Staff

Meet Our Team

Our team is dedicated to helping children, youth, and their families.

Executive Director

Brenda Willson

Brenda Willson serves as the Executive Director of FYIdaho. As a native Idahoan and Boise State University graduate, Brenda brings decades of knowledge and experience in what makes our state unique, including the needs and challenges Idaho faces. Willson has years of experience collaborating with families and stakeholders who share a common goal in affecting change and making a difference in behavioral health and substance use awareness and access to resources throughout the continuum of care. Brenda’s ability to empower, inspire and ignite the spark in others has been instrumental in the advocacy of positive behavioral health perception and education at the local, national and global level. Her innovative ideas and partnerships have brought forth many exciting opportunities to lead the way in the sustainability of behavioral healthcare management, services and messaging. Brenda has worked with Idaho’s at-risk youth and adults in substance and mental health education programs as a teacher and facilitator, including Project Kids Quest for the children within the state’s foster care system, and has been a part of connecting families with educational and workplace opportunities at local community housing facilities. Among her many accomplishments, Brenda was instrumental in the opening of new adolescent inpatient programs and integrated rural opportunities for communities outside of the Treasure Valley. Additionally, Brenda is the founder of the multi-state behavioral health and substance use networking group PINE- Partners in Networking Excellence, serves as Chair on the Region 4 Behavioral Health Board, holds the Healthcare Sector Representative spot for the Meridian Anti-Drug Coalition and is a member of the Healthcare Advisory Board for the Boise Chamber. Brenda’s passion continues with FYIdaho to create authentic relationships within our state to serve our families, youth and communities with the highest level of care and outcomes.

Executive Assistant

Cindy Shotton

Cindy Shotton is the Executive Assistant for FYIdaho. She has been with us since 2005, not counting two brief retirements. Cindy has deep empathy for families struggling with mental health issues, as she and her family have lived experience. She firmly believes in the mission and vision of our organization and has long been proud to be part of it. Most of her spare time is spent keeping up with her son, daughter-in-law and their 2 children and all their activities. She also frequently travels to Canada, while working for us remotely, to visit her daughter and son-in-law and their 4 grandchildren who live in Victoria, B.C. She has a strong commitment to the mission of FYIdaho as she has lived experience within her own world and the ones she loves. Her natural ability to be empathetic and supportive drives her to be a part of the FYIdaho community.

Family Programs Manager

Rochelle Bettis

Rochelle Bettis is a Certified Family Support Partner for FYIdaho. She has spent over two decades navigating mental health, educational, and social services for children and transitional age youth. She’s been a trainer for adoptive parents and a Parent Navigator for families raising children with neurobehavioral conditions. She understands the complexities of raising children affected by trauma, serious mental illness, and developmental disability. In her free time, you’ll find Rochelle and her family on the Salmon River.

Community Engagement and Youth Programs Coordinator

Annika Rademacher

Annika Rademacher [she/they] is our Youth Program Coordinator for FYIdaho. They graduated from Boise State University in December 2021 with a BS in Psychology and Addiction Studies. Annika is passionate about crisis intervention work and is particularly drawn towards working with youths in crisis as a result of their own childhood experiences with mental health. They enjoy using their own lived experiences to empower others and strive to act as an advocate for those still struggling. Annika lives with their best friend/dog, Raja, and loves to take her on hikes and other adventures when it’s warm outside. Annika enjoys spending their free time listening to podcasts, discovering new music, and testing out fun new makeup looks. They find joy in expressing their creativity and creating safe spaces for others to do the same. After work you can usually find Annika hanging out with Raja while enjoying a cup of hot tea and an episode of Modern Family or Drag Race.

Youth MOVE Social Support Assistant

Emma James

Emma James is the Youth Programs Coordinator for FYIdaho. She is a current undergraduate student at Northwest Nazarene University studying Social Work and International Relations. After working and learning in various settings, she has grown a passion for partnering with and supporting individuals who face mental health struggles in all walks of life. Through her lived experience, it has become evident how proper support can genuinely transform people. She has now seen the value in pursuing this in her career and desires to support teens and show them how a place such as the Boise Brick House can be a safe and comforting environment to thrive in. Her heart for this work is shown in a desire to empower youth to reach their full potential and advocate for themselves and others under the support of people who genuinely desire to see them grow.

Youth MOVE Social Support Assistant

Fern Adams

Fern Adams is the Youth MOVE Social Support Assistant for FYIdaho. She is a current undergraduate student at Boise State University studying Art Education. She was inspired to form YMSS based on her lived experience as a young adult on the Autism spectrum. In a world where neurodevelopmental disabilities are so pathologized, she strongly believes in the power of organizing as a means of support and connection and works to make YMSS a place for neurodivergent teens to do just that. In her free time Fern enjoys reading, working on art projects, and exploring the outdoors.