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Graduate Assistants

Current OPWL Graduate Assistants

  • Rachel Barlow

    Rachel Barlow

    Rachel Barlow considers herself a lifelong learner in her personal and professional life. She is excited to be joining Boise State’s OPWL program this semester and started as Dr. In Gu Kang’s FT Graduate Assistant this past summer. She was previously an RA and a TA in her undergraduate program at Kennesaw State, where she obtained her BS in Psychology. Her background is in group fitness and Human Resources. After the OPWL program, she hopes to work in Learning and Development and potentially become a change management consultant later in her career. In her free time, she takes care of her two-year-old Chiweenie and likes to go on nature walks. She is also always finding ways to live a more environmentally friendly lifestyle.

    Rachel will be working with Dr. In Gu Kang.

    Rachel Barlow considers herself a lifelong learner in her personal and professional life. She is excited to be joining Boise State’s OPWL program this semester and started as Dr. In Gu Kang’s FT Graduate Assistant this past summer. She was previously an RA and a TA in her undergraduate program at Kennesaw State, where she obtained her BS in Psychology. Her background is in group fitness and Human Resources. After the OPWL program, she hopes to work in Learning and Development and potentially become a change management consultant later in her career. In her free time, she takes care of her two-year-old Chiweenie and likes to go on nature walks. She is also always finding ways to live a more environmentally friendly lifestyle.

    Rachel will be working with Dr. In Gu Kang.

  • Debi-Bearden

    Debi Bearden

    As a passionate educator, Debi Bearden brings over 20 years of teaching experience from a variety of educational settings to her current role as a graduate assistant and master’s degree student in the OPWL program at Boise State. A few years ago she made a career pivot – from Science Teacher to Instructional Designer – and never looked back. Though the traditional job title is usually Instructional Designer, Debi likes to think of her role as a Learning Architect – where she works with a team to design and “craft” exceptional learning experiences for others using evidence-based practices.

    Debi is originally from Florida but has found the Pacific Northwest to be her home for the past four years. When she is not studying or working, you will find her with her family – either walking, baking, or on another adventure exploring the amazing PNW.

    Debi will be working with Dr. Yonnie Chyung.

    As a passionate educator, Debi Bearden brings over 20 years of teaching experience from a variety of educational settings to her current role as a graduate assistant and master’s degree student in the OPWL program at Boise State. A few years ago she made a career pivot – from Science Teacher to Instructional Designer – and never looked back. Though the traditional job title is usually Instructional Designer, Debi likes to think of her role as a Learning Architect – where she works with a team to design and “craft” exceptional learning experiences for others using evidence-based practices.

    Debi is originally from Florida but has found the Pacific Northwest to be her home for the past four years. When she is not studying or working, you will find her with her family – either walking, baking, or on another adventure exploring the amazing PNW.

    Debi will be working with Dr. Yonnie Chyung.

  • Adriana-Cisneros

    Adriana Cisneros

    Adriana Cisneros is currently pursuing her Master’s Degree in OPWL at Boise State part-time while working full-time as an eLearning content manager and developer in Lakewood, CO. In 2019, she received her Bachelor’s Degree in General Studies with a focus in visual art and business communication from Fort Hays State University. Adriana was born in Brownsville, TX, and currently resides in Denver, CO with her partner and their dog. The OPWL program has slightly altered her career path, and, after graduation, Adriana will pursue becoming a performance improvement consultant.

    Adriana will be working with Dr. Anthony Marker.

    Adriana Cisneros is currently pursuing her Master’s Degree in OPWL at Boise State part-time while working full-time as an eLearning content manager and developer in Lakewood, CO. In 2019, she received her Bachelor’s Degree in General Studies with a focus in visual art and business communication from Fort Hays State University. Adriana was born in Brownsville, TX, and currently resides in Denver, CO with her partner and their dog. The OPWL program has slightly altered her career path, and, after graduation, Adriana will pursue becoming a performance improvement consultant.

