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.


Melissa Shunn-Mitchell, Board Chair

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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Candice Hansen, Board Member

Born and raised in Providence, Utah. I married my high school sweetheart in 2003. We have three wonderful kids. Our family lived in Frisco, Texas for two years before returning to live in Providence. We love to ski and spend our time supporting our children at their events. I was lucky to have volunteered at the Cache Valley Community Health Clinic for 20 years. Helping many families in Cache Valley who were not eligible for health insurance. I was the PTA President at Providence Elementary for 1 year before we moved our children to CCID. During that year I also worked as a Paraprofessional with reading groups and a second grade Classroom Aid. I currently am the PTO President at CCID.

My hope is that students at CCID have an environment to learn:
- that they feel safe to try new things - that they are prepared to thrive as adults in the community - that CCID helps create opportunities for them to find their passion in learning - that it is a place where everyone can be friends.

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Bret Tanner, Board Member

Bret Tanner was born and raised in Southwest Colorado where his mother was a school teacher. His father, uncle and grandfather, who were small businessmen, also spent years serving the community including several positions on the local school board. Bret first came to Cache Valley to pursue his education. After graduating with a Bachelor’s degree in business, he moved to Logan to complete a Master’s degree in Human Resource Management at Utah State University. Although his career took him and his family on several adventures across the county, the valley has always felt like home to them. They searched for opportunities to return and were excited when Bret was offered a position to be the Senior Human Resource Manager at Thermo Fisher Scientific. Bret has enjoyed years of experience working with people in the STEM field through human resource management. He has a working knowledge of what best qualifies individuals for these careers and a passion for promoting equality in that field.

Bret has always sought to being involved in his community. He served as a board member for United Way for several years and also serves youth through the Cub Scout program. Bret is an avid family man. He spends most of his free time with his children and loves enjoying the outdoors with them. He plays most sports, but has always favored basketball. He also rock climbs, mountain bikes, and is eager to participate in anything that gets him active and outside.

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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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Brad Hess, Board Member

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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Théo Anderson, Board Member


Lynda Stauffer, Board Member


Laura Banda, Board Member

Laura is the proud mother of Aggie Alumni. She has twenty years experience as an educational leader. She has served as both a state and district educational trainer and mentor. Laura has ten years experience as a classroom teacher. She also has served ten years as a principal at an award winning TK-6th grade elementary school. She has been recognized three times for Honorary Service Achievements. Laura holds a Masters of Science in Instructional Leadership, Curriculum and Instruction. She also has a Masters of Education, Educational Leadership and Management. Laura is a Certified Business Officer in School Business Management. She comes to Cache Valley from California.

For the past year Laura has been serving on our Governing Board and is extremely familiar with CCID mission and goals. She has also been writing and reviewing policies and procedures for CCID. Laura has extensive principalship experience, including helping to establish a new elementary school. We have the utmost confidence in Laura's expertise and dedication to CCID's success that she will continue the culture of collaboration, mentoring, and teamwork.

Mrs. Banda is very excited to get to know our students and families! Mrs. Banda would also like our families to have her contact information should you have any questions or concerns.

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