Our Staff

Meet the many staff members we have at Human Supports.

Gregory Dickerson, Chief Executive Officer Greg Dickerson founded Human Supports of Idaho in 1996. Since that time, he has led the company through several efforts to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of the services the company provides. As an example, Human Supports of Idaho became the first private mental health agency in Idaho to earn a full 3 year accreditation award by CARF. The company has maintained full accreditation status since that initial award. Greg earned his Bachelors of Social Work degree from Idaho State University, his Master of Social Work degree from the University of Denver, and his Master of Business Administration degree from Northwest Nazarene University. Throughout his career, Greg has served on several advisory boards and participated in leadership forums designed to improve services for people with mental illnesses. In addition, he has served as the chairman of the Region 4 Mental Health Board since 2010. Greg is convinced that people with severe mental illness can and do recover from its effects and live full and meaningful lives.

Brian Knight LCSW, Administrator

Brian earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology in 2007 and his Master of Social Work degree in 2009 at the University of Wyoming. He returned to Idaho in 2010 and began providing psychotherapy services to adults and children with mental illness and serious emotional disturbances.

Brian came to Human Supports of Idaho in 2012 to manage the Idaho-HOPE project, a SAMHSA grant demonstrating the use of Peer Supports in a multi-disciplinary team serving uninsured adults experiencing mental health and/or substance use disorders.

Brian transitioned to managing the Mental Health Clinic in October 2015 and then assumed responsibility for the Caldwell Clinic and Community Based Programs in 2016. Brian transitioned back to the Boise office in 2018. Brian became a registered supervisor with the State of Idaho in 2020.

When Brian is not working, he enjoys spending time with his family and running, hiking, and mountain biking in the Boise Foothills and Idaho mountains. Brian volunteers on the board of the West End Neighborhood Association where he advocates for his community and individuals experiencing homelessness or housing insecurity.

Alita Ruby, Administrative Services Manager Alita has been with Human Supports of Idaho since 1997. As the Administrative Services Manager, she oversees the entire Clerical Support team and billing, handles HR, bookkeeping, and other office management duties. She has a background in customer service and bookkeeping. Alita enjoys working with managers and staff to keep operations running smoothly and successfully. She is proud to work for an organization that betters the lives of others and includes people from all different walks of life.

Mike Chippolla LCSW, ACADC

Substance Abuse Treatment Director

Michael serves as our Substance Use Disorder treatment director at Human Supports of Idaho. He received his Bachelor of Social Work and his Masters of Social Work degrees from Boise State University. He also minored in Addiction studies while at BSU.

Michael specializes in Co-occurring and Substance Use Disorder treatment. He has experience in providing treatment services in Medication Assisted Treatment, Outpatient, and Inpatient treatment settings. He is trained as a clinical supervisor for SUD treatment providers.

Michael is a Harley Davidson motorcycle enthusiast who spends as much time as possible in the wind.

Sheila Chapdelaine, LCSW Sheila earned her Bachelor’s of Social Work from Boise State University in 2015 and earned her Master’s of Social Work in 2016. Sheila is passionate about working with individuals from a strengths perspective in order to help them see their abilities and worth as human beings. She utilizes the proven psychological methods & teachings of Brene Brown, PhD, LCSW, who is a leading researcher in feelings of shame, worth, & vulnerability. Sheila also utilizes interventions stemming from Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT), Solution-Focused Therapy (SFT), and Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Behavior Therapy. Sheila also draws from her lived wisdom when working with individuals, which she believes provides an empathetic response of the struggles people encounter throughout life. Sheila is well-versed in overall wellness and works to help others see the mind, body, & spirit connection in their lives. She believes that all 3 entities have proven healing capabilities and provides the ability to live the life of one’s choosing. She works to empower individuals to help them improve their feelings of self-worth and self-confidence. In Sheila’s spare time, she loves gardening: Sheila turned her front yard in to a garden which she feels inspires a greater sense of community in her neighborhood. Sheila also enjoys dancing and being a ‘peddler of hope’ to others.

Elena Ramirez, LMSW

Elena has a passion for supporting people struggling with depression, past
traumas, and other mental health illnesses. Her passion is to support people and help them learn coping skills to overcome their struggles.

Elena accepts clients for who they are and their unique experiences. She will use
the strength-based approach to encourage clients to value themselves as
individuals and help them achieve their goals.

Elenas’ practice consists of evidence-based approaches such as Cognitive
Behavioral Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, and Dialectical
Behavior Therapy.

Craig Johnson, LMSW Craig functions as a Substance Use Disorder clinician and as a mental health therapist. He received his Bachelor of Social Work with an Addiction Studies minor from Boise State University. He followed up this degree with his Master in Social Work, graduating in May of 2017. Craig started working with Human Supports of Idaho in the Caldwell office in June of 2017. Craig concentrates on co-occurring substances use and mental health treatment. Craig has experience in inpatient and outpatient treatment settings. Craig has 25+ years experience in 12-step programs locally and abroad. He brings a wealth of knowledge to the table and is willing to work with and help anyone seeking recovery from Substance Use Disorders or mental health issues. Craig’s background before receiving his degree was in construction management. Craig is a motorcycle aficionado who believes riding is good for the soul, and encourages anyone to start riding. He believes it’s fun and exciting for anyone one who wants an adventure. Craig also enjoys fishing, camping, hiking, trips to the ocean just for the view, and spending time with his grandsons.

Christian Wheelihan, LCSW earned her Bachelors of Social Work at University of Mary in Bismark, North Dakota. She obtained her Maters degree though Walla Walla University in Washington in 2010. Christian works with individuals and couples to address relationship conflict, anxiety, depression, trauma, and other mental health issues. She uses a basis of relational therapy which emphasizes the importance of relationships in ones well being as well as cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT), Narrative therapy and EMDR. She beliefs improving minds, brains and relationships cause positive change and personal growth. In her free time, she enjoys social dancing, reading, exercising, and spending time with friends and family.

