Executive Director/ Admissions
Founder and Owner
Jason’s passion for making a difference in the lives of young adults led him to found Aloft Transitions in 2012. His ability to relate to and communicate openly and sincerely with clients, their families and referral sources enable him to develop and maintain strong, life-long relationships. He has many years of experience working directly with clients in this industry. Prior to this endeavor, he worked as a corporate trainer and real estate agent for over a decade. Jason and his wife and high school sweetheart, Cindie, love spending time in the outdoors with their children, grandchildren, and two dogs fishing, hiking, camping, hunting, and gardening.
Dr. Angela Baird-Hepworth, PhD
Executive Clinical Director/ Primary Therapist
Angela has her Doctorate in Psychology from Capella University, just graduating March 2021. She received her Master of Science in Mental Health Counseling in 2014, also from Capella. In addition, received her bachelor’s degree in political science with a minor in sociology from Hofstra University in 2007. She has a passion for helping young people and had worked primarily with at-risk individuals, prior to joining Aloft, spring of 2015. She is able to develop effective relationships with clients and their families leading to positive changes utilizing her primary therapy model, Cognitive Behavior Therapy. She also uses elements of many other theories, including Dialectical Behavior Therapy and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) a leading form of therapy for traumatic memories and experiences. Her clinical experience is wide-ranging including assessment, treatment planning, individual, family, equine, and group therapy. Angela’s personal experience with adoption has led to her passion and expertise in attachment and abandonment issues. Angela grew up in many areas of the United States, including Washington state, Arizona, Kentucky, and Long Island, New York. She moved to Idaho in 2012 from Phoenix, Arizona. She is married to her wonderful husband, Brian, and is a loving and dedicated step-mom to two girls. She also enjoys spending time with family, reading, writing, running, and traveling.
Director of Operations
Kelli was born and raised on a farm in a small town just south of Boise, Idaho. Growing up on and around farms gave her strong work ethic. After years of babysitting for friends and family, she got her first job at 15. She balanced work, school and extra-curriculars, like choir and church, for most of her high school years. After working a few years, she spent a year in Arizona working and learning more about people in other parts of the United States. When she returned home she started working again at the pizza place, a retail store, and began classes at the local community college. She enjoys dancing, art, writing, music, spending time with others, making friends, and helping others. In wanting to use these skills and her passion for helping others, she found her way to the Aloft family and has felt very much at home.
Education Specialist / Mentor
Denise has lived most of her life in Idaho. She did spend some time in Wyoming and Nevada but Idaho has always been home. She grew up in a small town and learned how to work at an early age. She credits her work ethic to her mother and father. She attended Ricks College for two years and met her husband there. She now lives in Nampa, Idaho with her husband. They have 6 children and 3 grandchildren. They were foster parents for 10 years and also owned an assisted living business for many years. She has also worked in the school system helping students succeed. The desire to help others is what brought her to Aloft. She enjoys spending time with all of her family, sewing, cooking, gardening, and camping.
Taylor was born and raised in Emmett, Idaho. He enjoys spending time doing outdoor activities such as hunting, fishing, camping, and hiking. After high school, he attended Columbia Basin College where he worked on a major in Psychology. Taylor was also a member of the baseball team and after two years at Columbia Basin, he transferred to the College of Idaho on a full-ride baseball scholarship. He majored in Exercise Science and minored in Psychology and hopes to continue his education geared more towards teaching.
A native-born Idahoan, Elena has always found herself in leadership and mentoring positions. After high school, she attended CWI and left with her associates in political science. She later transferred to Boise State University to obtain her bachelor’s degree in political science with an emphasis in American government and political theory. After college, Elena moved back home to donate her time to her community which landed her in a position of public service, serving on the Wilder City Council and is a board member of the Valley Regional Transit. Elena is passionate about making a difference in the lives of young people as well as serving her community making her an amazing addition to the Aloft team.
Metal Shop Mentor
Billy was born and raised in the central valley of Northern California. He recently moved to nearby Star, Idaho. Billy is married with 3 young adult children and 2 grand children.
Billy is a recently retired police officer with over 14 years of service. He worked multi year special assignments where he specialized in issues of homelessness, mental health, substance abuse, and at-risk youth. During his time at the police department, he received extensive training in all these areas, outside of normal police training.
Prior to being a police officer, he worked as a supervisor in a metal fabrication shop for over 10 years . He learned many skills in this career including welding, which he enjoys teaching the students at Aloft. Also, Billy was on a county advisory board for substance abuse and mental health programs for over 5 years.
In his free time, Billy enjoys spending time with his family, camping, fishing, hunting, working out, and working on his Jeep.
Kristen is originally from Pennsylvania and moved to Idaho to 1 year ago. She graduated from Pennsylvania State University with a Bachelor’s degree in political science. Since she began her career she has been focused on community outreach, juvenile justice, and health and fitness. In her free time she takes full advantage of everything Idaho has to offer. Kristen enjoys camping, hiking, and spending time with her new puppy! She is excited to work with the young adults at Aloft!
Dakota grew up in Emmett, Idaho and moved to Boise to attend college at Boise State University. Dakota was accepted into the art program as a freshman, a rare and distinguished honor. Dakota worked for Boise State University as a graphic designer for 2 years before joining our team at Aloft. Dakota plays guitar in a local band that performs all over Boise, as well as writing music and singing. He continues to pursue his passion for art through drawing and graphic art. Dakota shines in his ability to relate to our students, holding good boundaries, and never shying away from engaging in a tough conversation.
Terry was born and raised on a cattle ranch in Idaho. He has worked for years in the construction and sales industry. After many years of work, he retired to work at the schools as a substitute teacher for 10 years, before coming to Aloft. He has said that if he knew originally how fun teaching and coaching was he would have done that from the start. He is passionate about spending time with his family and loves kids and animals. He likes to spend time outdoors, with family, and gardening.
