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.
Angela Baird-Hepworth, LPC
Clinical Director/ Primary Therapist
Angela is a licensed professional counselor working on her Doctorate in Psychology from Capella University. She received her Master’s degree 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Bree Shamblin was born and raised locally in the Treasure Valley. After graduating high school, she attended a Centennial Job Corps Civilian Conservation Center to obtain her CNA as well as completing the leadership program in mentoring young adults and wildland firefighting. After Job Corps, Bree joined the United States Navy Reserves as a construction mechanic and obtained the rank of Petty Officer Third Class. While in the Navy Reserves, Bree received extensive training in leadership, mechanics, heavy equipment operation, and combat casualty training. During her six years in the Navy Reserves, she was able to experience many travel opportunities; her favorite being Guam. Bree is passionate about helping people achieve a healthy lifestyle with natural solutions. She spent ten years working in the geriatric field as a lead med tech and med clerk and is currently pursuing a degree in nursing with an emphasis in biology and natural medicine.
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.
Taylor was born and raised in a small town in central Arkansas. He grew up working on his uncle’s farm and volunteering at his school. He met his wife at age 17 and after living in Arkansas for a few more years, they packed up to Portland, OR. They have since moved to Idaho, and have welcomed their first child into their lives. Taylor loves working with the students here at Aloft and prides himself on being able to make strong relationships with them. He hopes to continue to do so and welcomes the various challenges and rewards that Aloft can give.
Elita was born here, in Idaho, and has lived locally for most of her life. She went to Boise State University and majored in psychology. Her love for psychology and caring for others has led her to believe that her future path is in nursing. She loves all things creative and spends most of her free time making art, writing, practicing her cello, playing video games, and most recently, playing rugby for the Boise United Rugby Club. She hopes to share these passions with others at Aloft. Elita came to Aloft with the hope of helping others on a more individual basis and found a great environment with many unique challenges. She has found that building a good relationship with each student is the key to success and is excited about the supportive atmosphere to do that.
Sarah was raised in California and moved to Idaho three years ago. She lives in Emmett and gained meaningful experience working at a therapeutic adolescent program before joining the Aloft team in 2018. Sarah loves the outdoors and animals. She has 5 dogs! Idaho is amazing for outdoor activities and Sarah takes advantage of this with Aloft’s students, as well as, during her free time camping, fishing, and doing things with her family. Sarah has a passion for helping people and really enjoys helping the students here, at Aloft.
Stuart is a native to Idaho. He loves white water rafting, flying, skiing, and fly-fishing. He is a bit of a foodie and always knows where to get a good bite to eat. He attended Idaho State University and obtained his degree in health science. Stuart has worked with two cognitive behavior therapy programs catering to boys between 10-18 years of age for several years anchoring in his passion for working with and helping others find their true potential. He is excited to be a part of the Aloft team.
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Sean grew up in Kuna, Idaho, just outside of Boise. He spent time in Texas and Colorado for several years before heading back up north. He began working in a youth development outdoor program in Colorado and it sparked his passion and interest in this field. He truly is passionate about helping others in their personal development and emotional growth, making him a great addition to the Aloft team. Outside of Aloft, he enjoys spending time with his wife and two children and is an avid outdoorsman hunting and hiking whenever he has the opportunity
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.
Alicia is originally from Clearfield, Utah. Before coming to Aloft, Alicia worked for a youth homeless shelter in Salt Lake City. She learned how to be trauma-informed and compassionate for those going through substance abuse and symptoms of severe mental illness. Alicia also worked with programs helping individuals with intellectual disabilities become more stable and independent. She attended Salt Lake Community College to pursue her degree in social work. Alicia is very passionate about helping people and contributing to her community. During her personal time she is always outdoors, hiking, camping, or somewhere by the water and loves video games.
Sarah has lived in several different places, but she has spent the majority of her time in Idaho and claims it as her home. She loves being active, doing things outdoors, and spending time with her husband. Sarah has always wanted to do things that allow her to help others in meaningful ways. One of her passions is to facilitate progression and help others to recognize and attain their full potential. This passion led her to graduate with her bachelor’s degree in public health from Brigham Young University – Idaho. During the off tracks of her college career, she sold pest control and was able to observe the many ways that different people interact with each other. This experience helped her learn how to better diffuse conflict, assess the needs of those she was helping, and gain understanding and patience. Before coming to Aloft she interned with Alere Youth Development. There, she worked with youth ages 12-18 and gained a lot of knowledge on what it means to be a mentor. Sarah has a natural talent for working with, being trusted by, and influencing others. She hopes to bring this talent and the knowledge and experience that she has gained to Aloft in order to fulfill her passion for helping others.
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.