Meet Our Team
Carina Beck, Ed.D.
Erin McCormick, M.Ed.
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 oversees the ChampChange program.
Tonya Lauriski-Karriker, Ph.D.
Tonya started working as a Research Analyst for the Office of Student Success in 2012. She received both her B.S. and M.S. in Mathematics from Montana State University and her Ph.D. in Statistics from Colorado School of Mines. Tonya supports the office with data mining, data analysis, and predictive modeling.
Robin Rasmussen, B.S.
Robin joined the Allen Yarnell Center for Student Success in the fall of 2015 as the Communications Program Manager. She graduated from the University of Wyoming with a degree in Communications, and then moved to Bozeman to follow her love of mountains and good snow. In her free time, she enjoys skiing, reading, baking, spending time with family, and exploring her new surroundings.
Office of Student Success
Caressa Bailey Sack
For the past 13 years, Caressa has gained experience in project and business management, contract negotiation, data analysis, marketing and education. Originally from Bozeman, Caressa studied Psychology and Business at MSU. After graduation, Caressa became the National Training and Education Manager for DIAGEO. Caressa also managed the complex deal training program for ORACLE, served on ORACLE’s project management team for complex deals and served as an auditor for Cloud contracts.
Janet Barkow, M.A.
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.
Kally Bosshart, B.S.
Kally, a 2010 graduate of Montana State University in Family and Consumer Sciences Education, is an experienced Secondary Educator in Culinary Arts. In the summer of 2015, Kally returned to Montana from teaching in Southern Oregon and is our Learning Strategist. She and her husband are enjoying their new family and home. She enjoys being with family and friends, going to her cabin south of Butte, exploring the great outdoors as well as baking, sewing, crafting, and traveling. She is committed to helping students acknowledge the importance of learning how to learn more efficiently. She is determined to instill a love for learning attitude in all her students.
Laurie Edwards. M.S.
Laurie is a fifth generation Montanan who grew up in Central Montana on her family’s ranch. She graduated from Montana State with her B.S. in Health and Human Development and her M.S. in School Counseling. Out of all her many positions working with students, she has found being a Success Advisor to university students to be the most rewarding. Laurie enjoys summers in Montana, trail running and camping with her husband and kids, and winters cross country skiing, cooking, and planning her next beach trip!
William Kuba, Ed.D.
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.
Emily Mason, M.A.
Emily received her B.A. in American Studies from Mills College in Oakland, CA and her M.A. in Journalism and Public Affairs from The American University in Washington, DC. Upon receiving her Master’s degree, she worked for a military news website as the Pentagon/Capitol Hill reporter and then as an account manager for a public relations firm focusing on foreign trade and childhood nutrition issues. Emily has additional experience teaching high school social studies, coaching track and soccer, and as an internship and college/post-secondary coordinator. Emily moved to Bozeman in 2014 with her husband and their two sons. She loves to trail run, nordic ski, and explore the Montana wilderness with her family.
Nina Matos, M.Ed.
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.
Elizabeth Walsh, B.S.
Liz joined the Career, Internship & Student Employment Services office in the fall of 2012 as a Student Data Collector. Since then, she has accepted numerous different student and professional roles, moving up to her current position as the SmartyCats Program Manager in the Office of Student Success. She graduated from Montana State University in 2014 with a B.A. in Environmental Studies. In her free time, Liz enjoys hiking, skiing and reading.
Office of Financial Education
Mandy Bowker, M.M.
Mandy holds a Master of Music degree from the University of South Dakota and a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education from the University of Sioux Falls. Before coming to MSU in the Summer of 2016, Mandy worked part-time as a bookkeeper for various non-profit clients in Bozeman. She moved to Bozeman from Seattle, WA in 2013 after completing a five-year tenure at Cornish College of the Arts as the Music Department Administrator. Mandy and her husband, Jason have two daughters and she enjoys singing, reading, traveling, and watching movies. Mandy has a deep passion for working with students and helping them succeed in a higher education environment.
Keith Hamburg, B.S.
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 15 years. Keith's goal is to help Montana State students in any way possible, starting with financial education.
Lynn McHann, M.S.
Lynn joined the Allen Yarnell Center for Student Success as a Financial Coach. She received her Masters from Montana State University in Personal Finance. She is a native of Montana and has been in the Gallatin Valley since 1993. Lynn has owned several businesses including a mortgage company and a mobile notary business. In her downtime she enjoys hanging out with her husband, two daughters, three dogs and two cats.
Kimbree Redburn, M.A.
Kimbree joined the Allen Yarnell Center for Student Success as a Financial Coach in May 2016. She received a BS in Economics from MSU in 2010 and a Masters in Economic Development from Eastern Michigan University in 2012. Kimbree is a Bozeman native and has spent time working at MSU in various capacities over the years. When she is not working she enjoys hiking, spending time with family, traveling, and photography.
