Board of Trustees Bios

 

Brian Klene, PresidentBrian K

Brian joined the board in 2021. He and his family have lived in Boise twice, most recently returning to Boise in 2013. Brian has enjoyed a 42-year career in international technology businesses large and small, and he earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature from The Citadel and his MBA degree from the University of Southern California. 

Reading, writing, and communicating are critical life skills, sharpened by ideas and learnings found in books. Brian believes the library plays an important role in fostering and sharpening those skills, but also in strengthening the sense of community and equality among the residents of our city.




 

Rebecca Lemmons, Vice-PresidentRebecca Lemmons

Rebecca joined the board in 2022. She serves as the Regional Director of Community Health and Well-Being for the Saint Alphonsus Health System. Over the past 15 years, she has worked to improve public health across Idaho’s government, non-profit, and healthcare sectors. She earned a Bachelor of Arts from the College of Idaho and a Masters in Health Sciences from Boise State University.

Rebecca joined the board in a full circle moment because her first job at age 15 was as a page at the Main Library. Now as a mother and regular user of the Library, she wants to advocate for and protect one of the community’s greatest assets in providing equitable access to education, information, and resources for Boise’s residents.

 


 

Phil MagnusonPhil M

Phil joined the board in 2019. He is a long-time Boise resident and has held leadrship roles at several local technology businesses, including Cradlepoint and Hewlett-Packard. In recent years, Phil was CEO of HomeCU, a software technology company providing internet-based account management/access software to credit unions.

 

 

 


Nikki Trammel PanteraNikki Pantera

Nikki joined the board in 2021. She is a native Idahoan, born and raised in Boise. Nikki received a Bachelor of Arts as well as a Juris Doctorate at Willamette University in Salem, Oregon. After college, she returned to Boise and has been practicing law here ever since.  
 
Nikki joined the Board of Trustees because she believes the library is an important part of the community and she has personally benefited from her time spent at the library both as a mom and when she was a child. She looks forward to serving the community and helping to build on all the wonderful services the Library provides. 

 

 

 


 

Natasha Rush

Natasha Rush

Natasha joined the board in 2022. She earned her English Education degree in 2000 and has been a public educator since that time. She began her teaching career in Las Vegas and then moved to Boise in 2005 where she found her passion for libraries. Since that time, she has spent 14 years in the school library system and is currently the head librarian at Boise High School in Boise School District.

Natasha joined the board because she believes libraries--whether school or public--play a crucial role in the communities they serve, especially in today’s world. Libraries are no longer just books; they are community hubs full of both print and digital resources as well as programs and services. They are a place of knowledge that is nonjudgmental and kind--a place where all are welcome to find what they need. She looks forward to advocating for the library and the patrons it serves

 


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