Free Community Event! Find out who will be participating below!

“Tell the story of the Mountain you have climbed. Your words could become a page in someone else's survival guide."  -MHN 

   It’s ready! An event with a message Eddie & I have embraced and encouraged for years through our voices, our podcast & more.  A message which also happens to be my platform as Mrs. Rexburg, this event is finally ready to be announced!!!   We invite you to….

  navigating through the storms of life

  The phrase ‘turning rain to rainbows’ was shared with me recently by a dear friend who shared that it goes back to when our sweet McKaylee passed away. I will never forget the tender words shared with me and the meaning behind that phrase.

Vulnerability. Connection. Mental Health. These are words that Eddie & I know go hand in hand in such beautiful & healthy ways. But why is that?  How can connection come from choosing to be vulnerable with others?  Can it really effect our mental health for good?  Perhaps you aren’t sure how to be vulnerable and you’re feeling alone in your struggles.  Maybe you’re hesitant to talk about it for fear of what others may think. Are you not sure what resources are available? Are you or someone else on a waiting list for a therapist & are desperately seeking tools? 

This FREE event is for EVERYONE & ANYONE
•Local professionals will talk about the power of vulnerability & connection! 
•Coping skills will be shared!
•Information on local resources available!
•Q & A period where you can ask questions anonymously AND get answers on the spot! 
•Musical Performance by Kaatia Larsen & Mrs. Rexburg's Mary Grampp 
•Concessions will be available for purchase.

We will also have 6 amazing raffles!  Keep reading to find out what those raffles will be for because you won't want to miss it! 

You are not alone. There should never be any shame in talking about our struggles and sharing our stories. We’re all in this together!  We each have a story, and someone needs to hear yours.  Let us help you find the courage to share it! 

Hope to see you there! 

Art work: 


Andy Bradbury
    Andy Bradbury graduated from Swarthmore College with Distinction in Physics and received his medical degree from Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia. He earned board certifications from the American Board of Family Medicine and the Board of Certification in Emergency Medicine.  Dr. Bradbury’s medical practice has included private offices, small and large emergency rooms, hospital care, house calls, nursing homes, university health, clinical teaching, and care of servicemen and civilians during four deployments to combat theatres with the U.S. Army and Air Force. He currently provides mental health care for university students and at the Rexburg Free Clinic.  His eclectic interests include theology, beekeeping, natural sciences, aviation medicine, outdoor youth leadership, dulcimer, taekwon do, geology, and anything that reveals the beauty and symmetry of our universe.  Andy has a practical Yankee temperament which developed during his childhood on a chicken farm in western Massachusetts. He and Rebecca are proud parents of seven children and an expanding circle of grandchildren.

Tami Saunders

   Tami Saunders is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. She has a Bachelor of Social Work degree from Brigham Young University–Idaho and a Master of Social Work degree from Boise State University, graduating with honors. She has experience working in juvenile probation, the school system, and as a mental health professional. Tami has experience working with teens and adults in areas of anxiety, depression, adjustment challenges, and trauma. She also is trained and certified in Accelerated Resolution Therapy (a bilateral stimulation therapy), Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy, and Dialectical Behavior Therapy.

Tami currently specializes in treating trauma and complex trauma.  She also travels to assist in training other therapists in ART (Accelerated Resolution Therapy).  

Melissa Williams

   Melissa Williams hails from Southern California, and has made Idaho her home for the past 8 years. She received her Bachelor's degree in Psychology, with a minor in Spanish, from Brigham Young University in 1986. She attended California State University, Long Beach, and received her Master of Social Work in 1992. She became a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in 1996, and maintains licenses in California, Utah and Idaho. Throughout her career, Melissa has been blessed to be in a variety of settings, diligently working to meet the needs of clients in various populations and of all ages, ethnic backgrounds and psychosocial issues. She has expertise in substance use, adoption, and medical Social Work. She has also provided counseling in both community and private practice settings, working with children, families, and adults. Melissa is currently the Director of Social Services with Hospice of Eastern Idaho, a non-profit hospice agency, where she supervises the Chaplaincy and Bereavement programs, and participates in the sacred work of providing care and support to patients and their families as they face end of life. When she is not serving her clients, Melissa enjoys going to the movies, traveling to visit with family and friends, and spending time with her husband of 25 years, David and their 3 perfect children :), and especially being a Grammy to the cutest 14 month old twin girls on earth, Lilah and Blakely. 

Hollin Parkinson
  I’m Hollin Parkinson, Mrs. Idaho America 2022. I’m passionate about women’s mental health and driven by my own experience and the experiences by the women around me!   I run and operate my own foundation called, “Turning Tulips,” a women’s mental health advocacy foundation. I also host my own podcast! 
  I am married to my husband Daniel for almost 10 years now, mother to 3 beautiful children, and a golden retriever named Nala. I absolutely love our community and this great state of Idaho! 

Ellon Chase

   Ellon Chase is a Jr High School Counselor, an author, speaker, and the current Mrs. Idaho American. She advocates for personal development by teaching educational workshops and classes.   Ellon has made healthy changes in every area of her own life and she is committed to teaching others about how vital personal development really is. She has been able to share her message with over 10,000 people in the last year. Ellon lives in Sugar City. She is married and has two children. When she’s not teaching, some of her favorite healthy activities are reading, exercising, and getting up early in the morning! 


   Kaatia Larsen has been performing her whole life. After working with many theatres and music organizations all over the country and dabbling in film and recording studios, she and her family settled in Rexburg, where she enjoys serving as the city's Music and Theatre Specialist.  Kaatia also teaches private voice lessons and community theatre education, and continues to sing and dance on stage whenever she can. Favorite roles include Fantine and Cosette (Les Misérables), Marion Paroo (The Music Man), and Mrs. Potts (Beauty and the Beast). 


*We will have ONE large prize where someone will win...
One Art Piece, One Gift Certificate, & the Book and Bunny)! 

*FIVE more winners could win either a gift certificate to the Cookie Place or an art piece! 

1.)  Donated Pieces of Art
Three of our audience members will be randomly selected (based on the number on your raffle ticket) to win a donated piece of art from one of these three very talented and gracious local artists: 

Alex E. Reed

*Donating an 11 X 14 print!

Sara Forbush
Instagram: @saraforbushart

*Donating one 16 x 20 horizontal landscape print!

Shelby Thayne
Instagram: @shelbythayneart

*Donating a set of cards that have a beautiful mountain on them!

2.) Gift Certificates to the Cookie Place

Four of our audience members will be randomly selected (based on the number on your raffle ticket) to receive one gift certificate from the Cookies Place good for one box of four cookies! 

3.) "I Will Be With You Always" 
       by Jennifer Morris 
      Instagram: @Jennifer_morrisbunny
  This beautifully written and illustrated book is for children, and focuses on the grief that comes when losing a loved one.  This book also comes with an adorable Bunny that the child can snuggle with when they are missing their loved one! 

We are SO grateful for the incredible generosity of all who were so willing to donate their items for this event!  Thank you so much! 



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