About The Region 17 Comprehensive Center

The Region 17 Comprehensive Center (CC) is located at Education Northwest’s offices in Boise, Idaho. We are one of 19 regional centers across the nation that provide customized, capacity-building services to state education agencies (SEAs) to identify, implement, and sustain evidence-based practices that support improved educator and student outcomes.

Region 17 CC Staff

  • Patty Wood, Education Northwest CEO
  • Celeste Janssen, center director and social & emotional learning content lead
  • Kimberly Barnes, Region 17 CC director
  • Jacob Williams, Idaho & Montana service manager
  • Erich Stiefvater, Montana projects coordinator
  • Elizabeth Gandhi, internal evaluator
  • Christine Andrews Paulson, external evaluator
  • Kate Fitzgibbon, communications coordinator
  • Suzanne Hay, grants management administrator
  • Ira Pollack, information services coordinator
  • Rosie Santana, rural schools content lead
  • Mandy Smoker Broaddus, Indian education content lead
  • Jane Walther, Idaho projects coordinator
  • Jacqueline Raphael, writer/reporter
  • Jennifer Esswein, REL Northwest liaison
  • Jeff Jones, web developer

Our Advisory Boards

The purpose of the Region 17 CC Advisory Board is to provide input and feedback about the states’ needs, educational priorities, and stakeholder perspectives that will guide the CC’s work. Board members represent state education agency staff, teachers, superintendents, principals, higher education institutions, families, and business and community leaders in Idaho and Montana.


  • Marc Beitia, agriculture science and natural resources teacher, American Falls High School
  • Cody Fisher, superintendent, Glenns Ferry School District
  • Johanna Jones, Indian Education director, Idaho State Department of Education
  • Becky Mitchell, English language arts and physical science teacher, Vision Charter School
  • Mary Lynn Spiker, first-grade Teacher, I.T. Stoddard Elementary School
  • Joel Wilson, deputy superintendent, Idaho State Department of Education


  • Sharyl Allen, deputy superintendent, Office of Public Instruction
  • Elsie Arntzen, superintendent, Office of Public Instruction
  • Alexander Ator, superintendent/principal, Roberts School District
  • Greg Upham, superintendent, Billings Public Schools
  • Curtis Yarlot, executive director and president, St. Labre Indian School Educational Association

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