Admissions Staff

The staff at the Montana State University Admissions and New Student Services Office is here to help you however we can! Please email us or call toll free 1 (888) MSU-CATS or admissions@montana.edu.

 

Ronda Russell Ronda Russell
Director
E-mail: rrussell@montana.edu -- Phone: (406) 994-2452

Ronda, a native of Minnesota, received her undergraduate degree from Concordia College in Moorhead MN and a master's degree from Montana State University. She and the rest of the Admissions team develop and manage a recruitment program which reaches well over 100,000 prospective MSU students from around the world annually. Ronda's favorite activities include hanging out with her family, running, hiking, biking, camping and just about anything else outdoors!
 
Jennifer Dunn
Assistant Director for New Student Programs
E-mail: jendunn@montana.edu -- Phone: (406) 994-2453

Jen grew up in Bozeman and is a Montana State University alum with a M.A. in History. She is in charge of the fall, spring and summer MSU Orientation programs and also plans our free visit program, MSU Friday, which occurs four times a year. She teaches HDCO 460 every spring semester, where 36 Orientation Leaders learn the process of advising and mentoring the incoming freshman class.
Jennifer Kayser
Assistant Director of Operations
E-mail: jkayser@montana.edu -- Phone: (406) 994-5544
Location: Room 106 Montana Hall

Jen manages the budget and billing processes for the Office of Admissions and assists the Director as needed. She is a native Montanan and an MSU graduate.
Mike Ouert
Assistant Director of Recruitment
E-mail: mrouert@montana.edu -- Phone: (406) 994-5411

Mike plans and coordinates travel for Admissions Representatives throughout Montana and the U.S. He also visits high schools, attends college fairs and meets with prospective students and families on campus. Originally from Great Falls, Montana, he graduated from MSU in 2005 with a degree in History with a Teaching Option.
Anders Groseth
Admissions Counselor
E-mail: anders.groseth@montana.edu -- Phone: (406) 994-4453

Anders graduated from MSU in 2008 with a degree in Liberal Studies. He has worked in Admissions since 2008. Admissions Representative responsibilities include visiting high schools, attending college fairs and meeting with prospective students and families on campus.
Zak Reimer
Admissions Counselor
E-mail: zachary.reimer@montana.edu -- Phone: (406) 994-1775

Zak graduated from MSU in 2012 with a B.S. in Psychology. He is from Columbus, MT and has worked in Admissions since 2012. Admissions Representative responsibilities include visiting high schools, attending college fairs, and meeting with prospective students and families on campus.
Sam

Sam Sticka
Admissions Counselor
E-mail: samantha.sticka@montana.edu -- Phone: (406) 994-1983

Samgraduated from Montana State University with a Bachelor's of Science in Cell Biology and Neuroscience in the Spring of 2014. She visits high schools, attends college fairs, and visits with prospective students and families about MSU.

Mandy Hedstrom
Admissions Counselor
E-mail: amanda.hedstrom@montana.edu -- Phone: (406) 994-1775

Mandy graduated from Montana State University with a Bachelor's of Science in Cell Biology and Neuroscience and an Honors Baccalaureate in the Spring of 2013. She visits high schools, attends college fairs, and visits with prospective students and families about MSU.
Susan Reisch
International Representative
E-mail: sreisch@montana.edu -- Phone: (406) 994-6462

Susan has been helping international students with the MSU admissions process for 13 years.
 Brooke Horton Brooke Horton
Campus Visit Coordinator
E-mail: brooke.horton@montana.edu -- Phone: (406) 994-1989

Brooke graduated from Montana State University with a double Bachelor's of Science in Business Finance and Psychology in the Fall of 2013. She coordinates personalized campus visits for prospective students and their families.
Kathy Adams
Program Coordinator
E-mail: mkadams@montana.edu -- Phone: (406) 994-2454

Kathy coordinates all aspects of the recruitment mailing program for the Office of Admissions. Kathy also assists the Director of Admissions as needed.
Hilja Mueller
Program Coordinator
E-mail: hilja.mueller@montana.edu -- Phone: (406) 994-2827

Hilja graduated from MSU in 2006 with a B.S. in sociology and a psychology minor. She is from Butte, MT and has worked in the Office of Admissions since 2007. Hilja is currently working as a Program Coordinator in the Office of Admissions where she assists in the planning and organizing of Orientation and MSU Friday programs.
Amanda Edwards
Admissions Specialist
E-mail: amanda.edwards1@montana.edu -- Phone: (406) 994-7029

Amanda is an Admissions Specialist in the downstairs section of the Office of Admissions at Montana State University. She became a member of the Admissions staff after earning her bachelor's degree in Community Health from MSU in May of 2014. Amanda is responsible for assisting with the new student programs, such as MSU Fridays and Orientation, and also welcomes visitors and prospective students to our office and campus. Amanda's favorite parts of her job are being able to meet new people and being helpful to others in seeking higher education. In her spare time, she likes to be surrounded by friends and family while enjoying a good concert, going to community events, and doing various recreational activities in the great outdoors of Montana.
Steve Burk
Enrollment Management Analysis
E-mail: sburk@montana.edu -- Phone: (406) 994-7787

