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Idaho State University

Marketing & Communications Team

Sturat Summers

Stuart Summers

Associate Vice President

Office: Administration 142

(208) 282-3620

Stuart Summers is a proud graduate of Idaho State University and excited to be working at his alma mater.

Prior to assuming his role as Associate Vice President for Marketing and Communications, Stuart worked at the ISU College of Technology for four years as the Director of Marketing and Recruitment. He chaired the ISU Social Media Committee and was a co-organizer for the Ultimate Bengal promotion. Ultimate Bengal went on to receive national recognition for its revolutionary use of social media in marketing higher education.

Originally from Idaho Falls, Stuart graduated from ISU with a Bachelor of Arts in International Studies and a minor in Mass Communication. He spent four years at KPVI-TV News 6, where he was a morning show anchor and reporter. During that time, Stuart was recognized as "Idaho's Up and Coming Journalist of the Year" by the Idaho Press Club.

While a student at ISU, Stuart spent two years living in Mongolia as a volunteer English teacher. In addition to being a certified ESL instructor, he also speaks Mongolian fluently and enjoys making return trips to Asia. In his spare time, Stuart enjoys traveling, mountain biking, eating sushi and playing tennis.

Andy Taylor

Andrew Taylor

Assistant Director - Public Relations

Office: Administration 142

(208) 282-3209

Press releases
Media relations

A native of Idaho, Taylor returned to the Gem State in 1995 after spending about two years in Alaska and about nine in Seattle. He has worked as a public information specialist at ISU since August 1998. He earned a journalism degree from the University of Idaho in 1983 and a computer information systems certificate from North Seattle Community College in 1992. He has worked for a variety of publications, including "The Peninsula Clarion" newspaper of Kenai, Alaska, "Fishing and Hunting News" magazine based in Seattle, the "Idaho State Journal" and as a stringer for Associated Press. He enjoys spending time with his family, playing tennis, cross-country skiing, fly fishing and hiking—all activities easily enjoyed in SE Idaho.

Chris Gabettas

Chris Gabettas

Public Relations Specialist

Office: Meridian 645

(208) 334-3131

Treasure Valley media and public relations
Liaison to Health Sciences and College of Business
Press Releases

Chris has more than 20 years' experience as a television, newspaper and magazine journalist. She began her career at the Idaho State Journal newspaper and KPVI-TV in Pocatello before reporting for television stations in Tulsa, Milwaukee and Phoenix, Ariz.

She's written about the television news industry for Communicator, the magazine of the Radio-Television News Directors Association, and freelanced for several south Florida newspapers, including the Miami Sun Post.

Before joining the ISU Marketing and Communications Office in 2007, Chris worked in the staff development and public relations offices of Broward Community College in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

Chris holds a bachelor's degree in political science from Boise State University and a master's degree in journalism from New York University.

Emily Frandsen

Emily Frandsen

Public Information Specialist

Office: Administration 142

(208) 282-3164

ISU Magazine
News and Notes
Web Content

Emily joined Marketing and Communications in May 2009. Before beginning her career at ISU, she worked in the newspaper business for 10 years, most of them at the Idaho State Journal.

Emily enjoys skiing, hiking and spending time with her husband Matt and her two children, Anne Marie and Thomas. She is a graduate of University of Montana, with a bachelor's degree in journalism.

Allyson Johnson

Allyson Johnson

Director of University Events and Protocol

Office: Administration 264


Event planning
Event resources
Protocol guidance
Pocatello Commencement

Allyson first came to Idaho State University in 2001 as a student, and is happy to have returned to campus as an employee. She holds a Bachelor of Music degree in vocal performance and a Master of Arts degree in rhetorical studies, both from ISU. Allyson came to the Office of Marketing & Communications in January 2017 from the Office of the President, where she worked for eight years. She plans and executes all events for the President’s Office and Marketing and Communications, and is involved in several other high-impact university events. Allyson also coordinates the commencement ceremonies on the Pocatello campus. Allyson enjoys football, movies, cooking, and hiking. She is the mother of two young children, and is married to Jeremy, who also works for ISU.

Eric Gordon

Eric Gordon


Office: Administration 138

(208) 282-3775

Event Photography
Group shots

Born and partially raised in Idaho, Eric began his early career in the San Francisco Bay area honing his photography and darkroom skills working for many distinctive studios in the South of Market “Photo Row” area. Eric returned to the Gem State in 1994 and established Gordon Photography, a full service studio providing a wide range of photographic services including portrait and commercial photography. His creativity and passion for photography coupled with his vast experience over the past 20 years has prepared him to tackle any photographic needs. Eric’s warm and friendly manner makes everyone feel at ease. He is excited to be part of the University family. Eric is an avid fly fisherman that enjoys hiking, camping, and spending time with his family.

Joey Gifford

Joey Gifford

Graphic Design Specialist I

Office: Administration 123

(208) 282-2564

Print marketing
Printing and digital advertising
Event logos and general graphic design

Joey is an ISU graduate with a degree in Advertising/PR from the Mass Communication department. He has enjoyed being creative for most of his life and enjoys getting to continue that as a profession. With a bachelor's degree in Creative Writing from the University of Arizona, Joey also contributes an occasional headline.

Ginny Lawrimore

Ginny Lawrimore

Director of Brand Management and Trademark Licensing

Office: Administration 251

(208) 282-3905

University brand management
Brand strategy/training
Trademark licensing
Collegiate apparel
Promotional items
General marketing

Originally from the mountains of North Carolina, Ginny received her Bachelor of Arts in journalism from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2005. After graduation, she worked as both a copy-editor and a reporter for The Herald-Sun in Durham, NC, until moving to Gainesville, FL, where she received a Masters of Arts in Mass Communication at the University of Florida. Previous positions include Communications Coordinator for the University of Florida College of Design, Construction and Planning, Social Media Manager for the University of Florida Warrington College of Business, and Digital Media Coordinator for Idaho State University's Office of Marketing and Communications. In her current role as ISU’s Director of Brand Management and Trademark Licensing, Ginny is tasked with managing Idaho State University's brand and licensing program. Ginny’s husband, Dave, is an assistant professor in the Department of English and Philosophy at Idaho State, and they enjoy hiking, reading, movies and spending time with their sons, Simon and Miles.

Dave Van Etten

David Van Etten

Web Services Manager

Office: Administration 123

(208) 282-4765

CMS Management
TerminalFour Training
Web Accessibility
Site Improve

Dave joined Marketing and Communications in January 2015. He has over 20 years in web/media. Before joining ISU, he worked at Los Alamos National Laboratory for 15 years.

Dave holds a bachelor's degree in marketing from Colorado Technical University and an associate's in digital media from the University of New Mexico.

Dave enjoys spending time with his family, snowboarding, mountain biking, hiking and pretty much anything outdoors.

Joe Marley

Joe Marley

Web Developer

Office: Administration 123

(208) 282-3517

CMS Migration
TerminalFour Training

Joe is an ISU graduate with a degree in Music. Prior to working at Marketing and Communications, he was a freelance web designer, and field director for political campaigns. Joe claims to have invented carbon.