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Meet Our Staff

  • Charlie Varland

    Director

    I love backpacking in the Sawtooth Mountains, commuting to work on my bike, going to live music, and spending time with my wife, cat and dog.

    Ask Me About:
    • Creating Change
    • Developing the Capacity to Lead
    • Exploring Purpose
    Education & Experience:

    Pursuing a Ph.D. in Higher Education Leadership from Colorado State University. Master of Education, Iowa State University. Bachelor of Arts, English, Western Washington University

    Why Student Involvement?

    Getting involved on campus is as important as going to class. Take time to explore something new, learn outside the classroom, and make a difference in your community.

    I love backpacking in the Sawtooth Mountains, commuting to work on my bike, going to live music, and spending time with my wife, cat and dog.

    Ask Me About:
    • Creating Change
    • Developing the Capacity to Lead
    • Exploring Purpose
    Education & Experience:

    Pursuing a Ph.D. in Higher Education Leadership from Colorado State University. Master of Education, Iowa State University. Bachelor of Arts, English, Western Washington University

    Why Student Involvement?

    Getting involved on campus is as important as going to class. Take time to explore something new, learn outside the classroom, and make a difference in your community.

  • America Yorita-Carrión

    Student Organizations Coordinator

    I’m a social introvert, but can be easily hyped up to try new things- even if I’m scared. I enjoy training for long distance runs, ice fishing and camping with my husband and two kids, and photobooking. I could eat sushi every day, and I add a little Tapatio onto almost everything I eat. I take pride in being the first in my family to go to college and properly cracking open yummy coconuts.

    Ask Me About:
    • Starting a new club
    • LeaderShape
    • Creating a memorable college experience
    Education & Experience:

    Bachelor of Arts in Sociology, minor in Education; Whitman College, Walla Walla, WA.

    Why Student Involvement?

    I’m a first-generation college grad and believe the college experience is life-changing! Choosing to get involved is phenomenally rewarding-often in unexpected ways. I cherish the opportunity to partner with students who take charge of their college experience; it’s SO exciting when they say yes to the opportunities around them.

    I’m a social introvert, but can be easily hyped up to try new things- even if I’m scared. I enjoy training for long distance runs, ice fishing and camping with my husband and two kids, and photobooking. I could eat sushi every day, and I add a little Tapatio onto almost everything I eat. I take pride in being the first in my family to go to college and properly cracking open yummy coconuts.

    Ask Me About:
    • Starting a new club
    • LeaderShape
    • Creating a memorable college experience
    Education & Experience:

    Bachelor of Arts in Sociology, minor in Education; Whitman College, Walla Walla, WA.

    Why Student Involvement?

    I’m a first-generation college grad and believe the college experience is life-changing! Choosing to get involved is phenomenally rewarding-often in unexpected ways. I cherish the opportunity to partner with students who take charge of their college experience; it’s SO exciting when they say yes to the opportunities around them.

  • Amy Jauregui, CPA

    Senior Business Manager

    I love photography, travel, discovering new music, and spending time with friends and family.

    Ask Me About:
    • Budgets for student organizations
    • Financial questions
    • How to complete financial paperwork
    Education & Experience:

    Bachelor of Arts, Political Science, Boise State University

    Bachelor of Business Administration, Accounting, Boise State University

    Master’s of Public Administration, Boise State University

    CPA

    Why Student Involvement?

    I enjoy helping students and colleagues make exciting programs and initiatives happen.

    I love photography, travel, discovering new music, and spending time with friends and family.

    Ask Me About:
    • Budgets for student organizations
    • Financial questions
    • How to complete financial paperwork
    Education & Experience:

    Bachelor of Arts, Political Science, Boise State University

    Bachelor of Business Administration, Accounting, Boise State University

    Master’s of Public Administration, Boise State University

    CPA

    Why Student Involvement?

    I enjoy helping students and colleagues make exciting programs and initiatives happen.

