ROBERTA CROCKETT MA, LMFT, LCPC – President
When I moved to Idaho from Seattle in 1995 I was surprised to find there wasn’t an Idaho division of AAMFT. And there wasn’t a license for Marriage and Family Therapists. That meant something needed to happen! I had been on the Board of the Washington Division of AAMFT, so I knew that a professional organization would keep me grounded in my development and identity as an MFT. Magically, (and with dedicated work) I found other MFTs, members of AAMFT who wanted the shared connection that our passion for the work creates. We were able to organize an Idaho Division and tackled the job of working with the legislature to pass the licensing bill. By then I was the President of IDAMFT (here I am again!).
I left the IDAMFT Board when the Governor appointed me to the State Licensing Board for Professional Counselors and Marriage and Family Therapists. I served on the Licensing Board for 10 years, and proudly hold LMFT #1! After completing my time on the Licensing Board I was recruited back to IDAMFT.
Why did I answer that call?
- Because I believe we have to steward and safeguard our licenses as MFTs.
- Because I like high quality Continuing Education.
- Because I like hanging with this small but super dedicated group of MFTs, who believe that systemic and relational work adds dimensions to therapy that benefit our clients and enriches our own lives.
When I am not working, or volunteering for IDAMFT, I enjoy hiking, gardening, traveling, reading, politics, the arts, and being married to my fabulous husband!
GEMMA UTTING, MA, LMFT – President-Elect; Chair – Legislation & Public Policy Committee
After twelve years working as a Marriage & Family Therapist in youth-service-bureau and community mental health settings in Washington State, and a decade enjoying a change of pace as a Coach, facilitator and teacher in Idaho and Mexico, and most recently two years as a Relationship Therapist in New Zealand, I’m excited to bring these skills together as a licensed Marriage & Family Therapist here in Boise. Belonging to this Board is not only offering me a chance to give back to a profession I love, but I’ve found my tribe: Dedicated systemic thinkers who are willing to do what it takes to promote and support our profession in Idaho and beyond.
JULIE GRAMER, MA, LMFT, LPC – Treasurer
I have been a Marriage and Family Therapist for 32 years, licensed as both a Marriage and Family Therapist and a Licensed Professional Counselor in private practice. My philosophy is based on respecting and accepting individual differences. My experience has taught me that deepening family connections and support will help families and individuals deal with day–to-day challenges. I have been privileged to join the IDAMFT’s board. I believe in its core purpose of strengthening families and that relationships are the foundation of a meaningful life.
LESLIE DAVIDSON, MA, LMFT – Secretary
As a third generation Californian, living in the San Francisco Bay Area, I enjoyed watching and participating in the evolution of technology, from the early days of HP and Apple through the launches of Facebook and Google. However, I moved to Boise, Idaho after becoming disheartened with how the fast pace and congestion created difficulties for those wanting to maintain life balance and time for close relationships. My background includes work in hospital and agency settings where I was an intern supervisor, suicide & crisis counselor, and provided classes in parenting, conflict resolution and the grief process. Current specialities include couples work and grief counseling. I am passionate about the support we offer each, as therapists, and the IDAMFT Board is working enthusiastically to provide and promote education and networking.
AMANDA THOMAS MPhED, LAMFT – Chair, Public Relations and Communication
Where the outdoors meets troubled souls is where you’ll find me most engaged. I pursued a MPhEd to investigate the psychological outcomes of outdoor interventions and continued my education at Denver Family Institute (PDI) to focus my work in marriage and family therapy. I have worked in wilderness programs, residential treatment and transition programs serving adolescents, young adults, and families. I now work in private practice to treat and support families with loved ones in need and specialize in couple’s therapy. Serving on the IDAMFT board helps me advocate for a profession I believe in: one which promotes healthy relationships with oneself, other people and the great Idaho outdoors.
AMI OWEN DMin, DCC LMFT CCTP – Legislation & Public Policy Committee
I hold a doctorate in counseling, am a licensed marriage and family therapist, an AAMFT approved supervisor, and a clinically certified trauma professional.
I am passionate about the field of marriage and family therapy and look forward to serving my community and expanding systemic perspectives throughout our State.
WENDY FISHER, MS, LPC – Chair – Membership Committee
As a graduate student I attended an IDAMFT conference in 2011; it felt like I had “found my people” and I wanted to be a part of that. I love connecting with fellow colleagues, new and seasoned, to create a culture of professional and community support. As a member of IDAMFT I get to learn from peers and I’m challenged to find new ways to grow as a therapist, both of which make a positive impact in my work towards providing ideal services to my amazing clients.
TERRI FISHER, LAMFT – Membership Committee
As a child growing up on Air Force Bases around the world, I developed an awareness of and appreciation for the value of families. Families are the foundational roots from which people grow and develop. Couples provide the enriched soil which nurtures and develops families. Individuals move from the family seeds to plant roots somewhere else. This ever flowing and evolving cycle continues to motivate me as a new Marriage and Family Therapist. Additionally, I feel an intense desire to foster the growth of Marriage and Family Therapy in the State of Idaho. I am privileged to play a small role in the Idaho Association for Marriage and Family Therapists. I value the role of up and coming therapists as they maneuver through challenging licensing requirements and National Examinations. I hope to provide support to new and existing therapists as we all move forward in this ever changing field.