Last updated: September 13, 2021


Clayton Christian

Commissioner of Higher Education

Helen Thigpen

Executive Director of Government Relations & 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

Katy Brooke

Perkins Program Manager

Suhan Chen

Executive Director, MUS Global Initiative

Ciera Franks-Ongoy

Administrative Associate, Perkins Grant Program

Dan Karalus

Dual Enrollment Program Manager

Angela DeWolf King

ARSA Executive Assistant and Operations Manager

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

Director, Montana Educational Talent Search

Derek Calvert

Program Manager

Shonna Dillon

Pre-College Advisor (Crow Area Schools)

Carla Guarisco

Pre-College Advisor (Flathead Area Schools)

Rory Haugen

Pre-College Advisor (Flathead Area Schools)

Cody Hogan

Pre-College Advisor (Great Falls Area Schools)

Maria Lillrose

College Access Senior Program Manager

Richard Mittens

Pre-College Advisor (Blackfeet Area Schools)

Laura Willis

Pre-College Advisor (Great Falls Area Schools)

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

Travis Anderson

Director, Gear Up

Maureen Bjerke

Data Analysis & Assessment Manager

Sam Garetson

Gear Up Program Manager

Kyra Kronberg

Communication and Operations Manager

Karen Wilson

School Grant Manager


College Access Program Manager

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Budget, Administration & Planning

Tyler Trevor

Deputy Commissioner for Budget & Planning, Chief of Staff

Jamie Dushin

Accounting Manager

Kelly Hert

Federal Accountant

Chad Lee

MUS Accountant

Shauna Lyons

MUS Director of Accounting & Budget

Eric Meredith

Business Intelligence Analyst

Edwina Morrison

OCHE Office IT / Web Manager

Ron Muffick

Director of Operations & Administration

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

Leah Tietz

Director, Work Comp & Risk Management

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Health & Retirement Benefits

Mary Lachenbruch

Director of Insurance & Benefits

Amy Berry

Associate Director of Benefits

Chelsi Dupler

Benefits Specialist

Joan Fabricius

Registered Nurse Case Manager

Jane Liedle

Benefits Specialist

Kelley Shields

Benefits Communications Manager

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Legal Division

Ali Bovingdon

MUS Chief Legal Counsel

Jessica Weltman

MUS Compliance Officer