Staff and Faculty

Meet the Center Staff

  • Sarah Toevs

    Sarah Toevs, PhD

    Director

    Dr. Toevs is the Director of the Center for the Study of Aging and a Professor in the Department of Community and Environmental Health in the College of Health Sciences at Boise State University. She earned her PhD in Health Education and Promotion with an emphasis in Gerontology from the University of Utah in 2000. She has over 30 years of experience in higher education and an extensive network of colleagues in public health and community-based organizations. Dr Toevs’ research interests include health and health system evaluation and analysis and reflects the multi-disciplinary nature inherent in gerontology.

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    Dr. Toevs is the Director of the Center for the Study of Aging and a Professor in the Department of Community and Environmental Health in the College of Health Sciences at Boise State University. She earned her PhD in Health Education and Promotion with an emphasis in Gerontology from the University of Utah in 2000. She has over 30 years of experience in higher education and an extensive network of colleagues in public health and community-based organizations. Dr Toevs’ research interests include health and health system evaluation and analysis and reflects the multi-disciplinary nature inherent in gerontology.

  • Mike Berlin

    Mike Berlin, MS Gerontology, LCSW

    Public Policy Liaison

    Mike Berlin is the Public Policy Liaison with the Center for the Study of Aging and Clinical Geriatric Social Worker. Mike holds a Master’s degree in Gerontology and has over 25 years of leadership and administrative experience in health care. Mike joined the Center as a community advocate/volunteer in 2009 and currently serves the “Chair” of the Idaho Alzheimer’s Planning Group (IAPG). He and his wife, Louise, have been the catalyst behind the IAPG and the talent and expertise they bring to the Center are invaluable. Mike is also engaged at Boise State University as an adjunct professor teaching courses related to health policy and issues in aging, leadership, and health care economics and financing.

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    Mike Berlin is the Public Policy Liaison with the Center for the Study of Aging and Clinical Geriatric Social Worker. Mike holds a Master’s degree in Gerontology and has over 25 years of leadership and administrative experience in health care. Mike joined the Center as a community advocate/volunteer in 2009 and currently serves the “Chair” of the Idaho Alzheimer’s Planning Group (IAPG). He and his wife, Louise, have been the catalyst behind the IAPG and the talent and expertise they bring to the Center are invaluable. Mike is also engaged at Boise State University as an adjunct professor teaching courses related to health policy and issues in aging, leadership, and health care economics and financing.

  • Mary Holden

    Mary Holden, GC in Gerontology

    Community Liaison

    Mary Holden is the Community Liaison for the Center for the Study of Aging and the Coordinator of the Justice Alliance for Vulnerable Adults (JAVA). She brings expertise in aging as well as nonprofit management, event planning and fundraising to the Center. She holds a graduate certificate in gerontological studies with a specialty in working with individuals and families dealing with hoarding behaviors. For more information about JAVA, please visit http://javaidaho.org/.

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    Mary Holden is the Community Liaison for the Center for the Study of Aging and the Coordinator of the Justice Alliance for Vulnerable Adults (JAVA). She brings expertise in aging as well as nonprofit management, event planning and fundraising to the Center. She holds a graduate certificate in gerontological studies with a specialty in working with individuals and families dealing with hoarding behaviors. For more information about JAVA, please visit http://javaidaho.org/.

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    Michelle Arnett, MHS Health Promotion

    Research Associate

    Michelle Arnett, MHS is a Community Health Program Coordinator at St. Luke’s Health Systems in Boise. She also teaches Research Methods as an Adjunct at Boise State. Prior to joining St. Luke’s, she worked with Terry Reilly Health Services as a Development Manager – a fancy way to say she wrote a lot of grants. During her time at the Center for the Study of Aging, she has been part of a team conducting research designed to test the Idaho Fit and Fall Proof (FFP) Program, and a qualitative study examining the impact of retirement on low- to moderate income women.
    When she isn’t working, she is riding her bike, skiing, hiking, enjoying live music, and spending time with her amazing friends (including the wonderful folks at the Center for the Study of Aging).