  • Annette Tejpal

    Administrative Assistant

    When I’m not studying, I enjoy cooking authentic Indian food, indoor cycling, running half-marathons and supporting my three children in Scouting. I have lived all over the world, but Boise has always been home.

    Ask Me About:
    • Travel & Purchase Requests
    • ASBSU Individual Grants
    • Studying and Traveling Abroad
    Education & Experience:

    Master of Education, Leadership, Change, and Organizational Development, University of Dundee, Scotland
    Bachelor of Arts, Spanish, University of Idaho

    Why Student Involvement?

    College is a time when students define themselves as unique individuals. It is immensely satisfying to be able to support the creativity, dedication, and leadership that Boise State University students exemplify on a daily basis.

    When I’m not studying, I enjoy cooking authentic Indian food, indoor cycling, running half-marathons and supporting my three children in Scouting. I have lived all over the world, but Boise has always been home.

    Ask Me About:
    • Travel & Purchase Requests
    • ASBSU Individual Grants
    • Studying and Traveling Abroad
    Education & Experience:

    Master of Education, Leadership, Change, and Organizational Development, University of Dundee, Scotland
    Bachelor of Arts, Spanish, University of Idaho

    Why Student Involvement?

    College is a time when students define themselves as unique individuals. It is immensely satisfying to be able to support the creativity, dedication, and leadership that Boise State University students exemplify on a daily basis.

  • Erin Mahn

    Associate Director

    Although, I grew up in a house in Phoenix, Arizona I have also lived in a canoe and a tree.

    Ask Me About:
    • Fraternity & Sorority Life
    • Student Organizations
    • Strengths-Based Leadership
    Education & Experience:

    Master of Science, Student Affairs in Higher Education, Colorado State University, Fort Collins. Over twenty years in the field of experiential education and student development. Bachelor of Science, Urban and Environmental Policy, Occidental College, Los Angeles.

    Why Student Involvement?

    I am inspired every day by Boise State students that are taking steps towards realizing their potential through their involvement. They are bold, curious, creative and hopeful. I am honored to be a part of their journey.

    Although, I grew up in a house in Phoenix, Arizona I have also lived in a canoe and a tree.

    Ask Me About:
    • Fraternity & Sorority Life
    • Student Organizations
    • Strengths-Based Leadership
    Education & Experience:

    Master of Science, Student Affairs in Higher Education, Colorado State University, Fort Collins. Over twenty years in the field of experiential education and student development. Bachelor of Science, Urban and Environmental Policy, Occidental College, Los Angeles.

    Why Student Involvement?

    I am inspired every day by Boise State students that are taking steps towards realizing their potential through their involvement. They are bold, curious, creative and hopeful. I am honored to be a part of their journey.

  • Jennifer Fields photo

    Jenn Fields

    Senior Student Development Coordinator

    I love taking road trips and have a life goal to explore all the major National Parks! I also love playing volleyball, cuddling with my kitties, and going line dancing.

    Ask Me About:
    • Student Media
    • Getting Involved in Student Government
    • Tips for Road Tripping
    Education & Experience:

    Master of Arts, Higher Education Administration and Leadership Studies, University of the Pacific, Stockton, CA; Bachelor of Arts, Psychology, George Mason University, Fairfax, VA.

    Why Student Involvement?

    Students get to explore their passions and develop their leadership skills by getting involved. I am honored to be a part of students’ journeys and seek to empower them to challenge themselves.

    I love taking road trips and have a life goal to explore all the major National Parks! I also love playing volleyball, cuddling with my kitties, and going line dancing.

    Ask Me About:
    • Student Media
    • Getting Involved in Student Government
    • Tips for Road Tripping
    Education & Experience:

    Master of Arts, Higher Education Administration and Leadership Studies, University of the Pacific, Stockton, CA; Bachelor of Arts, Psychology, George Mason University, Fairfax, VA.

    Why Student Involvement?

    Students get to explore their passions and develop their leadership skills by getting involved. I am honored to be a part of students’ journeys and seek to empower them to challenge themselves.

