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Meet the Staff

Portrait of Matt Wilde

Matt Wilde
General Counsel

Matt Wilde joined Boise State University and the Office of the General Counsel as Deputy General Counsel in January of 2013. Prior to joining Boise State, Matt clerked for the Honorable Daniel C. Hurlbutt, former presiding judge for the Snake River Basin Adjudication, a general stream water rights adjudication, and gained trial experience in the Canyon County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office and the Office of the Boise City Attorney.

At the City Attorney’s Office for more than 16 years, Matt managed 10 employees and gained broad experience representing many departments. He was primary counsel to the Departments of Aviation (Boise Airport) and Public Works. He has extensive experience in the areas of aviation and transportation law, real property law, public entity capital facility/infrastructure financing and construction, water law, and local and state legislative matters.

Matt received his Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Pacific Lutheran University and his Juris Doctor from the University of Idaho College of Law in 1994.

Portrait of Suzy Harbison

Suzy Harbison
Associate General Counsel and Senior Counsel for Research, Intellectual Property and Industry Ventures

Suzy joined Boise State University as Associate General Counsel in May 2010. She comes to Boise State from The University of Texas System, where she held the position of Senior Legal Officer for Intellectual Property for The University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, the largest research institution within The University of Texas System. Suzy also spent 10 years in private practice, where she specialized in Patent Strategy and Enforcement for clients such as Merck & Co., Shell Oil Co. and Celanese Corp. Suzy graduated summa cum laude from Auburn University and holds both Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Molecular Biology and was a faculty Instructor of Genetics at Emory University while she attended law school in Atlanta, Georgia.

Portrait of Nicole Pantera

Nicole Pantera
Associate General Counsel

Nicole Trammel Pantera, a Boise native, joined Boise State University as Associate General Counsel in April 2014. Prior to joining Boise State, Ms. Pantera practiced at Hawley Troxell Ennis & Hawley in the areas of public finance & municipal law, as well as general corporate and corporate finance transactions. Prior to joining Hawley Troxell, Ms. Pantera clerked for the Honorable Jim Jones at the Idaho Supreme Court. Ms. Pantera’s experience includes various types of financing structures, including revenue bonds, general obligations bonds, special assessment bonds, tax and revenue anticipation notes and commercial paper and negotiating and drafting contracts of all types. In addition to her legal experience, Ms. Pantera serves as the President of The City Club of Boise, and is a member of Idaho Women Lawyers.

Ms. Pantera received a Bachelor of Arts from Willamette University and a Juris Doctor, magna cum laude, from Willamette University College of Law in 2003.

Portrait of Becky Broadbent

Becky Broadbent
Associate General Counsel

Becky Broadbent joined Boise State University as Associate General Counsel in April 2016. Previously, Becky was engaged in private practice in Boise for 26 years, the last 10 years in a solo law practice. Her extensive experience includes employment law, human resource issues, regulatory compliance, contract and policy analysis, administrative law, civil and commercial litigation, and mediation. She was trained as a mediator in 2003, and received advanced mediator training in 2012.

Becky graduated from Boise State University in 1985 with a B.A. in Political Science, International Relations emphasis. She obtained her J.D. from BYU’s J. Reuben Clark Law School in 1988 and practiced in Salt Lake City prior to returning to Idaho in 1990. Before completing her degree at Boise State University, Becky attended Kansai University of Foreign Studies in Osaka, Japan, after a high school foreign exchange study in Hokkaido, Japan. Becky grew up in Nampa and graduated from Nampa Senior High School.

Portrait of Joe Giberman

Joseph Giberman
Assistant General Counsel
Joseph Giberman joined the Office of the General Counsel as Assistant General Counsel in November 2015. Before joining the OGC, he was a compliance officer in the Office of Institutional Compliance and Ethics at Boise State. Joseph specializes in contract review and negotiation. He also has experience in policy and compliance research and drafting; federal statute, tax code, and agency analysis; and Title IX and civil rights investigation.

Prior to pursuing a career in law, Joseph was an accounting supervisor at Supervalu, Inc. (Albertsons) in Boise. He received his Bachelor of Business Administration from Boise State University in 2003 and his Juris Doctor from Quinnipiac University School of Law in 2013.

Annie Kerrick, General Counsel, faculty/staff, studio portrait, photo by Priscilla Grover

Annie Kerrick
Associate General Counsel

Annie joined Boise State University as Title IX Coordinator in 2013. In 2014, she was promoted to Director of Title IX/ADA/504 Compliance, and in October 2016 moved the Office of the General Counsel as Associate General Counsel.  Prior to joining Boise State she worked as a staff attorney at the Idaho Coalition Against Sexual & Domestic Violence for six years.  Her experience includes compliance with civil rights laws and policy development and implementation. Annie was a part of the Idaho Academy of Leadership for Lawyers class of 2013, is a editorial board member for the Journal of Campus Title IX Compliance and Best Practices, and has written numerous articles on Title IX compliance and related topics.  Annie graduated with a Juris Doctor, cum laude, from Gonzaga University School of Law in 2007.  She is currently pursing her Ph.D. in Public Policy and Administration at Boise State University.

Portrait of Kendra Smith Kendra Smith
Senior Paralegal/Director of Foreign Faculty Services

Kendra Smith joined Boise State University in 2001 as a paralegal. Before joining Boise State, Kendra worked in private practice as a paralegal where she worked in civil litigation and in criminal defense. Kendra received her undergraduate degree from University of Idaho and her paralegal certification from the Denver Paralegal Institute.

Portrait of Rachel Burdick (Vanderpool)

Rachel Vanderpool
Contracts Administrator

Rachel joined Boise State University in 2014 as the Contracts Administrator. She previously worked at Boise State in 2006 as the Director of Donor Relations for University Advancement. Before joining Boise State, Rachel worked as a management assistant, a deputy clerk and operations supervisor in both the Magistrate and District Courts and in a Boise law firm where she worked in civil litigation. Rachel received her undergraduate degree from Boise State University, and a Leadership and Court Management Certification from the National Center for State Courts.

Portrait of Taylor Ashe

Taylor Ashe
Administrative Assistant II
Taylor joined the Office of the General Counsel in September 2016. She graduated from Boise State University in 2016 with a Bachelor Of Science in Political Science with an emphasis in American Government and Public Policy. While attending Boise State, Taylor competed for Boise State’s speech and debate team, The Talkin’ Broncos, winning two consecutive national championships.