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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.

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 Young

Rebecca Young
Business Manager 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 J. Tackett
Assistant Director for Community Standards
Preferred Pronouns: He/Him/His
Contact – or 208-447-1037
Taylor earned his Bachelor and Master degrees from Tiffin University in Northern Ohio and is currently completing his PhD in Public Policy and Administration at Boise State University. A firm believer in restorative based dispute resolution programs, Taylor is passionate about providing the community with opportunities to rebuild trust and repair harm when damage has been done. Prior to Boise State University, Taylor worked in student conduct, housing & residence life, first-year programming, student leadership & advocacy, and student union management at various higher education institutions across Ohio.

Michelle Tassinari
Graduate Case Manager

Michelle recently graduated from Boise State University with a Bachelor’s of Science in Psychology and a minor in Family Studies. Throughout her undergraduate career she enjoyed studying interpersonal relationships and the impact that they have on an individual.  This fall she will begin pursuing her Master’s degree in Counseling through Boise State University on the track to become a school counselor. Michelle is passionate about working with individuals, advocating for mental health, child development, and Boise State University Athletics. When not working or studying, Michelle can be found cooking or on her bike exploring Boise.

Headshot of Roni Beck, Housing and Residence LifeAssistant Director for Residential Engagement 
 – 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 Resident Director for 2 years. Roni joined the Bronco family in 2014 and loves exploring the many recreational aspects in the Boise area. She enjoys working with many student leaders within Housing & Residence Life and welcomes many students to their home on campus each semester.

Kristin Olson
Assistant Director Of Living Learning Programs
Contact- or 208-447-1074
Kristin is originally from Idaho Falls, ID, and is excited to be back in the state after 20 years away. Kristin earned her BA in Political Science from the University of New Hampshire (UNH) and her MA in Higher Education Administration from the University of Denver. Kristin started her Student Affairs journey as a Resident Assistant (RA) at UNH and quickly realized she found her calling – helping other college students have transformative experiences while at college and finding their connections to the community. Kristin went on to be a Residence Director and then switched tracks serving in student conduct for 14 years. With a strength in community development and building, the opportunity to work with the exceptional Living Living Programs at Boise State drew her back “home” to Idaho. When not supporting Boise State’s Living Learning Programming faculty and residents, you’ll find Kristin biking around Boise with her family, volunteering in the community, or getting out into the wilderness for hiking and camping.

Headshot of Evan OglevieEvan Oglevie
Coordinator for Residential Leadership
Preferred Pronouns:he/him/his
Contact or 208-447-1024
Evan is excited to continue in his fourth year at Boise State where he has fallen in love with the University, the city, and most of all the amazing students. His passion for student learning and development started at Colorado State University when he served as a Resident Assistant while receiving his bachelor’s degree in Communication Studies. From there, Evan began his professional career in Student Affairs working as an RD at Western State Colorado University for a few years. He then worked in student programming at Oregon State University while he received his master’s degree in the College Student Services Administration program. When not working, you can find Evan enjoying Netflix, playing games, “nerding-out” to Star Wars, or out on the town enjoying the great food Boise has to offer! Evan looks forward to building another great community, planning some fun events, meeting new students, and overall repping that blue and orange spirit!!

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.

Resident Directors:

Headshot of Jordan CareyJordan Carey
Resident Director for Sawtooth Hall
Contact – or (208)-447-1149
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 awesome group of students living in Sawtooth Hall this year!  When not working with the awesome students and staff, you will find Jordan pursuing an MBA here at Boise State, cheering on the Chicago Cubs, or spending time with her partner and their dog, Hashtag.

Sam Harwood, Housing and Residence Life, faculty/staff, studio portrait, photo by Priscilla GroverSam Harwood
Resident Director for Chaffee Hall
Contact – or (208) 447-1018
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
Contact – or (208) 447-1028

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 for Honors College
Contact or (208) 447-1150
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 DKMT
Contact or (208) 447-1010
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.