    Adriana will be working with Dr. Anthony Marker.

  • Chantel Early

    Chantel Early

    Chantel Early is currently pursuing her Master’s Degree in OPWL at Boise State. She is a Coast Guard veteran and aspires to be an Instructional Designer upon completion of her studies. Chantel graduated from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in 2014 with her B.S. She served on three different Coast Guard cutters over a six-year span and separated in 2020 to focus on her studies. In 2021, she moved to Atlantic City, NJ with her husband Tim, and their two dogs, Maddy and Rey. She served as a Research Assistant to Dr. Lisa Giacumo for the Fall 2020 and Spring 2021 semesters and worked alongside others in the Marginalized Cross Culture Research and Development Learning Tech Group. In her spare time, she likes to read books, watch movies and hang out with her family and friends.

    Chantel will be working with Dr. Steve Villachica and the Process Management Lab.

    Chantel Early is currently pursuing her Master’s Degree in OPWL at Boise State. She is a Coast Guard veteran and aspires to be an Instructional Designer upon completion of her studies. Chantel graduated from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in 2014 with her B.S. She served on three different Coast Guard cutters over a six-year span and separated in 2020 to focus on her studies. In 2021, she moved to Atlantic City, NJ with her husband Tim, and their two dogs, Maddy and Rey. She served as a Research Assistant to Dr. Lisa Giacumo for the Fall 2020 and Spring 2021 semesters and worked alongside others in the Marginalized Cross Culture Research and Development Learning Tech Group. In her spare time, she likes to read books, watch movies and hang out with her family and friends.

    Chantel will be working with Dr. Steve Villachica and the Process Management Lab.

  • Nahari Leija

    Nahari Leija

    Nahari Yared Leija is currently pursuing her Master’s Degree in OPWL here at Boise State. Nahari is from Brownsville, located in the southernmost tip of Texas next to Matamoros, Tamaulipas, Mexico. Nahari received her Bachelor’s Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies with a concentration in Bilingual Education in May of 2020 at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley. Throughout her undergrad, she worked as a writing tutor at Texas Southmost College. Upon graduation, she became a bilingual 3rd grade teacher for Los Fresnos CISD during the 2020-2021 school year. Currently, Nahari is a full time graduate student and aspires to become an instructional designer after graduation.

    Nahari will be working with Dr. Seth Martinez.

    Nahari Yared Leija is currently pursuing her Master’s Degree in OPWL here at Boise State. Nahari is from Brownsville, located in the southernmost tip of Texas next to Matamoros, Tamaulipas, Mexico. Nahari received her Bachelor’s Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies with a concentration in Bilingual Education in May of 2020 at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley. Throughout her undergrad, she worked as a writing tutor at Texas Southmost College. Upon graduation, she became a bilingual 3rd grade teacher for Los Fresnos CISD during the 2020-2021 school year. Currently, Nahari is a full time graduate student and aspires to become an instructional designer after graduation.

    Nahari will be working with Dr. Seth Martinez.

  • Casey-McDaniel

    Casey McDaniel

    Casey McDaniel is currently pursuing his Master’s Degree in OPWL at Boise State. He works as a University administrator, specifically working on making higher education more accessible to a global population, especially focusing on international, later-in-life, and 1st generation college students. Casey graduated with a B.A. in Humanities from BYU-Idaho and has worked in many fields including medicine, technology and higher education.

    Casey lives in Rexburg, Idaho with his wife and three children, where he enjoys visiting all the surrounding national parks/forests. He also enjoys cooking and learning about the food and dining traditions of other cultures.

    Casey is entering his final year in the OPWL program with an anticipated graduation in 2022. He looks forward to sharing his experience while working with Dr. Don Winiecki as a teaching assistant.

