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About Our Team

Cindy Fazzio

Cindy Fazzio
  • B.S. in Business Administration, Marketing emphasis from Oregon State University, 1980
  • Worked as account representative for the Xerox Corporation, Johnson and Johnson Corporation, and C.R. Bard
  • Step Ahead Idaho Founder and Advisor since 2010

Cindy's work in our community lists various leadership positions, including serving as a current Advisory Board Member of the Downtown Boise YMCA. She has served on Junior League of Boise including Second Time Around, the Renaissance Faire and Just for Kicks after school program; Service Unit Director and troop leader for Girl Scouts, service as a founder, volunteer, coach and mentor for the Idaho Science Olympiad; and Co-chair of the Silent Auction for the Bishop Kelly Dinner Auction.

Laura Gibson

Laura Gibson
  • M.A., English/Creative Writing, Arcadia University, 2007
  • Secondary Teaching Credential (M.A. Education equivalent), Humboldt State University, 1992
  • B.A., English Literature, Humboldt State University, 1990
  • UC Irvine Independent Educational Consulting Certification in Progress
  • Step Ahead Idaho College Advisor since 2013

Laura worked for fifteen years in California and Pennsylvania as a high school English teacher, Gifted Programs Coordinator, volleyball coach, student government advisor, and student literary journal advisor. She's served on several school district committees, helped write educational grants, designed language arts curriculum, and held offices on a number of non-profit boards, most recently in Washington, where she worked with Girls on the Run, and also with Lower Columbia School Gardens. Laura currently works as a freelance editor and writer.

Sue Lovelace

Sue Lovelace
  • B.S. Geophysics, Boise State University, 1982
  • Independent Educational Consulting Certification, UC-Irvine, 2017
  • Step Ahead Idaho Founder and Advisor since 2010

Sue worked as an Exploration Geophysicist for Amoco Production Company for seven years.
Her community impact includes serving on the boards of Idaho Center for Fiscal Policy, and the Boise School District Foundation. She volunteered as Co-Chair of three successful Boise School District funding campaigns, including the 2006 and 2017 Bond Campaigns and 2012 Levy Campaign. Past activities include serving as a math tutor at Life's Kitchen, PTO Chair at East Junior High, Regional Invention Convention Coordinator, College Counseling office volunteer at Boise High, Cub Scout and Webelos leader, sports team manager for soccer and track, and past Board Chairperson at Eastwind Community Church. She has a special interest in athletic recruiting, and has a basic knowledge of Spanish.

Shauna Waller

Shauna Waller

• B.A. Education, University of Southern California, 1987
• M.A. Education, University of Southern California, 1988
• Independent Education Consultant Certification, UC-Irvine; in progress
• Step Ahead Idaho Advisor since 2014

Shauna's community involvement includes Boise High Parent Board, Big Brothers/Big Sisters Magical Moments Chair, Riverstone Community School Founding Member and Parent Board. Taught elementary school in California, and after moving to Idaho, worked as a substitute teacher.

Liz O'Neill

Liz O'Neill
  • B.S. Mathematics, University of Alabama, 1985 (Roll Tide)
  • Secondary Teaching Credential, University of South Alabama, 1987
  • Step Ahead Idaho Advisor and Administrative Assistant since 2014

Liz volunteered at Timberline High School's College and Career Counseling Center for seven years where she planned and executed Timberline's College Fair, helped organize Timberline's College 101 night, attended and presented at PNACAC, and served as volunteer coordinator for the Boise National College Fair. She also served as Chairman and Co-Chair of the Teacher Appreciation Committees at Les Bois Junior High and Timberline High School. Liz served as a parent volunteer for First Robotics' Team 2122, Boy Scouts, and Mayfair/St. Clair Swim Team in Alpharetta, Georgia. Liz was a member of Junior League in Mobile, Alabama, Memphis, Tennessee, and Fulton/Gwinnett Georgia. Liz taught Geometry, Algebra II, and AP Calculus at McGill-Toolen Catholic High School, and was the Academic Coordinator and teacher at Behavioral Medical Services, Inc of Mobile, Alabama.