Division of Continuing Education


President: Donna Hillard
Past President: Jane Riley
Vice President: Robert Bieda
Secretary: Marjean Waford
Treasurer: Janice Matteson-Howell
Shirley McElprang, NKA


Curriculum: Co-Chair, Barbara Bain and Judy Grahl
Social: JoAn Dilweg
Travel: Chair, Jim Liday
Publicity: Chair, Virginia Kelly
Communications: Cheryl Lyda
History: Co-chair, Helen Beitia & Sharon Manning


(In alphabetical order)


Barbara was born in Kansas and raised in Illinois. She received her B.S. from Kansas State University, M.A. from the University of Iowa and Ph.D. from the University of Washington. She worked as an aural rehabilitation audiologist at Walter Reed Army Hospital, as a speech-language pathologist at Fairfax County Health Department and as supervising speech-language pathologist and audiologist at Georgetown University's Affiliated Program for Child Development. She taught at the University of Montana for thirteen years and also served as Department Chair for five years. Barbara moved to Pocatello in 1990 and taught at Idaho State University for fourteen years. Upon retirement, she was awarded Professor Emeritus for ISU. She is a Fellow of the American Speech Language and Hearing Association. Her teaching focused on language phonological disorders in children, clinical processes of assessment and remediation, and principles of research. Her research involved treatment efficacy with children with phonological and language disorders. She currently serves as the coordinator of the Research Mentoring Program in the Kasiska College of Health Professions at Idaho University, a part-time position.

Barbara has two sisters, four nieces and ten great nieces and nephews. They are fun to spend time with and live in interesting places to visit.

Retirement has offered her the opportunity to do those activities which she has always enjoyed but with greater frequency. These include tennis, hiking, skiing, canoeing, reading and traveling. Joining NKA has allowed her to attend wonderful classes with interesting and interested people. She has been fortunate to work with talented and giving officers and committee chairs.


Helen was born and raised on a cattle ranch in Nevada. She was educated in Elko County Schools and then went to Oregon State College. She married Frank Beitia in 1957 and spent twenty years raising a family and enjoying other Forest Service families. It was here that she finished her undergraduate and graduate studies in education. She worked for Head Start doing Parent Education and then became Director of ISU College of Education Laboratory Preschool. The lab was the first facility in Pocatello to become accredited by the National Accreditation of Preschool. Helen later developed and taught the Child Development Associate Program at the College of Technology that is a systematic method of education for individuals teaching and caring for children zero to five years old.

Helen's hobbies are many and varied. She enjoys working with groups especially young people, but also likes to sew, garden and cook. She especially loves to grow, admire and arrange flowers. Since her husband died two years ago she has focused much of her time on breeding and raising the small flock of Suffolk sheep that he developed. They call their small acreage the Fun Farm.

Helen is the mother of four grown children and grandmother to ten. Her life is full, varied, and has been enriched by her participation in NKA. As Scrapbook/Historian Chair of NKA, it is her hope to preserve the history of the organization for future members and to have it saved in a digital format.


JoAn was born and raised in Pocatello. She graduated from Pocatello High School, received her B.A., M.A. and Secondary Administrative Certificate from Idaho State University and her doctorate from Brigham Young University. She retired a year and a half ago after teaching forty-one years in drama, speech, and English. She loved directing shows for the Highland and Century High Schools and the Pocatello City Musicals.

JoAn is the proud mother of three children, seven grandchildren, one sister and one dog. Camping, fishing, and skiing are favorite recreations of her family. She loves to travel and has been to many countries including England, France, Greece, Switzerland, West Africa, Australia, New Zealand, Fiji, Spain, Costa Rico, and Germany. Retirement and involvement in NKA has allowed her to meet new people and attend neat classes.


Dick was born in 1938, spent his school years in Omaha, Nebraska and graduated in 1959 from the University of Omaha. He married Eva April 1960 - - - 50 + years. Their three grown children are: Cindy (Don) Malone, Santa Rosa, CA: Kevin (Stephne), Vallejo, CA; Kathy, Thousand Oaks, CA. They have two perfect grandchildren: Tyler and Kristen Malone. Dick resided in the Los Angeles area from 1959 to 1998. Self employed: Venture Publications; Venture Specialties; & Ad Venture Advertising 1977-1998. Moved to Austin, Texas area to assist an ailing brother in his business, 1998-2006. Retired and moved to Pocatello, November 2006. Became involved with NKA, January 2007 - - - and the rest they say is history. “NKA is the greatest value and investment that anyone over 50 could ever find. A virtual gold mine of interesting subjects and a great way to make good friends.”


Donna was born and raised in Galena, Illinois, home to President Grant for a time in his pre-Presidential days. She received her higher education in Wisconsin and Iowa. After becoming a teacher, she spent many years in Illinois teaching senior English literature as well as directing the junior/senior class plays.

