Our Team

Our Team

 

Wendi AmesWendi Ames

Director of Donor and Community Engagement
wendi@unitedwaysei.org
208.232.1389

Wendi’s experiences have always put her in the capacity to bring people together.  She is thrilled to share her passions around community giving and tailor-make workplace campaigns to meet the philanthropy goals of the companies she works with. Throughout her career, she has lead and trained the organization of teams, facilitated community events, and created targeted marketing to increase revenue. Protecting the foundation of our lives of which we have we worked so very hard to build has been a cornerstone in her career and daily life. Wendi loves spending time outdoors with her family and enjoys all that Southeast Idaho has to offer.

 

IDAHO STATE JOURNAL | Because Change Doesn't Happen Alone, Wendi Ames and the United Way of Southeastern Idaho Live United 
POCATELLO – Living United has been a part of who I am since I was a young girl growing up in Old Town Pocatello. I remember my grandfather offering countless people who were down on their luck a place to stay and a hot meal in exchange for a hard day’s work...

 

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Tennille CallTennille Call

American Falls Early Learning Collaborative Coordinator
tennille@unitedwaysei.org
208.232.1389

Tennille is a native to Southeast Idaho.  She graduated from BYU with a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education.  After teaching 3rd and 5th grades, she was convinced to move to Kindergarten and quickly found a deep passion for Early Learning.  After 10 years in the classroom, Tennille tried to “retire” when her 3rd child was born but could not stay away long.  With experience in Kindergarten Readiness, Curriculum Development, and a passion for Early Learning, she was a perfect fit to fill the role as the American Falls Community Early Learning Coordinator.  In this role, she is working with a community-led collaborative to increase the availability of high-quality preschool seats in the area and works to empower families to help their children to be kindergarten ready.  Tennille spends her free time going on adventures with her husband and 3 children, reading, keeping up on the current episodes of her favorite TV shows, or trying new recipes!

 


 

Kevin BaileyKevin Bailey

CEO
kevin@unitedwaysei.org
208.232.1389

Kevin joined the United Way of Southeastern Idaho in February of 2019 as the CEO. He brings past experience in both the education and social impact sector both internationally and domestically having worked in both Uganda and Chile. Kevin moved to SE Idaho from Omaha, NE with his family. Prior to this role he directed federal grant programs related to college access for first-generation students and also directed community programs funded by the United Way in Omaha related to financial stability for adults. In his free time he and his family love exploring the national parks, hiking, biking, and getting outside into nature. On Saturdays in the fall, you can find Kevin avidly cheering on his Notre Dame Fighting Irish football team!

 

IDAHO STATE JOURNAL | United Way of Southeastern Idaho Gets New CEO 
POCATELLO – Kevin Bailey, who comes to Pocatello from Omaha, Nebraska, began serving in the position on Feb. 4. He replaces Margaret Ganyo, who resigned earlier this year. She is still working with the organization, but is now managing a StriveTogether grant focused on improving early learning outcomes, Bailey said.

 

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Linda Johnson

Linda Johnson

Community Outreach Coordinator
linda@unitedwaysei.org
208.232.1389

Linda Johnson is our newest addition and comes to us as a volunteer from AmeriCorps VISTA. She is an AmeriCorps alumnus and this is her second one-year assignment. In addition to AmeriCorps, she has volunteered with the Kootenai Humane Society,  Heritage Health Homeless Outreach Program, Community Action Partnership, and the Bryan Elementary Literacy Program. During her one-year assignment, she will put her efforts primarily toward helping to develop a UWSEI Women United affinity group. Linda is a Pocatello native but is just returning to Southern Idaho after being away for over 30 years. She enjoys gardening, crafts, cooking, camping, exploring, and spending time with family and friends in her free time.


