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The Office of the General Counsel Team


Blake Christensen

General Counsel, Chief Compliance Officer, Risk Manager

Administration 321
Phone: 208-282-3234
Fax: 208-282-4821 

As general counsel and chief compliance officer, Blake oversees all legal and compliance functions for Idaho State University. Blake counsels on a wide variety of higher education issues, among which are student and academic affairs, athletics, governance, employment, Title IX, constitutional law, contracting, privacy, public records, intellectual property, and university policy. In addition to providing legal advice and representation, Blake has supervisory responsibility over the university’s legal, athletics compliance, and risk management offices.

Blake joined ISU in July 2020 after serving as associate general counsel for Montana State University and working for a large law firm in southern Virginia. Blake graduated cum laude from the William & Mary Law School in Williamsburg, Virginia.

Nick Tranmer

Associate General Counsel

Administration 321
Phone: 208-282-3022
Fax: 208-282-4821 

As Associate General Counsel, Nick works with the Office of General Counsel on all legal and compliance-related needs of Idaho State University. In addition to overseeing the University contracting process, Nick works on a wide variety of higher education issues, among which are student and academic affairs, athletics, governance, employment, Title IX, constitutional law, contracting, privacy, public records, intellectual property, and university policy.

Nick attended Idaho State University from 2006 to 2011 and graduated ISU with a B.S. in Political Science. Nick then attended the University of Idaho College of Law and obtained his J.D. Nick has a long history of working in Idaho public service as shown by his previous employment as a Canyon County Public Defender and a Bannock County Prosecutor.  Nick joined ISU as Associate General Counsel in June of 2021. 

Sandi Rich-Scheetz


Administration 321
Phone: 208-282-2683
Fax: 208-282-4821 

As the Paralegal for the Office of General Counsel, Sandi is responsible for reviewing, drafting, and negotiating affiliation agreement contracts for ISU’s various healthcare programs within the Kasiska Division of Health Sciences, College of Arts and Letters, and College of Technology Health Occupations. Affiliation agreements enable programs to place their students and Residents in clinical rotations at hospitals, clinics, pharmacies, and schools around the country. Part of the affiliation agreement process includes student malpractice insurance, certificates of insurance, and student background checks.

Sandi holds a Bachelor of Science in Political Science from Idaho State University and a Paralegal certificate from Boise State University.

Whitney Fenwick

Legal Programs Manager

Administration 321
Phone: 208-282-3234

Whitney serves as the Legal Programs Manager for the Office of the General Counsel. In this role she is responsible for the management and maintenance of University's public records request system. She oversees a variety of legal programs including the Legal Education Program and property leasing. In addition to these tasks, Whitney directs office administration, and records retention for the Office of the General Counsel. 

Whitney has been with ISU since 2017. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in History, from Idaho State University and a Masters in Public Administration. Amongst other educational achievements she is a Political Science doctoral student. Prior to working in the Office of the General Counsel Whitney worked as the Regulatory Affairs Specialist for eISU and has worked in public service for over five years.

Aubrie Nield

Assistant Risk Manager

Administration 321
Phone: 208-282-5741

Aubrie oversees the Risk Management Program and the Worker’s Compensation Program. Her role is to provide a safe environment for the campus community, as well as protect and preserve the University's assets from adverse effects of physical and financial loss. Aubrie handles the insurance needs for claims and accidents for the University.

Aubrie has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology and is a recent graduate with her Masters of Public Administration Degree. Aubrie is a proud alumnus of Idaho State University. She has extensively studied Disaster Policy, Public Policy Analysis, Public Workplace Issues, and has completed research regarding the COVID-19 Pandemic as well as the Narrative Policy Framework in Disaster films. Aubrie currently serves on the board of a nonprofit scholarship program and is committed to public service.

Misty Olmsted

HIPPA Compliance Officer
fax: 208-282-4821

Cody Sparrow

Assistant Athletic Director for Compliance

Holt Arena 125-l
Phone: 208-282-2486 

Cody serves as the Assistant Athletic Director for Compliance for the Office of the General Counsel and Athletics. He works with student-athletes, coaches, university personnel, and the community. Cody oversees rules education and interpretations, violations, waivers, recruiting, certification, and annual reports for NCAA, Big Sky Conference, and ISU. He is also an adjunct instructor for the Human Performance and Sport Science Department and serves as the Title IX Investigator and representative for several committees at ISU and in the Big Sky Conference.

Joining ISU in 2014, Cody served as a Graduation Specialist in the Office of the Registrar. Before this he was an Athletics Academic Advisor and Coordinator at Utah Valley University. He graduated from ISU with a BA in Physical Education with an emphasis in Sports Management. He continued his education receiving both a Masters of Physical Education in Athletic Administration in August of 2011, and A Master's of Business Administration in 2017.


Blaise Burns

Assistant Athletics Compliance Officer

Holt Arena 125
Phone: 208-282-3332 

As the Assistant Athletic Compliance Officer, Blaise oversees many aspects of recruiting and playing seasons with all 15 of Idaho States Division 1 teams. He works with coaches and staff to understand and effectively use the FrontRush software to track recruiting contacts to playing logs and pass lists.  He takes an active part in monthly Rules Education meetings to help the Athletic Department stay up to date on Big Sky Conference and NCAA legislation. Furthermore, he assists incoming Student-Athletes receive their certifications through the NCAA Eligibility Center. 

Blaise started with ISU as a Compliance Office intern in 2016, then a Career Path Intern in the Sports Information Department in 2017.  He has been in his current position since June of 2018. 

Pati Spotts

Director of Research Contracts, Office of Research

Business & Technology Center 115E
Phone: 208-282-3478 

Pati serves as the Director of Research Contracts for the Office of Research and works in close coordination with the Office of General Counsel. In this role, she provides legal oversight and management for the legal agreements and contracts with private and public entities that provide grants and other sponsored project funding. She also handles research subcontracts, MTAs, NDAs and similar instruments.

Pati has been at ISU since 2015. Before moving to Pocatello, she worked at the University of South Carolina as the Associate Director of Patent Management in the Office of Technology Commercialization working closely with Sponsored Awards Administration. Her other professional experience includes working as a Research Associate and Psychometrist at Vanderbilt University, and as a Biology Instructor at Purdue University.

Libby Howe

University Policy Manager, Office of the President

Administration 321
Phone: 208-282-2930 

Libby serves as the University Policy Manager for the Office of the President and works in close coordination with the Office of General Counsel. She is responsible for the management and maintenance of the University’s official policies and procedures. She is tasked with representing competing points of view on policies to the Administrative Council on behalf of all university constituency groups. She brings a transparent, open and empathetic approach to the policy process and focuses on mission in all policy development efforts.

Since 2001, Libby has served in a variety of positions in Idaho State University’s Office of Marketing and Communications. Her experience as the Director of University Relations brings valuable insight to the policy-making process, providing historical context for the operational processes and decisions that have been made at the University over the last two decades. Prior to her time at ISU, Libby held positions as a television news journalist in Idaho Falls and Pocatello.