AASC Staff

Advising and Academic Support Center Staff

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Leadership

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    Tomas Baiza

    Director

    Duties: Direct overall AASC operations and coordinate the AASC’s collaboration with other Boise State advising and enrollment units.

    Tomas joined AASC in 2013 with professional experience in admissions, human resources, and residential learning development. His teaching experience includes coursework and teaching in history, career exploration, and graduate research methodology. Tomas received his Bachelor of Arts at San Jose State University, Masters degrees from Indiana University and the University of Michigan, and his doctorate in Education from the University of Oregon.

    Duties: Direct overall AASC operations and coordinate the AASC’s collaboration with other Boise State advising and enrollment units.

    Tomas joined AASC in 2013 with professional experience in admissions, human resources, and residential learning development. His teaching experience includes coursework and teaching in history, career exploration, and graduate research methodology. Tomas received his Bachelor of Arts at San Jose State University, Masters degrees from Indiana University and the University of Michigan, and his doctorate in Education from the University of Oregon.

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    Matt Schmasow

    Associate Director

    Duties: Oversees Academic Support services, including tutoring programs, academic success workshops, and academic coaching in addition to serving as the co-chair for ACAD courses.

    Matt joined the Advising and Academic Support Center as an Academic Support Coordinator in October 2013 and oversaw the training, supervision, and assessment of AASC’s tutoring services, including the Learning Assistant Program. Matt earned both his Bachelor and Master of Science in Biology degrees from Boise State. Outside of his work supporting student success on campus, he enjoys fly-fishing and volunteer teaching entomology workshops at local learning centers and fly shops.

    Duties: Oversees Academic Support services, including tutoring programs, academic success workshops, and academic coaching in addition to serving as the co-chair for ACAD courses.

    Matt joined the Advising and Academic Support Center as an Academic Support Coordinator in October 2013 and oversaw the training, supervision, and assessment of AASC’s tutoring services, including the Learning Assistant Program. Matt earned both his Bachelor and Master of Science in Biology degrees from Boise State. Outside of his work supporting student success on campus, he enjoys fly-fishing and volunteer teaching entomology workshops at local learning centers and fly shops.

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    Alizabeth Gaddie

    Assistant Director

    Duties: Alizabeth meets with students to assist with schedule creation, major exploration, and academic skill building. She also coordinates with campus partners to create a shared first-year experience for all Boise State students.

    Alizabeth earned her Master of Science in Counseling and Student Affairs from Minnesota State University Moorhead. She is excited about her role, as she holds a sincere passion for fostering students’ skills in not only academic but holistic success. Additionally, Alizabeth enjoys movies, spending time with family and friends and dancing!

    Duties: Alizabeth meets with students to assist with schedule creation, major exploration, and academic skill building. She also coordinates with campus partners to create a shared first-year experience for all Boise State students.

    Alizabeth earned her Master of Science in Counseling and Student Affairs from Minnesota State University Moorhead. She is excited about her role, as she holds a sincere passion for fostering students’ skills in not only academic but holistic success. Additionally, Alizabeth enjoys movies, spending time with family and friends and dancing!

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    Assistant Director

    Duties: Coordinates the Academic Development and Recovery program, which focuses on supporting students in academic distress, including providing academic advising to students who are on academic probation, are seeking reinstatement, or have been reinstated following academic dismissal.

    Duties: Coordinates the Academic Development and Recovery program, which focuses on supporting students in academic distress, including providing academic advising to students who are on academic probation, are seeking reinstatement, or have been reinstated following academic dismissal.

Administrative Staff

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    Shawn Moak

    Administrative Assistant II

    Duties: Administrative support for AASC staff, Learning Assistant and Tutoring programs, front desk support, customer service, data collection, purchasing, and travel/expense.

    Duties: Administrative support for AASC staff, Learning Assistant and Tutoring programs, front desk support, customer service, data collection, purchasing, and travel/expense.

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    Tim Squires

    Advising Systems Coordinator

    Duties:  Manage implementation of university-wide student success initiatives, advising process documentation and standardization, department financial management, human resource/candidate search manager data acquisition and dissemination, Finish in Four Program Management.

    Tim started in AASC in 2002  (before we were AASC!) as a student employee and has advanced to his current position.  He is a proud Boise State alum having earned his Bachelor of Science in Health Science – Health Information Management in 2010.

    Duties:  Manage implementation of university-wide student success initiatives, advising process documentation and standardization, department financial management, human resource/candidate search manager data acquisition and dissemination, Finish in Four Program Management.

    Tim started in AASC in 2002  (before we were AASC!) as a student employee and has advanced to his current position.  He is a proud Boise State alum having earned his Bachelor of Science in Health Science – Health Information Management in 2010.

Academic Advising Staff

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    Megan Lindbeck

    Major Exploration Coordinator

    Duties: As an Academic Advisor, Megan meets with undecided students to assist with major exploration, skill building, and schedule creation.

