Staff – Administration

GSDC trains our professionals with the highest industry standards and latest innovations in therapy. Our paraprofessionals are also trained at this level to ensure consistency and the highest quality service possible.

Exceptional training and exceptional staff for extraordinary people!

Lori Jo Poole

Lori Jo has worked at Gem State Developmental Center since 1999 and is currently the Clinical Supervisor at the Meridian Adult Program. She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and has earned Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees in Psychology with a minor in Sociology from Idaho State University and a Masters in Social Work from Boise State University. She has 20-years of experience working with adults and children with developmental disabilities and mental health diagnoses.

She has experience working with individuals, groups and professional staff in a variety of settings. Her therapeutic experience includes: parent coaching, sexuality and social skills training, cognitive self-change, anger management, behavior modification and drug and alcohol education. She is currently the President of the Board of Idaho Families of Adults with Disabilities.

Corey Makizuru

Corey has worked at Gem State Developmental Center since 1984. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degrees in Psychology and Human Services from the College of Idaho in 1983. As a college student, Corey volunteered at the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare, Adult and Child Development Center for two years (1980–1982) and worked in one of the first privately operated Intermediate Care Facility for the Intellectually Disabled in the state for two years (1982–1984). Currently he holds the position of Administrator of the company.

Corey is very grateful and appreciative for the opportunity to work for a dynamic and progressive company dedicated to helping children and adults with developmental disabilities reach their highest level of success. He gives much of the credit for the company’s and individuals' success to his dedicated, well–trained, and compassionate co–workers and those that receive services.

Donna Newby
Senior Secretary

Donna has worked for Gem State Developmental Center since 2009. She came to the company with over 26 years of experience as an Administrative Assistant and Documentation Specialist in the electronics industry. She currently holds the position of Senior Secretary and is the Medicaid Billing Coordinator for the company.

Over the years Donna has had the opportunity to work with many people with disabilities but didn’t realize how she could enhance their lives until becoming a Developmental Technician in 2007. That experience led her to GSDC and her current career. She feels very fortunate to be able to become part of the lives of such wonderful people and is grateful for the opportunity to work for a caring and compassionate company dedicated to serving individuals with developmental disabilities.

Tony Washington
Project Management Specialist / Program Support

Tony has worked for Gem State Developmental Center since 2019. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Multidisciplinary Studies with a certificate in Innovation & Design. He has 10 years experience working in the human services field. This has allowed him to work with a diverse population of clients.

Tony served eight years in the US Army, whereby he acquired extensive training in project management, crisis intervention and small operations analysis, planning, and evaluation. Tony has taken this military experience and utilizes it to manage special projects for GSDC. Tony is thankful for the opportunity to continue exploring ways to maximize key potential pathways for GSDC, participants, and staff. He attributes his success to being an engaged planner, an active listener and occupying a positive space.