Meet The Team

We are dedicated to assisting individuals with developmental disabilities. Over 70% of our team have  been making a difference in the lives of the participants for over a year, many have left to pursue other interests only to return for rehire and 25% have been caring for our agency’s families for 6 -11 years.  Our professionals work closely with our direct care staff in the office, homes, and community to extensively train, support, and creatively work as a team.  It is our desire to maintain open and meaningful communication to provide the highest quality of service to the participants in our programs.

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Heather Walker

I am the Owner and Administrator of Developmental Concepts, Inc. I began working in this field in 1997, starting as a Developmental Specialist. I have worked as a Service Coordinator for both children and adults, a Program Coordinator and a Quality Assurance Specialist. I graduated from Gonzaga University in 1995 with a dual major in Psychology and Sociology and shortly thereafter moved to Idaho. I am grateful that I am able to use my education, training and many years of experience to positively impact people’s lives every day. Many participants that we provide services to I have known the entire time that I have been working in this field; they are like family to me and I am always pleased at the progress that has been made. I am a very proud mother of three beautiful children; all of my time outside of work is spent with them. They are very active in volleyball, basketball, lacrosse, and competitive cheer. My years in this field have taught me compassion, resilience, gratitude and strength which in turn only make me a better business owner, professional in this filed and mother to my children. For that I am extremely grateful.

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Christina Brady

I have been the Office Manager at Developmental Concepts, Inc. since October 2008.  I received a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology with an emphasis in Health Sciences from Cornell College and worked as a Psychosocial Rehabilitator with kids in mental health services prior to joining the team at DCI. Over the years, my job responsibilities at DCI have expanded to cover a wide range of administrative support. When I am not at the office I am a childcare provider, yoga teacher and health & wellness coach. A huge outdoor enthusiast, I regularly travel and take my dog hiking in the wilderness. I believe in making the most of life and hope to inspire others to believe the same for themselves. I am immensely grateful for the professional and personal growth opportunities that I have been provided by DCI.

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Alaina Gilligan

I have worked for Developmental Concepts, Inc. for over six years.  I serve several roles within the agency.  My roles include Clinical Supervisor, Developmental Specialist, and Targeted Service Coordinator.  I have a Bachelor's of Science Degree in Psychology from Boise State University and a Masters of Education in School Counseling from the University of Idaho.  I have prior experience working in the Mental Health Field and thoroughly enjoy supporting families in all areas to achieve their maximum potential.  I am the proud mother to a step-son and a daughter.  They occupy a lot of my time with football, baseball, dance class, and other extracurricular activities.  I love Boise State football and enjoy spending my free time with family and friends.

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Michelle Prince

I am a Developmental Specialist for DCI and I supervise the Adult Developmental Therapy Program.  I became a professional the summer of 2014; however, I was a Developmental Technician for 2.5 years prior to graduating. I received my BS in Psychology from the University of Idaho.  I am a mother of two amazing kids. My son Isaiah is 9 and my daughter Lilli Anne is 2.  In my spare time I enjoy photography, spending time with my family and actively playing in local softball leagues.

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Briana Lamb

Hired in fall of 2016, I am ecstatic to be a part of Developmental Concepts, Inc. After graduating from Lewis-Clark State College in 2004 with a Bachelor’s degree in Nursing, I spent the past 12 years in the Treasure Valley as a voice for families and individuals in hospital settings.  I have a passion and drive to advocate for the sick, work and speak for those that cannot.  I frequently managed hospital floors and cared for hundreds in the valley from infancy to well over 100-years-old.  Now, I am serving as a Developmental Specialist with DCI.  When I am not working, my twin 7-year-old daughters and golden retriever keep me very busy.  Being a northern Idaho native, I have a passion for the outdoors and hike in the foothills and Sawtooths frequently.  I enjoy all the seasons in Boise, ski at Bogus in the winter and find any water source in the summer. My husband, Randy, is a wildland firefighter, and we travel like to travel together especially in Oregon and Idaho to see family.  I am truly grateful for my life, the career path that I have chosen, and admire the beautiful landscape and the people in it.

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Andrea Dicello

I graduated from the College of Idaho in 2010 with a Bachelor's degree in Psychology and Political Economy. I started working at Developmental Concepts, Inc. as a Program Coordinator in 2015. My main goal in life has always been to help others and make a difference, which is what I'm able to do on a daily basis at DCI.

