Veterans Upward Bound
Boise State University
Mario is passionate about improving education for underserved students. Prior to his role at Boise State, Mario worked with youth at the Idaho Youth Ranch and the Idaho Youth Challenge Academy, an Idaho National Guard program. He also has served on the boards for Genesis Community Health and Juvenile Justice Council and currently serves on the boards of Lee Pesky Learning Center and Boise Public Radio. Mario joined the Air Force in 2002, which eventually brought him to Idaho in the summer of 2006. He has served a total of 18 years in the military; 6 years active duty and 12 years in the Idaho Air National Guard. Mario earned a degree in Criminal Justice from Colorado Technical University. Pile recently became the new Project Director for Veterans Upward Bound. He believes that, most importantly, he gets the joy of being a father to his 11 year old son Malachi.