Board Of Directors
Calvin Miller, President – Calvin served active duty in the Air Force for 22 years, before retiring and moving to Idaho where he now works as a Logistics Manager (Civil Service) for a squadron at the Mountain Home Air Force Base. He has been married to his wonderful wife Carolyn for over thirty years. Calvin has been associated with JEMfriends for several years through his church, Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church-Boise. He began as a volunteer helping to move donated items to the different homes. His interest then turned to Life Skills mentoring in the area of finance/budgeting.
Jacqueline Apsley, Vice President – Jacqueline Apsley has been mentoring teens and young adults for over thirty years. Having experienced a difficult childhood herself, she has a unique perspective and the capacity to come alongside teens and young adults in difficult situations. She is passionate about continuing to use her experiences to contribute to the lives of young people aging out of foster care.
Kimbra Shaw, Treasurer – Kimbra and her family have lived in Idaho for 20 years. Family is central to her values and she enjoys having everyone over for Sunday dinner. She came to JEMfriends because of the family-like connections they help JEMyouth create. Her passion is for developing leaders and creating organizational stability and sustainability. She brings deep experience in multiple sectors ranging from large corporate sales to community development. Kimbra is a consummate learner and enjoys solving challenges and helping nonprofits better understand and meet the needs of our community.
Melissa Jenkins, Secretary – Melissa, a native of Idaho, has been residing in Boise for the past 15 years. In 2013, she met her husband Daniel, and they have happily been married for 7 years. Melissa cherishes the time she spends with her family, which includes her daughter Anaya, their lovable goldendoodle named Bosco and newest addition a cat named Sweetie. For the past decade, Melissa has been working at a local chiropractic office, finding immense joy in being part of a team that helps individuals achieve optimal spinal and overall health. While Melissa is relatively new to JEMfriends, she possesses a genuine passion for assisting others and sharing her faith, eagerly embracing this fresh opportunity to support the youth in her community. She was introduced to JEMfriends through her church, Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church and she is so grateful she was!
Jacob Barrett, Director – Jacob was born and raised in Idaho. As Liberty’s brother, he has been involved with JEMfriends in various volunteer roles since its founding. Jacob graduated from Hillsdale College, majoring in Political Science and Philosophy. He spent a year in India, supporting the work of International Justice Mission in seeking justice for individuals and families caught in the oppressive system of forced labor and labor trafficking. Jacob also worked in business as an operations manager before starting his current role with the Idaho Department of Correction. Jacob is committed to opening imaginations to new systems and policies for criminal justice which center on the persons harmed by crime and provide opportunity for justice to the most people possible. Jacob is excited to help serve and lead JEMfriends as a vital exit point from the well-worn path from foster care to incarceration .
Liberty (Barrett) Thompson, Founder and Executive Director – Liberty grew up in the Boise, Idaho, area as the third of seven siblings. From a young age, she demonstrated a concern for the orphans and forgotten and pursued friendships with those overlooked by others. In 2008, Liberty founded JEMfriends with the vision that each youth aging out of foster care would have opportunities to flourish in a society that understands their adversity and supports them in becoming loving adults. Currently, Liberty serves as the Executive Director for JEMfriends, leading several programs that support aged out youth and increasing awareness about the needs of these youth in the community. She also engages many youth in the community through personal mentoring and coaching. She is enthusiastic, motivated, and creative in her leadership of the JEMfriends community. Her life goal is to passionately serve others as Jesus did and to love without overlooking anyone. She enjoys spending time with her husband Daniel and daughter, Jaynah.