The Outstanding Graduate award is the highest honor given to students by the College of Business and Economics. Outstanding Graduates are selected by their departments for their exceptional academic achievement. The College of Business and Economics will graduate approximately 590 students in the 2017-2018 academic year. To be selected as an Outstanding Graduate is quite an honor.
Alexa Bell – Supply Chain Management
I was born and raised in the Treasure Valley, so it just made sense to attend Boise State. My time in Business Professionals of America during high school inspired me to enter business, and my work experience showed me the value of a cohesive supply chain. I currently work at Happy Family part-time and will join them full-time after graduation. My family has recently moved to Salt Lake for a career change, while my husband and I have moved to Nampa. We have two adorable kitties and still love the Treasure Valley. In my spare time I teach piano and voice lessons, read, draw, and take spontaneous weekend adventures to local events and shows. I am honored to be an Outstanding Graduate and look forward to what life holds ahead! Honored Faculty: Christie Fuller
Katherine Bonner – Human Resource Management
Aaron Hart – Information Technology Management
I was born and raised in Boise and have always looked forward to going to Boise State for their ITM program. I enjoy technology and helping people so ITM was a perfect degree for me. I am a member of Beta Gamma Sigma and Phi Kappa Phi. I was able to get an internship at the Idaho Transportation Department (ITD) through Boise State which has lead me to getting a job at ITD. I am going to pursue a career in network management after I graduate. While in my free time I enjoy playing video games and watching My Hero Academia.
Angela Haycock – General Business
I am honored to be chosen as an outstanding graduate. Getting a bachelor’s degree has always been a goal of mine. I would not have been able to achieve this were it not for the well-constructed distance learning program at Boise State University. I reside in Twin Falls, where my husband and I raise our three children and I have operated an in-home preschool business for 13 years. I am grateful that I had access to the university and for the support of amazing faculty. I look forward to my future and applying all I have learned. Honored Faculty: John McIntosh
Matthew Locher – Finance
I am honored to be named an outstanding graduate for the Fall 2018 semester. Originally from Los Alamitos, CA, I will be graduating with a degree in finance this December. I have been a member of the Boise State football team since 2015, and will continue to do so, as I pursue a master of business administration degree next year. Outside of athletics, I enjoy snowboarding and traveling. I am very grateful for the wonderful opportunities I have had at Boise State, and am excited for what the future holds. Go Broncos!
Matthew Lothspeich – Marketing
I am honored to have been selected as the outstanding graduate for the marketing department here at Boise State. I will be graduating this December with bachelor’s degrees in business administration and marketing. I have always been passionate about business, and my experiences here at Boise State have given me the confidence and skills that I believe will help in the professional world. Upon graduation, I hope to find employment in the northwest before eventually pursuing an MBA. I can’t wait to apply the knowledge and skills I have learned here at Boise State in real world business setting.
Dakin Macgowan – Entrepreneurship Management
I am incredibly honored to be selected as a COBE Outstanding Graduate. I will be graduating from Boise State University with a business economics BBA and an entrepreneurship management BBA. While my future is an open canvas, I plan to continue my education outside of the classroom, further driving my skill set and challenging myself in future endeavors. I am extremely grateful for the scholarships and education I received here at Boise State, and owe much of my success to my supportive family and COBE’s engaging faculty. Boise State has helped curate me into the man I am today. Go Broncos! Honored Faculty: Brian McNatt
Patrick Musgrove – Accountancy
After graduating with my bachelor’s degree this December, I will be moving on to the master of science in accountancy, taxation program here at Boise State University. For the fall semester, I have had the privilege of serving as the VP of Service Activities for Beta Alpha Psi (BAP). I will continue with that role in the spring as well as interning with Little-Morris, LLP and helping the volunteer income tax assistance program. Those activities will be followed with a summer internship at KPMG’s Anchorage office. I anticipate graduating with my master’s degree by May 2020. Honored Faculty: Paul Bahnson
Lola Walton – International Business
I will be graduating with a bachelor of business administration in international business and a minor in Spanish. After gaining more experience in the professional world, I plan to obtain a master of entrepreneurship and management in the creative industries or a master of business administration from the University of Amsterdam. I took an interest in international studies from traveling with my family. The interest further grew during a study abroad in Bilbao, Spain where I realized my passion to work cross culturally and grow. Following my master’s, I plan to pursue a career in a company that provides support for entrepreneurs, specifically women and children, around the world to help foster growth in their economic endeavors. Honored Faculty: Mark Buchanan
Dylan Wirtz – Economics
This December I will be earning a bachelor’s degree in economics with an emphasis in quantitative analysis, a minor in applied mathematics, and an applied leadership certificate. I plan to work for Boise State post-graduation, and I will be applying for graduate school in the fall of 2019. I am still deciding whether I want to pursue a master’s degree in economics or educational leadership. Either way, I will be enjoying the upcoming winter months at Bogus Basin (and not in class)! Honored Faculty: Allen Dalton
Cole Barham, Business Economics Analytics
I’m currently in sales and marketing operations at Clearwater Analytics. My work involves data cleansing and systems upkeep for the company. I have been working towards a degree in business and economics analytics. Honored Faculty: Christie Fuller
Steven Bennett Master of Accountancy
What an honor it is to be named the 2018 Spring Outstanding Graduate of master of accountancy at Boise State! Many thanks to the committed faculty in the department of accountancy for their significant contribution towards my receiving this recognition. I work in the energy sector where a large part of my job involves financial reporting and mentoring accounting staff (many of whom are also from Boise State). My plans include obtaining a certified management accountant (CMA) designation to improve my business analysis and strategic skills. Long term, I am considering a Ph.D. in accounting, with a focus on either managerial or financial accounting research.
Honored Faculty: Professor Mark Cowan
Carlie Blodgett, Marketing
I am graduating with a bachelor’s degree in marketing and intermediate certificates in Spanish and Chinese. Before attending university, I was taught at home by my parents. I am forever grateful for the resulting advantages. Through Boise State University, I was fortunate to participate in the 2017 National Student Advertising Competition as a team leader, and to serve as master of ceremonies at the Boise State China Night for two consecutive years. Currently, I am pursuing project management professional certification. I hope my hard-earned skill set and natural inclinations will combine into team-oriented leadership and consultation abilities, valuable to any business initiative.
Honored Faculty: Leslie Koppenhafer, Ph. D.
Crystal Castorena, Human Resource Management
Kadyn Del Toro, General Business
Hannah Edwards, Finance
My time at Boise State University has been the best four years of my life. I am honored to graduate as a College of Business and Economics Outstanding Graduate. I couldn’t have come this far without the amazing faculty and staff who have supported and guided me to uncover and understand my passion for business. I will graduate with a double major in accountancy and finance and a minor in French for business. Next year, I will pursue a master’s degree in professional accountancy at the University of Texas at Austin. I may be a Longhorn next year, but I’m a Bronco for life.
Honored Faculty: Kathy Hurley
Lauren Graffeo, Master of Accountancy – Taxation.
In May, I will graduate with a Master of Science in Accountancy, Taxation. I am originally from Orange County, California, and moved to Texas for my undergrad degree. Upon receiving my BBA in both accounting and finance from Texas Christian University, I decided it was time for an adventure and moved to Boise, Idaho, to pursue my master’s degree. During my time here at Boise State, I worked as a graduate assistant for the accounting department. My most memorable experience working as a graduate assistant was working as the Event Coordinator for the 2017 Gem State Accounting and Business Conference. My favorite activity while here in Boise has been experiencing all the snow! After graduation, I will travel around Europe for a month to experience different cultures before starting full-time with KPMG – Fort Worth, Texas, as a Tax Associate in October. I can’t wait to see where life takes me after that!
Honored Faculty: JoAnn Wood
Bethany King, Entrepreneurship Management
I am pleased to be recognized as an Outstanding Graduate for the Spring 2018 semester. I’ve had the privilege of working with knowledgeable faculty who have helped shape my personal development as a professional, community partner and life-long learner. I will be graduating in May 2018 with a double major in business and entrepreneurship management, and a minor in marketing. My degrees provide a solid foundation as I start my own businesses in Boise after graduation. I hope to act as a mentor to others in the community, and as a role model for women and Native Americans in business.
Honored Faculty: Kent Neupert, Ph.D.
