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Housing and Residence Life Leadership Team

Headshot of Dean Kennedy, Ph.DDean Kennedy, Ph.D
Director of Housing and Residence Life
Contact – or 208-447-1005
Born and raised in New Hampshire, Dean joins the Bronco community after almost 7 years as Associate Director for Residential Life at California State University, Monterey Bay and the University of Houston.  With a BA in Environmental Conservation, MA in Educational Leadership, and Ph.D. in Higher Education and Student Affairs Leadership  Dean is passionate about fostering student learning and success, as well as supporting education about the natural environment in which we live.  When not working with an excellent Housing & Residence Life team, you will find Dean spending time with his partner, Elyssia, and two dogs, Aito and Bambou, and enjoying all the outdoor pursuits Boise and Idaho have to offer.

To learn about Dean’s thoughts on the direction, potential, and capacity for Boise State Housing & Residence Life, please click on this presentation he shared with all department staff members in the first few weeks of starting his position.  The department is on track with these goals and expectations.   He welcomes any thoughts, feedback, and questions –

Headshot of Christina SchwiderskiChristina Schwiderski
Associate Director of  Residence Life
Contact – or 208-447-1001
Christina joined the Housing and Residence Life team in February of 2015 excited by the prospect of a new adventure at Boise State and developing an intentional Residence Life program based in student learning and leadership. Originally from NE Oregon, Christina completed her Bachelor’s of Arts in Sociology at Whitman College in Washington and her Master’s in College Student Personnel at Bowling Green State University in Ohio. With a professional career based in Residence Life, she is passionate about building communities of care and respect and believes that on-campus living can be a transformational experience for students. When not supporting Boise State’s residence life staff and department growth, Christina and her partner can be found enjoying brunch downtown, exploring Boise’s thrift shops, and camping in the great outdoors of Idaho.

Headshot of Kevin IsraelKevin Israel
Assistant Director, Operations & Maintenance
Contact – or 208-447-1078
Kevin earned his BS in Leisure Studies from Iowa State University and his M.S. in Higher Education also from Iowa State University. His experience in Higher Education covers 25 years and has ranged from the Student Recreation Program to Residence Life. His current work focuses on the custodial and maintenance issues of our 300 apartments and 9 residence halls.

Headshot of Vince ApplegateVince Applegate
Assistant Director for Residential Education
Contact  – 208-447-1001
Vince is excited to join the Housing and Residential Life Team and begin a new adventure in Boise. He earned his Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Indiana University in Bloomington Indiana, and his Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction with a focus in Student Affairs from the University of South Florida in Tampa Florida. He is originally from Indianapolis, IN and has lived all over the country in cities such as Orlando, FL, Portland, OR, and Terre Haute, IN. Vince is passionate about fostering student success and learning across all areas of the student experience. He is committed to the continued growth of the excellent legacy of the Living Learning Communities and Residential Colleges at Boise State and excited to be a Bronco!

Dan Hammerquist, Housing & Residence Life, faculty/staff, studio portrait, photo by Priscilla Grover Dan Hammerquist 
Assistant Director of Housing Operations
Contact  – or 208-447-1088
Dan earned his BS in Mechanical Engineering from George Fox University and his MS in Student Affairs in Higher Education from Colorado State University. He is originally from Fruitland, ID, and has worked in Portland, OR, Fort Collins, CO, and Tacoma, WA. His current work focuses on overseeing operational functions including housing assignments, customer service, IT, conferences and guest services, and marketing.

Headshot of Rebecca YoungRebecca Young
Business Manager
Contact – or 208-447-1001
Rebecca earned her BS in Accounting from California State University, San Bernardino and her MBA from Boise State University. Her experience in the past 25 years has been as an accountant, predominantly in the private sector, for several local businesses. Her current work focuses on the business functions of Housing & Residence Life, including continual process improvement.