Molly Olson

Molly Olson

Director of Community Investments
molly@unitedwaysei.org
208.232.1389

Molly is a native of Southeastern Idaho. She attended Idaho State University earning her degree in psychology. To add to her experience at ISU she participated in The Centennial Committee and The National Psychology Honor Society. Molly began working in her chosen field directly after graduation. For six years, she committed to and enjoyed helping those in need through her work.  Volunteering as a CASA advocate and an active member of The District 6 Mental Health Panel, Molly stayed involved in the community she served as a professional and shared as a member. Her next pursuit shifted her focus to operations management for a multi-faceted company with three locations whose reach crossed the border to Canada. In the five years Molly worked in an office setting, she developed policies and procedures to help expand the business. When she isn’t working, she and her family enjoy going to a variety of community events, taking road trips, and enjoying the beautiful outdoors in Idaho.
 

IDAHO STATE JOURNAL | United Way of Southeastern Idaho; Shaping Our Communities
POCATELLO – Do you remember when Pocatello’s revered Mountain View Cemetery was vandalized? This day shaped who I strive to be today. Many of the older monuments had crosses broken, pictures dislodged from the front, or were knocked over completely.

 

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Felice OteroFelice Otero

Director of imPACT East Idaho
felice@unitedwaysei.org
208.232.1389

Felice Otero is the Director of imPACT East Idaho.  Felice originally came to United Way in March of 2017 as an AmeriCorps VISTA, and joined the United Way of Southeastern Idaho as a full-time staff member in February of 2018.  Her prior work was in Higher Education in the Student Services sector, and includes experience at five different colleges and universities in Idaho, Massachusetts, and Wisconsin in the areas of Admissions, Financial Aid, Orientation, First Year Experience, and Housing and Residential Life.  It is through this work that Felice found her passion for helping students transition through the college experience and gain their degrees.  This work continues at the United Way where she is coordinating collaborative efforts with other community leaders to increase our success across the Cradle to Career Continuum.  Felice holds a BA from Carroll University and a MA from Boston College.  In her spare time, she likes to travel, read, hike, garden, and spend time with her feisty miniature schnauzer Pixie!

 

IDAHO STATE JOURNAL | United Way of Southeastern Idaho and ALICE Live United
POCATELLO – United Way of Southeastern Idaho (UWSEI) has been working hard to share the work of our organization, including assessing our community, including the ALICE study. As a refresher, ALICE stands for Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed, an updated definition of financial hardship in local communities.

 

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Teresa SpeakerTeresa Speaker

Office Manager
teresa@unitedwaysei.org
208.232.1389

Teresa joined the United Way of Southeastern Idaho in February 2020. Being a native of Southeastern Idaho she has been quite content in raising her two children in this happy place with her husband. She enjoys crafts, crocheting, painting, and creating with her hands. In her free time over the years, she has put that love of crochet into the blankets she has donated to Project Linus a nonprofit group that provides homemade blankets to children in need in our community. Her successful career in Cosmetology lasted for over 16 years, but after an illness decided regretfully that a change in career was needed. She worked as the Business Office Assistant at Quail Ridge Assisted Living, where she decided to return to college and earn her BA in Business Administration. From there, she became Office Manager at AmeriHealth Medical Clinic before joining our team at United Way.

 

 

IDAHO STATE JOURNAL | United Way of Southeastern Idaho and ALICE Live United
POCATELLO – United Way of Southeastern Idaho (UWSEI) has been working hard to share the work of our organization, including assessing our community, including the ALICE study. As a refresher, ALICE stands for Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed, an updated definition of financial hardship in local communities.

 

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Amy WuestAmy Wuest

Community Resources Director
amy@unitedwaysei.org
208.232.1389

Amy joined the United Way in September of 2020. In her role as the Community Resources Director, she draws on her background in healthcare, education, and social services to help create powerful partnerships. She brings experience in research, data analysis, grant management, digital outreach, and community-based collaboration to the United Way of Southeastern Idaho. These skills help Amy as she works to bring community members together, to assess key community needs, and to manage grant-funded projects. Amy is particularly passionate about the United Way’s four focus areas: housing stability, access to healthcare, food insecurity, and increasing educational attainment. Amy holds a Ph.D. from the University of Western Ontario and a B.A. from the University of North Florida. When she is not working, she enjoys art, traveling, exercising, and exploring the outdoors.