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Lauren Necochea, Director

Lauren Necochea has directed programs for Jannus since 2011. Lauren previously oversaw and evaluated programs addressing children’s safety and health hazards for the Baltimore City Health Department. Prior to that, she was a policy fellow with joint appointments at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and Princeton University’s Center for Health and Wellbeing. She has evaluated anti-poverty programs internationally and was awarded a Fulbright Fellowship to study microfinance in Peru. Lauren earned her Master in Public Affairs at Princeton University and holds a B.A. in Economics from Pomona College.

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Liz Woodruff, Assistant DirectorLiz-Woodruff-small

Prior to beginning her work with Idaho Voices for Children, Liz served as the director of an Idaho based environmental non-profit. She received a BA in Global Development Studies from Whitman College and an MA in Women’s and Gender Studies from Rutgers University. She has used her interdisciplinary training as a college instructor, environmental educator, community organizer and organizational leader. Liz has a broad range of public policy experience working with cities, counties, utilities, regulators and the Idaho Legislature.

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Jesús R. Blanco, Policy, Development and Outreach Associate

Jesús comes to Idaho Voices after working at the Idaho Primary Care Association (IPCA) and Glenns Ferry Health Center (GFHC) for a combined 13 years in senior management positions. Jesús brings a significant professional experience working with Idaho’s low-income, underserved and Hispanic populations.  He received his BA in Political Science from Boise State University and grew up in the small rural town of Wilder, Idaho.

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Kristen smallKristen Binda, VISTA Development Assistant

Kristen is a Boise native and recent college graduate from Southern Oregon University after earning a BS with Honors in Sociology. She has developed an international focus in her work through studying abroad in Ghana during her junior year of college, and living in Morocco this past year to work on an animal welfare and English teaching project. She also brings a range of experiences from volunteer work, internships and jobs within the areas of housing and utility rights, the health insurance field, and education. This is her first year as an AmeriCorps VISTA member and she is looking towards graduate school in the future.

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