Board of Education

Madison Board of Trustees

Holly Allen

Holly Allen- Zone #1

Title: Zone # 1


Holly Allen was elected to the Board of Trustees in July 2015 and began her second term January 2020 as representative from Zone 1. Holly grew up in Rexburg and attended Madison schools, K through 12. She is married to Joe Allen and has three daughters, Sydney, Mazie and Ellie Allen, all who have attended Madison. 

Holly earned a bachelor's degree from Brigham Young University-Idaho and a Master's Degree in Health Education from Idaho State University. She is passionate about education and believes that all children have the right to learn in a safe and healthy environment. She is excited to keep working hard with the other Board members and Superintendent to continue making Madison School District the best in the State. 

Holly works in Healthcare Administration, she is the manager for Joshua R. Fullmer, M.D., Ophthalmology clinic and surgery center in Rexburg. Previously she worked in the Emergency Preparedness department at Eastern Idaho Public Health as the Ebola Health Program Planner and before that, as a professor at BYU-Idaho for over 13 years. 

Holly is the founder and director of Idaho's second largest soccer tournament, the Yellowstone Cup and loves coaching girls soccer with the local club. 

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Brian Pyper

Brian Pyper- Zone #2

Title: Zone #2


Brian Pyper, a physics professor and Director of Physics Education at BYU-Idaho, joined the Madison School Board in 2012 to represent the patrons of Zone #2.He and his wife Heidi moved their family to Rexburg in 1999 and have raised their children here, their three older children graduating from Madison High and their youngest still attending the Madison Schools.  

Pyper is the oldest of 8 children and grew up in Salt Lake City, graduating from Olympus High School in 1984.  Pyper holds degrees in physics from three different universities in Utah – a Bachelor’s Degree from Brigham Young University (Provo) in 1991,  a Master’s Degree from the University of Utah in 1994, and a  Ph.D. from Utah State University in 2003.  He currently serves in leadership positions on national physics and education committees and is a member of the American Physical Society, the American Association of Physics Teachers, the National Science Teachers Association, the Idaho Science Teachers Association, and the National Ski Patrol. 

Pyper served for 15 years in the Utah Army National Guard and is a lifelong Scouter. He served for 12 years as a staff advisor for the National Youth Leadership Cedar Badge Course and was awarded the Scoutmaster Award of Merit and the Silver Beaver award. Pyper is also a lifelong musician and plays trombone with the Yellowstone Brass Quintet. In his free time, he enjoys all kinds of outdoors activities and pursuits, reads voraciously, and loves spending time with his family.

Pyper firmly believes in a well-rounded and robust education for all and is devoted to serving our wonderful community and helping to balance the diverse needs and interests of Rexburg’s students, families, and citizens. Pyper is engaged with educational concerns at the Regional, State, and National level as well and has served in various leadership positions on the Executive Board of the Idaho School Boards Association since 2016.

Pyper encourages district patrons to contact him with questions or concerns via letter or phone in care of the Madison School District offices at Madison School District #321, 60 W Main St, Rexburg, Idaho, 83440 Phone: 208-359-3300 or via email.

Ryan Laird

Ryan Laird- Zone #3

Title: Zone #3


Bio Coming Soon

Justin Egbert- Zone #4

Justin Egbert- Zone #4

Title: Zone #4


Bio Coming Soon

Kevin Howell

Kevin Howell- Zone #5

Title: Zone #5


Kevin Howell, owner of Howell’s Honey, has beehives that dot the region in river bottoms and fields. He also keeps a few just behind his house. His school board responsibilities remind him of his profession. “It’s something you’re never far from,” he acknowledges.

Howell “never envisioned” serving on a school board. long time representative of rural Trustee Zone #5, this down-to-earth beekeeper will have you sitting down to dinner as quick as he’ll hand you a jar of honey from one of his hives. He has no agenda — his concerns rest solely with the students.

He wonders why some people seem nervous approaching the school board, when he feels “no difference” between him and any patrons of Madison School District. Until a vacancy occurred in his zone and the option was suggested to him, he had never previously given it consideration. The idea stuck in his head — school board issues haven’t left his mind since.

The source of his greatest joy in the work is “making changes and seeing them take positive effect.” Howell finds strength when five independent thinkers come to a unified, informed decision. He feels that the “unfolding” of three new schools in the district (new high school, two elementary schools) are strides in providing a quality education in Madison.

Howell was appointed to the board after a vacancy in 2003, and was elected soon after. He lives with his family in Archer.