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Speaker’s Bureau

In order to help foster ongoing university-community collaboration, the Family Studies Research Initiative has organized a speaker’s bureau. The following individuals are available for public speaking within and outside of the University and Boise Community. Speakers are listed alphabetically by name with Keywords indicating their expertise and topics. All listings include an office phone number and/or e-mail address; requests should be made directly to the speaker. Because our speakers are busy with teaching, research and other community activities, it is best to notify them at least three weeks in advance to arrange times for their talks.

Usually, no fee is necessary if the talk is in the Boise area. In most instances, however, the organization is asked to contribute to the speaker’s travel and other expenses if the talk is outside the Boise area. If you have questions or comments, please feel free to contact the director of family studies (Dr. Cynthia Campbell) at cynthiacampbell@boisestate.edu.

University Faculty Speakers

The following individuals are available for public speaking within and outside of the University and Boise Community.

NamePhone / EmailKeywords
Andrew Giacomazzi, Ph.D.
Department of Criminal Justice
(208) 426-4162
agiacom@boisestate.edu
Community Crime Prevention, Family Violence Reduction
Lisa McClain, Ph.D.
History and Gender Studies
(208) 426-1985
lmcclain@boisestate.edu
Women, Disability, History of Christianity
Mary Pritchard, Ph.D.
Department of Psychology
(208) 426-1901
MaryPritchard@boisestate.edu
Child, Adolescent and Family Health Issues
Jennifer Weaver, Ph.D
Department of Psychology
(208) 426-1901
JenniferWeaver@boisestate.edu
Max Veltman, RN, MSN, CPNP
Department of Nursing
(208) 426-3707
maximilianveltman@boisestate.edu
Health services for children in foster care or victims of abuse. Summer camp health and medical needs & services.

Community Leader Speakers

The following individuals are available for public speaking within and outside of the University and Boise Community.

NamePhone / EmailKeywords
Robert Ball, Ph.D.
Senior Vice President for Programs, Idaho Youth Ranch
(208) 377-2613
bball@youthranch.org
Strength-based interventions with at-risk children and families, Adolescent substance abuse, Strategies for engaging families, Suicide assessment/intervention, Restorative Justice, Depression in children, Trauma informed care,Wrap-around services.
Kara Brascia
Director, BSU Service-Learning Coordinator
(208) 426-2380
karabrascia@boisestate.edu
How to access college students, How to address community needs, How to assist community organizations
Dax Chizum
Executive Director, Idaho Human Rights Education Center
(208) 345-0304
dax@idaho-humanrights.org
Human rights framework, Gender justice and/or LGBT issues
Lauren Necochea
State Director, Idaho KIDS COUNT
(208) 338-1014
lnecochea@mtnstatesgroup.org
Well-being of children in Idaho, including issues of poverty
Harriet Shaklee, PhD.
Professor and Extension Family Development Specialist, University of Idaho Boise
(208) 364-4016
hshaklee@uidaho.edu
Rural families, Transition to adulthood, Early childhood, Parent education, Work and family, and Grandparents raising grandchildren.
LeAnn Simmons
Executive Director, Idaho Voices for Children
(208) 336-8993
lsimmonsivc@gmail.com
Early Childhood Education, School Readiness