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Randi McDermott, Vice President

Randi McDermott
Chief Operating Officer

    • Campus Operation’s role in serving the common mission
    • Boise State history and governance
    • Leadership
    • How dogs make everything better

  • Email:
    Phone: (208) 426-1233
  • Randi McDermott has spent the last 25 years working in the public higher education sector in Idaho. She attended Boise State University and earned a bachelor of science in Political Science in 1993. She landed a position with the Idaho State Board of Education, where she started in grants administration, but quickly moved into government relations and policy. During those years, the Board’s oversight extended to all public education in Idaho, K-12, including serving as the governing board for all state colleges and universities plus Idaho Public Television, Professional-Technical Education, and Vocational Rehabilitation among others.  

    In 2003, after completing a master’s degree in public administration and staffing the search for a new president at Boise State, she accepted a position with the newly hired president Bob Kustra as Special Assistant. She became chief of staff in 2009, further expanding her role collaborating with the executive team in planning, organizing, guiding and executing the president’s initiatives. In 2018, Randi was appointed Vice President for Campus Operations and COO.

Alicia Estey
Senior Associate Vice President,
Chief Compliance Officer

    • All things Campus Operations
    • University policy, procedure, and compliance
    • Capital projects, space planning, maintenance and sustainability
    • Discrimination and harassment response on Campus
    • Women in Leadership
    • The art of doing it all

  • Email:
    Phone: (208) 426-1249

  • Alicia Estey was named Senior Associate Vice President for Campus Operations and Chief Compliance Officer at Boise State University in May 2018. Estey serves the division by providing oversight of all Campus Operations departments, while directly managing Campus Planning and Facilities and Institutional Compliance and Ethics.

    Since 2013, Estey has aided the university by overseeing compliance with statutory and regulatory requirements, managing agency audits, and supervising investigations of discrimination-based complaints in the position of executive director of Institutional Compliance and Ethics.

    She joined Boise State in 2006 as the special assistant to Stacy Pearson. Thereafter she served in various roles in Finance and Administration including policy analyst, regulatory compliance officer, and director of tax.

    Before her time at Boise State, Estey worked in the tax department at the J.R. Simplot Company.

Texie Montoya, Associate Special Counsel

Texie Montoya
Associate Special Counsel

    • Free Speech
    • The Clery Act – campus crime reporting
    • Title IX – campus response to sexual misconduct
    • Drones and guns on campus
    • Cupcake decorating and frosting recipes

  • Email:
    Phone: (208) 426-1249
  • Texie began her career at Boise State University in August 2012 as Assistant General Counsel in the Office of the General Counsel. When the Division of Campus Operations was first formed in November 2012, Texie shifted to serve two roles – Special Assistant to the Vice President for Campus Operations as well as continuing as Assistant General Counsel.  In 2014, she transitioned out of the Office of the General Counsel and was named Assistant Counsel to the Vice President for Campus Operations.  In the October 2015 reorganization involving the Division of Campus Operations and the Office of the General Counsel, Texie’s title was changed to Assistant Special Counsel and in April 2016, she was promoted to Associate Special Counsel.

    Prior to joining Boise State, Texie clerked for the Honorable Stephen M. Brown at the Washington State Court of Appeals – Division III in Spokane, Washington.

    Texie received her bachelor’s degree from Boise State, where she served as Student Body Vice President and delivered the commencement address with her twin sister in 2006. She earned her Juris Doctor from Gonzaga University School of Law in Spokane, where she served as President of the Student Bar Association.

    Texie is a member of Attorneys for Civic Education, the Government and Public Sector Lawyers section and the Young Lawyers section of the Idaho State Bar, and Idaho Women Lawyers. She is also a member of the 2014/2015 class of Boise State’s Shared Leadership program.

Rich Weigel

Rich Weigel
Director of University Dining Services

    • Anything Campus Dining
    • Great Customer Service
    • How to cost out a menu
    • Student Engagement
    • Anything baseball and umpiring

  • Email:
    Phone: (208) 426-1259
  • Rich Weigel joined the Campus Operations team in April 2018 as the Director of University Dining Services.  With over 30 years of experience in the dining and hospitality industry, Rich’s focus will be on furthering the development of University dining services and our partnership with Aramark. He strives to make Dining Services best in class, having a positive impact on students, employees, and all Boise State University visitors.

    Rich earned his degree from American River College, studying Food Service Management. During this time, Rich began his career working in restaurants in Northern California. In 1984, Rich opened and operated LW Calder’s Supper Club and Specialty Bar.  Rich then joined Saga Corporation in 1986 as a General Manager. In 2006, Rich relocated to Montana, to take on the role of District Manager with Sodexo Campus Services, managing dining services located in Montana, Wyoming, Idaho and Eastern Oregon. Over the years, Rich has received the distinction of being one of the top district managers in his region for two consecutive years, as well as an Unsung Hero award by Montana State University Billings. 

Fonda Portales, Office of the Chief Operating Officer, Allison Corona photo

Fonda Portales
University Art Curator and Collections Manager

    • Public Art on Campus
    • Temporary and Permanent Exhibitions at the Student Union Building
    • Curating Department Spaces with University Artworks
    • Incorporating Campus Art into Your Course Curriculum
    • The World Museum in August 2019
    • The Art of Making a Mixtape

  • Email:
    Phone: (208) 426-2541
  • Fonda Portales joined the Division of Campus Operations in 2016 to fill the newly created role of University Art Curator and Collections Manager. Prior to this position, she served as Adjunct Faculty in the Art Department for eight years, teaching survey and upper-division Art History. She continues to be a passionate educator and enjoys developing student engagement with the visual arts on campus.

