Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter named eight board members, including Von Hansen, CEO of AlertSense, a world class mass emergency notification system, to coordinate and promote Idaho’s science, technology, engineering and math programs through the STEM Action Center. Hansen will serve alongside Idaho thought leaders from State government, industry partners and economic development organizations to build out a robust workforce pipeline that will increase good paying jobs for Idahoans.
Hansen is joined on the board by Jeff Sayer, director, Idaho Department of Commerce; Ken Edmunds, director, Idaho Department of Labor; Dave Hill, State Board of Education member; Tim Corder, special assistant to state superintendent Sherri Ybarra; Todd Allen, deputy director, Idaho National Laboratory, Idaho Falls; Lorna Finman, chief executive officer, LCF Enterprises, Post Falls; and, Dee Mooney, executive director, Micron Foundation, Boise.
Hansen is putting his full force behind the STEM Action Center as it aligns with his deeply held belief that the Treasure Valley can thrive as a high-tech ecosystem. The recent board appointment to the STEM Action Center combined with his acceptance of the chairmanship of the Idaho Technology Council’s Executive Committee, positions him to leverage critical resources needed for advancing STEM programs, supporting technology start-ups and growing tech industry career opportunities in Idaho.
Hansen’s proven leadership has grown AlertSense’s workforce significantly over the last 18 months, adding to AlertSense some of the best talent in the high-tech industry. Hansen believes that when organizations like AlertSense thrive and individuals invest in their community through supporting STEM and other educational initiatives, it ensures that Idaho has the technology infrastructure required to continue to foster and develop a strong high-tech ecosystem.