Core Team

Carina Beck

Carina Beck, Ed.D.



Erin McCormick

Erin McCormick, M.Ed.

Associate Director, Career, Internship & Student Employment Services


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.

Lori Oakley, M.S.

Lori Oakley, M.S.

Systems Manager and Budget Analyst


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. 

Office of Student Success

Amy Lincoln

Amy Lincoln, Ph.D.

Associate Director for 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 for 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

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.

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.

Nina Matos

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.

Jennifer Miller

 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.

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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.

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.

Jennifer White-Dobbs

Jennifer White-Dobbs, M.A.

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.

Career, Internship and Student Employment Services

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Mani Stubbs, M.A.

Assistant Director

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.

Lisa Yarnell

Lisa Yarnell, M.A.

Employer Relations Manager


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

Steve Enoch, M.A.

Career Coach


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.

Cathy Nolan

Cathy Nolan, M.Ed.

Career Coach


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. Prior to moving to Bozeman in the spring of 2014, 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. From 2002-2011, she served as a high school principal in a 2100 student school in the Adams Twelve Five Star School District. Cathy’s goal is to effectively assist MSU students in the transition from student life to career life.

Rachel Randash

Rachel Randash, B.S.

Career Coach


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.

Hilleman Scholars Program


Nicki Jimenez, B.A.

MSU Hilleman Scholar Student Success 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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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.


Marilyn Cuthill

Marilyn Cuthill, M.Ed.

Return-to-Learn Program Manager


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.


Jacqueline Stearns, B.S.

Return-to-Learn Program Coordinator


Jacquie was born and raised in Boise, Idaho and moved to Bozeman in 2011. After three years of working as a project manager in the construction industry, she returned to MSU to complete her final two semesters. Jacquie graduated in December 2018 with a B.S. in Economics and Business Administration. As a returning student herself, she is passionate in assisting other returning students through the exciting journey to earn their degree. Outside of work, Jacquie enjoys archery, yoga, reading, needlepoint, and spending time with her partner and three dogs.