Board of Directors

Irene Gomez Chavolla, M.Ed.-IABE Past President, BS in elementary education from Idaho State University, her M.A. in Curriculum and Instruction, with an emphasis in ESL/Bilingual Education from Boise State University.  Educational Administration degree from the University of Idaho. ,

Merri Ann Drake, IABE Past President, earned a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish and a Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education with an emphasis in ESL from Idaho State University. She is currently working on a Masters of Teaching English Language Arts at Boise State. Merri Ann taught ESL, Spanish, and English in the Blackfoot School District for 10 years and was a Boise State Writing Project Teacher Consultant before taking a position as an Idaho Core Coach for the Idaho State Department of Education.  Merri Ann is from Southeastern Idaho and lives and works there still

Margaret Mulhern, IABE President, has earned her Ph.D. and is a clinical faculty member in the Department of Literacy, Language and Culture at Boise State University where she teaches courses in Bilingual Education and TESOL.  She has taught in numerous settings over the past 30 years and worked as a consultant. Primary areas of interest are family literacy, emergent literacy in Spanish and co-teaching for ELLs.

Mary Garcia, Magic Valley Chapter President, earned her B.A. in Elementary Education from Idaho State University, and her M.A. in Curriculum and Instruction, from Northwest Nazarene University. Mary has taught with the Minidoka County School District for 17 years.  She is currently teaching 2nd grade at Rupert Elementary.

Kelee Robinson, IABE Vice President earned her BA in English and Spanish teaching from Brigham Young University and MA in curriculum and instruction with a  bilingual emphasis from Boise State. She has taught language arts, Spanish, English as a new language, and now co-teaches multiple subjects, including language arts, math, and biology at Kuna High School. Recent endeavors include co-teaching biology online through the Idaho Digital Learning Academy, as well as contracting with the Idaho State Department of Education as a co-teaching grant evaluator.

Jenica Draney, Treasure Valley Chapter President, is an English faculty member at the College of Western Idaho, where she teaches English as a Second Language (ESL) Reading & Writing and English Composition. Additionally, Jenica leads the ESL Tutoring and Service Learning Programs at the college, and is the current Advisor for CWI’s Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society. Outside of CWI, Jenica is an IELTS Examiner at Boise State and a member of the Refugee Community Plan Adult Education Team. She is a graduate of the MA TESL (Teaching English as a Second Language) Program at the University of Idaho

Marta A. Hernandez, IABE State Secretary. Marta is a teacher at Burley Junior High School. Her current teaching position includes teaching the subjects of Geography/US History and History & Culture of Ballet Folklorico. She received her BA in Elementary Education from Idaho State University and her M.A. in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis in ESL/Bilingual Education from Boise State University. Marta participates in national, regional, and local organizations in which education is improved or enhanced and health care is accessible.

Zulema Macias,  IABE Treasurer.  She lives in Burley. She has taught 31 years. She was the Head Teacher and ESL teacher at the Newcomer Center in Burley for 11 years. She is currently teaching 4th grade at White Pine Intermediate. She earned an M.A. in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis in ESL/ Bilingual Ed.. Contact her at

Sarah McIntyre, Snake River Chapter President, earned her Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education from Boise State University. Sarah has taught in the Bonneville Joint School District for 6 years and is currently teaching 4th grade.