Last updated: September 21, 2022


Clayton Christian

Commissioner of Higher Education

Helen Thigpen

Deputy Commissioner for Government Relations and Public Affairs

Jasmine Casanovas

Executive Assistant to the Commissioner

Marlys Stark

Administrative Support Manager

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Academic, Research & Student Affairs

Brock Tessman

Deputy Commissioner, Academic, Research & Student Affairs

Suhan Chen

Executive Director, MUS Global Initiative

Ciera Franks-Ongoy

Perkins Equitable Access Coordinator

Holly Gederos

Perkins Program Manager

Angela DeWolf King

ARSA Executive Assistant and Operations Manager

Meaghan Kolar

CTE Data and Reporting Analyst

Scott Lemmon

Director of Admissions and Enrollment Strategy

Angela McLean

Director of American Indian / Minority Achievement and 
K-12 Partnerships

Crystine Miller

Director of Student Affairs and Student Engagement

Joe Thiel

Director of Academic Policy & Research

Jacque Treaster

Director of Dual Enrollment and Career & Technical Education

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Montana Educational Talent Search (METS)

Jeannie Origbo

TRIO Pre-College Programs Director

Derek Calvert

METS Program Specialist

Shonna Dillon

Pre-College Advisor (Crow Area Schools)

Carla Guarisco

Pre-College Advisor II (Flathead Area Schools)

Rory Haugen

Pre-College Advisor (Flathead Area Schools)

Cody Hogan

Pre-College Advisor (Great Falls Area Schools)


College Access Program Manager

Elizabethe Maloney-Barrett 

Pre-College Advisor (Great Falls Area Schools)

Joshlynn Snow

Pre-College Advisor (Blackfeet Area Schools)


Pre-College Advisor (Blackfeet Area Schools)

Educational Opportunity Center


EOC Program Specialist

Chase Anderson

Outreach Advisor, Missoula Service Area

Andrew Richards

Outreach Advisor, Butte Service Area

Gaining Early Awareness & Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP)

Travis Anderson

Director, Gear Up


Data Analysis & Assessment Manager


Communication and Operations Manager

Maureen Madden

GEAR UP College Access Program Manager

Karen Wilson

School Grant Manager


Gear Up Program Manager

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Budget, Administration & Planning

Tyler Trevor

Deputy Commissioner for Budget & Planning, Chief of Staff

Jamie Dushin

Accounting Manager

Angelina Hall

Accounting Specialist

Kelly Hert

Federal Accountant

Chad Lee

MUS Accountant

Shauna Lyons

MUS Director of Accounting & Budget

Eric Meredith

Business Intelligence Manager

Edwina Morrison

OCHE Office IT / Web Manager

Sheila Newlun

State Scholarship Coordinator

Brian O'Connor

Chief Procurement Officer

Jared Smith

Computer Support Specialist

John Thunstrom

MUS IT Director

Laurie Tobol

Director of Student Assistance and Loan Repayment Programs

Amy Unsworth

Student Assistance Analyst

Margaret Wallace

Director of Assurance and Enterprise Risk

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Human Resources

Kevin McRae

Deputy Commissioner, Human Resources

Jackie Salveson

Director of Human Resources & Labor Relations

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Health & Retirement Benefits

Mary Lachenbruch

Director of Insurance & Benefits

Neal Andrews

MUS Wellness Program Manager/Fitness Specialist

Amy Berry

Associate Director of Benefits

Chelsi Dupler

Benefits Enrollment and Accounting Specialist

Joan Fabricius

Registered Nurse Case Manager

Kelsey Hartzheim

MUS Benefits & Wellness Specialist

Jane Liedle

Benefits and Medicare Specialist and Training Expert

Kelley Shields

Benefits Communications Manager

Traci Swingley

Benefits Specialist

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Legal Division

Ali Bovingdon

MUS Chief Legal Counsel

Hannah Tokerud

Associate Legal Counsel

Jessica Weltman

MUS Compliance Officer