Residence Life Team


Headshot of Taylor Tackett, Housing and Residence LifeTaylor Tackett
Coordinator for Conduct & Assessment
Contact – or 208-447-1037
Hailing from Columbus, Ohio, Taylor Tackett is a huge fan of the game day spirit. Taylor earned his Bachelors degree in Art Administration and Masters of Humanities from Tiffin University in Northern Ohio. A firm believer in social and restorative justice, Taylor joins Boise State excited to work with students of diverse backgrounds. Prior to Boise State, Taylor worked as an Area Coordinator and Conduct Administrator focusing on The First Year Experience, student leadership, student outreach, and the conduct process at Tiffin University and a Building Manager (Student Activities and Events) at The Ohio State University. Here’s to a great year! Go Blue!

Picture of Vera Frolova

Vera Frolova
Manager for Apartments, Conferences, and Guest Housing 
Contact – or 208-447-1023
Vera is excited to be a part of the Bronco family! She earned her Bachelor’s Degree in International Business and Marketing from the Foster School of Business, University of Washington. Prior to Boise State, her experience was in project management and cruise logistics. Her current work focuses on guest housing during the summer season for Boise State partners and outside camps and conferences. Vera and her team strive for all their guests to have an amazing and memorable experience.

Headshot of Sara MillerSara Smith
Apartment Coordinator
Front Desk – (208) 447-1002
Contact –
Sara Smith completed both her undergraduate and graduate degrees at the University of Idaho. While an undergraduate student, Sara worked with the University of Idaho’s Housing and Residence Life department. Her Masters of Science degree was earned in Adult/Organizational Learning and Leadership. During her graduate program, Sara also earned her Human Resource Development certificate. Sara is excited to be returning to her home area of southern Idaho, where she originally grew up in Eagle. Sara is a Super Nintendo guru, tea fiend, and die-hard Office fan.

Headshot of Roni Beck, Housing and Residence LifeRoni Beck
Coordinator for Learning & Leadership
Contact – or 208-447-1031
Roni’s love for working in the college environment began while serving as a student leader at Snow College (Peer Mentor) as well as the University of Utah (Orientation Leader). After receiving her BS in Psychology from the University of Utah, she worked in New Student Orientation & Leadership Development as well as Student Recruitment & High School Services as a full time staff member. After working at the University of Utah for 5 years, she went on to earn her MS in Student Affairs in Higher Education from Miami University where she served as a Residence Director for 2 years. Roni couldn’t be more excited to join the Housing and Residence Life staff as the Coordinator for Learning & Leadership. She is looking forward to the recreational aspects of the Boise area and cannot wait for game day on the blue!

Resident Directors

RD Rachel GooldRachel Goold
Resident Director for Chaffee Hall
Front Desk – (208) 447-1011
Contact –
Hi there! I’m Rachel, and I’m the Resident Director for Chaffee Hall. I received both my B.A. in International Studies and Political Science and my M.S. in Student Affairs in Higher Education from Colorado State University. I am joining the Housing & Residence Life team after serving 2 years as Manager for the University Village apartments at Colorado State University. I live for conversation, innovation, and fun, not to mention family, friends, food, and my dog, Samson.

Headshot of RD Brittany SmithBrittany Smith
Resident Director for Driscoll/Morrison/Keiser/Taylor Hall (DKMT)
Front Desk – (208) 447-1009
Contact –
Brittany received her undergraduate degree in Sociology and Anthropology from Plymouth State University and her Masters of Organizational Leadership from St. Ambrose University. Brittany is coming to Boise State from Davenport, Iowa where she worked as a Residence Director at St. Ambrose University for three years. Brittany is excited to serve Driscoll, Keiser, Morrison and Taylor this year!