Steve is the technology specialist for the Office of Admissions. He oversees the Admissions website and coordinates the prospective student email.
Becky Roeder
Assistant Director of Application Processing
E-mail: broeder@montana.edu -- Phone: (406) 994-5543

Becky directs the application processing team within the Office of Admissions. She also provides admissions counseling and academic support to high school students wishing to attend MSU under our Early Admissions program. An Alum of MSU ('75 BS, '04 MPA), Becky has been with MSU for over 20 years helping students achieve their academic goals.
 
Joanne Perino
Admissions Evaluator
E-mail: joanne.perino@montana.edu -- Phone: (406) 994-6620

Originally from Illinois, Joanne earned a Bachelor's of Science in Health Sciences from MSU in 2008. She processes admission applications and academic credentials for new students entering Montana State University. She also organizes and processes information regarding residency for tuition purposes for incoming freshman and transfer students.
Cheska Dietsch
Admissions Evaluator for students with last names D-H
E-mail: cheska.dietsch@montana.edu -- Phone: (406) 994-6409

Cheska handles and processes admission applications and academic credentials for new students entering MSU. She admits new freshman and transfer students to Montana State University, researches and evaluates academic coursework and transfer credits, and provides admissions counseling and academic support to students and families in collaboration with other MSU faculty and staff members. Originally from southern New Jersey, Cheska graduated from Montana State University in 2011. She enjoys spending time outside, cooking, and cheering for the bobcats.
Diane Dorgan
Admissions Evaluator for students with last names N-R and International Admissions
E-mail: dorgan@montana.edu -- Phone: (406) 994-4753

Diane handles and processes admission applications and academic credentials for new students entering MSU. She admits new freshman and transfer students to Montana State University, researches and evaluates academic coursework and transfer credits, and provides admissions counseling and academic support to students and families in collaboration with other MSU faculty and staff members. Diane is a Montana native who earned a Masters Degree in Public Administration from MSU in May 2010 and enjoys reading, travel, and all of the wonderful outdoor activities Montana has to offer!
Laurie Grusonik
Admissions Evaluator for students with last names I-M
E-mail: laurie.grusonik@montana.edu -- Phone: (406) 994-5542

Laurie handles and processes admission applications and academic credentials for new students entering MSU. She admits new freshman and transfer students to Montana State University, researches and evaluates academic coursework and transfer credits, and provides admissions counseling and academic support to students and families in collaboration with other MSU faculty and staff members. Originally from Northern California, Laurie loves the ocean and the mountains, travel, baseball, being with friends and family, and doing just about anything outdoors.
Katie Yaw
Admissions Evaluator for students with last names A-C
E-mail: kathryn.yaw@montana.edu -- Phone: (406) 994-5545

Katie handles and processes admission applications and academic credentials for new students entering MSU. She admits new freshman and transfer students to Montana State University, researches and evaluates academic coursework and transfer credits, and provides admissions counseling and academic support to students and families in collaboration with other MSU faculty and staff members. Katie is loving Montana's abundant outdoor activities and has big plans for learning how to ski. She enjoys hiking, traveling, walking her Basset Hound and cheering for the Steelers.
Susanne Riesland
Admissions Evaluator for students with last names S-Z
E-mail: susanne.riesland@montana.edu -- Phone: (406) 994-5546

Susanne handles and processes admission applications and academic credentials for new students entering MSU.
Chelsey Wilson
Admissions Specialist
E-mail: chelseywilson@montana.edu -- Phone: (406) 994-2452

Chelsey is an Admissions Specialist in the Office of Admissions at Montana State University and a two-time alum of MSU. She holds a Master's Degree in Higher Education and College Teaching and a Bachelor's Degree in Business Management. Chelsey has worked in the office since 2011 and is responsible for welcoming campus visitors, handling information from prospective student inquires, and assisting with the campus visit program. Chelsey has a passion for supporting students with their transition to college and strong Bobcat pride.
Elicia Palmer
Admissions Specialist
E-mail: elicia.palmer@montana.edu -- Phone: (406) 994-2452

Elicia is an Admissions Specialist in the Office of Admissions at Montana State University and has worked in the office since 2013. She is responsible for welcoming campus visitors, handling information from prospective student inquiries, and assisting with the campus visit program. A native of Vancouver, Washington, Elicia earned her Bachelor's degree in history from Pacific University. She enjoys hiking, reading, and exploring Montana with her husband.
Leota Pilon
Consultant for Technology and Data Transfer
E-mail: lpilon@montana.edu -- Phone: (406) 994-5544

Leota electronically loads records from ACT, SAT and College Search programs.