    Casey McDaniel is currently pursuing his Master’s Degree in OPWL at Boise State. He works as a University administrator, specifically working on making higher education more accessible to a global population, especially focusing on international, later-in-life, and 1st generation college students. Casey graduated with a B.A. in Humanities from BYU-Idaho and has worked in many fields including medicine, technology and higher education.

    Casey lives in Rexburg, Idaho with his wife and three children, where he enjoys visiting all the surrounding national parks/forests. He also enjoys cooking and learning about the food and dining traditions of other cultures.

    Casey is entering his final year in the OPWL program with an anticipated graduation in 2022. He looks forward to sharing his experience while working with Dr. Don Winiecki as a teaching assistant.

  • Jazlyn Olmedo

    Jazlyn Olmedo

    Jazlyn Olmedo is currently pursuing her Master’s Degree in OPWL here at Boise State and is the OPWL Graduate Dean’s Fellowship recipient. Originally from Mission, Texas, Jazlyn has been enjoying her last 8 years here in beautiful Boise, Idaho. Jazlyn received her Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration with an Emphasis in Human Resources in May of 2020 at Boise State University. Throughout her undergrad, Jazlyn worked as a Resident Assistant where she led and assisted with the training and hiring process of other housing staff. Upon completing her undergrad, Jazlyn has been working as an HR Assistant at an Idaho startup cosmetics company. During her time there, she will be working closely with the CEO to design and create the HR department as the company continues to grow. Jazlyn is excited to share her experiences, to serve as a mentor for students, and to support and assist faculty in her role as a Graduate Assistant for the school year 2020-2021.

    Jazlyn will be working with Dr. Vicki Stieha.

    Jazlyn Olmedo is currently pursuing her Master’s Degree in OPWL here at Boise State and is the OPWL Graduate Dean’s Fellowship recipient. Originally from Mission, Texas, Jazlyn has been enjoying her last 8 years here in beautiful Boise, Idaho. Jazlyn received her Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration with an Emphasis in Human Resources in May of 2020 at Boise State University. Throughout her undergrad, Jazlyn worked as a Resident Assistant where she led and assisted with the training and hiring process of other housing staff. Upon completing her undergrad, Jazlyn has been working as an HR Assistant at an Idaho startup cosmetics company. During her time there, she will be working closely with the CEO to design and create the HR department as the company continues to grow. Jazlyn is excited to share her experiences, to serve as a mentor for students, and to support and assist faculty in her role as a Graduate Assistant for the school year 2020-2021.

    Jazlyn will be working with Dr. Vicki Stieha.

  • Madeleine Yount

    Madeleine Yount is a full-time Instructional Designer in Atlanta, Georgia currently working towards her Master’s degree in OPWL. She is a GA for Dr. Giacumo where she create e-learning objects and conducts research. Madeleine aspires to be a Director of Learning or work in the VR industry.

    Madeleine graduated New College of Florida with her B.A. in International Development in 2016 and then began working as a Training Designer for the Royal Navy. In 2018 she moved to Atlanta where she resides with her partner and three cats, Tortellini, Queso, and Moonshine. In her spare time, she volunteers delivering food to elderly people, giving to tours at Oakland Cemetery, and takes long walks in her neighborhood listening to murder podcasts.

    Madeleine will be working with Dr. Lisa Giacumo.

    Madeleine Yount is a full-time Instructional Designer in Atlanta, Georgia currently working towards her Master’s degree in OPWL. She is a GA for Dr. Giacumo where she create e-learning objects and conducts research. Madeleine aspires to be a Director of Learning or work in the VR industry.

    Madeleine graduated New College of Florida with her B.A. in International Development in 2016 and then began working as a Training Designer for the Royal Navy. In 2018 she moved to Atlanta where she resides with her partner and three cats, Tortellini, Queso, and Moonshine. In her spare time, she volunteers delivering food to elderly people, giving to tours at Oakland Cemetery, and takes long walks in her neighborhood listening to murder podcasts.

    Madeleine will be working with Dr. Lisa Giacumo.