Staff – Children’s Services

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!


Jamie White
Clinical Director of Children's Services

Jamie has worked for Gem State Developmental Center since June of 2013. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology through the University of Phoenix. As Clinical Director of Children's Services, Jamie really enjoys supporting participants in meeting their goals, and serving as primary supervisor for staff in her department. Jamie enjoys spending time with family and friends, creating arts & crafts, and being outdoors in nature.

Locations:  Meridian, Nampa

Michael Walker
Behavior Interventionist

Michael has worked at Gem State Developmental Center since May of 2017. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management from Farmingdale State College in New York and Master of Education in Special Education from Boise State University. Michael enjoys working as a Behavior Interventionist in a collaborative team environment and having the opportunity to utilize evidence-based practices to foster the social and emotional development of children with special needs. Michael loves spending time with family and friends, reading about psychology and watching a good hockey game!

Locations:  Nampa/Meridian

Janette Smith
Behavior Interventionist

Janette has been with Gem State Developmental Center since October of 2021. She earned her Bachelor's of Science Degree in Human Development and currently works as a Behavior Interventionist for the Children's programs. Janette enjoys supporting participants and providing them with the necessary tools to meet their goals. She enjoys time with family and friends, scrapbooking, and puzzles. 

Locations: Meridian/Nampa

Lori Amos
Behavior Interventionist

Lori has been with Gem State Developmental Center since May of 2022. She earned her Bachelor's Degree in Psychology from West Georgia College, and her Masters of Early Childhood Education from TUI University. In her role as a Behavior interventionist, Lori enriches the lives of children with special needs through creativity and self-confidence. Lori enjoys reading, gardening, face-painting, and crocheting.

Location: Meridian

Margo
BI (Telehealth Services)

Margo Turner has been with Gem State Developmental Center since 2021. She works as a Behavior Interventionist providing Telehealth services to those with special needs so they may become more independent. She enjoys spending her personal time with family and friends. 

Location: Telehealth Services 

Mandy Slender
Behavior Interventionist

Mandy has been with Gem State Developmental Center since May of 2021. She earned her degree in Health Science and currently works with children with special needs as a Behavior Interventionist. 

Locations:  Meridian

Julia Morton
Behavior Interventionist Technician

Julia has been with Gem State Developmental Center since January of 2022. She is currently attending NNU to complete her Bachelor's of Arts Degree in Psychology and Communication. She provides quality support in her position as a Behavior Intervention Technician. Julia's career goal is to thrive in her profession, while supporting those around her to do the same. Julia enjoys spending time with family and friends, watching all things Disney, and playing card games.    

Locations: Nampa/Meridian

Grace Howard
Developmental Technician

Grace has been with Gem State Developmental Center since May of 2020. She graduated from Kuna High School and currently works with children with special needs as a Developmental Technician. 

Locations:  Nampa/Meridian

Jack Purcell
Internship

Jack has been with Gem State Developmental Center since September of 2022. He is currently attending NNU to complete his Bachelor's of Arts Degree in Social Work. Jack intends on pursuing a Master's Degree in Social Work, with a certification in addictions counseling. His hobbies include Hiking, camping, backpacking, and basketball. 

Location: Nampa