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START Program Staff and Instructors

Cherisse Brown

START Director


Donald E. Allen, Math Instructor

Donald E. Allen

Math Instructor


Don Allen likes math. He started math by playing cribbage, lotto, and other board games with his grandmother. He still likes math problems all the way from adding 2+2 up to group theory used in particle physics. No problem is too easy. No problem is… . Well, yes, some problems are very hard.

Don was born in Missoula, Montana. He graduated from Idaho Falls High School sometime during the last century. He attended college in New York, NY, Eugene, OR, and Pocatello, ID. He earned a Master's degree in Physics from Idaho State University as a nontraditional student.

Don has worked in variety of jobs, including farm, factory, retail sales, social service, and education. He worked more than ten years for USDA in a wonderful job which combined food and science. Getting paid to taste French-fried potatoes made him believe even more in higher education.

Don is delighted to be the Math Instructor for the START program. Working with the people, both students and staff, is the best part of the job.

Mike Serpa math instructor standing next to a piano.

Mike Serpa

Math Instructor

Office: Roy F. Christensen Building, 3rd Floor

Mike was born I Wendell Idaho and grew up in American Falls Idaho. He attended Idaho State University earning a BS and MS in Physics. Mike has worked for RCA in their solid state research lab and for AMI Semiconductors holding various technical and technical management positions.

Mike’s hobbies are studying the piano, reading, gardening and playing with his new puppy Lolli.

He enjoys being part of the START team because of the personal satisfaction he gets helping students take the next step in their education.

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(208) 282-4359

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921 South 8th Ave, Stop 8380

Pocatello, Idaho 83209


921 South 8th Avenue
Pocatello, Idaho, 83209
(208) 282-4636

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