Allen Yarnell Center for Student Success 

Carina Beck

Dr. Carina N. Beck

 Vice Provost - Allen Yarnell Center for Student Success

& Director, Hilleman Scholars

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AYCSS Central

Lori Oakley, M.S.

Lori Oakley, M.S.

Systems Management Program Manager 

Lori joined the Office of Student Success is 2012 and began working as the Systems Manager and Budget Analyst for the Allen Yarnell Center for Student Success the following year.  She has her B.S. and Master’s in Human Resource Management both from Purdue University.  She supports all of the offices that fall under the Allen Yarnell Center for Student Success with data analytics, metrics, Human Resources, budgeting, computer systems and our inhouse CRM.

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John Hunter

 Program Manager, Champ Change

From the red side of Manchester, England. Graduated from the University of Newcastle-Upon-Tyne. John worked extensively in IT systems support and management in several European countries before moving to the US. A Montana resident for five years, John joined the Allen Yarnell Center for Student Success in 2018 and is program manager for Cattracks and the ChampChange program. He can be found on KGLT playing obscure soul music, organizing the local cribbage club, and watching the world’s greatest football team, Manchester United.

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Wendy Soeweno

Wendy Soeweno, M.S.

Assistant Director for AYCSS Communication 

Wendy joined the Allen Yarnell of Student Success in January 2020.  Previously,  she served as Principal Partner at Mindshare Indonesia, a media agency company part of WPP Group, where she was responsible for all of Unilever Indonesia’s media.  Wendy has been developing her marketing skills throughout various industries for over 20 years.  She first worked for Unilever Indonesia in marketing for five years on the brand side, before branching out to the film industry, broadcasting and eventually working for one of the largest media agencies.  Her love for creativity and marketing landed her the biggest recognition both at the national and international level, by winning back to back in Smarties Awards, Citra Pariwara and the prestigious award of Campaign Asia 2015 & 2016.  During her leadership, Mindshare Indonesia also won Media Agency of the year.  She received her B.S and M.S. in Business Administration with focus in Marketing and Communication from Boston University. Wendy discovered beautiful Bozeman, Montana and started a life with her husband and their 4 kids.  She enjoys skiing, winter hike as well as continuing her passion for running and yoga.  

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Career, Internship & Student Employment Services

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Mani Stubbs, M.A.

Assistant Director for Career Education & Development

Mani joined the Allen Yarnell Center for Student Success in the fall of 2019. Mani holds two degrees from the University of Montana, a B.A. in Biology and a M.A. in Counselor Education. Prior to joining MSU, Mani worked as a career counselor at the University of Montana for nearly 5 years. Mani’s goal is to help students develop skills necessary to make intentional and informed decisions about education and career, leading to the discovery and pursuit of meaningful, enjoyable work. In his free time, Mani enjoys spending time with family, watching sports, and exploring new places in the outdoors.

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Bailey Brubaker

Bailey Brubaker, M.S.

Career Coach

Bailey joined the Allen Yarnell Center for Student Success in January 2021. She grew up on a small cattle farm in Kalispell, MT and graduated from MSU with an A.S. in Applied Sciences and B.S. in Early Childhood Education and Child Services. After she graduated from MSU she moved to Morocco, Africa with the Peace Corps as a Youth Development Specialist. After her service, she moved back to beautiful Bozeman, MT and completed her Masters degree in Executive Leadership from Champlain College. She enjoys spending her free time outdoors, mountain biking, racing motorcycles, hiking, and camping.

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Kristen Barnes

Chris Gray

Career Education Coach

Chris has over 30 years of experience in the public and private sector after receiving his B.A in Biology from the University of California, Santa Cruz and a Juris Doctor degree from Gonzaga University. He primarily worked to help create and manage civil legal departments for local government and business, with the goal to create positive outcomes for the people they serve.  He has been a Gallatin Valley resident for over 25 years and has served on boards of various civic organizations. When he isn’t rooting for his law school alma mater, he spends time on his mountain bike and playing hockey. Chris wants to bring his varied experience with employees of organizations both large and small to assist MSU students with insight on how to be successful in the workplace.

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Mary Biehl

Mary A. Biehl, PhD

Career Coach

Mary originally joined the Allen Yarnell Center for Student Success in 2020 as a Course Facilitator for the Hilleman Scholars Summer Success Academy. With both a B.A. and M.A. in English, Mary earned her Ph.D. in American Studies in 2020. Along with her education, Mary brings seventeen years of teaching experience at MSU to her role as a career coach. In addition to teaching and coaching, Mary has also worked as a freelance writer/editor and a museum professional in both Pittsburgh, PA and Ennis, MT. Mary's goal is to guide students as they design and embark upon their career journeys at MSU and beyond, offering support as they discover their purpose and enjoyment in the world of work. Mary enjoys hiking around the Gallatin Valley, playing classical piano, gardening, yoga, and spending quality time with her daughter.

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Gennifre Hartman

Gennifre Hartman, M.A.

