Meet the many staff members we have at Human Supports.
Gregory Dickerson, Administrator 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, Boise Mental Health Program Director Brian Knight, LCSW has served as a Program Manager for Human Supports since June 1, 2012. At the end of the Idaho Hope program, he took over the management of the Boise Clinic and Supported Employment Program. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology in 2007 and his Master of Social Work degree in 2009 at the University of Wyoming. Brian’s graduate research focused on finding ways to involve fathers in their children’s mental health services through recreational therapy. Brian has spent the last three and a half years using Motivational Interviewing, Narrative Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and Adlerian approaches to help children and adults work toward their recovery goals. Brian uses a strength’s based and systems approaches to provide comprehensive services to the people he meets with. Brian has also provided training on Anxiety Disorders for the Treasure Valley Crisis Intervention Team with the Boise Police Department, the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare, the Ada County Sheriff’s Office, and the National Alliance on Mental Illness.
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, Substance Abuse Treatment Director Michael Chippolla, LCSW, ACADC, 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.
Becky Bole, PMHNP was born and raised in Wisconsin on a small farm. Becky completed her BA in Nursing in 2003 from Luther College in Decorah, Iowa then relocated to Delaware to work in an inpatient psychiatric hospital for adults and adolescents. Becky then joined the Air Force and worked in the ER at Scott Air Force base near St. Louis, Missouri and Elmendorf Air Force Base in Anchorage, Alaska. She continued with ER nursing for nearly 8 years, including a 6-month deployment to Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan working as a Trauma Nurse. Becky’s experience in the military solidified her passion to spend her future career in the psychiatric field and she pursued a degree as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner at the University of Alaska, Anchorage. Following graduation, she worked in an internal medicine clinic specializing in geriatric psychiatry and prescribed psychotropics to medically complex patients. Years later, she returned to Wisconsin with her family and worked in a county-based behavioral health clinic serving individuals with mental health and/or substance use disorders who were uninsured or underinsured. In this setting, she again found a passion for community mental health and working in a team environment alongside therapists, case managers, and peer support specialists. Becky was later connected with an opportunity to move her family to Boise, Idaho and continues to live her passion of working in community mental health at Human Supports of Idaho. In her free time, Becky hopes to familiarize herself with the Idaho mountains and all that the Treasure Valley has to offer. She enjoys camping, hiking, and exploring the wilderness with her family.
Pamela Archuleta, ASN, BSN, RN, CNP, FNP Pamela has been a part of the Medication Management team at Human Supports of Idaho for over 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.
Laurie Poston, LCPC is a new Idaho resident and has spent the last 8 years working in rural Alaska with native children and their families. Laurie is trained and certified in Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), trained in Play Therapy techniques, Sand tray therapy, and Mindfulness. She has had extensive experience working with children with histories of trauma, behavioral issues, and a variety of other concerns. Laurie received her BS in Counseling in 2008 and her MS in Mental Health Counseling in 2011. She has been a trainer for Love and Logic®, working with parents on building better relationships with their children. Laurie believes in letting children unfold naturally in therapy and believes that patience is key in order to help children have a successful therapy experience. In her spare time, Laurie enjoys painting, crocheting, walking, hiking, and playing with her puppy. Recently, Laurie also became a grandma and loves spending time with her family.
Sam Mauk, LPC has been serving as our Mental Health Program Director in our Caldwell office since September 2019. Sam graduated from Idaho State University in 2008 with a Masters in Mental Health Counseling. He brings a wide variety of knowledge to our management team. Sam offers supervision and extra support to his employees. Previous to being our director, Sam spent 10 years with Idaho Department of Health and Welfare Regions 1 and 4 for Children’s Mental Health. As well as a Designated Examiner for the State of Idaho. He enjoys spending time with his family, traveling, spending time outdoors, and watching any type of sports.
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.
Laiten Carr, BSW Laiten serves as our Community Liaison and Marketing Representative out of our Boise office. She manages communication between the public and Human Supports of Idaho. She additionally is a case manager for our Substance Use Program and Mental Health programs. She graduated from Idaho State University in May of 2019 with her Bachelors in Social Work and joined our team shortly after. Laiten completed her senior internship at Bannock County Juvenile Justice in Pocatello and obtained her knowledge in SUD among teens. In her free time, she enjoys going to the gym, being outdoors and hanging out with friends and family.
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 joined our team in 2020. She obtained her Bachelors in Psychology and Masters in Social Work from Boise State University. Amber has experience working with the refugee population, developmental disabilities, children, Autism Spectrum Disorder, SPMI, and Substance Use Disorder. Amber states she has a eclectic style dependent on the individual. She uses a wide variety of therapy interventions including but not limited in Applied Behavioral Analysis, CBT, Existential Therapy, and Motivational interviewing. She spends her free time raising her three daughters and her dog. She enjoys camping, backpacking, and creating surreal art, and listening to music.
Doug Shey MA, is a native of Iowa who dreamed of moving west during college in Minnesota. Doug joins our team as a Co-Director of our Mental Health Program. He worked for Outward Bound in northern Minnesota which eventually led him to Montana, California and Oregon. He then fell in love with the west after living in Bend, OR for 20 years. He completed the counseling program at Oregon State University in 2012 and spent time in Portland, Salt Lake City, before returning to Iowa and Minnesota to be near an ailing father. He returned west with his wife, Courtney, and his son, Tommy, aged 9 and his daughter, Janie, aged 8. The family is involved in soccer, hockey and tennis and enjoy all forms of skiing, white water rafting, kayaking, hiking, biking and wasting entire weekend afternoons watching Marvel movies.