Troy Nickel, MA, Clinic Director
Troy's mission personally and professionally is to improve the human condition. He leads by example through educating and fostering dialogue within society about the realities of mental illness and in hope instilling the knowledge and conceptual sophistication to make a difference. He not only advocates for the clients he works with, but empowers his clients to advocate for themselves.
Troy currently serves as the Clinical Director in the Nampa office. He obtained both his bachelor’s and master’s degree from Boise State University. He has aspirations in pursuing a Ph.D. in a psychology related field, such as neuropsychology or organizational psychology. In his spare time, Troy likes to read, golf, travel, camping, four wheeling, and jet skiing, and spending time with his family. His favorite season is summer, as he is a man who likes the sun, the beach, and sunburn with a great peel. To contact Troy Nickel, please email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tossie Page-Cook, LMSW, Clinician
Theotosca “Tossie” is a social worker who attended BSU and received her Baccalaureate in Social Work in 2009 and became a LSW shortly afterward. She received her Master’s in 2010. At the heart of what she does is the idea that we are all equal, deserving of dignity and respect. She works in Nampa and has served as Chair of CCNLI for the National Association of Social Worker’s of Idaho since 2008. To contact Tossie Page, please email her at email@example.com.
Cathy Kraus, LCSW, Clinician
Cathy is a licensed clinical social worker and currently practices as a therapist at Affinity, Inc. in Nampa, Idaho. As a therapist, she provides services to children and adults, both individually and with family utilizing an eclectic approach. In addition to therapy she conducts assessments, reviews and provides clinical supervision. Cathy has experience working with a wide variety of topics. She is passionate about the Social Work profession and the many opportunities she is able to provide clients in achieving their goals. Cathy truly believes that everyone has the capacity for positive change when given the tools to work with. She obtained her Master's Degree in Social Work from Boise State University. She has been working with Affinity since 2003 and feels blessed to work with such a dynamic team. When Cathy is not working she enjoys time with her family and friends. She has been married for over twenty years and has two beautiful adult children who are now venturing out and starting their own families. It is amazing for her to watch her family grow! Cathy enjoys outdoor activities (camping, fishing, and hiking), reading and photography. To contact Cathy Kraus, please email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Melissa J. Mee, LCPC, Clinician
Melissa Mee is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor with over eleven years of experience providing psychotherapy to a wide variety of client populations. She uses an eclectic approach, believing that no one theory of counseling is appropriate for every presenting client issue. At the heart of her philosophy of counseling is the belief that each client is a human being who deserves respect and she strives to treat each client with dignity. She received her BA in Psychology from Cedarville University in Cedarville, Ohio in 1990, and her MA in Professional Counseling from Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia in 2003. She enjoys spending time with her children, reading, writing and stamping/scrapbooking. To contact Melissa Mee, please email her at email@example.com.
Lindsay Lartz, MS, LPC, NCC Clinician/Intake Specialist
Lindsay is a licensed professional counselor (LPC) with a Master of Science degree from Eastern Washington University in Applied Psychology: Mental Health Counseling Emphasis. Lindsay also got a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Gonzaga University. Lindsay completed a 14-month internship at Childbirth and Parenting Assistance (CAPA) at Catholic Charities in Spokane, Washington. Lindsay tends to use a Rogerian approach to counseling and enjoys working with both children and adults. She has specific experience in working with parents with young children. Lindsay is both a counselor and an intake specialist, completing many assessments and guiding clients through the intake process. Lindsay enjoys spending time outdoors, specifically when camping, fishing, and running, and spends much of her leisure time with friends and family. To contact Lindsay Lartz, please email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jackie Taylor, LMSW, Clinician
My name is Jackie Taylor. I am a Clinician who has been working with Affinity since December of 2011. I use both art therapy and play therapy in my therapy sessions with both adults and children. I love my job here at Affinity and am passionate about helping people be the best they can be by helping them overcoming the road blocks in their way. I received my Bachelor of Social Work degree from Boise State University in 2000 and my Master of Social Work degree from Walla Walla College in Washington in 2001. I worked for 8 years in the foster care system in California for two different foster care agencies as both a social worker and the director of both offices. I worked for Idaho Department of Health and Welfare for a year doing case management in child protection and as a PSR supervisor at a different mental health agency here in Idaho. I have a dog named Depoe who is my pride and joy, he and I love the warm sunshine and going for walks around the neighborhood. As part of myself care I enjoy ballroom dancing and have been dancing now for 7 years. To contact Jackie Taylor, please email her at email@example.com.
