Staff and Faculty

Meet the Center Staff

  • Toevs_Sarah

    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.

    Center for the Study of Aging

    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.

  • Berlin_Mike

    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.

    Center for the Study of Aging

    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.

  • Holden_Mary

    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/.

    Center for the Study of Aging

    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/.

  • Michelle Arnett

    Graduate Research Assistant

    Michelle Arnett is a Graduate Research Assistant with the Center for the Study of Aging. She is pursuing a Master of Health Science degree with an emphasis in Health Promotion and a graduate certificate in Gerontological Studies. Michelle has undergraduate degrees in Sports Management (fitness and wellness) and Media Arts/Graphic Design. Since joining the Center for the Study of Aging, she has been involved in research designed to test the Idaho Fit and Fall Proof (FFP) Program against evidenced-based practice standards established by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). She is also working with state and regional FFP administrators and community-based volunteer leaders to revise and update curriculum and training materials.

    Center for the Study of Aging

    Michelle Arnett is a Graduate Research Assistant with the Center for the Study of Aging. She is pursuing a Master of Health Science degree with an emphasis in Health Promotion and a graduate certificate in Gerontological Studies. Michelle has undergraduate degrees in Sports Management (fitness and wellness) and Media Arts/Graphic Design. Since joining the Center for the Study of Aging, she has been involved in research designed to test the Idaho Fit and Fall Proof (FFP) Program against evidenced-based practice standards established by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). She is also working with state and regional FFP administrators and community-based volunteer leaders to revise and update curriculum and training materials.

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
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
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