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Instructors

Directors

  • Heidi Reeder

    Director and Professor

    Ph.D. in Communication, Arizona State University
    M.A. in Communication, Stanford University
    B.S. in Rhetoric and Communication, University of Oregon
    Graduate Certificate in Personal Leadership, Columbia Graduate School of Business

    Dr. Reeder is passionate about the leadership certificate program because it has brought together the most inspirational group of teachers she has ever encountered. They don’t just instruct students, they model the way. She is also passionate about watching and playing tennis, the home she shares with her husband, animals big and small, and a good sense of humor.

    LEAD Certificates

    Ph.D. in Communication, Arizona State University
    M.A. in Communication, Stanford University
    B.S. in Rhetoric and Communication, University of Oregon
    Graduate Certificate in Personal Leadership, Columbia Graduate School of Business

    Dr. Reeder is passionate about the leadership certificate program because it has brought together the most inspirational group of teachers she has ever encountered. They don’t just instruct students, they model the way. She is also passionate about watching and playing tennis, the home she shares with her husband, animals big and small, and a good sense of humor.

  • Brian N. Thompson

    Assistant Director & Clinical Faculty

    M.S. in Organizational Performance and Workplace Learning, Boise State University
    B.A. in Communications, Brigham Young University
    Graduate of Human Resource Management Professional Program, University of Texas at Austin
    Senior Professional of Human Resources (SPHR) Certification, Society for Human Resource Management

    Mr. Thompson is passionate about the leadership certificate program because he recognizes the great need for honest and authentic leadership in today’s organizational climate, and is dedicated to helping students differentiate themselves as true leaders in practice, enabling them to achieve greater leadership success over the span of their careers. He is also passionate about live concerts, jet skiing, his wife, son (a current Bronco), daughter, and escaping to the mountains whenever he can.

    M.S. in Organizational Performance and Workplace Learning, Boise State University
    B.A. in Communications, Brigham Young University
    Graduate of Human Resource Management Professional Program, University of Texas at Austin
    Senior Professional of Human Resources (SPHR) Certification, Society for Human Resource Management

    Mr. Thompson is passionate about the leadership certificate program because he recognizes the great need for honest and authentic leadership in today’s organizational climate, and is dedicated to helping students differentiate themselves as true leaders in practice, enabling them to achieve greater leadership success over the span of their careers. He is also passionate about live concerts, jet skiing, his wife, son (a current Bronco), daughter, and escaping to the mountains whenever he can.

Instructors

  • Vicki Budd

    Vicki Budd, M.S.

    M.S. in Information Media, Human Resource Development and Training, St. Cloud State University
    B.A. in Social Work, B.A. in Pastoral Ministry, College of St. Benedict

    Ms. Budd is passionate about the leadership program because she loves to help students develop their own personal leadership style to make their mark in this world. She had many great leadership mentors in her younger days and wants to share what she learned with others. Ms. Budd is also passionate about camping and hiking in the great outdoors. Retired, she now enjoys campground hosting with her husband. She gets to continue to teach online while enjoying the great outdoors.

    M.S. in Information Media, Human Resource Development and Training, St. Cloud State University
    B.A. in Social Work, B.A. in Pastoral Ministry, College of St. Benedict

    Ms. Budd is passionate about the leadership program because she loves to help students develop their own personal leadership style to make their mark in this world. She had many great leadership mentors in her younger days and wants to share what she learned with others. Ms. Budd is also passionate about camping and hiking in the great outdoors. Retired, she now enjoys campground hosting with her husband. She gets to continue to teach online while enjoying the great outdoors.

  • Roni Boynton

    Roni Boynton, M.A.

    M.A. in Student Affairs in Higher Education, Miami University
    B.S. in Psychology, University of Utah

    Ms. Boynton is passionate about the leadership certificate program because a self-awareness of one’s own leadership will benefit every individual. She is eager for students to dive into their leadership journey while they are in a critical stage of their life. She is also passionate about exploring the outdoors. From running marathons to snowboarding, she can’t get enough of what the Boise area has to offer for outdoor exploration.

    M.A. in Student Affairs in Higher Education, Miami University
    B.S. in Psychology, University of Utah

    Ms. Boynton is passionate about the leadership certificate program because a self-awareness of one’s own leadership will benefit every individual. She is eager for students to dive into their leadership journey while they are in a critical stage of their life. She is also passionate about exploring the outdoors. From running marathons to snowboarding, she can’t get enough of what the Boise area has to offer for outdoor exploration.

  • Audriana Cole

    B.A. Communication and Media Studies, Boise State University
    Certificate in Leadership and Human Relations, Boise State University

    Ms. Cole is passionate about the leadership certificate program because the coursework encourages students to form connections to their own life experiences and easily implement new skills into their daily life. She additionally believes that communication and emotional intelligence is key when it comes to building worthwhile, life-changing relationships in leadership. She is also passionate about exploring the backcountry in her Jeep with her border collie by her side.

