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

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 in the Meridian Children's Center. Mandy enjoys spending time with family and friends, doing arts & crafts, and vacationing. 

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
P/T 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 

Gabriel Soriano
Behavior Interventionist

Gabriel has been with Gem State Developmental Center since February of 2023. He is currently attending Northwest Nazarene University to complete his master's degree in social work. In his free time, Gabriel enjoys reading, playing interactive games, and spending time with loved ones.   

Location: Nampa

Melanie Southwick
Behavior Intervention Technician

Melanie has been with Gem State Developmental Center since January of 2023. She is currently attending The College of Idaho to complete her bachelor's degree in Psychology and Art & Design. In her free time, Melanie enjoys creating art, reading, watching movies, playing video games, and spending time with loved ones.   

Locations: Meridian/Nampa

Shane Vertin
Developmental Technician

Shane has been with Gem State Developmental Center since February of 2023. He currently works with adults and kids with special needs at the Meridian and Nampa Centers. He enjoys spending time with family and friends.

Locations: Meridian/Nampa

Aubrey Gorringe
Developmental Technician

Aubrey has been with Gem State Developmental Center since February of 2023. She is currently attending Boise State University for her bachelor's degree in psychology. In her free time, Aubrey enjoys spending time with family and friends.

Location: Meridian 

Janette Smith
P/T 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: Nampa/Meridian

Julia Morton
P/T 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