Treasure Valley



Treasure Valley

The Treasure Valley locations include the Boise, Meridian, Nampa, Caldwell, and Greenleaf offices. For more information about contacting these locations or for directions, click the button below.

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Laura Raynor

Laura Raynor

Chief Program Director
  Laura is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist who has been practicing for 9 years. She attended the University of California, Santa Cruz where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and California Polytechnic Institute of San Luis Obispo where she earned a Master of Science in Clinical Psychology. She began working with Community Outreach Counseling in March of 2011 as a CBRS worker and clinic intern until she got her license transferred from California, at which time she began working as a Clinician. Laura served as Clinic Director before becoming the Chief Program Director at Community Outreach Counseling and at Ambitions of Idaho when they merged in April of 2017. She enjoys working with children and families to assist them with developing positive relationships and making progress toward their goals. Laura is EMDR trained and is passionate about providing all clients with trauma informed care.
Shane Quesnell

Shane Quesnell

Program Supervisor
Shane is the Program Supervisor of our Treasure Valley Residential Habilitation Program. He was promoted to Program Supervisor after spending the previous 10 months as a Program Manager with Ambitions of Idaho. Shane has many years of experience working with the developmentally disabled population. He has held the positions of Developmental Tech, Developmental Specialist, ICF/ID Administrator, Targeted Service Coordinator, Program Manager, and Program Supervisor of two different Residential Habilitation Companies. He holds a B.S. in Applied Psychology and a M.S. in Sports Management. Shane has multiple years of experience coaching collegiate softball and baseball teams at St. Cloud State in Minnesota and TVCC in Ontario, OR. Shane and his wife Kathy reside in Meridian, ID.
Luis Cortez

Luis Cortez

Director of Behavioral Health Services
Luis is an LPC and the Mental Health Director of Ambitions of Idaho. He is also the Director of our Federal Parole Program.  Luis has been in practice since 2015, specializing in Play Therapy with children of all ages and is trained in EMDR therapy to work with trauma victims. Luis can read, speak and write fluently in Spanish, therefore he works with a large part of our Spanish speaking population here at Ambitions. As an administrator, Luis is also involved in completing consultations for all new and potential clients. He works with our team hiring new clinicians and completes expectation training with our new hires. Overall, Luis is present and ready to assist with any and every situation that presents itself within our Ambitions of Idaho team.
Ken Wells

Ken Wells

Clinical Director
Ken Wells, LMSW, is the Clinical Director for Ambitions of Idaho in the Treasure Valley.  Ken is a veteran of the USAF and has a passion for working with military veterans.  Ken has had a varied professional career as an auditor, compliance instructor, teacher, coach, and financial administrator, to name a few.   As a psychotherapist, Ken concentrates on somatic trauma care, cognitive behavior therapy, and mindfulness-based interventions.  On a personal note, Ken is an enthusiastic golfer, and enjoys camping and dirt biking in his spare time.
Kathy Quesnell

Kathy Quesnell

Regional Assistant for HR
Kathy is our Regional Assistant for our Human Resource Department.  She maintains all our employee files and staff trainings as well as assisting with Payroll and Hiring for the Residential Habilitation Department. Kathy has been providing customer care in various work environments for the past 15 years, and has been with us at Ambitions of Idaho for over 3 years.  Kathy enjoys her job and interacting with our diverse clientele.  She currently oversees employee files in the Treasure Valley areas as well as Twin Falls and Coeur d’ Alene.
Karla Cardenas-Siano

Karla Cardenas-Siano

Office Manager, Payroll Assistant
Karla has been an employee of Ambitions of Idaho since 2014, overseeing administrative functions in all of the Treasure Valley office locations.  She also handles all of the Clerical, CBRS/Case Management and Clinic Payroll.
Montrice Billingsley

Montrice Billingsley

Director of Substance Use Disorders Program
  Montrice is the Director of our Substance Use Disorders program and has been with Ambitions since 2017. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Longwood University, Farmville, VA and a Master’s Degree in Community Counseling from Argosy University, Washington D.C. Montrice is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), and has been working in the field of behavioral health for over 12 years.   Her passion and commitment to the field is unparalleled. Montrice continually strives to stay up to date with the latest counseling modalities and techniques not only for herself, but for her staff as well. She utilizes a person-centered approach to counseling and sees the positive changes that have affected many of her clients throughout her years of service.
Cole Ivancic

Cole Ivancic

Mental Health Case Manager, CBRS Provider
Cole has been working as a Community Based Rehabilitation provider and Mental Health Case Manager for the last six years. Cole received his Bachelor of Arts from Boise State University in 2011. At Ambitions of Idaho, Cole is the program director for the CBRS & Case Management program, as well as a provider of those same services. Cole has spent time over the last six years working with children, juveniles, and adults struggling with mental illness, working with individuals on federal parole/probation, as well as co-facilitating a DUI education group.
Michelle Takagi

