Maureen O’Toole earned bachelor’s degrees in Cultural Anthropology and Education and a Master of Organizational Leadership as well as the military equivalent of a master’s degree in strategic analysis and planning.  She served in leadership roles in the US Army, US Army Reserves and National Guard for 26 years, retiring as a Lieutenant Colonel.

Passionate about education, Maureen taught Spanish and leadership as an Idaho public school teacher in addition to providing leadership training and mentoring to students at high risk of dropping out. As CEO of Girl Scouts of Silver Sage Council, she energized the Council, moving it into financial sustainability, increasing membership, and revitalizing camp properties. Maureen founded the Idaho STEM Action Foundation to help fund kindergarten through career STEM education statewide.

Maureen sees the Youth Apprenticeship Program as game changer for Idaho young men and women, a way to connect classrooms to careers which unites education and employment.