David Pettyjohn became the Executive Director of the Idaho Humanities Council in January 2018. Prior to that, he served as Executive Director of Preservation Oklahoma, a nonprofit membership organization dedicated to promoting, supporting, and coordinating historic preservation activities in the state. Prior to joining Preservation Oklahoma, he served 11 years (2001-2012) as Program Officer and later as Assistant Director for the Oklahoma Humanities Council. He holds B.A. and M.A. degrees in History from the University of Tulsa. He currently serves on the board of the Federation of State Humanities Councils. He resides in Boise with his husband, Geoffrey Parks, and two miniature schnauzers, Haskell and Fiyero.
Recommended Book Title: Heartbeat of Wounded Knee: Native America from 1890 to the Present, Author David Treuer
Recommended Movie/TV Title: Watchmen, and The Witcher
Director of Programs & Development
Jennifer Holley joined the Idaho Humanities Council in 2001 first as a temp, then as MacGyver, and now serves as Director of Programs and Development. She is a lifelong resident of Boise and cares very deeply about the state of Idaho. She has served on the Community Advisory Board for Boise State Radio, worked for several years on the History Committee for the Boise Arts and History Department, and served in various capacities for the Junior League of Boise. Jennifer holds a B.A. in Political Science and a Master’s in Public Administration from Boise State University. She lives in Boise with her partner Doug and two cats.
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Recommended Movie/TV Title: Oscar Nominated Animated Shorts
Office Manager & Speakers Bureau Coordinator
Debra Schlechte became the Office Manager and Speakers Bureau Coordinator at the Idaho Humanities Council in September 2011. Previously, Schlechte worked as a Technical Writer at Micon Technology in Boise, and an Office Manager at Motive Power, Inc. She holds an Associate’s degree in Dental Assisting and Dental Hygiene from Carrington College in Boise. She was born and raised in the Boise area, but grew up part time in Nebraska. She previously lived in Florida for seven years, and then moved to Utah, where she worked for a contractor on Hill AFB as a Technical Writer. After living in Utah for nine years (1995-2004), Schlechte moved back to the Boise area. She has three grown children, two boys and one girl, and one granddaughter. She currently resides in Meridian with her husband Shain, and her three dogs, Baby Giz, Little Pea, and Minnie Moo.
Recommended Book Title: If You Tell, Author Greg Olsen (True Crime)
Recommended Movie/TV Title: Little Women, and Jumanji
Director of Operations
Cindy Wang is the Director of Operations for the Idaho Humanities Council. She has worked for state humanities councils for 31 years – nine years with Humanities Kansas as the Grants Manager and Budget Director, and 22 years with the Idaho Humanities Council, as Special Projects Coordinator, later as Grants & Fiscal Officer, and currently as Director of Operations. In between her employment with humanities councils, she was a Curriculum and Testing Assistant with the West Ada School District. Wang holds a B.A. in Humanities with a major in English from Brigham Young University. She has three grown children and lives in Eagle with her husband, Mark, and their miniature schnauzer, Zoe.
Recommended Book Title: Little Women. Author Louisa May Alcott
Recommended Movie/TV Title: Little Women, and Knives Out