About A New Leaf
A New Leaf
2548 N. Stokesberry Pl.
Meridian, Idaho 83646
Phone: (208) 939-3888
Fax: (208) 939-5599
A New Leaf is a family owned and operated business of masters prepared educators. Combined, we have over 50 years of experience working with families and children, as well as raising a child with autism.
Meet Our Staff !
A d m i n i s t r a t i o n
After relocating to the Boise Area in 2003, following 37 years of public school in California as an educator, I feel most fortunate to have had the opportunity to work with both my daughters, Joy and Amy, in the public schools in Meridian, Idaho, and subsequently in our agency. The establishment of A New Leaf, as a family owned and operated agency, is fulfilling a dream of our family, to create and develop an institution that would provide quality caring services to the participants and families to our surrounding communities. Our agency has been blessed to have so many employees who are committed to making a difference in the lives of the participants to whom we are able to offer services. My “retirement” continues to be “pushed out”, as I am having such a rewarding time seeking to provide the best environment and services for the special needs population of Treasure Valley. It is our mission and commitment to provide high standards and ethics in the services we provide and to our employees.
Master of Arts in Education
Bachelor of Arts
Multiple Subjects Credential
Cross-Cultural Training Certification
I have been blessed with working in the Human Services and Education fields since 1996. I would like to thank our staff, families, and participants who are and have been a part of our “agency family” in contributing to our growth and success. I reside in Boise with my husband and two children. I enjoy spending time with my family just "hanging-out" and watching movies.
Master of Education in Crosscultural Teaching
Bachelor of Science in Professional Child Development and Child and Family Studies
Adult Developmental Specialist
I have 20 years of experience in accounting. I've been married for over 40 years and enjoy 3 daughters and 5 grandsons. We moved to Idaho from sunny Arizona to be nearer to our children and grandchildren and have lived in Meridian for almost 3 years.
Bachelor of Science,
Idaho State University
Information Technology Administrator
I've been making computers behave for over 20 years. My wife Joy and I recently went to Europe for the first time and we hope to see more of God's beautiful earth soon. Joy and I have 3 children and have been married 25 years. We also have 3 grandchildren whom we enjoy very much.
Bachelor of Science, Computer Information Systems Major
Business Administration Minor
Microsoft Certified System Engineer
Nursing Admin. Assistant
M e d i c a l D e p a r t m e n t
I endeavor to make a contribution to our family owned business based upon my education and experiences as a Registered Nurse since 1974. My professional nursing experience includes hospital direct patient care in (Med-Surg, ICU, OB, Psych), Nurse Educator in k-12 public education, Nurse Education/Training, plus 20 years as a Nursing Education Program Director.
My professional efforts now are specific to A New Leaf, Inc. as a nurse consultant to our agency staff and as an Idaho State Certified Instructor to provide “Medication Assist Certification” classes for non-medical employees.
Although I am now in a partially retired phase of my career, I trust my years of nursing experience and knowledge can contribute to the overall breadth of professional services that we endeavor to provide to our staff and participants.
My personal interests include enjoying our family to include grandchildren and more recently great-grandchildren, our little dogs, and activities associated with our church family.
RN, BSHS, BSN, MA
O u t r e a c h
If anyone had told me that the same developmental preschool that I visited when I was in middle school to read to the kids would someday be the same developmental preschool my own son would be attending…well, let’s just say I had been getting prepared early on for a lifetime journey. Originally from San Diego, I have been in Idaho for 8 years and I absolutely love living here. I will be celebrating my Silver Wedding Anniversary with my husband John this July. We have 3 children, Jessica-21, Chelsea-20 and Cody-17…and now I am a grandma to two beautiful little ones…Carson and Sophie! I feel very blessed to be part of a family owned and run Developmental Disability Agency. Every member of my family is an integral part of what makes “A New Leaf” so special, including our son Cody who is a participant. He has a diagnosis of Autism, ADHD, Speech Apraxia, and as of 4 years ago, a Seizure Disorder. It is so fulfilling to me, personally, to help families navigate the system of services, supports, and education. I also feel blessed to work with like-minded, compassionate, hard-working, exceptional people: our therapist, specialist, community professionals and administrative staff. It definitely takes a village to raise a child, and in our case, to effectively run an agency with purpose. As a former Special Education teacher, I continue to enjoy educating others through one-on-one interaction and community speaking engagements. The blessings I have personally received from our participants and their families are more than I could ever give in return!
