Educational Talent Search Staff




Jeannie Origbo


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Jeannie Origbo is the Director for the Montana Educational Talent Search grant program funded by the Department of Education. Jeannie brings a combined eight years of experience in both secondary and post-secondary education. She taught for six years on the Fort Belknap Indian Reservation in Hays, MT. She has been a member of Two-Year and Community College Education Division since June 2011 at the Office of the Commissioner of Higher Education.

Assistant Program & Data Manager

Aspen Herndon

Aspen Herndon


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Aspen Herndon is the Assistant Program Services & Data Manager for the Montana Educational Talent Search program. Aspen is a recent graduate from Helena College of the University of Montana with an A.S. degree in Mental Health Direct Care. Aspen will be continuing her education in the field of Psychology. Aspen also worked for 3 years as the work study under the Assistant to the Dean/CEO at Helena College University of Montana. Aspen has 2 daughters ages 8 and 5 who are the motivation behind finishing her degree.

Blackfeet Target Area Pre-College Advisor


Joseph Jessepe

(406)338-2745 Extension 4359

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Joe Jessepe (Blackfeet) is currently the Pre-College Advisor at Browning and Heart Butte Public Schools.  He also works part-time for Upward Bound.  Joe works with the students in filling out and submitting tuition and fee waivers and various scholarship applications. Some of his students have been awarded the prestigious Horatio Alger and Gates Millennium scholarships. He sees his job as not only getting students into college, but also giving them the tools necessary to succeed and obtain a degree.

Crow Target Area Pre-College Advisor


Lauren Stites


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Lauren Stites is the Pre-College Advisor for the Lodge Grass and Hardin Public Schools on the Crow Reservation. After growing up in rural Ohio, she completed her Bachelor’s Degree in History at Colorado Christian University near Denver and went on to receive her teaching certificate from Montana State University - Bozeman. She taught history and social studies for five years at Lodge Grass High School where she greatly enjoyed working with the students, learning about Crow culture, and living on the reservation. She enjoys mentoring teenagers and desires to help them connect with their potential, establish goals, and plan for their future career paths.

Flathead Target Area Pre-College Advisor


Michael LeaderCharge


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Michael LeaderCharge is the Flathead Region Pre-College Advisor for the Montana Educational Talent Search Program.  He has a B.A. in Recreation Management and a trainer certification from Schools Out Washington in areas of Program Quality, Diversity, and Cultural Competency. Michael has over 10 years’ experience in working with Youth in Leadership Development, Community Involvement, and Engagement.  In addition, currently he serves as an elected School Board Trustee for the Polson school district. 

Flathead Target Area Pre-College Advisor

Chelsea Freeman

Chelsea Freeman


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Chelsea Freeman graduated with her bachelors in Social Science and Secondary Education from Southern Utah University. She worked with at-risk youth in education teaching english and history for 2 years.  In the summer when she is not teaching or tutoring she enjoys doing youth camps, traveling, and family time. Education and lifelong learning are keys to today and the future. Students are capable of whatever they set their minds to, including post-high school education.

Great Falls Target Area Pre-College Advisor


Shirley Bollich


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Shirley Bollich is a Great Falls School District Pre-College Advisor for the Montana Educational Talent Search Program. Shirley has an Associate Degree in Social Science for Counselor. She has worked 8 years as Indian Educational Coordinator for the Great Falls Schools. Before that, she worked in Haysville, Kansas as a Teachers Aid for five years. In Box Elder, South Dakota she worked six years as a Teachers Aid. She also helped teach the Youth Groups for Saint Joseph and Saint Lukes.

Great Falls Target Area Pre-College Advisor


Dugan Coburn


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Dugan Coburn (Blackfeet/Klamath/Pit River) is a Great Falls Pre-College Advisor for the Montana Educational Talent Search Program. He has a B.S. in Medical Technology and has been a small business owner. He has lived in Great Falls for the past 18 years. He enjoys helping students and families realize that they can continue their education past high school.

Northern Cheyenne Target Area Pre-College Advisor


Danetta Fisher

(406) 477-8607

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Danetta F. Fisher (Northern Cheyenne) graduated from Montana State University-Bozeman with a bachelor in science in Justice Studies and Sociology. She has been a social worker for 18+ years on the reservation working with the children, and families. She has also taught at the College level, and is currently the Pre-College Advisor for the Lame Deer, Colstrip and Northern Cheyenne Tribal Schools. She enjoys reading and beading.


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