Higher Education, Office of the Commissioner of

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Commissioner of Higher Education

Commissioner's Office

560 N. Park Avenue, 4th Floor
PO Box 203201
Helena, MT 59620-3201

Website www.mus.edu/che/
Main Number 406-449-9124
FAX Number 406-449-9171
TTY 711


      P.O. Box 203201
Helena, MT 59620-3201
Website www.mus.edu/board/
FAX Number 406-449-9171
Regent Paul Tuss, Havre 406-449-9124
Regent Joyce Dombrouski, Missoula 406-449-9124
Regent Martha Sheehy, Billings 406-449-9124
Regent Robert Nystuen, Kalispell 406-449-9124
Regent Casey Lozar, Helena 406-449-9124
Regent Brianne Rogers, Bozeman 406-449-9124
Student Regent, John Miller, Missoula 406-449-9124


Commissioner of Higher Education, Clayton Christian 449-9125
Communications Director, Karen Ogden 449-9173
Executive Assistant to the Commissioner & Policy Coordinator, Amy Unsworth 449-9127
Administrative Associate, Heather Wells 449-9130

Academic, Research and Student Affairs

Deputy Commissioner for Academic, Research, and Student Affairs, Brock Tessman 449-9129
Perkins Program Manager, Katherine Brooke 449-9141
Dual Enrollment Program Manager, Dan Karalus 449-9128
Director of American Indian/Minority Achievement and K-12 Partnerships, Angela McLean 449-9131
Director of Student Affairs and Student Engagement, Crystine Miller 449-9133
Academic Initiatives Analyst, Rebecca Power 449-9143
Director of Academic Policy & Research, Joe Thiel 449-9134
Director of Dual Enrollment and Career & Technical Education, Jacque Treaster 449-9135
Educational Talent Search  
Director, Educational Talent Search, Jeannie Origbo 449-9136
Program Manager, Derek Calvert 449-9137
Pre-College Advisor (Crow Area Schools), Shonna Dillon 639-2385
Pre-College Advisor (Flathead Area Schools), Carla Guarisco 275-4871
Pre-College Advisor (Flathead Area Schools), Rory Haugen 275-4871
Pre-College Advisor (Blackfeet Area Schools), vacant 338-2745
Pre-College Advisor (Blackfeet Area Schools), vacant 338-2745
Pre-College Advisor (Great Falls Area Schools), Virginia Knerr 268-6199
ETS College Access Manager, Maria Lillrose 449-9138
Pre-College Advisor (Great Falls Area Schools), Kimberly Wombolt 268-6199
GEAR UP (Gaining Early Awareness & Readiness for Undergraduate Programs)  
Director, GEAR UP, Travis Anderson 449-9139
GEAR UP Program Manager, Sam Garetson 449-9140
GEAR UP School Grant Manager, Karen Wilson 449-9144
GEAR UP College Access Program Manager, vacant 449-9142

Budget, Administration & Planning

Deputy Commissioner for Budget & Planning, Chief of Staff, Tyler Trevor 449-9145
Accounting Manager, Jamie Dushin 449-9169
Federal Accountant, Kelly Hert 449-9147
MUS Budget Analyst, Shauna Lyons 449-9126
Business Intelligence Analyst, Eric Meredith 449-9165
OCHE Office IT Manager, Edwina Morrison 449-9150
Accounting and Student Assistance Analyst, Lindsey Mueller 449-9149
Director of Operations & Administration, Ron Muffick 449-9151
MUS Internal Auditor, Diedra Murray 449-9148
State Scholarship Coordinator, Sheila Newlun 449-9168
Chief Procurement Officer, Brian O'Connor 994-5016
Accounting Specialist, Danielle Sanders 449-9146
Computer Support Specialist, Jared Smith 449-9152
MUS Information Technology Director, John Thunstrom 544-3822
Director of Student Assistance/State Certifying Officer, Laurie Tobol 449-9153

Human Resources

Deputy Commissioner for Human Resources, Kevin McRae 449-9154
Director of Human Resources & Labor Relations, Jackie Salveson 449-9155
Director of Work Comp and Risk Management, Leah Tietz 449-9156
Health & Retirement Benefits  
Toll Free 877-501-1722
FAX Number 449-9170
Director of Benefits, Mary Lachenbruch 449-9158
Associate Director of Retirement Benefits & Pension Plans, Amy Berry 449-9159
Benefits Specialist, Chelsi Dupler 449-9160
Registered Nurse Case Manager, Joan Fabricius 449-9161
Benefits Specialist, Jane Liedle 449-9162
Benefits Communications Manager, Kelley Shields 449-9163
Regulatory and Compliance Officer, Susan Witte 449-9164

Legal Division

MUS Chief Legal Counsel / Deputy Commissioner, Vivian Hammill 449-9166
Associate Legal Counsel, Helen Thigpen 449-9167
MUS Compliance Officer, Jessica Weltman 243-3990