Board of Trustees
Riverstone International School is a non-profit Idaho corporation, operating under the jurisdiction of a Board of Trustees. The Board follows the school’s by-laws and articles of incorporation, as well as the best practices as outlined by the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS).
Please note the Riverstone Board of Trustees is not an appellate board.
Members of the Board of Trustees include:
Mark Liebich (Chairman) received an undergraduate degree in economics from the U.S Air Force Academy and a master’s degree from the School of Hotel Administration at Cornell University. He has spent the past 20 years in the franchising industry. First, with Sandella’s Flatbread Café, a multi-unit, fast casual restaurant concept operating units throughout the United States, the United Arab Emirates, and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, and now as President and CEO of JAN-PRO Cleaning Systems of Idaho. Mark is a Past-President of the Board for Life’s Kitchen in Boise and was a Trustee of the Charitable Venture Foundation in Clifton Park, New York.
Juan Carlos Duque (Vice Chairman) has over 20 years of experience in private equity investments throughout the United States, the United Kingdom and Latin America. In 2009, he established Capital Workshop, a private practice providing strategic advisory services on mergers and acquisitions, corporate development, and divestitures to clients ranging from early-stage ventures to mature enterprises across diverse industries. Previously, Juan Carlos worked with the International Finance Corporation (World Bank Group), Darby Overseas Investments (Latin American private equity firm), and The Pritzker Organization (single family office advising the business interests of the Pritzker family of Chicago). He is a graduate of The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and pursued a doctoral program in finance at The Fuqua School at Duke University.
Scott Peterson (Treasurer) is a Managing Director of Morgan Stanley & Co. He received his B.S. from Oregon State University and his MBA from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. After business school, Scott joined Morgan Stanley in New York and specialized in aviation and railcar financing. In 1996, he joined the firm’s London office to run the International Securitisation Group. Later responsibilities included related principal trading activities and leading a banking/trading joint venture focused on financial institutions in Europe. In 2006, Scott began what has become an extended sabbatical and left London to enjoy life in Rome, Italy. In 2013, he and his family decided to trade pasta for bike paths and moved to Boise where they enjoy all the area has to offer.
Heather Schulze (Secretary) brings to the board 20 years of experience in marketing and public relations for global technology companies. After beginning her career in corporate and agency environments, she built a successful independent consulting business providing content marketing strategy and support to clients ranging from multinational giants such as IBM and Dell, to Silicon Valley startups, to nonprofits. Heather holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Stanford University, where she studied Economics and Art History, and also attended Stanford’s overseas program in Florence, Italy. Heather grew up on Vancouver Island, where she graduated from Glenlyon-Norfolk School, an independent K-12 International Baccalaureate institution.
Linda Clark-Santos began her career as a secondary English teacher before moving to a university faculty position in teacher education. Following that, she served as General Manager of Employment and Organization Development at Ore-Ida Foods in Boise; Director of Human Resources Development at H-E-B Grocery Company in San Antonio; Vice-President of Learning and Organizational Development at Starbucks and Senior Vice-President of Talent & Organizational Capability at Washington Mutual in Seattle. In addition, she served as the Dean of Continuing Education at Central Washington University and as faculty and coach in the Executive MBA program and as affiliate for the Centre for Creativity and Innovation at Boise State University. Linda earned an undergraduate degree from Oregon State University, a Master’s degree from Boise State University, and Ph.D. from the University of Idaho.
Chris Coyle has over 25 years experience managing institutional portfolios. Over the course of his career, he has worked as a Portfolio Manager and Analyst at several Wall Street firms in New York, managing both equity and fixed income securities. Most recently he worked for Solaris Asset Management managing foundations and endowment assets as well as at Credit Suisse before moving to Boise in 2014 to manage all the investment & trust portfolios for Idaho Trust Bank. Chris received his undergraduate degree in History from Denison University and holds his Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation and is a member of the CFA society of Idaho. Before moving, Chris served on the Conservation Board and Wetlands Commission, both focused on land preservation and environmental protection in Connecticut. He was also a board member for the town of Wilton’s youth lacrosse program and has coached youth lacrosse for the past 12 years.
Bill Dempsey is a CPA at CliftonLarsonAllen, LLP, a national public accounting firm. He received his finance degree from University of San Francisco, where he met his soon-to-be wife, Amy Riche, a Boise native. After working in corporate finance in San Francisco, they moved back to Boise in 2000 where he began his public accounting career. He has served on the board of a NAEYC accredited early learning school, Capital Matrix (SBA 504 lending) and other non-profit organizations. Born and raised in Sonoma, California, he has a passion for all things related to wine.
Chris Geffros is the Director, Project Management at MotivePower, Inc. MotivePower is a Boise based builder of both new and remanufactured freight and passenger locomotives. Prior to coming to Boise, Chris spent 5 years in Product and Project Management roles with GE Transportation in Erie, PA after serving as Vice President Europe and Asia for an automotive supplier. He earned his MBA from the University of Michigan and Juris Doctor from Loyola University Chicago School of Law. Chris previously served on the board of Catholic Social Services for St. Clair County as Treasurer and is active in the Association of American Railroads.