Lin Liu, Supply Chain Management
I am Chinese and moved to the United States three years ago after getting a degree in Logistics Management in China. After spending two years at Boise State, I will be graduating this spring with a bachelor’s in Supply Chain Management. As a second-degree pursuer, Boise State University provided me with a great opportunity to continue academic study and gave me memorable experiences of American college life. I am interested in global supply chain and plan to work for an international based organization which can fulfill my passion and desire to be able to return to college for a master degree in the future. It’s an honor to be awarded by Boise State. I’d like to thank my family who always encourages me, and all the faculty who inspired me. I can’t achieve this without their help!
Jennifer Moore, Master of Economics
Being a part of the first graduating class for the master’s of economics, I am honored to be chosen as an Outstanding Graduate. While attending classes in economics and geospatial information analysis, I was also a graduate assistant for the Department of Economics and a member of the Boise State Economics Association. I will miss daily life as a student, however, I look forward to sharing my knowledge with students in my future classroom. I would like to thank professors Allen Dalton, Zeynep Hansen, Don Holley, and Christine Loucks for their influence and dedication to my educational experience at Boise State University.
Honored Faculty: Chris Loucks
Makenzie Peake, Economics
I have been extremely blessed to be involved in numerous organizations during my time at Boise State. I was able to pursue mentor-ship opportunities in the Department of Economics, as well as through the Boise State Honors College as a peer mentor. I have also had the true pleasure of connecting with faculty and economists through her Presidency in the Boise State Economics Association. I have been given the opportunity to form many mentor-ships and relationships through campus involvement groups such as Cru Campus Ministry. I am extremely grateful for the numerous scholarships I received for my undergraduate education from the Honors College, Department of Economics, and the College of Business and Economics.
Honored Faculty: Chris Loucks
McK Schroeder, International Business
I am very humbled by the profound support and education I have accrued during my journey as a Bronco. One of my greatest achievements is being able to graduate summa cum laude by maintaining high academic status, along with earning N2 certification in Japanese language proficiency. Upon graduating, I will move to Nagoya, Japan for an internship hosted by Chukyo University. Studying, teaching, and volunteering in Japan last year inspired me to go global with my career plans. As a proud alumna, I look forward to representing Boise State while abroad.
Honored Faculty: Professor William Mullane
Garrett Stranger, Information Technology Management
I am honored to be selected as a College of Business and Economics Outstanding Graduate this spring. I will be graduating with a degree in Information Technology Management, and upon graduation will continue to work in my current position as a back-end developer here in the Treasure Valley. In the coming years I hope to challenge myself and further my skills both in analytics and development, and someday build solutions for businesses and consumers with a firm of my own. I thank both my family and the faculty within the department for all their support.
Alex Suggs, Master of Business Administration Career Track
I am honored to receive the Outstanding Graduate Award. During my time at College of Business and Economics, I was able to work under tremendous leadership at the Responsible Business Initiative in the development and implementation of the college’s Inclusive Excellence Strategy. This role cultivated my passion to assist organizations in leveraging the power of diversity and inclusion (D&I). Following the completion of my MBA, I will continue employment with IBIS Consulting Group, a leading D&I consulting firm outside of Boston, MA. Lastly, I wish to extend a warm thank you to my mentors, professors, and family members for their unwavering support and guidance.
Honored Faculty: Dr. Brian Greber
Caitlin Wambolt, Accountancy
I am graduating with a BBA in accountancy and will be attending the graduate accountancy MSA program beginning this summer. I am involved as an officer in Beta Alpha Psi and have spent several of my undergraduate years working for the university as a TA in the ITM Department, TRIO Rising Scholars Program, and as a volunteer TA for the Department of Accountancy. I currently work for a local law firm in an accounting and finance capacity and look forward to applying the knowledge I will gain from the MSA program while on the job.
Joelle Alexander, Marketing
As my time at Boise State comes to a close, I reflect back with gratitude and look forward with excitement. Following my completion of a BBA in marketing, I’m thrilled to accept a full-time position with CLM Marketing and Advertising, where I have worked since I was a freshman. I will be an account coordinator for several clients, striving to strengthen client relationships and add value to their business. I’d like to thank all the faculty and advisors for their wisdom and guidance, and my family for their unwavering support. Honored faculty: Jon Krutz
Rachel Allen, International Business
I will be graduating with a BBA in international business and a minor in finance. During my time in the IB program, I developed an interest in finance, particularly quantitative analysis, in addition to trade and investment law. I was fortunate to work as a TA for ITM 310 which furthered my interests in using business-related technological analysis. I am in the process of applying to graduate programs and I hope to earn a MSc in computational finance. Eventually, my goal is to earn a PhD and work abroad either in the private sector or at the university level. Honored faculty: Mark Buchanan
Angel D’az, Business and Economic Analytics
I am honored to be a COBE Outstanding Graduate. After 15 semesters, 227 attempted credits and multiple major switches, I will graduate with a business and economic analytics B.S. and minor in computer science. For the foreseeable future, I plan on working as a data analyst and learning as much as I can. I will eventually start my own data collection and analysis firm with a focus on the humans behind the numbers. I love playing piano, both silly and melancholic pieces. Finally, I wanted to thank the supportive COBE professors and mentors for their guidance and encouragement. Honored faculty: Samia Islam
John Danley, Supply Chain Management
Originally from Kansas, I first attended Hutchinson Community College and graduated with a pre-professional engineering associate’s degree. Upon attending Boise State, I changed my major to supply chain management. I love the program, the business professors and the friendly environment on campus. After finishing all graduation requirements during the summer semester, I secured a position working as a continuous improvement specialist at Spirit AeroSystems in North Carolina. I’ve been assisting with production rate increases, helping eliminate bottlenecks, managing logistical decisions and supervising employee coordination in relation to schedule adherence. My future plans are to provide dynamic solutions for exceptional companies.
Tim Erren, Accountancy
Being chosen as an Outstanding Graduate is an amazing honor for me. It represents that all my studying and extracurricular work at Boise State University are being recognized. I am currently a double major in accounting and finance. I was elected as the president of FMA and vice-president of men’s soccer, have been a member of Beta Alpha Psi for almost two years, and had two amazing internships in the accounting and finance fields. This achievement was only possible due to the amazing professors, students and staff at COBE. Without their constant push for improvement, I would not be at where I am today and I would not trade my time at Boise State University for anything in the world.
Honored faculty: Mark Cowan
Cecelia Harris, Finance
After graduating in 3.5 years with my BBA in finance, I plan on starting my career at Clearwater Analytics, where I currently have an internship. Boise State has given me the experience to grow educationally by helping me discover my passion for finance, socially by giving me the opportunity to be a leader for the Ski and Snowboard Club, and personally by guiding me into my future career path.
Growing up in Boise, I have always had respect for the mountains, and hope to someday involve my love for skiing with my knowledge of Finance, and work for a large ski resort corporation. Honored faculty: Jared Egginton
Corey Hendrickson, General Business
Benjamin Kissee, Entrepreneurship Management
College after high school wasn’t something I had really put a lot of thought into. I didn’t know where I wanted to go, what I wanted to do, or how I wanted to do it. I took a semester off after graduating high school and through a couple of twists and turns I ended up starting my own auto-detailing business. Enthusiast Detailing not only gave me the motivation to learn more about business but the profits I earned actually paid for both of my bachelor’s degrees in marketing and entrepreneurship management. The last four years of classes at Boise State University have proven more beneficial than I could’ve ever imagined. Thank you to all of the people I met along the way, both fellow classmates and professors. Your help over the years has been extremely valuable to me and will always be part of the best memories I’ve had at Boise State.
Rebecca Kooyers, Economics
I am graduating with a bachelor of business administration in business economics. After spending a few years at Treasure Valley Community College and College of Western Idaho to determine my areas of interest, I transferred to Boise State University in the fall of 2015. My two and a half semesters at Boise State have been an amazing experience. I want to thank the Boise State faculty who have immensely supported and encouraged me. I am honored to be recognized as an outstanding graduate. I plan to begin my career here in the Boise area and hope to return to Boise State after a few years to pursue a master’s degree. Thank you to all my family, friends, fellow students, and professors who have supported me these past few years. I am looking forward to new challenges that await me following graduation. Honored faculty: Chris Loucks
Logan Parker, Information Technology Management
Originally from Tennessee, I moved to Boise in 2006 and Idaho quickly became my home. This December I will be graduating from Boise State with bachelor’s degrees in both Information Technology Management and Supply Chain Management. My free time usually involves playing soccer, hiking, and planning my next trip with my beautiful wife. I’m currently a purchasing intern at Happy Family Brands here in Boise and work as a service technician at the Apple Store. I plan to use my degree to better my community and the lives of those in it. Honored faculty: Kit Scott
Sarah Taylor, Human Resource Management
In December, I will be graduating with a BBA in human resources management. After transferring to Boise State and taking human resource classes, I developed a larger passion to help and serve others in the workplace. Upon graduation, I plan to pursue a career in the Treasure Valley. I am grateful for the opportunities Boise State University has given me, along with the long-lasting friendships and connections I have made.