Lisa Hettenhausen, LMFT, Clinician
Lisa Hettenhausen is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and currently practices at Affinity, Inc. in Nampa, ID. She obtained her Master of Science degree in Counseling at Southern Illinois University, after completing her Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology. She also completed the Drug and Alcohol Specialist Certification in the graduate Rehabilitation Department. She was raised in Southern Illinois near St. Louis, MO. She relocated to Boise, ID to be nearer to family. She has worked at Affinity for almost a year after moving to the Nampa area. She has been a therapist since 1995. She has training specific to family systems theory, couples counseling, women’s issues, anger management, and 10 years working with individuals and families with addiction issues (in residential and outpatient settings). She has extensive experience facilitating adolescent and adult therapy in a group setting. She has worked with a variety of populations including those in the department of corrections and those with developmental disabilities. She views therapy as a collaborative venture, in which her role is to assist and empower others to gain the insight and coping skills to live a productive and adventure filled life. Lisa enjoys spending time in the beautiful outdoors of Idaho, spending time with family, attending concerts, watching baseball (Go Cards!), and following independent films by attending the Sundance Film Festival. She feels very fortunate to be a part of the Affinity team which allows her to help others. To contact Lisa Hettenhausen, please email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Peggy Doyle, BA, PSR Specialist
Peggy is a PSR specialist with the Affinity office in Nampa. She and her family relocated back to the Treasure Valley in 2011, after several years in the Portland, OR area. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Human Development with a Certificate in Gerontology. Currently, Peggy is attending a Master of Social Work program at a local university. She enjoys working with clients of all ages. Peggy loves to help clients become the best that they can be. She enjoys teaching skills and techniques for people to be independent in the community, and at home. Peggy is happy to be back in the Boise area closer to family and friends and loves working with Affinity, and their clients. To contact Peggy Doyle, please email her at email@example.com.
Sara Bates, BS, PSR Specialist
Sara Bates is a Psychosocial Rehabilitation Worker at Affinity, Inc. She graduated from Boise State University with a bachelors of Science degree in Psychology in 2011. She has always had a passion to work in a field where she would get to interact with and help others, regardless of what challenges they may be facing. In the future she plans on pursuing further education in nursing, in order to receive her RN. In her free time she enjoys hanging out with family and friends, being outdoors, and playing sports like soccer and basketball. To contact Sara Bates, please email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kip Sampson, BS, PSR Specialist
Kip graduated from Idaho State University in 2011 with a Bachelors Degree of Science in Psychology and a Minor in Mass Communication. He is a new Psychosocial Rehabilitation Worker to Affinity, Inc. and currently works in the Nampa office. Kip enjoys golfing, playing basketball, and spending time with his friends and family. To contact Kip Sampson, please email him at email@example.com.
