Ready to help others take control of their independence.

Our community of assistants, nurses, advocates, and directors all want to make the lives of people living with disabilities better. We understand the desire to live independently and want to do what we can to help you get there.

Staff

Roger Howard, Executive Director

Roger Howard is the Executive Director of LINC. He is a graduate of the University of Idaho and has been a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist since 1985. Roger worked for the Disability Action Center in north Idaho for seven years before helping found LINC in Boise in 1989. He was ... Learn more

LeAnn Naillon, Assistant Director

LeAnn Naillon is a native of Boise and has served as the Assistant Director of LINC since June 2017.  She and her husband moved back to Boise from Montana where LeAnn was the Vice President of Unified Strategies for Special Olympics Montana for seven and a half years. While working ... Learn more

Haley Westenskow, Human Resource Administrator

Haley Westenskow started at LINC in early 2009 after graduating from Boise State University. She came with previous disability experience working at Access Vans in Boise. Haley is currently our Human Resource Administrator and has been known to “wear many hats” around the office. She also helps with the GenADA ... Learn more

Melva Heinrich, Twin Falls Director and Director of Mobility

Melva oversees all services in the satellite office which include independent living services, advocacy, information, and referral services for people with disabilities. She also works closely with the Personal Assistance Services staff providing in-home care services to ensure people with disabilities and seniors can live independently in their own homes. ... Learn more

Brandi Schmidt, Director of Finance

Brandi is the Director of Finance at LINC. She works with the finance team to apply her nonprofit financial and accounting knowledge to oversee LINC’s business operations. Prior to coming to LINC, Brandi gained exceptional knowledge in nonprofit best practices while working at the Idaho Nonprofit Center. She was instrumental in ... Learn more

Mitzi Lewis, PAS Program Coordinator

Mitzi Lewis coordinates and leads the team providing all aspects of the Personal Assistance Services Program at LINC. Mitzi is a licensed Bachelor Social Worker by the Idaho State Licensing Bureau of Occupations. She earned her bachelor’s degree in social work from Boise State University and her master’s degree in ... Learn more

Todd Wilder, Independent Living Specialist-Boise

Todd Wilder started his first job as an assistant for people with disabilities in 1990 and continues this work today. Some strange coincidences brought Todd to LINC in 2005, when he came on as a Disability Advocate. Currently one of LINC’s Independent Living Specialists, Todd also manages the ramp loan ... Learn more

Tarey Potter, AT Specialist

  Tarey Potter joined the LINC team in 2017. Tarey is a graduate from the Salt lake Community College where he studied graphic arts. He currently also works as a graphic designer, web designer and professional artist, with his work featured in several public locations throughout the valley. Tarey is ... Learn more

Brenda Collins, PAS Relations Specialist Lead-Caldwell

I came to LINC with minimal experience and knowledge in the nonprofit agencies; I had experience in the clerical field and over 20 years of experience in the customer service industry. Since coming to LINC in 2007, I have become very passionate about helping people remain in their homes and ... Learn more

LaShell Chamberlain, PAS Relations Specialist-Twin Falls

LaShell has been working in the home health business for the last 24 years and has developed many friends with the families of which she has worked. She understands the needs of the people she works with and works hard to ensure they receive the services they need to maintain ... Learn more

JoAnn Nielsen, PAS Educator and Referral Coordinator

JoAnn joined LINC in May of 2015 as the Boise PAS Relation Specialist. She brought with her a strong background in family violence prevention and elder abuse detection. JoAnn is a seasoned public speaker and has written and presented many thought-provoking lectures and training to help those in need. JoAnn ... Learn more

Tanya Hollon, PAS Relations Specialist-Twin Falls

Tanya Hollon works with seniors and people with disabilities by assisting them get the in home care they need to live an independent life at home.  Tanya worked as a personal assistant for a year before she joined LINC as a full-time employee.   Email: thollon@lincidaho.org Phone: 208-733-1712 ext. 106 ... Learn more

Laurel Larsen, PAS Relations Specialist-Boise

Laurel Larsen, BSW is the Personal Assistant Services Relations Specialist at LINC’s Boise office. She was raised in Austin, Texas and moved to Idaho in 2004.  Laurel has a bachelor’s degree in Social Work from Texas State University and has been working in the disabilities support field for over a ... Learn more

Sariah Rueda, PAS Program Aide

Sariah is a PAS Program Aide for our Canyon County office located in Caldwell. Sariah has been with us since August 2016 and is a former Personal Assistant through the PAS Program. This experience gave her the knowledge to understand and offer her assistance for our Employers and PAs on ... Learn more

Sydne Perron, PAS Registered Nurse

Sydne Perron began working for LINC in October 2016. She happily serves the people within the Magic Valley area. Sydne graduated from the College of Southern Idaho with an Associate’s Degree in Nursing. She is a stay-at-home mom who loves helping and meeting new people. She enjoys doing anything outdoors ... Learn more

Rhonda Parham, PAS Registered Nurse

Rhonda graduated from nursing school in 1981 and has done several nursing jobs but most experience is in oncology (cancer) nursing.  She worked on the oncology floor at St Luke’s and then at MSTI in Boise and most recently Nampa and Meridian MSTI in cancer research.  These people were very ... Learn more

Seneca Prater, Accounting Manager

Seneca Prater started with LINC in 2014 as the Accounting Manager. Her educational background is in the IT and Business fields. While at LINC she has worked within the Finance Department to process accounts receivable, payable, and payroll duties. Seneca has also been able to learn the background and begin ... Learn more

Margi Weaver, Payroll and Billing Specialist

Margi came to Boise from Portland, Oregon in 2013.  She graduated from Portland State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Social Science in 2001 and in 2002 completed  the Graduate Teacher Education Program.  After graduating she began working at a child abuse prevention program working with kids 0-3 and ... Learn more

Zoe Thomas-Johnson, Billing Assistant

Zoe Johnson currently works with the Finance Department as the Billing Assistant. She has been working in this capacity for one year. Zoe’s work experience has enabled her to become increasingly organized, and she is growing more confident as she improves her knowledge of Health and Welfare policies and billing ... Learn more

Carol Becker, Receptionist-Boise

  Carol joined our team on July 22, 2003 as the Receptionist in the Boise office.  She is responsible for managing front office operations.  Her primary duties include: answering multi phone lines, welcoming on-site visitors and transferring them to the appropriate team member.  She takes in timesheets from all three ... Learn more