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    Michelle Arnett, MHS is a Community Health Program Coordinator at St. Luke’s Health Systems in Boise. She also teaches Research Methods as an Adjunct at Boise State. Prior to joining St. Luke’s, she worked with Terry Reilly Health Services as a Development Manager – a fancy way to say she wrote a lot of grants. During her time at the Center for the Study of Aging, she has been part of a team conducting research designed to test the Idaho Fit and Fall Proof (FFP) Program, and a qualitative study examining the impact of retirement on low- to moderate income women.
    When she isn’t working, she is riding her bike, skiing, hiking, enjoying live music, and spending time with her amazing friends (including the wonderful folks at the Center for the Study of Aging).

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    Jill M. Chonody, PhD

    Research Associate

    Jill M. Chonody is an Associate Professor of Social Work at Boise State University and an Adjunct Research Fellow at the University of South Australia. She holds a PhD in social work and is a licensed clinical social worker. Her primary research interests include the study of attitudes toward older adults among social work students, faculty, and practitioners and how curriculum can address biases that promote social injustice against older people, those that identify as LGBTQ, and women. She is also interested in the way that creativity can be used in research, in particular photographic techniques, and scale development to measure negative attitudes toward those who may be vulnerable or oppressed.

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    Jill M. Chonody is an Associate Professor of Social Work at Boise State University and an Adjunct Research Fellow at the University of South Australia. She holds a PhD in social work and is a licensed clinical social worker. Her primary research interests include the study of attitudes toward older adults among social work students, faculty, and practitioners and how curriculum can address biases that promote social injustice against older people, those that identify as LGBTQ, and women. She is also interested in the way that creativity can be used in research, in particular photographic techniques, and scale development to measure negative attitudes toward those who may be vulnerable or oppressed.

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    Patricia K. Flanigan, PhD

    Affiliate Faculty

    Patricia K. Flanigan has worked in higher education for over 28 years. She holds a doctoral degree in Organizational Leadership from the University of La Verne as well as a M.A.  in Latin American Studies and B.A. in Anthropology from the University of California, Los Angeles. Before retiring and moving to Idaho in 2015, she served as the dean of online education and learning resources at a large community college in Southern California. She currently consults in higher education, volunteers for AARP, writes for a local magazine, and serves as an affiliate faculty member at Boise State University.  Since February 2017, she has been the founding director for Smart Strategies for Successful Living, a community-based website designed to promote quality aging. As an educator, her focus is to inspire others to live and age well.

    Patricia K. Flanigan has worked in higher education for over 28 years. She holds a doctoral degree in Organizational Leadership from the University of La Verne as well as a M.A.  in Latin American Studies and B.A. in Anthropology from the University of California, Los Angeles. Before retiring and moving to Idaho in 2015, she served as the dean of online education and learning resources at a large community college in Southern California. She currently consults in higher education, volunteers for AARP, writes for a local magazine, and serves as an affiliate faculty member at Boise State University.  Since February 2017, she has been the founding director for Smart Strategies for Successful Living, a community-based website designed to promote quality aging. As an educator, her focus is to inspire others to live and age well.

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    Gail (Lynn) Fyanes, MHS

    Research Associate

    Gail L. Fyanes serves as Adjunct Faculty in the Department of Community and Environmental Health.  She holds a B.S in Political Science from the University of Utah and a Master of Health Science with an emphasis on Policy from Boise State University.  Currently, she is working on a statewide initiative, as the Alzheimer’s Disease Support Services Project Evaluator. While completing her MHS degree, she was the Healthy Habits, Healthy U Coordinator, a cancer-education collaboration between Boise State University, St. Luke’s Mountain Tumor Institute, and the Boise School District. She has recently retired from the US Air Force after 26 years, specializing in Cyber Support (IT), and serving in several different capacities across the globe. She is actively involved with the Boise VA Medical Center and enjoys teaching the Powerful Tools for Caregivers class in the local community.

    Gail L. Fyanes serves as Adjunct Faculty in the Department of Community and Environmental Health.  She holds a B.S in Political Science from the University of Utah and a Master of Health Science with an emphasis on Policy from Boise State University.  Currently, she is working on a statewide initiative, as the Alzheimer’s Disease Support Services Project Evaluator. While completing her MHS degree, she was the Healthy Habits, Healthy U Coordinator, a cancer-education collaboration between Boise State University, St. Luke’s Mountain Tumor Institute, and the Boise School District. She has recently retired from the US Air Force after 26 years, specializing in Cyber Support (IT), and serving in several different capacities across the globe. She is actively involved with the Boise VA Medical Center and enjoys teaching the Powerful Tools for Caregivers class in the local community.