My time spent outside of the classroom and work has been dedicated to the Tri Delta sorority, where I held leadership positions, crafted and traveled. Honored faculty: Ruth Jebe
Ravin Andrews, Entrepreneurship Management
I was born in Boise, Idaho, and have lived here the majority of my life. I am graduating with a bachelor of business administration in entrepreneurship management. During my time at Boise State University, I have gained a great interest in ethics and corporate social responsibility. After I graduate, I plan to work for an organization that cares about its social, economic and environmental impact. My biggest goal has been to use the skills I have learned here and in the workplace to open my own bakery. Now, that goal has been extended into running a business that will create a positive impact on my community and hopefully the world.
Braden Blaser, International Business
I was born and raised here in Boise. I love living here in my beautiful home state as it gives me the opportunity to enjoy a quality of life I have yet to find in other places. On the weekends you can catch me skiing, finding a new hot springs, camping or hiking. Even though I’m graduating, I know that one never stops learning, and I look forward to continuing my education. For my future studies and career, I am most interested in international trade, technology and entrepreneurship. I’ve learned a lot and made some incredible friends through COBE and I’m glad I’ve gotten the chance to study in both Spain and Puerto Rico during my time at Boise State University. In the future, I hope that I can give back to the school for all of the personal growth I’ve received over my years here as a student.
Eva Browning, Marketing
After four years of classes and incredible opportunities, I am graduating with my BBA in marketing. My semester abroad in Ireland sparked my intrigue in social media marketing. When I returned to the states, I further developed my skills through several marketing internships and jobs that have expanded my knowledge. During my time as an undergraduate, I have humbly served as the president and events coordinator for Bronco Catholic. Being able to contribute to my community and my university, I am thankful for my time and opportunities at Boise State as well as grateful to my amazing professors and mentors.
Karla Gonzalez, Master of Accountancy
I am from a little town in Zacatecas, Mexico, but at a very young age, my family moved to Jerome, Idaho. Once I graduated high school I moved to Boise to attend Boise State University where I graduated with my BBA in accounting, BBA in finance, and BA in Spanish in 2016. This year I had the opportunity of being a graduate assistant in the accounting department; this has been a wonderful experience. I have been able to work with the professors I admire as well as help accounting students in my role as a tutor. I am now about to graduate with my master of accountancy this spring. Upon graduation, I will be studying to complete my CPA examinations prior to beginning my career. I have received a full-time offer and will begin working with Moss Adams this October. I am truly grateful for all of the opportunities and experiences that I have had at Boise State University.
Rebekah Grad, Finance
I grew up in Cascade, Idaho, where I received an outstanding education from home. I began my university career at the age of 16 and received an associate degree in political science. Proceeding graduation, with a BBA in finance, I will be starting my MBA in the fall of 2017. My involvement at Boise State consists of being treasurer for Financial Management Association, member of Beta Gama Sigma, CFA research challenge competitor, and former teaching assistant for General Business 101. My free time is usually consumed by mountain biking, rock-climbing, whitewater kayaking and hiking. I plan to use my bachelor and master’s degrees towards forensic investigations through the Department of Justice.
Reagan Haldi, Accountancy
I am graduating summa cum laude with a BBA in accountancy, completing my degree in 3 years. During my time at Boise State I have been fortunate to work as an undergraduate learning assistant for various courses and serve as the president of Beta Alpha Psi. These opportunities have shaped my passion for helping students achieve their highest potential and have inspired me to pursue a career as a college professor. Following graduation, I will begin the master of science in accountancy, taxation program and work as a graduate assistant for the Department of Accountancy. Upon completing my graduate degree, I plan to obtain my CPA license, work in public accounting and eventually earn a doctorate in accountancy. My ultimate career goal is to return to the university classroom as a professor. Thank you to my mother for teaching me the importance of hard work, facing your fears and kindness. I would not be the student and person that I am today without her unconditional love and support.
Keatan Hampton, Master of Accountancy-Taxation
I am graduating this spring with a master of science in accountancy, taxation (MSAT). While at Boise State, I have become an active member of the honorary accounting organization Beta Alpha Psi where I have been able to expand my professional network. While doing an internship at Micron Technology, Inc., I found particular interest in international tax and have gained valuable experience and skills that I hope will aid me in the future. I am very grateful for the experiences and opportunities that Boise State has given me. After graduation, I will be moving to Seattle, Washington where I will begin my tax career at Ernst & Young while finishing my CPA. I am looking forward to taking on new, challenging opportunities that await after graduation.
Corey Hendrickson, General Business
Sean Ippolito, Economics
I am a McNair Scholar and am completing my BA in economics with a quantitative emphasis as well as a BS in applied mathematics in the spring of 2017. I will be continuing my economics education in a graduate program starting fall of 2017 with the goal of earning a Ph.D. in economics to research and teach at the university level. My academic interests are driven by questions of equitable use and distribution of resources, the formation of economies, and the effects of economic growth and development.
I am grateful to actively participate and grow in the community on campus where I can give back to the cohort of rising scholars in the economics department, COBE, and beyond. Outside of school, I enjoy spending time with my fiancee and cats, the great outdoors, playing guitar and anything related to Pokemon!
Nick Kessler, Information Technology Management
In May, I will be graduating with a BBA in information technology management with a minor in supply chain management. Throughout my time at Boise State University, I was involved with many organizations, including BITSCA, CRU, and as a note-taker for the Educational Access Center. During my senior year, I was a report developer for Boise State University. While I wasn’t doing homework, I enjoyed hanging out with friends and playing golf. Recently, I accepted a position at Albertsons as a business intelligence analyst. Congratulations to all graduates!
Rylee Lewis, Supply Chain Management
I will be graduating with a bachelor in supply chain management and a minor in marketing. I would like to thank Boise State for providing ample opportunities that enriched my learning and strengthened my connections in the community. Some of these opportunities included working in Puerto Rico as a Global Scholar, publishing two sustainability reports as well as earning B Corp Certification for a local business through the Responsible Business Initiative, studying on exchange in Denmark, touring prospective students as a Bronco Ambassador, and holding leadership positions in AΣA and IBO. After graduation, I plan to pursue a career where I can use my passions and skills in sustainability, international business and process improvement.
Sean Luster, Career Track MBA
Pursuing an MBA has been an unforgettable experience, and I am honored to be recognized as an outstanding graduate. Over the past two years, I have been privileged to work with an awesome group of students from around the world and the engaging COBE faculty. I’ll be doing marketing with Toumetis, a Boise-based tech company, as well as continuing my pursuits in music with my brother in our band, Red Light Challenge. I have to thank my family for their loving support, and I cannot wait to see what comes next. As we say back home in Hawaii, ALOHA!
Julie Trout, Human Resource Management
I am originally from Salinas, California, but I have been an Idaho resident since I was 10 years old. I will be graduating with a bachelor degree in general business and human resource management, I am currently a member of Beta Gamma Sigma business honor society.
I am not exactly a traditional student. I am a returning student and was able to finish up my degrees after many years. I am a mom of three bright boys, I have a wonderful husband, and family members that have been a great support throughout my college career. I am so thankful for my experience at Boise State University. I am grateful for all of the inspiring, brilliant professors that have challenged and supported me along the way. Thank you all for this great experience and congratulations to all the graduates.
Adebola Aderogba, Supply Chain Management
I am completing a second degree in supply chain management. I have extensive experience in implementing, managing, and supporting software systems. I plan to combine my professional experience and knowledge obtained during my bachelor of business administration degree as a supply chain business analyst.
I am a mom of three children who loves reading biographies and is fascinated with historical facts. I am actively involved in the community and currently volunteer my time with Idaho Youth Ranch and the Red Cross.
