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When you call or come in our office, you will be connected to one of our experienced, helpful, and friendly staff members. This is Advising and Academic Enhancement!

Contact us at: 208-426-4049 or,
Location: Advising and Success Hub Room 101
Mailing: 2055 Cesar Chavez Ln., Boise, ID 83725, MS 1150
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Tomas Baiza, AAETomas Baiza

Contact:, (208) 426-3676
Duties: Direct overall AAE operations and coordinate AAE’s collaboration with other BSU advising and enrollment units.

Tomas joined AAE in 2013 with professional experience in admissions, human resources, and residential learning development.  His teaching experience includes courses in history, career exploration, and graduate research methodology.  Tomas received his Bachelor of Arts at San Jose State University, holds two Masters degrees from Indiana University and the University of Michigan, and earned his doctorate in Education from the University of Oregon.

Associate Director

Jillana Finnegan, Advising and Academic Enhancement, Studio PortraitJillana Finnegan

Contact:, (208) 426-1718
Duties: Oversees Academic Enhancement services including tutoring and academic success workshops and courses.
Jillana has served as the Associate Director since July 2013, and prior to that worked in the Boise State Service-Learning Program. She has a passion for utilizing peers, active learning, and research based study strategies to help students reach their academic potential. Jillana is a proud graduate of Boise State University with a Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration and Policy.

Assistant Director/First-Year Success Coordinator


Administrative Staff

Veronica Cuppy, AAE, faculty/staff, studio portraitVeronica Cuppy

Administrative Assistant II
Contact:, (208) 426-4049
Duties:  Administrative support for AAE staff, Learning Assistant and Tutoring programs, front desk support and operations management, customer service, data collection, purchasing, budget management, travel/expense.

Veronica  came to AAE in February 2016 after working in the Intensive English Program at Boise State.  She earned her Bachelor of Science Degree from California State Polytechnic University and has a Graduate Certificate in Conflict Management.  Veronica has traveled extensively through Europe, Latin America and Asia.  She also has an affinity for dogs and owns and manages her own dog walking and pet sitting company.


Administrative Assistant II
Duties: Administrative support for AAE staff, Learning Assistant and Tutoring programs, front desk support, customer service, data collection.

Tim Squires, AAE, Studio PortraitTim Squires

Advising Systems Coordinator
Contact:, (208) 426-3528
Duties:  Manage implementation of university-wide student success initiatives, advising process documentation and standardization, University Advising Network Financial management, data acquisition and dissemination.

Tim started at AAE in 2002  (before we were AAE!) as a student employee and has advanced to his current position.  He is a proud Boise State alum having earned his Bachelor of Science in Health Science – Health Information Management in 2010.

Advising Staff


Karina Smith

Academic Development and Recovery Coordinator
Contact:, (208) 426-3505
Duties: Collaborate with colleges and departments to improve advising processes and increase student success: areas of focus include College of Arts and Sciences, College of Engineering, Extended Studies, University Housing, as well as UNIV courses.

Karina comes to Boise State with experience in higher education and student affairs. She is currently pursuing her PhD in International Education from Northcentral University. She received her Master of Science in Communication from Portland State University and her Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology from the University of Alaska, Anchorage.

Paula Mandeville, AAE, studio portraitPaula Mandeville

Major Exploration and Student Transition Coordinator
Contact:, (208) 426-2963
Duties: Provide academic advising to students who are exploring new majors and coordinate programing and events to aid with student program selection.

Paula comes to Boise State with 17 years of higher education experience in the areas of career counseling and academic advising. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Public Administration from University of Arizona and her Master of Counseling degree from Idaho State University.

Thompson_Tiara-333x500Tiara Thompson

Academic Advisor
Contact:, (208) 426-1717
Duties: As an Academic Advisor, Tiara meets with students to assist with schedule creation, major exploration, academic skill building and academic/financial aid appeals.

Tiara joined the AAE staff in May 2015 as a professional advisor after working for the Idaho Shakespeare Festival.  She was a peer advisor in AAE for 2 years prior to graduation. Tiara earned a dual degree in Theatre Arts and English Literature from Boise State University and was selected as the 2013 commencement speaker.