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Cara Udlinek

Raised in a small Idaho farming community, I have always been interested in social sciences and helping people live the best lives possible. In my free time I can typically be found enjoying the beautiful landscape that Idaho has to offer, antiquing and scouting yard-sales with my boyfriend Jonathan, or cuddled up with my cats Maverick and Copper.

I began working at Developmental Concepts, Inc. as a worn-out, stressed-out, senior at Boise State University. I wasn't sure what to expect, but I was extremely excited to begin my journey at a job that could give me the experience I would need to move forward with a career in psychology. I couldn't possibly have imagined the magnitude at which this company would affect me or that I might be promoted to a professional position less than a year later. This line-of-work constantly reminds me why I do what I do, and reinforces my love for the field. There is nothing that brightens my day more than one of our participants peeking their head into my office and rushing in to tell me all about their week, quizzing me on Harry Potter trivia, or dancing their hearts out to the radio in my car.  It’s little moments like these that make this job so exceptionally rewarding. My goal is to always be a point of solidarity, support, and comfort to my participants. I will always strive try to brighten their days just as they do mine, because they deserve nothing less.

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Julie Keller

I recently graduated from Kaplan University with a BA in Psychology. My emphasis is in Applied Behavior Analysis. I have six years of experience working with individuals who have behavioral, emotional and physical disabilities. I worked in both the Boise and Meridian Schools in their Positive Learning Centers; with both elementary and middle school students. For three years, I worked with the acute mental health population at the Idaho Maximum Security Prison. I have a passion to help participants improve their lives, learn new skills and overcome obstacles. I am honored to be a part of the team at Developmental Concepts Inc.

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Carrie Huddleston

Born and raised in Washington (Go Hawks!) I have now been a proud Boise resident since 2013. In 2015 I began working with DCI as a Residential Habilitation Provider, quickly loving the job through all its ups and downs. I have the privilege of working closely with the participants improving their home and social skills, as well as increasing  their confidence and independence. I like to pride myself on always leading by example and celebrating the small steps as well as the huge milestones. My goal with each participant is to give them self-worth and the belief that tomorrow is a new day for new accomplishments. Now a trainer with DCI, I work with both staff and participants, hopefully making the day better with my help and positive attitude. I’m a bit of a class clown who enjoys making people laugh but my favorite person to make laugh is my fiancé, Jason, while we’re at home with our two dogs, Grandma and Ruby. In my free time I’m most likely playing with my fur babies or shopping to distract myself from adopting another dog. Support the ones you love and your local animal shelter.

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Mandi Papac

I am the the billing specialist for Developmental Concepts, Inc. I graduated from Boise State University with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology.  I worked in both Developmental Therapy and Psychosocial Rehabilitation after graduating. In 2006, I joined the team at DCI as a  as a Program Coordinator in the Residential Habilitation program where I enjoyed working with the participants to meet their greatest potential. After starting a family in 2007 I moved to the billing specialist position.  When I am not working I enjoy spending time with my husband and 3 boys, running, volunteering, traveling, and spending time in the mountains.

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Nicole Sherwood

Nicole is a Quality Assurance Specialist and Targeted Service Coordinator.  Nicole graduated from Boise State University with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology emphasizing her course studies on the developmental stages of life.  Initially, Nicole began her studies in nursing but wanted more direct, long term connections with the people that she served.  Nicole found her passion when she provided direct care to children with various developmental disabilities during a summer program.  She was ecstatic when she was offered a long term position which she continued through her college career.  Following graduation, Nicole accepted a professional position in an intensive behavioral program for children with developmental disabilities.  Throughout her professional career Nicole has had opportunities to collaborate with advocacy groups, provide testimonials to the Idaho Legislators, and identify a great need to advocate for others to ensure their story is heard.  Nicole became more involved in reviewing State Rule- Idaho Administrative Procedures Act (IDAPA rule) and how such rules significantly impact others.  She continues to ensure compliance with IDAPA rule through ongoing, internal agency reviews as a Quality Assurance Specialist.  To maintain her connectivity with others she also currently providers Targeted Service Coordination Services to adults with developmental disabilities.  Nicole loves to connect with others and believes each person has a story to share and have heard.  She feels we can all learn from each other and make each day better than the one before.  Faith, family, and service to others have made her empathetic, hopeful, hardworking and a trusting person.