Meet Our Board of Directors
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.
Slobodonka 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 in Accountancy, 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, LPC
Andrew graduated from Northwest Nazarene University with a Master’s Degree in School 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 Idaho School Counselor Association and is a Credentialed Academic Associate in the Viktor Frankl Institute of Logotherapy.
DR. MICHAL TEMKIN MARTINEZ
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.
DR. APRIL MASARIK
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.