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Faculty

  • Jeff Anderson

    Associate Professor

    Jeff Anderson, an associate professor in the department of Respiratory Care has been a respiratory care practitioner since graduation from Madison Area Technical College in Madison, Wisconsin. After graduation, he worked at the University of Wisconsin Hospitals and Clinics for six years in the trauma and life support center, burn unit, cardiac surgery and medicine intensive care units, hematology, oncology, pediatrics, and pediatrics intensive care units. More about Jeff Anderson

    Jeff Anderson, an associate professor in the department of Respiratory Care has been a respiratory care practitioner since graduation from Madison Area Technical College in Madison, Wisconsin. After graduation, he worked at the University of Wisconsin Hospitals and Clinics for six years in the trauma and life support center, burn unit, cardiac surgery and medicine intensive care units, hematology, oncology, pediatrics, and pediatrics intensive care units. More about Jeff Anderson

  • Jhaymie Cappiello

    Clinical Assistant Professor

    Jhaymie Cappiello earned his Bachelor of Science in Cardio-Respiratory Sciences in 1984 from the State University of New York at Stony Brook and his Master of Science in Respiratory Care Leadership from Northeastern University in 2014. Jhaymie entered respiratory care as a clinician in 1980, spent his last 29 years at Duke University Hospital in various roles, and taught as adjunct faculty in degree advancement programs for the last seven. Jhaymie was awarded the AARC Practitioner of the Year- Acute Care Specialty Section in 2008 and the Gail Gane Educator of the Year from the NCSRC in 2020.Jhaymie is a strong believer in the high value of the Respiratory Care Practitioner within healthcare. “It is not without this fundamental specialty that a highly vulnerable population will be properly cared for”. Jhaymie lives with his wife in Raleigh, North Carolina and loves to cook!

    Jhaymie Cappiello earned his Bachelor of Science in Cardio-Respiratory Sciences in 1984 from the State University of New York at Stony Brook and his Master of Science in Respiratory Care Leadership from Northeastern University in 2014. Jhaymie entered respiratory care as a clinician in 1980, spent his last 29 years at Duke University Hospital in various roles, and taught as adjunct faculty in degree advancement programs for the last seven. Jhaymie was awarded the AARC Practitioner of the Year- Acute Care Specialty Section in 2008 and the Gail Gane Educator of the Year from the NCSRC in 2020.Jhaymie is a strong believer in the high value of the Respiratory Care Practitioner within healthcare. “It is not without this fundamental specialty that a highly vulnerable population will be properly cared for”. Jhaymie lives with his wife in Raleigh, North Carolina and loves to cook!

  • Brian Cayko

    Clinical Assistant Professor

    Brian Cayko earned his Bachelors of Science in 2002 from Montana State University, an Associate of Applied Science in Respiratory Therapy in 2004, a Masters of Business Education (Healthcare Track) from the University of Mary in Bismark, ND, and is currently a doctoral student at the University of Montana in Educational Leadership. He has been teaching in Respiratory Care education since 2008 & has previously served as Director of Clinical Education for an entry-level RT program. Brian has been with the Boise State Degree Advancement Program since 2016. Brian has passionately served the profession at the state and national levels. His experience includes Chair of the Social Media Committee (AARC), AARC Bylaws, House of Delegates, and Numerous other AARC & MSRC Committees. His clinical background is in adult critical care. Brian received the esteemed Fellow of the AARC designation in 2018 in recognition of his service to the profession.

    Brian Cayko earned his Bachelors of Science in 2002 from Montana State University, an Associate of Applied Science in Respiratory Therapy in 2004, a Masters of Business Education (Healthcare Track) from the University of Mary in Bismark, ND, and is currently a doctoral student at the University of Montana in Educational Leadership. He has been teaching in Respiratory Care education since 2008 & has previously served as Director of Clinical Education for an entry-level RT program. Brian has been with the Boise State Degree Advancement Program since 2016. Brian has passionately served the profession at the state and national levels. His experience includes Chair of the Social Media Committee (AARC), AARC Bylaws, House of Delegates, and Numerous other AARC & MSRC Committees. His clinical background is in adult critical care. Brian received the esteemed Fellow of the AARC designation in 2018 in recognition of his service to the profession.

