RON PFEIFFER, PhD
CO-DIRECTOR & EMERITUS PROFESSOR – SENIOR SCHOLAR IN RESIDENCE
Ron Pfeiffer joined the faculty of Boise State University in 1979 after graduating with a Master of Science in Health Education from the University of Oregon. He launched the athletic training education program (ATEP) in 1980 and one year later the program received approval from the National Athletic Trainer’s Association. This was the first program of its kind in Idaho and one of only a handful in the Intermountain West. Ron earned an EdD degree from Brigham Young University in 1985 with a focus on the scientific analysis of human motion.
In 2002, Ron collaborated with a local group of Orthopedic surgeons along with engineering and biology faculty to start the Center for Orthopedic and Biomechanics Research (COBR) which was approved by the Idaho State Board of Education two years later. The Center continues today conducting research that seeks to answer clinical questions using state-of-the-art motion analysis technology. In 2014, Ron partnered with Michelle Ihmels, Director of Wellness Services to create BroncoFit. Now in its fourth year, BroncoFit is a campus-wide wellness program that serves both students and employees in the Boise State University community.
In 2015, Ron partnered with Angeli Weller in the College of Business and Economics to launch the Blue Sky Institute (BSI) with support from both the COBE and the College of Health Sciences (COHS).
Previously, Ron served as Graduate Program Coordinator in the Department of Kinesiology for over a
decade and was Department Chair of Kinesiology for five years. He went on to serve as an Associate Dean in both the College of Education and COHS consecutively for three years.
Ron officially retired from Boise State University in the spring of 2016. He currently lives with his wife Linda in S.E. Idaho, near Grand Targhee Ski Resort.
ANGELI WELLER, PhD, MBA
As both a strategist and researcher, Angeli Weller is a passionate advocate for innovation, integrity, and inclusivity in business, the capital markets, and social impact organizations. She consults and researches worldwide on social impact, innovation, and ethics strategies and practices through her firm, Weller Worldwide.
Angeli also serves as co-director of Boise State’s Blue Sky Institute alongside Dr. Ron Pfeiffer, and they work to build cross sector partnerships that seek systems, not symptoms, change in entrenched social challenges. At the heart of Blue Sky’s work is a commitment to leverage the power of business, NGOs and the public sector to create responsible, long term impacts for stakeholders using both risk management and innovation strategies.
Angeli was previously the national Director of Ethics at KPMG, where she served for more than a decade as a company-wide resource on issues of ethics, corporate responsibility and risk management. She helped to create and launch KPMG’s first US and global ethics programs in a post-Enron, post-Arthur Anderson world where nothing was clear but the need for change.
Angeli holds an AB with honors in international relations from Mount Holyoke College, and an MBA from Cambridge University, where she was a Gates Scholar. She also has a PhD from Copenhagen Business School, where her research focused on business ethics, social responsibility and organizational learning in a global context.
Angeli serves on the board of directors for the Saint Alphonsus Hospital Foundation, the board of advisors for the Honors College at Boise State University and is the founder of the Earthpaw Innovation Award, given to non-profits pursuing creative and sustainable solutions to animal welfare concerns. She is passionate about global travel, having explored more than thirty countries, with recent adventures in exquisite Cuba. When she’s not flying between here and there, you’ll find Angeli running, hiking and snowshoeing in the Sawtooths with her dog, Shakespeare.
Kodi Romero is in her final semester of her Master of Health Science, Health Service Leadership program. She is currently entering her third year leading the College of Health Sciences, College of Business and Economics and the School of Public Services’ student-driven sustainability reports. She earned her Bachelor in Health Science, with a Business Administration minor degree at Colorado State University. After graduating from the Masters program, Kodi hopes to bridge the gap between her passion for health and sustainability by implementing strategies and responsible business practices into the health care system.
Sheriffo Jarju is an international student from The Gambia, West Africa who is a first-year Career Track MBA student at Boise State University. He graduated from Kainan University in Taiwan (ROC) with his Bachelors in Business Administration (B.B.A). During his undergraduate studies, he was sent to University of North Alabama in Florence, Alabama for a one-year study abroad program due to his outstanding academic performances at Kainan.
Sheriffo is a seasoned banker and youth leader. He co-founded and is the co-president of Youth Consortium for Progress (YCP Gambia), a non-profit organization that empowers youths of The Gambia to realize their full potential: motivating them to pursue their education, helping them express themselves, and limiting illicit drug use.
Sheriffo is one of the leads for the sustainability reporting team at Blue Sky Institute for College of Business and Economics, College of Health Sciences, and School of Public Service, and is also a contributor to the diversity and inclusion initiatives at Blue Sky Institute.
Micaela Smith is a first-year MBA Career Track Student at Boise State University. In 2013, she graduated summa cum laude with her B.A. in communication from Boise State University, with a Spanish minor and a dispute resolution certificate. During her undergrad, Micaela studied abroad in San Jose, Costa Rica.
With a background in nonprofit project management, Micaela is committed to expanding upon responsible business operations in the Treasure Valley. She currently serves as the financial officer for Boise State’s Net Impact club and is currently co-authoring a research project on millennial workplace retention.
Micaela is a team leader for diversity and inclusion initiatives at Blue Sky and is also a contributor to Blue Sky’s sustainability reporting for the College of Business and Economics, College of Health Sciences, and School of Public Service.
Calen Beaudoin is in his final semester as an undergrad studying Environmental Studies with a Minor in Sustainability. His Capstone Seminar class landed him on a student-led sustainability report for both College of Business and Economics and College of Health Sciences. This semester he is now in a leadership role on the report team, specifically as the School of Public Service report lead as this is their first year reporting. Upon graduation Calen will use his interdisciplinary degree within the Treasure Valley to further sustainable practices in either the private sector, nonprofit or development services.