Meet our leadership.

Idaho Museum of International Diaspora | Board of Directors


Core Values


Preserving the integrity of history and honor the human journey.


Empower individuals through education and explore creative ways to deepen community engagement.  


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. 

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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.