All about our staff…They are the best in the west and love kiddies.

Kathie Collins, Executive Director

Kathie Collins, Executive DirectorKatherine “Kathie” Molder Collins began her career at the Argus Observer. One of her first assignments as society editor, was to cover a women’s conference. The key insight she took from one session was that each of us is on a career path; that we should do our best in each position we hold, taking all that we can from that experience to better prepare for the next leg of our journey. READ MORE

Pat Stephens, Program Manager

Pat Stephens, Program ManagerPat Stephens grew up in Hailey, Idaho. Perhaps it was working in the small store her parents owned in that central Idaho community that she developed a strong need to help others. Or, maybe it was growing up in a family of four girls. Regardless, she earned a bachelor’s degree in social work and later READ MORE


Kimberly Looney, Interventionist

Kimberly Looney, Classroom AssistantFor Kimberly Looney, family is everything. Close to her own siblings and their families, she cites spending time with her husband, Jimmy, and children as one of her very favorite things to do. When the family is beach-combing, picnicking, playing tourists as they visit other towns, or simply at home watching a funny movie or playing a game, Kim’s at her happiest, especially if she’s joined by her granddaughter Lily. READ MORE

Cindy Lucht, Interventionist

Cindy Lucht came to the Relief Nursery with 32 years of experience working in the education field. She began her career in a school setting as a teaching assistant in regular education and as a paraprofessional in special education, both in Ontario and LaGrande. After earning her bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood and Elementary Education, she worked as the Special Education teacher at LaGrande High School in the Life Skills Learning Center. READ MORE

Alicia Ruiz, Interventionist

edited_IMG_0109Alicia Ruíz moved to Payette, Idaho from Zacatecas, Mexico, at the age of 2. She met her future husband when he was working in Payette. They married in 2000 and settled in Ontario to raise their family. A former day care owner, who also has her CNA certification, READ MORE

Shelley York, Interventionist

edited_img_3627Shelley York can’t stop thinking about children. When TVCRN’s newest interventionist isn’t in the therapeutic classroom or on a home visit, she’s likely in a class discussing children (she is working on her associate’s degree in early childhood education) or taking an online training related to a specific need READ MORE


Ali Douglas, Classroom Assistant

Ask anyone who knows Ali Douglas, and the first thing that comes to mind when they think of her is her warm smile. A recent graduate of Eastern Oregon University with a bachelor of arts degree in music, Ali is also a newlywed. She and Wade Douglas have made their home in Fruitland, Idaho. READ MORE


Hayley Caywood, Classroom Assistant

Hayley Caywood came to TVCRN as a work study student from Treasure Valley Community College studying elementary education. More than a year later, after she had said her good-byes, she returned as an employee – a substitute classroom assistant. When a position became available soon afterwards, Hayley jumped in to work as many hours as possible as a classroom assistant . READ MORE

Annette Mahan, Classroom Assistant

Vale resident Annette Mahan grew up in a blended family with five sisters and two brothers, moving to Portland for a few years, then returning to Vale where she graduated high school. Perhaps it was growing up in a large family that sent her down the educator path. Annette has spent her entire adult life working with children. With an associate’s degree in early childhood education and a para educator certification, Annette has worked for Head Start, in child care, and at a preschool   READ MORE

Ashley Massey, Classroom Assistant

An Early Childhood Education major at Treasure Valley Community College, Ashley Massey seems to be in the right field! Little ones gravitate to her smile. Born in Burns and raised in Ontario, the Ontario High School graduate loves animals as much as she does young children.

“I’m a huge animal lover,” she says. “I enjoy my horses and cows; I love agility and   READ MORE

Tessa Weisgerber, Classroom Assistant

edited_img_3633You can take the girl out of the cheerleading squad, but you can’t take the cheerleader out of the girl. Or, at least it’s something like that when it comes to Tessa Weisgerber. Miss Tessa continues to be a strong supporter of Ontario High School athletics and loves encouraging children of all ages to be their best. READ MORE


Tracey Doughty, Cook

edited_IMG_2100TVCRN is blessed to have a cook who really loves to prepare tasty, nutritional meals for the children in our therapeutic classes. Tracey Doughty grew up in a family of five children in Portland and still misses the big city from time to time. The mother of two now has two granddaughters – who are about 10 months apart; she loves spending time with these grand-babies. READ MORE


Jim Petterson, Bus Driver

Born in Newark , New Jersey, but raised in Santa Clara Valley, Calif., Jim Petterson began his career as a service station manager and auto mechanic. After five years, he moved into the electronics industry as a production maintenance trainee, and 10 years reached the level of Senior Mechanical Equipment Engineer for the first LED/LCD watches made by Fairchild Semiconductor Co. After being in charge of all maintenance for several companies as Corporate Facilities Director for more than 30 years,   READ MORE