Willow Center staff

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Executive Director

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.

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Camp Director

Christy Vollbrecht

Christy was born and raised in Lewiston, graduated from Lewiston High School and has been employed by Regence since 1983.  She served on the Board of Directors for the North Idaho Children’s Home for seven years, has served on the Willow Center board since 2018 and volunteered on the recreation team at Camp Erin 2019.  Her volunteer experience at Camp Erin sparked her interest in being more deeply involved with camp.  Christy enjoys boating, cycling, hiking, travel, the arts and spending time with her husband, two grown children and their spouses and five grandkids. She looks forward to creating a positive camp experience for all kids attending Camp Erin.

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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.

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Office Furbaby

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!

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