Headshot of Jordan CareyJordan Carey
Resident Director for Aspen, Cedar, Hawthorne, Juniper, Spruce and Tamarack Townhouses and Yale Court
Front Desk – (208) 447-1035
Contact –
Originally from northern Illinois, Jordan received her undergraduate degrees in French and Politics & Government from Illinois State University.  Following the completion of her undergraduate studies, Jordan worked at Illinois State University as an Assistant Resident Director for two years.  Jordan is very excited to work with the diverse group of students living in the Lincoln Townhouses this year!  When not working with the awesome students and staff of Boise State University, you will find Jordan spending time with her partner and their dog, Hashtag.

Headshot of Evan OglevieEvan Oglevie
Resident Director for Boise State University communities in RiverEdge and Vista West 
Office – 208-912-3286
Contact –
Evan has had a passion for Residence Life since he was a student at Colorado State University where he received his bachelor’s degree in Communication Studies and served as a Resident Assistant (RA). Evan received his master’s degree in the College Student Services Administration program from Oregon State University and is joining the team after serving three years of professional experience working as a Resident Director (RD) at Western State Colorado University and more recently as the Co-advisor for the Memorial Union Program Council at Oregon State University. He looks forward to building a great  community at BSU.

Sam Harwood, Housing and Residence Life, faculty/staff, studio portrait, photo by Priscilla GroverSam Harwood
Resident Director for University Square
Front Desk – (208) 447-1003
Contact –
Originally from all over Washington state, Sam completed her undergraduate degrees in International Affairs and French at Eastern Washington University. Sam is coming most recently from Clemson University in South Carolina where she received her M.Ed. in Counselor Education & Student Affairs. There she served as a graduate Community Director for two years and explored her enthusiasm for residence life and social justice education, which she is excited to bring to Boise State. When she is not at work, Sam can be found attempting craft projects and watching Netflix. 

Zack Eckerdt, Housing & Residence Life, faculty/staff, studio, Priscilla Grover photo

Zack Eckerdt
Resident Director for Clearwater, Payette, and Selway Suites
Front Desk – (208) 447-1003
Zack is new to both Boise State University and Idaho, coming from the distant land of Wyoming! He completed his AA in Communications at Northwest College, and his BA in Organizational Communication at Montana State University Billings. Along with this education, he brings 9 years of Residence Life experience with him. Through all of that adventure, he has made it his quest to discover each student’s unique place at Boise State, to help them cultivate the leadership within that energizes and empowers them, and to build meaningful and impactful relationships by “doing life” with our community. When he’s not working and growing with the amazing students and staff of Boise State University, you may find him exploring the outdoors around Boise with his family, engrossed in the latest super hero movie, or dragging people in to play the best board games they’ve never heard of! Here’s to great experiences at Boise State, Go Blue!

Jeremy Harper
Resident Director Barnes Towers
Front Desk – (208) 447-1012
I’m Jeremy and I’m the Resident Director of Towers Hall. I received my B.A. in Mathematics from Reed College in Portland, Oregon and my M.A. in Gender and Cultural Studies from Simmons College in Boston, Massachusetts, and I’m excited to now be back in my hometown of Boise, Idaho. While I’m new to Residence Life, I’ve been teaching University Foundations 100 and 200 here at Boise State University for the past three years. Outside of higher ed, I’ve devoted much of my time to anti-violence work–as a courthouse advocate for survivors of family violence and later as a hotline counselor for a rape crisis center. I’m passionate about building safe, inclusive communities where every member has the support they need to be successful. When not at work, you can find me cooking, hanging out with my partner and our dog (George), playing board games, or reading young adult sci-fi and fantasy.

Dustin Hunt
Resident Director Taylor
Front Desk – (208) 447-1009
Originally from Laurel, Montana. Dustin completed his B.S. in Mathematics Education from Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, WA and his M.S. in Mental Health Counseling from the University of Wyoming. His passion is to develop and be a part of communities where people are actively pursuing their dreams, and encouraging one another along the way. When not at work, Dustin enjoys spending time outdoors, walking the city, and traveling to new places.


