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
5 Year Employee Award

Jamie has worked for Gem State Developmental Center since June 2013. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Psychology through the University of Phoenix. Jamie previously worked as a supervisor for group and reshab homes in Idaho Falls, helping adults with disabilities learn daily living skills and being independent. She really enjoys teaching others skills in both center and community based settings. Jamie likes to help individuals grow and be the best that they can be. On her off time she loves being with her family and being outdoors.

Locations:  Meridian, Nampa

Michael Walker
Developmental Specialist/Behavior Interventionist
1 Year Employee Award

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 previously worked in an Intermediate Care Facility for children and adults with intellectual disabilities. Michael also enjoyed his time as a counselor for the Idaho Commission of the Blind and Visually Impaired and working with children with developmental disabilities for the last several years.

Michael enjoys working as a Developmental Specialist/Habilitative 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 is thrilled to be a part of the Gem State Team! In his free time, Michael loves to spend time with his family and friends, reading about psychology and watching a good hockey game!

Locations:  Nampa

Courtney Rupe
Developmental Specialist

Locations:  Meridian

Freddy Nyakulinda
Behavior Interventionist

Locations:  Meridian

Anna Crane
Behavior Interventionist

Locations:  Meridian, Nampa

Elena Ramirez
Behavior Interventionist

Locations:  Meridian

Jessica Bomer
Behavior Interventionist

Locations:  Meridian

Tara Thorsvik
Behavior Interventionist

Locations:  Meridian

Jeremy Richards
Behavior Interventionist

Locations:  Meridian

Rachel Compas
Behavior Interventionist

Locations:  Meridian, Nampa

Donna York
Developmental Technician II
10 Year Employee Award

Locations:  Meridian

Olivia Lolley
Developmental Technician
1 Year Employee Award
Locations:  Meridian
Maria Jelliffe
Developmental Technician
1 Year Employee Award

Locations:  Nampa

Maicee Conner
Developmental Technician
1 Year Employee Award

Locations:  Meridian

Tony Washington
Developmental Technician

Locations:  Meridian

Kelly Arteaga
Developmental Technician

Locations:  Meridian