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Ella Christiansen, MBA, CRA

Ella Christiansen, COHS Research, faculty/staff, studio portrait, photo by Priscilla Grover

Interim Director

Ella is our Interim Director and serves our College with nearly a decade of experience supporting faculty researchers in the areas of sponsored research and grants management. Ella holds a certification in Research Administration and worked in the central research administration office for Loma Linda University (LLU) in Southern California prior to relocating to Idaho. She has experience with Federal, State, local and private sponsoring agencies and has managed a diverse portfolio of departments and schools during her career. 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 loving all that Boise (and the rest of the Gem State) has to offer and cheering for the Broncos!
(208) 426-5699


 Janet Reis, PhDphoto of Janet Reis

Senior Researcher

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 the lead author of 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
(208) 426-5397

Michelle DavisMichelle Davis Profile Photo

Business Operations Manager

Michelle is a seasoned Business Operations Manager in the world of higher education, with over 9 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 as 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. Research Administration is an especially complicated maze of processes, workflows, and interdependent policies, compliance, and procedural improvements. Her personal vision and experience have allowed her to see the appropriate paths that have brought our organization success in achieving its 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 reading.
(208) 426-4116


Amy Sisneros

Post Award Specialist

Amy Sisneros

Amy obtained a dual BA in Spanish and Political Science with an emphasis in International Relations from BSU in 2007. She has 10 years of experience working with federal and state regulations, specifically, she has provided oversight and administration of 4 different federal grants.  She places an emphasis on quality customer service along with tailored public and grantee education. She is pursuing her MBA through BSU with an expected graduation date of May 2020.

Amy has a knack to rejuvenate and enhance her home landscape, home organization and décor. She is also a craft fanatic, loves to travel, try new foods, and watch comedy films. Her outdoor and sports activities include running, Frisbee, ping pong, and playing outdoors with her dogs and daughter (family).
(208) 426-4257