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The DI+D degree team is experienced with helping students meet their goals. Through their enthusiasm for learning and commitment to student success, they work with individuals to articulate their academic and career paths and design their futures.

Team Members

  • Portrait of Rosario Beltran

    Rosario Beltran

    Student Success Coach

    I believe education is what you make of it! You will thrive when you find the program that means something to you. I was lucky to have great mentors helping me be successful and I am ready to support you on this next step in your academic journey. 

    I can assist you with questions about the DI+D degree and certificates, deciding whether an online degree is right for you and starting the application process.

    I believe education is what you make of it! You will thrive when you find the program that means something to you. I was lucky to have great mentors helping me be successful and I am ready to support you on this next step in your academic journey. 

    I can assist you with questions about the DI+D degree and certificates, deciding whether an online degree is right for you and starting the application process.

  • Portrait of Larissa Monckton

    Larissa Samson

    Advising Manager

    Since graduating, I have worked in admissions at the University of Montana and as a self-reliance specialist for the State of Idaho. I believe in the value of a college education, and I look forward to collaborating with you so that you can reach your educational goals. When not behind my desk, you will find me drinking far too much coffee or hiking with my dogs.

    I can assist you with developing an educational plan for your DI+D degree and meeting your academic goals.

    Since graduating, I have worked in admissions at the University of Montana and as a self-reliance specialist for the State of Idaho. I believe in the value of a college education, and I look forward to collaborating with you so that you can reach your educational goals. When not behind my desk, you will find me drinking far too much coffee or hiking with my dogs.

    I can assist you with developing an educational plan for your DI+D degree and meeting your academic goals.

  • Portrait of Amanda Ryan

    Amanda Ryan

    Adjunct Faculty

    I joined the College of Innovation and Design in 2018 to provide academic and career advising for the Games, Interactive Media, and Mobile degree, as well as support for special initiatives related to continuous improvement and innovation. I design and teach core courses in the DI+D degree and I’m excited to help guide you through a successful first year.

    Contact me if you have questions about core courses in the DI+D degree or the curriculum and expectations for your first course.

    I joined the College of Innovation and Design in 2018 to provide academic and career advising for the Games, Interactive Media, and Mobile degree, as well as support for special initiatives related to continuous improvement and innovation. I design and teach core courses in the DI+D degree and I’m excited to help guide you through a successful first year.

    Contact me if you have questions about core courses in the DI+D degree or the curriculum and expectations for your first course.

  • Portrait of Dawn Shepherd

    Dawn Shepherd

    Program Launch Director

    Since 2011, I have been a faculty member in the English Department at Boise State. I have acted as the associate director of first-year writing and the director of Writing, Rhetoric, and Technical Communication before joining the degree in Digital Innovation + Design in 2021. My expertise also includes digital media creation and tech sector management. My goal is to bring relevance and value to the 21st-century student through the DI+D degree.

    Contact me if you have questions about the DI+D vision and goals or media and research inquiries.

    Since 2011, I have been a faculty member in the English Department at Boise State. I have acted as the associate director of first-year writing and the director of Writing, Rhetoric, and Technical Communication before joining the degree in Digital Innovation + Design in 2021. My expertise also includes digital media creation and tech sector management. My goal is to bring relevance and value to the 21st-century student through the DI+D degree.

    Contact me if you have questions about the DI+D vision and goals or media and research inquiries.