    B.A. Communication and Media Studies, Boise State University
    Certificate in Leadership and Human Relations, Boise State University

    Ms. Cole is passionate about the leadership certificate program because the coursework encourages students to form connections to their own life experiences and easily implement new skills into their daily life. She additionally believes that communication and emotional intelligence is key when it comes to building worthwhile, life-changing relationships in leadership. She is also passionate about exploring the backcountry in her Jeep with her border collie by her side.

  • Amy Davis

    Amy Davis , M.S.

    M.S. in Educational Technology, Boise State University
    B.A. in History, University of Wisconsin, Parkside

    Ms. Davis is passionate about the leadership program because it allows her to tap into lessons she learned from a variety of leadership roles and share them with students. She is also passionate about online learning, which gives her the opportunity to share with students while sitting under a tree in the garden, or on top of a mountain.

    M.S. in Educational Technology, Boise State University
    B.A. in History, University of Wisconsin, Parkside

    Ms. Davis is passionate about the leadership program because it allows her to tap into lessons she learned from a variety of leadership roles and share them with students. She is also passionate about online learning, which gives her the opportunity to share with students while sitting under a tree in the garden, or on top of a mountain.

  • Mat Erpelding

    Mat Erpelding, M.A.

    B.A. in Psychology, Idaho State University
    M.A. in Adult Education and Organizational Learning, University of Idaho

    Rep. Erpelding is passionate about the leadership certificate program because he believes leadership starts with the self and extends to every level of an organization. Discipline-specific knowledge is more impactful when coupled with the leadership certificate; the combination sets Boise State graduates up for a lifetime of success. He is also passionate about mountaineering and outdoor education. He and his wife can be found hiking the trails above Boise or learning to live at the pace of their wonderful new daughter.

    B.A. in Psychology, Idaho State University
    M.A. in Adult Education and Organizational Learning, University of Idaho

    Rep. Erpelding is passionate about the leadership certificate program because he believes leadership starts with the self and extends to every level of an organization. Discipline-specific knowledge is more impactful when coupled with the leadership certificate; the combination sets Boise State graduates up for a lifetime of success. He is also passionate about mountaineering and outdoor education. He and his wife can be found hiking the trails above Boise or learning to live at the pace of their wonderful new daughter.

  • Jeremy Graves

    Jeremy Graves, DTL (Doctorate of Transformational Leadership)

    Doctorate of Transformational Leadership, Bakke Graduate University
    M.T.S. Emphasis in Strategic Planning, Bakke Graduate University
    B.A. in Leadership, Vineyard Leadership Institute

    Dr. Graves is passionate about the leadership certificate program because he believes leadership is vitally important in the world today. He loves to see students develop an understanding of their personal leadership ability. He is also passionate about international travel and seeing the world thru the lens of a local as well as enjoying a good hockey game.

    Doctorate of Transformational Leadership, Bakke Graduate University
    M.T.S. Emphasis in Strategic Planning, Bakke Graduate University
    B.A. in Leadership, Vineyard Leadership Institute

    Dr. Graves is passionate about the leadership certificate program because he believes leadership is vitally important in the world today. He loves to see students develop an understanding of their personal leadership ability. He is also passionate about international travel and seeing the world thru the lens of a local as well as enjoying a good hockey game.

  • Thomas Lungren

    Tom Lungren, M.Ed.

    M.A. in Educational Leadership, Boise State University
    B.A. in Communication, Boise State University

    Mr. Lungren is passionate about the leadership certificate program because effective leadership and communication allow people to live the life they want, in the best way possible. He is also passionate about his family, including his incredible wife and four amazing children. Marrying “out of his league” will always be his greatest accomplishment. In addition, he loves movies, food, and traveling to attend concerts of his favorite bands.

    M.A. in Educational Leadership, Boise State University
    B.A. in Communication, Boise State University

    Mr. Lungren is passionate about the leadership certificate program because effective leadership and communication allow people to live the life they want, in the best way possible. He is also passionate about his family, including his incredible wife and four amazing children. Marrying “out of his league” will always be his greatest accomplishment. In addition, he loves movies, food, and traveling to attend concerts of his favorite bands.

  • Duncan Robertson

    B.A. in Communication, Boise State University
    Certificate in Leadership and Human Relations, Boise State University
    Minor in Business Bridge to Career, Boise State University

    Duncan is passionate about the leadership certificate program because it offers students a different way of learning. He believes in the value of emotional intelligence, and wants every student to find their leadership potential. He is also passionate about sports, rooting for Boise State and Seattle’s professional teams. He enjoys spending time with family and friends, attending concerts, and exploring all of the outdoors Idaho has to offer.

    B.A. in Communication, Boise State University
    Certificate in Leadership and Human Relations, Boise State University
    Minor in Business Bridge to Career, Boise State University

    Duncan is passionate about the leadership certificate program because it offers students a different way of learning. He believes in the value of emotional intelligence, and wants every student to find their leadership potential. He is also passionate about sports, rooting for Boise State and Seattle’s professional teams. He enjoys spending time with family and friends, attending concerts, and exploring all of the outdoors Idaho has to offer.

