Board of Directors & Staff

*Board of Directors includes President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, Trustees, and Members-At-Large. 

I am a Science Teacher and encourage our entire school to engage in the game of chess. I also teach and coach chess as well as play in tournaments.  I feel that I have brought a fresh and enthusiastic approach to the ICA and I hope to continue to bring chess to Idahoans for many years to come. 

President, North Region Trustee, & ICA Tournament Director

Dr. Nathan has devoted his free time to supporting both his sons involvement in chess. His oldest, Jacob, is the 2019 Idaho representative to the US Chess Federation Denker Tournament of Champions. Dr. Nathan looks forward to giving back to the Idaho chess community.

Vice President

Alise began learning about chess via her daughter, Carmen and has participated and helped in numerous national chess events.  After Carmen graduated and moved to college, Alise continued to support and enhance chess for kids and re-organized scholastics to provide more opportunities for players.

Secretary & Western Regional Trustee & ICA Tournament Director & Women's Coordinator

Jay began his association in the ICA in the 90s and has occupied Secretary, Treasurer, Vice President and even President!  Jay's love of the game is shared through his Tournament Directing for folks in the eastern part of the state.

East Region Trustee, & ICA Tournament Director

Jef and his son, Bryce, enjoy going to chess tournaments together. Jef heads Gem State Chess which runs small scholastic tournaments and shuttles kids around so that they can have the opportunity to play in the various Idaho Chess Association events around the state. Jef helps ICA with technology issues.  For example, he runs the DGT Smart Board which live streams at ICA tournaments.

ICA Board Member-at-Large. ICA Tournament Director & IT Advisor

When a TD or a Board Member has a question, Barry is the one that will answer the phone!  Barry hosts tournaments in Twin Falls, organizes Idaho Chess Union events and also creates opportunities at Barnes & Noble in Twin Falls for the Magic Valley Chess Club.

South Central Regional Trustee & ICA Tournament Director

Jeff has occupied every position possible in the ICA and has dedicated nearly 35 years of service to enhancing chess in Idaho and the Northwest.  Jeff Coordinates chess in western Idaho and the Boise area/  He is currently editor of Northwest Chess Magazine and also represents Idaho as a representative on the Board of NWC.

Member-at-large, ICA Tournament Director, ICA Historian & Northwest Chess Representative

Deb comes to the ICA via her chess-playing children.  She is an elementary teacher at Syringa Elementary in Hailey, Idaho.  She will keep our Facebook pages up and running.

Social Media Coordinator

Jeff Price came to us in 2020 via his chess-playing son.  He is an IT person and is excited to be a part of the ICA team.

Membership Coordinator

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Donations Solicitor

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Media Coordinator

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Official ICA TD List:

  • Adam Porth (Local)

  • Alise Pemsler (Local)

  • Barry Eacker (Local)

  • Jeff Roland (Local)

  • Jay Simonson (Local)

  • Jef Leifeste (Club)

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