Dick Boysen

Dick Boysen

Executive Director Emeritus

 At Joya since 1977


Dick Boysen has spent his entire career as a tireless advocate for children in our region. Dick arrived at the original Spokane Guilds’ School in 1977 with a passion for making a difference in the lives of developmentally disabled children. He had a vision to make the program the best in the country and has worked diligently to ensure that dream became a reality. Under Dick’s leadership, the organization underwent a rebranding in 2018, to become Joya Child & Family Development, The change better reflects the work of the organization, which has become one of the most comprehensive, respected and well-executed programs in the country for children with disabilities from birth to age 3. In June of 2019, and after 42 years of service, Dick retired from the day-to-day operation of Joya. He currently serves at executive director emeritus, volunteering his time and talents to raising funds to build the new children’s center.


  • Bachelor of Arts, Anthropology, Cal State University, Northridge
  • Master of Arts, Child Development, Washington State University
  • Master of Arts, Adult & Continuing Education, Washington State University

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