  • Amanda Ryan, M.A.

    Ph.D in Psychology: Cognition & Instruction, Grand Canyon University (in-progress)
    M.A. in Technical Communication, Boise State University
    B.A. in Multidisciplinary Studies (formerly General Studies), Boise State University
    Technical Communication Certificate, Boise State University
    Leadership Development Certificate, Idaho State University
    Ms. Ryan is passionate about the leadership program because she believes leadership is not limited to the workplace. The foundational knowledge from these certificates will help students discover their own leadership style and develop the skills necessary to help individuals and teams succeed. Ms. Ryan is also passionate about her dogs, backpacking, gardening, learning to fly fish with her adoring husband, volleyball, and good craft beer.

    Ph.D in Psychology: Cognition & Instruction, Grand Canyon University (in-progress)
    M.A. in Technical Communication, Boise State University
    B.A. in Multidisciplinary Studies (formerly General Studies), Boise State University
    Technical Communication Certificate, Boise State University
    Leadership Development Certificate, Idaho State University
    Ms. Ryan is passionate about the leadership program because she believes leadership is not limited to the workplace. The foundational knowledge from these certificates will help students discover their own leadership style and develop the skills necessary to help individuals and teams succeed. Ms. Ryan is also passionate about her dogs, backpacking, gardening, learning to fly fish with her adoring husband, volleyball, and good craft beer.

  • Tena Spencer

    B.A. Multidisciplinary Studies, Boise State University
    Certificate in Leadership and Human Relations, Boise State University
    Certificate in Business Bridge to Career, Boise State University
    Tena is passionate about the leadership program because it teaches self-awareness. Everyone can benefit from knowing how they impact and influence others. She wants her students to realize their own leadership abilities, and recognize effective leadership in others. She is also passionate about building relationships, and encouraging others to utilize their strengths and achieve success. When not working, Tena enjoys reading and spending time with her family, often in the mountains of Idaho.

    B.A. Multidisciplinary Studies, Boise State University
    Certificate in Leadership and Human Relations, Boise State University
    Certificate in Business Bridge to Career, Boise State University
    Tena is passionate about the leadership program because it teaches self-awareness. Everyone can benefit from knowing how they impact and influence others. She wants her students to realize their own leadership abilities, and recognize effective leadership in others. She is also passionate about building relationships, and encouraging others to utilize their strengths and achieve success. When not working, Tena enjoys reading and spending time with her family, often in the mountains of Idaho.

  • Charlie Varland

    Charlie Varland, M.Ed.

    M.Ed. in Higher Education, Iowa State University
    B.A. in English, Western Washington University

    Mr. Varland is passionate about the leadership certificate program because developing the capacity to lead is important now more than ever. We need leaders in every field who can inspire others with a shared vision, lead with integrity, and challenge the process. Mr. Varland is also passionate about crate digging, backpacking, bike commuting, and raising a small human being.

    M.Ed. in Higher Education, Iowa State University
    B.A. in English, Western Washington University

    Mr. Varland is passionate about the leadership certificate program because developing the capacity to lead is important now more than ever. We need leaders in every field who can inspire others with a shared vision, lead with integrity, and challenge the process. Mr. Varland is also passionate about crate digging, backpacking, bike commuting, and raising a small human being.

  • Blanche Wallace

    Blanche Wallace, DSL (Doctor of Strategic Leadership)

    DSL in Strategic Leadership & Executive Coaching, Regent University
    MBA in Business Administration, MidAmerica Nazarene University
    BA in Management & Human Resource Management

    Dr. Wallace is passionate about the Leadership Certificate Program because it allows her to facilitate the leadership development of future leaders while enhancing the skill sets of current leaders. She loves to write and read, however, her favorite past time is relaxing at the beach listening to the intriguing sound of the ocean as the waves play upon the surface.

    DSL in Strategic Leadership & Executive Coaching, Regent University
    MBA in Business Administration, MidAmerica Nazarene University
    BA in Management & Human Resource Management

    Dr. Wallace is passionate about the Leadership Certificate Program because it allows her to facilitate the leadership development of future leaders while enhancing the skill sets of current leaders. She loves to write and read, however, her favorite past time is relaxing at the beach listening to the intriguing sound of the ocean as the waves play upon the surface.

  • Melissa Wintrow

    Melissa Wintrow, A.M.

    A.M. in Higher Education, University of Georgia
    B.A. in English literature, Miami University Ohio
    Ms. Wintrow is passionate about the leadership certificate program because she hopes to inspire emerging leaders to become their best selves as leaders. Ms. Wintrow is also passionate about learning and taking mindful risks and encouraging others to do the same because this is truly where reward lies.

    A.M. in Higher Education, University of Georgia
    B.A. in English literature, Miami University Ohio
    Ms. Wintrow is passionate about the leadership certificate program because she hopes to inspire emerging leaders to become their best selves as leaders. Ms. Wintrow is also passionate about learning and taking mindful risks and encouraging others to do the same because this is truly where reward lies.