Patrick Precht, BA, PSR Specialist
Patrick joined the Affinity team in November of 2011 where he holds the excellent position of PSR Specialist. He is a graduate of The College of Idaho, where Patrick feels he was fortunate enough to study both Psychology and Art. His favorite thing about doing Psychosocial Rehabilitation is the absolute chaos. There is never a dull moment, nor is there ever a shortage of challenges to overcome in every session. He is energized by giving people the tools they need to not only face these challenges but overcome them. To contact Patrick Precht, please email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Melissa Wells, BS, PSR Specialist
Melissa is a Psychosocial Rehabilitation Specialist. She grew up in an Air Force family, and is currently living in Idaho. She has been with Affinity, Inc. for a year and a half. Melissa received my Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Boise State University. She is currently working on my Masters in Mental Health Counseling through Walden University. Melissa enjoys working with clients of all ages and backgrounds. Her goal is to help clients develop skills and techniques to create positive changes in different areas of their lives. To contact Melissa Wells, please email her at email@example.com.
Diane Rider, BA, PRS Specialist
Diane Rider has been with Affinity since October 2012, she holds a BA in elementary education and discovered her talents in helping struggling students while interning. She grew up with a father in the army and moved around often which helped her become culturally aware. She loves working with a wide variety of ages in the PSR field and finds it rewarding and exciting to help clients discover their true ability to overcome life challenges. To contact Diane Rider, please email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Elena Cragun, BS, PSR Specialist
Elena Cragun was born and raised in the state of Florida. She graduated from Palm Beach Atlantic University, in West Palm Beach, Florida on May 7, 2009, got married on December 18, 2009 and moved to Idaho on December 31, 2009. Elena joined the Affinity team on May 5, 2010 as a PSR Worker/ When asked to name one positive thing about being a part of the Affinity team, Elena said that she has been challenged with the responsibility she carries as a PSR Worker to help people live normal functional lives, despite mental illness. Although she is fairly new o PSR work, Elena is eager for the future as part of the Affinity team. On a personal note, Elena loves the Idaho weather! She loves to sing and loves kids. She resides in Nampa with her husband, Jordan Cragun. To contact Elena Cragun, please email her at email@example.com.
Mersiha Fullinwider, BS, PSR Specialist
Mersiha Fullinwider has been working as a Psychosocial Rehabilitation Specialist for four and a half years. She obtained her bachelor’s degree in 2008, and she is currently working on her Masters degree in psychology. Mersiha uses the strength based approach to teach clients how to problem solve, overcome their challenges, cope with their mental health symptoms, and increase their self-esteem. Her primary focus is assisting her clients with improving the overall quality of their lives.
In her spare time, Mersiha enjoys traveling, learning how to cook/bake, reading, hiking, attempting to knit, and spending time with her loved ones. She lives in Boise with her amazing husband, two loving pit bulls, a feisty and devoted toy schnauzer, and a talkative umbrella cockatoo. To contact Mersiha Fullinwider, please email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Andrew Whiteley, LSW, Adult Day Treatment/PSR Specialist
Andrew Whiteley is a Licensed Bachelor level Social Worker and Day Treatment Coordinator with Affinity Inc. In this role, Andy provides Day Treatment services to the clients of Affinity Inc, as well as psychosocial rehabilitation services and collateral contacts. Andy believes strongly in the strength based approach to mental health and is passionate about assisting clients with advocating on their own behalf. Andy holds a Bachelors degree in Social Work from Boise State University. He is also licensed in the state of Idaho to work in this field. Andy is a seasoned veteran. For the past five years he has worked in the areas of child protection, psychosocial rehabilitation and day treatment. This experience has taught him the value of effective treatment for the mentally ill and the importance of individual empowerment. Any helps mental health clinics to find their own solutions to the challenges they are experiencing and provides a safe environment where clients learn needed social skills/ Andy brings a wide range of experience and diversity to his work as well as a positive attitude and enthusiastic personality. To contact Andy Whiteley, please email him at email@example.com.