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    Ruth Ray Karpen, PhD

    Affiliate Faculty

    Ruth Ray Karpen is Professor Emerita from Wayne State University in Detroit, where she taught and mentored undergraduate and graduate students for 35 years.  She was a professor of English and a faculty associate in gerontology until she retired in 2013 and moved to Boise.
    She has published many books, chapters and articles on feminist gerontology, aging, and old age, including Beyond Nostalgia:  Aging and Life-Story Writing (2000) and Endnotes:  An Intimate Look at the End of Life (2008).
    In Boise, Prof. Ray Karpen works as a freelance researcher and writer and contributes blog articles on late-life development to a website called agegracefullyamerica.com.  She also volunteers for a local hospice, where she visits patients and edits the volunteer newsletter.

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    Ruth Ray Karpen is Professor Emerita from Wayne State University in Detroit, where she taught and mentored undergraduate and graduate students for 35 years.  She was a professor of English and a faculty associate in gerontology until she retired in 2013 and moved to Boise.
    She has published many books, chapters and articles on feminist gerontology, aging, and old age, including Beyond Nostalgia:  Aging and Life-Story Writing (2000) and Endnotes:  An Intimate Look at the End of Life (2008).
    In Boise, Prof. Ray Karpen works as a freelance researcher and writer and contributes blog articles on late-life development to a website called agegracefullyamerica.com.  She also volunteers for a local hospice, where she visits patients and edits the volunteer newsletter.

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    Bonnie Kenaley, PhD

    Research Associate

    Bonnie Kenaley is an Associate Professor of Social Work at Boise State University. After a thirty-year career as a registered nurse, she earned her MSW and PhD from the University at Albany at the State University of New York.  She is a licensed master level social worker. Her primary research interests include the study of mental health interventions for older adults, the use of telehealth technology for homebound elders, and the examination of the trajectories and determinants of successful aging in older adults. She is also interested in creating an age-friendly university program that fosters the academic, health, and social well-being of students and faculty of all ages as well as the interaction and collaboration between university and the community’s aging population.  Bonnie has presented her research both nationally and internationally and numerous published articles.

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    Bonnie Kenaley is an Associate Professor of Social Work at Boise State University. After a thirty-year career as a registered nurse, she earned her MSW and PhD from the University at Albany at the State University of New York.  She is a licensed master level social worker. Her primary research interests include the study of mental health interventions for older adults, the use of telehealth technology for homebound elders, and the examination of the trajectories and determinants of successful aging in older adults. She is also interested in creating an age-friendly university program that fosters the academic, health, and social well-being of students and faculty of all ages as well as the interaction and collaboration between university and the community’s aging population.  Bonnie has presented her research both nationally and internationally and numerous published articles.

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    Kim Martz, PhD, RN

    Affiliate Faculty

    Kim Martz, PhD, RN is a Professor Emeritus with Boise State University. During her tenure as a nursing faculty for 14 years, she conducted research in hospice and palliative care and published a number of research articles. She obtained her PhD from the University of Utah in the Hartford Center for Geriatric Excellence.
    Kim was trained as a Respecting Choices First Steps Facilitator and Instructor for Honoring Choices Idaho, engaging individuals and groups in advance care planning conversations.  As part of a Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Initiative (PCORI), she served as project lead engaging the community on advanced care planning and replicated a statewide Idaho survey on Preference for End of Life Care (2018) in collaboration with the Center for the Study of Aging and Honoring Choices Idaho.

    Kim Martz, PhD, RN is a Professor Emeritus with Boise State University. During her tenure as a nursing faculty for 14 years, she conducted research in hospice and palliative care and published a number of research articles. She obtained her PhD from the University of Utah in the Hartford Center for Geriatric Excellence.
    Kim was trained as a Respecting Choices First Steps Facilitator and Instructor for Honoring Choices Idaho, engaging individuals and groups in advance care planning conversations.  As part of a Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Initiative (PCORI), she served as project lead engaging the community on advanced care planning and replicated a statewide Idaho survey on Preference for End of Life Care (2018) in collaboration with the Center for the Study of Aging and Honoring Choices Idaho.

