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Katy Palmer

Katy is the Interim Director for ECHO Idaho. Katy’s educational and professional background includes leading public health and health research programs in California, Idaho and Fiji after obtaining a Bachelor’s of Science in Anthropology and Geography with minors in Women’s and Gender Studies and Religious Studies from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. Currently, Katy is pursuing a Master of Public Health at Idaho State University and loves employing her passions for research in praxis with the ECHO Idaho program. When she is not in the office working to enhance medical access and care throughout her home state, Katy enjoys experimenting with new recipes, volunteering with the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network and reading.

Katy Palmer

Interim Director

Katy Palmer

208-364-9920

knpalmer@uidaho.edu

Lindsay Lodis

Lindsay is the Marketing and Communications Manager for Idaho’s WWAMI Medical Education Program, which includes Project ECHO. Armed with a Bachelor’s in Natural Resource Management from Colorado State University, Lindsay began her career working a handful of seasonal jobs - from the Oregon Coast to the foothills of the Colorado Rockies to the Peruvian rainforest. These experiences led her to pursue graduate studies at the University of Maine, where she earned an M.S. in Forestry and an M.A. in Communications. Lindsay has been working in marketing and communications since moving to Boise in 2013, including two years as the Communications Specialist for the University of Idaho’s Rangeland Center. When not at the office, she likes shopping at thrift stores, practicing yoga, reading fiction and getting outside with her husband and son.

Lindsay Lodis

Marketing and Communications Manager

Lindsay-Lodis_2021

208-364-4037

llodis@uidaho.edu

Shannon McDowell

Shannon is a Program Manager for ECHO Idaho. Shannon’s work background includes providing nutrition and garden education to historically underserved populations, facilitating Farm to School Programs across the Northern Central Valley of California and teaching an array of high school science classes. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Dietetics from the University of Vermont and Master of Public Health from Boise State University.

In addition to her role with ECHO Idaho, Shannon works with Teach For America Idaho where she mentors new teachers across the Treasure Valley to ensure that they are not only ready to enter their classrooms but that they also have ongoing support throughout their two-year commitment to provide a meaningful and well-rounded education to their students.

In her free time, Shannon loves to explore the outdoors. You can usually find her running, biking or skiing somewhere in the Boise foothills. 

Shannon McDowell

Program Manager

Shannon McDowell

208-364-9905

sfmcdowell@uidaho.edu

Sampson Nde

Sampson is a Program Manager for Project ECHO Idaho. He is a physician with bachelor's degrees in Medicine and Surgery from the University of Port Harcourt, Nigeria and holds a master's degree in Public Health from Westminster College, Utah. He has managed clinics, community educational and insurance programs in resource challenged areas in Nigeria and has worked with various organizations in Utah. Sampson is passionate about working collaboratively to improve the quality and access to health education and care in underserved communities. He also loves listening to classical music and podcasts, reading and walking in nature.

Sampson Nde

Program Manager

Sampson Nde

208-364-9910

snde@uidaho.edu

Lynsey Winters Juel

Lynsey is a Program Manager for ECHO Idaho. Lynsey’s professional background includes leading statewide initiatives that advance health equity and seek innovative solutions to increase access to quality healthcare in Idaho. As Program Director of Honoring Choices Idaho, Lynsey led statewide efforts to promote and standardize person-centered advance care planning. Lynsey earned her Bachelor of Science in Anthropology from Willamette University and her Master of Public Administration from Boise State University.

In her free time, Lynsey can be found roaming the mountains with her family and visiting her favorite huckleberry patches. Both Lynsey and her spouse grew up in Idaho and have intentionally chosen to raise their kids in Idaho, surrounded by a large, multigenerational family. With a love for the state, Lynsey is committed to continuing to learn more about Idaho and seek new adventures.

Lynsey Winters Juel

Program Manager

Lynsey-Winters-Juel

Jocelyn Elvira

Jocelyn is a Program Coordinator for ECHO Idaho. She has worked for the University of Idaho since 2015, starting as an Intern, then as a Nutrition Instructor and later as a Program Coordinator for the University of Idaho Extension program - Eat Smart Idaho. She served low-resource individuals and families within eight counties in the areas of nutrition, physical activity, food safety and food resource management. Her transition to ECHO Idaho has helped her continue to strive for equity within community health in Idaho. Jocelyn holds a Bachelor of Science from the College of Idaho and a Master's in Public Health from the Milken Institute of Public Health at George Washington University. When not in the office, Jocelyn enjoys trying new foods and recipes, reading and spending time with her family and Corgi pup.

Jocelyn Elvira

Program Coordinator

Jocelyn_Elvira

208-364-4684

jelvira@uidaho.edu

Laura Jackson

Laura is a Program Coordinator for ECHO Idaho. Prior to joining the ECHO team, she worked in the department of Academic Affairs at the Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine in Meridian, where she managed information systems involved in delivering curriculum and collaborated with faculty and staff to coordinate the learning objectives for courses and programs. Throughout her career Laura has striven to improve processes, procedures and information systems to meet the changing needs of students, educators and her co-workers. Laura holds a Bachelor of Science in Fashion Merchandising from East Carolina University. In 2006 she relocated to Boise to be closer to relatives. In her free time, she likes to camp, ski and hike with her family and their very energetic dog.

Laura Jackson

Program Coordinator

Laura Jackson

208-364-4685

ldjackson@uidaho.edu

Sam Steffen

Sam is a Digital Media/Communications Specialist for ECHO Idaho. He arrived in Boise from Philadelphia, PA where he spent four years in the non-profit sector, advocating for the homeless community through the provision of a stable mailing address and identity procurement services. His commitment to the improvement of systems through community investment and education makes the transition to the ECHO Idaho team a seamless one, and he is excited to be a part of this dynamic and creative team. Sam received his Master’s degree in Theological Studies from Vanderbilt University and his B.A. in Creative Writing from Bard College. When he’s not working, Sam can be found out on his bike, playing his guitar or exploring Boise’s foothills with his wife and dog.

Sam Steffen

Digital Media/Communications Specialist

Sam Steffen_2021

208-364-9908

ssteffen@uidaho.edu

Contact Project ECHO

Physical Address:

Idaho Water Center
322 E. Front Street, Ste. 222
Boise, ID 83702

Phone: 208-364-4072

Fax: 208-364-3178

Email: echoidaho@uidaho.edu