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The Office of the General Counsel Team

Blake Christensen

General Counsel, Chief Compliance Officer, Risk Manager

Administration 321
(208) 282-3234

As General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer, Blake oversees all legal and compliance functions for Idaho State University and sits on the President's Administrative Council (Cabinet). Blake counsels on a wide variety of higher education issues, among which are student and academic affairs, employment, governance, athletics, Title IX, contracting, privacy, public records, intellectual property, state and federal regulatory compliance, and university policy. In addition to providing legal advice and representation, Blake has supervisory responsibility over the university’s legal, HIPAA, athletics compliance, workers compensation, 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 Virginia. Blake graduated cum laude from the William & Mary Law School in Williamsburg, Virginia and is a current MBA for Executives student at Yale University.

Nick Tranmer

Associate General Counsel

Administration 321
(208) 282-3022

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. 

Jenifer Marcus

Associate General Counsel

(208) 282-3708

As Associate General Counsel, Jenifer works with the Office of General Counsel on a variety of legal matters including investigations, facility use agreements, real estate, affiliation agreements, public records, federal and state regulations, privacy and security, academic and student affairs, regulatory compliance, intellectual property, labor and employment, and risk management. 

Jenifer joined ISU in April 2024 after previously serving as the deputy attorney general for the Board of Education for a number of years.  Prior to that she was in private practice, working in the real estate section for the legal department of Albertsons. Jenifer graduated from the University of Washington School of Law and received her B.A. from the University of Utah.

Misty Olmsted

Misty Olmsted

HIPAA Compliance Officer

Administration 315
(208) 282-4380

Misty is the HIPAA Compliance Officer for the Office of the General Counsel and serves as the HIPAA Privacy Officer and the HIPAA Security Officer. She works with the Division of Health Sciences, Office of the General Counsel and the Information Technology Services to lead all aspects of the University’s HIPAA Compliance program ensuring continued compliance with federal and state regulations concerning privacy and security.

Misty graduated from Idaho State University in 2007 with a B.S. in Zoology and attended Weber State University to obtain her Post Baccalaureate in Health Information Management. She is a Registered Health Information Administrator (RHIA) and has a background working as a Privacy and Healthcare Compliance Officer. She joined ISU as the HIPAA Compliance Officer in September of 2021.

Aubrie Nield

Director of Legal Operations

Administration 321
(208) 282-5741

Aubrie is responsible for overseeing, managing, and coordinating all operations of the Office of General Counsel (OGC). She is primarily responsible for initiating and overseeing key strategic projects, and ensures the OGC is implementing best practices to maximize efficiency and productivity. She oversees the Legal Education Program and works to ensure the campus community is effectively informed on important legal subjects at ISU. Aubrie is currently covering the Risk Management Program and the Worker’s Compensation Program. Aubrie handles the insurance needs for claims and accidents for the University. She also oversees the Protection of Minors program for the University.

Aubrie holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology and earned her Master 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.

Jason Russell

Legal and Compliance Manager

Administration 321

As Legal Compliance Manager for the Office of General Counsel, Jason 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.

Jason graduated from Idaho State University in 2019 with a Bachelor of Business Administration- Marketing, and in 2022 with a Master of Public Administration. Prior to working in the Office of the General Counsel, Jason worked with many wonderful professors as a teaching assistant in ISU's Political Science Department. He also worked for the Bureau of Land Management as a firefighter.

Athletics Compliance

Cody Sparrow

Associate Athletic Director for Compliance and Academic Services

ICCU Dome 125-l
(208) 282-2486

Cody serves as the Associate Athletic Director for Compliance and Academic Services 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

ICCU Dome 125
(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. 

Sponsored Programs 

Pati Spotts

Director of Research Contracts, Office of Research

Business & Technology Center 115E
(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.