Our Staff

  • Randi McDermott

    Randi McDermott

    Vice President for Campus Operations and Chief Operating Officer

    Randi McDermott was appointed vice president for Campus Operations and chief operating officer in 2018 after serving as chief of staff for President Bob Kustra. McDermott has 25 years experience as an administrator in public higher education, beginning her career with the Idaho State Board of Education and working at Boise State since 2003. McDermott has earned a bachelor’s degree in political science and a master’s degree in public administration, both from Boise State University.

    Randi McDermott was appointed vice president for Campus Operations and chief operating officer in 2018 after serving as chief of staff for President Bob Kustra. McDermott has 25 years experience as an administrator in public higher education, beginning her career with the Idaho State Board of Education and working at Boise State since 2003. McDermott has earned a bachelor’s degree in political science and a master’s degree in public administration, both from Boise State University.

  • Fonda Portales

    Fonda Portales

    University Art Curator and Collections Manager

    Fonda Portales joined the Division of Campus Operations in 2016 to fill the newly created role of University Art Curator and Collections Manager. Prior to this position, she served as Adjunct Faculty in the Art Department for eight years, teaching survey and upper-division Art History. She continues to be a passionate educator and enjoys developing student engagement with the visual arts on campus.

    In her role as University Art Curator and Collections Manager, Fonda manages the University’s permanent visual art collection, curates Student Union Building gallery spaces, and directs public art commissions on campus. She also works across departments to co-create and curate content for the upcoming world museum in the new Fine Arts Building. As Chair of both the University Arts Advisory Committee and the Student Union Fine Arts Advisory Board, she works with faculty, researchers, students, and community leaders to seek out and approve new acquisitions and exhibitions, and write policy regarding visual arts culture on campus.

    Prior to joining the university, Fonda worked as the Director of Development and Public Education at the ACLU of Idaho, a Marketing and Development Associate with the City of Los Angeles’ Department of Cultural Affairs, and a Resident Artist at the archaeological site of Urkesh, in Mozan, Syria, where she established an on-site museum of artifacts.

    Fonda earned a bachelor’s degree in English Education from Northwest Nazarene College, in Nampa, Idaho, and master’s degree in Art History from California State University, Los Angeles. Her academic focus is on the transcultural iconography of Mesoamerican and Spanish influence. Her drawings of Aztec and colonial works can be found in the Oxford University Press Handbook to Life in the Aztec World.

    Fonda Portales joined the Division of Campus Operations in 2016 to fill the newly created role of University Art Curator and Collections Manager. Prior to this position, she served as Adjunct Faculty in the Art Department for eight years, teaching survey and upper-division Art History. She continues to be a passionate educator and enjoys developing student engagement with the visual arts on campus.

    In her role as University Art Curator and Collections Manager, Fonda manages the University’s permanent visual art collection, curates Student Union Building gallery spaces, and directs public art commissions on campus. She also works across departments to co-create and curate content for the upcoming world museum in the new Fine Arts Building. As Chair of both the University Arts Advisory Committee and the Student Union Fine Arts Advisory Board, she works with faculty, researchers, students, and community leaders to seek out and approve new acquisitions and exhibitions, and write policy regarding visual arts culture on campus.

    Prior to joining the university, Fonda worked as the Director of Development and Public Education at the ACLU of Idaho, a Marketing and Development Associate with the City of Los Angeles’ Department of Cultural Affairs, and a Resident Artist at the archaeological site of Urkesh, in Mozan, Syria, where she established an on-site museum of artifacts.

    Fonda earned a bachelor’s degree in English Education from Northwest Nazarene College, in Nampa, Idaho, and master’s degree in Art History from California State University, Los Angeles. Her academic focus is on the transcultural iconography of Mesoamerican and Spanish influence. Her drawings of Aztec and colonial works can be found in the Oxford University Press Handbook to Life in the Aztec World.

  • Emily Burns

    Emily Burns

    Executive Assistant

    Emily has been at Boise State for five years. She worked in the President’s office assisting Randi McDermott, Bruce Newcomb, and Roger Brown for four years and was the interim assistant to President Kustra for his last several months. Before that, she began her time at Boise State in the Office of General Counsel. Additionally, she completed her master’s degree in public administration at Boise State, December 2017.

    Prior to moving to Boise, she worked as Administrator for a non-profit legal aid firm, Pisgah Legal Services, in Asheville, North Carolina. There she also worked for five years in property management. Also during her time in Asheville, she helped found an all-female sketch comedy group, LYLAS, with which she wrote and performed SNL-like sketches poking fun at local issues and dating rituals.

    She was born in Ohio, grew up mostly in Chapel Hill, NC, received her bachelor’s degree in Theatre and English from Trinity College in Hartford, CT and lived in Asheville, NC for twelve years before she and her husband moved to Boise to be near his family. They love traveling and trying new restaurants. She is excited to continue working with Randi and to learn the many facets of Campus Operations.

    Emily has been at Boise State for five years. She worked in the President’s office assisting Randi McDermott, Bruce Newcomb, and Roger Brown for four years and was the interim assistant to President Kustra for his last several months. Before that, she began her time at Boise State in the Office of General Counsel. Additionally, she completed her master’s degree in public administration at Boise State, December 2017.

    Prior to moving to Boise, she worked as Administrator for a non-profit legal aid firm, Pisgah Legal Services, in Asheville, North Carolina. There she also worked for five years in property management. Also during her time in Asheville, she helped found an all-female sketch comedy group, LYLAS, with which she wrote and performed SNL-like sketches poking fun at local issues and dating rituals.

    She was born in Ohio, grew up mostly in Chapel Hill, NC, received her bachelor’s degree in Theatre and English from Trinity College in Hartford, CT and lived in Asheville, NC for twelve years before she and her husband moved to Boise to be near his family. They love traveling and trying new restaurants. She is excited to continue working with Randi and to learn the many facets of Campus Operations.

  • George Thoma

    George Thoma

    Communications Specialist

    George Thoma has served as the communications specialist for campus operations since April of 2019 after working in communications and marketing for other areas of the university. Prior to joining Boise State, Thoma worked in the sports and outdoor industry managing athlete, event and product marketing. He holds a bachelor of arts in film studies from the University of California, Santa Barbara.

    George Thoma has served as the communications specialist for campus operations since April of 2019 after working in communications and marketing for other areas of the university. Prior to joining Boise State, Thoma worked in the sports and outdoor industry managing athlete, event and product marketing. He holds a bachelor of arts in film studies from the University of California, Santa Barbara.

Division Leaders

Vice President for Campus Operations/Chief Operating Officer
Randi McDermott

Public Safety
Associate Vice President – John Kaplan

  • Security, Police, and Event Operations: Director – Tana Monroe
  • Transportation, Parking, and Safety Systems: Director – Sam Patterson

Campus Planning and Facilities

  • Architectural and Engineering Services: University Architect and Director – Ann Wozniak
  • Environmental Health, Safety, and Sustainability: Director – Suzy Arnette
  • Facilities Operations and Maintenance: Director – Barb Beagles
  • Capital Planning and Space Management: Director – Christy Jordan
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