Meet the Tidwell Team

Boise's International Trauma Treatment Center

Kathy Tidwell, LCSW

President of the Board of Directors
Development Director

Kathy founded Tidwell Social Work in 2000 as a mental health clinic specializing in refugee trauma.  Since Tidwell transitioned to a 501C-3 organization in November of 2014, Kathy has been focused on establishing the clinic’s non-profit infrastructure.  Kathy actively organizes trainings and programs that facilitate the integration of refugees into our communities as our neighbors, colleagues and friends.  She has over twenty-six years of post graduate mental health and child welfare experience in Idaho.  Over the course of her career she has worked as a clinical social worker, clinical supervisor, manager, business owner and consultant.

Rama Deen, LCSW

Executive Director
Therapist / Counselor

Rama has a Master’s Degree in Social Work from Boise State University and is multilingual in African dialects. Over the last fourteen years, she has served vulnerable populations both in the United States and internationally.  Rama is an expert in the psychosocial complexities of refugee resettlement and effective therapy with traumatized populations. Rama works well with adults, adolescents, and children who have experienced trauma or are struggling with the demands of everyday life. She uses Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Narrative, Therapy, Play Therapy, Rational Emotive Therapy and Dialectical Behavior Therapy.

Linda Brock

Office Manager

Linda is often the first person who you will see and talk to at Tidwell Social Work. Linda coordinates transportation, appointments, and filing responsibilities. Linda is organized and thorough. In addition to basic office management duties, Linda has also taken on the responsibility of bookkeeping for the clinic. Before joining Tidwell Social Work, Linda worked in business office management for twelve years at a Funeral Chapel and has fifteen years of experience in the legal field.

Lydia Blackwell

Lydia Blackwell, LMSW

Community Building and Healing Coordinator
Therapist / Counselor

Lydia earned a Master’s Degree in Social Work from Boise State University in May of 2017. She is a devoted community organizer in the Treasure Valley and has been practicing social work since 2014. Lydia is committed to working towards social and political justice for all individuals. Lydia recognizes that each individual has their own style and matches her counseling approach to her client’s needs. She often employs Art and Expressive Therapy and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) into her work. Lydia grew up in Texas and California and has now settled here in Boise, Idaho. She enjoys creating music, reading books, community organizing, and being in nature.

Matt Hallowell LMSW

Matt Hallowell, LMSW

Therapist / Counselor

Matt Hallowell is a licensed Master of Social Work from Edinboro University with a professional background in supportive services for people with refugee status. Since 2011, he has worked as a case manager in the mental health and medical settings with this population. He is passionate about social justice and seeks avenues to promote equality for all. When he isn’t working, he stays active with Crossfit and enjoys quality time with his partner Drew.

Myja Maki, LMSW

Therapist / Counselor

Myja earned her Master’s Degree in Social Work from Northwest Nazarene University in October 2017.  She has worked within refugee resettlement for many years and also enjoys working as a group facilitator.  Myja recognizes that each individual is unique and finds value in adapting each therapy session to the needs and goals of the client. Myja uses a variety of intervention techniques to help clients work towards their goals, including expressive art, play therapy techniques with children, mindfulness, and trauma informed care. She’s influenced by Bessel van der Kolk’s work and research in trauma and the body and places a large emphasis on person centered therapy in creating a positive and safe environment.

Samuel Clemens, BS, CPSS

CBRS & CM Program Administrator
Certified Peer Support Specialist (CPSS)

Samuel graduated from Brigham Young University-Idaho with a Bachelors degree in International Studies and a minor in Multi-Languages. In addition to English, Sam is fluent in Portuguese. Sam is currently pursuing a Masters Degree in Social Work from Northwest Nazarene University and will graduate in 2020. Samuel is an active member of the Music Theatre of Idaho and has performed in dozens of productions throughout the state. Outside the theater and work, Sam is a published writer, loves downhill mountain biking, and is terrible at playing Smash Bros on the Wii.

