MEET THE TEAM
Committed to preventing homelessness.
Prior to joining Jesse Tree, Ali was a Staff Attorney at HomeBase, headquartered in San Francisco, where she supported local governments and service providers in their efforts to prevent and end homelessness.
In 2012, Ali received the Boren Fellowship, through which she supported indigenous communities in rural Cambodia fighting to keep their land. She continued the same work in Sierra Leone. Ali also spent some years working for U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services as an adjudicator, processing refugees from all over the world.
Ali is a proud alumnus of The College of Idaho and holds a J.D. from William & Mary Law School. In her spare time, she teaches yoga and enjoys the outdoors. You might find her around town on her yellow bicycle or exploring nearby hiking trails with friends, family, and her dog.
AmeriCorps Case Manager
Nick is from Coeur d'Alene, Idaho and moved to Boise, Idaho in 2014 to attend Boise State University. He graduated from Boise State in December 2018 while obtaining his Bachelors of Science in Psychology with a minor in Sociology. Nick's goal is to get his Masters in Social Work and go into School Social Work. Currently, Nick is the AmeriCorps Case Manager at Jesse Tree and it has motivated him to make sure that every family gets off the street and into housing.
Outside of his passion for Case Management, Nick also enjoys coaching volleyball and being active in the Boise Volleyball Community. He is the Sophomore head coach at Rocky Mountain High School, a club volleyball head coach, and help coach the Boise State Women's Club Volleyball team. During his college career Nick played and was even the President for the Men's Club Volleyball.
BSU Social Work Intern
Rachel is a student in the BSW program at Boise State, interning at Jesse Tree. She has a passion for helping people and wants to assist with getting them off the streets and into housing. Outside of work and school Rachel likes to spend her time catching up on some 'me' time and relaxing with family and friends.
Kyle joined Jesse Tree in 2019 to fulfill his passion for ending homelessness in the Treasure Valley. Previously, Kyle played an important role as an Outreach Coordinator for people experiencing homelessness for New Path Community Housing, conducted case management and housing navigation in Ada County for Our Path Home, and worked with Assertive Community Treatment Team to help treat people with co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders. Outside the office, Kyle is an amateur weightlifter and a frequent coffee drinker at Slow by Slow in downtown Boise.
AmeriCorps Case Manager
Aanesa is a born and raised Idahoian, living in Nampa. Her growing up here allowed her to witness the change in her community and see the rise in homelessness and the struggles our community suffers from. The opportunity to get families housed and off the streets, is what drew her attention to applying for a Case Manager position at Jesse Tree.
In addition to working as a part-time AmeriCorps Case Manager here at Jesse Tree, Aanesa is also currently attending Waldorf University online. She plans on using her degree to pursue a career in nursing. When Aanesa is not studying or working at the office, she loves spending time with her two little daughters taking them on tiny adventures.
BSU Social Work Intern
Ari is a senior in the Boise State BSW Social Work program. She chose social work because she is passionate about helping others. When not in class or at the Jesse Tree office, you can find Ari at the gym. She enjoys swimming, Taekwondo, wake-boarding, surfing and spending time in the outdoors.
Cassandra comes to Jesse Tree from both a healthcare and private business background in the Treasure Valley. During her five years in the healthcare field, she provided care to populations with developmental disabilities and specialized in non-verbal communication, which provides her with an intimate understanding of serving vulnerable individuals. As someone who is passionate for caregiving in all forms, Cassandra is looking forward to providing education and assistance for individuals on the brink of homelessness. After work, Cassandra is an apprentice dancer that performs with her school at various care centers in the Treasure Valley.
AmeriCorps VISTA Community Outreach Coordinator
Emily is originally from Wisconsin and is new to the Treasure Valley, having moved from Denver where she served with another AmeriCorps program. She spent the year serving in a 6th grade math classroom for a mentor based education program, whose mission was to increase student graduation success.
During her time at the University of Wisconsin- La Crosse, she studied in Ireland and Tanzania before graduating with a degree in History and International Studies. Since she is new to this part of the country, Emily intends to spend as much of her time off taking road trips around the Northwest as possible and seeing all the little gems the Idaho has to offer.