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.
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.
Rachel Flachbart serves as the Development Manager at CATCH. She graduated from the College of Idaho with a Bachelor of Arts having majored in history, and completing minors in Spanish, education, and natural sciences. While pursuing her undergraduate degree Rachel interned with political officials, a nonprofit organization, and out in Washington D.C. After graduating from college Rachel moved back out to Washington D.C. where she worked for US Congress. Rachel moved back to Boise in 2015 and since then has worked in education and a digital marketing agency. In her free time she enjoys traveling, spending time with loved ones, being outdoors with her dog Blair, and training for powerlifting competitions. Rachel is excited to be working for a wonderful organization helping to end the plight of homelesssness in the Treasure Valley.
Crystal serves on the case management team for Catch in Canyon County. Crystal graduated from Utah State University with her three Bachelors of Arts in Political Science, Spanish and International Studies. It was during this time she advocated for vulnerable populations in the Dominican Republic and worked with refugees in Logan, UT. She served as an AmeriCorp for Our Path Home where she was able to connect clients experiencing homelessness to housing, healthcare and general resources. Crystal looks forward to continue advocating and walking alongside clients on their path towards stability and housing. Outside of work, Crystal loves spending time with her family (especially her sisters’ dogs) and going to Zumba classes.