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Academic Advisor
Contact:, (208) 426-1719
Duties: As an Academic Advisor, Alizabeth meets with students to assist with schedule creation, major exploration, academic skill building and academic/financial aid appeals.

Alizabeth joins AAE with a Master of Science in Counseling and Student Affairs from Minnesota State University Moorhead. Alizabeth is excited about her role, as she holds sincere passion for fostering students’ skills in not only academic but holistic success. Additionally, Alizabeth enjoys movies, spending time with family and friends and dancing!

Faculty/Staff Portraits

Liz Tutt

Academic Advisor
Contact:, (208) 426-4398
Duties: As an Academic Advisor, Liz meets with students to assist with schedule creation, major exploration, academic skill building and academic/financial aid appeals.

Liz is originally from Northern California, and earned her master’s degree at Indiana State University in May of 2014. She had been working at Boise State for a little over a year in Residential Life, and is excited to be a part of the AAE family. Liz enjoys exploring Idaho and sampling all of the local cuisine.


Academic Advisor



Lauren Rice, AAE, Faculty/Staff Portraits

Lauren Rice

Academic Advisor
Contact:, (208) 426-4397
Duties: As an Academic Advisor, Lauren meets with students to assist with schedule creation, major exploration, academic skill building and academic/financial aid appeals.

Lauren is a proud Bronco and Boise native. She is currently pursuing her MBA at Boise State and is thrilled to be part of the AAE team. In her free time she enjoys thrift shopping, restaurant patios with friends and running the Boise foothills.

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Megan Lindbeck

Academic Advisor
Contact:, (208) 426-4396
Duties: As an Academic Advisor, Megan meets with students to assist with schedule creation, major exploration, academic skill building and academic/financial aid appeals.

Megan moved to Idaho in September 2015 from her hometown in Green Bay, Wisconsin. Go Pack Go!  She received her Master’s degree in Student Affairs Administration in Higher Education from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, where she advised undeclared students. She is loving getting to know Boise State University, connecting with its students, and exploring all that Boise has to offer!

Academic Enhancement Staff

Matt Schmason, AAE, Studio PortraitMatt Schmasow

Academic Support Coordinator, (208) 426-2042
Duties: Coordinates the training, supervision, and assessment of Academic Enhancement’s tutorial services programs including the Learning Assistant program and drop-in tutoring services across campus.

Matt joined AAE in an interim position in October 2012 as a graduate student and adjunct faculty member in the Biology Department at Boise State. Matt graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Biology with an emphasis in Ecology from Boise State University in 2009 and a master’s in Biology  in 2015.

Photo of Kate Stevens

Kate Stevens

Academic Support Coordinator
Contact:, 208-426-2706
Duties: Kate Steven (pronouns: they/them/their) joined the AAE team in 2016 to provide support to the Learning Assistant program and the students they serve. Kate holds an Master of Education in College Student Personnel from Ohio University, and has been at Boise State since 2013, serving three years as Program Coordinator in the Gender Equity Center (previously named the Women’s Center).

In academic success, Kate has excelled at coaching college students through academic and career path challenges by providing a supportive environment for each person to find the best solution that fits. Kate is committed to social justice and helping others navigate intersectional identities, as well as understanding how identity impacts the pursuit of higher education. Kate has particular interests in media literacy, gender performance and queerness in general.

In their spare time, Kate teaches and performs circus art including aerial fitness, pole art, and flying trapeze.

Pam Craig, AAE, studio portrait

Pamela Craig

Program Assistant, (208) 426-1845
Duties: Assists with the training, supervision and assessment of Academic Enhancement’s tutorial services program including the Learning Assistants program and drop-in tutoring services across campus.

Pamela joined AAE as a Learning Assistant and discovered a passion for fostering student success at Boise State. She graduated from Boise State in 2014 with a triple major in English Literature, English Writing, and History.

Graduate Assistants

Travis ApplebaumAcademic Coachtravisapplebaum@boisestate.edu426-1845
Kelsey BlazicevichAcademic Coachkelseyblazicevich@boisestate.edu426-1845
Hailee TiltonAcademic Coachhaileetilton@boisestate.edu426-1845