Brendan Cox, BA, PSR Specialist
Brendan Cox is a Psychosocial Rehabilitation Specialist with Affinity Inc. working out of the Nampa Office. Brendan received his Bachelor’s of Arts degree in Sociology with an emphasis on Criminal Justice and Corrections from Idaho State University in May 2011, and came to work at Affinity two days after graduation. Brendan believes in a “strength-based” approach to working with clients and is focused on improving their lives for the better by achieving the goals they have set for themselves. Prior to working at Affinity Brendan worked for the Idaho Department of Corrections as a Correctional Officer, and spent 9 years in the United States Army as a Non-commissioned Officer. Brendan enjoys spending time with his family, reading, working out, jogging, and underwater basket-weaving. Brendan also volunteers with the Boy Scouts of America. To contact Brendan Cox, please email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Rachel Smith, BS, PSR Specialist
Rachel Smith is a Psychosocial Rehabilitation Worker, hired at Affinity in August of 2012. She graduated from Eastern Oregon University with a bachelors of Science degree in Liberal Studies, emphasizing in vocal music and sociology. Rachel is new to Nampa, but has spent most of her life in the Treasure Valley, living in the Ontario area. She had the privilege of growing up in Hells Canyon, and loves to go fishing.
Rachel is the mother of two boys where one of them has a diagnosis of ADHD. Her son’s condition was the drive for her to get a degree that she can use to help children and adults who have special diagnosis. This experience has been a great asset to her when working with children who deal with these types of issues, as well as understanding the frustrations parents go through. Rachel has always wanted to work in a job where she could help people, and this desire has made working for Affinity a true pleasure. Rachel enjoys working with both children and adults and is happy to be a part in their growing process. To contact Rachel Smith, please email her at email@example.com.
Robin Obenchain, BSP, PSR Specialist
Quality of Life . . .
What is quality of life? Societies most often relate quality of life to one’s general well-being. As a psychological-social rehabilitation specialist, I advocate and assist each client to identify, develop, and implement skills to meet his or her basic biological and physiological needs such as location of housing and food. PSR starts at this basic level, but continues with skill building for psychological needs such as symptom management, self-efficacy, self-esteem, personal responsibility, problem solving, communication, and a sense of belonging/support in social groups.
Assisting our clients is my passion, but is also a reward to observe each providing resolutions to his or her own needs and beyond. Through skill building with these foundational determinants, each client can meet and overcome each challenge, one step at a time.
I am a mother of two wonderful, grown daughters. I am thrilled to share that my elder daughter also serves in the human service field. I enjoy walking my dog, Gillian, speed walking, hiking Idaho’s beautiful mountains, reading, visiting museums of history and art, and most of all, time with my family. I reside in Nampa, Idaho. To contact Robin Obenchain, please email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jessica Adkins, BS, PSR Specialist
Jessica has been a PSR worker for Affinity Inc. since August 2012 and has been enjoying every aspect of the experience since. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Health Sciences with a Health Science emphasis in 2012 from Boise State University. Prior to working for Affinity Inc. Jessica was a caregiver and thoroughly enjoys helping others and seeing people make changes to better themselves. In her free time she enjoys spending time with family and friends, snowboarding, and wakeboarding. Jessica greatly enjoys working with her clients and seeing them grow towards independence, and reaching goals they never thought possible. To contact Jessica Adkins, please email her at email@example.com.
Erika Rivera, BA, PSR Specialist
My name is Erika Rivera. I graduated from Boise State University with a BA in Psychology. I am a PSR at Affinity. I enjoy working with people and spending time with my family. To contact Erika Rivera, please email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Octavian Bistriceanu, BA, PSR Specialist
Hello, my name is Octavian Bistriceanu. I am 30 years old and graduated from Albertson College in 2004 with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Art. I have been practicing PSR off and on since 2004 and love my job! Helping those that are less fortunate and teaching people skills to cope with their mental health is more than a job for me, it is a passion. Outside of my responsibilities as a PSRW I am also a father of two children ages 6 and 8. Watching them grow, protecting them, and teaching them how to adjust to the challenges of life are my main roles outside of my job. In addition to raising a small family I also consider myself a hobbyist! I enjoy painting with oil paints and making various art projects out of things around the house. I enjoy staying active, exercising and love to play Frisbee golf with my friends and family. I also enjoy practicing Archery, motor sports, camping, hiking, fishing and almost anything outdoors! I love nice days and soaking up the sunshine with friends and family! To contact Octavian Bistriceanu, please email him at email@example.com.