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    Diane Ronayne

    Affiliate Faculty

    Diane is currently chairing the 501c3 Idaho Advocates for Community Transportation, which exists to support transportation solutions for seniors and others who don’t have access to public transportation. She also was founding secretary of Boise at Home, a village concept nonprofit to enable seniors to age in place, that operated in Boise for about 18 months. Diane is an active participant in the Osher Lifelong Learning Program at BSU, for which she has helped arrange classes and offered lectures in obituary writing. She has been a member of AARP since turning 50 and wrote an article for Boise Magazine about how it felt when she received that AARP envelope in the mail and realized “I was now officially old.”

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    Diane is currently chairing the 501c3 Idaho Advocates for Community Transportation, which exists to support transportation solutions for seniors and others who don’t have access to public transportation. She also was founding secretary of Boise at Home, a village concept nonprofit to enable seniors to age in place, that operated in Boise for about 18 months. Diane is an active participant in the Osher Lifelong Learning Program at BSU, for which she has helped arrange classes and offered lectures in obituary writing. She has been a member of AARP since turning 50 and wrote an article for Boise Magazine about how it felt when she received that AARP envelope in the mail and realized “I was now officially old.”

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    Carolyn Templeton, MS, RD

    Affiliate Faculty

    Carolyn Templeton served as Adjunct Faculty in the Department of Community and Environmental Health from 2006-2017.  She holds a B.S. in Nutrition and Dietetics from the University of Idaho, an M.S. in Allied Health Teacher Education from the University of Michigan, and is a Registered Dietitian.  Carolyn worked at Michigan Medicine for 40 years in a variety of inpatient and outpatient positions, with emphasis on diabetes and dietetic intern education.  She was also a team member in the Pilot Geriatric Arthritis Program, an early and unique outreach initiative to bring health care and education to older adults in the community setting.  She was a nutrition consultant in long-term care for 15 years, and a lecturer in the UM School of Education.  Carolyn’s areas of interest are geriatrics, health education, and diabetes.  She has a variety of publications in those areas.  Carolyn enjoys designing education programs that engage, enlighten, and provide fun and real-life learning.  The highlight of her career–interacting with Boise State students as they explored and developed greater appreciation and insight into of what it takes to be an older adult.

    Carolyn Templeton served as Adjunct Faculty in the Department of Community and Environmental Health from 2006-2017.  She holds a B.S. in Nutrition and Dietetics from the University of Idaho, an M.S. in Allied Health Teacher Education from the University of Michigan, and is a Registered Dietitian.  Carolyn worked at Michigan Medicine for 40 years in a variety of inpatient and outpatient positions, with emphasis on diabetes and dietetic intern education.  She was also a team member in the Pilot Geriatric Arthritis Program, an early and unique outreach initiative to bring health care and education to older adults in the community setting.  She was a nutrition consultant in long-term care for 15 years, and a lecturer in the UM School of Education.  Carolyn’s areas of interest are geriatrics, health education, and diabetes.  She has a variety of publications in those areas.  Carolyn enjoys designing education programs that engage, enlighten, and provide fun and real-life learning.  The highlight of her career–interacting with Boise State students as they explored and developed greater appreciation and insight into of what it takes to be an older adult.

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    Tomas V. Trotter, PhD

    Affiliate Faculty

    As a professional, Dr. Trotter has served as a credentialed practitioner in counseling, school psychology, and leadership, primarily in the public schools and at the university level.
    Dr. Trotter holds a Ph.D. with an emphasis in Counseling & School Psychology, with additional degrees in applied Educational Psychology, Special Education, and Sociology. He has over 35 years of experience in higher education as an instructor, program coordinator, and department head. He has also served in a leadership capacity in the human services arena, including administrative positions responsible for the management of a variety of Special Services programs. He was a university counseling center director and in a previous professional life, retired from the U.S. Naval Reserve. Lately, he has become involved in promoting Community Livability and Age Friendly Communities via AARP’s comprehensive system of evaluation, strategic planning, and implementation.

