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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.