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The Growth Experience

In the Growth Experience, we are focused on projects and policies that touch on employee satisfaction, total rewards, and initiatives to assist in employee development, participation, and wellbeing.

Our HR Growth Team’s goal is to motivate and retain talented, committed people who drive the University’s mission forward. Modeled after Mazlow’s Hierarchy of needs, our focus includes career pathing, coaching, compensation and performance management.

New! GROW Career Development Program

Get Ready for Opportunities at Work

People are our passion.

No matter where you’re at in your professional journey, Human Resources wants you to play an active role in creating your career trajectory.

GROW or Get Ready for Opportunities at Work is a free employee development program designed to assist employees in furthering their professional education and broadening their skill sets.

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Information and Resources

Through your growth journey at Boise State you could find yourself in need of information or resources. We are here to help with those.

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Wrap Around Resources for Employees

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Meet the Team

  • Tiffany Trader

    HR Growth Team, Asst Director

    Ask Me About: Reorganizations, Employee Performance, Conflict Resolution, Gardening, Family Outings, and the Seattle Seahawks

    Tiffany is an Idaho native; raised on a family farm in southwest Idaho. Prior to joining Boise State University, Tiffany was a Human Resource Manager for US Ecology Idaho. She received her degree from Boise State University and holds a Professional in Human Resources (PHR) certification and as well as a Society for Human Resource Management-Certified Professional (SHRM-CP) certification. Tiffany joined the Human Resource department at Boise State University in 2011. Her favorite aspect (“why”) of the Growth Team position is providing employees with a better employee experience.

    Ask Me About: Reorganizations, Employee Performance, Conflict Resolution, Gardening, Family Outings, and the Seattle Seahawks

    Tiffany is an Idaho native; raised on a family farm in southwest Idaho. Prior to joining Boise State University, Tiffany was a Human Resource Manager for US Ecology Idaho. She received her degree from Boise State University and holds a Professional in Human Resources (PHR) certification and as well as a Society for Human Resource Management-Certified Professional (SHRM-CP) certification. Tiffany joined the Human Resource department at Boise State University in 2011. Her favorite aspect (“why”) of the Growth Team position is providing employees with a better employee experience.

  • Kip Spittle

    Org. Dev. & Training Manager

    Ask Me About: Culture initiatives, Employee Engagement, Customized Training, Needs Assessments, Retreats, Storyboard Ideas, Video/ Media Clip insight, Leadership Programming, Coaching, Mediation, Conflict Resolution, Change Management, Mentorships, Evaluation Principles, Self Branding, Snowboarding, 90s Music, and the Green Bay Packers.

    Kip Spittle was born and raised in Wisconsin. He has a bachelor’s degree in Communications from the University of Wisconsin and a M.Ed. in Educational Leadership from Boise State University. He started with Boise State University in 2011 working as a counselor within Student Affairs. Currently, he is the Organizational Development Manager within Boise State’s Human Resources Growth Team. His favorite aspect (“why”) of this position is shifting behaviors to a growth mindset for desired outcomes to advance team abilities.

    Ask Me About: Culture initiatives, Employee Engagement, Customized Training, Needs Assessments, Retreats, Storyboard Ideas, Video/ Media Clip insight, Leadership Programming, Coaching, Mediation, Conflict Resolution, Change Management, Mentorships, Evaluation Principles, Self Branding, Snowboarding, 90s Music, and the Green Bay Packers.

    Kip Spittle was born and raised in Wisconsin. He has a bachelor’s degree in Communications from the University of Wisconsin and a M.Ed. in Educational Leadership from Boise State University. He started with Boise State University in 2011 working as a counselor within Student Affairs. Currently, he is the Organizational Development Manager within Boise State’s Human Resources Growth Team. His favorite aspect (“why”) of this position is shifting behaviors to a growth mindset for desired outcomes to advance team abilities.

