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.
Brian Bava (Secretary) serves as the Associate Dean of Admission at Concordia University School of Law in Boise. Raised in Japan and Korea, Brian received his International Baccalaureate Diploma from the Armand Hammer United World College in Montezuma, New Mexico. He completed his B.A. in international studies and history from The American University in Washington, D.C., and later received a Master of Education in Education Leadership from the University of Idaho. Prior to beginning his tenure at Concordia, Brian was the Dean of Enrollment at The College of Idaho in Caldwell. Before arriving in Idaho, he worked in admissions and college counseling at Kimball Union Academy, a private, independent boarding school in Meriden, New Hampshire. He has extensive experience in various areas of secondary and higher education, as well as with the private independent school world as a student, staff member, and parent.
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 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.
Suzanne Long is Director of Corporate Initiatives with Albertsons LLC, a Boise-Based food and drug retailer. She received her bachelor’s degree from Duke University. Suzanne started her career with Andersen Consulting (now known as Accenture) in Charlotte, North Carolina, leading process improvement, change management, and IT integration projects for Fortune 100 companies. Having grown up in Idaho, she and her husband Matt moved to Boise in 2001 to raise their family. She worked for Albertsons from 2001–2008 in various process improvement and program management roles, including leading the company’s Lean Six Sigma initiative. Suzanne left the company in 2008 to become the Retail Practice Leader and Director of Marketing for SSA & Company, a New York-based operations consulting firm. In 2012, she started her own consulting practice, assisting companies such as Albertsons LLC, Staples, and MWI. Suzanne accepted her present position with Albertsons LLC in the fall of 2013, and is currently leading the company’s integration of Safeway, Inc.
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.
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.
Jeff Russell is the Founder and CEO of Jitasa (formerly Easy Office), a certified B-Corporation business process outsourcer that provides finance and accounting services to non-profits across the country. Previously, Jeff worked at Accenture as a business process outsourcing advisor and consultant for Fortune 500 companies. He also worked at PACCESS, a mid-size supply chain services company, where he oversaw the company’s Asian operations from his office in Bangkok. Jeff is a Georgia Tech Industrial Engineer and holds an M.B.A from Yale University.
Heather Schulze 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.
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.
Nicole Toeldte was born and raised in Quebec City and received her undergraduate degree in health sciences. She received her M.B.A and pursued a marketing career in the health and travel industry. Nicole brings an international perspective to the Board having lived in Montreal, Toronto, Brussels, Stockholm, Auckland, and now Boise. She and her husband, Alexander, led the Annual Fund Campaign a few years ago, and Nicole has served on the Head of School Search Committee.