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Meet the Team.

Behind the scenes at the Idaho Youth Ranch, there’s a remarkable executive staff and board of directors—backed by a team of more than 400 employees statewide—with the passion, vision and expertise to lead the charge of changing Idaho for the better, one kid at a time.

Executive Staff

  • Jason Fry
    Chief Executive Officer

    With a life-long passion for coaching and over 15 years of nonprofit leadership experience, it is no surprise that Jason Fry has a big heart for helping kids. “My dad was a football coach, and I always thought I wanted to go on to coach as well. I learned there are so many ways to support kids and build game-changing teams. Working with an organization like the Idaho Youth Ranch is truly a great fit for me and what I believe in.”

    Jason earned his Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Wittenberg University in Ohio,  and his Master of Science in Kinesiology and Exercise Science at Ithaca College in New York. Jason was formerly the CEO of the Wood River Community YMCA where he served for 11 years before moving to Boise. In 2015, Jason received the CEO of Influence award from Idaho Business Review. He enjoys the many outdoor offerings of Idaho, and especially sharing them with his wife and two children.

  • Rick Alis
    President & Chief Operating Officer

    Rick Alis oversees the organization’s human resource and legal departments as well as overall agency operations. Rick graduated from the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs with a degree in Political Science and served as a flight instructor and evaluator for the Air Force. He received his Juris Doctorate degree from the University of Texas at Austin and held numerous positions in the legal sector including prosecutor, legal counsel, civil litigator, and college instructor prior to joining the Idaho Youth Ranch in 2002 as human resources director and in-house counsel. Born and raised in the Chicago area, Rick considers himself a life-long, long-suffering Cubs fan.

  • Dr. Robert Ball
    Senior Vice President of Programs

    Dr. Robert Ball oversees youth and family programs. He received his Ph.D. in psychology from the University of Southern California, with specialization in Marriage and Family therapy. Bob’s past experience includes positions in schools, group homes, community mental health centers, and psychiatric hospitals. Prior to heading up programs at the Idaho Youth Ranch in 1994, Bob served as the regional administrator of the state’s children's mental health program. Bob has presented on various program-related topics throughout the country including restorative justice, victim-offender mediation, strength-based practices, behavior management, adolescent development, and family issues. He has two boys and enjoys mountain biking, snowboarding, and camping.

  • Jeff Myers
    Vice President Of Social Enterprise

    Jeff Myers oversees the management of a chain of 31 Idaho Youth Ranch Thrift Stores, an E-Commerce business, and a vehicle sales operation. These businesses play an essential role in funding Idaho Youth Ranch's work to help children who face dangerous situations in our communities. Jeff began his career with Procter & Gamble (P&G), the international consumer goods corporation. Jeff served as P&G's brand manager of beauty care when he left in 2002 to join the Meredith Corporation, a leading media and marketing company. From 2010 to 2011, he served Meredith as vice president of E-commerce and digital and consumer marketing. Jeff holds a master of business administration degree from the University of Iowa. Since 2002, he has served on the university’s School of Management Advisory Council in the Henry B. Tippie College of Business.

Board of Directors

  • Garry Beaty

  • Josh Tyree
    Vice Chairman

  • Ron Ashley
    Director Emeritus

  • Dave Lakhani

  • Chris Reiten

  • Todd Weltner

  • Pam Ahrens

  • Amy Bartoo
    Coeur d'Alene

  • Richard “Dick” Cummings

  • David Murray

  • Rick Rietmann

  • Tim Reid

  • Allan Bosch

  • Donna Findlay
    Coeur d'Alene

  • Dr. David Hitchin
    Sun Valley

  • Janelle Eckhardt, Ph.D.

  • Harry Amend

  • Brinnon Mandel
    Coeur d'Alene

  • Leroy Custer

  • Jennifer G. Gotto, MD

  • Julie VanOrden

  • Renae Walter

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