Cordell Chigbrow - President
CPA, Chigbrow, Ryan & Co., Chtd.
Janna Bell - Vice President of Programs
National Sales Manager, Chattem, Inc.
Kendal Callender - Vice President of Sustainability
Community Member
Greg Watkins - Vice President of Governance
Manager, Standards & Compliance, Intermountain Gas
Shelby Kerns - Treasurer
Budget Bureau Chief, Division of Financial Management-Office of Gov. Otter
Brandi Schmidt - Secretary
Director of Finance, LINC
Eric Glouser - Past President
Sr. Operations Manager, CITI
Lisa Nordstrom
Lead Counsel, Idaho Power Company
Dr. Dan Crossley
Family Physician, Trinity Mountain Family Medicine Clinic
Michelle Edmonds
News Anchor, Scripps, KIVI & KNIN
Ray Ellis
Author & School Resource Officer, Meridian Police Department
Joel Flake
Attorney, Entrepreneur, Investor
Jackie Hopper
Director of Religious Education and Catechetical Leadership, Roman Catholic Diocese of Boise
Darcy Hoellwarth
Attorney, Darcy Hoellwarth PLLC
Cat Miller Jones
Political Consultant
Christopher Vonde
VP-Sr. Financial Consultant, Charles Schwab
Jaime Hansen
Executive Director
Darci Anderson
CASA Program Director
Brenda Wood
Office Manager
Lindsay Biedel
Director of Philanthropy
Anne McDonald
Advocate Coordinator - Ada & Boise Counties
Nick Garcia
Relationship Manager
Josie Hurley
Youth Development Supervisor
Nicole Hanson
Advocate Coordinator - Ada & Elmore Counties
Alicia Benningfield
Database & Volunteer Intake Administrator
Rebekah Grindstaff
Advocate Coordinator - Ada & Valley Counties
Toni Roberts
"Super Volunteer" Database Manager
Sarah Leeds
Family Strengthening Director
Eric Schmidt
CASA Trainer
Jade Terry
Adult Development Supervisor
Becky West
Advocate Coordinator

Open Positions

Family Advocates is a private, independent 501 (c)(3) non-profit agency founded in 1978 and serving Southwest Idaho. Our founders, two foster homes (Mr. and Mrs. Glen Hogin and Mr. and Mrs. Richard Murphy), saw the need to keep children out of the foster system and they established a long-term vision of seeing the end of child abuse in Idaho. Family Advocates was incorporated in Boise on September 28, 1978.

The CASA program began late in 1980, when the Junior League, the Boise Bar Association, and Family Advocates received permission from the Honorable Richard Grant, Juvenile Magistrate, to initiate a pilot Guardian ad Litem program in Ada County. In 1982, the CASA program officially accepted its first child protection referral and, in 1986, Family Advocates, including attorney Eric Haff, took an active role in working with legislators to revise the Child Protection Act to clearly define the role of a Guardian ad Litem (GAL). The CASA program at Family Advocates serves children in the Fourth Judicial District (Ada, Boise, Elmore, and Valley Counties).

Keeping families healthy, stable, and preventing child abuse from ever happening, was the foundation of the Family Advocates’ vision. This vision has evolved from a volunteer-based Home Visiting Program to our current Family Strengthening Program. This program includes best practices and theories of modern day and has expanded out from Boise to Caldwell and Mountain Home.