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The youngest of five children, Genger was born and raised near Boise, Idaho with lots of animals to care for, starting her love of animals very early. As a young adult, she made the move to Las Vegas working several jobs in her quest to become more independent. After some young adult struggles and 10 years in city life, she wanted to get back to her roots and moved near her hometown. Upon returning to Idaho, she worked with a small company that worked with adults and young children with disabilities. Loving their energy for life and kindness she took inspiration from them and decided to move on to something bigger, working at the Idaho State School and Hospital. After extensive experience working with people and her passion for animals, she was able to combine these in finding Aloft and knew this was the place for her. She studied animal behavior in college so teaching young adults about animals has been an asset. Aside from mentoring at Aloft, she enjoys anything outdoors, hiking, camping, traveling, Idaho’s hot springs, and gardening. She enjoys sharing her passions and knowledge with our young adults to help them grow.
Kellee comes to Aloft with a multitude of experiences making her a great addition to our mentor team. Early in her career, she was a dental assistant and always had a passion for working with people. She moved to Idaho several years ago and worked with kids in a school cafeteria and as a chef at a private adolescent program. Her passion never wavered, leading her to Aloft to work with our young adults as a mentor. She loves working with our young adults, her favorites are in the greenhouse, taking students on activities, and teaching skills in the kitchen. In her off time she loves spending time with her family, riding bikes, and camping.
Devin grew up in the beautiful mountainous Northern Idaho, which sparked his love of nature and the outdoors. He attended college at the University of Idaho majoring in Marketing and tearing up the ice on the college’s hockey team. After graduating, he took to nature and began working in private wilderness programs. There he discovered a passion for working with struggling young adults and quickly shifted his career ambitions and goals. Devin intends to further his education by studying counseling. He married his beautiful wife Jackie and they moved to Boise to settle down. Wanting to be closer to home, he found Aloft and knew this would be the place for him. He enjoys golfing, backpacking, hiking, and everything related to music and never hesitates to share these skills and passions with our students.
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Dustin began his career doing property management, leading into finish carpentry work where he found his passion. He then started and ran a successful custom cabinetry business for decades but felt something was missing. That is where Aloft comes in. He found a new passion to pass his knowledge, skills, and expertise to young adults and combines the two here. His knowledge and skills are unmatched and our students take great advantage to learn and hone woodworking, finish carpentry, and building skills. He is also working on a college degree in construction and business management. Dustin is a dedicated husband and dad to 5 kids and loves spending time outdoors.
Luke is a native Idahoan through and through, spending all but 5 years of his life here. The five years he spent away from Idaho was in Cincinnati, Ohio to obtain his undergraduate degree. Upon finishing that and moving back to Idaho, he began work on his master’s degree in clinical counseling at Northwest Nazarene University where he is currently studying. He is passionate about helping others, including animals, doing a lot of his professional work in a veterinary clinic prior to mental health. Luke enjoys outdoor activities like hiking, camping and fishing, as well as cooking, playing drums, and spending time with his wife and their many pets.
Aspen was born and raised in Idaho with his two older sisters. He is attending college at the College of Western Idaho. Aspen has done service work in Tijuana, Mexico, where he became fluent in Spanish. He really enjoys spending time with family, reading, camping, hunting, and the outdoors which are abundant in Idaho. Aspen feels like he can relate to many of the Aloft students and their interests, allowing him to forge a strong relationship with them.
Amanda was born in Idaho. She was raised on different Naval bases growing up but returned and found Idaho to be her home. She has always had a passion for teaching and helping others. Since a very young age, Amanda has been put in positions of leadership and mentorship. Since high school, she has worked with special education students, whether it was mentoring them while in high school or working as an assistant while attending Boise State University for her social work degree. She has worked in similar fields since then and has accumulated 12 years of experience, working with the disabled, elderly, youth, and children with special needs. She has won a few awards for volunteering and mentorship in her community. When she is not working or volunteering, she is spending time with family and traveling for her husband’s profession. She is passionate about being a mom to two young children and two pugs.
MaryEllen is a native to Portland, but has spent most of her life in Idaho, calling it home. She does exceptionally well in and around the kitchen with years of experience raising 8 children, enjoying 31 grandchildren, and 3 great grandchildren. She has brought this expertise to Aloft to help teach culinary skills to the students and help around the program. Her hobbies include gardening, crocheting, sewing, spending time with her family, and traveling.
Millie is the explorer! She always has her nose to the ground and is fearless (until something spooks her
and she runs to the door). She is a lover… Friend to all. She loves playing with her brother, rolling and chewing on him. She is so smart and gentle. She is also so aware of feelings and energy in the room. She tolerates bath time but loves to groom her brother. Millie is definitely a “puppy” momma. She was born in August 2020 and once trained will join her two litter mates, Scout and Gigi, as therapy dogs for Aloft.
Gigi was coined the century of her litter for her desire to always do her own thing and continues that now at her furever home! She enjoys exploring, learning, and always wanting to be with one of her human family members. She enjoys playing with squeaky toys, chewing on bones, playing with her other puppy siblings, and sometimes getting into mischief… who are we kidding, most of the time getting into mischief! She was born in August 2020 and once trained will join her two litter mates as therapy dogs for Aloft.
Scout is a dreamer. He is happy to relax on the deck while his sister, Millie, explores. He loves his leg rubs and will coo when his ears are rubbed. He is very sweet and loves to sit at Jason’s feet no matter what he is doing. He also loves to be groomed by his sister, wrestle, chew on his favorite toys, and stretch out on his bed. He was born in August 2020 and once trained will join his two litter mates, Millie and Gigi, as therapy dogs for Aloft.