Karen Thompson


Karen grew up in Montana and is a long time resident of Boise, ID. She is one of the co-founders of Bustin Out Of Boise. Karen is passionate about helping women in the Treasure Valley with much needed home services, as they go through cancer treatments. She enjoys working for  Alaska Airlines and loves to travel & spend time with her family & friends. On her days off, besides traveling, you can find her out listening to local musicians, flat water kayaking or playing in the backyard with her Corgi, Harley. 

Fun Facts On Karen

If you could have personally witnessed anything, what would you want to have seen?   The resurrection of Jesus Christ
If you were to join the circus, what would you preform?   I would want to be the person riding the motorcycle around in the revolving cage!!
If a genie granted you 3 wishes right now, what would you wish for?  For everyone to be loved, for good health for everyone, enough money for every one to comfortably take care of themselves. 

Melanie Uyeda

My name is Melanie Uyeda and I live in Meridian Idaho, with my husband Michael, stepson Nicholas, and our 3 miniature dachshunds, Lucky, Diego, and Sophia.  I was born and raised in Southern California, though and after losing my dad to cancer in 1998, we just weren’t happy in California anymore. So in 2005, my mom, siblings and I moved to Idaho. Best move we could have ever made. It is here, that my life really began. I have a great job, wonderful husband and I am able to volunteer my time with this great organization to help women during their cancer journeys. What more could I ask for!

Fun Facts on Melanie

What is your favorite dessert? Pumpkin Pie!
Who is your hero and why? My hero was my kindergarten teacher, Mrs. Weber and my dad. They were both so courageous during their battles with cancer, and fought to live their to the fullest. A huge part of who I am is because of them.
What is your favorite breakfast food? Banana Mac Nut Pancakes from Koa’s on Maui.
What is the most valuable life lesson you have ever learned? Spend time and cherish those closet to you because you never know when you’re going to lose them.

Janice Davis

Janice Davis began volunteering with Bustin’ Out of Boise in 2014 and was elected to the Board of Directors in 2017. In her early twenties, Janice was diagnosed with skin cancer. At that time, she had two small children at home. Having faced an uncertain future, she knows firsthand how this news can rock someone’s world and wants to support other women who are in the same situation.
Janice works at a wealth management company and writes novels in her spare time.

Juanita Russell

My name is Juanita Russell, currently living in Eagle, Idaho. I have three adult children; my eldest son and his wife live in Nampa, my second son lives in Honolulu, and my daughter lives in Eagle with me! I am a proud military brat and have lived all over, but when I came to Idaho 23 years ago I knew this was "home"! I love my amazing job, I love my Idahome and I am truly blessed with my good health, and the good health of my family. Volunteering for BOOBS and helping women battling cancer by "filling the gap" is a joy beyond words. Looking forward to BOOBS' growth and seeing how many more women we can walk along side with.

Fun Facts on Juanita

What cheers you up? The smile on my kids faces~ warms this momma's heart!

Who is your hero and why? My parents! Love truly conquers all!

Kim Smith

My name is Kim Smith. I am a respiratory therapist. I've been in the medical field for over 25 years. I work at St. Luke's Heart Health + Rehab and I love it. I honestly think that if you love your job, you will never have to work a day in your life. You can only become truly accomplished at something you love. Don't make money your goal. Instead pursue the things you love so well that people can't take their eyes off of you!  

Kjirsten Peterson

Hi, I'm Kjirsten! I love Idaho, being outdoors, and spending time with my husband and family. I have always been interested in helping people. Being a part of Bustin' out of Boise has allowed me to be a part of a really great thing. I hope that one day no one has to deal with cancer...until then I enjoy knowing that we are able to provide services that bring comfort to women fighting for their lives.