# Faculty biographies

## Program Directors

**Joe Champion** is a member of the math education faculty at BSU. He is a math circle veteran, having cofounded the Islander Math Circles at his previous institution (Texas A&M—Corpus Christi).

**Samuel Coskey** is a member of the pure math faculty at BSU. He has lots of experience participating in and facilitating mathematics discussions, and learned about math circles from like-minded friends. He’s been looking forward to the opportunity to provide one to the treasure valley ever since.

## Additional faculty and mentors

**Jonny Comes** is a math PhD and a recent member of the math faculty at the College of Idaho. Jonny is currently working on his math research as well as being a full-time dad.

**Gary Thomas** is a member of the math faculty at the College of Western Idaho. Gary is a long-time lover not only of math and science, but also languages, linguistics, and cultures.

## Former mentors

**Ian Cavey** is a graduate of the BSU math program. He was also a member of the math club. Ian has since moved on to a PhD program in math.

**Rust Yazdanpour** is a graduate of the BSU math program. Rust has since moved on to a career in computer programming.