Stephanie Day serves as the Executive Director of CATCH. She is responsible for the leadership, fund development, community engagement, strategic, financial and operational management the organization. Stephanie earned a Bachelor's Degree in Social Work from Mount Vernon Nazarene University (Mount Vernon, Ohio) and a Master's Degree in Social Work from Northwest Nazarene University (Nampa, Idaho). In 2007, she began working for The Salvation Army as the Case Manager in their emergency shelter. She worked for The Salvation Army for eight years with roles ranging from Case Manager to Shelter Director to Treasure Valley Housing Services Director. In 2015, Stephanie began working for the City of Boise in a role that served to help Ada County’s homeless service providers work together more collaboratively and strategically. Stephanie joined the CATCH team in 2017 as the Our Path Home Program Director and became the Executive Director in 2019. She is grateful for the gift of learning something new about the human experience every day, for the opportunity to support people during trying times and for being a part of Ada County’s journey to embrace best-practices and and innovation to end homelessness.
Director of Housing Services
Jeremy Blades has a bachelor’s degree in psychology and minored in addiction studies. He completed a dual emphasis master’s degree in counseling; focusing on school counseling and addictions counseling. He has over ten years of experience in working as a counselor with individuals who have addictions, mental health issues, and behavioral issues. He had the privilege of working in multiple levels of care, ranging from detoxification services and residential treatment to outpatient care. He has considerable experience building professional relationships, training staff, educating new professionals, and managing stress related to working with individuals and families with addictions/mental health issues. He has over five years of experience as an adjunct professor at Boise State University to assist in the development of addictions professionals, specifically teaching clinical assessment and case management skills to students with goals of working with individuals with substance use disorders. His extensive training in clinical supervision has led to the development of two outpatient programs. He also has comprehensive training in motivational interviewing, in which he developed skills for working with resistance and building off of individual strengths.
Abby White comes to CATCH with a Masters in School Counseling from Gonzaga University, after receiving her B.A. in Psychology at Western Washington University. She was born in Tacoma WA and had a desire for serving others at a young age. She became involved as a Young Life mentor during her undergraduate studies at WWU. Through this experience, Abby discovered her gifts for connecting with teens and sharing in their triumphs and set-backs. For the past five years, Abby worked as a school counselor at Coeur d’ Alene High School before moving with her husband to Boise in 2012. They love Boise and are passionate about the outdoors, living life with purpose, and helping others.
Jesse Fessenden comes to the CATCH family with a multitude of passions and a vision to see the community’s homeless population overcome their past and succeed in their lifelong dreams. She holds a B.A. in Social Work from Boise State University. Jesse’s previous experience includes work as a Service Coordinator, Case Manager and Employment and Retention Specialist serving individuals and families in achieving stable housing, and assisting with educational and employment opportunities. She also holds a degree in Culinary Arts and spends her down time continuing to learn about and create amazing dishes and desserts. She is an avid runner and enjoys spending time with her 8 year old Border Collie, Biscuit.
Amanda comes to the CATCH family with a deep passion for social justice and advocacy for vulnerable populations. She graduated with a B.A. in social work from Boise State University. She is a licensed social worker and brings several years of case management experience to the team. Amanda’s background is primarily working with families and individuals experiencing homelessness. With CATCH, she serves as a Case Manager. She is responsible for being the first line of response for clients and service providers in the community. She is excited to share her passion and skills with those she has the privilege of working with. In her free time, Amanda enjoys spending time with her 7-year-old dog Megan, being outside, and drinking way too much coffee.
Madeline serves as the Administrative Assistant at CATCH. Raised on the East Coast, she received her B.A. in Business Administration and Political Science at the University of Pittsburgh. In 2014 Madeline came to Boise through an Americorps affiliate program where she served with the Women’s and Children’s Alliance (WCA). After her year of service, Madeline was hired on full-time with the WCA and continued working in the community and promoting gender violence prevention. She believes in a future where every individual is valued and able to thrive and she hopes to continue working toward this vision. Outside of work she enjoys biking, hiking, and hot-springing throughout Boise and its beautiful surroundings.
Our Path Home Program Director
Sara Busick has a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology, and is currently working toward her master’s degree in Social Work. She has 9 years’ experience working with severe and persistently mentally ill individuals, and was most recently the program manager for Region 4’s behavioral health crisis center. She has experience in direct client care, process improvement, stakeholder relations, program development, implementation, and management. Sara is passionate about helping those in need, and she enjoys spending time with her family, cooking, and exploring the outdoors.
Pon's passion to serve and help others has been in her heart since childhood. This passion remained with her through adulthood, leading her to get a B.A. Social Work degree from Boise State University. She is a licensed social worker in the state of Idaho with several years of case management experience. Pon's former work experience includes work at the: Department of Health and Welfare- Children and Family Services, Idaho Employment and Training Services Program, International Rescue Committee- Refugee Resettlement, and providing therapy for children living with disabilities. She is grateful for the opportunity to be part of the mission to end homelessness in our community. Pon always makes time for her other passions in her life. Which are spending time with her family, cats, dog, cooking, gardening, hiking, and traveling.
Casey McGee grew up in Michigan (ask him and he will, of course, be obligated to show you where on his hand) and attended Central Michigan University for Psychology and Creative Writing. He settled in Boise in 2009, where he lives and plays with his wife and son. Casey has worked with a variety of at-risk populations through adult foster care, community mental health, children’s autism spectrum behavior therapy, special education, AmeriCorps, children’s hunger programming and youth homelessness and crisis intervention. He is now happy to continue supporting our neighbors in Boise experiencing homelessness as a part of the New Path team.