Michelle is a seasoned Business Operations Manager in the world of higher education, with over 7 years experience in supporting College operations and research activities. Michelle’s work experience began in the field of public accounting for various offices in California between 1983 and 2005. She worked for one of the original “Big 6” firms in the San Francisco bay area for several years before relocating to Idaho in 2005. Her career journey brought her skills and expertise to the role of an individual tax liaison for ex-patriot Americans working in long term overseas programs for two of our state’s largest enterprise level operations.
Michelle likes to think of herself as a big picture thinker in the ever changing world of Research Administration and Higher Education. Higher Education is an especially complicated maze of processes, workflows, and interdependent policies, compliance, and procedural improvements. Her personal vision and experience has allowed her to see the appropriate paths that has brought our organization success in achieving it’s strategic goals in the most efficient and expeditious manner.
Michelle is skilled in the support and administration of the full life-cycle for grants and contracts development and administration. In her spare time Michelle spends a lot of time outdoors, especially during the Spring and Summer months, camping and fishing with her family on weekends and long holidays. She also enjoys cooking, gardening, and has a passion for intricate needlework.
Janet Reis came to Boise State University as a Professor Emerita from the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. In her 23 years at the University she also worked with the School of Nursing and the Department of Community Health. She began her career as a National Institute of Health Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Psychology at Northwestern University in Evanston Illinois, having completed her doctorate in Psychology at the State University of New York at Buffalo (SUNY B). In the ten years of working in the Chicago area, she collaborated with the Chicago Department of Health on an evaluation of the Department’s Maternal and Child Health program funded by the Ford Foundation and Chicago foundations. Leaving Chicago to return to Western New York, she obtained a faculty position in SUNY B’s School of Nursing and then moved West again back to Illinois.
She has served as Principal Investigator or Co-Principal Investigator on over 30 externally funded research projects, is lead author on 55 peer reviewed publications and co-author on 45 other peer reviewed journal articles. She has directed over 80 masters thesis projects and 10 doctoral dissertations, serving as a committee member on another 15 doctoral committees. She has been regularly invited to serve as a panel member for NIMH’s Special Emphasis Panel, Risk Prevention and Health Behavior since 2002. She most recently served as a Panel member for NIDDK Centers for Diabetes Translation Research in February 2016
Ella Christiansen, MBA, CRA
Ella is a Certified Research Administrator with over 7 years of experience supporting faculty researchers in the areas of sponsored research/grants management. Prior to relocating to Idaho, Ella worked in the central research administration office for Loma Linda University (LLU) in Southern California. She has experience with Federal, State, local and private sponsoring agencies and managed a diverse portfolio of departments and schools while at LLU. She obtained her MBA from the University of Redlands.
In her “spare” time, Ella enjoys watching and attending sporting events (especially pro football, Go Pack Go!), trying new restaurants, traveling, and spending time with her family and friends. She is looking forward to many outdoor adventures, exploring her new city, and cheering for the Broncos!
Kourtney has been a Student Assistant to the staff of the College of Health Sciences Office of Research since August of 2014. She is currently pursuing her bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology with hopes of graduating in the Spring of 2017. Kourtney is also currently working as an Administrative Assistant for the Department of System & Process Improvement at Boise State, and has also worked supporting the staff of the Administrative Accounting Department on campus as well. These opportunities have provided her with a broad work education beyond those of her chosen study. Kourtney enjoys providing administrative and technical support to the research staff especially when it includes working with data. Upon graduation, Kourtney plans to enter graduate school where she will pursue a Doctorate in Physical Therapy. In her spare time, Kourtney likes to spend time with her family and friends or enjoying the Idaho outdoors. She has a passion for hiking, mountain biking, fishing, watching or participating in athletics, and coaching.
Currently pursuing a degree in computer science at Boise State, Ben served six years (2009-2015) in the US Coast Guard, most of that time in Juneau, Alaska. During his time in Alaska, Ben specialized in emergency management and search and rescue planning/coordination. Ben has been a Student Assistant for the College of Health Sciences Office of Research since January 2016.