Educational Talent Search Staff

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Interim Director

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Jeannie Origbo

(406)444-0334

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Jeannie Origbo is the Interim 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.

Blackfeet Target Area Pre-College Advisor

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Arlan Edwards

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(406)338-2725 Extension 549

Arlan Edwards (Blackfeet) has been a Pre-College Advisor for the Montana Educational Talent Search program since 1993.  He is currently a graduate student at Walla Walla University and will graduate in June 2013 with a master’s degree in Counselor Education.  He enjoys working with students and helping them achieve their college goals.

Blackfeet Target Area Pre-College Advisor

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Joseph Jessepe

(406)338-2745 Extension 4359

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Joe Jessepe (Blackfeet) is currently a part-time Pre-College Advisor at Browning High School.  He also works part-time for Upward Bound.  Joe works with the student 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

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Lauren Stites

(406)639-2385

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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

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Michael LeaderCharge

(406)275-4871

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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. 

Great Falls Target Area Pre-College Advisor

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Shirley Bollich

(406)268-6199

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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

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Dugan Coburn

(406)268-6199

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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

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Liz Bahe

(406) 477-8607

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Liz Bahe (Navajo/Lac Du Flambeau Lake Superior Band of Chippewa) is the Pre-college Advisor for the Northern Cheyenne areas.  Liz has served in different roles in higher education administration in colleges and universities that have focused on student development, student support programs and faculty development.  She received her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Master of Education in Counseling from Northern Arizona University.  She is currently a doctoral student in the Higher Education Leadership and Human Resource Studies program at Colorado State University. 

 

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