Shane Allor, General Business
I am graduating with a general business degree. I am so thrilled to be a part of the fall graduating class of 2016 within COBE. The time I have spent as part of the student-athlete program and in the Boise community will never be forgotten. I plan to continue my career in commercial real estate and become a sales and marketing executive. In my free time, I plan to continue my pursuits of playing music and creative writing. Cheers to all graduates this semester!
Melanie Doyle, Human Resource Management
I am originally from Fort Collins, Colorado, but I have been an Idaho resident for about 10 years now. I will be graduating with my bachelor’s degree in human resource management, and I am a member of W.O.W. (Women Of the Workplace), Beta Gamma Sigma, Phi Theta Kappa, SHRM, and I am currently interning with the Idaho Youth Ranch. I am excited to graduate, so I can apply all my new knowledge into a career that focuses on employees and their interests.
Junlin Huang, Accountancy
I grew up in China and moved to America for college 3 years ago. Currently, I am a candidate for the master of accountancy program at Boise State University, taking both graduate and undergraduate classes. In December 2016, I will graduate with a bachelor in accounting. My future career goal is to be a professional corporate accountant in a reputable company.
I am a self-driven person with the attitude of never giving less than my best. I am always looking for opportunities to grow and develop, which motivates me to assume various responsibilities in diverse fields. So far I am an undergraduate teaching assistant in the Department of Accountancy, a member of Beta Alpha Psi (accounting organization) and Beta Gamma Sigma (international honor society). I enjoy the sense of fulfillment I get from giving back to the community, so I regularly participate in volunteer work, fundraising events and charitable giving.
Corayma Jacuinde, Marketing
I will be graduating this December 2016 with a bachelor of business administration in marketing with a minor in Japanese studies. During my time at Boise State University, I have been a member of the Boise State Collegiate Chapter of American Marketing Association, Beta Gamma Sigma Honor Society and the Japan Club. After graduation I plan to do a bit of traveling and either attend graduate school or pursue a career within the Treasure Valley. In my free time I enjoy watching soccer matches, running, discovering new music and waking up early to see sunrises.
Misty Kivett, Information Technology Management
In December I will receive my BBA majoring in information technology management and supply chain management. My Boise State University career began two years ago as a second degree seeking student. At the College of Business and Economics I have maintained a perfect 4.0, been inducted into the International Honor Society of Beta Gamma Sigma, participated in BITSCA, worked as a teacher’s assistant for the ITM department, been recognized as a Signature Student and now as an Outstanding Graduate.
My hobbies consist of spending time with my children, guiding and mentoring them as they complete their high school careers and prepare for college themselves. After graduation I will continue an internship with the Idaho Digital Learning Academy. Upon completing my internship, I look forward to pursuing a full-time career in the ITM or supply chain field in as yet an undetermined capacity.
Colin Lesch, Entrepreneurship Management
Born and primarily raised in Idaho, I am graduating with a bachelor of business administration in entrepreneurial management with a minor in marketing. Passionate about the process of product development, I will be looking for opportunities where I can grow my skills and experience within this field. I have thoroughly enjoyed interacting with the vibrant Boise business community over the past two and half years. My involvement with personal connections, the Venture College, CID and other clubs and organizations have provided tremendous value to my undergraduate education. Apart from these interests, I enjoy playing sports and practicing Bonsai.
Molly Renaldo, International Business
Originally from St. Maries, Idaho, I will be graduating with a bachelor of international business. Following graduation, my hope is to be accepted to the master of food culture and communication program at the University of Gastronomic Sciences in Bra, Italy. Throughout my collegiate experience I have been involved with Relay for Life, Bronco Catholics, Broncos Abroad and the International Business Organization. During my sophomore year, I studied abroad in Torino, Italy, and fell in love with the country, culture and study abroad. This love transferred to working as a peer adviser with the International Learning Opportunities office on campus for the past two years. I am incredibly grateful for my experience at Boise State and all of the wonderful opportunities and connections it has provided me. I look forward to taking what I have learned the past four and a half years and following my passions of food and culture around the world.
Christian Sprague, Economics
While at Boise State University, I received a bachelor of arts in economics with a quantitative emphasis as well as a bachelor of science in applied mathematics. I have also been selected as an economics department signature student. I plan to continue my education here at Boise State, by enrolling in the forthcoming master of science in economics program. Afterward, I intend to become an data scientist in the private industry. I am a dedicated lifelong learner with particular interests in statistics, econometrics, and machine learning.
Ben Weaver, Finance
Born and raised in Klein, Texas, I am graduating with a bachelor of business administration in finance. I have been a part of the Boise State Football team since 2012 and team captain of this year’s 2016 team. Also, I am apart of Boise States Venture College, where I am pursuing my own business idea. Other than school and football I enjoy everything outdoors, especially golf and snowboarding. Some of my career aspirations are to someday have a successful business that provides value for our customers and a charity that supports the opportunity for the less fortunate.
Dana Cameron, Master of Accountancy –Taxation
I received my BS in finance from San Jose State University. After enjoying a corporate career in Silicon Valley, I relocated to Boise to start a family. Once I resumed my career in Boise, I have mainly been involved with non-profit entities. After a few years as Controller at Hillcrest Country Club, I returned to school at Boise State, where I absolutely had an amazing experience. The COBE faculty and staff are outstanding! The experience opened my eyes to the tax world, and I spent two tax seasons at Stratton & Associates, while I was still the Controller at Hillcrest. Now that I have my MSAT, I have begun the process to prepare for the CPA exam. I still have not decided my future career path, but am very grateful and appreciative for my experience at Boise State.
Christopher Daigle, Economics
While at Boise State University, I received a bachelor of arts in economics with a quantitative emphasis as well as minors in mathematics and applied mathematics. I co-chaired the COBE Dean’s Student Advisory Committee and am a member of Omicron Delta Epsilon, the international economics honor society. Before Boise State University, I worked as a pilot and served six years in the U.S. Army. I enjoy contemporary literary fiction, film and non-objective art. My passion for economics, which stemmed from my research in growth and education, has led to an economics doctoral program where I will specialize in data science.
Morgan Devenyns, International Business
I will be graduating with a bachelor of business administration in international business and in finance. Originally from Reno, my interest in business developed from experience working Hot August Nights, Reno’s largest special event. During my four years at Boise State University, I have participated in the Global Scholars Program, Export Excellence, spent a semester abroad in Lyon, France, and have been treasurer and president of International Business Organization. During my study abroad, I visited eight different countries which fueled my passion for travel and other cultures. Following graduation in May, I intend to continue exploring new places and pursue a career in market and business development.
Brian Garretson, General Business
Originally from Cranford NJ, I came to Boise State to double major in business and communication. As a member of Tau Kappa Epsilon fraternity and the outgoing president for the Associated Students of Boise State University, I am extremely grateful for my time here. With my passion for nonprofit and leadership studies, I will be attending Officer Candidate School for the United States Marine Corps this summer in hopes of becoming a Marine Corp Officer.
Tyler Giesbrecht, Entrepreneurship Management
I am graduating with my bachelor of business administration in entrepreneurial management and general business with a minor in marketing. Upon graduation, I plan to pursue my dream of creating my own business venture. With this business, I hope to better the world around me while doing something I love. In my spare time, I love to travel with my wife and explore the endless diversity, opportunity and adventure that this world has to offer. I would like to thank Boise State for providing me with amazing opportunities in and outside the classroom. It has been a very rewarding experience.
Daniel Hope, Information Technology Management
I will be graduating this May with a bachelor of business administration in information technology management. I have a passion for data analytics and building systems to connect users and data. During my time as a student I also worked as a database manager and network administrator at Gem State Academy, a private nonprofit high school. After graduating, I plan to stay in Boise to pursue a career in data analytics. In my free time I enjoy reading, traveling and learning about new computer hardware and software.
Anushree Khandelwal, Career Track MBA
I moved to the United States in 2014 and decided to enroll in the Career Track MBA program. My educational background includes business degrees from India. I have also been a cohort member at the Venture College, where I won the runner-up position for the best business pitch and proposal at the VC Innovation Challenge. Apart from maintaining an outstanding academic record, I have worked globally in diverse fields which provided me an exposure to a mélange of cultures, teams and functional fields. Upon graduation, I will be putting this experience to use as a category manager at HP Inc. I love Boise and all that it has to offer. In my free time, I enjoy hiking, running, reading fiction, solving crosswords and DIYs related to upcycling.
