Human Performance and Sport Studies
Organizational Learning and Performance
School Psychology and Educational Leadership
Chung-Hau (Howard) Fan, PhD
Department Chair / Associate Professor of School Psychology
Office: College of Education 108B
Dr. Fan earned his Ph.D. of School Psychology at the University of Iowa in 2011. He served as the training director of the School Psychology Program at Idaho State University for 9 years. His current research focuses on improving response-to-intervention (RTI) methodologies, including reduction of measurement error for progress monitoring and systemic troubleshooting for effective RTI implementation. Other areas of interest include special education leadership, behavioral consultation training, nondiscriminatory cognitive assessment with cross-cultural students, and autism spectrum disorders. Besides work, he plays tennis and enjoys swimming and cooking.
Joel Bocanegra, PhD
Associate Professor of School Psychology
Office: College of Education 108A
Dr. Bocanegra graduated with a PhD in educational psychology with a concentration in school psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. He is a licensed psychologist and school psychologist. He teaches Clinical School Psychology, Multicultural Issues in School Psychology, and Cognitive Behavioral Interventions courses, among others. He is a noted scholar on multicultural issues, diversity recruitment, system change efforts, and trauma. He co-chaired a national recruitment committee, sits on various editorial boards, and works extensively with minority youth and underserved populations. His scholarly work includes: minority and training issues, trauma, etc. Furthermore, Dr. Bocanegra has extensive practice experience. He has worked as a bilingual school psychologist and psychologist across numerous environments and has consulted internationally on various system change initiatives. Beyond his professional endeavors, Dr. Bocanegra enjoys spending time with his family, staying physically active, traveling, and writing.
Patti Mortensen, EdD
Office: College of Education 377
Dr. Mortensen earned her Ed.D. in educational leadership from Idaho State University in 2009. She joined the faculty at ISU after a 30-year career in K-12 education as a teacher, school principal, district administrator and school superintendent. Her research interests include topics related to the preparation of school and district administrators, mentorship, and the evaluation of school administrators. She teaches courses in the K-12 education administration programs and closely follows the success of her students as they become school and district leaders! She is an avid Bengal fan attending and supporting many athletic, theatre, and musical performances on campus. In her spare time, Dr. Mortensen enjoys the Idaho outdoors, playing the piano, traveling and experiencing new places, and spending quality time with family and friends.
Geoffrey Thomas, EdD
Office: College of Education 381
Dr. Geoff Thomas is a 37-year public educator. After teaching high school for seven years, he transitioned to serving in administration with the last twenty years working as Superintendent in the Madison 321 school district.
During his career, Dr. Thomas served as the President of the Idaho School Administrators Association, the Idaho Superintendents Association, the Idaho High School Activities Association, and the Idaho School District Council.
A proud Bengal, Dr. Thomas received his Educational Specialist degree and Doctorate in Educational Leadership from Idaho State University. He was awarded the 2015 Idaho Superintendent of the Year, and the 2016 Idaho State University Distinguished Leader Award.
Dr. Thomas is known statewide as a passionate advocate for public education and providing numerous academic, vocational, artistic, and athletic opportunities for students.
He and his wife Janalee are the proud parents of five children and even prouder grandparents of six grandchildren. His hobbies include reading, mountain hiking, jeep riding, and honing his marginal golf skills
Guillermo Ortega, PhD
Office: College of Education 369
Dr. Guillermo Ortega is an Assistant Professor of Higher Education. He earned his Ph.D. in Higher Education Leadership and Policy Studies from the University of Houston. His dissertation examined Latinx college athletes and was funded by the Center for Mexican American Studies, Project Mentoring to Achieve Latinos Educational Success (MALES), and the Texas Association of Chicanos in Higher Education (TACHE). Prior to joining Idaho State University, he served as a Post-Doctoral Fellow at Iowa State University where he helped implement a new college-going initiative for Latinx youth and families. His research uses qualitative and quantitative methods to examine intercollegiate athletics, students from underrepresented groups, and organizational structures. Dr. Ortega is thrilled to join Idaho State University.
Berenice Sánchez, PhD
Assistant Professor of Higher Education
Dr. Berenice Sánchez is a scholar and a practitioner in higher education and student affairs. She received her Ph.D. from Indiana University Bloomington. Her primary research is focused on examining the experiences of faculty of color, with a focus on Latina faculty, and exploring the ways that race, racism, and white supremacy in higher education. Prior to joining IU Bloomington, she served as the Assistant Director of La Casa Cultural Latina at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. While at Indiana University, she worked as a project associate with the National Survey on Student Engagement (NSSE), the Assessment Coordinator for the Division of Student Affairs, as well as the Managing Editor of the International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education. When not working, she enjoys traveling out of the country, mostly to enjoy being on the beach, going salsa dancing, and working out. Dr. Sánchez is excited to join Idaho State University!