Montana State University

Office of Student Success

177 Strand Union Building
P.O. Box 174180
Bozeman MT 59717-4180

Tel: 406-994-7627
Fax: 406-994-5488

Office of Student Success


Hours of Operation:
The Office of Student Success is open Monday through Thursday from 7:30 am until 8:00 pm and 7:30 am to 5:00 pm on Friday.

Student Success Mid-Year Report

Our Staff:
Carina Beck Carina Beck, Ed.D

Erin McCormick Erin McCormick, M.Ed.
Assistant Director

Erin has been at MSU since 2004 and joined the Career & Internship Services office in the Spring of 2008.  She has a B.S. in Psychology from Montana State University and her Master's of Education in Student Affairs, also from MSU.  Erin serves as the operations manager for the Center for Student Success. She enjoys gardening and traveling.

Katherine Foster, B.S. Katherine Foster, B.S.
Front Office Manager

Katherine serves as the Front Office Program Manager in the Allen Yarnell Center for Student Success.  She received a B.S. in Sociology and a minor in Health and Human Development from MSU in 2009.  As an MSU student she worked as an Orientation Leader and Advocat with the Admissions office for 3 years.  After graduation, Katherine served as an AmeriCorps VISTA in Minnesota developing service learning projects, youth enrichment activities and writing grants for elementary and high school students.  The following year she trained AmeriCorps VISTA members in Wisconsin serving in elementary and high schools, on family and community involvement in schools.  Katherine returned to MSU in 2012 to work for Financial Aid and joined the Center in 2013.
Kayla Fields, B.S Kayla Fields, B.S
Financial Education Program Manager

In 2012, Kayla graduated from the University of Montana with a Bachelors of Science degree in Community Health. Kayla is the Program Manager for the Office of Financial Education where she promotes and encourages students to make financial sound decisions while they are attending MSU. Kayla enjoys all of the outdoor activities that Bozeman, MT has to offer; including but not limited to hiking, biking and floating the river.

Lori Oakley, M.S.HRM Lori Oakley, M.S.HRM
Budget Analyst/Systems Manager

Lori is the Budget Analyst and Systems Manager for Career & Internship Services, Office of Student Success and Financial Education. She has a B.A. in Communications and Psychology from Purdue University and her Master's of Science in Human Resource Management, also from Purdue.

Laurie Edwards, M.S.

Katie Ebert, M.S.
Student Success Coordinator

Katie joined the Allen Yarnell Center for Student Success in the summer of 2013 as a Success Advisor. Katie holds a M.S. in Education, Leadership & Policy, with an emphasis in Student Services from Portland State University in Portland, Oregon and a B. A. in Geology from the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota. In addition to helping university students, Katie enjoys hiking, skiing, snowboarding, playing lacrosse, traveling and being a foodie. 

Tonya Lauriski-Karriker, Ph.D. Tonya Lauriski-Karriker, Ph.D.
Operations Research Analyst

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.

Laurie Edwards, M.S.

Elin Hert, B.A.
Success Advisor

Elin joined the Office of Student Success in fall of 2013. With a degree in Organizational Communication from the University of Wyoming, she made her way north to Bozeman. Most of her professional life has been spent helping travelers enjoy excellent vacations with local company, Off the Beaten Path.  Over the years, her volunteer work has included mentoring elementary-aged students for Thrive’s CAP Program and working with middle and high school students as a member of the Community Mediation Center’s Youth Justice Council.  Elin enjoys hiking, biking, skiing, and traveling with her family and friends.

Janet Barkow, M.A. 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.

Stephanie Kern, B.A. Mindy May B.S.
Success Advisor

Mindy May proudly boasts she is a true native of Bozeman. She graduated from Montana State University-Bozeman with a degree in Speech Communication and is a life long learner who enjoys the learning process. Her goal after joining the Success Office in the fall of 2013, is to help students find a love for learning by sharing strategies for academic success. If there is "free" time you may find her with family, reading, or enjoying our bounteous local wonders.
Stephanie Kern, B.A. Nina Matos, M.Ed.
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.

Stephanie Kern, B.A.

Keith Hamburg, B.S.
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 15 Years. Keith's goal is to help Montana State students in any way possible, starting with financial education.