    In her role as University Art Curator and Collections Manager, Fonda manages the University’s permanent visual art collection, curates Student Union Building gallery spaces, and directs public art commissions on campus. She also works across departments to co-create and curate content for the upcoming world museum in the new Fine Arts Building. As Chair of both the University Arts Advisory Committee and the Student Union Fine Arts Advisory Board, she works with faculty, researchers, students, and community leaders to seek out and approve new acquisitions and exhibitions, and write policy regarding visual arts culture on campus.

    Prior to joining the university, Fonda worked as the Director of Development and Public Education at the ACLU of Idaho, a Marketing and Development Associate with the City of Los Angeles’ Department of Cultural Affairs, and a Resident Artist at the archaeological site of Urkesh, in Mozan, Syria, where she established an on-site museum of artifacts.

    Fonda earned a bachelor’s degree in English Education from Northwest Nazarene College, in Nampa, Idaho, and master’s degree in Art History from California State University, Los Angeles. Her academic focus is on the transcultural iconography of Mesoamerican and Spanish influence. Her drawings of Aztec and colonial works can be found in the Oxford University Press Handbook to Life in the Aztec World.

Kathleen Simko, Office of the Chief Operating Officer, Allison Corona photo

Kathleen Simko
Quality Assurance Coordinator

    • How to improve the student experience at Boise State
    • Student mentorship
    • Nonprofit governance and Board leadership
    • Running marathons internationally

  • Email:
    Phone: (208) 426-2242
  • Kathleen Simko joined the Campus Operations Division as the Quality Assurance Coordinator in October 2017. Formerly the Dean of Extended Learning at Treasure Valley Community College, she also has prior experience working for affordable housing and community and economic development nonprofit organizations. Kathleen is excited to be returning to higher education.

    Kathleen earned a bachelor of Science in Business and Economics from Eastern Oregon University and her masters of Business Administration from Boise State University. Having previously served as an elected official in two cities, she also served nine years on the Idaho Public Transportation Advisory Council, has an extensive history in Rotary International, and is a graduate of Leadership Boise.


Emily Burns
Executive Assistant

    • Meeting with Randi
    • Organizational charts
    • Calendar choreography
    • New restaurants to try

  • Email:
    Phone: (208) 426-1233
  • Emily has been at Boise State for five years. She worked in the President’s office assisting Randi McDermott, Bruce Newcomb, and Roger Brown for four years and was interim assistant to President Kustra for his last several months. Before that, she began her time at Boise State in the Office of General Counsel. Additionally, she completed her master’s degree in public administration at Boise State, December 2017.

    Prior to moving to Boise, she worked as Administrator for a non-profit legal aid firm, Pisgah Legal Services, in Asheville, North Carolina. There she also worked for five years in property management. Also during her time in Asheville, she helped found an all-female sketch comedy group, LYLAS, with which she wrote and performed SNL-like sketches poking fun at local issues and dating rituals.

    She was born in Ohio, grew up mostly in Chapel Hill, NC, received her bachelor’s degree in Theatre and English from Trinity College in Hartford, CT and lived in Asheville, NC for twelve years before she and her husband moved to Boise to be near his family. They love traveling and trying new restaurants. She is excited to continue working with Randi and to learn the many facets of Campus Operations.

Aubri Kelly Headshot 2017

Aubri Kelly
Administrative Assistant

    • The mission of Campus Operations and how we serve the university
    • Scheduling time with division leadership
    • Boise State’s environmental education efforts
    • Beekeeping 

  • Email:
    Phone: (208) 426-1249
  • Aubri Kelly has served in the Campus Operations division since 2012 and is currently the Administrative Assistant II for the Chief Operating Office. She manages administrative workflow for the division’s leadership team and is the primary point of contact for Campus Operations. If you have a question, Aubri can find the answer.

    As an Idaho native, Aubri is enthusiastic about community involvement in environmental matters. She leads a local Girl Scout troop, enjoys beekeeping, and is a member of several committees on campus that carry out green initiatives. She plans to graduate in 2018 with a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Studies and a minor in Sustainability.

Olivia Lettenberger, Office of the Chief Operating Officer, Allison Corona photo

Olivia Lettenberger
Student Administrative Assistant

    • What it is like being a student employee
    • How to balance supporting different positions and their responsibilities
    • Where the best coffee shop in Boise is

  • Email:
    Phone: (208) 426-2248
  • Olivia Lettenberger joined the Office of the Chief Operating Officer, Vice President, and Special Counsel as the Student Administrative Assistant in September of 2017. She supports the office by handling a diverse assortment of duties and assisting with special projects.

    Olivia is currently in her second year at Boise State, working towards her bachelor’s degree with a double major in criminal justice and communication.  She plans on attending law school after graduation and hopes to serve her community by practicing criminal law.

Isabel Everett, Student Administrative Assistant

Isabel Everett

Student Administrative Assistant

    • Boise State Brand Standards
    • Workflow management
    • Digital illustration

  • Email:
    Phone: (208) 426-3892
  • Isabel Everett joined the Office of the Chief Operating Officer, Vice President, and Special Counsel as the Student Administrative Assistant in May of 2018. She assists the office by supporting a number of staff in varying capacities and collaborating on projects.

    Isabel is currently in her third year at Boise State, working towards her BA in Interdisciplinary Studies, with an emphasis on Technical Communication, Visual Arts, and Creative Writing.  She plans on graduating in Spring 2020 and working in literary editing or design.