Gem Innovation Board


Dennis Turner
Board Chair


A long-time resident of Idaho, Dennis has served Idaho citizens for 35 years, working for the City of Pocatello where he helped create the Southeast Idaho subsection of the American Water Works Association (AWWA) / Intermountain. Dennis brings a wealth of facilities, construction, and project management expertise. His studies at Michigan State University, Idaho State University and College of Western Idaho were in project management.

Murray Stanton, Esq.
Vice Chair


A retired attorney, Murray Stanton brings a career’s worth of legal experience and a methodical approach to complex issues. His successfully evaluates circumstances, breaking issues down to manageable pieces. Murray received an A.A. degree from Simon’s Rock of Bard College, a B.A. from Duke University, a J.D. from Washington and Lee University Law School, and an M.A. in English Literature from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Allison Akhnoukh
Board Member


Allison is an education reform executive with diverse professional expertise including launching a charter management organization, operational sustainability, and strategic planning with a focus on next generation learning. She has held several leadership roles including Founding CEO of a next generation CMO and Regional Director for Network Growth and Sustainability for the KIPP Foundation. In her current role as Chief of Staff for 2REVOLUTIONS, she manages internal systems to ensure financial and operational sustainability, with a focus on performance management. Allison received a B.A. from Dartmouth College and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

Brian Trammell
Board Member


As Deputy Prosecuting Attorney for Bannock County, Brian upholds the law while representing the rights of local citizens. He graduated from University of Idaho College of Law in 2013, and he first practiced as Deputy City Attorney with the City of Boise. Brian lives in Pocatello, Idaho, with his wife and four children; two of which are enrolled in Gem Prep: Pocatello charter school. Brian is highly involved in local politics and is specifically motivated to raise the bar on Idaho education outcomes. Brian enjoys spending time with his family, reading, watching and playing sports, and exercising. Brian is an Eagle Scout.

Bonnie Freytag
Board Member


A member of the Deary City Council, a 12-­‐year volunteer on the Deary Ambulance Team, and a professional technical career in health care, Bonnie prioritizes advancing education in Idaho. As a result of her extensive volunteerism, Bonnie understands the kind of support a school board must provide to both teachers and students, in order to cultivate an environment where educators, learners and parents all participate to help each child reach their maximum potential.

Jill Call
Board Member


Jill has been affiliated with Gem’s Idaho Distance Education Academy (I-DEA) since it began in 2004, when she enrolled her children in the distance education program. She is a strong proponent of school choice and values the unique niche that Gem Innovation Schools offers parents. Jill received a B.A. from Brigham Young University and a M.A. from Boise State University.

Dr. Roger Stewart
Board Member


Roger A. Stewart is a professor in the Literacy Department at Boise State University. His interests include large scale assessments and their influence on school change, with a particular focus on reading and writing assessments. He is also interested in program evaluation and is currently conducting several in Idaho. For the past three years he has worked with the Chief Academic Officer of the Idaho State Board of Education on the transition to the Idaho Core Standards and the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium assessments. Primarily he has worked to involve Idaho’s higher education community in these two endeavors. He has been an educator for 38 years at both secondary and higher education levels. His Ph.D. is from Purdue University in Curriculum and Instruction with emphases in reading and science education.