  • Katie Thomas

    Technical Records Specialist II

    I love spending time with my family! When I am not working, you will find me cheering my son on as he wrestles, watching baseball (GO YANKEES!!), competing in virtual races where I have over 50 medals and have walked over 4,500 miles.

    Ask Me About:
    • Student Organization Purchase Requests
    • Understanding Your Organization Statement
    • ASBSU Grants
    Education and Experience:

    I have worked for the state of Idaho for more than 5 years nonconsecutively.  Before coming to Boise State, I worked as an admin for the Early Childhood Coordinating Council where I assisted council members who advocated for early childhood education in Idaho.  I also worked for the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare as a Self Reliance Specialist serving the needs of Idaho families. I have more than 15 years of experience in finance and accounting, inventory management, and customer service.

    Why Student Involvement:

    Working to support the students, faculty, and staff of Boise State is something that I am passionate about, this still doesn’t feel like work!!   Knowing that I play a part in our student’s college experience encourages me to make sure that each student interaction that I have is positive and helpful!

    I love spending time with my family! When I am not working, you will find me cheering my son on as he wrestles, watching baseball (GO YANKEES!!), competing in virtual races where I have over 50 medals and have walked over 4,500 miles.

    Ask Me About:
    • Student Organization Purchase Requests
    • Understanding Your Organization Statement
    • ASBSU Grants
    Education and Experience:

    I have worked for the state of Idaho for more than 5 years nonconsecutively.  Before coming to Boise State, I worked as an admin for the Early Childhood Coordinating Council where I assisted council members who advocated for early childhood education in Idaho.  I also worked for the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare as a Self Reliance Specialist serving the needs of Idaho families. I have more than 15 years of experience in finance and accounting, inventory management, and customer service.

    Why Student Involvement:

    Working to support the students, faculty, and staff of Boise State is something that I am passionate about, this still doesn’t feel like work!!   Knowing that I play a part in our student’s college experience encourages me to make sure that each student interaction that I have is positive and helpful!

  • Melinda Jean Stafford

    Assistant Director

    I am a beekeeper and also design and create handmade bow ties.  Catch me shreddin’ the gnar at Bogus Basin!

    Ask Me About:
    • Marketing
    • Alternative Breaks
    • Honey bees
    Education & Experience:

    Master’s in College Student Affairs Administration from The University of Georgia, and two bachelors degrees from The University of Idaho in Clothing, Textiles, and Design, and Communication Studies.

    Why Student Involvement?

    The college experience is memorable when students are having fun and building friendships and tradition. I love being a part of a team that does exactly that!

    I am a beekeeper and also design and create handmade bow ties.  Catch me shreddin’ the gnar at Bogus Basin!

    Ask Me About:
    • Marketing
    • Alternative Breaks
    • Honey bees
    Education & Experience:

    Master’s in College Student Affairs Administration from The University of Georgia, and two bachelors degrees from The University of Idaho in Clothing, Textiles, and Design, and Communication Studies.

    Why Student Involvement?

    The college experience is memorable when students are having fun and building friendships and tradition. I love being a part of a team that does exactly that!

  • Melissa Whitelock

    Technical Records Specialist

    I’m one of those crazy morning people, so you can find me at the gym at 4:30 am lifting weights!   My favorite things to do are watching stand-up comedy shows, barbecuing with my family and friends, and traveling with my husband now that both our kids are in college.
    Ask Me About:
    • How to Make Payments & Deposits
    • Fraternity, Sorority, and Student Affairs Department Finances
    • Student Veterans of America
    Education and Experience:

    I served in the U.S. Navy as a Hospital Corpsman and was stationed at Naval Hospital Oak Harbor and on-board the aircraft carrier the U.S.S. Nimitz (CVN-68).  I received my Associates degree in Surgical Technology in 2010, but I love that I have a variety of work experience ranging from the VA Medical Center to a biotechnology company. Now I can add finance and accounting to my well-rounded background!

    Why Student Involvement?