Becky Baranco, BA, PSR Specialist
Becky is a Psychosocial Rehabilitation Specialist who joined Affinity’s dedicated team in 2012. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies with focus areas in American Sign Language Studies, Humanities, and the Arts. With recent employment positions in the Salem-Keizer School District and for an equal opportunity employment agency, Garten Services, she has obtained valuable experience as both a paraprofessional and a job coach. Becky is driven to the art of assisting individuals of various backgrounds in reaching their fullest potential. She approaches her work with compassion, creativity and an open mind, adjusting to various situations and challenges with patience and zeal. While fascination with personality types and cultures of all sorts intrigue her, the well-being of the client stays at the heart of Becky’s motivation. To contact Becky Baranco, please email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Yesika Moncada, BA, PSR Specialist
Yesika has been a PSR Specialist since May of 2012 for Affinity Inc. Yesika graduated from Boise State University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology. She is new to PSR, but enjoys helping her clients succeed and make positive changes. Yesika will be returning to school in pursuit of her Master’s degree. Yesika is married and has a beautiful daughter, son, and chocolate lab. She enjoys scrapbooking, baking, reading, camping, and spending time with her family. Yesika loves being part of the Affinity family and can’t wait to grow with the company. To contact Yesika Moncado, please email her at email@example.com.
Rainey Clayton, BS, PSR Specialist
Rainey is a Psychosocial Rehabilitation Worker at Affinity Inc. She graduated at Brigham Young University Idaho with her Bachelor of Science degree in Health Science emphasis Public Health.
Rainey desires and plans to further her education with a Masters in Social Work. She loves working with children and adults. Her goal is to help her community in any way even if it's just with a smile. She loves to leave the community better then she found it. Rainey's motto: If there’s a will - THERE IS A WAY! To contact Rainey Clayton, please email her firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lea Williams, BA, PSR Specialist
I was born and raised in Filer, Idaho and moved to Caldwell in 2008 to attend, The College of Idaho. I received my bachelor degree in Psychology and Art in 2012 and began working at Affinity soon after. I very much enjoy getting the chance to meet and work with new people. I enjoy most sports and outdoor activities, which I believe to be highly therapeutic. I plan to further my schooling at, NNU, where I will attend classes to obtain my masters in Counseling. To contact Lea Williams, please email her at email@example.com.
Madison Campbell, BS, PSR Specialist
I was born and raised here in Idaho and earned my Bachelor’s of Science degree in Psychology from Boise State University in 2010 (Go Broncos!) I have been doing PSR work off and on for the past year and a half and have been with Affinity since August of 2012. My hobbies include anything that is outdoors such as camping, hiking, boating, swimming, etc. I also love movies and concerts and spending time with my nieces and nephew! To contact Madison Campbell, please email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Haley Hevern, BA, PSR Specialist
Hi my name is Haley Hevern. I graduated from Northwest Nazarene University in 2011 with a BA in psychology. After receiving my bachelors, I knew I wanted to pursue my career in helping people. I love helping people and feel a great since of accomplishment in my life when I do. I have been working as a PSR for 2 years. I want to pursue my master’s degree and specialize in family and marriage counseling. While attending Northwest Nazarene University, I was a two sport athlete. I played volleyball and softball. I received honors in both sports. Throughout my life I've had the privilege to study abroad. I spent six weeks in Cuernavaca, Mexico studying Spanish and attending school. I have traveled to many countries that has enlightened my views and perspective on life and given me an unbiased outlook on culture. In my spare time I like to stay active. I run, cross fit, yoga, and weight train. I am also a very passionate coach. I am an assistant coach for two teams, Club Idaho Volleyball team, and for the Northwest Nazarene University softball team. When I am not doing something active I love to read books, camp and take my dog, Doug, to the dog park. To contact Haley Hevern, please email her at email@example.com.