  • Joe Coyle

    Clinical Professor

    Joe Coyle is an Anesthesiologist and Critical Care physician with a long interest in Respiratory Care Education. Dr. Coyle is a graduate of Hahnemann Medical College and he did his Anesthesiology residency at Bethesda Naval Hospital. Dr. Coyle did Fellowships in Cardiac Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital. He is board certified in both Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine. More about Joe Coyle

    Joe Coyle is an Anesthesiologist and Critical Care physician with a long interest in Respiratory Care Education. Dr. Coyle is a graduate of Hahnemann Medical College and he did his Anesthesiology residency at Bethesda Naval Hospital. Dr. Coyle did Fellowships in Cardiac Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital. He is board certified in both Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine. More about Joe Coyle

  • Megan Koster

    Department Chair
    Clinical Associate Professor
    Master's Program Director

    Megan Koster is Department Chair and a Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Respiratory Care. She has been a Registered Respiratory Therapist since 2007, specializing in neonatal and pediatric intensive care. Koster earned a Master of Health Science with an emphasis in Health Promotion from Boise State University in 2011 and has been full time faculty since. Koster earned her Doctorate in Education from the University of New England in 2017, focusing primarily on innovative methods of identifying and assessing intellect in the undergraduate admissions process. The theory and assessment of both intellect and skill, specifically in clinically-based programs throughout higher education, continues to be a primary research interest.   More about Megan Koster

    Megan Koster is Department Chair and a Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Respiratory Care. She has been a Registered Respiratory Therapist since 2007, specializing in neonatal and pediatric intensive care. Koster earned a Master of Health Science with an emphasis in Health Promotion from Boise State University in 2011 and has been full time faculty since. Koster earned her Doctorate in Education from the University of New England in 2017, focusing primarily on innovative methods of identifying and assessing intellect in the undergraduate admissions process. The theory and assessment of both intellect and skill, specifically in clinically-based programs throughout higher education, continues to be a primary research interest.   More about Megan Koster

  • Jody Lester

    Associate Professor

    Jody Lester earned her Bachelor of Science in Respiratory Therapy and a Master of Arts in Curriculum and Instruction from Boise State University. She has been teaching in respiratory care since 1983. One of her favorite quotes is “Teaching is like dropping ideas into the letter box of the human subconscious. You know when they are posted, but you never know when they will be received or in what form.” She feels fortunate to sometimes see the “letters arrive” as students come to understand a difficult concept or build on previous ones. More about Jody Lester

    Department of Respiratory Care

    Jody Lester earned her Bachelor of Science in Respiratory Therapy and a Master of Arts in Curriculum and Instruction from Boise State University. She has been teaching in respiratory care since 1983. One of her favorite quotes is “Teaching is like dropping ideas into the letter box of the human subconscious. You know when they are posted, but you never know when they will be received or in what form.” She feels fortunate to sometimes see the “letters arrive” as students come to understand a difficult concept or build on previous ones. More about Jody Lester

  • Traci Marin

    Associate Professor
    On Campus and Masters Program

    Traci Marin earned her PhD from University of California, Riverside with an emphasis in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.  Traci comes to Boise State from Victor Valley College in Victorville, CA where she was the Program Director and Professor for their Department of Respiratory Therapy for 19 years. Traci’s experience and background is diverse and includes education, clinical practice, epidemiology, biostatistics, bioinformatics, proteomics, biochemistry, and molecular biology. Traci began her biomedical career at the clinical bedside and now performs research with a translational focus — translating biomedical science to the health care and public health arenas. Traci’s research originated from high-throughput data mining techniques that have led to the discovery of novel regulatory pathways important for inflammation and oxidative stress.

    Traci Marin earned her PhD from University of California, Riverside with an emphasis in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.  Traci comes to Boise State from Victor Valley College in Victorville, CA where she was the Program Director and Professor for their Department of Respiratory Therapy for 19 years. Traci’s experience and background is diverse and includes education, clinical practice, epidemiology, biostatistics, bioinformatics, proteomics, biochemistry, and molecular biology. Traci began her biomedical career at the clinical bedside and now performs research with a translational focus — translating biomedical science to the health care and public health arenas. Traci’s research originated from high-throughput data mining techniques that have led to the discovery of novel regulatory pathways important for inflammation and oxidative stress.

