The Advocate Warriors Team
My name is Mikayla Ririe. I am the founder of Advocate Warriors LLC. I received my undergraduate degree in marriage and family studies and a Master's in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from The University of The Cumberlands. In the fall of 2023, I will begin a doctoral program in clinical psychology. I am currently a licensed professional counselor and am nationally certified with specialized training and experience in trauma, addiction, family therapy, and Autism/DD.
I have a deep passion for helping others through education and advocacy. I have had the wonderful opportunity to work with a very diverse population. I have worked for a variety of agencies, the local crisis center, adult DD agencies, IDHW’s children’s DD program, in the NICU at St. Alphonsus, and with Elmore and Canyon County's Drug & DUI courts. At my core, I value kindness, compassion, and advocacy. When I am not working or studying, I love spending time with my son, exploring local restaurants, thrifting, going on strolls along the green belt, or taking a dip in the hot springs.
Mikayla Ririe, LPC, NCC, QSUDP
Mental Health Therapist
CM & TCC Program Director
My name is Kristina Pugh, but my family and friends call me Kristi. I received my undergraduate degree in human development and family studies, followed by my masters of social work with an emphasis in clinical administration. Both degrees were received at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City.
I have a passion for children and families and am excited to continue helping those in our community. I have lived in the treasure valley for 8 years and love paddle boarding and other outdoor activities. Looking forward to seeing how I can help you.
Kristina Pugh, LCSW
Mental Health Therapist
My name is Ashley Ross. I have spent the majority of my life here in Idaho and received my undergraduate degree in Social Work from Lewis-Clark State College. I am currently pursuing my Master's in Social Work from Idaho State University with the goal of becoming a counselor. My experience and passion for serving others began with the homeless community and has grown to include children and families. I believe in leading with genuineness and authenticity, and aim to provide meaningful interactions with those around me. Aside from being a student and social worker, I am a mom who loves spending time with my family and being outdoors. Whenever I have the chance you can find me spending the weekend in McCall or traveling for concerts.
Ashley Ross, BSW
Case Manager & Targeted Care Coordinator
Social Work Intern
Hey, I’m Hailey Lasmanis! I was born and raised in Washington, but have lived in Idaho since 2017. I attended Northwest Nazarene University and received my undergraduate degree in Social Work. I then decided to continue my education and received my Masters in Social Work at Boise State University. Since that time, I have worked extensively with children of all ages, specifically those who have developmental disabilities. As I continue to gain more experience, I hope to give back to my community here in Idaho and provide the best mental health care that I can to children and young adults.
Outside of social work, I am a ski and bike patroller at Bogus Basin. On top of providing medical care, I have been able to bring the knowledge I have gained in the social work field to the ski hill by offering psychological first aid to ski patrollers. I have really enjoyed being able to combine my love for the outdoors as well as my desire to help others.
Hailey Lasmanis, LMSW
Mental Health Therapist
Hello, My name is Misty! I hold a BS in both psychology and criminal justice. My dream was to become a behavioral analyst for the FBI, but somewhere along the line, that changed. I found my way into community-based services during the onset of the pandemic and it has since become my passion to help families involved in these services. I am a parent who has navigated various services in multiple states, and I have helped many families through the process. Whether families have been involved in services for years, finding themselves stuck and needing an advocate, or they are just getting started, and it all seems so overwhelming, I have been there, and I want to make sure that no one receiving services ever feels alone or without a voice.
I try every day to change the stigma of community-based services in the Treasure Valley by being an ally and advocate for individuals and families while providing a positive experience. My goal is to help individuals and families obtain the services that will help them achieve their goals and thrive. I have an immense amount of experience in a variety of areas that include but are not limited to severe mental health ailments, substance use and recovery, developmental disabilities, domestic violence survival, and the LGBTQ community. I look forward to being your ally and advocate!