Anthony Martin, Finance
I am graduating with my bachelor of business administration in finance. During my college career I have had the opportunity be a part of the Asset Allocation and Security Selection course where we have managed over $5 million in funds. I currently serve as a student representative to the Boise State Foundation Investment Committee, and have had the opportunity to serve as an intern at a local investment management firm. I have accepted a position at Clearwater Analytics upon graduation. I plan to work for several years before continuing my education with a master’s degree while maintaining my employment.
Kyeli Parker, Human Resource Management
I am graduating with a human resource management major and a marketing minor. After graduation I will be moving to Denver where I have accepted a position at an employee staffing company. I have loved my time here at Boise State University and the classes I have taken at COBE, but I am excited for the new chapter in my life. Born and raised in Idaho, I love outdoor activities, traveling, cooking new Pinterest recipes and spending time with friends and family.
Ivan Sanchez, Accountancy
I am originally from El Paso, Texas but something about Boise State drew me in and told me this is where I wanted to spend the next five years of my life. I will be graduating in May of 2016 with my BBA in accountancy. After graduation, I plan to go into public accounting for a few years. Eventually, I would like to go back to school and get a Ph.D. and work as a professor. I am appreciative of all the professors in the College of Business and Economics because they took an interest in me and have helped me succeed in and out of the classroom. I think becoming a professor is the best way to honor these professors as well as give back to future generations because I know I’ll have the opportunity to impact student’s life’s just as I was impacted. I am currently the president for the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners, The financial director for a new student club called The Ethos Project, and a member of Beta Alpha Psi. I am extremely grateful for the personal and professional development I have experienced during my time at Boise State. If I’m not studying, working, or going to class, you can find me studying more accounting.
Brody Smith, Master of Accountancy
I am graduating with a master of science in accountancy. I found particular interest in managerial accounting where I had the opportunity to work with two local businesses. I researched and developed a job costing process as service to the business community and Boise State University. I currently work as a graduate assistant where I tutor students and assist professors with research and projects. I plan on becoming a CPA and eventually pursuing my passion to teach at a collegiate level. My outside interests include fly fishing, skiing and cycling.
Dunja Subasic, Marketing
I will be graduating magna cum laude with a bachelor of business administration in marketing this May. I came to the United States as a refugee in 1999, and have my family to thank for every bit of my success. During my time at Boise State, I was part of the Honors College and received a Signature Student Award for the Department of Marketing last fall. I spent the last four years working a variety of marketing internships and part-time positions and volunteered with various organizations throughout the community. I also pursued a number of freelance opportunities, and have established a strong network of peers in the Treasure Valley. Post-graduation, I have happily accepted a position with Strindberg and Scholnick, an employment law firm in downtown Boise, where I know I have the most room for personal and professional growth. Otherwise, now that I don’t have to study, I plan to spend the time fishing, camping, and exploring as much as possible.
Carlos Toledo Solares, Supply Chain Management
I will be graduating with a bachelor of business administration in supply chain management and a minor in industrial engineering. I am originally from Antigua, Guatemala. I’ve been living in the beautiful city of Boise since 2012. I am a member of the Phi Kappa Phi honor society and of the Beta Gamma Sigma business honor society in which I currently serve as vice president. My career passions include business sustainability, data analytics, and operations management. Upon graduation, I will be joining Micron Technology as a manufacturing associate where I’ll be able to apply my passions to the fullest. I am grateful for all the wonderful opportunities Boise State has provided me and will forever be a proud Guatemalan Bronco!
Lauren Anderson, Finance
I am graduating with my BBA in both finance and accounting. I came to Boise State from Renton, Washington, where I graduated from Kentridge High School. I started my career at Boise State as a member of the Mane Line dance team. After being a member for two years, I accepted an internship at Clearwater Analytics and have been working there for the past two years. Post graduation, I have accepted a position at Clearwater Analytics. I am grateful for all of the opportunities Boise State has given me and for all that I have learned in and out of the classroom. Once a Bronco always a Bronco!
Carissa Hartley, Information Technology Management
After graduating summa cum laude in the summer of 2015, I accepted a position as a business intelligence solutions developer at St. Luke’s Health System. On this career path, I am able to develop my passion for logical solutions and data modeling. While attending Boise State, I completed a business intelligence internship at MWI Veterinary Supply, and during my senior year, I was employed as a data analyst with Healthwise. I am an active member of the international honor society Beta Gamma Sigma as well as the National Society of Collegiate Scholars. In my free time, I enjoy hiking to remote hot springs in the mountains of Idaho with my husband and my two adventurous rescue dogs.
Alex Hernandez, Entrepreneurship
AJ Hudlicky, Supply Chain Management
I will be graduating in December 2015 with a BBA in supply chain management. I am from Tacoma, Washington, and transferred from Green River Community College with an Associate in Business. Over the summer of 2015, I was an intern with ProBuild and was able to expand my knowledge of supply chain skills in a professional environment. My goals upon graduating are to find a great career that allows me to travel and meet individuals around the world. Whenever I have free time, I love being outdoors whether it’s fishing, hiking, or camping here in Idaho or back home in Washington. I am very grateful for choosing Boise State and being part of a great business program.
Spencer Matthews, International Business
Dianna Newman, Human Resource Management
Majors: BA Human Resource Management, 2015, Boise State University and BBA Management/HR Emphasis, 2001, Idaho State University.
My future dreams hold a position that will challenge me and offer advancement and travel. I am a non-traditional student, this is my second major, and I am also an alumnus of all three of Idaho’s state universities. Who do I root for? All of them! They all hold a piece of my heart. I believe in giving back to the community: school PTOs, Relay for Life, Rake up Boise, and The People’s Garden (2015: 6 tons of produce donated to the Food Pantry).
Megan Roberto, General Business
I am graduating with a BBA in general business and a minor in marketing. After transferring to Boise State and taking a marketing class, I knew that I wanted to head that direction for my future career. After graduation, I plan to pursue a marketing career here in the Treasure Valley, and I am ready to jump in to a fast-pace, creative job. In the future I also hope to travel and see the world with my husband. We love to travel, camp, and hike with our new puppy. I am excited for what is ahead for me after graduation.
Andrea Shaw, Marketing
I will be graduating summa cum laude this semester with a BBA in marketing. During my time at Boise State, I’ve been a member of the COBE Living Learning Community, worked as a peer-to-peer marketer with Aramark, and served as a marketing and promotions intern with the Boise State Athletic Department. I am a member of the honors business fraternity, Beta Gamma Sigma. I am very grateful for the experiences and opportunities that Boise State has provided me. After graduation, I plan to move home to Seattle, Washington, and pursue my goal of working in the athletics industry.
Kyle Van Arsdale, Accountancy
As an undergraduate, I have been involved in Delta Sigma Phi, a leadership fraternity, and Beta Alpha Psi, an honorary organization for accounting students. In Delta Sigma Phi, I held several leadership positions including president and vice president, during which I introduced several new leadership initiatives. Upon graduating with my bachelor of business administration in accountancy, I will continue my journey at Boise State in pursuit of my master of accountancy and will work as a graduate assistant for the Department of Accountancy. I will also be completing a summer audit internship with PwC at their San Jose office. I am currently employed by Micron Technology, Inc. as an international tax intern. I am looking forward to taking on new, challenging opportunities that await after graduation.
Luke Anderson, Information Tech. Management
I am an information technology management major with a minor in computer science. My major interests are in development and after graduation, I plan to continue that passion working as a business intelligence developer with WhiteCloud Analytics in Boise. After graduation, when not developing BI solutions, I plan on spending time with my wife and kids and pursuing some hobbies that have been neglected while I attended school, such as mountain biking and attending music concerts. Honored faculty: Karen Corral
Zach Bolen Accountancy – MSA
After graduation, I will be pursuing a CPA license and working for the accounting firm of Eide Bailly as a tax associate. Currently, I work as a graduate assistant for the Department of Accountancy in COBE and am president of Beta Alpha Psi, an honorary organization for accounting students. During my time as president, our organization established a meal drive to local homeless shelters, delivering over 1,400 meals. I truly enjoy my various roles in our college, because they give me the ability to impact students’ lives. My time at COBE has been an incredible opportunity, and one I’ll never take for granted. Honored faculty: Dan Fox
Alexis Georgedes, General Business
I am graduating sigma cum laude from the College of Business and Economics with a BBA in general business with a minor in marketing. I am also graduating from the Boise State Honors College and have been a member of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars for four years now. I was a member of the Boise State Maneline Dance Team and am a second-year member of the honor business fraternity, Beta Gamma Sigma. I’m looking forward to the adventures my future holds. Honored faculty: John McIntosh
Paulina Gudgell, Accountancy
I will graduate in May with a BBA in accountancy. I am a member of Beta Alpha Psi, an honorary accounting organization where I serve as vice president of outreach activities. In that capacity, I planned a number of university events, including CFOs Exposed and had the opportunity to present at the organizations 2014 National Conference in Atlanta. Following my graduation, I will complete a summer audit internship with PWC, an international accounting firm in San Jose. In August, I will return to Boise State as a graduate assistant for the Department of Accountancy and begin the master of accountancy program. Honored faculty: Dan Fox
Olivia Handeland, Human Resource Management.
