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Travis Anderson


I grew up in North Dakota and began my teaching career as a middle school science teacher. Prior to joining Montana GEAR UP, I served as a superintendent, high school principal, and curriculum director.  As a first generation college graduate, I am very proud of accomplishing my post-secondary goals, as well as, using that experience to help others achieve success.  In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my family, running and completing various races, and rooting for the MSU Bobcats & Green Bay Packers.

Kyra Kronberg

Communication and Operations Manager

I was born and raised in Plymouth, WI and graduated from St. Norbert College in the Spring of 2020 with a BA in Communication and Media studies and Graphic Design. After, I moved to Montana to serve an Americorps VISTA term with the OCHE College Access team, where I rediscovered a passion for storytelling and higher education. Outside of work I love travel, digital art, soccer and picking up as many other random hobbies as possible

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Karen Wilson

School Grants Manager

Karen Wilson is a first generation graduate of Montana State University. Most of her career, Karen has served the needs of students kindergarten through college. She’s been with the State GEAR UP Team since October 2018. In her off time, she enjoys playing pinochle and creating art.

Maureen Bjerke

Maureen Bjerke

Data & Assessment Manager

I was born and raised in Helena, Montana. I have worked with children and families for 10+ years. I am passionate about improving life for our future generations in anyway I can. I attended Helena College of Technology for my associate’s degree, went to University of Montana to finish my bachelor’s degree and get my master’s. I lived in a small village in Northern Cameroon, West Africa for two years with the Peace Corps. It was a humbling and life changing experience. I love spending time with my family, being outside in Montana, traveling anywhere, and practicing and teaching yoga.


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Kelly Hert

Federal Accountant

Kelly has been the Federal Accountant for the Office of the Commissioner for the past 17 years and has been a part of the GEAR UP team since 2002. Many of the GEAR UP liaisons have given her the name of “Match Queen” which has been a great source of laughter over the years.

She likes to spend her free time with family camping, enjoying Montana’s great outdoors and spoiling her three grandchildren.