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    As a professional, Dr. Trotter has served as a credentialed practitioner in counseling, school psychology, and leadership, primarily in the public schools and at the university level.
    Dr. Trotter holds a Ph.D. with an emphasis in Counseling & School Psychology, with additional degrees in applied Educational Psychology, Special Education, and Sociology. He has over 35 years of experience in higher education as an instructor, program coordinator, and department head. He has also served in a leadership capacity in the human services arena, including administrative positions responsible for the management of a variety of Special Services programs. He was a university counseling center director and in a previous professional life, retired from the U.S. Naval Reserve. Lately, he has become involved in promoting Community Livability and Age Friendly Communities via AARP’s comprehensive system of evaluation, strategic planning, and implementation.

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    Tiffany A. Robb, MHS Health Policy

    Research Associate

    Tiffany Robb is a research associate within the Center for the Study of Aging. She has recently received her MHS degree and the honor of being published. She has worked with TBI individuals when SWITC was the Idaho State School and Hospital, owned a personal training and nutrition business in Hollywood, and worked as a project manager for a marketing research firm in Los Angeles. Tiffany is quite involved within her community and has served on her local neighborhood association board as well as PTA board. One thing that she has learned over her lifetime is that if she is sensing a need for change, then so are others. This has led her to develop a social parenting group that spans the Treasure Valley as well as a co-develop a collaborative group for Boise neighborhood associations
    Tiffany is passionate about empowering people, the senior population, caregivers, and end of life planning.

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    Tiffany Robb is a research associate within the Center for the Study of Aging. She has recently received her MHS degree and the honor of being published. She has worked with TBI individuals when SWITC was the Idaho State School and Hospital, owned a personal training and nutrition business in Hollywood, and worked as a project manager for a marketing research firm in Los Angeles. Tiffany is quite involved within her community and has served on her local neighborhood association board as well as PTA board. One thing that she has learned over her lifetime is that if she is sensing a need for change, then so are others. This has led her to develop a social parenting group that spans the Treasure Valley as well as a co-develop a collaborative group for Boise neighborhood associations
    Tiffany is passionate about empowering people, the senior population, caregivers, and end of life planning.

Faculty

The Center draws faculty and researchers from across the Boise State campus and community. Below are individuals with expertise in gerontology.

NameAcademic Unit / CenterPhone Number and Email
Austin, Emily
Center for the Study of Aging208-426-5899
emilyaustin1@boisestate.edu
Baker, Edward (Ed)
Center for Health Policy (Director)208-426-3118
ebaker@boisestate.edu
Beard, Holly
Center for the Study of Aging (Former Director)208-426-5899
hbeard@ohiohome.org
Berlin, Mike
Center for the Study of Aging208-426-5899
lhbmb@cableone.net
Birdsall, Bobbi
Counselor Education208-426-3204
bbirdsa@boisestate.edu
Carver, Selina
Center for the Study of Aging208-426-5899
selinacarver@yahoo.com
Chonody, JillSchool of Social Work208-426-3195
jillchonody@boisestate.edu
Gibson, Terry-Ann
Kinesiology208-426-1509
tgibson@boisestate.edu
Hannah, Elizabeth (Lee)
Community and Environmental Health208-426-2508
elizabethhannah@boisestate.edu
Hill, Glenda
Community and Environmental Health208-426-3832
ghill@boisestate.edu
Kenaley, BonnieSchool of Social Workbonniekenaley@boisestate.edu


Liley, Denice
School of Social Work208-426-4395
dliley@boisestate.edu
Martz, Kim
School of Nursing208-426-3591
kimmartz@boisestate.edu
Miller, Carissa
Center for the Study of Aging (Former Director) 208-426-5899
cmiller@sde.idaho.gov
Pritchard, Mary
Psychology208-426-1901
marypritchard@boisestate.edu
Rodenhizer, Roy "Butch"
School of Social Work208-426-1789
royrodenhiser@boisestate.edu
Springer, Pam
School of Nursing208-426-3600
pspring@boisestate.edu
Toevs, Sarah
Center for the Study of Aging (Director) 208-426-2452
stoevs@boisestate.edu
Totten, Annette
Center for the Study of Aging (Former Director)208-426-5899
annette.totten@gmail.com