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About Us

Lachelle Smith

Lachelle is the Director for ECHO Idaho. Prior to joining the WWAMI team, Lachelle was most recently a special projects contractor for the public utility company in American Samoa. She previously managed a $1.5 million grant portfolio of AmeriCorps VISTA and Senior Corps programs that focused primarily on meeting health and education needs in communities across Idaho. Lachelle taught elementary school music in Minnesota before earning a Master’s in Public Policy from the Humphrey School of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota. Except for a two-year stint in the South Pacific, she has called Boise home since 2010.

Lachelle is passionate about social justice and routinely volunteers with organizations that support access to resources for underrepresented groups. She actively mentors a refugee family in Boise, and previously worked as a Court Appointed Special Advocate in Indiana. She also taught high school in the Kingdom of Tonga in the South Pacific, and worked at an underprivileged kids camp in Connecticut.

Lachelle loves to listen to podcasts, run in the foothills and travel.

Lachelle Smith

Director

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Katy Palmer

Katy is the Manager for ECHO Idaho. Katy’s educational and professional background includes leading public health and health research programs in California, Idaho, and Fiji after obtaining a Bachelor’s of Science in Anthropology and Geography with minors in Women’s and Gender Studies and Religious Studies from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo. Prior to this role, Katy managed Idaho’s Sexual Violence Prevention Program at the Department of Health and Welfare. Katy looks forward to leveraging and growing her knowledge, skills, and experience in her role and is excited to advance medical education opportunities in rural and frontier areas in Idaho.

When she is not in the office working to enhance medical access and care throughout her home state, Katy enjoys experimenting with new recipes, volunteering with the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, and reading.

Katy Palmer

Manager

Katy Palmer

208-364-9920

knpalmer@uidaho.edu

Lindsay Lodis

Lindsay is the Marketing and Communications Manager for Idaho’s WWAMI Medical Education Program, which includes Project ECHO. Armed with a Bachelor’s in Natural Resource Management from Colorado State University, Lindsay began her career working a handful of seasonal jobs - from the Oregon Coast to the foothills of the Colorado Rockies to the Peruvian rainforest. These experiences led her to pursue graduate studies at the University of Maine, where she earned an M.S. in Forestry and an M.A. in Communications. Lindsay has been working in marketing and communications since moving to Boise in 2013, including two years as the Communications Specialist for the University of Idaho’s Rangeland Center. When not at the office, she likes shopping at thrift stores, practicing yoga, reading fiction and getting outside with her husband and son.

Lindsay Lodis

Marketing and Communications Manager

Lindsay Lodis

208-364-4037

llodis@uidaho.edu

Kayla Blades

Kayla is a Program Coordinator for ECHO Idaho. Previously, Kayla served as the Idaho State Program Officer for the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) where she managed a $1+ million grant portfolio. Before moving to Idaho for her position with CNCS, Kayla served one year as an AmeriCorps VISTA member with the St. Croix Valley Habitat for Humanity in her home state of Wisconsin. During this time, she also volunteered as a sexual assault services advocate for the St. Croix Valley Sexual Assault Response Team. Before completing a term of service as a VISTA, Kayla received her undergraduate and graduate degree in public administration from Upper Iowa University.

When not working, Kayla loves volunteering at her two sons’ schools, reading, baking, hiking new trails and exploring the latest frozen yogurt shops.

Kayla Blades

Program Coordinator

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208-364-4569

kblades@uidaho.edu

Karley Kline

Karley is a Program Coordinator for ECHO Idaho. She holds a Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts in English from Indiana University. From 2015 to 2020, she worked in the non-profit healthcare sector. She has also previously served as a Special Victims Advocate for the Prosecutor’s Office of Saint Joseph County in Indiana and S.O.S Advocate for the Family Justice Center in St. Joseph County. Her interests include healthcare and victim advocacy, research and public policy. Karley is originally from South Bend, Indiana and moved to Boise in April 2020. She enjoys running in the foothills, hiking with her two dogs and sampling nachos from local eateries.

Karley Kline

Program Coordinator

Karley Kline

208-364-9910

kkline@uidaho.edu

Sam Steffen

Sam is a Program Coordinator for ECHO Idaho. He arrived in Boise from Philadelphia, PA where he spent four years in the non-profit sector, advocating for the homeless community through the provision of a stable mailing address and identity procurement services. His commitment to the improvement of systems through community investment and education makes the transition to the ECHO Idaho team a seamless one, and he is excited to be a part of this dynamic and creative team. Sam received his Master’s degree in Theological Studies from Vanderbilt University and his BA in Creative Writing from Bard College. When he’s not working, Sam can be found out on his bike, playing his guitar or exploring Boise’s foothills with his wife and dog.

Sam Steffen

Program Coordinator

Sam Steffen

208-364-9908

ssteffen@uidaho.edu

Jessica Whitlock

Jessica is a Program Coordinator for ECHO Idaho. She graduated from Brigham Young University in 2017 with a Bachelor of Arts in English language and a minor in editing. Before joining ECHO Idaho in March 2019, Jessica worked in the publishing industry, where she enjoyed source editing and proofreading publications about nineteenth-century American religion.

Jessica grew up in Utah’s Salt Lake Valley, and in August 2018 moved with her husband to Moscow, Idaho, where she enjoys running on the Paradise Path, gazing distractedly at the hills of the Palouse, eating pizza and looking for opportunities to play volleyball.

Jessica Whitlock

Program Coordinator

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208-364-4608

jwhitlock@uidaho.edu

Contact Project ECHO

Physical Address:

Idaho Water Center
322 E. Front Street, Ste. 222
Boise, ID 83702

Phone: 208-364-4698

Fax: 208-364-3178

Email: echoidaho@uidaho.edu