Meet Our Team
Allen Yarnell Center for Student Success
Dr. Carina N. Beck
Vice Provost - Allen Yarnell Center for Student Success
& Director, Hilleman Scholars
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.
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.
Wendy Soeweno, M.S.
AYCSS Communication Program Manager
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.
Front Desk Manager
Todd joined us in late 2017 as a logistical magician and is running the Front Office and the day to day operations for the center. He comes from a long military background and has honorably served 10 years in the United States Marine Corps. After graduating with a B.A. in Communication Studies from Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania, he launched a career in logistics with the Department of Defense and the United States Navy. Todd loves hunting and fishing with his children and you can find him on the local golf course most weekends in the Spring and Summer.
Career, Internship & Student Employment Services & the Office of Financial Education
Erin McCormick, M.Ed.
Associate Director, Career, Internship & Student Employment Services
& the Office of Financial Education
Erin has been at MSU since 2004 serving in various positions in another office on campus before joining the team in Career & Internship Services in 2008. She has a B.S. in Psychology from Montana State University and a Master’s of Education in Student Affairs, also from MSU. In her current role, Erin is responsible for the day-to-day operation of Career & Internship Services and the Office of Financial Education.
Career, Internship & Student Employment Services
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.
Steve Enoch, M.A.
Steve joined Career Services in August, 2013 after retiring as superintendent of schools for 18 years, having served both small rural districts and large urban districts. Steve started his career as an elementary teacher, later serving as principal at elementary, middle and high school levels before becoming superintendent. He has also taught educational leadership courses at the graduate school level and has been published nationally on several occasions. He earned a B.A. degree from the University of La Verne, a Master's degree from California State University, Fullerton, and has done additional advanced study at Claremont Graduate school. In his "semi-retired" life he enjoys doing professional writing, hiking and biking, travel with his wife, and activities with children and grandchildren.
Kris Barnes, M.A.
Kris Barnes brings over 30 years of educational experience to her work as a Career Coach. She earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Education from the University of North Dakota, a Master’s Degree in Developmental Reading from the University of Washington, and a K-8 administration credential from Central Washington University. Kris began her teaching career in Seattle Public Schools, where she served for 30 years as a teacher, literacy coach, administrator and curriculum specialist. In addition, Kris served as a teaching consultant for Teachers College, Columbia University, working with teachers across the United States to support literacy instruction. Kris’ goal is to help MSU students define their professional career path as they pursue their interests and aspirations. Kris and her family returned to Bozeman in 2017. She enjoys snow skiing, water skiing, yoga, hiking, and losing herself in a good book.
Mary A. Biehl, PhD
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.
Office of Financial Education
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.
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.
Office of Student Success
Dr. Amy Lincoln
Associate 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.
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.
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.
Nina Matos, M.Ed.
Student Success Advisor
Nina has been a member of the student success team as an advisor since its inception in 2011. She is a native of New York City where she graduated from Lehman College and began her teaching career as a teacher of bilingual education. She and her husband moved to Montana after spending some time in Canada backpacking in the Canadian Rockies and falling in love with the mountains and the great outdoors. Nina taught in Libby, Montana for ten years before moving to Bozeman. She completed her teaching career after working in the Manhattan School district for 19 years, teaching Kindergarten, second grade and coordinating/facilitating enrichment activities for identified gifted/talented students. During that time, Nina received a master of education degree from Leslie University in Cambridge, Massachusetts. After retiring from public education Nina spent time volunteering as a CAP mentor for THRIVE, at the Museum of the Rockies as a docent and at the Emerson Cultural Center. Nina’s lifelong dedication to education has been guided by the belief that a good education is the foundation for a successful life.
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.
Jennifer Grahl Miller, B.S.
Student Success Advisor
Jennifer joined the Allen Yarnell Office of Student Success in the summer of 2018. She is a proud native of Wisconsin and graduated from Winona State University with a B.S in Elementary Education and Fine Arts. After college, she joined AmeriCorps and worked to implement service learning into the curriculum in Seattle schools. She then began working in higher education, first as an adviser at The Art Institute of Seattle, and later at the University of Washington in The School of Music. Jennifer fell in love with Bozeman after spending a summer in the Big Timber area, and when her husband was offered a job in the area, jumped at the chance to move to their family to Bozeman. Jennifer, her husband, and her daughter love the outdoors and are excited to explore all that Montana has to offer. Jennifer feels fortunate to be at MSU and able to do what she loves most -- working and connecting with students and guiding them towards their educational and life goals.
Hilleman Scholars Program
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.
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.
Anne Everett, B.A.
MSU Hilleman Scholar Success Advisor
Anne joined the Allen Yarnell Center for Student Success in the fall of 2019. She holds a B.A. in Education from Colorado Mesa University and is currently pursuing a master’s in Vocational Rehabilitation Counseling from Utah State University. Prior to moving to Montana, Anne worked for the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation in Colorado, helping students and adults with disabilities overcome barriers to employment and find meaningful work. Anne is passionate about education and is excited to work with the Hilleman Scholars as a source of support on their academic, professional and personal journeys at MSU. Outside of work, Anne enjoys spending time with her husband, two sons, and her dog exploring the beauty of Montana.
Jacqueline Hagerman, B.S.
Return-to-Learn Program Manager
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.