    I like the energy of being in the midst of where the action occurs and learning about what it takes for events to happen. I’ve had the opportunity to be involved in Bronco Day, Bronco Welcome, and I’ve hung out with the dogs for Puppy Love during Finals Relief.

    I’m one of those crazy morning people, so you can find me at the gym at 4:30 am lifting weights!   My favorite things to do are watching stand-up comedy shows, barbecuing with my family and friends, and traveling with my husband now that both our kids are in college.
    Ask Me About:
    • How to Make Payments & Deposits
    • Fraternity, Sorority, and Student Affairs Department Finances
    • Student Veterans of America
    Education and Experience:

    I served in the U.S. Navy as a Hospital Corpsman and was stationed at Naval Hospital Oak Harbor and on-board the aircraft carrier the U.S.S. Nimitz (CVN-68).  I received my Associates degree in Surgical Technology in 2010, but I love that I have a variety of work experience ranging from the VA Medical Center to a biotechnology company. Now I can add finance and accounting to my well-rounded background!

    Why Student Involvement?

    I like the energy of being in the midst of where the action occurs and learning about what it takes for events to happen. I’ve had the opportunity to be involved in Bronco Day, Bronco Welcome, and I’ve hung out with the dogs for Puppy Love during Finals Relief.

  • Mikayla Mitzel

    Campus Programs Coordinator

    I love spending time with my husband and our Miniature Schnauzer. I enjoy traveling and exploring the Idaho outdoors and I bleed Blue and Orange!

    Ask Me About:
    • Campus Events & Activities
    • Planning Events
    • Service Opportunities
    Education & Experience:

    Master of Public Administration, Boise State University; Bachelor of Arts, Communications, Boise State University.

    Why Student Involvement?

    While attending Boise State I fell in love with the campus and getting involved. I’m thrilled to now share my experiences with current students and to help them get involved.

    I love spending time with my husband and our Miniature Schnauzer. I enjoy traveling and exploring the Idaho outdoors and I bleed Blue and Orange!

    Ask Me About:
    • Campus Events & Activities
    • Planning Events
    • Service Opportunities
    Education & Experience:

    Master of Public Administration, Boise State University; Bachelor of Arts, Communications, Boise State University.

    Why Student Involvement?

    While attending Boise State I fell in love with the campus and getting involved. I’m thrilled to now share my experiences with current students and to help them get involved.

  • Nick Poling

    Fraternity and Sorority Life Coordinator

    I love backpacking, mountaineering, and photographing these adventures. I also play the banjo.

    Ask Me About:
    • Fraternity and Sorority Life
    • Risk Management
    • Backpacking Gear
    Education & Experience:
    Master of Higher Education with a Student Affairs concentration, Boston College
    Bachelor of Arts, Political Science, Allegheny College
    Why Student Involvement?
    The student experience offers a unique space for personal and professional growth and leadership. Student Involvement has a major role in this, and I am very appreciative of the opportunity to support students as they navigate their distinctive interests and experiences.

    I love backpacking, mountaineering, and photographing these adventures. I also play the banjo.

    Ask Me About:
    • Fraternity and Sorority Life
    • Risk Management
    • Backpacking Gear
    Education & Experience:
    Master of Higher Education with a Student Affairs concentration, Boston College
    Bachelor of Arts, Political Science, Allegheny College
    Why Student Involvement?
    The student experience offers a unique space for personal and professional growth and leadership. Student Involvement has a major role in this, and I am very appreciative of the opportunity to support students as they navigate their distinctive interests and experiences.
  • Tebraie Johns

    Senior Coordinator for Student Organization Engagement

    I enjoy watching movies, discovering new shows to watch on Netflix, crocheting, reading Black science fiction/fantasy novels, and meeting new people.

    Ask Me About:
    • Student Equity and Access

    • Club Involvement Opportunities

    • Marvel Cinematic Universe

    Education & Experience:

    Master of Science in Education with a concentration in Higher Education, California State University, Fullerton

    Bachelor of Arts, Communication Studies, Biola University

    Why Student Involvement?