  • Tiffany Widman

    Employee Relations Manager

    Ask Me About: Performance Management, Conflict Resolution, Employee Engagement, My Top 5 Strengths, Big Brother Audition, and Traveling.

    Tiffany was born and raised in Oregon. She has a bachelor’s degree in Human Resource Management from Boise State University. She joined Employee Relations after 2 years of working in Payroll/Processing and the Benefits Department at Boise State University. Prior to joining Boise State University, Tiffany has extensive experience as a Business Manager engaging in Human Resource related assignments such as Recruiting, Onboarding, FMLA, Benefits, Payroll, AR & AP. Since moving to Idaho, Tiffany enjoys the outdoors as well as the variety of concerts that the City of Trees has to offer.

    Ask Me About: Performance Management, Conflict Resolution, Employee Engagement, My Top 5 Strengths, Big Brother Audition, and Traveling.

    Tiffany was born and raised in Oregon. She has a bachelor’s degree in Human Resource Management from Boise State University. She joined Employee Relations after 2 years of working in Payroll/Processing and the Benefits Department at Boise State University. Prior to joining Boise State University, Tiffany has extensive experience as a Business Manager engaging in Human Resource related assignments such as Recruiting, Onboarding, FMLA, Benefits, Payroll, AR & AP. Since moving to Idaho, Tiffany enjoys the outdoors as well as the variety of concerts that the City of Trees has to offer.

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    Marusya Stoyanova

    FMLA Coordinator/ER Specialist

    Ask me about: FMLA eligibility, ADA accommodations, Shared Leave Policy, Worker’s Compensation, Employee Benefits, Benefits Orientation, Mediterranean Cuisine, Vegetable Gardening.

    Marusya was born and raised in Bulgaria, Europe. She moved to Idaho in 2007 to be close to her son’s family. She holds a Master’s degree in Chemical Engineering from Bulgaria and a Master’s degree in Environmental Control from Manchester, UK. Marusya joins the HR Growth Team after over 7 years working as a Benefits Specialist in the Benefits Department at Boise State University. Prior to joining Boise State, Marusya was an HR/Payroll Specialist for over 6 years at the Idaho Correctional Center and was responsible for FMLA, Worker’s Comp, Onboarding, Benefits, Payroll. Marusya loves traveling, camping, and spending quality time with family and friends.

    Ask me about: FMLA eligibility, ADA accommodations, Shared Leave Policy, Worker’s Compensation, Employee Benefits, Benefits Orientation, Mediterranean Cuisine, Vegetable Gardening.

    Marusya was born and raised in Bulgaria, Europe. She moved to Idaho in 2007 to be close to her son’s family. She holds a Master’s degree in Chemical Engineering from Bulgaria and a Master’s degree in Environmental Control from Manchester, UK. Marusya joins the HR Growth Team after over 7 years working as a Benefits Specialist in the Benefits Department at Boise State University. Prior to joining Boise State, Marusya was an HR/Payroll Specialist for over 6 years at the Idaho Correctional Center and was responsible for FMLA, Worker’s Comp, Onboarding, Benefits, Payroll. Marusya loves traveling, camping, and spending quality time with family and friends.

  • Rachel Fischer

    Trainer Associate

    Ask Me About: Training, ONE Orientation, Organizational Development, Project Management, Benefits, Tuition Fee Waiver, Swing Dancing, Cheese Pairing, Financial Literacy, Homemade Preserves

    Rachel was born and raised in Bozeman, MT and relocated to Boise in 2017 for a position at Boise State University. She began her employment at Boise State in Human Resources as a Customer Service Representative and moved into a Benefits Position in June of 2019. Currently, she serves the Boise State community as a Trainer Associate. Rachel is passionate about creating effectual change to better the employee experience. Her favorite aspect (why) of this position is giving employees the tools they need to progress.