  • Kristen McHenry

    Assistant Professor

    Kristen McHenry earned her Bachelor of Science in Cardiopulmonary Science in 2005, Master of Science in Allied Health Education in 2013, and Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership & Policy Analysis in 2017, all from East Tennessee State University. She holds a specialty credential in adult critical care (ACCS) which is where she spent most of her career practicing in Bristol, TN. McHenry has served as the co-chair of the Education Committee for the Tennessee Society for Respiratory Care and been an active member of the AARC since 2013. She has a genuine interest in the areas of respiratory compromise in neuromuscular diseases such as ALS and RTs as telehealth providers. Research endeavors also include mentoring and curriculum development within Interprofessional Education and Practice.

    Kristen McHenry earned her Bachelor of Science in Cardiopulmonary Science in 2005, Master of Science in Allied Health Education in 2013, and Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership & Policy Analysis in 2017, all from East Tennessee State University. She holds a specialty credential in adult critical care (ACCS) which is where she spent most of her career practicing in Bristol, TN. McHenry has served as the co-chair of the Education Committee for the Tennessee Society for Respiratory Care and been an active member of the AARC since 2013. She has a genuine interest in the areas of respiratory compromise in neuromuscular diseases such as ALS and RTs as telehealth providers. Research endeavors also include mentoring and curriculum development within Interprofessional Education and Practice.

  • Camille Stover

    On Campus Program Director
    Clinical Assistant Professor

    Camille Stover earned her Bachelors of Science in Respiratory Care from Boise State in 2014 and a Master of Education Technology from Boise State in 2018. Camille joined the department in 2017 as a Graduate Assistant and joined the department full time in 2019 as a Clinical Assistant Professor. As of 2021 Camille is now the On Campus Program Director.

    Camille Stover earned her Bachelors of Science in Respiratory Care from Boise State in 2014 and a Master of Education Technology from Boise State in 2018. Camille joined the department in 2017 as a Graduate Assistant and joined the department full time in 2019 as a Clinical Assistant Professor. As of 2021 Camille is now the On Campus Program Director.

  • TJ Wing

    Associate Professor
    Degree Advancement Program Director

    TJ Wing earned his Bachelor of Science in Respiratory Therapy in 2002, a Masters of Health Science with a Leadership emphasis in 2008 and a Doctorate in Educational Technology in 2018 from Boise State University. He has been teaching adult critical care and neonatal/pediatric emergency medicine in the Respiratory Care Program since 2003. TJ helped develop the BSRC DAP from the ground up, creating and delivering many of the foundational courses that are offered today. He has taught online courses since 2007 while completely dedicating his teaching workload to 100% online since 2015. TJ is passionate about online education with his dissertation focusing on formative versus summative assessment within online health care courses. More about TJ Wing

    TJ Wing earned his Bachelor of Science in Respiratory Therapy in 2002, a Masters of Health Science with a Leadership emphasis in 2008 and a Doctorate in Educational Technology in 2018 from Boise State University. He has been teaching adult critical care and neonatal/pediatric emergency medicine in the Respiratory Care Program since 2003. TJ helped develop the BSRC DAP from the ground up, creating and delivering many of the foundational courses that are offered today. He has taught online courses since 2007 while completely dedicating his teaching workload to 100% online since 2015. TJ is passionate about online education with his dissertation focusing on formative versus summative assessment within online health care courses. More about TJ Wing

  • Alyssa Zemke

    Director of Clinical Education
    Clinical Assistant Professor

    Alyssa Zemke is the Director of Clinical Education for the Department of Respiratory Care. She has been a respiratory therapist in the valley since 2006 with adult critical care as her area of expertise.  Alyssa graduated from Boise State’s on-campus Respiratory Care Program in 2006 and earned her Masters of Science in Respiratory Care in 2020 with an emphasis on the development and implementation of a chest trauma pathway. Her research interests include tracheostomy and laryngectomy management and care, tobacco cessation and prevention, as well as the use of esophageal pressure monitoring to find optimal PEEP levels. Alyssa has been an adjunct faculty at Boise State since 2010.  She and her husband have two kids and enjoy spending time together outdoors.