Career, Internship and Student Employment Services
Lisa joined the Allen Yarnell Center for Student Success in the summer of 2017 as the Employer Relations Manager. She holds a B.F.A. in Fine Arts from Tufts University and an M.A. in Photographic Preservation and Collections Management from Ryerson University. In her free time, Lisa enjoys reading, camping and spending time with her dog.
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.
Laura Merante, B.A.
Laura joined the Systems Management Team at the Allen Yarnell Center for Student Success in January 2016. She graduated from the University of Colorado with a B.A. in Art History. She enjoys everything the Montana outdoors has to offer, especially when joined by her family and her dogs!
Paula Mozen, M.F.A.
Paula Mozen holds a Master of Fine Arts in Film from San Francisco State University. She is an Emmy award-winning documentary filmmaker, educator, and PBS consultant and has served on the film faculties at Towson University in Baltimore, San Francisco State University and MSU. Her highly acclaimed films are currently distributed nationally and internationally to over 6,000 universities, high schools, public libraries, hospitals, medical schools, community and public health departments. She loves career coaching and advocating for MSU students to achieve their academic and personal goals. Given any excuse, she will get outside to go play in the snow, rock and waters in the mountains surrounding Bozeman.
Cathy Nolan, M.Ed.
Cathy earned her M.A. in Administration, Supervision, and Curriculum Development from the University of Colorado, and her B.A. in Education from Ohio Wesleyan University. Most recently she worked as an independent consultant with state and federal grants related to increasing the graduation rate/decreasing the dropout rate of designated Colorado high schools. Prior to that role, Cathy spent 25 years in administration at the secondary level in the public school system in Colorado. She served her last nine years as a high school principal in a 2100 student school north of Denver. Cathy’s goal is to effectively assist MSU students in the transition from student life to career life.
Rachel Randash, B.S.
Rachel is a graduate of Montana State University with a double major in Psychology and Spanish. Following graduation she lived in Las Vegas and Denver working in corporate sales and marketing for telecom and software companies such as SmartCity Networks, TelePacific Communications, Avaya and CIBER. Rachel's marketing career also includes working at an advertising agency assisting projects for clients such as Coors Light and Procter and Gamble. With a desire to move back to Montana, Rachel and her husband returned to open a business and raise their two sons. Rachel seeks to teach students how to confidently market themselves to potential employers or graduate schools. In her spare time, Rachel is also a Sorority Advisor and she enjoys hiking and being outdoors.
Amy Stefan, B.A.
Amy holds a degree in Landscape Architecture from the University of Minnesota. She has worked as a designer and project manager for large multi-disciplinary firms in Minneapolis and London prior to moving to Montana where she works as a consulting landscape architect. She has been involved in many Bozeman K-12 programs including; Imagination Destination, Special Olympics and youth sports. Amy loves being accessible to students and working with them to define their story as a resilient plan of who they are and where they are going. Being a transplant to Montana, she jumps at the chance to explore new places in the mountains for running, skiing and biking with family and friends or in quieter moments she is pursuing the 'art of knitting.
Phil brings successful experiences in business, non-profits, and teaching to the center. He is the former Executive Vice President of Universal Forest Products (UFPI), Executive Director of Heart of the Valley Animal Shelter and is a regarded adjunct instructor at Montana State’s College of Business. His list of accomplishments at MSU include being the keynote speaker for the school’s Family Business Day Program, faculty advisor for the fly fishing club and student-athlete advisor. Phil’s volunteer history in the community is equally impressive. He has served on several local boards including Chairman of Worthy Student Scholarships and was a member of the Bozeman School Foundation. Phil’s volunteer experience also includes being a ski instructor for Eagle Mount’s adaptive children program.
Phil energetically teaches real life professional and interpersonal skills.
Marilyn Cuthill, M.Ed.
Marilyn joined the Allen Yarnell Center for Student Success in January 2016. She received a B.S. degree in Wildlife Ecology and a M.S. in Education both from Montana State University. Marilyn has spent her professional career in business, cougar research and developing educational ecology programs in Mongolia and the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. It is with sincere conviction that Marilyn aspires to assist students to tap into and pursue their dreams. She loves spending time with her family and enjoys gardening, hiking, fishing, bluegrass music and writing.
Megan Young, B.S.
Return-to-Learn Program Manager
Megan joined the Allen Yarnell Center for Student Success in the summer of 2016. She spent the four previous years as a Retention Specialist for the TRiO Student Success program in Sheridan, Wyoming. She is thrilled to be able to continue engaging students in their academic success. Megan has her B.A. in psychology from the University of Oklahoma and loves the Sooner state fiercely but is so excited to live in Montana with her husband and their fur-child and to take advantage of all this beautiful area has to offer.