Constance Inglis Meshack-Hart, M. Ed, CFSP

Family Support Services Supervisor

Constance graduated from Concordia University, Portland Oregon with a Master’s Degree in Education (Early Chil­­dhood Intervention Curriculum and Instruction) in 2014. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Michigan State University, East Lansing Michigan. Constance has extensive experience in Children and Family Services including providing a continuum of care, serving the needs of disadvantaged families, and special needs populations. Constance can work harmoniously with diverse groups of people. She is highly skilled in working with families utilizing ethnicities/strength perspective.

Kapka Smith, LMSW

Community Based Rehabilitation Provider (CBRS)
Case Manager (CM)

Kapka is a Licensed Master of Social Work. Kapka was born and raised in Bulgaria and moved to USA in 2000. She has worked with refugee population for over 4 years now and feels very blessed to see many of her dreams come true. Kapka is passionate about her work and community service. She was blessed to live and travel in many countries, learn and speak several languages, and enjoy friends from everywhere around the world. Kapka loves her clients, visiting each one of them, making them smile and seeing their lives change.

Anthony Garabai, BS

Community Based Rehabilitation Provider (CBRS)
Case Manager (CM)

Anthony received his Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from California State University. Prior to his education he worked as a mental health aide in California; treating a wide range of diagnoses, including psychotic disorders, mood disorders, addictive disorders and personality disorders. Post education, Anthony worked as a house manager and intake specialist serving formerly incarcerated citizens and helping them transition back into society for two years in New Mexico.

Ganga Dulal Nepali Case Manager

Ganga Dulal, BS

Community Based Rehabilitation Provider (CBRS)
Case Manager (CM)

Ganga is originally from Nepal and speaks Nepali, Hindi, and English. Ganga received his Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics from the University of Phoenix and is currently working towards a Master’s degree.  Ganga, who has lived in Idaho for over 10 years, has experience working as a community advocate and professional interpreter in many different organizations in the Treasure Valley.

PTSD Refugee Boise

Sally Mwangi, BA, CPSS

Peer Support Program Supervisor (PSS)
Certified Peer Support Specialist (CPSS)

After Sally graduated from Boise State University, she began working with refugee women as a Community Based Rehabilitation Specialist (formerly known as PSR). Sally now performs Peer Support Services that makes a difference in clients’ lives by collaborating culturally relevant solutions to crises and problems resulting from mental health and community barriers. In addition to Peer Support Services, Sally has been involved in facilitating community training events focused on issues relating to the resettlement experience of newly American refugees in the Treasure Valley.

Yasir Al Taie, BS, CPSS

Certified Peer Support Specialist (CPSS)
Case Manager (CM)

Yasir earned a Bachelor’s degree in 2001 and enjoys working with and being around people. Yasir is originally from Iraq and speaks both Arabic and English. Yasir moved to Idaho 3 years ago and says that he loves Idaho and enjoys the outdoors. Yasir plans to go back to school and get Master’s degree in Social Work.

Aeyanna Juste, M.A., CPRP, CPSS

Certified Peer Support Specialist (CPSS)
Community Based Rehabilitation Provider (CBRS)
Case Manager (CM)

Aeyanna has a Master’s degree from the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology. Aeyanna has worked in the mental health and human services field for over 15 years. She has lived and worked with individuals in cross-cultural settings, is passionate about working with refugees, and has previous experience working with people with disabilities, the elderly, women, and vulnerable populations. She is a life-long artist who integrates her artistic sensitivity, life experience, and formal education to assist and serve others in their own self-healing and self-empowerment through a transpersonal lens.

Holly Bukky, BA, CPSS

Certified Peer Support Specialist

Holly is a lifelong resident of Idaho who graduated from Boise State University in 2014 with a Bachelor’s degree in History and a Minor in Philosophy.  She enjoys spending her free time with her kids, being crafty, and continuing her education towards a Master’s degree.  Holly is passionate about helping people reach their goals, learn new skills to better themselves, and improve their overall health and happiness.

Lauri Peterson, BS, CPSS

Certified Peer Support Specialist 

Lauri was born and raised in Boise. Lauri graduated from University of Phoenix with a Bachelors Degree in Criminal Justice. She passionate about helping people and loves that she her work as a peer support specialist is all about helping. When she’s not at work, Lauri enjoys playing soccer and loves spending time outside. She also loves to travel.

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