About HomeShare Kootenai County
HomeShare Kootenai County aims to increase the availability and affordability of housing in Kootenai County by connecting home providers with home seekers. Homesharing is a mutually beneficial arrangement: Providing extra income for one party and affordable housing for the other.
Homesharing is a viable option for a wide range of individuals of all ages. HomeShare Kootenai County will process applications from both home providers and home seekers, screen applicants, and facilitate matches.
HomeShare Kootenai County is launching our applications live now!
Who We Are
HomeShare Kootenai County launched out of the group formerly known as the Regional Housing and Growth Issues Partnership (RHGIP) (now “Connect Kootenai”) in the Spring of 2022.
We are a Federally recognized 501(c)3 organization serving communities in Kootenai County, Idaho.
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Tess Reasor – Program Director
Tess is a passionate advocate for housing equity and community engagement, assumed the role of Program Director at HomeShare Kootenai County in September 2022, a decision celebrated by the board of directors who recognized her potential to amplify the program’s outreach. After obtaining her Real Estate license in 2019, Tess took a deliberate pause as she observed the spiraling housing market prices, which left many struggling to afford their homes. This experience became the catalyst for her current mission: to serve and uplift her community. Beyond her commitment to HomeShare, Tess is deeply embedded in the Kootenai County community, dedicating her skills to three nonprofits and volunteering her expertise to several more. Her leadership roles span various boards and organizations, including Housing Idaho, Idaho Homeless Coalition, Idaho Association of Addiction Professionals, Region 1 Behavioral Health Board, National Alliance of Mental Illness, and serving as the Treasurer for CDAIDE. Further testament to her dedication, Tess holds the position of Executive Director for 208 Recovery and serves as the Executive Assistant for Connect Kootenai. Born and nurtured in the pristine landscapes of North Idaho, Tess’s roots in the region run deep, making her work all the more heartfelt and impactful.
Shelly Zollman – Digital / Marketing Support
Shelly actively supports multiple nonprofits in North Idaho and Washington managing social media, web, print, administration, events, and other marketing and outreach tasks.
Founding Board of Directors
Pam Houser – Board President
Pam is VP of Community Relation for Heritage Health. Pam’s primary focus is raising awareness in the community about the programs, providers, and the people the organization’s serves. Before taking the position at Heritage Health, she served as the CEO of the Post Falls Chamber for almost a decade. She is a graduate of The U.S. Institute in Organizational Management. Pam currently serves as a Kootenai County Fire Commissioner, sits on the advisory board to CDA EDC, the Hayden Chamber, and is a member of Rotary International. She has been honored with awards such as Soroptimist Woman of Distinction for Community Service, Small Business of the Year, and Volunteer of the Year.
Donna Brundage – Board Vice President
Donna currently works for St. Vincent De Paul Coeur d’Alene as a Grant Development Specialist and Community Outreach Advocate, and also works as a freelance graphic designer. Donna has worked in the social services field for over 25 years, serving as direct care staff, clinical process coordinator, treatment director, risk management director, regional treatment director, program director, and executive director for Vision Quest. She served as National Risk Management Director for CEDU Family of Services. Additionally, she has completed the Non-Profit Leadership Certificate Program at the University of Idaho, the Mental Health First Aid Certification program, and is also a Suicide Prevention Responder, certified in the ASSIST program.
Donna is an active volunteer in the Coeur d’Alene community, serving or having served as a board member for North Idaho Pride Foundation, NIAC, and Civic Engagement Alliance. She also volunteers for CDAIDE.
Kandi Johnson – Board Treasurer
Kandi owns A-OK Bookkeeping Services, LLC, which is a virtual bookkeeping services specializing in working with small business owners. Kandi was former Community Development Director for Ziply Fiber, and Executive Director of the Hayden Chamber of Commerce. Kandi has the distinction of Awarded Hayden Citizen of the Year in July 2010 for organizational leadership in the Hayden Chamber Debt Reduction program. She is presently on Board of Directors/ Executive Secretary for New Life Christian Center. She is also involved with the following organizations: Coeur d’Alene Chamber of Commerce, Commodore/Past Chairman, Hayden Chamber of Commerce Board of Director/Executive Secretary, Rathdrum Chamber of Commerce Event Coordinator, and Board Member of Museum of North Idaho. Kandi attended North Idaho College and is a graduate of Leadership Coeur d’Alene.
Bev Moss – Board Member
Bev serves as the Board President on the board of directors of CDAIDE. Bev is a former teacher and a long-time community volunteer for local nonprofits, including her church. She has taught second and fifth grades and holds a degree in history from Lake Forest College. Bev also served as the first Director of Family and Youth at First Presbyterian Church. Her volunteer work—including serving on the City of Coeur d’Alene’s Pedestrian and Bicycle Advisory Committee and on the Arts Commission—has given her strengths in event planning, fundraising and communication. Her late-life career as a flight attendant brought home the realization that many people in jobs with minimal pay struggle when an unexpected life event happens. She was drawn to CDAIDE because it recognizes that those who serve us every day occasionally need a little extra help. She was also United Way North Idaho Volunteer of the Year.
Louisa Rogers – Board Member
Louisa is with the Center for New Directions at North Idaho College. She assists single parents and displaced homemakers with community resources and exploration of career and educational paths. She also assists students working towards careers traditionally held by the opposite gender. With the high cost of living in North Idaho, Louisa has witnessed first hand the amount of individuals struggling in our community, especially with housing costs. She believes HomeShare is one of the solutions to the complex issue of the housing crisis.
Becca Stinson – Board Member
From the age of 18, Rebecca worked in the Health Care Industry as a Certified Nursing Assistant and after a few years of this decided to pursue and was accepted into the nursing program through North Idaho College. After careful consideration, 11-years as a C.N.A, and becoming a mother, Rebecca left the Healthcare field and started working for St. Vincent de Paul in early 2015 as an Administrative Assistant under their Grant Per Diem program and steadily moved up from there. Once completing her Associates in Life Sciences, she went on to obtain her Bachelor’s Degree is Social Science’s. Rebecca is currently the Social Services Case Manager for St. Vincent de Paul of North Idaho’s H.E.L.P. Center. For nine years, she has overseen the Women’s Shelter, Men’s Shelter, the Warming Shelter and Homeless Prevention and Rapid Rehousing Programs all while facilitating basic needs for at risk community members.
Lindsey Swingrover – Board Member
Lindsey has worked in education for the last 15 years, now serving as a member of the Long-Range Planning Committee and as PTO Secretary. She also has 10 years of experience as a nationally certified school psychologist in Coeur d’Alene. Her volunteering background includes the Run for 271, Art on the Green, Tubbs Hill cleanup days, and Human Rights Education Institute.
Kiki Miller – Board Member, At-Large
Kiki has been a Coeur d’Alene resident since 1975. She has owned Kagey Company, Inc., a local marketing, publication and promotions firm, since 1992. She has served as a Coeur d’Alene Chamber of Commerce Executive Director, as a Women’s Center Board Member (regional domestic violence organization) and has been named Volunteer of the Year for both the Coeur d’Alene and Post Falls Chambers. She also received Woman of the Year honors from the local Soroptimist organization and has volunteered or been appointed to several leadership roles for numerous organizations and nonprofits as well as managing several area events. Kiki and her husband have one son who is involved in music & theater locally in North Idaho.