Ashley Weiss, LMSW is an Air Force Veteran who has a dual degree in Anthropology and Psychology from Montana State University. She obtained her Master’s in Social Work from Northwest Nazarene University. She specializes in co-occurring disorders and trauma. Her graduate research focused on improving treatment modalities for offenders of domestic violence. She has experience working with adults with developmental disabilities, offenders of domestic violence, and refugees. Prior to coming to HSI she spent 3 years doing Case Management and Peer Support for refugees. Ashley is an outdoor enthusiast who loves to go hiking, camping, and snowboarding.

Amber Hoid, LMSW

Program Director for Children and Family Services

Amber specializes in an eclectic blend of EMDR therapy, Play Therapy, ABA, and CBT among other modalities. With over 20 years of work in the mental health field she has served a wide array of individuals and needs including; developmental disabilities, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Traumatic Brain Injury, trauma, substance use disorders, severe and persistent mental illness and conduct disorders.

Amber’s favorite part of her job is the fulfillment she gets through supporting people in growth and healing while being able to maintain her creative and playful nature.

When Amber is not working she can usually be found engaging in building creative art projects or spending time outdoors with her children and trusty Labrador. She enjoys collaborating with her children to engage in projects and volunteerism to support our local families in need and environmental stewardship.

Amber’s self-care activities typically include learning about things that spark her curiosity, finding the best music for the moment and humor.

 

Sam Mauk, LPC

Clinical Director for Mental Health Treatment and Services in the Caldwell office

Sam received his bachelor’s in Criminal Justice and Sociology from the University of Idaho and Masters in Mental Health Counseling from Idaho State University. His specialties include crisis intervention and crisis management.

Prior to working for HSI, Sam was a Designated Examiner and Clinician for the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare. Sam is a current member of the Region 3 Children’s Mental Health Board.

He enjoys spending time with his children, the outdoors, and is an avid sports enthusiast.

Pamela Archuleta, ASN, BSN, RN, CNP, FNP

Pamela has been a part of the Medication Management team at Human Supports of Idaho for ten years. She works in both the Boise and Caldwell office, and also works at other facilities throughout the Treasure Valley. Pamela received her Associate’s degree in nursing in 1988 and her Bachelor’s degree in nursing in 1991. She worked for Saint Alphonsus as a floor nurse for 20 years and received her Master’s in nursing in 2002.

Pamela enjoys growth and development and loves working with families. She has been a member of Nurse Practitioners of Idaho for over 15 years and is proud of the incredible strides the organization has made to improve healthcare in Idaho. Pamela is also a member of the National Nurses Association and is a certified member of American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC).

Learning and teaching are very important components to Pamela and she spends a lot of time attending CEU’s and mentoring students. For the past six years Pamela has allowed students from Idaho State University to go with her to all of her sites as a part of their Psych rotations for school.

Pamela takes a very holistic approach when working with patients and pays close attention to mind, body, and spirit. She believes it is important to treat patients the same as she would treat her own children and family.

Adrian Avila, DNP

Doctor of Nursing Practice-Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner

Adrian enjoys helping people find the right medications for their needs. Adrian is a military veteran and has seen first-hand the challenges in mental health. He has experienced the stigma of mental health topics within his own Latino community, and has great interest in helping them seek help when needed and free of shame.

Adrian loves to meet new people, hear their stories and make their journey in life a little bit easier. He takes great joy in helping others realize their true and unconditional value as a person in spite of what life has thrown at them.

When Adrian isn’t working he loves to spoils his children, obsessively search for good books, and connect with friends and family.

Adrian also believes in the importance of spiritual care and will encourage patients to tend to those needs wherever they may be.

 

Adrián Avila es un Doctor en la práctica de enfermería. Se dedica a ayudar a la gente encontrar los medicamentos adecuados para seguir viviendo una vida plena. Es un veterano de las fuerzas armadas estadounidenses, y ha visto de primera mano los desafíos que afectan el corazón de muchos. Adrián conoce muy bien el estigma sobre el tema de la salud mental en su comunidad latina, y tiene un gran interés a ayudarles superarla y aceptar que como seres humanos es natural y saludable reaccionar a eventos de la vida, aun a los trágicos.

A Adrián le encanta conocer a más personas y oír de sus experiencias y se empeña en hacerles el viaje por la vida más exitosa y sin verguenza por ser de carne y hueso con corazón. Le encanta ayudar a la gente recordar y aceptar su valor y dignidad humana, sin importar lo que les haya pasado en la vida. Inclusive, le pone mucha importancia a nuestra espiritualidad y cómo nos afecta en la vida si el paciente así lo desea tratar.

Cuando Adrián no está empeñado en el trabajo le encanta consentir a sus hijas y bebé, presentar temas bíblicos en su iglesia buscar libros nuevos para leer obsesivamente, y conectarse con amigos y familia.

Sobre todo, se fascina por las historias de cada uno, nuestras raíces y cómo hemos llegado a donde estamos.

 

 

 

 

Sarah Tish, LMSW

Sarah received her Bachelor’s of Science in Social Work from NNU in 2002. Her Masters of Science in School Counseling from S.D.S.U. in 2009 and her Masters in Social Work from NNU in 2020.

Sara specializes in LGBQTIA+ friendly, adults, couples, Female teenagers 14+.

Her favorite part of the job is, being able to meet new people and building rapport with co-workers and participants.  Working in an environment that is accepting.

When Sarah isn’t at the office you can find her, crafting, canning, and spending time with her dogs.

Self care for Sara looks like, quality time with her family or friends and the chance to read books.