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


Amy Williams
Amy Williams M.S.
Dual Enrollment & Big Sky Pathways Coordinator
Gallatin College Montana State University

101 Hamilton Hall
PO Box 170515
Bozeman, MT 59717
(406) 994-3991 (office)
(406) 209-3566 (mobile)

Amy Williams has a strong background in research science and extensive experience in education, curriculum design, outreach, and program development/coordination. Throughout her career she has worked ceaselessly to advocate for the rich marriage of the two and to promote education for all students. She holds a masters in Geology from UC Santa Barbara and bachelor’s degree Earth Science from Montana State University. As a geologist she has worked with both public and private sector clients including the USGS, EPA, and the oil and environmental industry.  Additionally, she has more than eleven years of experience in education, both as a national award winning educator and as a freelance education consultant.  She has taught middle school to graduate level courses and designed outreach programs and curriculum for k-12 targets, serving clients including Georgia Tech, IEEE, NIH, and MSU. Over the years she has worked with students of all abilities and served in a wide variety of work environments, as a result she is an avid advocate for multiple paths to continuing education and the importance of students making an informed choice in pursuing a postsecondary education. 

Garth Sleight
Garth H. Sleight, M.A.
Associate Dean of Academic Affairs
Miles Community College

2715 Dickinson Street
Miles City, MT 59301-4774
(406) 874-6212 (office)

Garth Sleight has been a member of the Miles Community College faculty since 1986. Garth’s current teaching assignments include Spanish, College Writing I, Public Speaking, and Interpersonal Communication. He also serves as the Accreditation Liaison Officer for Miles Community College. In his role as Associate Dean of Academic Affairs, Garth oversees, among other things, the dual credit/concurrent enrollment relationships into which MCC has entered with area high schools. Garth earned his Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts degrees in Spanish and Linguistics from Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah. Garth grew up in a military family, so he has lived in a variety of places, beginning with Wiesbaden, Germany, where he was born. During his growing up years, he lived in Germany, Florida, Oklahoma, North Dakota, Illinois, and Maryland, where he graduated from Robert E. Peary High School. Since graduating from high school, Garth has lived in Idaho, Guatemala, El Salvador, Utah, and now Montana. Garth’s career has been spent in the general education transfer world. Just recently he has become involved with CTE through the Big Sky Pathways initiative. He looks forward to helping students identify their interests and passions so that they can find fulfillment in their career choices, and ultimately in their lives.

Charla Merja
Charla Merja
Assistant to the Chief Academic Officer
Great Falls College MSU

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

Charla has been with Great Falls College MSU since January of this year.  She is currently the Administrative Assistant to the Chief Academic Officer and the campus CHEO liaison.  She is a graduate of 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 Business Manager for a K-12 school district prior to working for Great Falls College.  She has a great deal of experience in Perkins funding, overall grant management, and is a campus leader in Montana’s Big Sky Pathways program.

Donna Bakke
Donna Bakke M.ED
Dual Enrollment & Big Sky Pathways Coordinator
Missoula College University of Montana

909 South Avenue West
Missoula, MT 59801
(406) 243-7902 (office)
(406) 529-0044 (mobile)

Donna Bakke has been with Missoula College for six years, beginning as Coordinator of the Academic Support Center, then teaching in two programs for the Business Technology Department. She holds a master’s of Education in Curriculum Studies and a bachelor’s degree in Education from the University of Montana. Donna developed a strong background working with diverse populations because of her work with adults and youth as Chair of an Adult Basic Education Program, through teaching workplace skills at the Missoula YWCA, and advising at Missoula College. During her twenty years of experience in education, Donna has worked with many advisory committees and held positions on boards of two adult education organizations. She was involved in national research and program improvement initiatives for adult basic education (ABE) and planned and implemented professional development for teachers and staff of ABE programs across Montana. In her new role as Program Coordinator for Career Pathways and Dual Enrollment, she feels she will help many students reach their educational and career goals.

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.

Stan Barr
Stan Barr  M.S.
Big Sky Pathways Coordinator
City College
Montana State University Billings

3803 Central Ave
Billings, Montana 59102
(406) 247-3058 (Office)
(406) 672-7361 (Cell)
(406) 247-3014 (Fax)

Stan is recent retiree from Billings School District #2. His career with the District included working as a CTE instructor in the metals manufacturing and construction curricular areas before moving into administration. Stan spent the last 13 years as the Associate Director and then Director of the Billings Career Center, a Vocational Technical High School in Billings. He is especially proud of implementing new programs and creating new community partnerships with the goal of moving Career and Technical Education into the twenty first century. He has a great deal of experience with Perkins funding and related grants as well as being involved with the very first RPOS in the State of Montana. Stan is most definitely looking forward to being part of City College and the role as a Big Sky Pathways Coordinator.            


Jan Clinard

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

1115 North Roberts Street
Helena, MT 59601
Office: 406-447-6951
Cell: 406-439-0330


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.


Suela Cela
Enrollment Management Coordinator
Dawson Community College

300 College Drive
Glendive, MT  59330
406-377-9419 (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. 



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