Meet the Team

Behind the scenes at 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

Scott Curtis


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.

Rick Alis


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.

Amy Evans


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 Vice President of Programs, Amy builds and strengthens relationships with our clients, customers,  and other community stakeholders to provide services that are tailored to the needs of youth and families across the state. In addition to her work at Idaho Youth Ranch, Amy also serves the Coeur d'Alene City Council. She brings that same enthusiasm and focuses to the Coeur d’Alene City Council, a position she pursued because of her passion for helping 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.

Kim Thomas


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.

Stephen Robertson


Stephen Robertson, J.D., Ph.D., is a seasoned HR and Talent Leader with more than 15 years of experience leading various people programs at Hewlett Packard, St. Luke’s Health System, and non-profit and for-profit clients of his former consulting and coaching practice. Stephen joined Idaho Youth Ranch in 2021 after years of supporting the organization through volunteering and as a member of the Board of Directors. Stephen teaches leadership in Boise State’s Online MBA program and has served on the steering committee for the Idaho State Bar’s leadership academy and the board of the Professional Coaching Association of Idaho. Stephen is passionate about creating a culture and work environment that enables every employee to shine, find joy, and develop to their fullest potential. Stephen received a B.A. from the University of California at Berkeley, a law degree from Santa Clara University School of Law, and a doctorate in Education Leadership from the University of Idaho.

Rich Cline


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 Master of Business from Lake Forest Graduate School in Illinois.


Board of Directors

Leroy Custer, Chair

Retired, VP BMC West

Sheila Hennessey

Owner, Sheila Hennessey , LLC

Harry Amend

Retired Educator

Camille Andersen

Director, Employee Experience and Talent Management, Horizon Credit Union

Liz Beem

Chief Financial Officer and Corporate Treasurer

Jim Bratnober

Business Coach

Angie Harrison

Nurse Practioner, Genesis Community Health

Jim Johnston, MD

Retired M.D., Orthopedic Surgeon 

Travis Leach

President, Saint Alphonsus Medical Center

Brinnon Garrett Mandel

VP of Market Insights, VIA Global Health

Rick Rietmann

Owner, RGR & Associates

Leanne Rousseau

Family Practice Physician, Heritage Health

Brian J. Scott

Vice President, Alscott Real Estate

Ivy Smith

Idaho Foster Youth Advisory Board

Laura Smith

Vice President of Community Development, Idaho Central Credit Union

Chris Taylor

President & CEO, Fisher's Technology

Deanna Turner

V.P. of Business Relationship, Idaho Central Credit Union; Deanna Turner Consulting

Julie VanOrden

Owner, Garth VanOrden Farms

Ron Ashley 

Director Emeritus