    Megan moved to Idaho in September 2015 from her hometown in Green Bay, Wisconsin. Go Pack Go!  She received her Bachelor of Arts in History from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire and her Master of Science in Education in Student Affairs Administration in Higher Education from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, where she advised undeclared students. She spends her free time traveling, going to movies, and finding new things to love about Boise and Idaho!

    Duties: As an Academic Advisor, Megan meets with undecided students to assist with major exploration, skill building, and schedule creation.

    Megan moved to Idaho in September 2015 from her hometown in Green Bay, Wisconsin. Go Pack Go!  She received her Bachelor of Arts in History from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire and her Master of Science in Education in Student Affairs Administration in Higher Education from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, where she advised undeclared students. She spends her free time traveling, going to movies, and finding new things to love about Boise and Idaho!

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    First-Year Transition Coordinator

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    Nico Diaz

    Academic Development and Recovery Advisor

    Duties: Meets with students to provide developmentally appropriate academic advising with an emphasis on students who are in academic distress, are on academic probation, are seeking reinstatement, or have been reinstated after dismissal.

    Nico attended Boise State where he received undergraduate degrees in Political Science and Spanish and a Master of Public Administration and Political Science. Nico has worked on the Boise State campus for a number of years, including in Veteran Services where he processed military benefits and in the Educational Access Center where he coordinated an outreach program to interact with students with disabilities. He is an avid runner, enjoys spending time in the great outdoors, and is a sucker for dogs.

    Duties: Meets with students to provide developmentally appropriate academic advising with an emphasis on students who are in academic distress, are on academic probation, are seeking reinstatement, or have been reinstated after dismissal.

    Nico attended Boise State where he received undergraduate degrees in Political Science and Spanish and a Master of Public Administration and Political Science. Nico has worked on the Boise State campus for a number of years, including in Veteran Services where he processed military benefits and in the Educational Access Center where he coordinated an outreach program to interact with students with disabilities. He is an avid runner, enjoys spending time in the great outdoors, and is a sucker for dogs.

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    Chelsee Rohmiller

    Academic Development and Recovery Advisor

    Duties: Meets with students to provide developmentally appropriate academic advising with an emphasis on students who are in academic distress, are on academic probation, are seeking reinstatement, or have been reinstated after dismissal.

    Chelsee earned her bachelor’s degree in Psychology and master’s in Student Affairs from Iowa State University. She served as a hall director at North Dakota State University working mainly with upperclassmen. Chelsee loves all things pop culture, especially television shows & documentaries. She enjoys doing grandma-like hobbies, such as baking, cross-stitching, reading, and crafting, and she listens to too many podcasts.

    Duties: Meets with students to provide developmentally appropriate academic advising with an emphasis on students who are in academic distress, are on academic probation, are seeking reinstatement, or have been reinstated after dismissal.

    Chelsee earned her bachelor’s degree in Psychology and master’s in Student Affairs from Iowa State University. She served as a hall director at North Dakota State University working mainly with upperclassmen. Chelsee loves all things pop culture, especially television shows & documentaries. She enjoys doing grandma-like hobbies, such as baking, cross-stitching, reading, and crafting, and she listens to too many podcasts.

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    Academic Advisor

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    Nick Dugovich

    Academic Advisor

    Duties:  Academic skill-building support, first-year academic success, Boise State navigation, general advising questions/assistance

    Nick grew up in the suburbs of Seattle, WA and earned his undergraduate degree in History at Western Washington University. Nick first came to Boise State University as a summer intern with Housing and Residence Life while completing his master’s in Student Affairs Administration from Lewis & Clark College. Nick enjoys hiking, playing the latest video game, and spending time with family.  Nick will be working as a First-Year Advisor focused on supporting undeclared incoming students in the navigation of University Foundations requirements, major exploration, and first-year academic success. Nick is also excited to work with campus partners in other Boise State offices to provide a holistic approach to supporting students.

    Duties:  Academic skill-building support, first-year academic success, Boise State navigation, general advising questions/assistance

    Nick grew up in the suburbs of Seattle, WA and earned his undergraduate degree in History at Western Washington University. Nick first came to Boise State University as a summer intern with Housing and Residence Life while completing his master’s in Student Affairs Administration from Lewis & Clark College. Nick enjoys hiking, playing the latest video game, and spending time with family.  Nick will be working as a First-Year Advisor focused on supporting undeclared incoming students in the navigation of University Foundations requirements, major exploration, and first-year academic success. Nick is also excited to work with campus partners in other Boise State offices to provide a holistic approach to supporting students.

Academic Support Staff

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    Molly Moran

    Academic Coaching Coordinator

    Duties:  Provides training and support to professional staff in use of various academic coaching models as well as direct support to students primarily through ongoing academic coaching sessions.

    Molly earned a Master of Arts degree in Counselor Education from Portland State University and is currently pursuing her doctoral degree in Counselor Education and Supervision from Boise State University. Molly has worked in a variety of student support roles in educational settings across the country. Whether she is teaching college classes, supervising the clinical work of graduate counseling students, or providing individual academic coaching, she strives to facilitate meaningful, thought-provoking experiences that foster independent, self-aware learners who are commitment to life-long growth. Born and raised in western Montana, Molly developed a deep love and appreciation for all things outdoors, especially skiing, biking, and hiking.

