Board of Directors
Our Board of Directors operate with HEART, our guiding core values rooted in principles that spell the word "heart."
HISTORY. HONOR. HUMAN.
Preserving the integrity of history and honor the human journey.
EMPOWER. EDUCATION. EXPLORE. ENGAGE.
Empower individuals through education and explore creative ways to deepen community engagement.
ACCEPTANCE. AWARENESS. ACCOUNTABILITLY.
Through acceptance of diversity can awareness be gained, and accountability be upheld.
Taking responsibility to foster a community of relationships.
Exercise mutual respect and tolerance for others while maintaining strong commitment to the integrity of truth.
Palina Louangketh, DSL MHS RHIT
Founder and Executive Director,
Idaho Museum of International Diaspora
Board Chair since 2019
Dr. Palina Louangketh is a former Lao refugee from Pakse, Laos into Idaho since 1981 and currently serves as the Advisor for the Idaho Lao Community. As the Founder and Executive Director of the Idaho Museum of International Diaspora (IMID), she is passionate about preserving and honoring the human journey stories on a global scale through art, music, literature, video, photography, and food. Her family’s refugee journey inspired her vision – the IMID – to explore an innovative approach that will foster a community of relationships connected by cultures. She is also a seasoned health care and public health leader with over 25 years of experience in strategic leadership, project management, data analytics, change management, quality improvement, and performance management. Because she lives, breathes, and speaks strategy, Dr. Louangketh is comfortable in complex and changing environments. She holds a Doctor of Strategic Leadership (DSL) degree from the School of Business and Leadership at Regent University with a concentration in Strategic Foresight. An alumna of Boise State University, she completed both her Bachelor of Science and Master of Health Science. Committed to her Bronco roots, she teaches in the College of Health Sciences, University Foundations Program, and Honors College at Boise State University. Additionally, she designed three courses aligned to the IMID’s Global Diaspora Curriculum and teaches as a Professor of Multicultural Studies.
President, Boise Chapter of Asian Real Estate Association of America
Marcus Tam Real Estate
Board member since 2019
Marcus Tam has a diverse background and experience in a wide range of business segments from high tech to real estate investing to education and food service. With over 10 years of experience as a private investor in real estate, Marcus became a licensed REALTOR® in the State of Idaho in 2006 and has quickly become the trusted source amongst the local Chinese community as well as overseas investors. He currently serves as President of the Boise Chapter of the Asian Real Estate Association of America. Marcus received his Bachelor of Science degrees in Computer Science and Mathematics from Boise State University in 1993. After a successful 15-year career in a Fortune-100 company, Marcus co-founded the Idaho Chinese Cultural and Business Center, LLC with a focus on bridging Idaho and overseas Chinese businesses and establishing global and local networking opportunities for American and Chinese companies within the U.S. and China. He serves as the center’s Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. Additionally, he is the founding board member of the Idaho Museum of International Diaspora and Idaho Chinese Organization, Inc., a non- profit organization with the mission to serve the community and to promote Chinese culture.
Jim Jones, JD
Retired, Chief Justice of Idaho Supreme Court
Board member since 2019
Justice Jim Jones is an Idaho native who received a BA degree from the University of Oregon in 1964 and a Juris Doctor degree from Northwestern University School of Law in Chicago in 1967. Justice Jones served two years as an officer in the U.S. Army (1968-1969), as legislative assistant to former U.S. Senator Len B. Jordan for three years (1970-1972), as Idaho Attorney General for eight years (1983-1991) and as a Justice of the Idaho Supreme Court for twelve years (2005-2017), retiring as Chief Justice. He was in private law practice in Idaho in between his public service years. Jim is a Vietnam combat veteran. He was awarded an Army Commendation Medal for his civic action work with an orphanage operated by the Cao Dai Church, in Tay Ninh Province, Vietnam. Justice Jones received the Torch of Liberty Award from the Anti-Defamation League in 1987 for his work in support of human rights. He served as Chairman of the Idaho Pro Bono Commission from 2008 to 2017 and received the Idaho State Bar’s Distinguished Jurist Award in 2020.
Director Global Alliances and Senior Curator, Idaho Museum of International Diaspora
Board member since 2020
Rachel Emenaker is both the Senior Curator and Director of Global Alliances at the Idaho Museum of International Diaspora (IMID). She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) in Painting from Biola University (La Mirada, CA). Her sense of adventure has taken her across many exotic parts of the world making her a well-cultured and seasoned world traveler, which gives her a unique perspective on diaspora. Rachel has studied and experienced the arts, cultures, and peoples throughout her journeys. She has worked and volunteered with the Armenian Center for Contemporary and Experimental Art, projects with the U.S. Embassy and the United Nations, served as the Art Director for two nonprofits focusing on human rights and women’s rights specifically within the Caucasus – Art & Activism and Human Rights Common Platform, and taught art for Syrian refugees with mental disabilities at Aleppo NGO. Rachel’s work and leadership in shaping the IMID’s study abroad itinerary, as part of the IMID’s Global Diaspora Curriculum program, have been pivotal in enhancing the programmatic design of the IMID’s signature study abroad course offering – Cross-Border Voices of Diaspora (Armenia) – at Boise State University Honors College in spring semester 2020.
