Meet Our Staff

Darin Saul, Interim Director
(208) 885-0124, Moscow
Darin Saul is the Interim Director of the Office of Community Partnerships. Previously he was the Associate Director of OCP, and before that Sustainability Director and Director of the Sustainability Center at University of Idaho. Before coming to Idaho, he worked at Washington State University in positions related to sustainability and environmental education, and was the owner and director of Ecovista, an ecological research and planning company. He has a Ph.D. in English Literature from Washington State University.
» dsaul@uidaho.edu
Priscilla Salant, Senior Associate
(208) 364-4549, Boise
Priscilla’s responsibility is to support university partnerships with communities, non-profit organizations, and public agencies throughout Idaho. She has over 20 years of experience building connections between universities and their statewide constituents, with a focus on rural economic development. Priscilla’s books include How to Conduct Your Own Survey (with Don Dillman), Guide to Rural Data (with Anita Waller), and Small Towns, Big Picture.
» psalant@uidaho.edu
Debbie Gray, Community Engagement Coordinator
(208) 885-4017, Moscow
Debbie’s passion is linking the university with Idaho communities, pairing student energy and knowledge with community needs. Since 2004, Debbie has coordinated over $5 million in grants, including the Northwest Area Foundation’s Horizons Leadership and Poverty Reduction program in 49 Idaho communities. Debbie contributes to the Idaho at a Glance series and creates maps for the Indicators Northwest website. She grew up on a wheat farm/cattle ranch in southeastern Idaho and obtained an M.S. in Environmental Science—Policy and Law from UI.
» dgray@uidaho.edu
Christy Dearien, Research Associate
(208) 885-4017, Moscow
Christy’s expertise is in community indicators and helping people understand current conditions and trends in their local communities. She manages Indicators Northwest (a website that provides demographic and economic data for Idaho’s counties) and plays a lead role in creating our Idaho at a Glance series. Christy is the co-author of Local Government Guide to the Internet: Online Resources for Communities. She is an Idaho native and graduated from the University of Idaho with degrees in Anthropology and Geography.
» cdearien@uidaho.edu
Jeannie Matheison, Sustainability Program Advisor
(208) 885-0126, Moscow
Jeannie started working at the Sustainability Center, in 2007, one year after it was established. She is responsible for leading the UI Sustainability Center by overseeing planning, budgets, personnel and supporting the UISC with an emphasis on enabling student-staff visions, and priorities. Jeannie is dedicated to institutionalizing sustainable practices and to helping U-Idaho achieve carbon neutrality by 2030. Jeannie has a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Policy/Environmental Science from Washington State University and a dozen years of experience managing university, non-profit and rural county sustainability programs. A Northwest native, some of Jeannie’s favorite things to do include yoga, biking, skiing, snowshoeing, reading and hanging out with family and friends.
» jeanniem@uidaho.edu
Soren Newman, Research Associate
(208) 885-6034, Moscow
Soren is a research associate for the Office of Community Partnerships. Soren earned her Ph.D. in Environmental and Natural Resource Science from Washington State University in 2013 with a focus on natural resource sociology, community sociology, and social science research methods. Soren’s research has examined communities’ responses to water privatization as well as capacity to adapt to environmental hazards, such as wildfire. Soren has Bachelors’ degrees in Spanish and Sociology from the University of Idaho and an M.A. in Sociology from Washington State University. From a grain farm near Orofino, Idaho, Soren loves adventuring outdoors, gardening, and learning about native plants.
» newman@uidaho.edu
Tenley Burke, Research Assistant
(208) 885-0181, Moscow
Tenley works primarily on the Indicators Idaho website updating both the maps and the data. She has a B.A. from UCLA in Geography/Ecosystems and an M.S. from Oregon State University in Forest Resources. She has been in her current position since 2006. She enjoys her boys’ sporting and musical events, playing violin and volleyball, knitting, and traveling.
» tenleyb@uidaho.edu
Sue Potter, Financial Manager
(208) 885-0181, Moscow
Sue has been at the University of Idaho intermittently for nearly twenty years. She has recently landed at OCP as the Financial Manager. She graduated from Northwest Nazarene University with a degree in Business. She has lived abroad and traveled internationally. She is active in the Mitochondrial Research Guild at Seattle Children’s Hospital and volunteers as treasurer for her local church and food bank. Sue keeps busy tracking her husband and sons’ activities, and minding her youngest son’s health and schooling.
» spotter@uidaho.edu