The Ombuds Office
phone: 208-885-7668
fax: 208-885-8947
Carol Ryrie Brink Hall, G-4
University of Idaho
PO Box 441106
Moscow, ID 83844-1106


Phone: 208-885-6111
Toll-free: 88-88-UIDAHO
Fax: 208-885-9119
Student Union Building
875 Perimeter Drive MS 4264
Moscow, ID 83844-4264


Phone: 208-334-2999
Fax: 208-364-4035
322 E. Front Street
Boise, ID 83702

Coeur d'Alene

Phone: 208-667-2588
Toll-free: 888-208-2268
Fax: 208-664-1272
1031 N. Academic Way,
Suite 242
Coeur d'Alene, ID 83814

Idaho Falls

Phone: 208-282-7900
Fax: 208-282-7929
1776 Science Center Drive, Suite 306
Idaho Falls, ID 83402

Ombuds Staff


 R. “Ellen” Schreiber, M. Ed.  


Ellen Schreiber joined UI in 1985 and the Ombuds Office in 1998. Prior to her appointment as fulltime ombuds in 2010, she held concurrent half-time appointments as ombuds and as employee work/life specialist. Before assuming her ombuds and worklife assignments, Ellen worked for 15 ½ years in Student Support Services where she served as assistant director and senior program counselor. 

Ellen holds credentials as a licensed professional counselor and as a national certified counselor. She has master's degrees in counseling and human services and in vocational education (with emphasis in adult learning and development).  She is an experienced mediator, facilitator, and trainer.  Her related professional interests include: interpersonal communication and human relations, group processes and development, peace building and conflict resolution, and organizational ethics and citizenship.

Ellen is an active member of the American Red Cross North Central Disaster Action Team and provides services locally, throughout the state and across the nation as a disaster mental health volunteer. She previously served as a volunteer mediator for the Latah County District Court Small Claims Mediation Program, where she assisted Latah County citizens with resolving landlord/tenant, family, business and other “disputes of daily living”, and also served as a counselor and human services specialist with the Moscow Police Department Technical Reserve.

Ellen is committed to supporting a respectful workplace and a positive learning environment for all members of the university community. She is an advocate of collaborative problem solving and appreciates the opportunity to assist faculty, staff and students with their concerns.  She can be reached by telephone at 885-6151 (main office) or 885-7668 (direct), by email at and by Skype at uiombuds.


Anna (Ann) Thompson

Assistant to Faculty Secretary/Policy Coordinator and Ombuds

Ann joined the Faculty Secretary/Ombuds Offices in 1999 and is in her twenty-sixth year at the University of Idaho. Prior to her current position in the Faculty Secretary and Ombuds Office, Ann worked in several other departments at the university, including Plant, Soil & Entomological Sciences, Psychology and Electrical and Computer Engineering. She received her bachelor's degree in Office Administration from the University of Idaho in 2007, graduating cum laude.

Ann's education includes training as a legal secretary in the late 1970's and working in the legal environment (including paralegal work) for eight years. She continued her education and career upon joining the University of Idaho in the early 1980s. The experience she received in the legal environment afforded her the opportunity to seriously respect and protect the strict confidentiality that is required in the Ombuds Office.

As the Assistant to the Ombuds Office, Ann assists those inquiring about or accessing Ombuds services while being very sensitive to their needs. In so doing, Ann makes it her priority to provide courteous and confidential service to all.  Ann received two Outstanding Employee Awards in 1993 and in 2002.

Ann can be reached at 885-6151 or