    Alyssa Zemke is the Director of Clinical Education for the Department of Respiratory Care. She has been a respiratory therapist in the valley since 2006 with adult critical care as her area of expertise.  Alyssa graduated from Boise State’s on-campus Respiratory Care Program in 2006 and earned her Masters of Science in Respiratory Care in 2020 with an emphasis on the development and implementation of a chest trauma pathway. Her research interests include tracheostomy and laryngectomy management and care, tobacco cessation and prevention, as well as the use of esophageal pressure monitoring to find optimal PEEP levels. Alyssa has been an adjunct faculty at Boise State since 2010.  She and her husband have two kids and enjoy spending time together outdoors.

Staff

  • Robyn Hood

    Administrative Assistant II

    Robyn Hood is the Administrative Assistant II for the Department of Respiratory Care.  She has been with Boise State since 2015 having joined the Respiratory Care team in April of 2021.  Hood along with her husband, have two children and love all the outdoor activities Idaho has to offer.  Hood is a graduate of Gonzaga University with a Degree in Journalism.  Her role within the Department of Respiratory Care encompasses administrative duties for the on campus program.

    Department of Respiratory Care

    Robyn Hood is the Administrative Assistant II for the Department of Respiratory Care.  She has been with Boise State since 2015 having joined the Respiratory Care team in April of 2021.  Hood along with her husband, have two children and love all the outdoor activities Idaho has to offer.  Hood is a graduate of Gonzaga University with a Degree in Journalism.  Her role within the Department of Respiratory Care encompasses administrative duties for the on campus program.

  • Michele Kelly

    Academic Planning Coordinator

    Michele Kelly is the Academic Planning Coordinator in the Department of Respiratory Care. She has been with Boise State since 2012, having joined the Respiratory Care team in June of 2017. Kelly, along with her husband of over 30 years and her two children, is a Boise State alumni, having earned her Bachelor of Business Administration in 1989. Her role within the Department of Respiratory Care encompasses administrative duties for all three respiratory care programs (on campus, RRT to BS online, and MSRC online) as well as acting Advisor for the RRT to BS Degree Advancement Program.

    Department of Respiratory Care

    Michele Kelly is the Academic Planning Coordinator in the Department of Respiratory Care. She has been with Boise State since 2012, having joined the Respiratory Care team in June of 2017. Kelly, along with her husband of over 30 years and her two children, is a Boise State alumni, having earned her Bachelor of Business Administration in 1989. Her role within the Department of Respiratory Care encompasses administrative duties for all three respiratory care programs (on campus, RRT to BS online, and MSRC online) as well as acting Advisor for the RRT to BS Degree Advancement Program.

  • Sara Smith

    Academic Advisor

    Sara Smith is an Academic Advisor supporting RRT to BS online students in the Department of Respiratory Care. Sara joined the Respiratory Care team in April 2020, and has been with Boise State University since 2015. She earned her Master of Science in Adult, Organizational Learning and Leadership from the University of Idaho, and works with the Degree Advancement Program team to support and serve students.

    Department of Respiratory Care

    Sara Smith is an Academic Advisor supporting RRT to BS online students in the Department of Respiratory Care. Sara joined the Respiratory Care team in April 2020, and has been with Boise State University since 2015. She earned her Master of Science in Adult, Organizational Learning and Leadership from the University of Idaho, and works with the Degree Advancement Program team to support and serve students.

  • Murphy

    Department Mascot

    Murphy is a loveable three year old Giant Schnauzer Poodle whose mom Camille Stover, Program Director and Clinical Assistant Professor, brings to work with her to brighten our days.

    Murphy is a loveable three year old Giant Schnauzer Poodle whose mom Camille Stover, Program Director and Clinical Assistant Professor, brings to work with her to brighten our days.