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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Shane Hagel

Shane Hagel

President, Ambitions of Idaho
Shane Hagel has been making a difference since 1995. Shane  has worked his way from Direct Support Staff to House Manager, to Program Manager, to Administrator of Idaho and finally to President of Ambitions of Idaho. Shane has worked with the individuals every step of the way and knows what it takes to provide quality services. Shane has attracted and retained an amazing team of professionals dedicated to the individual’s success. Shane has led Ambitions of Idaho to be one of the largest providers of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disability Service providers in Idaho. He has accomplished this by championing innovative changes and policies that are in the best interest of the individuals Ambitions serves. Shane is a very active member of The Idaho Association of Community Providers (IACP), serving on Legislative Committee.  He has taken an active role with the mission of furthering the quality and access of community based disability services. Shane’s education includes a Bachelor’s degree from Whitworth University, Is a Qualified Intellectual Disabilities Professional (QIDP), and was a Certified Special Needs Advisor (CSNA) to families with children of special needs.  Shane is married and has 6 children and  two dogs.  He enjoys spending time with his family, coaching, watching his boys participate in athletic events and exploring the outdoors.
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.
Montrice Billingsley

Montrice Billingsley

Mental Health Director
  Montrice is the Mental Health Program Director and practices as a Licensed Professional Counselor at Ambition of Idaho.  She holds a BS in Psychology from Longwood University, Farmville, VA, and an MA in Community Counseling from Argosy University, Washington D.C.  Montrice started with Community Outreach Counseling in 2014 and has continued through the merger with AOI in April of 2017. She has worked in the field of behavioral health since 2005 and has many years of diverse experience in practice working as a Substance Use Disorders Director, ABA Therapist, Therapeutic Counselor, Habilitative Interventionist, and counselor intern across many states on the East Coast and Idaho.  Montrice is a Board-approved supervisor for interns and is involved in the hiring of new clinicians and Community-Based Workers. She also does consultations for all new clients. Montrice is passionate about working with clients from all walks of life and has a drive and passion for helping others meet their goals and enjoys seeing the positive changes that result from the counseling relationship throughout her years of service.
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.

Nicole Berenger

Boise Clinical Site Director

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Angel Ford

Angel Ford

Meridian Clinical Site Director
Angel Ford is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. She has been working in the mental health field in various positions for the past 6 years. Though she has experience with different levels of care and clients, her clinical focus is with those in recovery, have a history of trauma and couples counseling. Her primary therapeutic models are Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Strengths-Based and she is EMDR trained. At Ambitions in addition to her clinical duties, she assists in conducting consults for new incoming clients.

Jessica Ivancic

Nampa Clinical Site Director

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Jennifer Vanegas

Caldwell Clinical Site Director

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Clara Thompson

Clara Thompson

Director of Substance Use Disorders Program
Clara Thompson is the Substance Use Disorders Director and practices as a Licensed Master Social Worker.  She graduated from Brigham Young University – Idaho and Boise State University to complete her education before joining the Ambitions of Idaho team. Clara works primarily with individuals but also facilitates several Substance Use Disorder groups. Clara enjoys continuing her education to provide the most up to date and informed care for her clients including evidence-based trauma-informed care, mindfulness-based interventions, and art therapy.
Tina Thomas

Tina Thomas

Internship Program Director
Tina Thomas (she/her pronouns) is a Licensed Professional Counselor with an MA in Counseling from Boise State University. She currently works at Ambitions of Idaho and is the Director for the Ryan White (part b) program, and the Director of Internship Program. Tina is passionate about working with LBGTQ youth and families and finds counseling to be an honor and appreciates all that she learns from her clients. She was born and raised in Idaho and lives in Meridian with her husband and has 2 sons.
Rachel Young

Rachel Young

Education Director
Rachel Young is Director of Education Assistant Clinic Director and practices as a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist who has been practicing for 6 years. She has a B.S. in Child and Family Development from San Diego State University and an M.S in Counseling.  She has spent her career thus far devoted to working with trauma. Rachel has focused on working with children and parents and in teaching trauma-informed parenting to promote secure attachment, resiliency, and connection within families. Rachel is dedicated to improving the lives of children through education and prevention initiatives that support the family unit.  In her role as Director of Education, it will allow her to collaborate with community members and professionals to coordinate training and support groups in the Treasure Valley to ensure families have access to the support they need.

Emily Pantaleo

Community Based Rehabilitative Services/Case Management Director

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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.

Valerie Yingling

Director of Habilitative and Personal Care Services

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Laura Henderson

Clerical Director

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Megan Segers

Megan Segers

Director of Public Relations and Marketing
Megan Segers is our Director of Marketing and Public Relations.  She can often be found throughout the Treasure Valley promoting our services at community events. As the Director of PR, Megan maintains our social media presence that shapes public opinion of our agency and increases awareness of our brand.  She continuously strives to establish and maintain relationships with our clients, community, and vendors. Megan has a passion for helping others and loves to connect with individuals out in our community.
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.
Amanda Simpson

Amanda Simpson

Nampa Program Supervisor
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
Kayla Martinez

Kayla Martinez

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.

Jennifer Smith

Program Manager

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Danielle Bryan

Program Manager

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Bardo Martinez

Program Manager

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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.