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Our Professional Staff

Our experienced staff are professionals in their fields who love working with teens. Each of them has a personal and growing relationship with God, which they share with our students through mentorship and in daily interactions.

 
Sarah Harris

Sarah Harris

Counselor/Service Worker

Sarah Harris is a Boise, Idaho native, who has lived in Idaho for 30 years. She grew up in a Christian home, but re-dedicated her life when she was 20 yrs. old. Her mother and father came from very different cultures and backgrounds: her mother from Iran, her father a 2nd generation Italian-American. She attended Maranatha Christian School up until her 8th grade year, and graduated from Borah High School in the Class of 2002. She went on to achieve her BA in Psychology at Boise State University in 2006, as well as recently graduated in May 2014 at Northwest Nazarene University with her Master’s of Science in Clinical Counseling (MSC) in Nampa, Idaho. During her internship experiences, she has been able to work at a variety of agencies including: a non-profit agency, a private practice, and a boarding school for teens. She has also led many groups including: Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) where she has taught skills about mindfulness, anxiety, and behavior modification, Grief Group Therapy, as well as psycho-educational groups on many topics including: parenting, anger management, and social and communication skills at a local shelter and other non-profit agencies. She received her state license from the Idaho State Bureau of Occupational Licenses and is an LPC (Licensed Professional Counselor).

Sarah enjoys singing, art, playing her ukulele and guitar, riding her bike, going to concerts, and spending time with her family and friends as much as possible. She’s also a member of the worship team at her church, The Fellowship of Boise, where she sings leading and back-up vocals frequently. She has enjoyed being the service worker and counselor on staff at BGA, and can’t wait to see how God continues to work through her to the girls at BGA!

 
Shantelle Nicholsen

Shantelle Nicholsen

Direct Care Staff

Shantelle was born and raised in Eugene, Oregon, and became a follower of Christ after entering a Teen Challenge program in 2012 in her hometown. Over the past year, she has completed a year long internship at Teen Challenge through the Eugene Women’s Campus and at Boise Girls Academy. Shantelle was also part of missions work and staff training in Kampala, Uganda with Teen Challenge Uganda. After completing her internship, Shantelle was hired as a full-time staff member at BGA. Christ has not only redeemed her life, but has changed her heart’s desires to seeing others come to know and grow in their relationship with Him. God has given Shantelle a heart of compassion for those searching for purpose and struggling in addiction. 

In her spare time, Shantelle enjoys cooking and baking, running, softball, hiking, fashion, music and drawing.

Angela Smith

Angela Smith

Direct Care Staff

Angela is an Idaho native. Born in Jerome Idaho, she has lived and worked as a medical assistant in the Boise area for 14 years.  She is a mother of two beautiful girls, Ashley and Amanda, and a grandmother to a sweet little girl, Amelia. Having struggled through her own teen years, Angela felt the call to work with troubled youth when she was just 17. Throughout the years, she has worked in several areas of ministries in her local church, working with women, young girls, and youth. Two years ago she had the opportunity to come on as a volunteer at Teen Challenge, and then as staff. She has a passion for God and for seeing the lives of young girls healed and restored.

Angela loves spending time outdoors camping, fishing, hiking, gardening, traveling, and spending time with her family.

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