Our staff members are renown for their dedication and commitment to quality services. Professionally trained and with years of experience, our staff insure the interests and needs of every individual are the highest priority. Outstanding ratings on consumer satisfaction surveys and the highest level of national accreditation are testimonies to our commitment to excellence. We have proudly served North Idaho for over 37 years.
Chief Executive Officer
Frances Huffman joined Tesh, Inc. as the Chief Executive Officer in July 2014. Reporting to the Board of Directors, Ms. Huffman has overall strategic and operational responsibility for Tesh clients, staff, programs and funding.
Ms. Huffman has over 35 years of experience in Special Services and Speech Pathology in various school districts in Idaho, including the past ten years in the Coeur d’Alene School District #271. Most recently she was the Director of Special Services for the district, where she was responsible for Special Education, Title 1, School Health Services, Limited English Proficiency and Section 504 compliance.
Ms. Huffman also has substantial experience in the area of family dynamics and providing a variety of services to high risk families. She has worked in and with the foster care and adoption systems. Her management of human services programs includes management of federal budgets of various kinds, local funds, and contracted funds. She is very experienced in the area of Medicaid funding, and the complex system of regulations and guidelines which come with the various funding sources.
Ms. Huffman holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication Disorders from Northwest Nazarene College in Nampa, Idaho and a Master’s Degree in Speech and Language Pathology from Idaho State University.
Terri Johnson is the Vice President. She has been with Tesh since 1999, and has managed our Medicaid programs since 2000. Ms. Johnson has established the high standard Tesh maintains for all programs, assuring Health & Welfare and CARF requirements are consistently met.
The Rehabilitation Program includes Life Skills Training, Employment Skills Training, Service Coordination, Children’s Developmental Therapy, Habilitation Intervention, and an Adult Activity Center. Ms. Johnson provides oversight to the Developmental Specialists and Activity Center Supervisor, the Rehabilitation Technicians who teach the classes, and the Vocational Training staff and Service Coordinators. Ms. Johnson continues to maintain a client caseload herself as well.
Prior to joining Tesh, Ms Johnson was an office manager for a marketing firm. For nine years she was in Elementary Education teaching grades 2-6, and coordinating music studies for grades K-8. She also taught the use of computers to 4th through 8th graders. Ms. Johnson spent a number of years working with children with learning disabilities, working one-on-one teaching math, language, spelling, and reading skills.
Ms. Johnson earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Education from Columbia Christian College. She is certified as a Developmental Specialist for Adults, and is also certified in Service Coordination.
Facilities and Production Manager
Howard Hogan has been a member of the Tesh management team since 1988, with an emphasis in providing Vocational Services. Currently, he is the Manager of Commercial Services and is responsible for contract procurement and quality control for the Vocational Center and the Janitorial Program. These two programs provide paid in-house work skills training to people with a variety of disabilities.
Mr. Hogan contracts with local businesses using a “Best Value” approach to provide our client employees with a quality work experience while giving the business an excellent end product at a reasonable price and on-time delivery. Mr. Hogan ensures compliance with all applicable rules of the Department of Labor, OSHA, and CARF throughout the service delivery process, which assures that the Tesh work environment is safe and the clients are compensated appropriately for their efforts.
Mr. Hogan also coordinates and offers CPR and First Aid training to Tesh staff and Family Support affiliates. He is a former Chair of the Tesh safety program and continues to serve as an active member of that committee.
Before joining Tesh, Mr. Hogan worked for ten years as a team leader and shift supervisor at a local Intermediate Care Facility for the Developmental Disabled. While there, he was responsible for developing and implementing programs such as self-help skills, money management, social and vocational skills to meet the needs of eight residents. He managed the staff members who were responsible for training to these needs. Additionally, since 1985 he and his wife have provided 24-hour in home care to several developmentally disabled or dual diagnosed individuals.
Mr. Hogan has an Associates of Science degree in Business Administration from North Idaho College. He has received certification and training in JWOD University, NISH’s Regulatory Assistance program, Crisis Prevention Institute’s Behavioral Intervention Program, and Rockhurst University’s Facilities Management course, Evergreen Safety Council’s ”Accident Investigation and Safety Inspections”, NISH’s Custodial University, and many more.
In 2013, Mr. Hogan was awarded the “Rita House Memorial Award” for his long standing commitment to Dedication to Tesh.