Active, engaged, curious and dedicated, Anna Almerico, has worked with and assisted in building strong organizations and movements to strengthen the quality of life for youth in Idaho. Anna is passionate about ensuring accessibility for all to programs and opportunities, and is excited to be the Director of ION. Anna grew up in rural Minnesota, in a town of 500, where she tried her hand at every afterschool activity possible; including, but not limited to, baton twirling, softball, cheer, Girl Scouts, FLA and marching band. Anna is delighted to be raising her family (and pets) in Boise, and enjoys the four seasons and being active outdoors in all ways, from yardwork to Nordic skiing.
Quality and Professional Development Coordinator
Dianna McAllister comes to the Idaho Out-of-School Network after twelve years at IdahoSTARS and the Idaho AEYC. Dianna found her passion in education and completed her master’s degree in Early Childhood Education in 2008. She has a fantastic husband and two little boys and loves spending time reading and exploring Boise. She’s also a huge Boise State fan and watches as many games as she can! When she was younger she participated in numerous after school activities. Dance, flute lessons, Girl Scouts, drama and many more. She could be found hanging out at the community center when not attending one of her clubs or activities. Her love for out-of-school time came from the many wonderful interactions she had throughout her school age years.
Emily Smith is passionate about education, both inside and outside of the traditional classroom. She taught elementary school for eight years, both in the United States and abroad, prior to the joining the Idaho Out-of-School Network. She is currently pursuing a master's degree in Occupational Therapy and plans to work with children with sensory processing disorders. In her spare time, she tutors middle-school and high-school students and loves it! As a youth, Emily participated in many types of out-of-school activities but found her passion in music and the arts. She learned multiple instruments, sang in choirs, and acted in musicals. She loves out-of-school time and the opportunities it provides for youth in Idaho.
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