    Ask Me About: Training, ONE Orientation, Organizational Development, Project Management, Benefits, Tuition Fee Waiver, Swing Dancing, Cheese Pairing, Financial Literacy, Homemade Preserves

    Rachel was born and raised in Bozeman, MT and relocated to Boise in 2017 for a position at Boise State University. She began her employment at Boise State in Human Resources as a Customer Service Representative and moved into a Benefits Position in June of 2019. Currently, she serves the Boise State community as a Trainer Associate. Rachel is passionate about creating effectual change to better the employee experience. Her favorite aspect (why) of this position is giving employees the tools they need to progress.

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    Des Watson

    HR Associate

    Ask Me About: Exit survey process, ER intervention projects, Performance Management, Filipino cuisine, and Academy Award winners in foreign language films.

    Des moved to the United States in 2018 having been born and raised in the Philippines.  The following year, she gained the title of Certified Professional by the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM-CP).  Previously, Des earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Philosophy from the University of Santo Tomas, Philippines.  She also earned all the academic credits required for a Master’s Degree in Human Resource Management from the same university.  Prior to working at Boise State University, she worked with the Idaho Department of Labor as part of the team investigating identity theft issues.  While in the Philippines, she worked as a Human Resource Consultant to a leading retail company, a Human Resource Manager to a leading food manufacturing company, as well as a Program Manager to a Corporate Foundation.  Although she considers herself to be an introvert who is doing the job of an extrovert, her favorite aspect (“why”) of this position is the joy of contributing, no matter how small, to another employee’s professional success.

    Ask Me About: Exit survey process, ER intervention projects, Performance Management, Filipino cuisine, and Academy Award winners in foreign language films.

    Des moved to the United States in 2018 having been born and raised in the Philippines.  The following year, she gained the title of Certified Professional by the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM-CP).  Previously, Des earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Philosophy from the University of Santo Tomas, Philippines.  She also earned all the academic credits required for a Master’s Degree in Human Resource Management from the same university.  Prior to working at Boise State University, she worked with the Idaho Department of Labor as part of the team investigating identity theft issues.  While in the Philippines, she worked as a Human Resource Consultant to a leading retail company, a Human Resource Manager to a leading food manufacturing company, as well as a Program Manager to a Corporate Foundation.  Although she considers herself to be an introvert who is doing the job of an extrovert, her favorite aspect (“why”) of this position is the joy of contributing, no matter how small, to another employee’s professional success.

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    Keith Quatraro

    OD Trainer Specialist, Sr.

    Ask Me About: Supervisor/Leadership Development, Training/e-Learn/Needs Assessment, Shared Leadership, hiking, backpacking, and fishing in Idaho.

    Keith is a California and Montana native. He has a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from Montana State University and a M.A. in International Education from the School for International Training (SIT) in Vermont. He was a Health Education Volunteer in the United States Peace Corps and served in Tanzania from 2009 – 2011. Keith has been very fortunate to have worked with passionate people in several countries in teaching, training design, and facilitation roles.

    He started with Boise State University in 2017 as the International Student Coordinator. Currently, he serves the Boise State community as the Senior Training and Organizational Development Specialist. He is service-driven, has a people first mindset, and thrives on helping folks learn how to live their purpose. In his free time, you can find Keith outdoors hiking, fishing, and playing in the dirt with his children.

    Ask Me About: Supervisor/Leadership Development, Training/e-Learn/Needs Assessment, Shared Leadership, hiking, backpacking, and fishing in Idaho.

    Keith is a California and Montana native. He has a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from Montana State University and a M.A. in International Education from the School for International Training (SIT) in Vermont. He was a Health Education Volunteer in the United States Peace Corps and served in Tanzania from 2009 – 2011. Keith has been very fortunate to have worked with passionate people in several countries in teaching, training design, and facilitation roles.

    He started with Boise State University in 2017 as the International Student Coordinator. Currently, he serves the Boise State community as the Senior Training and Organizational Development Specialist. He is service-driven, has a people first mindset, and thrives on helping folks learn how to live their purpose. In his free time, you can find Keith outdoors hiking, fishing, and playing in the dirt with his children.