Upcoming Events
  1. FREE Tour of the Anne Frank Human Rights Memorial

    April 2 @ 12:15 pm - October 29 @ 1:00 pm
  2. Living Voices “Within the Silence”

    April 25 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
  3. Yom Ha’Shoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day

    May 1 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
  4. Human Rights Book Club

    May 9 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
  5. Summer Institute for Idaho Educators

    June 11 - June 13
Idaho Huam RIghts

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.

Jane Williamson

Volunteer Coordinator

Cynthia Carr Jenkins

Education Program Developer

 

Cynthia joined the WCHR 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 e-Classroom.

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.

Ellen
Albus

Chair: Programming

Educator

Kevin
Bates

Chair: Development

UBS Financial Advisor

Sandra
Berenter

Board President
Attorney, retired

Michelle
Biggs

Simplot Company

Martin
deVille

Board Treasurer

CPA

Sarah
Griffin

Chair: Internal Affairs

Idaho Power

Tena
Jacobson

Village Consulting Services

Doug
Johnson

Chair: Brand Strategy

Red Sage Group, Inc.

Lindsay
Kopp

Zions Bank

Kristine
Moriarty

Zasio Enterprises, Inc.

Don
Murray

Board Vice President

Delta Dental

Trina

Finley Ponce

Hewlett-Packard

Josh
Sears

Gallagher Benefit Services

Shenna

Smith

Board Secretary

Business Operations Analyst, retired

Jyoni

Shuler

Researcher

Victoria
Thompson, LCSW

The Nest Behavioral Health, LLC

Shelli Sonnenberg
Wardle

Boise Police Department

Sarah
Woodley

Immediate Past President
BPA Health

Jonathan
Yoshizaki

U.S. Bank

Advisory Board

Don Murray, 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, Dr. Marilyn Howard, Mark Johnson, Jo Anne Minnick, Peter Morrill, Mary Peterman, Gayle Speizer, Kris Sturgill, Ellen Suchar, Rev. Dr. Nancy Taylor, Bob Trerise, Lisa Uhlmann, Kathy Yamamoto, Estella Zamora, Ed Zimmer