University of Idaho Boise has added 10 new staff members to its departments in southwestern Idaho since the beginning of the year.
Matt Vaartstra is the first permanent Boise-based UI Career Services representative since 2000. He will serve as the local contact for employers seeking to hire students. Vaartstra earned his BA and doctorate from the U of I and has spent the past three years working for the university as a career advisor.
Clara-Leigh Evans is the new interim Idaho Future Farmers of America executive director. A former FAA student officer, Evans holds a BA in agricultural leadership education from the University of Florida and has worked as an ag teacher, home educator and business owner.
Samantha Parrott serves as the associate director of development for U of I Athletics. She previously worked as the capital campaign coordinator for the Idaho Humane Society. Parrott is a 2012 UI graduate.
Suzy Stride has joined the university as associate director of development for the Vandal Scholarship Fund. Previously, she served as director of donor relations and events with the Bronco Athletic Association at Boise State.
Liz Comer is the new UI Extension Eat Smart Idaho media specialist. She graduated from U of I in 2015 with a degree in studio art and design.
Chrystal Allen is a research assistant with the university’s Center on Disabilities and Human Development. She joins UI Boise after working at the Idaho Council on Developmental Disabilities.
Lee Moats is the university’s technical service representative. A 2015 graduate of Boise State University, Moats previously worked in student IT support for 10 years.
Rhiannon Touchette has joined the UI College of Art and Architecture in Boise as a web technician. She graduated from Boise State in 2003 and worked as an independent contractor for multimedia projects.
Lingyun Li teaches physical education, martial arts, and Taiji at the Shandong Financial and Economic University in China. She is taking the next two years to teach martial arts at the U of I in Boise. Li joined the university’s Confucius Institute in September at the university’s Moscow campus and moved to the Boise campus in January.
Hong Chen will teach Chinese in Boise for the Confucius Institute for the next two years. She holds an academic post at the South China University of Technology, where she teaches English in the School of Foreign Languages.