Board of Directors

Josiah Barrett, President and Treasurer – Josiah Barrett has been an integral part of JEMfriends since its founding.  He has invested countless hours into the lives of youth, not only through JEMfriends, but also as a coach in various sports.  He is passionate about mentoring and giving youth a foundation for a healthy life.  He is a busy entrepreneur, as the owner of J-BAR Enterprises, and he loves Idaho’s country life.

Amy Burton, Secretary – Amy Burton comes to JEMfriends with years of experience working in child welfare and directly with youth who have experienced out of home placements.  Amy’s career started with being a mentor, and her passion for advocating for youth is what drew her to JEMfriends.  Amy enjoys spending time with her husband and children, being out in nature when the weather is warm and exploring new places.

Jacqueline Apsley – 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.

Liberty (Barrett) Thompson, Founder and Executive Director