Pathway CoordinatorsCTE-BSP Logo


Printable List of all the Big Sky Pathways Coordinators & Designees at the MUS Perkins Campuses

Diane Dorgan
Diane Dorgan
Big Sky Pathways & Dual Enrollment Coordinator
Gallatin College
Montana State University

101 Hamilton Hall
PO Box 170515
Bozeman, MT 59717
(406) 994-2646

Diane Dorgan joined the staff of Gallatin College in August 2015. She has a BA in English Literature and a Masters of Public Administration (MPA).  Since 2004, Diane has developed and continued to nourish a love for learning and education through an employment history with the Division of Student Success at MSU Bozeman in the Registrar and Admissions Offices. During this tenure at a four year post-secondary institution, Diane supported a substantial and diverse spectrum of new students, and starting in 2012 managed both dual enrollment and international undergraduate application processing for the MSU Bozeman Office of Admissions. This path provided Diane with a well-established professional foundation and strong desire and commitment to advocate for and assist students in reaching their academic and career goals through access to higher education. She is excited and grateful for the opportunity to use her knowledge in advancing the two year education mission and technical or workforce and career development and training.

Rita Kratky
Miles Community College

2715 Dickinson Street
Miles City, MT 59301-4774
(406) 850-1405 (office)

Charla Merja
Charla Merja
Big Sky Pathways Coordinator
Project Manager for Academic Affairs
Great Falls College MSU

2100 16th Avenue South
Great Falls, MT 59405
(406) 771-4301 (office)
(406) 231-0199 (mobile)

Charla has been with Great Falls College MSU since January 2013. She is the Big Sky Pathways Coordinator and Project Manager for Academic Affairs. She is a graduate of The University of Montana in Missoula and is currently working toward her M.Ed. at Montana State University in Bozeman. Charla spent 16 years as a Buisness Manager for a K-12 school district prior to working for Great Falls College. She has a great deal of experience in Perkins funding and overall grant management.

Jordan Patterson
Dual Enrollment & Big Sky Pathways Coordinator
Missoula College University of Montana

909 South Avenue West
Missoula, MT 59801
(406) 243-7887(office)

Beth Romain
Beth Romain
Coordinator, High School Relations
Flathead Valley Community College

777 Grandview Drive
Kalispell, MT 59901
(406) 756-3923

Beth Romain is a Flathead Valley native and has been with the Flathead Valley Community College for the past 7 years. She spent 6 of those years as the New Student Admissions Representative, helping students navigate the process of entering post-secondary education. She now oversees the dual enrollment opportunities offered at FVCC including Running Start, Montana Digital Academy and Big Sky Pathways. As a former dual enrollment student Beth knows first-hand the benefits of exploring college and career opportunities while still in high school. In her previous role she worked with many students entering post-secondary education undecided, so looks forward to helping students pave the way to the many paths available to enter post-secondary education. She came to FVCC after earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in Marketing and a minor in Communications from the University of Montana.

Ryann Gibson
Ryann Gibson
Program Coordinator
School of Outreach
University of Montana Western

710 S Atlantic Street
Dillon, MT  59725
(406) 683-7537

Ryann Gibson joined the University of Montana Western School of Outreach team in 2009. Ryann received her secondary education degree through UMW and was excited to return to her alma mater after time spent in various positions. Ryann, along with her husband and three children, decided to return to their Southwestern Montana roots to work and raise their family. Ryann’s combined experiences in and outside the classroom afford her a unique perspective into the world of Big Sky Pathways. She is passionate about continuing education and the opportunities it provides to learners at all levels and ages. Ryann is excited to work with students, instructors, administrators, and community members to combine efforts in a true collaborative experience.

Harold Olson
Harold Olson
Director of Dual Enrollment & Big Sky Pathways
City College Montana State University Billings

3803 Central Ave
Billings, Montana 59102
(406) 247-3015

Harold Olson was hired in August, 2015 by MSUB and City College after a very successful career with Billings Public Schools as a counselor and principal.   For the past 11 years served as President of Billings Catholic Schools.  Prior to his tenure in Billings, he taught and coached in Colstrip and was the coordinator of a Career Education program in Helena.  Harold is a graduate of the University of Montana and received his MA degree from MSUB.  Throughout his career Harold developed some wonderful relationships and partnerships with local and surrounding schools and the community.  Harold’s passion for students to reach their academic potential and pursue career goals has been a priority in his career.   My focus will be to offer students an opportunity to experience post secondary opportunities and experiences as a high school student.