Lucas Snodgrass
Graduate Resident Director for DKMT
Lucas earned his B.A. in History from George Fox University and his M.A. in Teaching from Willamette University.  He has spent the past eight years teaching high school social studies, leadership with an emphasis in character development, and coaching basketball in the Vancouver, WA area.  He is a current graduate student in the Master of Athletic Leadership program at Boise State.  Originally from Beaverton, OR, Lucas is elated to finally be living somewhere the sun makes a regular appearance!  Lucas is honored to be part of the Boise State Residence Life staff and is looking forward to his work as a resident director in the already thriving BSU community.  GO BRONCOS.

Alec Santos
Resident Director –  Lincoln Townhomes
Contact or (208) 447-1036
Alec was raised in Newman, California but has called San Francisco home for as long as they can remember. As a first generation, queer, student of color, Alec attended Modesto Junior College where they received their A.A. in Humanities, then moved on to San Francisco State University to earn a B.A. in Communication Studies and an M.A. in Communication Studies with emphases in Gender, Sexuality, Race & Resistance, and Fat Studies. While working with diverse populations at SFSU, Alec raised awareness around social justice education and advocacy through intentional curriculum and inclusive dialogue. When Alec is not teaching courses or planning the next social justice summit, they enjoy playing softball, lip-syncing for their life, and making use of their passport. Alec is a freedom fighter with a passion for life who is excited to see what BSU has to offer – Go Broncos!

Shan’Ternera Williams
Resident Director for Barnes Towers
Contact or 
Originally from the city of Memphis, TN, Shan’Ternera (pronunciation: shan-ta-near-ree- ã) did her undergraduate and graduate work at The University of Mississippi- Ole Miss receiving bachelor’s degrees in Psychology and Sociology and a master’s degree in Sociology. Shan’Ternera areas of interests includes race, gender, class, and intersectionality studies. When she is not in the office, Shan’Ternera enjoys spending time with her partner and dog, Midnight. Her life mission is to advocate for the advancement of human rights, social justice, and freedom.

Jonece Tallant
Resident Director for University Square
Contact or  (208) 447-1015
Hailing from Seatac, WA, Jonece earned a BA in Public Relations and Advertising from Central Washington University and an M.Ed in Counseling-Student Affairs from Northern Arizona University where she worked as an academic advisor. She is passionate about students and making sure that they always feel like a part of the community. When not at work, Jonece loves to watch movies and Netflix, read, and hang out with friends.

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.  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
Charlie is a native of Idaho and has been with Boise State University for 25 years and Housing and Residence Life for 15.  He has a General Studies Degree with a Business Minor from Boise State University.   As the IT Systems Coordinator he works with internal and external staff to meet technology needs. Charlie 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
Pete has lived in the Boise area since 1976.  Past employment areas include accounting and bookkeeping for insurance agency, reforestation federal government contractor, and heavy construction and logging equipment dealership sales and service.  Currently responsible for processing purchasing paperwork for goods and services, Department contact for Boise State University credit card purchases, and vendor contracts.  When not at work, Pete enjoys NFL Sunday Ticket and fishing Idaho’s rivers and streams. Pete is 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.

Operations & Maintenance

Mark Redmon
Building Superintendent (Custodial Team)
Plans, directs and performs facility management services to Housing and Residence Life facilities including work order management, warehouse operations, and employee supervision of full time and student custodial staff.

Maria Vasquez
Foreperson (Custodial Team)
Plans, directs and performs facility custodial management services to Housing and Residence Life facilities including work order management and employee supervision of full time custodial staff.

Maintenance Team

Gene Conyers
Senior Maintenance Craftsperson


Headshot of Richard RiceScotty Draine
Senior Maintenance Craftsperson


Don Thorndyke
Senior Maintenance Craftsperson


Cory Malinowski   
Senior Maintenance Craftsperson

Kevin Rigsby
Senior Maintenance Craftsperson

Tobias Looser  
Senior Maintenance Craftsperson 


Custodial Staff Team

Headshot of Travis SoderTravis Soder


Headshot of James Jourdan, Housing, studio portraitJames Jourdan

Headshot of Dana BarthelDana Barthel

Headshot of Stacy ShaulStacy Shaul

Headshot of Christopher DennisChristopher Dennis

Tyler BaconHeadshot of Tyler Bacon


Headshot of Cameron LeeCameron Lee


Ronda Kobes


Eladio Landa


Elvis Trochez