Career Education Coach

Gennifre originally joined the Allen Yarnell Center for Student Success in 2020 as a Course Facilitator for the Hilleman Scholars Summer Success Academy. Gennifre has B.A. in Journalism from University of Oregon, and an M.A. in Teaching English from University of Montana. Along with her work as a Career Education Coach, Gennifre works with multiple organizations that support her primary passions: experiential education; international travel, and authentic learning opportunities. During her 25-year career, she’s been a university instructor, an international guide, an entrepreneur, a non-profit founder, an Executive Director, a novelist, a teacher, an editor, and more. In addition to her work with MSU Career, Internship & Student Employment Services, Gennifre serves as a middle school humanities instructor and wilderness education guide. Gennifre believes that when people are inspired to grow both personally and professionally, every single one of us has the ability to change the world. Aside from her career, she is passionate about travel, wilderness, yoga, and is a voracious reader and writer.

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Office of Financial Education

Keith Hamburg

Keith Hamburg, B.A.

Senior Financial Coach
Keith has been an active member of Montana State & the Bozeman community since 1994. Prior to working as an Adjunct Professor for Gallatin College at MSU & working in the Office of Financial Education, Keith owned & operated his own business for 21 years. Keith's goal is to help Montana State students in any way possible, starting with financial education.

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Jennifer White-Dobbs

Jennifer White-Dobbs, M.A.

Financial Education Curriculum and Program Development Program Manager

Jennifer joined AYCSS in 2019.  She holds a B.A. in Anthropology from the University of Maine, Orono and a Masters Degree in Museum Studies from the Cooperstown Graduate Program in Cooperstown, New York.  Jennifer has over 25 years of experience working in museum education and collections at several museums in New England. She has experience creating programs for a wide range of audiences and has worked extensively developing and managing internship programs for college and high school students. She moved to Bozeman in 2018 with her husband, two sons, and dog to enjoy the beautiful outdoor lifestyle.  In her spare time she enjoys hiking, skiing, horseback riding, and exploring with her family.

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Office of Student Success

Amy Lincoln

Dr. Amy Lincoln

Director, Office of Student Success

Amy joined the Allen Yarnell Office of Student Success in the summer of 2017.  She received her B.S. and M.S. in Speech Language Pathology from the University of Washington.  Amy’s clinical background included working with a diversity of clients struggling with speech, language and developmental disabilities in a private practice setting. Her clinical specialty in Speech Language Pathology was working with school-aged students with language based learning disabilities including reading, writing and executive processing challenges.  Amy’s love of research lead her to pursue her PhD in Cognitive Neuroscience, focusing on reading, memory and learning, at the University of California, Davis. Throughout her career paths as a clinician, researcher and advisor, Amy is driven with a passion for supporting the success of struggling and underserved students. Amy and her family moved to Bozeman in 2008.  In addition to a love for travel, which took the family overseas for several years, she enjoys summer hiking and winter skiing here in Montana with her husband, sons and golden retriever.

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Amy Roach

Amy Roach, B.A.

Assistant Director - Student Learning Management

Amy grew up in eastern Montana and earned a bachelor’s degree in American studies from Pomona College in Claremont, California.  She was a music publicist in Aspen and a museum curator in Billings.  She got her start in journalism as the host of an interview program on Yellowstone Public Radio.  In 1997 she moved to Washington, DC, where she worked for National Public Radio, National Geographic, and C-SPAN.  She  enjoys reading, movies, and travel.  (To date she has visited 23 countries, 4 continents, and 49 states.)  Since her return to the Big Sky in 2017, she has celebrated Montana’s extraordinary beauty by hiking, biking, and attempting to stay upright on skis. 

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Maria

Maria Perks, B.A.

Student Success Coordinator

Maria joined AYCSS as a Success Advisor in the spring of 2021.  Before becoming a Success Advisor, Maria was an instructor of developmental math at MSU-Gallatin College.  Maria holds a BA in mathematics from Gonzaga University.  After serving in AmeriCorps, she pursued her career in education and has taught in a variety of academic settings primarily in the subject of math.  Maria’s specific interest in the comprehension of math and the challenges and anxiety students must overcome in college led her to the position of Success Advisor. 

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julia Nance

Dr. Julia A. Nance

Early Alert, Student Success and Faculty Liaison Program Manager

Dr. Julia Nance joined the Allen Yarnell Center for Student Success as the  Early Alert Program Manager in July 2021. Born and reared in Bozeman, Julia spent many years in Southern California. While in San Diego, she earned a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at the California School of Professional Psychology, and she is a lifelong learner. Prior to returning to Bozeman, Julia worked as a Licensed Clinical Psychologist at a CA State Correctional Facility where she oversaw the LGBTQ+ Support Unit and provided clinical services for inmates; she also trained and supervised psychology practicum students and interns. Due to her passion for learning and dedication to work with students, she enthusiastically pursued a career at MSU, Bozeman. Aside from her career, Julia enjoys yoga, bicycling, walking, hiking, practicing mindfulness, learning, and spending time with family and friends. 

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Janet Barkow

Janet Barkow, M.A.

