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Chief of Staff & Vice President for Compliance, Legal and Audit

The Chief of Staff and Vice President for Compliance, Legal and Audit oversees Equal Employment Opportunity, Institutional Compliance, Internal Audit, Sponsorship, Student & Campus Safety, Title IX, Trademark & Licensing, University Events & Protocol, University Policies, Sponsorships and the General Counsel.

Boise State does not see compliance as merely an obligation, but a responsibility to our campus community and an opportunity to make Boise State a safe and welcoming environment.

For questions for the Chief of Staff & VP for Compliance, Legal and Audit, please call (208) 426-1417.

Chief of Staff & Vice President for Compliance, Legal and Audit

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Located within the Office of President in the Administration Building, Suite 201, we are available from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

  • Alicia Estey

    Chief of Staff and Vice President for Compliance, Legal and Audit

    Alicia Estey served as the Senior Associate Vice President of Campus Operations and the university’s Chief Compliance Officer before being named Chief of Staff and Chief Compliance Officer in October 2018 then as Vice President for Compliance, Legal and Audit as of January 2020.

    From 2013-2017, Estey served the university by overseeing compliance with statutory and regulatory requirements, managing agency audits and supervising investigations of discrimination-based complaints in the position of executive director of Institutional Compliance and Ethics.

    She joined Boise State in 2006 as the special assistant to then-Vice President of Finance Stacy Pearson. Thereafter she served in various roles in Finance and Administration including policy analyst, regulatory compliance officer and director of tax. Before her time at Boise State, Estey worked in the tax department at the J.R. Simplot Company. She recently was elected to the Boise School Board.

    Alicia Estey served as the Senior Associate Vice President of Campus Operations and the university’s Chief Compliance Officer before being named Chief of Staff and Chief Compliance Officer in October 2018 then as Vice President for Compliance, Legal and Audit as of January 2020.

    From 2013-2017, Estey served the university by overseeing compliance with statutory and regulatory requirements, managing agency audits and supervising investigations of discrimination-based complaints in the position of executive director of Institutional Compliance and Ethics.

    She joined Boise State in 2006 as the special assistant to then-Vice President of Finance Stacy Pearson. Thereafter she served in various roles in Finance and Administration including policy analyst, regulatory compliance officer and director of tax. Before her time at Boise State, Estey worked in the tax department at the J.R. Simplot Company. She recently was elected to the Boise School Board.

  • Elise Alford

    Special Assistant

    Elise Alford provides support and consultation to president’s office projects and initiatives for the chief of staff and vice president for compliance, legal and audit. She is a current member of the reintegration committee responsible for facilitating a successful return to campus, and most recently served as senior associate director for the Boise State student union.

    Alford brings 12-plus years of professional higher education experience to the role, including a decade of service to Boise State during which she has provided leadership and development for programs, people and budgets. Her career spans multiple institutions and segments of the field, with programmatic oversight for student unions, event services, university art galleries and collections, residence life, orientation and family outreach. She has served in numerous volunteer leadership roles with the Association of College Unions International, including regional director.

    She is known on campus for her characteristic resourcefulness and ability to foster cross-divisional, cross-disciplinary partnerships and initiatives with an intention and focus on relationships, policies and processes. Among her many achievements at Boise State, Alford led university event services to centralize campus event space and services, established the Bronco Parent and Family Association – now managed by New Student Programs – and contributed to numerous policy initiatives surrounding use of university space and student fees.

    Alford is an alumna of Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, where she earned a Master of Science in Education with an emphasis on higher education and social policy, and of Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee, where she studied organizational development and English.

    Outside of her work with Boise State, Alford is an active supporter of the local arts community and enjoys exploring the Northwest by foot and kayak.

    Elise Alford provides support and consultation to president’s office projects and initiatives for the chief of staff and vice president for compliance, legal and audit. She is a current member of the reintegration committee responsible for facilitating a successful return to campus, and most recently served as senior associate director for the Boise State student union.

    Alford brings 12-plus years of professional higher education experience to the role, including a decade of service to Boise State during which she has provided leadership and development for programs, people and budgets. Her career spans multiple institutions and segments of the field, with programmatic oversight for student unions, event services, university art galleries and collections, residence life, orientation and family outreach. She has served in numerous volunteer leadership roles with the Association of College Unions International, including regional director.

