The IFFCMH is thrilled to introduce Courtney Lester as the new Administrative Director, effective December 6, 2004. Ms. Lester has a Masterís in Public Administration, specializing in Health Services, and a Bachelorís in social work. She has volunteered extensively to help the mentally ill and the disabled. She has also done considerable research on childrenís mental health. Youíll have a chance to become better acquainted with Ms. Lester as she begins her duties here. Welcome to Idaho and to the Idaho Federation of Families, Courtney!
Key Family Contact
Ms. Patricia (Trish) Wheeler has an extensive background in working with families, persons with disabilities, training and program development. Trish has a Bachelors degree in Journalism and a minor in Psychology and completed graduate work in communications and anthropology. She is a parent who knows the challenges families face when needing services for their child. Trish will be working with Regional Councils to establish Family Partner groups throughout the state, and serving as a core member on the Building On Each Others Strengths team.
Miss Kathryn Gillenwater comes to the Idaho Federation of Families as our new Youth Coordinator. Kathryn has a double Bachelor's degree in Family Communication and English with a minor in visual design. She brings an extensive history in working with abused women and children, counseling and international relief. She has worked as a graphic designer, television director and teacher before finding her home here at the Federation. Kathryn is leading the IFFCMH to establish an online support for our youth while piloting youth support groups in regions of the State. She is designing our "new look" from logos to presentations for the IFFCMH. Kathryn is also a core member of the Building on Each Others Strengths Team and continues to serve the State of Idaho. We are glad to have Kathryn strengthen our team!
Family Support Specialist Region One
Elizabeth (Lisa) Rivera is the Family Support Specialist for Region I in North Idaho. She is the mother of three, one of whom is bipolar and has Tourette's syndrome and another who is SED. Lisa is a suicide survivor (her mother killed herself) and has other family members with mental illness. She herself was diagnosed as a teenager and spent most of her youth in out-of-home placements. Her experiences have made her a strong advocate for her own children and for the families and children of Region I. She puts it best in her own words: "My past has made me the person I am today-very caring and understanding to the parents, and mostly to these children, because I was one of them at one time, and I suffered and was given away. I care and want to make a difference in their lives."