Built in Boise: Fixers to Crusaders

The passionate writers, photographers, designers, builders and business-owners over at Built in Boise have been cranking out more inspiring stories of Boise companies and the people behind them. From fixers to crusaders, here is a roundup of profiles from June... 
 

Giraffe LaughThirty years ago, Lori Fascilla was a statistic. Divorced, on her own, struggling to provide her 2-year-old son with the childhood she knew he deserved. "I enrolled him at the best (childcare) center I could afford… and it was substandard at best,” Lori says. “It was excruciating to leave him there everyday. I already had a sense of failure and that just added to it." Lori, a public school teacher, decided the only option left was for her to become an early education teacher for “a while,” at a center where she could bring her son along. She wasn’t expecting to fall in love with the profession. Read how Lori Fascilla is now on a mission to elevate families and, in her spare time, the entire education system in The Family Crusader. 
 

Tech Savvy: The walls of Tech Savvy are adorned with motherboards and hollowed out computer frames. “This piece looks like a swimming pool — and these are the railroad tracks.” Brooke Lacey converses with small visitors in her shop while their mother searches through her purse in the reception area, showing them parts that make up a computer. Brooke lists a host of reasons she has been successful in IT and computer repair work — few of which include technology skills. “We are just helping people,” she says. “We are easing their frustrations. Sometimes I’m a counselor. They just want me to hear their story.” This, she says, is what sets Tech Savvy apart from the competition. Read Brooke Lacey's story about leaving her big city job to start a business repairing computers in The Fixer.
 

Auction Frogs:  Kristi Saucerman has always liked helping people. Add to that her natural penchant for getting stuff done, and you get a sort of “super volunteer” — the kind of person who is always stepping up to help out. “I’ve always been an event planner for different organizations throughout my life but found the most rewarding experience to be helping fundraising causes increase their revenue,” she says. “While my primary role was being mom to my two girls, I also volunteered for gala events for several organizations. They were great and often very well done, but because they were one-night-only events, the organizations were missing out on lots of potential fundraising.” Kristi set out to solve the problem. Read how she is bringing traditional pen and clipboard auctions to your phone in A Leap Forward.
 

Flow Aquatics: Shannon Hamrick’s love for the water was born in an Arabian desert. When she was just 6 years old, her family moved to Saudi Arabia where she and her sister, Amber, found themselves in a new country, learning a new language, and with little to do. “Pools are everywhere in Saudi,” Shannon says. “It was the only thing to do as a kid.” So she took to the water, subsequently falling in love with swimming and relishing the freedom it gave her. Read about Shannon's journey to turn that love into a business that grew 1000% in the first year in Go With The...