Who We Are

Our Vision

Our vision is an engaged community committed to helping children reach their highest potential through innovative educational experiences.

Our Mission

To accomplish our vision, the McCall-Donnelly Education Foundation serves as an advocate and catalyst for educational excellence. We secure and provide funding, and engage and mobilize our existing community assets to enhance learning opportunities for children.

Our History

MDEF, a nonprofit 501(c)3 foundation, was established in 2006 by a committed and concerned group of citizens, who cared about our children, to address the increasing shortfall in public funds available to maintain the margin of excellence essential for our students to succeed and excel in our global society. Since its inception we have donated more than $500,000 to the McCall-Donnelly School District and area non-profits. As a result of our fundraising efforts, the school district and educational organizations in our area have been able to fund critical programs and materials in our local schools.

Why We Do it

  • To inspire academic excellence for students, teachers, and administrators.
  • To cultivate collaboration and understanding of educational issues within the community.
  • To encourage innovation and creativity, and to foster a love of learning.
  • To assist the district in providing our students with high-quality, cutting-edge educational opportunities.
  • To promote our district as a center for community learning.
  • To provide a tax-deductible contribution option for giving to the school system.
  • Because Idaho consistently ranks as the lowest in federal per capita spending for public education.*



Board of directors

Nancy Krahn


Nancy Krahn was born and raised in southern Idaho.  She attended the University of Idaho, graduating with a B.S. in Education.  Nancy and her husband, Dan, moved to McCall in 1978 and raised their four children here.  She volunteered in her children’s classrooms when they were in elementary school, was a member of the PTA and was very active in the McCall-Donnelly Booster Club, serving as President and Vice President.

Nancy joined the MDEF Board in 2010 and has served as President, Secretary and Treasurer.  She also served as chairman of “Taste of McCall” multiple years.  Other community organizations Nancy has been an active member of include the Hospital Auxiliary and P.E.O.

Dave Looney

Dave is a retired Air Force pilot, currently flying the S-54A Skycrane for Siller Helicopters. He grew up in Ontario, Oregon, spending many vacations here in McCall. He graduated from the University of Portland with a BSEE in Electrical Engineering and earned a Master’s degree in Strategic Studies from the Air War College before retiring in 2013. He provides flight instruction locally in both fixed and rotary wing aircraft, flies as a volunteer for the Iditarod Air Force each March, and tries to ski as much as possible with his young boys. Dave is married to Melissa Shelby, a professional photographer, specializing in local outdoor stock and portraiture.

Meg Lojek

Meg is the Director at the McCall Public Library. She has been a teacher and librarian for 18 years and is passionate about supporting our community’s teachers and students.

Originally from Idaho, she earned her BA in Spanish and English at Gustavus College in Minnesota, her MA in Literature at the University of Montana and her library degree at the University of Idaho.

She also studied and worked in Ireland, Spain, Ecuador, and Thailand, allowing her to bring a worldwide perspective on education to MDEF. When she’s not in the library: You’ll find her—in any season—with her family, outdoors, on a remote mountain trail.

Mike Maini

vice president

Mike was born and raised in Las Vegas and moved to Valley County in 1998. In Las Vegas he was very active in the community and owned a heavy construction equipment and trucking business. He was named Junior Chamber of Commerce Man of the Year for the state of Nevada. Mike began coaching soccer in McCall when he arrived and became the high school boys head coach in 1999 and served for 16 years. He led the Vandals to a state championship and was named State Coach of the year. Mike has worked in the MDSD for 20 years and is currently teaching Study Skills at Payette Lakes Middle School.

Having modeled “love of community” to his teams, boys’ soccer has participated in the Education Foundation’s Taste of McCall for many years.

Mike is known for his enthusiasm and commitment to family. He and his wife, Melissa, have raised four boys in the McCall-Donnelly district and he believes moving to the district was the best choice of his life. 

David Carey

David has been on the board of MDEF since its formation. He served as President for 3 years and is currently Vice-President. He is an owner and operational manager of both Jug Mountain Ranch and Hotel McCall.

David was born in Northern California, but has always felt that McCall was his home. From the age of 7, he has spent nearly every summer and winter vacation here. After gaining a degree in International Relations and Economics from Boston University, David then lived in London for 9 years, working as a manager in 5 star luxury hotels. David and his wife, Ruth, moved to McCall in 2004 and are thrilled to be raising their 2 children in McCall.

Terry Avitable

Terry graduated from San Diego State University with bachelor’s degree in Poly Sci and Master’s in Education. She taught school for 16 years in San Diego County and is now retired. She has lived in McCall for the past 20 years and loves to ski, hike, travel, read, knit, and volunteer in our great community! Terry loves spending time with her four children and eight grandchildren, all of whom love to visit McCall.

Dan Scott


Dan Scott grew up in McCall and graduated first in his class from McCall-Donnelly High School in 1985. He went on to graduate from Northwestern University with a BS in Industrial Engineering and has done post-graduate work at Georgia Tech University in Logistics and at Cornell University in Hotel Administration.

While Dan believes in limited government, he is a firm believer in the need for a strong national education system and is a strong supporter of public schools. He has two children in the McCall-Donnelly School District, one in 7th grade and one in 11th. Dan has been on the board at MDEF since its inception and is currently chair of the Grant Allocation Committee.

Gary Thompson

Originally from South Carolina, Gary has been working as an educator, expedition leader and university instructor since 1999. Moving to McCall in 2004 he co-developed the University of Idaho’s McCall Outdoor Science School. Believing in community and that we can all make a difference has led him to volunteer with a variety of organizations. He and Amanda are grateful to be raising their two boys in McCall.

Erin Roper

Bio coming soon

jon walker - exofficio

Bio coming soon


Espanol Rapido

This exciting program introduced innovative, fun Spanish language learning in both Donnelly and Barbara Morgan Elementary Schools.

Teacher Lida Clouser is now teaching her third year of Espanol Rapido at Donnelly Elementary with short 15 minute Spanish language and culture lessons twice a week in each classroom. The Donnelly teachers have embraced the language learning and integrate some Spanish into their classrooms throughout the week. This year, each grade is working on a project to present to the rest of the Donnelly students. Fourth grade is making a set of videos that will showcase Spanish vocabulary and topics such as weather forecast, colors and clothing, songs and rhymes etc. Second graders are putting on a short play in Spanish. Fifth grade is making kits that will include Spanish learning games, crafts, bilingual books etc. and will be available for check out at the school library.


P.O. Box 3048
McCall, Idaho 83638