Idaho CASA Association Board of Directors

Chris Freeburne

Chris Freeburne has been with the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare since 1999.  He is the Eastern Idaho Regional Director, which includes representing the regions, counties and cities in and around Twin Falls, Pocatello, and Idaho Falls.  In addition to representing Eastern Idaho, he has a main assignment as a statewide Child Welfare Liaison.    In addition to experience in Child Welfare, Chris also worked several years at State Hospital South, one of two of Idaho’s state-operated inpatient psychiatric hospitals.  As a public servant and representative of IDHW, he enjoys and values working with stakeholders, community groups, elected officials, and others to strengthen the programs that serve Idaho’s most vulnerable citizens.  Chris grew up in Aberdeen, Idaho, and currently lives in Blackfoot with his wife Becca and their two children, Ethan and Brianna.

Ken Lallatin

A self-proclaimed ‘behind the scenes kind of guy’ Ken Lallatin has been serving the members of his community – both young and old – in a myriad of different capacities for the past 25 years.  Ken, a native of North Idaho, began his law enforcement career in 1993 at the Wyoming Law Enforcement Academy and upon certification, served his local family and the community of Casper, Wyoming in the role of Corporal Detention Deputy for the Natrona County Sheriff’s Department.  Deep roots and his family in North Idaho brought this deputy home.   From Patrol Deputy, to Supervisor of the Recreation and Safety Division after which he advanced to Watch Commander for the Patrol Division, Ken successfully advanced to his current role as the Detective Sargent for the Kootenai County Sheriff’s Department – Special Victims Unit and the Major Crimes Unit.  While his caseload represents many of the victims and individuals advocated by CASA his influence and experience has played a vital role in the development of the North Idaho Children’s Advocacy Center where the youngest, most vulnerable members of our community are advocated and cared for.   While the list of professional accomplishments abound, Ken takes the most pride in the role he plays in his family – as a husband and a father to 3 incredible kids. 

Eden Irgens

Eden has enjoyed over 20 years of in the marketing and communications field. She is a co-founder and client partner for Range, helping clients successfully define, target and implement fully integrated marketing and advertising solutions across all brand marketing channels, achieving intuitive connections with target audiences around the globe. Based in Range’s Coeur d’Alene Idaho office, Eden is actively involved in all areas of brand management, strategy services, brand asset development, communications, and marketing/advertising implementation for Range’s corporate, non-profit and political clients.

Eden has a BS in Business Administration with a Marketing emphasis from the University of Kansas. She is a member of the Coeur d’Alene Rotary Club, and is Founder and President of Balance North Idaho, a Political Action Committee. She has held board positions with Tesh and the Boys and Girls Club of Kootenai County, of which she was a board member for 10 years, including President. She recently completed a 4-year term on the Coeur d’Alene School District’s Long Range Planning committee, of which she was Chair for one year. She now donates her time and expertise to the Safe Passage Board of Directors and ICASA. She has two children who attend school in the Coeur d’Alene Public School District.

Kent Hobbs

Kent graduated from Idaho State University in 1979 with a BA in Elementary and Special Education.  He earned a Masters degree in Education Administration in 1994.

Kent has been an educator for more than 28 years, working in public education in Pocatello, Idaho Falls and Bethel, WA.   He spent seven years as teacher in preschool and elementary special education programs and in second, sixth and seventh grades.  He has been an administrator for 21 years as a middle school assistant principal, elementary principal and district administrator.  

Currently Kent serves as the Director of Student Support Services for School District #25 in Pocatello dealing with at risk kids through discipline programs, homelessness support programs, homebound programs to address the needs of students unable to attend school, alternative school programs, and accommodation plans for students with disabilities.  He is the liaison with juvenile probation, school resource officers and other community organizations to collaboratively find the best possible support for kids who are facing a variety of challenges.  A particular focus is on a student’s educational progress so that students continue to matriculate towards graduation and obtain a high school diploma in spite of all the challenges impacting a student.  

In addition, Kent’s is responsible for safety issues for the district, emergency planning with the schools, and promoting a positive and safe learning environment.   At present the district focus is on relationship and community building through Restorative Practices 

Kent’s educational philosophy:  I have come to understand several things over my years in education.  The first is that relationships with students are the primary vehicle to positively impact students beyond their native abilities.  Second, it is much easier to teach a child prosocial behavior (and many other skills) and prevent poor decision-making rather than trying to fix or redirect a child’s thinking and behavior after challenges arise.   Third, I don’t remember meeting a student or child who didn’t have some quality that made them likeable as an individual.  (I had to dig deep to find it sometimes, but it was always there!)

Kent is married to Vicki Larson Hobbs, and they have three children and six grandchildren. Kent reports that his family members are the most influential people in his life and the reason for his passion for education and kids.

Ginny Acevedo

 

Tahna Barton

 

Amy Bond

 

Jared Marchand

Jared Marchand is the Executive Director of the 6th Judicial District CASA Program in Southeastern Idaho. He has been involved in advocating for children and families since graduating with a bachelors degree in Community Health Education from Idaho State University in 2008. Jared started his career in social services with the Bannock Youth Foundation prior to his college graduation. During his time with Bannock Youth Foundation, Jared held several different positions finishing up as the program manager of the Square One transitional living facility. In late 2016, Jared accepted the position as Director of the 6th District CASA Program and continues advocating for abused, abandoned and neglected children.  

 Jared was born and raised in Pocatello, Idaho attending Edahow Elementary, Franklin Junior High, and graduated from Highland High School in 2003. Jared is the current Vice Chair for Housing Alliance and Community Partnerships in Pocatello and serves on District 6 Juvenile Justice Council. Jared enjoys spending time with his family, friends, and traveling. 

KJ Brant

 

KJ has worked for cause-related purposes for the majority of her career and leading CASA fulfills her true desire of advocating for victims in our community and beyond.  She is a Stanford University graduate and holds a Master’s of Science degree. The majority of her career has been in leadership roles for non-profit organizations.  She specializes in operations, strategic planning, program development and fundraising.  KJ served as a volunteer CASA Advocate for 6 years before leading the team as the First Judicial CASA Program District CEO. She is a native of the Northwest and has been living in Coeur d’Alene since 1997. KJ is also a Leadership Coeur d’ Alene graduate and has served on several local board of directors. KJ has two daughters, Riley and Taylor, with whom she is immensely enjoying their teenage years.

 

Lora Whalen

Lora Whalen has been with Panhandle Health District since 2001.  She has been in the Director role since 2010. Prior to joining the District, Lora served for 7 years in the military as an army nurse. Upon military retirement, Lora and her husband Pat moved to Kootenai County, where she, for 10 years worked at the VA in Spokane managing the rehabilitation and hospice unit.    

Lora serves as the chairperson for the north Idaho chapter of the Suicide Prevention Action Network (SPAN), the chair of the North Idaho CASA Board and is an active member of the CDA Rotary Club. 

Lora attended the University of Iowa where she received a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and a BA in Spanish.  She received her Master’s from the University of Idaho.