Michelle Takagi

Director of Peer Support
Michelle is our Director of Peer Support. She has worked in the Mental Health field for 6 years. Michelle has served in a number of positions within the company including Community Based Rehabilitation Services, Case Management, Federal Case Management and now Peer Support. She holds a Bachelor of Art degree in Communication from Boise State University. Playing basketball for Boise State and working as a coach and mentor in the Valley for years has given her experience working with Adults, children, and families. This has been a wonderful asset for Ambitions, in working with our diverse clientele. Michelle is passionate and does well sharing lived experience to connect and empathize with individuals in our community.
Mona Reyes

Mona Reyes

Group Therapy Director
Mona is an LPC and has been with Ambitions of Idaho Mental Health department since its inception April 2017. Prior to that she was with Community Outreach Counseling for 5 years. Her areas of focus are in CBT, EMDR and Neuro CBT. Her main focus in helping others is to teach them how to help themselves. Through education and experience ,she has acquired the knowledge and skills to help you learn how to become the master of your own life. By learning how to reframe negative thoughts and make positive choices she believes one can bring balance and joy to one’s life. Life is never 100% perfect but by learning how to cope with the negative and embrace the positive one can create a balance that enables one to find peace, contentment and control in life.
Kandi Sprague

Kandi Sprague

Director of Personal Care Services
Kandi is the Director of Personal Care Services at Ambitions of Idaho, serving the Treasure Valley. Kandi’s education is in Geriatrics and in Healthcare Billing and Coding and is a member of the AAPC, and has co-owned a business for 16 years. Kandi has 9 years’ experience in the geriatrics field, and has also been a caregiver and a scheduler. She is an active member of her church, teaches Sunday school and she volunteers for events in her church and also in the community. From children to the elderly, Kandi is passionate about the people she has the opportunity to serve in our community and is dedicated to helping them live happier, healthier, more fulfilling lives.
Estella Acosta

Estella Acosta

Internship Program Director

Estella “Stella”  is Internship Program Director and practices as a Licensed Marriage and family Therapist with Ambitions of Idaho. Stella has a passion for working with children, especially adolescents, families and couples. Stella has been actively involved in restructuring and strengthening the interns program at Ambitions of Idaho. Stella is excited about working with the interns that are currently in the program and contributing to their professional development and training. She is committed to supporting counselors in training as they provide pro-bono counseling services to clients in need.

Tammy Morin

Tammy Morin

Director of Marketing and Public Relations
Tammy is our Director of Marketing and Public Relations. She has served in a number of positions within the company including, Director of Personal Care Services, Qualified Intellectual Disabilities Professional for our Children’s Personal Care Services, CBRS, Substance Use and Federal Case Management and now Public Relations and Marketing. Tammy holds a Bachelor of Science in both Education and Psychology from Worcester University in Massachusetts. Working as a teacher in the Valley for years has given her invaluable experience working with Children and their families. This has been a wonderful asset to Ambitions, in working with our diverse clientele, children through elderly. Tammy has a passion for helping others and loves to connect with individuals out in our community.
Kim Campbell

Kim Campbell

Program Manager
Kim is a Program Manager at the Nampa Residential Habilitation Services and has been with Ambitions of Idaho for over 4 years.  She started off as the Program Assistant and was promoted to Program Manager.  Kim has over 20 years in the medical field working in management and decided to change careers to help others and with the passion of wanting to make a difference in people’s lives.  Kim has 2 children and loves spending time with her family.  She enjoys reading, traveling, and watching baseball.
Amanda Simpson

Amanda Simpson

Program Manager
Amanda received her Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Boise State University in 2009 where she played Women’s Basketball. She was born and raised in Marsing, Idaho and has worked in the mental health and developmental disability profession for the last 8 years. Amanda has been a Program Manager for 3 years and is a certified Habilitation Interventionist and Clinical Supervisor who started the DDA program for Ambitions of Idaho prior to/during the merger of Community Outreach Counseling and Ambitions of Idaho. She returned to her passion of Residential Habilitation after the merger in April of 2017. Amanda is married with 3 children, she has two girls and one boy. She spends her down time doing DIY projects at home and watching and supporting her oldest daughter play sports.  Amanda loves Corgi’s and recently became the proud dog mom of a cowboy Corgi named Roxy to add some entertainment for her lab, Puddles
Isaiah Conant

Isaiah Conant

Program Manager

Isaiah is a Program Manager with the AOI Residential Habilitation team in Nampa. Isaiah received his Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice Administration from Boise State University. After graduating from BSU, Isaiah spent some time volunteering with the Nampa Police Department and assisting in the crime lab. Isaiah began working with individuals with disabilities in 2012 as a direct care employee and began working as a Program Manager in 2016. Isaiah was born and raised in Nampa, Idaho. Isaiah loves helping others and wants others to seek out their true potential. Isaiah enjoys spending time with family and friends and some of his hobbies include: fishing, hunting, reading, and cooking.

