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.
CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER
Scott is a values-based leader with a demonstrated passion for working with marginalized communities, especially young people. He served as vice president and chief advancement officer for the Treasure Valley YMCA from 2016 to 2018, and was a senior vice president there since 2013. Scott led Caldwell Family YMCA from 2005 to 2013, opening the branch and growing membership to 17,000 and overseeing a budget of more than $4 million. Before joining the Y, Scott was a school social worker in the Boise School District. He’s fluent in Spanish and holds a master’s of social work from Boise State University and a B.A. from the University of Notre Dame.
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 a 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.
VICE PRESIDENT OF MARKETING & COMMUNICATIONS
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.
CHIEF DEVELOPMENT OFFICER
After a 22-year career in marketing at Hewlett Packard Co., Theresa retired early because she had other interests to explore. She was ready for work with more purpose and meaning, and Idaho Youth Ranch rose to the top of her list of non-profits. “This organization gave me the greatest gift I’ve ever gotten in my whole life – and that’s the gift of my daughter, Cara, whom I adopted as a newborn.” Theresa has a passion for kids and is a strong believer in the IYR mission. Theresa has a BS degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of New Mexico, and an MS in Management of Technology from National Technological University.
CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER
Kim Thomas oversees the organization’s accounting department. Kim graduated from Boise State University with both a BBA and Master’s of Science in Accounting and is a Certified Public Accountant. Kim’s experience includes over 25 years working in accounting for both private and publicly traded companies including twenty years working in higher education in a variety of business roles. Kim grew up in North Pole, Alaska and she enjoys the outdoors, including running, hiking, and most water sports.
SENIOR DIRECTOR OF SOCIAL ENTERPRISE
Rich Cline has spent his entire business life in the retail business, so leading and serving teams is something Rich knows and enjoys. Rich spent 31 years at Chicago supermarket leader Jewel-Osco as a store manager, district manager, and Director. He has also held key positions with Albertsons serving as a Regional VP and Sr. VP of Operations. Rich also held key officer positions at Winn-Dixie, Pamida, and A&P in recent years. Rich earned his undergraduate degree in business from Elgin College in Illinois and his Masters of Business from Lake Forest Graduate School in Illinois.
SENIOR DIRECTOR OF PROGRAMS
Sue Cline oversees youth and family services. She brings a long history of building successful teams and driving strong results in her long and varied business career. Sue has over 25 years of diverse senior level management experience. Sue began her career as a deli employee, rose to the level of the store manager, and eventually became one of the first female district managers at Jewel-Osco. Sue went on to become a Vice-President of Human Resources for Albertsons Texas Division, and later served as the Vice-President of Deli-Bakery for Albertsons, as well as serving in various other leadership positions with Winn-Dixie and A&P.
NORTH IDAHO REGIONAL DIRECTOR
Amy Evans has been with Idaho Youth Ranch since 2013 and began her tenure at the organization as the Director of Development in Northern Idaho and oversaw fundraising including the organization’s annual gala Wine, Women, and Shoes. As the North Idaho Regional Director, Amy builds and strengthens relations with clients, customers, donors, and other community stakeholders, and provide services that are tailored to the specific needs and desires of the region and aligned with overall agency strategy, priorities, and capacity. In addition to her work at Idaho Youth Ranch, Amy also serves the Coeur d'Alene City Council. She brings that same enthusiasm and focus to the Coeur d’Alene City Council, a position she pursued because of her passion help shape a vibrant future. Amy is steadfast in her commitment to creating good jobs, supporting a top-rate educational system, and providing optimum recreational opportunities.
Board of Directors
Brian J. Scott
Shane B. Mace
Jennifer G. Gotto, MD