On coming to Idaho in 1988, she began a new career in human resources at Idaho State University, assuming the title of Associate Director of Human Resources for fourteen years. In her tenure at ISU, she served as President of ISU Women’s Club, chaired the Holiday Fair and the Scholarship Luncheon, was for many years a team captain for I Love ISU phonathon for freshman scholarships, and served on the board of the Council of Professionals Employees. For many years, she taught an evening class if effective communication skills offered through the College of Technology along with providing training for different state agencies as requested.

Presently, Donna volunteers for St. Vincent de Paul Social Services and serves as President of Board of Directors.

Upon retirement in 2004, she became involved with NKA by becoming a member, serving as co-chair of the Curriculum Committee, and being a member of the Social Committee.

Donna is married to John Raukar; they have five children who reside in Boise and (too far away) in California, South Dakota, and Washington, DC, and have four grandchildren.


Virginia retired after thirty three years of teaching at Bonneville Elementary School. Her husband of forty-six years died in 2003. She has two children: Nancy (a consultant for Western Resource Advocacy and Gregory (an attorney for the Navajo Nation) and an eight year old grand-daughter named Abby rules her grandmother's heart! Being active in NKA has been an opportunity for learning, exercise, entertainment, and new friends. Virginia enjoys the woodworking class, writing and is currently Publicity Chair of NKA.


Janice came from the Boise Valley to attend Idaho State University. Over the years she worked as an educator and retired from Idaho State University after twenty seven years. She retired as Department Chair in the College of Technology. She is involved in Delta Kappa Gamma Society International, P.E.O., Kiwanis, and is Treasurer of NKA. Retirement is great!


Jane grew up in Caldwell, Idaho. She graduated from Washington State University with a BA and married Bob Riley in 1964. Her husband was a Navy Officer so lived in many cities, the longest being Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. Hawaii was a wonderful place to raise children of which there are three, two boys and a girl. She also has three grandsons. After her husband retired from the Navy, he received his Law Degree from the University of Idaho and went to work for a firm in Pocatello. Unfortunately, he died in 1997. Jane feels she was lucky to have joined NKA when it was just getting started. She feels that is great to have the friendships and activities to enrich her life through this organization.


After graduating from Coeur d’ Lane High School Marjean attended University of Idaho. She was a Little Sigma, lived in the Kappa House, and was active in Special Olympics. She was a life guard at the U of I pool during her college years and taught swimming lessons. Marjean majored in Special and Elementary Education with the idea of teaching the blind and deaf—that did not happen as she got a job offer from Pocatello in the middle of a school year to take over a Special Education position at Irvine Junior High—the rest is history. She moved to Pocatello and started work on January 3rd, turned 22 on January 4th, and started her master’s degree on January 5th.

Marjean taught Special Education at Irving, Whittier, Syringa and Roosevelt Schools, and then became a teacher consultant for Special Education. After five years at the Education Center she ‘loved’ back to 5th grade at Gate City School and then taught second grade at Roosevelt. During this time she was working on her administrative certification and completed her Education Specialist degree in Education Administration. She served as the Head Teacher at Roosevelt and then moved into the principalship at Bonneville Elementary School in1986. She was there for 18 years when they closed the school and she finished her career at Tendoy as the principal. During those years she served as the State President of the Council for Exceptional Children. She was president of CEC, PDK, and AKS (all professional organizations). She received the Gem Award for outstanding educational leadership from IAESP in 1990.

She was married to Ron Kvarfordt for 10 years and has a son, Kristofor from that union. She married Gordon Waford in 1983 and has a son, William Kyle from that union. She and Gordon have been married for almost 28 years. They love to golf, spend many hours enjoying their horses, possed with the Chaparrals, take trail rides, and gammed. Marjean loves all water sports, snow skiing, walking, reading tennis, golf, etc. She stays very active and loves her life.

Audrey Cole

Audrey Cole was born in El Paso, Texas, grew up in multiple Texas cities finally returning to El Paso where she graduated from high school and attended the University of Texas - El Paso. She finished her B.S. in biological sciences at Idaho State University in December 1980.

Audrey moved to Idaho with her husband Dillon (Pete) and children in 1966. She has three children and six grandchildren, all of which reside in Idaho. After finishing her education at ISU she had several jobs on the way to achieving her goal of public service. Most notably she worked for the Silver Sage Girl Scout Council as the southeast Idaho Field Executive, the Idaho State Journal as the Newspaper in Education representative, and finished her career with the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality. After retirement as the Regional Administrator in the summer of 2000 she became a community volunteer with a focus on local environmental issues, and politics. Presently, she is serving as a member at large on the NKA board of directors and is a past chair of the curriculum committee. Audrey is a board member of the Greater Yellowstone Coalition as well as an active member of the American Association of University Women, Zonta Club of Pocatello, and the Pocatello Art Center. For fun, she takes piano lessons, tries to paint with watercolor, watches birds, travels, cross country skis, and continues life long learning.

