Alishia Jonas, Community Relations Manager – Idaho and Washington
Alishia is honored to be a part of the Kendall family. Her years of professional experience building and cultivating relationships within the community are a great asset to the Kendall Cares program. For over a decade, she has been honored to work with many business professionals, faculty, and students to further develop and enhance communication in a multitude of different capacities. Alishia began her professional career as a communication and training specialist for a national salon chain, where she trained hundreds of hairdressers and managers effective customer service, hair design techniques, and management skills. There, she excelled and found her true passion sharing and working with others, so she decided to go back to school and finish her degree in communication. One year at the College of Western Idaho, a professor noticed Alishia’s natural speaking talent to large audiences along with her ease of persuasion and convinced her to join the speech and debate team. After a successful year on the team and graduating cum laude with an Associate degree, she was offered a scholarship to Boise State University to compete for the national champion speech and debate team, the Talkin Broncos. Prior to graduation, Alishia competed at a national competition and was awarded a national speaking title for Discussion and received Superior awards in three other categories, as well as Excellent in another. However, Alishia did not stop there. She just graduated with a Master’s in Communication at Purdue University, holding a 4.0 GPA the entire time. Two of her favorite sayings that her coaches have said to her, and she lives by are: “Go big or go home,” and “You can do anything.”
Before Kendall, Alishia was the regional support liaison for an international Am Law 100 firm, where she fostered relationships, organized all local events, sponsorships, and community outreach programs while effectively managing the budget. She also created and produced a new marketing video and was the project manager for all editorial submissions firm-wide. In addition to her marketing role, Alishia was the account lead for all contract marketing personnel. She managed time cards, assisted with recruitment, hiring, evaluations and development to enhance staff retention.
Anyone who knows Alishia would say that her “guns blazing” passion for life is echoed through her love of family and community. In her spare time, she enjoys creating memories with her four vivacious children. Alishia played, coached, and now ref’s youth soccer, and serves on many boards and committees, such as the VP of the Idaho Career and Technical Education Foundation, the Marysville YMCA Board, the Marysville-Tulalip Chamber Military Affairs Committee , the Giraffe Laugh Strategic Planning Committee, as well as the Boise Chamber Non-profit Council and Education Committee. She believes there is no such thing as a problem, only an area of opportunity for growth. With that in mind, she tries to live life to the fullest.