McCall-Donnelly Education Foundation

Board of Directors

The McCall-Donnelly Education Foundation is guided by a diverse group of Valley County residents who care deeply for the students in our community and are committed to making a positive impact on our public education.

Jonas Bean – President

Jonas is originally from the Seattle, WA area. He received his B.A., a major in Wilderness Leadership and a minor in Environmental Education, from Prescott College in Arizona in 1999. After college, he spent time working as an alpine guide with a focus on high school leadership in the North Cascades for a Seattle based guiding company.  Jonas then worked at an independent school in Bellevue, WA where he was the Director of Outdoor Education and taught electives with an experiential education focus. His teaching ranged from the classroom to a multitude of remote areas in the Western US, Mexico, and Canada. He was also the Golf Coach. Jonas then attended the College of Education at Seattle University and expanded his breadth in the education field

Jonas moved to McCall in 2006. Since then, he has worked at Solace Natural Medicine, the McCall Fire Department, and Meadows Valley Ambulance.  He also has two children in the McCall-Donnelly School District.

His educational background in the outdoor and classroom setting has fueled his passion for diverse teaching techniques which have the ability to reach all learners regardless of their own educational needs. Jonas is excited to be a part of MDEF and the mission which it stands for.

David Carey – Vice President

DavidDavid 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.

Nancy Krahn

NancyNancy Krahn was born and raised in Jerome, 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 have raised four children here.  She volunteered in all 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 is a lifetime member of the Hospital Auxiliary and has served as membership chairman, Holiday Plant Sale chairman (6 years), Holiday Happening chairman and board member.  She is also very active in P.E.O. where she has been President, Vice President and Treasurer multiple times.  She has also chaired the Garage Sale Committee and served on the Scholarship Committee.  Nancy has been on the MDEF board for three years, serving as Secretary and Treasurer.  Nancy works at Krahn’s Home Furnishings with her husband and two sons.

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, one in 4th grade and one in 8th, in the McCall-Donnelly School District. Dan has been on the board at MDEF for several years, and has served as Vice President and is currently chair of the Allocation committee.

Dave Looney

10714458_10204713359850820_6482875105637881668_oDave 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.

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.


Bob Hallock

Bob Hallock hails from Ann Arbor, Michigan, and graduated from Indiana University.  A business career situated him in San Diego for 33 years.  Bob and his wife, Linda, have owned a home in McCall since 1999 and became permanent residents in 2010.

Bob credits the influence of educators in the Ann Arbor Public Schools for his continuing dedication to educational endeavors.  The inscription carved on his junior high school entrance: “The Foundation Of Every Republic Is The Education Of Its Youth” made a lasting impression and is another way of expressing the MDEF mission to inspire teaching and learning.

Gary Thompson

Originally from South Carolina, Gary has been working as a educator, expedition leader and university instructor since 1999. HisDSC_9936 career highlights include co-developing the University of Idaho’s McCall Outdoor Science School, leading international expeditions and instructing leadership for the National Outdoor Science School. He has an BA in Wilderness Leadership and Experiential Education from Brevard College and a MS in Natural Resources from the the University of Idaho.  Professionally, Gary is focused on individual and team leadership development, organizational change management, expeditionary learning and science education.
When not teaching for the University of Idaho, he works as a river guide for Canyons, Inc. and instructs for the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS). Gary moved to McCall in 2004 to live and work in a small, mountain community with access to our incredible natural resources.  Having learned to ski, he now volunteers with the Payette Avalanche Center and the Payette Lakes Ski Patrol. Gary also serves on the boards of the McCall Chamber of Commerce and the McCall Rotary Club. He is fortunate to be a husband to Amanda, a father to Augustus and chief entertainer of the family dogs.

Aana Vannoy

Aana is an Idaho native and dreamt of moving to the area after spending summers as a young child in McCall.   Aana and her husband Luke were fortunate to make the move to McCall in 2003.  They are raising two young children and appreciate the recreational activities offered by the area as well as the quality educators and enthusiastic supporters of education in the McCall-Donnelly School District.  What a great place to raise a family!

Aana attended the University of Idaho and graduated with a B.S. in Economics and Mathematics.  She has worked for Idaho First Bank, a local community-focused bank headquartered in McCall, since it opened in 2005.  Aana joined MDEF in 2015 and is also a board member of the Rotary Club of McCall.

Jon Walker – Exofficio



The McCall-Donnelly Education Foundation will be forever grateful for the hard work, dedication and leadership of former president Tim Novoselski. We will miss you Tim.

Tim Novoselski

TimTim Novoselski graduated from the University of Southern California with a BA degree in journalism and minors in cinema and education. Before retiring and living full-time in McCall, he was president and CEO of Miramar Communications, at the time one of the largest privately owned business publishing companies in California. He served as president of the Western Publications Association, based in Los Angeles, and was board member of the American Business Press, representing the country’s largest publishing companies, headquartered in New York.  He also served as board member of Business Publications Audit Worldwide, with US offices located in Connecticut. A few years after college Tim, his wife, Denise, and two other journalism graduates from USC ran the McCall Star-News in the mid-to-late 70s. “It  is hard to envision something more important than the education of our youth,” believes Novoselski. “MDEF is one of the vehicles to help our students who reside in a state that amazingly ranks second to the last in money spent per student. We can make a difference.”

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