Student Success Advisor

Janet received a B.S. in Psychology from Colorado State University and a M.A. in Education from The University of Colorado. She taught Elementary Education for 14 years in Broomfield, Colorado. In 2003, Janet and her family reconnected with their Montana roots and moved to Bozeman. In Bozeman, Janet has worked at REI, taught Nordic Ski Clinics and been a K-12 Substitute School Teacher, in addition to working one on one with students as a Success Advisor.

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Maggie

Maggie Richardson, M.A.

Student Success Advisor

Maggie joined the Office of Student Success in the summer of 2021.  Having earned a BA in English from Dartmouth College, and MA in Teaching of English from Teachers College, Columbia University and an Advanced Certificate in School Leadership from the City College of New York, Maggie holds teaching and school leadership credentials in Montana and New York State, where she spent 19 years teaching high school English and serving as an Assistant Principal in the New York City public school system.  She is the District Clerk for rural Springhill School and a developmental writing instructor at Gallatin College.  Maggie is excited about continuing her work supporting students as a Success Advisor.  Relocating to Montana with her Bobcat alum husband, Maggie enjoys these varied opportunities to serve the students of Montana while exploring her new state on the hiking trails, cultivating a garden, and reveling in the sunshine and big sky.

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William Kuba

William Kuba, Ed.D

Student Success Advisor

Bill has over 30 years of student affairs, enrollment management, and academic experience at all levels in education, in both the proprietary and non-profit environments. Before going into semi-retirement he was an Asst. Professor and Department Head of Physical Education at a small Iowa University and a member of the State of Iowa’s K-12 Physical Education curriculum redesign team. Currently, he holds an IRB / Jeanne Cleary Act Compliance Certification and Montana Teaching Credentials for K-12 Health Enhancement. He has an Ed.D. from Montana State University – Bozeman, MA in Teaching from Whitworth College, and a BA from Tabor College.

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Hilleman Scholars Program

Carina Beck

Dr. Carina N. Beck

Vice Provost - Allen Yarnell Center for Student Success

& Director, Hilleman Scholars

 

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Nicki Jimenez, B.A.

Scholar Success Coordinator Program Manager

Nicki joined the Allen Yarnell Center for StudentSuccess in Fall 2018. She originally hails from Massachusetts and earned her B.A. in Environmental Studiesfrom Denison University in Ohio. She served in FoodCorps in Ronan, MT and Arizona, then directed after school and summer programs and adult education for Ronan School District. Nicki was a general and Hilleman Success Advisor for an academic year and is excited to continue with the Hilleman Scholars Program as the Scholar Success Program Manager. Nicki is passionate about the power of education to change lives and transform society. When she’s not at work, you can find Nicki hiking with her wildflower field guide, biking country roads, skiing in the mountains, educating herself about indigenous issues, and enjoying the beauty of Montana.

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jenna hicks

Jenna Hicks, B.S.

MSU Hilleman Scholars Program Logistics Program Manager

Jenna joined the Allen Yarnell Center for Student Success in December 2020 and is from the Hi-Line of Montana. She earned her B.S. in Agriculture Education with a focus on communication from MSU in Fall 2020. Jenna is an alumnus of the MSU Hilleman Scholars Program and was in the 2017 cohort of students. She served as both a scholar mentor in 2018 and a lead mentor for the program in 2019. Jenna is passionate about the MSU Hilleman Scholars Program as it helped her achieve her dream of an education and she is excited to help build and support the program. When she’s not at work, Jenna enjoys spending time with her dogs and her husband.

 

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Kenny Bies, M.Ed.

MSU Hilleman Scholars Success Advisor

Kenny joined the Allen Yarnell Center for Student Success in the summer of 2019. Growing up on the land that his grandparents (Harry and Pansie Squires) homesteaded in 1916, south of Opheim, Montana, he learned valuable life lessons in perseverance, purpose and possibilities. His Montana roots are helping to guide his life story. Graduating from Montana State University in 1985 (after stints working for Burlington Northern Railroad, and Conoco Oil Company) he has degrees in Guidance Counseling, Elementary Education and Physical Education. Teaching, coaching and serving as a counselor in the Bozeman Public Schools for 28 years after starting his teaching career in Great Falls, he feels most at home in Bozeman (Flathead Lake is a close second!). He and his wife, Christie (Registered Nurse at Bozeman Health), are most proud of their 2 sons. Kenny is a big fan of humans and everything MSU! Go Bobcats! He likes spending time with friends and family boating on Montana lakes and skiing and hiking in the Montana mountains. He is excited to be a part of the Allen Yarnell Center for Student Success.

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Return-to-Learn

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Jacqueline Hagerman, B.S.

Assistant Director for Return-to-Learn 

Jacquie returned to MSU after working for three years and graudated in December 2018 with a B.S. in Economics and Business Administration. As a returning student, Jacquie is passionate in assisting other returning and adult learners through the exciting journey to finally earn their degrees. She now considers herself a lifelong learner and takes every opportunity to take classes or learn new skills. Jacquie was born and raised in Boise, Idaho and moved to Bozeman in 2011. She enjoys archery, yoga, and spending time with her husband, border collie, and two Siberian huskies.

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