Last updated: October 5, 2020


Clayton Christian

Commissioner of Higher Education

Karen Ogden

Communications Director

Amy Unsworth

Executive Assistant to the Commissioner & Policy Coordinator


Administrative Associate

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Academic, Research & Student Affairs

Brock Tessman

Deputy Commissioner, Academic, Research & Student Affairs

Katy Brooke

Perkins Program Manager

Dan Karalus

Dual Enrollment Program Manager

Scott Lemmon

Director of Admissions and Enrollment Strategy

Angela McLean

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

Ciera Mead

Administrative Associate, Carl D. Perkins Grant Program

Crystine Miller

Director of Student Affairs and Student Engagement

Rebecca Power

Academic Initiatives Analyst

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)


Pre-College Advisor (Great Falls Area Schools)

Maria Lillrose

College Access Senior Program Manager

Richard Mittens

Pre-College Advisor (Blackfeet Area Schools)

Kimberly Wombolt

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

Sam Garetson

Gear Up Program Manager

Angela King

College Access Program Manager

Karen Wilson

School Grant 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

Shauna Lyons

MUS Budget Analyst

Eric Meredith

Business Intelligence Analyst

Edwina Morrison

OCHE Office IT / Web Manager

Lindsey Mueller

Accounting and Student Assistance Analyst

Ron Muffick

Director of Operations & Administration

Diedra Murray

MUS Internal Auditor

Sheila Newlun

State Scholarship Coordinator

Brian O'Connor

Chief Procurement Officer

Danielle Sanders

Accounting Specialist

Jared Smith

Computer Support Specialist

John Thunstrom

MUS IT Director

Laurie Tobol

Director of Student Assistance / State Certifying Officer

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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

Susan Witte

Health Insurance Regulatory & Compliance Officer

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Legal Division

Helen Thigpen

Acting MUS Chief Legal Counsel

Jessica Weltman

MUS Compliance Officer