.

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