Willow Center staff
Gabriel Iacoboni, MPA
Gabe grew up in Eastern Washington and has spent time in Milton Freewater, Coeur d' Alene, and most recently Boise where he graduated with his Bachelors and Master's with honors.
Gabe served as as an Americorp VISTA at an organization he eventually led in Boise but felt a calling to return closer to his childhood home of Walla Walla, WA.
Gabe loves working with the staff, volunteers and Board at Willow Center and loves serving the families of the Lewis-Clark Valley. He believes grief is unique to every individual and through support and care families can come out of a loss stronger and more resilient.
Shay Wood has been a part of the Willow Center program for over ten tears. She has lived in the Lewis - Clark Valley since she was five years old, married to her husband Wayne for 48 years and had two sons, Wayne Jr. and Ryan. They also have two grandsons. Shay lost her son Wayne Jr. in 2001 at the age of 27 in an auto accident and became dedicated to the Willow Center. Her roles at Willow Center are to assist the Executive Director in office duties for ten hours a week and she also is the director of Camp Erin. Willow Center partnered with the Moyer Foundation now Eluna for ten years ago to hold a grief camp at Camp Wooten State Park. The camp is for children the ages of 6-17 who have lost a significant person in their lives. Shay has worked several different jobs in her career but this job is dear to her heart and she enjoys being able to be a part of the grief journey to help families make it through such a difficult time.
Program Specialist/Case Manager
Greg Betzold, M.Ed.
Greg was born and raised in the Gem State. He graduated from McCall-Donnelly high school and attended the University of Idaho. He graduated with a B.S. degree in Resource, Recreation, and Tourism in 1995 and returned just after the turn of the century to obtain his K-8 Teaching credential. He later returned to the University of Idaho as a graduate assistant and earned his M. Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction.
Although he was raised in the mountains of central Idaho, he calls north central Idaho home. He loves the outdoors and is most at home in the forest.
He is passionate about helping others through their grief journey as it helps him traverse his own. The Willow Center gives him an opportunity to help others that are struggling through one of life’s most difficult challenges.
Brittany Adkins is our new grant writer for the Willow Center. In this position she will compose new grants, establish new relationships with local businesses and other community organizations. This is all done in an effort to ensure that we can continue to givr grieving families access to critical grief support services.
After obtaining her Bachelor of Social from Lewis-Clark State College in 2019 she started working alongside children in various settings, including the K-12 educational system, in afterschool programs, in group homes and others in youth homeless shelters.
Brittany has decided to step away from providing one-on-one services to children to learn more about the fundraising efforts non-profits must make to provide those services; but not far enough away that she can't still help the children, teens, and young adults in our community.
Brittany likes to say Nelson Mandela said it better than she ever could, "the youth of today are the leaders of tomorrow", so let's take care of them.
Maxy Bear (aka Max, Boo Boo Bear, Polar Bear)
Max is Willow Center's office mascot. He is a seven year old English Cream Retriever. He loves to greet anybody who enters the office with a smile and endless tail wags. He also expects a treat from all visitors. Don't be frightened if he barks. That is just his way of saying hello!