Honored faculty: Shaunn Mattingly
Brady Lawrence, MBA – Career Track
I transferred to Boise State University in 2010 after playing college football in Arizona. In 2013, I graduated from the Honors College with a degree in chemistry and emphasis in biochemistry. Upon graduating, I immediately joined the 2015 Career Track MBA cohort and spent two years as a graduate assistant for the Department of Information Technology and Supply Chain Management. During this time, I assisted with business statistic and ITM courses. I integrated my academic studies as an intern at Hewlett-Packard and supplemented with additional extracurricular projects such as Net Impact, Walmart’s “Made in the USA” re-shoring initiative, and the CFA Institute Global Investment Research Challenge. My hobbies include scuba diving and traveling, and can be found spending my free time in McCall, Idaho. Honored faculty: Keith Harvey
Anastasia Massera, International Business
I was born and raised in Cheboksary, Russia, and moved to Alaska when I was14. After high school in a small Alaskan town, I moved to Boise to attend Boise State University in fall 2012. Because of my enthusiastic intrigue for traveling and cultural studies, I chose to pursue a bachelor’s degree in international business and a minor in marketing and Spanish business emphasis. I have interned as an international marketing specialist with the Idaho Department of Agriculture and as a data analyst for Micron Technology. I completed internships with Export Excellence and Global Scholars Program and served as president of the International Business Organization. Currently, I work at the COBE Student Services as a peer advisor and was recently selected to be on the COBE student advising council. Upon graduation, I plan to return to my hometown in Alaska to continue my pursuit in marketing and business in the management position at Kaldi Brothers. Honored faculty: Mark Buchanan
Tessa Murray, Finance
I, a Washington native, am a double finance and marketing major. During my academic career, I have received the COBE Student Spotlight award for both finance and marketing. Most of my time outside the classroom has been dedicated to being a member of the Boise State cross country, indoor track and field, and outdoor track and field teams. In the next three to five years, I plan to continue my education through an MBA program. Until then, I look forward to living and working in Boise and enjoying the simpler things in life, namely experiencing a lazy Sunday. Honored faculty: Dan Fox
Kim Nelson, Accountancy – MSAT
I am currently working on my master of science in accountancy – taxation, which I will complete in May of 2015. As an undergraduate student at Boise State, I double majored in accounting and finance, and graduated summa cum laude in May of 2014. Upon earning my master’s degree, I plan to finish my CPA examination and begin working as a tax accountant for a public accounting firm here in Boise. I currently work as a bookkeeper and am very excited to finish my time at Boise State University in order to expand my career to the challenging field of taxation. I have truly enjoyed being a student at Boise State University and am very thankful for the education and opportunities that my professors, the Department of Accountancy and the College of Business and Economics have provided to me. Honored faculty: Mark Cowan
Laura Nogueiro, Marketing
I am a marketing major and an art minor who strongly believes that we are all powerful beyond measure. This belief has only been strengthened through my time at the Writing Center and through extracurricular activities. I appreciate this award, but it’s important to note that academic success is not as valuable to me as realizing that it’s our love and compassion that allow us to get hit hard and keep moving forward. My goal for the future is to empower others. Honored faculty: Melissa Keith
Robert Riddle, Entrepreneurship
I am graduating with a BBA in general business. I have excelled at Boise State University and have been blessed to earn a quality degree while remaining in the state. Embracing my entrepreneurial spirit, I have acquired and managed various rental properties while working towards my degree. Working while attending school has provided me with valuable business, management and human resources experience. I am particularly interested in human resources and industrial/organizational psychology. I plan to begin graduate school while simultaneously pursuing business opportunities. Honored faculty: John McIntosh
Colby Scott, Economics
I am a senior in the business economics program and the business finance program. I currently have an internship with the Salt Lake Branch of the San Francisco Federal Reserve and am working with Idaho Kids Count, conducting research on Idaho fiscal education policy and its impact on student testing performance. I am a member of Omicron Delta Epsilon, the international economics honor society. I was a Black Hawk helicopter crew chief in the army for six years, where I served in Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan. When I am not in the classroom, I enjoy hunting, fishing, being outside with my wife or watching Boise State sports. I plan to stay in Boise for the immediate future but intend to continue on with my master’s degree in applied economics in two to three years. Honored faculty: Christine Loucks
Matt Szobonya, Supply Chain Management
I will be graduating in May 2015 with a BBA in supply chain management. I’m from Meridian, ID and always knew I would be a Bronco. Once I got into COBE I declared my major as supply chain management. I am currently an intern with NYK Line and this internship has helped me further my education in the supply chain field. Upon graduation, I hope to stay here in the valley and begin my career. I love the outdoor recreation Idaho has to offer and the culture here in Boise. I am very fortunate and grateful to have chosen Boise State and been involved in such a great program. Honored faculty: Jim Kroes
Kyle Brookman, Economics
Kyle earned a BBA in economics with a minor in applied mathematics. He also contributed to the Department of Economics as a tutor, research assistant and teaching assistant while maintaining full-time employment outside of academia. Kyle was a winner of the Wallace G. Kay writing competition and an SRI research fellow. His areas of interests are food systems, behavioral, and institutional economics and he plans on pursuing graduate school. A good day involves taking his St. Bernard out for a run in the Boise foothills.
Drew Corrigan, Entrepreneurship Management
Treasure Valley born and raised! I will be graduating with a BBA in human resources management, entrepreneurial management and general business. Post-graduation I will begin an internship for the Downtown Nampa Association to aid in economic development, growth and sustainability. My goal is to gain valuable experience and eventually land a job in an urban planning or city development capacity. This will allow me to apply the skills that I have accumulated through COBE in a way that gives back to the community that has given so much to me. A few of my future goals include studying urban planning in graduate school, owning my own business, and squeezing in some traveling along the way.
Leila Fathalian, Supply Chain Management
I moved to America four years ago and chose to pursue a bachelor’s degree in supply chain management because I enjoy working with all types of businesses. I wanted to explore more and supply chain gives that opportunity. There is so much that this field offers as a career path and it is very dynamic. As a COBE student, I was honored with the Student Spotlight Award in the fall of 2013. I finished my internship at Ada County Courthouse as a procurement intern. After graduation I am moving to Seattle, Washington, where I have accepted a position of plant production supervisor with Safeway. I plan to work for a few years, then pursue my master’s degree. I feel confident that the knowledge I gained from the SCM program at Boise State University will help me in achieving my professional goals. I am grateful for the significant personal and professional development I have received during my time at Boise State.
Aleshia Faulkner, General Business Management
I am graduating with a BBA in general business. I have excelled at Boise State and have been blessed to earn a quality degree while remaining in the state. Embracing my entrepreneurial spirit, I have acquired and managed various rental properties while working toward my degree. Working while attending school has provided me with valuable business, management and human resources experience. I am particularly interested in human resources and industrial/organizational psychology. I plan to begin graduate school while simultaneously pursuing business opportunities.
Jenna Leurquin, International Business and Finance
After four and a half year at Boise State, I will be graduating this December with a double major in international business and finance. Through those years, I have been a member of the women’s golf team, the International Business Program and the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee. I have been on the dean’s list each year since my freshman year as well as named an All-American scholar. After graduation, I will attend the cooking school Le Cordon Bleu in Paris as I intend to be an entrepreneur in the food industry. Studying at Boise State has offered me an incredible academic and social experience that will help me successfully accomplish my dream.
