What We Have

We have a dedicated team of Board members, Staff, and over twenty Volunteers serving hundreds of children in our community. We have relationships with Foster families, Judges, Attorneys, Social Workers, Law Enforcement officers, and most importantly, children.

We have a remarkable Staff who train, coordinate, and assist our Volunteers through all stages of their cases, and who energize our Volunteers with their remarkable positivity and passion for what they do. Our Staff diligently organizes reports, cases, and supplies. All of our Staff assist the needs of our Volunteers, whether it be making a visit, attending court, accompanying a Volunteer, aiding in report writing, or just being there as a sounding board and friend.Our fabulous Board members help in raising community awareness, obtaining Federal funding, and making sure our program legally and ethically complies with all codes of conduct and Federal and State laws.

We have plans to grow our capacity, increase public knowledge, aid our volunteers with more efficient organizational tools, advertising campaigns, and fundraising events. We have the passion, the focus, and the commitment to, one day, even better fulfill the needs of the children in our community who have been, are, and will be taken into protective custody.

Board of Directors

3rd District Guardian ad Litem’s main resource is its people.  Our fabulous Board members help in raising community awareness, obtaining Federal funding, and making sure our program legally and ethically complies with all codes of conduct and Federal and State laws.  Our team brings a breadth of experience in Canyon County Child Protection cases that is unparalleled and exceptional.

Lisa Shaddock

Book-keeping

lisas@3rddistrictguardian.org

Lisa is one of our newest Board Members. She recently moved from California to our beautiful Idaho and works from home as a Book-Keeper. Being apart of the Third District Guardian ad Litem Program is fulfilling a desire she’s had since High School, to help under-privileged children living in our own communities. Lisa is excited to add any contribution to this remarkable program and is looking forward to her term here on the team.

Shelly Schwers

Director – Board of Directors

shelly@3rddistrictguardian.org

Shelly Schwers is a 1991 graduate of Pacific University with a degree in Philosophy and Business Management. She has been a volunteer Guardian Ad Litem since 2015, and has found it to be a rewarding experience on many levels. With a background of fundraising and leadership roles in various nonprofits over the years including Race for the Cure Boise, PTO and West Valley Little League, Shelly hopes to bring some energy and direction to the fundraising side of the board. 

 

 

Staff

Christina Walker, MSW

Program Director

christina@3rddistrictguardian.org

Christina Walker, LMSW is the Executive Director of the Third District Guardian ad Litem Program.  In addition to dedicating herself to helping communities, families, and children, she is devoted to her silly, sassy, smart teenage twins.  She has worked as a Parent Advocate and Social Worker, as well as being a mentor, foster parent, and Guardian ad Litem in two other districts. She specializes in working with children and families, as well as victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. In addition to her work with the Third District, she is also a Group Facilitator at the Nampa Family Justice Center.  Helping individuals and families live a strong and healthy life is her true passion. She is paramount in the structuring and encouraging all Volunteers, and Staff in this program. She is a powerful voice of good and is monumental in pushing this good work along.

Yazmin Rich

Advocate Coordinator

yazmin@3rddistrictguardian.org

Yazmin is currently the Volunteer Coordinator with our Program and carries over 200 cases per year.  Yazmin is legendary in the Third District, with experience with another prior program, for her awe-inspiring advocacy and self-sacrifice, driven by an unyielding passion for the kids we serve.  Yazmin will continue her fearless mission with 3rd Guardian as Volunteer Coordinator.  Yazmin will transition to far fewer cases, as we increase our volunteers, so she can focus her expertise on training and mentoring them.  We hope she shares the fire, knowledge and passion for advocacy with all the volunteers in the Third District in the same way she has inspired all of us.

Elisa Higbee

Advocate Coordinator

elisah@3rddistrictguardian.org

Elisa is a new addition to the team, and is our newest Advocate Coordinator. Her experience comes from a variety of jobs, whether it was through the hospital systems, or court ordered programing where she facilitated parenting programs. Elisa is bright, highly-motivated, and able to connect well with all people from all backgrounds. She is eager to get cases under her belt and get to know the community and children she will be helping represent. Elisa’s ultimate goal is to be the Program Manager of a non-profit just like Third District Guardian ad Litem Program

Merrin Packer

Community Outreach and Volunteer Manager

merrinp@3rddistrictguardian.org

Merrin has been involved in this program since it’s beginning. She volunteered for two years with Family Advocates and continued on when the program became the Third District Guardian ad Litem Program. Merrin’s passion for this work comes from her personal experience of having two little brothers adopted out of foster care.  She uses her experiences to motivate her to help as many children in Protective Custody as she can. Merrin will continue to use her experience to help educate the community on this remarkable program and inspire them to join its mission to advocate for neglected and abused children.