Master of Arts in Special Education
Bachelor of Arts in Human Development
Child Developmental Specialist
Certified Developmental Specialist Course Trainer
R e s i d e n t i a l H a b i l i t a t i o n D e p a r t m e n t
Residential Habilitation Director,
RH Program Coordinator
I was born and raised in Meridian and have recently moved back in March of 2008 after living in California for 4 years. I graduated with my B.S. in Psychology from Eastern Oregon University in beautiful La Grande Oregon in 2004. In 2004 I also moved to the central valley of California (Modesto) to attend graduate school. I graduated with my M.S. in Psychology after finishing my thesis on infant generalized imitation of live and televised models.
from Eastern Oregon University
M.S. Psychology with Distinction, Behavior Analysis and Marriage and Family Therapy concentrations
from CSU, Stanislaus
RH Program Coordinator
Originally from San Diego, California, I moved to the Boise area with my family in 2002.
I have a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration and Masters in Psychology and have worked in social services for over 11 years. I have worked as a Developmental Specialist serving the adult population at A New Leaf since 2007. I enjoy spending time with my children Matt and Ashlee and my wife, Amy. I also enjoy watching the San Diego Chargers and Padres try to win.
B.S., Business Administration
C h i l d r e n ' s D e p a r t m e n t
Jennifer St. John
Director of Children's Developmental Services
I received my Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees from Boise State University. I was born and raised in the Boise area. I love this valley. I have worked with children with developmental disabilities off and on since I graduated from High School.
Initially, I pursued a career in teaching elementary school. I am a teacher. I am passionate about education. I taught third grade for one amazing year. My students taught me so much about myself and how I want to spend my work days. I had three students in my class that pulled my heart strings. Don’t get me wrong…I enjoyed working with all the kids in my class. Getting to know them and help them to grow was an indescribable experience. But, there were these three kids…
Two of the students were in the extended resource room most of the day. The other was in my classroom all day but with special accommodations to help him be successful. By the end of that first school year, I knew I would rather spend the rest of my career helping individuals with special needs than in the traditional classroom.
Eventually, I ended up at a DDA providing Habilitative Intervention to children diagnosed with developmental disabilities. It was like coming home. Working with our participants has been so rewarding. I can’t imagine anything I would rather be doing.
B.A. Elementary Education
M.A. Education, Curriculum and Instruction
Habilitative Intervention Certification
Habilitative Supports Certification
Idaho Teaching Certificate K-8
Children's Coordinator /
Katy Harris is a graduate of The College of Idaho with a Bachelor’s degree in psychology and 15 years’ experience working with individuals with developmental disabilities. She has her certifications in Habilitative Intervention and Habilitative Supports. Katy enjoys spending time with her son, husband, other family, and friends when she is not at work. She is an ex-collegiate volleyball player and currently trying very hard to learn to play guitar and write music.
Bachelor of Psychology
Habilitative Intervention Certification
Habilitative Supports Certification
Children's Admin. Assistant
M e n t a l H e a l t h T r e a t m e n t C e n t e r
Mental Health Director
I have always been drawn to the “underdog”, and so I changed my major from music education to social work. Originally I worked in the Adoption field, but in 1997, I began doing psychotherapy. I have worked with 3 clinics, and I had my own business for 5 years. Joining forces with A New Leaf felt like coming home to me, because it is such a caring atmosphere. I still love music – jazz and classical – and I am a groupie for The King’s Singers from Cambridge, England. I also love quilting, and have made quilts for each of my seven children, and most of my eighteen grandchildren. I do at least one quilt each year as a humanitarian project. This year I have made two – one for Walter Reed Hospital, for a wounded soldier, and one for an Orphanage in Africa. I love helping people and seeing real, tangible progress!
Bachelor of Social Work
Master of Social Work
Licensed Clinical Social Worker
Mental Health Admin. Assistant
© 2015 A New Leaf
2456 N Stokesberry Pl. Meridian, ID. 83646