Sabrina McEnaney, Accountancy
Sabrina will be graduating with a BBA in accountancy and a BBA in finance. During her time at Boise State University, Sabrina has become a member of Beta Gamma Sigma and Beta Alpha Psi. In Beta Alpha Psi, she has acted as VP of Membership and participated in the Regional Best Practices Competition in 2012 and 2013. At the 2014 BAP National Conference, she participated in Project Run With It, a case competition serving local non-profits, where she and her teammates took first place. After graduation Sabrina will start her career in public accounting at Moss Adams, LLP in Portland, Oregon.
Wilhelm Meyer, Information Technology Management
As a Scholar Athlete native of Pretoria, South Africa, I will be graduating in December of 2014 with a BBA in information technology management with a network emphasis. I did my internship through Boise State’s OIT department, which was extended as job opportunity as a technical support specialist. I have been inducted into Beta Gamma Sigma, International Honor Society. I also participated on the Boise State wrestling team. Off the mat, I am actively involved with volunteering outreach opportunities. When I’m not studying or wrestling, I am with my beautiful wife. We met while attending North Idaho College, where I graduated with my A.S. degree. My wife and family have been supportive through every step of my journey. After graduating, I plan to make the wrestling world team for South Africa in hopes of qualifying for the Olympics, after which I will pursue a career in the IT industry.
Tessa Morrow, Human Resource Management
In December 2014 I graduated with a B.A. in human resources. Over the last year I have had the opportunity to work at the Boise School District and recently accepted a position with Micron in the Human Resource Department. I am excited for the next chapter of my life which includes plans of professional development in my career path and eventually graduate school at Boise State. My hobbies include crafting, TED talks, running, yoga, hiking, traveling and anything else outdoors. I am actively involved in any and every community event that comes through Boise to support local businesses and all other good causes. Eventually, I hope to work for Boise State University in order to help future students have a beneficial and life changing experience like I had.
Amy Watson, Marketing
Amy is a Treasure Valley native. She has owned and administrated several businesses since the 1990’s. In 2012, Amy became a licensed Realtor. Her top goal was to finish college and now is graduating magna cum laude with a BBA in marketing. She is a member of Beta Gamma Sigma and Phi Kappa Phi and has also donated time to Boy Scouts of America, her local soccer club and church. She thanks her COBE friends and faculty members who have crafted her into a better person and looks forward to having more time to devote to family, real estate, and community involvement.
Clariza Abrena, Marketing
During her time at Boise State and COBE, Clariza focused on her growth as a student, future business professional, and individual. She will be graduating with a triple major in Marketing, Human Resource Management, and General Business Management with experience in both the profit and non-profit sectors. Immediately after graduation, she will be moving to Dallas to fulfill her dream of being an intern for Southwest Airlines headquarters and then to pursue her ambition of becoming a recruiter. Clariza is a world traveler at heart and plans to feed her wanderlust with trips around the country and abroad.
Brittany Bachmann-Lang, Accountancy
Graduating this May 2014 with a BBA in accountancy and finance. I am currently a financial analyst intern at US Ecology, working on projects for the Corporate Controller and CFO. I will begin my career this September as a PwC Audit Associate in the San Jose office serving the clients of the Silicon Valley. I have been actively involved with the organization Beta Alpha Psi, exhibiting leadership within the organization as President, a frequent speaker on behalf of BAP, and as a national award winner in “Project Run With It” a non-profit case competition. I am grateful for the significant personal and professional development I have experienced during my time at Boise State. In my free time, I enjoy being outdoors, baking, and the company of great friends every chance I get.
Erasmo Castro-Torres, General Business Management
I will graduate with a BBA in General Business Management. After graduation, I plan to work in the banking industry or in the marketing area of business. Then I will go back to my country of origin, Mexico, to pursue a Master of Business Administration at Universidad de las Americas in Puebla. As a COBE student, I was honored with the Student Spotlight Award in the fall of 2012. And some of the courses that I found extremely interesting were marketing and consumer behavior; targeting the customers for the organization is one of my passions. Outside of academics, I enjoy karaoke singing, playing the guitar, biking, reading, and exploring new adventures.
Phillip Cravens, Supply Chain Management
Phillip Cravens will graduate in May 2014 with a Supply Chain Management BBA. He has accrued a 3.85 GPA, Dean’s List every semester, selected for the Student Spotlight, and was awarded the Kirk and Marsha Smith Scholarship. He was awarded the Manchester Business School Masters USA Scholarship, an award that will pay for nearly 60% of his tuition, to be a part of the Operations, Project and Supply Chain Management MSc program at the University of Manchester in Manchester, England. During his studies he also worked as the Textbook Office Specialist at the Boise State University Bookstore.
Kaycee Holt, Master of Science in Accountancy
Kaycee grew up in Kalispell, Montana, but moved to Boise in 2008 to attend Boise State. She graduated in fall 2013 with a master in accountancy, earning 100 percent of her college education through scholarships and employment. She graduated with her BBA in accounting in the top 10 percent of her class in May 2012. Kaycee spent the first year of the graduate program as a graduate teaching assistant, then as an intern for Clearwater Analytics. She was an active member in numerous organizations and volunteer activities including Beta Alpha Psi where she served as VP of professional activities. In September, Kaycee will be moving to Denver, Colo. to work as an audit associate for Deloitte & Touche. Kaycee enjoys visiting new places, collecting unique jewelry and mountain climbing.
Chandler Koch, Master of Business Administration
I will be graduating with a Career Track MBA degree this May. My undergraduate degree is in Mechanical Engineering, which I received from Boise State in 2012. I played Tight End for the Broncos from 2008 – 2012 and enjoyed every minute of being a student athlete. I will be moving to San Jose, CA in June to work for Nimble Storage as a Manufacturing Engineer. I am looking forward to starting my career and am very thankful for all the teachers and friends who helped me get through these last 6 years of college. Honored faculty: Brian Greber
Joanna Lui, Entrepreneurship
Joanna Lui will be graduating from Boise State University with a BBA in Entrepreneurship Management. She has been working as a Student Assistant at the Centre for Creativity and Innovation for four years to spark “Aha! Moments” around the Treasure Valley. Being born and raised in Idaho, she plans on residing in Boise to be close to her friends and family. On her free time, Joanna enjoys baking pastries, hiking, traveling and spending time with her older sister.
Krista Lyons, Master of Business Administration
I have a BA in Biology, an MS in Physiology, and after raising two sons, returned to school to earn my MBA. I am active in the community as the Idaho Special Olympics Summer State Games Volunteer Director and as a volunteer for Ride For Joy. I enjoy many outdoor activities including hiking in the Foothills with my yellow lab Clyde. I also enjoy traveling and undertaking projects that engage my creative side. In the fall I will pursue my Ph.D. in PPA at Boise State. My doctoral research will be focused on my longtime interest in Wildlife conservation/management policy.
Elizabeth Nenni, Human Resource Management
I was born and raised in Idaho Falls, Idaho and I will be graduating in May 2014 with a BBA in Human Resource Management and General Business. During my junior year at Boise State, I became a founding member of Alpha Sigma Alpha. Being a sorority sister allows me to give some of my time back to the community through volunteering. In my free time, I enjoy hiking, camping, and other outdoor activities. In addition to this award, I also received the COBE Student Spotlight Award for Human Resource Management in the Fall of 2013.
Sam Neuman, International Business
This spring I will be graduating with an International Business degree and a minor in Marketing. I will have taken three years of the German language and I look forward to working in an international business setting. My involvement in the Boise State International Business Mentorship Program has given me the tools to receive competitive post-graduation job offers. After graduation I will be moving to the New York City area where I will be working in a Management Training Program for Mondelēz International. In my free time I enjoy shooting competitive target archery, bow hunting, and fly fishing.
Dawn Schmidt, Information Technology Management
Dawn is a native of Idaho and has lived in the Boise area for the last 7 years. She is currently Majoring in Information Technology Management and is looking forward to graduating. Dawn also has a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting that she received from the University of Nebraska – Omaha in 2000. In the future, Dawn is interested in joining an IT Security Team to help insure network security.
Timothy (TJ) Sturges, Master of Science in Accountancy, Taxation
In December 2007, I earned my BBA in Accountancy from Boise State University. After graduating, I accepted a staff accounting position with a local CPA firm. I became a licensed CPA in November 2009. I then decided to go back to school for my masters degree with the desire to further my career in public accounting and graduated in December 2013. I currently work for the firm Grow Rasmussen, LLP as a CPA. I enjoy spending time with my family and thank them for the support they gave and continue to give me.