Cailene Donaldson

Cailene Donaldson

Program Manager
Cailene is a Program Manager for our Residential Habilitation Program in Nampa, ID. She was born in Orange, California. Her family moved to Filer, ID. In 1993 where she graduated from Filer High School in 2004. Adopted by her grandparents, she became the second eldest of 6 children. Growing up as a big sister in a large family ignited her passion to care for others. She always knew whatever profession she went into, she wanted to help people and make a difference in the world. She graduated with her Associates of Arts in Political Science degree from College of Western Idaho and then her Bachelors of Science in Psychology from Bellevue University in 2017. While in college, she volunteered as a Guardian Ad Litem for Family Advocate and was actively involved in the veteran community. She started her career in “Res Hab” as a Direct Care Staff with Ambitions of Idaho. In September 2017, she transitioned into the position of Program Manager. In her spare time, she loves to hike, camp, read, craft, travel, and spend time with her husband, family and friends.
Kayla Lammey

Kayla Lammey

Program Manager
Kayla was born and raised in Nampa, Idaho. She attended the University of Idaho and got her Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology in 2009. Kayla started out as a direct care staff working with adults that have developmental disabilities, then she began doing PSR/CBRS helping clients that struggle with mental illness. She eventually began working as a Program Manager/QIDP in 2013 because her passion is working with developmentally disabled adults. Kayla started with Ambitions of Idaho in April of 2017 and has enjoyed working for such a great company. In her spare time, she likes running, cooking, reading, and spending time with her boyfriend and her adopted terrier mix, Zoey.
Nicole Garvin

Nicole Garvin

Intake Coordinator, Licensed Master Social Worker
Nicole Garvin is a Licensed Master Social Worker. She has been working as a clinician with a variety of clients for the past two years. At Ambitions, Nicole conducts consultations for new clients and provides therapy for individuals, families and groups.  Nicole has been working in the mental health field for over a decade and is passionate about helping her clients. Nicole specializes in trauma care, play therapy and mindfulness based interventions. 
Cari “Carisma” Williams

Cari “Carisma” Williams

Program Manager

Carisma is a Program Manager for our Residential Habilitation Program in Nampa, Idaho. She was born in Whittier, California and raised in Idaho. Carisma graduated from Texas Woman’s University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Government with a Legal Studies Emphasis. She joined Ambitions of Idaho in 2017. Carisma brings 20+ years of experience in the social services industry while living in Texas. She worked for the Texas Attorney General as a Child Support Officer, Texas Health & Human Services Child Protective Services as a Family Based Safety Services Caseworker, and 11 years in the Texas Public Education System. Carisma moved back to Idaho in 2017 with her husband and two sons. She has a passion of serving others and volunteering for such community resources such as CASA, Guardian ad Litem, and Meals on Wheels. In her spare time, she enjoys antique shopping “picking”, crafting, singing, and spending time with her family and friends.

Gayle Little

Gayle Little

Clinical Supervisor and Habilitative Interventionist
Gayle is a Clinical Supervisor and Habilitative Interventionist that has been working with special needs children since 2008. She began as a peer tutor in high school, then moved on to developmental therapy after graduation. She went to college at Boise State University where she got a degree in Health Science Services. Once she graduated in 2012, she received her certificate for Habilitative Intervention and began working 1 on 1 in the community with special needs children. Gayle began working as Clinical Supervisor in 2017 before joining the Ambitions of Idaho team in 2018. She now reside in Nampa Idaho with her husband and four cats.
William “Bud” Knutson

William “Bud” Knutson

Ambitions Employee Trainer

William Knutson, otherwise known as Bud, has been with Ambitions of Idaho for over 16 years but has been in the industry for over 35 years. Originally Bud started as a Direct Support Professional with Ambitions in 2002, was then promoted to House Manager and is now our full time Trainer.   Bud works with the Residential Habilitation Program where he is responsible for the orientation and onboarding activities of all new Direct Support Professionals as well as ongoing recertification trainings including CPR and CPI.  Bud has 2 adult children that reside in the Treasure Valley; weekends you will find Bud along with his children and his faithful companion Harley (Shih Tzu) at car shows and various motorcycle events, as well as the shooting range.