Headshot of Jane CurtisJane Curtis
Administrative Assistant
Jane is new to the Boise area, moving here from Coeur d’Alene.  Jane’s career spans various industries including the timber industry, cable advertising as well as previous years with the State of Idaho Industrial Commission.  Jane is an avid sports enthusiast and loves to share that passion with visitors that stop by the Housing and Residence Life offices.  Jane’s current role is as the Administrative Assistant II within Housing and Residence Life providing support to the Director, Associate Director, Assistant Directors, Managers, Coordinators, and Living Learning Community staff/faculty to ensure quality customer service for our internal and external customers.

Headshot of Amy SoutarAmy Soutar
Customer Service Representative
Amy is originally from San Jose, California and completed her Bachelors of Arts degree at Boise State University in Communication with an emphasis in Relational Organizations. While an undergraduate student, Amy worked Boise State University Housing and Residence Life department. She is excited to remain in Boise, work with her student staff members, and support the awesome programs this department has to offer its students. When not working, she likes to enjoy the outdoors, watch sports, and hanging with friends and family.

Headshot of Charlie TeaterCharlie Teater
IT Systems Coordinator
Oversees, coordinates and makes recommendations on network hardware and software. Resolves network communication problems and maintain residential student network.

Headshot of JT ColeJT Cole
Assignment Coordinator
Maintains data integrity and database corrections/updates, and automation updates as needed, rates plans, room configurations, user access rights. In addition, communicates assignment decisions and other jobs critical information to Housing residents via email.

Headshot of Peter QuijasPeter Quijas
Financial Technician
Responsible for processing transactions and paperwork among University departments, including Purchasing, Accounts Payable, Account Maintenance and Administrative Accounting. Recommends methods for purchasing and paying for items.

Collyn Halsted

Collyn Halsted
HR Administrator
Collyn is originally from Seattle, Washington. She has a BBA in Human Resource Management, from Boise State. She is responsible for posting all jobs, on-boarding new staff, completes Travel Authorizations, books travel, processes employee reimbursements, reviews time entry and approval for payroll accuracy.  Outside of work, Collyn enjoys spending time with her family and 2 huskies.

Headshot of Shawnee KarpuleonShawnee Karpuleon 
Financial Technician

Monitors status of past due accounts, adjust next review date and refer accounts for outside collection. Position provides guidance to Housing and Residence Life residents regarding University resources to finance academic career.

Karen Baker pictureKaren Baker
Coordinator for Conference and Guest Housing
Karen is originally from Boise and moved back to the Boise/Meridian area in 2004.  Karen’s career spans over the hospitality industry, bookkeeping and accounting, and  record management. Since returning to Boise, her career at Boise State has been in several capacities within Housing and Residence Life working with our Living Learning Communities and coordinating our warehouse and work request system. Her current work focuses on guest and conference housing and serving our internal and external clients.

Operations & Maintenance

Headshot of Mark RedmonMark Redmon
Building Superintendent (Custodial Team)
Plans, directs and performs facility management services to Suites, Yale, Townhouses and Apartments including work order management and warehouse operations, employee supervision of maintenance and custodial staff.

Maintenance Team

Headshot of Richard RiceGene Conyers
Senior Maintenance Craftsperson


Headshot of Richard RiceScotty Draine
Senior Maintenance Craftsperson

Headshot of Rene Robbin

Rene Robbin
Senior Maintenance Craftsperson

Headshot of Rene RobbinDon Thorndyke
Senior Maintenance Craftsperson


Custodial Staff Team

Headshot of Travis SoderTravis Soder

Headshot of Tobias LooserTobias Looser

Headshot of James Jourdan, Housing, studio portraitJames Jourdan

Headshot of Dana BarthelDana Barthel

mariaMaria Lara


Headshot of Stacy ShaulStacy Shaul

Headshot of Christopher DennisChristopher Dennis

Tyler BaconHeadshot of Tyler Bacon

Headshot of Cameron LeeCameron Lee

Ronda Kobes Ronda Kobes

Elvis Trochez