Lachelle Smith is the Program Manager for Idaho ECHO. Prior to joining the WWAMI team, Lachelle was most recently a special projects contractor for the public utility company in American Samoa. She previously managed a $1.5 million grant portfolio of AmeriCorps VISTA and Senior Corps programs that focused primarily on meeting health and education needs in communities across Idaho. Lachelle taught elementary school music in Minnesota before earning a Master’s in Public Policy from the Humphrey School of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota. Except for a two-year stint in the South Pacific, she has called Boise home since 2010.
Lachelle is passionate about social justice and routinely volunteers with organizations that support access to resources for underrepresented groups. She actively mentors a refugee family in Boise, and previously worked as a Court Appointed Special Advocate in Indiana. She also taught high school in the Kingdom of Tonga in the South Pacific, and worked at an underprivileged kids camp in Connecticut.
Lachelle loves to listen to podcasts, run in the foothills and travel.
Sara is the Clinic Coordinator for Idaho ECHO. Sara recently moved to Boise from Montana where she grew up. Prior to joining ECHO, she worked as a regulatory and finance coordinator for Clinical Trials, and she also worked as an air ambulance flight dispatcher. From emergency medicine to clinical trials, she has worked in healthcare for almost 20 years. She brings a comprehensive skillset and natural drive to her role with ECHO Idaho. Sara obtained her associates in Paramedical Emergency Medicine from Montana State University College of Technology Great Falls and her Bachelors in Organizational Leadership through the University of Mary Bismarck.
When not at work, Sara enjoys spending time with her dogs, her niece and nephews, road trips, various crafting projects, crocheting, learning and reading, trying new restaurants and spending time with friends.