    She is known on campus for her characteristic resourcefulness and ability to foster cross-divisional, cross-disciplinary partnerships and initiatives with an intention and focus on relationships, policies and processes. Among her many achievements at Boise State, Alford led university event services to centralize campus event space and services, established the Bronco Parent and Family Association – now managed by New Student Programs – and contributed to numerous policy initiatives surrounding use of university space and student fees.

    Alford is an alumna of Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, where she earned a Master of Science in Education with an emphasis on higher education and social policy, and of Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee, where she studied organizational development and English.

    Outside of her work with Boise State, Alford is an active supporter of the local arts community and enjoys exploring the Northwest by foot and kayak.

  • Jordan Bastian

    Public Health Officer

  • Maureen Welcker

    Public Health Officer

    Reporting to the chief of staff and vice president for compliance, legal and audit, Welcker will be essential in planning and directing everyone’s safe return to campus this fall in response to COVID-19. In her role, Welcker will provide public health informed guidance on COVID-19 related matters to the university’s senior leadership team and the campus community, serve as the primary public health resource for reintegration planning, liaise with other state and federal agencies and organizations, and work with internal stakeholders to determine how to deploy public health strategies. She also will lead efforts to establish a contact tracing program unique to Boise State, enabling a more nimble campus response to positive cases and notification of close contacts within our community in coordination with University Health Services and Central District Health.

    Welcker brings extensive public health knowledge and experience connected to many facets of the pandemic, and joins Boise State having already provided guidance to local and state agencies on COVID-19 response. In her career, Welcker has worked with diverse national, regional, state and local partners to plan, respond and recover from public health concerns and outbreaks.

    She has significant epidemiology training from her prior work with the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare (IDHW) and Masters of Public Health (MPH) degree from Johns Hopkins School of Public Health.

    Among her many achievements, Welcker successfully coordinated Idaho’s inaugural public health preparedness and response program’s emergency communication and training efforts, and thereafter spearheaded the state’s pandemic influenza emergency preparedness and response program, with coordination of 33 state agencies and Idaho’s seven District Health Departments. Welcker additionally has organized and been involved in stand-out public health emergency response efforts, including Idaho’s 2002-03 smallpox vaccination efforts, national polio vaccination clinics and public health campaigns in West Africa, Congressional information sessions at the United States Capitol and H1N1 pandemic influenza vaccination clinics.

    Welcker brings a depth of knowledge to the university as a public health expert with a self- described creative, “out-of-the-box” mindset. In her free time, Welcker enjoys running and outdoor adventuring with her family including rafting, hiking and skiing.

    Reporting to the chief of staff and vice president for compliance, legal and audit, Welcker will be essential in planning and directing everyone’s safe return to campus this fall in response to COVID-19. In her role, Welcker will provide public health informed guidance on COVID-19 related matters to the university’s senior leadership team and the campus community, serve as the primary public health resource for reintegration planning, liaise with other state and federal agencies and organizations, and work with internal stakeholders to determine how to deploy public health strategies. She also will lead efforts to establish a contact tracing program unique to Boise State, enabling a more nimble campus response to positive cases and notification of close contacts within our community in coordination with University Health Services and Central District Health.

    Welcker brings extensive public health knowledge and experience connected to many facets of the pandemic, and joins Boise State having already provided guidance to local and state agencies on COVID-19 response. In her career, Welcker has worked with diverse national, regional, state and local partners to plan, respond and recover from public health concerns and outbreaks.

    She has significant epidemiology training from her prior work with the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare (IDHW) and Masters of Public Health (MPH) degree from Johns Hopkins School of Public Health.

    Among her many achievements, Welcker successfully coordinated Idaho’s inaugural public health preparedness and response program’s emergency communication and training efforts, and thereafter spearheaded the state’s pandemic influenza emergency preparedness and response program, with coordination of 33 state agencies and Idaho’s seven District Health Departments. Welcker additionally has organized and been involved in stand-out public health emergency response efforts, including Idaho’s 2002-03 smallpox vaccination efforts, national polio vaccination clinics and public health campaigns in West Africa, Congressional information sessions at the United States Capitol and H1N1 pandemic influenza vaccination clinics.

    Welcker brings a depth of knowledge to the university as a public health expert with a self- described creative, “out-of-the-box” mindset. In her free time, Welcker enjoys running and outdoor adventuring with her family including rafting, hiking and skiing.