Meet Our Board of Directors


Kathy Tidwell

KATHY TIDWELL, LCSW 
BOARD PRESIDENT & CLINIC DEVELOPMENT DIRECTOR

Kathy founded Tidwell Social Work in 2000 and has been focused on establishing the non-profit infrastructure of the clinic since the transition to 501C-3 status in November of 2014. Kathy now serves as the non-voting President of the Board of Directors and part-time development director. In addition to maintaining a clinical practice focused on trauma and refugee work, Kathy is also very involved in community building efforts that facilitate the integration of refugees into our communities as our neighbors, colleagues, and friends. Kathy is an expert in mental health and child welfare in Idaho at the micro, mezzo and macro levels of practice.

Megan Jones

DR. MEGAN JONES
BOARD VICE PRESIDENT

Megan works for the Boise School District as a teacher focusing on refugee and immigrant education. She teaches English Language Learners and has extensive experience meeting the needs of refugee students and families. Dr. Jones has initiated many community projects that support learning and adaptation. She lives in Boise and enjoys reading and gardening in her free time.

Slobadonka Hodzic

SLOBADONKA HODZIC
BOARD TREASURER

Slobadonka Hodzic is originally from Bosnia and Herzegovina. She came to USA as a refugee in 1996. She moved first to Twin Falls, Idaho, and relocate to Boise in 2001. Ms. Hodzic started working with Agency for New Americans in April 2001 as a Case Manager, and she has been in Assistant Director position from 2003. Ms. Hodzic graduated from Boise State University, majoring inAccountancy, in 2014. Ms. Hodzic was honored to become a member of Tidwell Social Work Service & Consulting Board of Directors because Ms. Hodzic has been working with Kathy Tidwell in different capacities from 2001. Ms. Hodzic is honored to be a part of creating a non-for –profit organization that has a long history working and being part of Boise refugee community.

Andrew Lynes

ANDREW LYNES
BOARD SECRETARY, MARKETING & DEVELOPMENT OFFICER 

Andrew serves on Tidwell’s Board as a non-voting secretary. He will graduate from Northwest Nazarene University with a Master’s Degree is Counseling in May of 2018. Andrew has been involved with refugee communities and mental health work for the last ten years. His history includes work as an interpreter supervisor, program director, marketing director, community-based rehabilitation provider, case manager, and public relations officer. Andrew is a member of the Counseling Academic & Professional Honor Society and is a Credentialed Academic Associate in the Viktor Frankl Institute of Logotherapy.

Sherry Dyer

SHERRY DYER
BOARD MEMBER

Sherry is a consultant, facilitator, and trainer in organizations committed to change and improvement. Ms. Dyer brings to her clients many years of experience and knowledge in Strategic and Organizational Planning, Human Resource Management, Group Facilitation and Development and Conflict Resolution. Her clients include a long list of for-profit, non-profit, education and governmental agencies.

Michal Martinez

DR. MICHAL TEMKIN MARTINEZ
BOARD MEMBER

Michal is Associate Professor of linguistics in the English department at Boise State University. She is the founding director of the Mary Ellen Ryder Linguistics Lab and the Boise Language Project, a project connecting students and faculty with members of the refugee community to document the languages spoken in Boise.

Susan Obasi-Ikeagwu

SUSAN OBASI-IKEAGWU
BOARD MEMBER

Susan has been involved with Tidwell since 2012. Her passion for supporting people in finding solutions that meet their specific needs and help in overcoming stereotypes, has been the driving force that connected her to Tidwell. Susan’s motto is “Each day you see is a newborn day, be grateful, thank God, learn from the past, move on, but don’t forget… put a joyful smile on someone’s face!”

Andrew Lynes

DR. APRIL MASARIK
BOARD MEMBER

April is an Assistant Professor for the Department of Psychology at Boise State University. Her research interests include family and romantic relationships, family stress and resilience, and intergenerational continuities in socioeconomic conditions among others. Dr. Masarik received her Ph.D. in Human Development and a M.S. in Child Development from UC Davis, and a B.S. in Psychology from Boise State University. Her recent postdoctoral research experience involved the Family Transitions Project, which focused on the identification of genetic, social, and psychological influences on human development.

Andrew Lynes

KATE NELSON
BOARD MEMBER

Kate is a project manager for the Refugee Childcare Business Development at Jannus in Boise.  This program provides business development services to refugees seeking to start or expand their own home-based child care business. Kate is also program lead on operations and liaison to the refugee community. Kate was previously responsible for government relations and representing clients in Washington D.C. for a Boise-based consulting firm, served as a division President at DuPont, and has a Master’s degree from the University of Idaho. In her spare time, Kate enjoys the outdoors, travelings, and spending time with her husband and son.