    College is a privileged opportunity to discover your potential, achieve your aspirations and learn how to make lasting equitable change in your community. Being a part of Student Involvement, I am able to help our students develop into who they are and who they are becoming, supporting them along the way with different leadership roles that might spark their passions.

    I enjoy watching movies, discovering new shows to watch on Netflix, crocheting, reading Black science fiction/fantasy novels, and meeting new people.

    Ask Me About:
    • Student Equity and Access

    • Club Involvement Opportunities

    • Marvel Cinematic Universe

    Education & Experience:

    Master of Science in Education with a concentration in Higher Education, California State University, Fullerton

    Bachelor of Arts, Communication Studies, Biola University

    Why Student Involvement?

    College is a privileged opportunity to discover your potential, achieve your aspirations and learn how to make lasting equitable change in your community. Being a part of Student Involvement, I am able to help our students develop into who they are and who they are becoming, supporting them along the way with different leadership roles that might spark their passions.

  • Teri Rapp

    Financial Technician

    I enjoy working with people and animals. I love the arts focusing on literature, writing, painting, drawing, and photography.

    Ask Me About:
    • Campus Policies
    • Event Planning
    • Spending Money
    Education & Experience:

    I attended Boise State University first as an accounting major, then as a fine arts and literature major, and I enjoyed the experience so much that when this great job came open, I applied so I could stay on campus.

    Why Student Involvement?

    I like working with students to plan their events.

    I enjoy working with people and animals. I love the arts focusing on literature, writing, painting, drawing, and photography.

    Ask Me About:
    • Campus Policies
    • Event Planning
    • Spending Money
    Education & Experience:

    I attended Boise State University first as an accounting major, then as a fine arts and literature major, and I enjoyed the experience so much that when this great job came open, I applied so I could stay on campus.

    Why Student Involvement?

    I like working with students to plan their events.

  • Trish Howley

    Administrative Assistant II

    I love camping and fishing with my family. When I’m not camping with them I am out with a BSA Scout troop. I also enjoy learning new recipes to cook for my family.
    Ask Me About:
    • Travelling with your Student Organization
    • Spending money from your Student Organization account.
    • Cosplay and Comic Con
    Education & Experience:
    I have been in retail management for over 15 years. During that time, I have managed a pet store, sadly it’s not just playing with animals. Most recently, I worked for Hallmark Cards where I managed a team of 12. I am looking forward to the exciting new experiences of working with the Student Organizations on campus.
    Why Student Involvement?
    I love supporting and helping people accomplish their goals. College is a time for new adventures and learning about oneself. I look forward to assisting students with their campus experience.
    I love camping and fishing with my family. When I’m not camping with them I am out with a BSA Scout troop. I also enjoy learning new recipes to cook for my family.
    Ask Me About:
    • Travelling with your Student Organization
    • Spending money from your Student Organization account.
    • Cosplay and Comic Con
    Education & Experience:
    I have been in retail management for over 15 years. During that time, I have managed a pet store, sadly it’s not just playing with animals. Most recently, I worked for Hallmark Cards where I managed a team of 12. I am looking forward to the exciting new experiences of working with the Student Organizations on campus.
    Why Student Involvement?
    I love supporting and helping people accomplish their goals. College is a time for new adventures and learning about oneself. I look forward to assisting students with their campus experience.

Students

  • Adam Giles

    Programming Assistant

    Games, Interactive Media, and Mobile
  • Adina (Din) Reyes

    Marketing Assistant

    Kinesiology
  • Amy Brennan

    Programming Assistant

    Media Arts
  • Carsen Schlienz, Student Involvement, Faculty, Portraits, Faculty/Staff Drop-In

    Carsen Schlienz

    Front Desk Assistant

    Elementary Education
  • Casey Rugg

    Programming Assistant

    Criminal Justice
  • Ellie Enebo

    Social Media Assistant

    Graphic Design
  • Max Chamberlin

    Programming Assistant

    Psychology
  • Megan Gratzer

    Programming Assistant

    Elementary and Special Education