Kevin D. Satterlee was named Boise State University’s Chief Operating Officer, Vice President and Special Counsel in October 2015. He previously served as the Vice President for Campus Operations and General Counsel from November 2012-October 2015, as well as Vice President and General Counsel from January 2011-November 2012, Associate Vice President and General Counsel from 2005-2011, and as Associate Vice President of Planning, prior to that. He began his career at the University as Special Assistant to the Vice President for Finance and Administration in 2001.
In his role as Special Counsel to the President, Kevin works closely with the General Counsel’s office and, because of his unique relationships and historical knowledge, serves as the Office of the President’s special counsel on legal issues related to the governing board, legislative and policy issues, athletic department issues and contracts, as well as institutional compliance.
From 1995 to 2001, Kevin was a Deputy Attorney General in the Idaho Attorney General’s Office. His career in higher education began when he was assigned by the Attorney General as Chief Legal Officer to the Idaho State Board of Education in 1997. From 1995 to 1997, Kevin was the Deputy Attorney General for several offices of state government including the State Board of Pharmacy, State Board of Nursing, the Commission on Aging and the Idaho State Liquor Dispensary.
Kevin received his bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Boise State University (magna cum laude) in 1990 and was named a Top Ten Scholar of the university upon graduation. He received his law degree from the University of Idaho (magna cum laude) in 1993.
Kevin is a member of the Board of Directors of the Idaho Law Foundation and is currently serving as its Treasurer. Kevin is the 2010 recipient of the Association of Corporate Counsel Leadership Award.
Associate Vice President
Alicia Estey was named associate vice president for Campus Operations at Boise State University in March 2017. 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 2007 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 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.
Sunny Wallace became the Policy Director effective February 2016 after serving as the Policy Manager since May of 2014. Prior to this position she served as the Senior Director of Development and Alumni Relations in Boise State’s College of Health Sciences. Sunny has lived and worked in Boise, Idaho, since 1998.
Prior to joining the university, she was the first executive director of Life’s Kitchen, a local non-profit dedicated to helping teens at risk become self-sufficient through an innovative culinary and life skills program. Sunny received her baccalaureate degree in Psychology from Tulane University and her master’s degree in Public Administration from the University of Missouri-Columbia. She is currently a pursuing a doctorate degree in Public Policy and Administration at Boise State.
Instructional Designer and Facilitator
Katie Thomas became the Instructional Designer and Facilitator for the Campus Operations Division in 2015 after spending four years in the Environmental Health, Safety and Sustainability department managing hazardous waste and supporting occupational safety programs at Boise State. During her time at Boise State, Katie has also served as a member of Shared Leadership (2011/2012 class) and as a Professional Staff Association senator (2015/2016). She enjoys the campus energy and supporting the university and division employees through development, encouragement and positivity.
Prior to Boise State, Katie worked for an environmental consulting firm for five years, developing and delivering environmental training and programs for two large Fortune 500 companies. Katie is a Washington State graduate, earning her bachelor of science and master of science degrees in Geology.
Michelle Railsback became the Manager of Communications and Special Projects in March of 2014. She began her career at Boise State in October of 2007 as an Assistant Sports Information Director, working closely with many of the athletic teams, as well as serving as the website coordinator for BroncoSports.com. She is also a member of the 2015/2016 class of Boise State’s Shared Leadership program.
Prior to Boise State, Michelle was the Sports Information Director for Southern Oregon University from 2006-2007, as well as a Sports Information Assistant at Idaho State University from 2005-2006. Michelle also worked closely with the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl, serving as the media relations contact from 2012-2016.
Michelle received her bachelor’s degree in Mass Communications from Idaho State University in 2004 and continued on to earn a master’s degree in Athletic Administration from ISU in 2006. She was a member of the Bengal track and field team.
Quality Assurance Coordinator
Alex Belisle became the Quality Assurance Coordinator in December 2016. He began his career at Boise State as a student in July 2014 working in University Advancement to develop, launch, and sustain PonyUp—the University’s crowdfunding portal. Alex graduated in May 2016 with a bachelor’s in Political Science, International Relations and was honored as one of the university’s 2016 Top Ten graduates. Upon graduation, Alex continued his role with PonyUp while serving as a graduate assistant in the College of Innovation + Design (CID). At CID, he collaborated on marketing and recruitment to grow the College’s programs. In his new position, Alex will continue to work closely with University Advancement and the College of Innovation + Design, while launching the new Quality Assurance Program.
Alex is passionate about giving back to Boise State and empowering future students to tackle world challenges. As the Quality Assurance Coordinator, Alex will work to ensure services across campus are delivered to and for students and other customers in a first-class, user-centric manner. The program will work to support programs that have the opportunity to improve while recognizing top performers and sharing best practices.
University Art Curator and Collections Manager
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. 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 to 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, authored by Manuel Aguilar-Moreno.
Dani Dunstan began as the Executive Assistant to the Chief Operating Officer, Vice President and Special Counsel in July of 2015. Dani’s primary job function is to provide daily administrative support to the Chief Operating Officer, Vice President and Special Counsel and serve as secondary support to other office staff. She is a Boise State graduate with a bachelor’s degree in Political Science and a master’s degree in Public Administration.
Prior to joining the university, Dani served as Community Relations Coordinator for Idaho’s Dairy Products Commission working on promotion activities including event coordination, communications and relationship building.
Aubri Kelly joined the Office of the Chief Operating Officer, Vice President and Special Counsel as the Administrative Assistant in February of 2014. She serves as the primary contact for groups seeking to reach office staff and carries out a variety of supportive duties for Campus Operations.
Beginning as a work study student in Facilities Operations and Maintenance in 2012, Aubri continually strives toward mission driven work and better serving the university. She is currently working on her bachelor’s degree in Environmental Studies with an emphasis on Sustainability and Biology. Energized by public service, she hopes to use her degree to continually impact the community.