Zachary Turk, Economics
Zachary Turk is a Top Ten Scholar, McNair Scholar, 2013 SRI research fellow and member of the Honors College. He presented at five Boise State research conferences and has work being published in the McNair Scholars Research Journal this spring. His hobbies include woodworking, metalworking and training service dogs with his wife, Alina. Zachary’s long term goal is to become a professor of economics where he can conduct research in rural economic development. He will be attending a master’s program at UC Davis this fall and another at Yale University starting in 2015. Honored faculty: Zeynep Hansen
Dillon Zarpentine, Finance
I am a native of Idaho, raised in Harrison on the south end of Lake Coeur d’ Alene. I will be graduating with a BBA in Finance as well as from the Boise State Honors College. I have been fortune enough to have two internships during my time at Boise State. The first internship with Marty Tadman, in the field of financial planning, and the second with the local firm Clearwater Analytics as a financial reporting analyst. After graduation I plan to work for Clearwater Analytics, obtain a charter as a financial analyst, and remain in the Boise area.
Zach Bolen, Accounting
I will be graduating in December of 2013 with my BBA in Accountancy, and will be pursuing my Master’s of Accountancy at Boise State in the Spring of 2014. Eventually, I would love to go into public accounting or work as a professor. Currently, I am working as a teaching assistant for the Accounting Department at the University. With my position, I truly enjoy going into work each day, as I know I have the chance to impact a student’s life. My position has been an incredible opportunity, and one never taken for granted. In my free time, I enjoy hiking, running, and seeing Idaho’s beautiful outdoors. I am never one to “sit down” playing video games, I love to be out experiencing the amazing community we live in as much as I can. Favorite Professor: Dan Fox
Joseph Danes, Finance
Joseph is an Idaho native. After the attacks on 9/11, Joseph felt the call to serve and joined the US Marine Corps in April of 2002. He served a combat tour in the Al-Anbar province of Iraq in 2005 where he was critically injured. Joseph transitioned to a reserve status in 2007.Joseph met and married his wife, Ashley, in 2003. Currently, they own and operate a property management firm with residential rental properties throughout the Treasure Valley. Joseph is heavily involved in community service. In 2009, along with two other injured Marines, he co-founded a local non-profit, Idaho Warrior Sports and Recreation. Joseph will graduate with a BBA in Entrepreneurial Management, a BS in Finance, and a BA in Accounting with a minor in Marketing. Joseph’s main interest lies in the area of investing and finance and in January 2013 he was able to obtain an internship working as a financial analyst for Clearwater Analytics. His future plans and goals include growing his personal businesses, obtaining his charter as a financial analyst and pursuing a Masters of Business Administration. Favorite Professors: Matt Maher, David Koeppen, Decateur Reed
Aaron Hanson, Management
Born and raised in Boise, this is the place I call home and the place I plan to raise my new family. I have had an entrepreneurial spirit ever since I was a kid, so naturally when it came time to pursue higher education it was a no-brainer for me to pursue my BBA in Entrepreneurial Business Management. As a COBE student, I took advantage of access to participation in the BYP and have gained invaluable mentorship and friendship from that participation. Over the last 3 years I have been exploring a career in healthcare administration while contributing to the transformation of healthcare at St Luke’s. I plan to continue that path after graduation. Equipped with the tools and skills the college of business has enabled me to obtain I am excited to contribute “intrepreneurially,” and entrepreneurially to the further development of this great state and the organizations within it. Favorite Professor: Kent Neupert
Max Head, International Business
Max Head did not limit his educational experience at Boise State to the classroom. While earning an International Business major and Spanish Language: Business Emphasis minor, he passionately sought out and embraced opportunities to become engaged in and give back to COBE and its business community. Beyond exhibiting excellence in the classroom, Max interned within the International Business Division of the Idaho Department of Commerce, served as President of the International Business Organization, and worked for Scentsy, Inc’s International Strategy group. He was also selected to participate in the Export Excellence Program, International Business Mentorship Program, and served as a student representative for COBE. Max spent his most recent summer interning in the Office of U.S. Senator Risch in Washington, D.C. He then parlayed that experience into an independent research project on foreign direct investment during his final semester. When asked about his experience Max commented, “The phenomenal team of BoiseState professors and colleagues by my side helped me develop as a leader as well as an individual. Thanks to BoiseState, I stand on a strong foundation from which to embark on this next stage in my life.”
Rachel Holt, Marketing
“I am an International Business and Marketing major and will have two minors in Chinese and Japanese studies. I’ve been very active while at Boise State and been involved in a number of organizations on campus. Last year I was a member of the International Business Organization (IBO) and Collegiate Business Professionals of America (BPA). At nationals I was 3rd in Human Resource Management. For the last year, I’ve been the Historian for the Theta Omicron Chapter of Alpha Kappa Psi Coed Business Fraternity having been inducted into the brotherhood in the Fall of 2012 and it’s been a wonderful experience! In my free time I enjoy practicing martial arts and writing. I hope that after graduating from Boise State I can start training in martial arts again. In the future I plan on to work as an international market development manager or international marketing specialist. ” Favorite Professor: Meredith Taylor Black and Trina Sego
Victoria Kazimir, Economics
Victoria Kazimir is senior pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Economics, with a minor in Mathematics. Upon graduating December of this year, she hopes to begin graduate studies in Economics in the fall of 2014. Her academic interests lie in sustainable economic development and urban economics. Her Ukrainian background also prompted an interest in the development of transition economies. Her hobbies include hiking the surrounding foothills and baking. She is fluent in Russian and studying French, and enjoys foreign language films. She also volunteers for the Boise Rescue Mission’s City Light Home and serves as a children and youth camp counselor during the summers. Favorite Professor: Chris Loucks
Kim Mitchell, Information Technology
I am a native of Nampa, Idaho, and will be graduating this fall with a BBA in IT Management with an Emphasis in Development. While at Boise State I served as a member of the ASBSU Student Assembly and the Commencement Speaker Selection Committee, and received the April-May, 2013 COBE Student Spotlight Award for IT Management. I have worked for United Heritage for the last 32 years, and currently hold the position of Manager, Web Application Development. My favorite experience at Boise State has been participating in Bronco Appathon 2013 – a weekend-long application building competition. The knowledge gained and friendships formed during that weekend mean a great deal to me. When I’m not working or studying I enjoy knitting and riding motorcycles with my husband. My education at Boise State has given me the tools to excel both professionally and personally, and I look forward to a future full of opportunity. Favorite Professor: Dr. Karen Corral
- Roman Agafonov, Supply Chain Management
- Melody Armstrong, General Business Management
- Landon Barnes, Entrepreneurship Management
- Snjezana Borak, International Business
- Spencer Cobia, Master of Science and Accountancy
- Dagen Downard, Human Resource Management
- Nicholas Gaudioso Jr., Accountancy
- Matthew Kaiserman, Master of Business Administration
- Brandon Kelly, Finance
- Stacey Malek, Marketing
- Jennifer Parke, Information Technology Management
- Joe Tamasonis, Economics
- Tyson Weekes, Master of Science and Accountancy, Taxation
- Badr Altamimy, International Business
- Grant Band, Master of Science in Accountancy, Taxation
- Drew Bisterfeldt, Information Technology Management
- Heike Brown, Supply Chain Management
- Beth Brune, General Business Management
- Nikolina Dragicevic, Human Resource Management
- Nicholas Duncan, Entrepreneurship Management
- George Fenton, Economics
- Thomas Golden, Accountancy
- Matthew Henderson, Finance
- Dustin Klein, Marketing
- Pete Roberts, Master of Business Administration
- Eric Schuler, Economics
- Monica Anders, Master of Business Administration
- Humberto Arechiga, Finance
- Athena Barkdull, International Business
- Debra Bonkoski, Economics
- Andre Dixon, Information Technology Management
- Dominique Elliott, Accountancy
- James Hess, Marketing
- Kathy Hurley, Master of Science in Accountancy, Taxation
- Skylar Jet, International Business
- Casey Jordan, Supply Chain Management
- Jenny Josephson, Master of Science in Accountancy
- Robbie Richards, General Business Management
- Ryan Warburton, Human Resource Management
- Chase Wolfe, Entrepreneurship Management