Breaking Chains Academy Staff
Joseph "Joey" Veliz
Joey graduated from Northwest Nazarene University in Nampa, Idaho with a bachelor’s degree in 2022.
Originally from central Washington, Nampa quickly reminded Joey of home. Growing up when times
were tough, other “at-risk youth” cared for Joey and looked after him. During this time, Joey saw real
love, loyalty, and resilience in kids that were often labeled as troubled. Years later, Joey now has the
opportunity to share that same love with the students of BCAD as a mentor/tutor.
Shayla graduated from Nampa High School in Nampa, Idaho. After graduation, Shayla enrolled at the College of Western Idaho where she completed her associate degree in 2016. Shayla then attended
Boise State University and graduated in 2020 with a bachelor’s degree in education. Shayla is currently working on obtaining her master’s degree in education at Boise State University. From a young age, Shayla knew that she wanted to work in the classroom with students to help lead them to success. As the Education Coordinator, Shayla assists the students in preparing to take their GED exams as well as planning for their future after graduation. Outside of class, Shayla plans activities for the students to participate in, such as various crafts and field trips.
My name is Kenton Lee, and I am a lifelong resident of Nampa. My wife and I have two awesome kids. I work with a local nonprofit called Because International. And I am honored to be on the board of Breaking Chains and support this amazing cause.
Jean Mutchie is the west Treasure Valley community health manager for St. Luke’s Health System. She has been working in the healthcare industry for more than 20 years, and 18 of those have been spent in various capacities within St. Luke’s. Jean’s work focuses on community health initiatives that impact where we live, learn, work, play, pray and age.
Jean is a current Nampa City Council member, a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation fellow, and is a co-founder of the Idaho Resilience Project and 2C Kids Succeed. Both initiatives are community driven collaboratives with cross-sector partners working together to build healthy and resilient communities.
Jean completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Idaho and earned her MBA from Western Governors University.
Patrick Tanner is currently serving as the Assistant Vice President of Enrollment & student Services at the College of Western Idaho, Patrick has over two decades of leadership experience in higher education. His current role has oversight and coordination responsibilities for Admissions, Financial Aid, Registrar, Advising, Student Services, Student Engagement, Veterans Services, Disabilities Services, Counseling & Wellness, and Student Conduct. Patrick’s higher education experience spans 2- and 4-year institutions, public and private, small and large, faith-based and system-based. His leadership philosophies and practice center around grace, honoring individuals and relationships, and teamwork.