Executive Director, Legacies of War
Board member since 2021 (January)
Sera Koulabdara is the Executive Director of Legacies of War – the leading U.S.-based educational and advocacy organization working to address the impact of conflict in Laos during the Vietnam War-era, including removal of unexploded ordnance (UXO). In addition to serving as a member of the Idaho Museum of International Diaspora (IMID) Board of Directors, Sera serves as one of the Co-Chairs for the IMID’s Southeast Asian Diaspora Exhibit (SEADE). She holds an undergraduate degree from Ohio State University and graduated with a double major in International Finance and Marketing. She also has a minor in Spanish and speaks four languages. Sera’s passion for the world’s economy launched her career in Lommel, Belgium as an International Business Consultant. She specialized in helping emerging markets and completed projects in over 10 countries including Kuwait, Ghana and South Africa. While in Botswana, Sera discovered her passion for helping others while volunteering with the Clinton Foundation.
Shauna Corry, PhD
Dean, College of Art and Architecture
University of Idaho
Board member since 2021 (January)
Dr. Shauna Corry is an Associate Professor and Dean of the University of Idaho College of Art and Architecture (CAA). She earned two graduate degrees from Washington State University, an Interdisciplinary PhD focusing on Environment & Behavior and an M.A. focusing on Interiors and completed a B.S. in Housing and Interiors from Utah State University. She taught at North Dakota State University for ten years serving as Interior Design and Facility Management Program Coordinators. Since joining the University of Idaho in 2001, Dr. Corry has served as Term and Interim Dean, Acting Associate Dean, a member of the CAA’s core leadership team, Coordinator and Head of the Interior Design Program, and as Athena President and Vice President. She is currently a Director at Large for the Interior Design Educators Council Foundation (IDECF) and has served as IDEC Pacific West Regional Chair. She chaired the Idaho Historic Site Review Board for the National Registrar of Historic Places, served on the Fair and Affordable Housing Commission for the city of Moscow, and has received the University of Idaho Hoffman Excellence in Teaching Award, Outreach and Engagement Award of Excellence, and eight Alumni Awards of Excellence for student mentorship from the University of Idaho. Her research focuses on social justice issues in the built environment, Universal Design, and placemaking. Dr. Corry’s recent teaching interests include environment and behavior, community-based service-learning projects, design studios and history of interiors.
Principal, Cushing Terrell
Board member since 2021 (January)
Jason Butler is an architect and principal with Cushing Terrell. Based in Boise, Idaho, he co-leads the firm’s commercial design studio and serves as principal-in-charge of the Boise office – a LEED Platinum-certified workplace. Jason has a broad base of commercial project experience in the planning and design of both new and existing facilities. He specializes in the creative betterment of the urban environment specifically multi-use developments. Since joining Cushing Terrell in December of 2005, Jason has worked on a variety of project types, including mixed-use urban development, such as the 8th and Main (Zions Bank) Building in the heart of downtown Boise, which the Boise team calls home. Jason guides Cushing Terrell’s integrated teams in a collaborative process characterized by holistic decision-making with the intent of delivering innovative, high-performance solutions. He is passionate about incorporating sustainable design practices to realize healthy, equitable, contextual buildings and developments that benefit their surrounding communities. Jason is a University of Idaho alumnus and has been a registered architect since 1998. He is a LEED-accredited professional and a member of the American Institute of Architects.
Founder and Cultural Broker, Mwangi'z Inc.
Board member since 2021 (March)
Salome Mwangi relocated to Boise, Idaho through the Refugee Resettlement Program in 2004. After a successful career in banking, finance, and information technology in Kenya, Salome pivoted into the world of language and culture when she found that her ability to communicate in Kiswahili was a much-needed skill in Idaho’s Treasure Valley. She emerged as a Cultural Broker, establishing Mwangi’z Inc, through which she builds bridges using language to decipher the culture behind it, helping others tease out some of the “hows” and “whys” of living life with multicultural relevance. This experience of living life astride cultures is the inspiration of her TEDxBoise presentation, Being a "Cultural Broker." Salome continues to share her experiences within her community and beyond through public speaking and training sessions that motivate her audiences to view their lives and those of others through a different lens. She is an alum of Boise State University with an undergraduate degree in Multidisciplinary Studies. Her academic journey provided additional experiences that supported her integration into a new way of life in the U.S. Salome lives with her teenage daughter, who has been a cultural broker for her, as they navigate life as a Kenyan mother to her American daughter, with a good measure of lessons and laughter.