Leadership is the capacity to translate vision into reality. - Warren G. Bennis
Building Villages Board of Directors
General Manager, Pivot Lifestyle + Fitness
Founder, Boise Kids Yoga
Aliyah’s dedication to working with children, parents, and the community has become a lifelong passion. As an Idaho native and Boise State University Business School graduate, her journey started with an unassuming yoga membership right here in the Treasure Valley. This led her to become a yoga teacher, start a kids yoga business, and eventually adopt the very yoga studio where it all began. Through her work, her hope is to have a positive influence on others. It wasn’t until becoming a full time mom to a wonderful step-daughter that she could combine all of her skills and apply them to parenthood. After recognizing the need and lack of resources for herself and others like her, she has expanded her reach through her work by her work mindfulness programs in preschools as well as prenatal & postpartum yoga classes in her studio.
“Building Villages resonates with everything I believe in. We are only as strong as our village is wise. Lets eliminate the stigma that comes with the unknown in parenting, brain development, and early childhood growth by coming together and learning.”
Sr. Manager, Site Optimization, Bodybuilding.com
Natalie is a Boise native, whom after graduating from the University of Idaho with BS degrees in Marketing and HR Management, came back to her roots where she married her college sweetheart, Evan. As a full-time working mom of two young boys, Natalie is constantly leaning on her family and network of moms for strength and sanity checks with aspirations to pay it forward.
“My children are in this amazing place where their perspective on life is so resoundingly positive. It’s important as parents not only to nurture this perspective within our children but also to look within to lead a life through example. There are so many amazing resources available for both soon-to-be and new parents, and through Building Villages, we strive to bridge the gap between family needs and readily available solutions within our community.”
Sara Slaughter, M.A., LPC
Counselor, Boise School District
Sara is passionate about working with children, families, and our community in her role as a School Counselor with the Boise School District. Sara has a BS in Psychology with an Emphasis in Child and Family Development from The University of Idaho and a Masters of Arts in Counseling from Boise State University. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Idaho.
"Parenthood tests and expands us in ways I never knew possible. While we are busy teaching our children about the world around us, if we are open and slow down enough to listen, our children can teach us the most powerful aspects of life. I value the love and support my village shows my family and me everyday. Building villages around families is vital work."
Sara's greatest joy has been becoming a mother and the personal growth motherhood continues to foster in her. She enjoys spending time with her husband, Ben, her young son, Benny, and is excited to welcome another little one into the world in May.
Building Villages Advisory Board
Principal, St. Ignatius Catholic School
Andi Kane’s life and career have been aimed at forming happy, healthy kids. A lifelong educator, she has taught every age group from birth to adulthood. Andi currently is serving as the founding principal of St. Ignatius Catholic School, a PreK-8th grade school in Meridian, ID.
“As the digital ages brings about more and more globalization, it is increasingly important to make sure we are still part of our local villages. Happy, healthy families are born from communities and relationships.”
Andi has a BA in Music, English and a Spanish minor from Gonzaga University and a Masters in Education from the University of Notre Dame. She is mother to two young daughters who are a constant source of joy and personal growth.
Owner, Baby Bump Services
Creator of the Confident Birthing Childbirth Class
Kyndal has worked actively as a private practice childbirth professional since 1995, attending over 300 births and logging over 4000 hours teaching parents and the doulas who support them. She is thrilled to support Building Villages because it reflects the work she has been doing through her Confident Birthing childbirth class which, since 2003 has focused on building strong relationships - both between parenting partners and the community of couples who attend the class. Research on best practices for healthy relationships is included alongside best practices for birth and breastfeeding. Kyndal weaves the foundations of Bringing Baby Home, positive parenting and compassionate communication throughout the childbirth series so parents incorporate these tools into their lives before the birth and understand the value of continued parent support and education for the well-being of their own family and the community in which they live.
"Welcoming a baby into a family is a uniquely intense time – the intertwined feelings of delight and joy together with exhaustion and overwhelm - while quite normal - are very challenging. Knowing the common challenges and acknowledging them when they occur makes parenting a smoother transition and happens more easily when couples are partnering through the process. Building Villages is helping parents move from “surviving" to thriving."
Kyndal and her husband, Raymond Verveckken, have been partnering and parenting together since 1990. They thank their sons, Fox and Aidan, for teaching them what it means to forever have their hearts walk around outside their bodies.
Project Director, Idaho Association for The Education of Young Children
Martin understands that the future of American democracy depends on a well-educated citizenry. He has dedicated his career to educational causes and candidates from both parties that understand this core value. Previously, Martin lead the campaigns and elections work at Conservation Voters for Idaho. Prior to that, Martin worked as an independent consultant for political causes he champions and attained his degree in Political Science from Boise State University.Martin takes real pride in being the recipient of the 2015 Boise Rotary Distinguished Educators Award and fake pride for his award for being Time Magazine’s 2006 Person of The Year. Originally a country boy from Tetonia, Idaho, Martin now lives in Boise with his incredible wife Amber and his son, Scout.
Owner & Team Leader, Chelsea Hough Real Estate
When you ask Chelsea about what drives her, she will tell you that her goal is to continue to live a life of abundance so that she can hold space for people to grow and create awesome lives. She is a Boise native and is currently running the Chelsea Hough Real Estate Team at Keller Williams Realty Boise and Urban City Property Management. When she is not meeting with her team or reading personal development books you can find Chelsea spending family time at home or in McCall with who she calls the "man of her dreams", Nick and and their 1 year old daughter, Porter. Chelsea and Nick are also expecting a second daughter this April.
"I never thought I would be a "family person", let alone a great mom and the one thing that being a mother has changed for me is my willingness to accept the need for help. Having kids is the most humbling thing I have ever done and I am honored to be a part of something that is so desperately needed in our area. It really does take a village and Building Villages is a breath of fresh air for families in our area!"
Could this be you?
Do you have a passion for early childhood wellness? Would you like to be a part of a new organization with endless possibilities? Then we want you! Contact us today for more information about our organization and how to lend your talents to our Board of Directors.