Tyrone Petty, BS, CPRP, PSR Specialist
Tyrone Petty is a qualified PSR specialist. He holds a degree in Family Studies and Human Development with a minor in Education from the University of Arizona. Tyrone has been working for Affinity since January 2011. Before coming to Affinity Tyrone worked for a retirement community in their Guest Services department and also completed multiple internships teaching. Tyrone also has volunteered with the humane society and children’s hospital in Arizona. Tyrone likes to spending time with his family and participating in outdoor activities when not working. Tyrone enjoys working with individuals and helping them reach their goals to improve the quality of their lives. To contact Tyrone Petty, please email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Nathaniel Howe, BA, PSR Specialist
Nathaniel Howe is a Psychosocial Rehabilitation Worker who has been with Affinity Inc. since 2012. He studied and received his Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice from Northwest Nazarene University in Nampa, Idaho, after completing his internship at Caldwell Police Department. He and his wife, two kids, two cats, and two dogs reside in Nampa and enjoy spending time in the mountains and beach during their spare time. He is passionate about supporting adults and children by helping them find their hidden strength through session; and hopes to spend his career in the mental health field. To contact Nathaniel Howe, please email him at email@example.com.
Trina Davison, BA, PSR Specialist
Trina Davison has worked as a Psychosocial Rehabilitation Specialist with Affinity, Inc. since June of 2012. In this role, Trina provides psychosocial rehabilitation services utilizing knowledge, skill and techniques to enable clients, with mild to chronic mental disorders to successfully and independently cope with their disorders and interface with their environment. Trina is pursuing a Master of Science in Advanced Clinical Counseling and holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Social Sciences: emphasis Psychology and earned a Biology minor. Trina believes that emotional growth and behavioral change is possible for all people. To contact Trina Davison, please email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Emily Lopez, BA, PSR Specialist
My name is Emily Lopez and I have been with Affinity for two years working as a PSR. I was born and raised in Ontario, Oregon and moved over here to attend Boise State. I have no family of my own yet, but I love working with kids. I plan to continue working PSR while I apply to nursing school. To contact Emily Lopez, please email her at email@example.com.
Courtney Swantek, BS, PSR Specialist
Courtney has been working at Affinity Inc. as a Psychosocial Rehabilitation Specialist since December 2012. She graduated from The College of Idaho with a Bachelors of Science degree in Biology and Psychology and a minor in Spanish. She has always been passionate about working in a field in which she gets to help others and enjoys the challenges and successes of working as a PSR. Courtney plans to attend medical school in the near future and become a Psychiatrist or Cardiologist. In her free time Courtney enjoys spending time with her dogs (Chester and Spuds), boyfriend, family and friends doing anything from baking and crafting to weight lifting and exercising. To contact Courtney Swantek, please email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Val Lovely, BS, PSR Specialist
Val Lovely grew up in Boise, Idaho, where he currently lives. He graduated Bose State University in 2011 with his degree in psychology and with a strong emphasis in addiction studies. He values a humanistic approach to life. and encounters things with a respectful curiosity. In his spare time he enjoys biking by the river, fishing, and reading. His favorite season is summer, and he enjoys laid back adventures. To contact Val Lovely, please email him at email@example.com.
Lindsey Bingham, BA, PSR Specialist
Lindsey was born and raised in Portland, Oregon. She attended Northwest Nazarene University and graduated in 2011 with a Bachelor of Arts in elementary education. During her free time, she coaches high school and ASA softball, as well as play on different slow pitch softball teams. She recently got a golden retriever, Hank, who takes up the rest of her time. To contact Lindsey Bingham, please email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.