Bob Bieda

Bob was born, raised and educated in San Jose, CA. He's always enjoyed smaller city life, and while he was growing up San Jose had a population of about 40,000, had acres of fruit tree orchards and vineyards, and small farms abounded.

As a youth his weekends and summertime were spent hiking the foothills and riding bike. His teen years brought a great interest in cars - driving, learning to tear apart and rebuild cars. Helping build a race car and spending time at the race track were high on his list.

In May of 1965 he moved to South Lake Tahoe where he met his soul mate and future bride Sharon, they married in August. The next years flew by as they were blessed with 3 sons. Bob became involved with all the activities that come with raising children - church, school, coaching softball & soccer, Scouts, etc. During those years he also continued his education in business management.

San Jose had grown to over 500,000 and showed no signs of stopping, so in 1980 Bob and family made a big move to the Puget Sound area of Washington to escape the "Big City". They settled in rural Snohomish which had a population of 5K.

In 2003, just short of retirement, he ended his 32 year career in retail management with JC Penney. The next few years were full of variety and change. Bob took a short term position with Helping Hands Ministries, Intl. managing their Thrift Shop. During that year he had the opportunity to visit the ministry in Peru that it supported. Then after nearly 40 years in retail Bob enjoyed an interesting change working with an international vibration testing and development company.

On July 4, 2007 Bob and Sharon moved to Pocatello to be closer to their youngest son and his new wife (Brian teaches at Blackfoot middle school). They have since been blessed with a granddaughter and a grandson, which gives them 4 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren.

Now that he's retired he's enjoying more time to spend with family and friends, walking, hiking, dancing, learning adventures with NKA, snow shoeing, household projects (maybe not so much), volunteer time at a local non profit, and taking in the beauty of God's creation.

John R Carlson

Born and raised in Erie, Pennsylvania. When not working for a local farmer while growing up, I could be found in and on the shores of Lake Erie. Educated at Gannon University in Erie with continuing courses in Labor Relations at the University Of Evansville. Married his wife of 49 years, Joyce, who was an at home mother to four daughters. I worked for Bucyrus-Erie Corporation for nineteen years until it closed and then accepted a position with EG&G of the Idaho National Engineering Laboratory. Twenty-Four years and nine grandchildren later, I retired from the INL and have found NKA activities to my liking. In addition to NKA involvement and activities, such as Line and Square dancing, I also taught the art of Stain Glass creations for Pocatello School Districts continuing education program. Joyce and I have enjoyed additional traveling in the United States along with repetitious visits to the Yellowstone and Deadwood/Rapid City area of So Dakota. In addition to NKA activities, we enjoy Golfing, ATVing and we have also rescued and adopted three canines of which two are still with us and who enjoy traveling and camping as much as their parents.



Director of ISU Division of Continuing Education

Victoria Bañales was born and raised in the Basque Country (Northern Spain), where she did her K-12 at the Deutsche Schule Bilbao, a German "Gymnasium." After graduating summa cum laude with a BA. in English Philology from the University de Deusto in 1987, Victoria came to the U.S. to pursue a M.A. in Comparative Literature at Purdue University, where she met her future husband, Akira Tokuhiro, then a nuclear engineering Ph.D. student. After graduating, they married in Switzerland, where they lived and worked for five years, followed by another five years in Mito, Japan. In 2000, they returned to the U.S. Victoria was employed as Continuing Education Coordinator at the University of Missouri-Rolla, and then spent two years working in higher education conferencing at Kansas State University's Division of Continuing Education, before moving to Idaho Falls in 2007. Soon thereafter, she was hired as Director of Conference Services at Idaho State University and in July 2008 became Director if ISU's Division of Continuing Education and Conference Services. In addition to English, Victoria is proficient in Spanish, German, and Japanese. Her hobbies include health and personal fitness (she is currently working towards earning an ACE Personal Fitness Trainer Certificate), travelling the world, rock climbing, skiing, reading fiction, and playing with her dog Kai.


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Shirley grew up in Colorado and after graduation spread her wings and moved to Tampa, Florida where she met and married her husband. After living in Oklahoma, Texas, and the state of Washington they finally made their home in Idaho. She has two daughters, two sons, and four beautiful grandchildren and of course not to leave out their dog, Benji. In 1974 she graduated of Patricia Steven's Business School and in 1998 received her associate's degree from ISU in Marketing, Management and Hospitality. After graduation she began working at Idaho State University in the Continuing Education Department and became affiliated with NKA in 2002. She is currently working on her Bachelors Degree. She likes to sew, making pottery, dancing, and spending time with her family and grandchildren.


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