Jan Clinard
Jan Clinard, Ed.D.
Big Sky Pathways Coordinator
Helena College University of Montana

1115 North Roberts Street
Helena, MT 59601
(406) 447-6951 (office)

Previous to accepting the role of Pathways Coordinator, Jan Clinard served as the Director of College Readiness Programs for the Helena College, managing grant-funded programs that provided professional development designed to help K-12 teachers prepare students for meeting college admissions requirements and Common Core State Standards.   As the Director of Academic Initiatives for the Commissioner of Higher Education, Jan directed the Montana University System Writing Assessment for twelve years and oversaw the development of Board of Regents’ policies for college admissions, placement, and remediation.  She served first as the Language Arts Specialist, then as the Curriculum and Assessment Specialist for the Montana Office of Public Instruction, where she developed model curriculum and assessment programs, organized and presented at workshops and conferences, provided training in performance-based accreditation,  and published a series of documents that guided teachers throughout the state in data-based decision-making, curriculum development, classroom assessment, and implementing interdisciplinary instruction.  Before joining OPI, Jan taught middle school through college levels in Butte, Denver, Kalispell, and Helena.  She holds a B.A. in English from Montana State University; and a M.Ed. with an emphasis in Curriculum and Instruction and an Ed.D. with an emphasis in Higher Education Administration, from The University of Montana.

Bernie Phelps
Bernie Phelps
Dual Enrollment & Big Sky Pathways Coordinator
Montana Tech and Highlands College of Montana Tech

1300 W Park
Butte, MT  59701
(406) 496-4565 (office)
(406) 490-2683 (mobile)

Bernie Phelps has been with Montana Tech/Highlands College since 2004, beginning as a Rural Science Program Coordinator on National Science Foundation grant funds.  Over the past 10 years Bernie has contributed to the success and growth of numerous programs on campus, most significantly; working as the Dual Enrollment Coordinator with high school students and families as they prepare to transition from high school to postsecondary.  She has also served as regional Science Fair Director, and as a Coordinator with the federally funded TRiO Program, Student Support Services (SSS), where she provided low-income, first-generation college students support in studying in the STEM disciplines.  Bernie’s effective work with diverse populations including non-traditional students, veterans, Native American’s and students with disabilities makes her a true student advocate.  Bernie serves on the Campus Access, Retention and Scholarship Committees at Montana Tech as well as the Graduation Matters Board for Anaconda Schools.  Her education includes a degree in Business Management from Montana State University, Bozeman.

  Holly Haas
Dual Enrollment & Big Sky Pathways Coordinator
Montana State University-Northern

P.O. BOX 7751
300 13th Street West
Havre, MT 59501
(406) 265-3723 (office)
(406) 390-0532 (mobile)

  Suela Cela
Enrollment Management Coordinator
Dawson Community College

300 College Drive
Glendive, MT  59330
(406) 351-3538 (office)

Proudly born and raised in Lushnje, on the east coast of Albania, Suela takes huge amounts of pride in both her origin and her adopted home in Glendive, MT. After completing her junior year of High School education in the Albania, Suela came to the US as an exchange student in her senior year of high school. She then spent 2 years studying at Dawson Community College, and later transferred to University of Nebraska. While there, she studied Business Administration with emphases’ in human resources and management.

During those years she adopted a love for higher education and the privilege of helping young adults discover where their gifts and passions align. In 2013, upon graduation, Suela joined Dawson Community College and takes great delight on serving as the Enrollment Management/Big Sky Pathways and Dual Enrollment Coordinator. She works to offer careful and personalized, high-quality service to prospective students and their families, with a primary focus in Eastern Montana.

A self-declared "world traveler", Suela spends her spare time reading, traveling, and spending time with her friends. 

  Roch Turner
Workforce Programs Coordinator
Bitterroot College University of Montana

274 Old Corvallis Road, Suite C
Hamilton, MT 59840
(406) 375-0100










Dennis LaBonty, Ph.D.
Big Sky Pathway Coordinator
Salish Kootenai College

P.O. Box 70
Pablo, MT 59855
(406) 275-4936

Dennis has been at Salish Kootenai College as an adjunct faculty in the Business Management program for three years. He has secondary and post-secondary teaching and administrative experience in Montana, Nevada, and Utah.  He is a professor emeritus from Utah State University.  He served as a Pathways facilitator for the past three years at SKC, and assisted in establishing two business pathways.  These opportunities are important tools for all students preparing for future careers.  He assisted business education and business teacher education programs through professional organizations having published and presented at many conferences.  Also, he served as president of the National Association for Business Teacher Education (NABTE).  One of his most rewarding teaching experiences was at the FBI Information Technology Center.

Rika Dozier, BSL
RevUp/Perkins Coordinator and Work Force Navigator
PO Box 398
Poplar, MT 59255
Phone: 406-768-6331

My name is Rika Dozier, and I am the  new Revup/WorkForce Navigator/Big Sky Pathways Coordinator for Fort Peck Community College. I recently left Indian Health Service after 5 years because I needed a change of pace. Although I have a Bachelors of Liberal Studies with a  Focus of Health Care Administration from Montana State University-Billings, I feel that I am a great fit with the College in this capacity. I've been living on the Fort Peck Indian Reservation since the fall of 2000, I moved here from my childhood home of San Antonio, Texas. I have two little boys who keep me active and on my toes. Between powwows, football, basketball and wrestling we love to travel and see new places. I am excited to begin my work with Big Sky Pathways.



Home        Privacy & Security       Accessibility        Contact Us       State Authorization       Search       Site Index

Montana University System • Office of the Commissioner of Higher Education
2500 Broadway Street • PO Box 203201 • Helena, MT 59620-3201 • 406-444-6570

Copyright 2015 Montana University System. All Rights Reserved.