    Duties:  Provides training and support to professional staff in use of various academic coaching models as well as direct support to students primarily through ongoing academic coaching sessions.

    Molly earned a Master of Arts degree in Counselor Education from Portland State University and is currently pursuing her doctoral degree in Counselor Education and Supervision from Boise State University. Molly has worked in a variety of student support roles in educational settings across the country. Whether she is teaching college classes, supervising the clinical work of graduate counseling students, or providing individual academic coaching, she strives to facilitate meaningful, thought-provoking experiences that foster independent, self-aware learners who are commitment to life-long growth. Born and raised in western Montana, Molly developed a deep love and appreciation for all things outdoors, especially skiing, biking, and hiking.

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    Kate Steven

    Academic Support Coordinator

    Duties: Coordinates the training, supervision, and assessment of the AASC’s tutoring programs including the Learning Assistant program and drop-in tutoring services across campus.

    In academic success, Kate has excelled at coaching college students through academic and career path challenges by providing a supportive environment for each person to find the best solution that fits. Kate is committed to social justice and helping others navigate intersectional identities, as well as understanding how identity impacts the pursuit of higher education. Kate has particular interests in media literacy, gender performance and queerness in general. In their spare time, Kate teaches and performs circus art including aerial fitness, pole art, and flying trapeze.

    Duties: Coordinates the training, supervision, and assessment of the AASC’s tutoring programs including the Learning Assistant program and drop-in tutoring services across campus.

    In academic success, Kate has excelled at coaching college students through academic and career path challenges by providing a supportive environment for each person to find the best solution that fits. Kate is committed to social justice and helping others navigate intersectional identities, as well as understanding how identity impacts the pursuit of higher education. Kate has particular interests in media literacy, gender performance and queerness in general. In their spare time, Kate teaches and performs circus art including aerial fitness, pole art, and flying trapeze.

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    Carissa Wilcox

    Educational Specialist

    Duties: Serves as Faculty Liaison for ACAD 101 concurrent enrollment program in addition to providing academic coaching, teaching ACAD 101, and supporting ACAD instructors.

    Carissa joined AASC in the summer of 2017 as Educational Specialist. She earned both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Communication as well as a graduate certificate in college teaching from Boise State. Carissa is also an adjunct faculty member for the Boise State Department of Communication.

    Duties: Serves as Faculty Liaison for ACAD 101 concurrent enrollment program in addition to providing academic coaching, teaching ACAD 101, and supporting ACAD instructors.

    Carissa joined AASC in the summer of 2017 as Educational Specialist. She earned both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Communication as well as a graduate certificate in college teaching from Boise State. Carissa is also an adjunct faculty member for the Boise State Department of Communication.

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    Amanda Taylor

    Graduate Assistant

    Duties: Assists with Academic Support services including the Learning Assistant Program.

    Amanda joined AASC in 2018 as an academic support assistant working primarily with the Learning Assistant program here on campus. She grew up in the Treasure Valley and moved back to the Boise area after earning her undergraduate degree in Sociology from Brigham Young University. Amanda is currently pursuing her masters degree in Counseling from Boise State and loves hiking, taking care of her plants, trying new foods, and enjoying a good book recommendation.

    Duties: Assists with Academic Support services including the Learning Assistant Program.

    Amanda joined AASC in 2018 as an academic support assistant working primarily with the Learning Assistant program here on campus. She grew up in the Treasure Valley and moved back to the Boise area after earning her undergraduate degree in Sociology from Brigham Young University. Amanda is currently pursuing her masters degree in Counseling from Boise State and loves hiking, taking care of her plants, trying new foods, and enjoying a good book recommendation.

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    Kathleen Jawish

    Graduate Assistant

    Duties: Assists with Academic Advising services including the University Foundations Fellows Program.

    A native Marylander, Kathleen graduated from Virginia Tech University with Bachelor’s of Science in Merchandising Management and a minor is Psychology in 2007.  After dedicating 10 years to working in various different industries from engineering to healthcare, Kathleen decided to go back to school and pursue her true passion, counseling.  This fall, Kathleen will enter the third and final year of her Master’s degree in Counseling at Boise State University.  Her hope is to use her degree to help individuals find paths to more joy in their lives!  When not working or studying, you will find Kathleen participating in various outdoor activities, traveling or spending time with family, friends and loved ones.

    Duties: Assists with Academic Advising services including the University Foundations Fellows Program.

    A native Marylander, Kathleen graduated from Virginia Tech University with Bachelor’s of Science in Merchandising Management and a minor is Psychology in 2007.  After dedicating 10 years to working in various different industries from engineering to healthcare, Kathleen decided to go back to school and pursue her true passion, counseling.  This fall, Kathleen will enter the third and final year of her Master’s degree in Counseling at Boise State University.  Her hope is to use her degree to help individuals find paths to more joy in their lives!  When not working or studying, you will find Kathleen participating in various outdoor activities, traveling or spending time with family, friends and loved ones.