Our Mission

The mission of the Wassmuth Center for Human Rights is to “promote respect for human dignity and diversity through education and to foster individual responsibility to work for justice and peace.” The Center achieves this mission by providing educational programs for teachers and students, engaging in community leadership, partnering with business and industry, and advocating for human rights.

Saying ‘yes’ to human rights is the best way to say ‘no’ to prejudice.

Bill Wassmuth

Our Inspiration

Raised on a farm in Greencreek, Idaho, Bill Wassmuth was a priest at St. Pius X Catholic Church in Coeur d’Alene when in the 1980s he found himself confronted with the misuse of theology for hateful aims by white supremacists settling in northern Idaho. He lived through the bombing of his home and built coalitions to battle the Aryan Nations as chair of the Kootenai County Task Force on Human Relations. After leaving Coeur d’Alene and the priesthood, marrying and settling in Seattle, Washington, Wassmuth continued his successful activism as director of the Northwest Coalition Against Malicious Harassment. When Wassmuth died in 2002, Governor Kempthorne called him “an early voice for human rights and human dignity in our state.”

Key Staff Bios

Dan Prinzing, Ph.D.

Executive Director

Dr. Prinzing has a BA in History Secondary Education, an MA in Curriculum and Instruction, an MA in History and Government, and a Ph.D. in Educational Administration. Prior to the current position, he was the Idaho State Department of Education’s coordinator of civic and international education, the former SDE coordinator of social studies and curricular materials, and a language arts and history teacher in the Boise School District.

Debbie sager

Office Manager

Debbie has a Bachelor of Science Degree with a Minor in Business and comes to the WCHR having spent 20 years in bookkeeping and accounting. Throughout her career, Debbie has gained valuable experience in fundraising, event planning and working with volunteers. Debbie provides technical support to the Center related to financial accounting, member communication, event planning, fundraising, database and website management.

Adrienne Evans

Human Dignity Project

Adrienne Evans comes to us as a Sociologist with a background in Nonprofits and Marketing. Adrienne also serves as the Executive Director for United Vision for Idaho and United Action for Idaho, organizations that have been building bridges between diverse people and organizations, engaging them, and acting as the umbrella for progressive change in Idaho. Adrienne brings tremendous experience and skill to our organization, assisting in the goal of creating a strong and sustainable organization that promotes equality in Idaho.

Cynthia Carr Jenkins

Education Program Developer

Cynthia joined the WHCR staff in 2009 after dedicating thirty years to public education. The last twenty years of her career were spent at Borah High School (Boise) where she taught American Government with an emphasis on civic engagement and global awareness. As a former member of the Idaho State Department of Education’s International Education Task Force, she visited schools around the globe. She currently works on curriculum development and the Center’s online youth forums.

Board of Directors

Special thanks to the following people for helping us fulfill our mission. We truly appreciate their input, ideas and shared passion for human rights.

Angela Albers

Board Treasurer


Sandra Berenter

Board Vice President
Attorney, retired

Chad Carlson

One Stone

Joe Daltoso

Data Analysis Software

Mary Grant


Tena Jacobson

Village Consulting Services

Katrina McDaniel


Don Murray

Delta Dental

Trina Finley Ponce


Shenna Smith

Business Operations Analyst, retired

Shelli Sonnenberg Wardle

Boise Police Department

Sarah Woodley

Board President
BPA Health

Laura J. Wylde

Board Secretary

Boise Cascade Company

Upcoming events

  • K-12 Educator Summer Institute – “From Holocaust to Human Rights”

    June 13, 2017, 9:00am

    We teach to “never forget” so that we can commit to “never again.” Combining scholarly discourse and presentation with application discussion and practice, the Summer Institute draws upon the lessons of the Holocaust to shape the integration and examination of contemporary human rights issues in the classroom.  REGISTER

Advisory Board

Sandra Berenter, Chair

Members: A.J. Balukoff, Phil Batt (Emeritus), Cherie Buckner-Webb, Ellen Bush, Meredith Carnahan, Greg Carr, Don Curtis, Sr., Susan Curtis, Patti Diener Lough, Leslie Drake, Jim Everett, Sydney Fidler, Rabbi Dan Fink, Sondra Hackborn, Bev Harad, Alice Hennessey, Dr. Marilyn Howard, Bob Huntley, Jo Anne Minnick, Peter Morrill, Gayle Speizer, Kris Sturgill, Ellen Suchar, Rev. Dr. Nancy Taylor, Bob Trerise, Lisa Uhlmann, Cynthia Winjum, Kathy Yamamoto, Estella Zamora, Ed Zimmer