Tory Goltry, M.D. was raised in Boise and graduated from Boise High School. She attended Wellesley College, receiving a B.A. in psycho-biology, and then received an MD from the University of Washington Medical Center. Tory has retired from private family practice medicine and is a founder of The Cancer Connection Idaho, a non-profit that provides supportive and educational resources to people dealing with or surviving cancer. She has served on the Board of Directors of Idaho Women’s Charitable Foundation and The Cancer Connection Idaho. Tory’s other passions include nutrition, cooking, and activities in the great outdoors.
Stephanie Hanson graduated with honors from Grinnell College, receiving her Bachelor of Arts Degree in sociology. After working in the non-profit world she returned to school earning her MBA from the J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University. Stephanie spent three years working in future product marketing for Hewlett-Packard developing what was, at the time, their first generation LaserJet All-In-One device. After a short hiatus to begin a family, Stephanie and her husband purchased their labor of love, Camp Nebagamon, a summer camp for boys, in northwest Wisconsin, which she has been directing in partnership with her husband ever since.
Tom Mahoney is a distinguished graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy (Physics), Air Force Test Pilot School (Electronic Warfare), and the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania (MBA). After a decade flying fighter aircraft, Tom served for four years as a budget officer in the Pentagon where he learned the intricacies of our federal government. After moving to Boise, Tom began angel investing and volunteering at Riverstone. He is a founding member of Trolley House Ventures, a small private equity group in Boise. Tom is a director of Paksense, Inc and several non-profits.
Saeed Payvar, M.D. is an Interventional Cardiologist and Vascular Medicine Specialist currently in practice with the West Valley Medical Group in Caldwell, ID. He obtained his medical degree from Tehran University, Iran, in 1997 and came to the United States in 1999. His postgraduate work was performed at the University of Texas in Houston, for which he received a Master of Science degree in Public Health and Biostatistics. His postgraduate research focused on cardiac monitoring technology development and resulted in several publications and a patent working as Instructor in Medicine at the University of Texas in Houston, and as Research Scientist at the Cullen Research Laboratory in the Texas Heart Institute in Houston. In 2005, he went on to postgraduate medical education in the UT-Southwestern, Parkland Hospital in Dallas, followed by subspecialty training in Cardiology at the University of Florida, Shands – Jacksonville, and additional training in Interventional Cardiology and Vascular Medicine in East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina. He practiced Interventional Cardiology and Vascular Medicine in the Novant Health Cardiology group in Winston Salem, NC, and moved to Eagle, Idaho in 2016. He currently serves as Physician Advisor for the HealthTrust Purchasing Group.
John Perl II, M.D. is currently a partner at Boise Radiology Group, a multi-specialty medical group specializing in medical imaging and minimally invasive therapeutics. While currently a practicing physician, he formally was a founding member and on the executive team of two medical startups that ultimately were acquired and went public. He holds patents for several medical devices that are used for the treatment of vascular disease of the brain and spine. John and his wife Jill have successfully led several fund-raising campaigns for Restart (Minneapolis, Minnesota), a nonprofit supporting persons with brain injury. He was educated in both private and public systems, matriculated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill for both undergraduate and medical school. Formally he practiced at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation in Cleveland, Ohio, as Director of Endovascular Neurosurgery, and in the private sector as a board member at Consulting Radiologists Ltd in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Susan Pierson received her undergraduate degree from Princeton University and a law degree from the University of Maryland. She is the Legal Director for the Idaho Volunteer Lawyers Program, a non-profit that provides pro bono legal representations to low-income Idahoans. Previously, Sue spent more than 10 years in private law practice, focused on commercial litigation and employment law. She also has served on various non-profit boards, including the board of a public charter school.
Ben Schwartzman is a Boise, Idaho native. He received his B.A. from Duke University, and a Juris Doctor from the University of California at Berkeley. His course of study additionally included a single-year certification from the Université de Paris I, Sorbonne. Ben practiced law in Seattle, Washington, for ten years prior to moving back to Boise in 2006 with his family, where he continues his practice in a firm he founded. He has previously served on several non-profit boards, including the Seattle Baroque Orchestra and Seattle Chess Foundation.
Raino Zoller has been actively engaged in Boise’s startup and tech community for almost 30 years. He is presently the VP of Product Marketing for Forsta, an early stage software startup. Raino has also served as the founding Executive Director of Trailhead, a Startup Hub located in downtown Boise, Idaho, the President and CEO of pSiFlow Technologies, a software development company focused on mobile water testing software, and was a founding member and Chairman of the Screening Committee for the Boise Angel Fund. Raino also spent 10 years with ProClarity, a business intelligence software company from pre-revenue until it was acquired by Microsoft in 2006. Raino began his career at HP where he held several engineering and engineering management roles in Boise, Idaho and Barcelona, Spain. Raino earned a BS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin, and an MS in Manufacturing Systems Engineering from Stanford University.