Our Staff

Lisa Duplessie, Boise Urban Garden School Executive Director/Education Program Manager 

Lisa joined BUGS with a background in Elementary Education, urban agriculture and a love for public/private partnerships.  She enjoys the outdoors, camping, and experiencing local food.  When Lisa is not at BUGS,  she loves bike riding with her husband and 2 wonderful daughters.

Lisa can be reached at lduplessie@cityofboise.org or by calling 208-376-3006 x101

Dirk Anderson – Education Program Coordinator

Dirk came to BUGS through the AmeriCorps program and has now become our program coordinator. He is a graduate of the McCall Outdoor Science School with a Masters in Science in Natural Resources with Honors and a Bachelor’s degree from Montana Tech of the University of Montana in Biological Sciences. Dirk is a native Idahoan with a passion for the outdoors.

Dirk can be reached at danderson@cityofboise.org or by calling 208-376-3006 x104






Alex Rheault – BUGS 2017 Americorps Member

Alex Rheault is the 2017-2018 BUGS PCEI Americorps Member. She is originally from Fargo, North Dakota and moved to the west to attend the University of Idaho. After graduating with a Bachelor’s of Science from UI, Alex joined the Peace Corps and served as an Environmental Education Volunteer in Nicaragua for two years. Once she returned, Alex became a Master’s of Education student at the McCall Outdoor Science School. When Alex is not in the classroom or the garden, she enjoys hiking and exploring Idaho.

Alex can be reached at arheault@cityofboise.org or by calling 208-376-3006

Allissa Edwards – Environmental Education Instructor

Allissa has a background teaching environmental education with the parks department in Seattle, WA .  Her degree in early childhood development guided her into teaching and educational programming with school districts, the YMCA and BSU Children’s Center.  Her love of gardening, teaching and outdoor exploration brought her to BUGS!