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OUR TEAM

Christina Ward, MA, LCPC - Executive Director - Recovery Ways Idaho

Christina Ward, MA, LCPC is the newly appointed Executive Director at Recovery Ways Idaho. Christina has been a licensed clinician in the state of Florida for twenty years and recently obtained her LCPC license in Idaho. Christina was previously the Director of Kinship at Children’s Home Network and was an integral part in implementing and expanding Kinship services in multiple counties throughout Florida as well as the state of Nebraska and Delaware.  Christina also has seven years of experience working in managed care companies. Christina is a co-author for the Kinship Manual and manuscript titled, “Children’s Home Network Kinship Navigator Program Kin as Teachers 2.0: Early Childhood Intervention for Kin.”

Christina holds a Masters’ Degree in Rehabilitation Counseling and bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of South Florida.  Christina enjoys traveling, outdoor activities, and is an avid reader.

Aida Dizdar-Barac, LCSW - Clinical Director – Boise

Aida graduated with Master’s degrees in Health Sciences and Social Work from Boise State University. She has over 15 years of experience working with diverse populations and families through various positions in the community including: career consultation/retention, case management, and psychosocial rehabilitation. Currently, she is working with individuals and families with diverse needs and experiences from an array of backgrounds. Aida utilizes an integrative approach focusing on empowerment of individuals within their unique social/environmental systems to help them build on their resilience and thrive in many areas of life.

Cody Johnson, LPC - Program Manager – Boise

Cody Johnson, LPC, is a Clinician as well as the CBRS/CM Supervisor for Recovery Ways (formerly Idaho Behavioral Health), at the Boise facility. Cody graduated with a Master of Counseling degree from Idaho State University in 2017. Cody has provided biofeedback services for college students and utilizes mindfulness approaches he learned from those experiences with Clients. Cody enjoys working with diverse populations including but not limited to: children, young adults, LGBTQQIP2SAA, refugees, etc. Cody believes the Counselor-Client relationship is crucial in order to feel comfortable and ready for change to happen. Cody strives to be authentic, genuine, compassionate, and honest in hopes to create a safe environment. Cody utilizes an eclectic approach based off individual’s personality, background, uniqueness, and preferences. On Cody’s free time, he enjoys being out in nature, experiencing new music, playing with his dog, and spending time with family.

Angela Taylor, LPC

Angela Taylor, LCPC is a Clinician, Program Manager, and Internship Program Supervisor with Recovery Ways Idaho. Angela graduated with her master’s degree in Counseling from Northwest Nazarene University in 2014. She received her bachelor’s degree in Social and Behavior Science from George Fox University in 2010. Angela has worked in a variety of clinical settings, including management/clinical director, counseling, addictions treatment, Assertive Community Treatment Team (ACT) and as a mental health Designated Examiner for the State of Idaho. Prior to receiving her master’s degree and LPC license, Angela worked as a PSR/CBRS worker, mental health case manager and substance use treatment Case Manager.

 

Angela specializes in grief, trauma, and crisis, and enjoys working with children, adolescents, teens, adults, and families/couples. She is passionate about helping those who are struggling with trauma/PTSD, crisis, grief and loss, life transitions, LGBTQ+ and sexual/gender orientation issues, spirituality conflict or just struggling with Life’s curveballs in general. Angela practices from an integrative approach based on the individual’s personality, background, and preferences/needs. She incorporates a variety of styles/theories including CBT, DBT, ACT, EMDR, Mindfulness/relaxation, and play/art therapy techniques and has specialized training in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing), Trust Based Parenting, Gottman Method, Moral Reconation Therapy – MRT® and Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM).

Kelli Barnes, LCPC  - Program Manager - Mountain Home

Kelli Barnes is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor and the Clinic Program Manager for the Mountain Home office. She has been in the mental health field since 2004. She graduated with her Master’s degree in 2007 and became independently licensed in 2011. She has experience working in a variety of settings including regional mental health centers, state mental health, inpatient, private practice, and traditional outpatient settings. Her primary modalities are Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Cognitive Processing Therapy (for PTSD) but has also received training in directive and non-directive play therapy for children.  She uses other therapeutic approaches to address the needs of each individual or family. Kelli specializes in helping active duty and retired military members and their dependents, children with mild to moderate behavioral issues (depression, anxiety, adjustment issues), as well as adults and teens. She has experience working with people who have depression, anxiety, life changes, grief, trauma, and relationship issues. Kelli also has experience with ADD/ADHD symptoms. 

Ben Ruhter, CADC, LPC  - SUD Program Manager

Ben Ruhter began working as a substance abuse counselor in 2012.  After raising three children, he decided to pursue counseling further, by completing his master’s degree through Northwest Nazarene University and obtaining his LPC, allowing him to help more people with a variety of substance use disorders and mental health struggles. His experience and expertise involve working with trauma, addiction, mood, and anxiety disorders. His approach to counseling comes from a humanistic and attachment base. What this means is he treats people as humans who are often complex and prefers to meet a person where they are and understand wounds that may led to certain behaviors before finding healthy alternatives.

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Daniela Kecman - CBRS/CM Manager 


Daniela Kecman, BA graduated from Boise State University with a degree in Spanish language in 2012. She has over 20 years’ experience as an interpreter, refugee resettlement case manager and employment specialist in Boise area. During her time at Recovery Ways Idaho (Formerly IBH) she has worked as a CBRS, CM and CPSS, serving mostly refugee women population and working with them on reducing PTSD, adjustment to the new community, self-sufficiency and achieving their personal goals.

Kristi Dunker - Administrative Supervisor


Kristi Dunker is the Administrative Supervisor at Recovery Ways (formerly Idaho Behavioral Health). She has over 20 years of experience in management along with accounts receivable/payable, sales, and customer service. In 2012, Kristi graduated from Stevens-Henager College with an Associates Degree in Occupational Studies – Medical Specialties. Kristi started with Recovery Ways (formerly Idaho Behavioral Health) in 2013 as the front desk receptionist in Emmett, ID and has since grown into a supervisor level position. She loves her job and her co-workers and feels fortunate to be a part of such a unique amazing work force.

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Shannon Morgan - Support Specialist Manager.

Shannon Morgan’s passion for serving folks who live with mental illness stems from her own diagnosis of bipolar 1 and ADHD in 2013, which completely changed her life. Learning to navigate the ups and downs that came with her diagnosis was a real challenge; Shannon is passionate about sharing what she’s learned with adults and children, as well as learning from their journey.

 

Before her work as a Peer and Youth Support Specialist, Shannon served as founder and creative director at Firefly Collective, a marketing agency that specializes in brand management and integrated marketing. Shannon is an artist, and published author, as well as a recipient of multiple awards for her work in podcasting, writing, and multi-platform media journalism. She is also a graduate of the Rotary Leadership Institute.